2019 Featured The Sweet Sheiks, Spencer and Rains, and Lou Shields. Click Here for more about the 2019 Festival.
2018 Featured The Corn Potato String Band, The DL Cajun Band, and Kendra Swanson. Click Here for more about the 2018 Festival.
2017 Featured Radio Wranglers, The Bootlicker Stringband, The Parrishes, and Liz Rog from Village Fire. Click Here for more about the 2017 Festival.
2016 Featured Charlie Parr, Red Tail Ring, and Dumpy Jug Bumpers. Click Here for more about the 2016 Festival.
2015 Featured Pigtown Fling, Whitney Mann, and Switchback. Click Here for more about the 2015 Festival.
2014 Featured Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers, Marc & Brandi Janssen, and Norskedalen Trio. Click Here for more about the 2014 Festival.
2013 Featured The Hula Peppers, The Cactus Blossoms, The Petticoat Rustlers, and The Red Pine Resonators. Click Here for more about the 2013 Festival.
2012 Featured Yid Vicious, String Ties, and The Roddy's. Click Here for more about the 2012 Festival.2011 Featured Spider John Koerner, The Cajun Stragers, and Ethel Lerum. Click Here for more about the 2011 Festival.
2010 Featured Robinson & Rohe, The Fox Hunt, Son Mudanza, and Andreas Transø. Click Here for more about the 2010 Festival.
2009 Featured Matt and Shannon Heaton as well as traditional Ghana dance from Tiyumba Dance Company. Latin American influenced Iowa folk songwriter Dave Moore along with the The Dolly Wagglers kept the good tunes flowing. Click Here for more about the 2009 Festival.
2008 Michael Lee Ammons and the Water Street Hot Shots were a real treat. Ditchlilies provided their well known folk energy and New Bad Habits thrilled the audience. Click Here for more about the 2008 Festival.
2007 Paul Geremia thrilled the blues lovers and music lovers with his fingerpicking blues history. Frogwater provided their well known folk energy and Jawaahir commanded the stage with the expression of Middle Eastern musical rhythms in the body of dance. Click Here for more about the 2007 Festival.
2006 Featured a folk emergency performance by Eric Noden incredible dancing, harmonies and energy from Leela and Ellie Grace and the beautiful guitar work of Fox and Branch with local favorite John Gibbs as Master of Ceremonies. Click Here for more about the 2006 Festival.
2005 Featured Salt Creek followed by Joel Mabus and Harmonious Wail with local favorite John Gibbs as Master of Ceremonies outside under the big top tent with beautiful spring weather made a great evening. Click Here for more about the 2005 Festival.
2004 Master Fiddler from Kentucky, the legendary Art Stamper played an afternoon concert under the big top tent, then opened the evening concert. Liz Masterson, "Songbird of the Sage" served as Master of Ceremonies, and joined Mike Dowling and Randy Sabien for a memorable concert.
2003 Kim & Jim Lansford opened our evening concert after a warm and fair afternoon in the park. Reggio "The Hoofer" served as tap dancing Master of Ceremonies, and offered up something completely different. Dakota Dave Hull played a set of his incomparable guitar, and CAFE ACCORDION ORCHESTRA highlighted a memorable evening concert.
2002 After a frigid afternoon in the park, to celebrate our 10th anniversary concert, OLD MAN RIVER BAND opened our evening concert. This fine local band was our featured performer at the first folkfest. JACK NORTON and his band played a rousing set, and the evening was capped by a sublime set by PETER OSTROUSHKO playing with guitarist Dirk Freymuth. Folks traveled from as far away as Pennsylvania for the chance to hear Peter, and weren't disappointed.
2001 The afternoon's weather was glorious; this was the first year that the Saturday afternoon events were held at the Log Cabin Village. A full day of workshops was capped off by an evening concert which was hosted by our old friend LIL' REV . MIKE & AMY FINDERS played our stage for the first time, and won over many new friends with their heartfelt set. THE GIRL GERMS, danced lively, and THE NOB HILL BOYS played a rollicking bluegrass set.
2000 This was the last year that the Saturday afternoon events all took place in town, the day was so fine and fair, and so well attended that we moved out to the park the next year. The Saturday evening concert featured BOB BOVEE & GAIL HEIL as performing MC's. A special set of hot fiddle and guitar music was played by CHARLIE WALDEN accompanied by Mike Miller. Chicago Bluesman, ERIC NOD played a terrific set of classics and originals on his piano, harp and barrelhouse guitar. And the mix was brought to a frothy head by a rousing set by FROGWATER
1999 Featured main stage performers were LIL' REV, KENNY HAEFERMAN, and THE VOLO BOGTROTTERS.
1998 The Saturday Evening Mainstage Concert was hosted by POP WAGNER, and featured SCRUMPY, THE SHOEFLY CLOGGERS, THE MILWAUKEE MANDOLIN SEXTET, and BUFFALO GALS
1997 The Saturday Evening Mainstage Concert featured JIM LARSON, PLEASANT RIDGE STEP DANCERS, THE GOONGOO PEAS, and LARRY LONG
1996 Mainstage Headliners this year were the REEDY BUZZARDS the OUTSKIRTS, and the GHILLIES.
1995 PHILLIP LIVINGSTON, THE JITTERS, and our own GLORIA HAYES were the featured performers.
1994 SHEILA WARNER, CRAIG KENNY & JOHN FABKE, PLEASANT RIDGE STEP DANCERS with COUNTY VERNON CEILI BAND, BUCK FIELDS, KETTLE CREEK STRING BAND with OCOOCH CLOGGERS, JANE WHITEWOLF, OL' MAN RIVER BAND, JUBILEE STRING BAND, and CAROL RUDER
1993 JACK PFITSCH was the MC. Appearing were: JANE KOPISCA, ILANA PESTCOE & PHILLIP LIVINGSTON, KETTLE CREEK STRING BAND & CLOGGERS, BUCK FIELDS, JUBILEE STRING BAND, SHOEFLY!, EMILY ROSE STRING BAND, PAT WALKE & MIKE MUMM, CRAIG KENNY & JOHN FABKE, ALFRED NEDERLO, GINGER BECKER, PLEASANT RIDGE STEP DANCERS, KEVIN DOHSE & JOHN BURLINGAME, OL' MAN RIVER BAND.