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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Shawano Folk Music Festival set in Shawano’s Mielke Park

Critic At Large

'Music Under the Trees'

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The 41st annual Shawano Folk Music Festival will be held next weekend in picturesque Mielke Park, N5649 Airport Road.

Along with concerts on Friday and Saturday night, the event offers daytime workshops, children’s performances and crafts. Info:

An overview:

Friday, Aug. 9

+ Master classes during the day; more at

+ Before the Concert Conversation, 6-6:45 p.m., food tent

   Evening’s artists share thoughts about folk music

+ Concert, 7 p.m., Mielke Arts Center

   Emcees: Pat Wiley and Tom Pease


      Matt Watroba

      Wade Fernandez

      Sweet Sheiks

      Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers

Saturday, Aug 10

+ Daytime programs, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on four outdoor stages; more at

+ Before the Concert Music, 6-6:45 p.m., Ridges Amphitheater

   Keith McGillivray flutes and drumming

+ Concert

   Emcee: Matt Watroba


      Pat Wiley with Frogwater

      Katie Dahl

      Escaping Pavement

      Joe Crookson


Sunday, Aug. 11

+ Daytime programs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on four outdoor stages; more at

For folk music fans in Northeastern Wisconsin, this is the go-to event of the year.

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