With the 5-year anniversary upon us we would like to do a few special things with the fest this year. The first one we would like to announce is a good old fashion barn dance. Some of our bluegrass friends let us know that this is something happening at many other festivals and we thought is was a great way to kick off the 2014 Fest! We are really excited about the fact that two Minnesota legends, Bob Bovee and Pop Wagner, will be leading us in the dance and also offering a stand alone performance later in the festival.
Old-time song wisdom in his blood, Bob Bovee’s repertoire is grounded in the musical tradition of his Nebraskan family and extends to square dance tunes, cowboy songs, blues, ragtime numbers, ballads and yodels. Bovee is loved for his witty onstage humor and his performances as a veteran musician of A Prairie Home Companion. His musical vigor and intelligence superbly recreate the roots of old-time music. You won’t leave a Bovee show without getting a rich taste of what live 1920s and ’30s vintage country music was like.
A mesmerizing, authentic cowboy, Pop Wagner returns audiences to simpler times of days gone by with his singing, picking, lasso-twirling, fiddling, poetry, and humor. His exquisite and versatile showmanship warm crowds as he energizes folks to dance to his old time, Cajun blended fiddle tunes. Wagner is a friend and collaborator of MWMF feature, Bob Bovee, and was also a musician for A Prairie Home Companion. He plays in the tradition he was born from: acoustic, original country music.