Charlie Heymann- Thursday August 20th 11-1 pm in Entertainment Tent
Charlie grew up with traditional music in Chicago, and through his anthropology degree he participated in Northwestern's inaugural ethnomusicology program. After touring with an Irish band in the mid-1970's, Charlie and Ann formed Clairseach in 1979 and have since performed throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, often joined by their step-dancing daughters. A multi-instrumentalist and natural vocalist, Charlie's combined interest in traditional music, sean nos singing, and folklore have contributed greatly to the development of material on this recording.
Toe Tappers- Thursday Aug 20th 4-6:30 in Entertainment Tent
We are bringing you three local, talented entertainers to bring you some of you ol time favorites. This will include country, waltzes, ol time music and polka music. Get ready to do a little toe tapping to the oldies with the Toe Tappers.
Tina & Lena-Thursday August 20th 2 pm and 4:30 pm in Arts Tent
After decades of performing, the popular Minnesota comedy-singing duo, "Tina & Lena," are calling it quits. They are two of the funniest, friendliest ladies you'll ever meet. Witty, wild and wonderful, they pull out all the stops to entertain audiences of all ages.
Each performance is a blend of hilarious comedy and rich harmonies, an engaging celebration of the audience, and a full blast of 'FUN' from the first joke to their finale song.
"Tina & Lena" have performed for 3 decades in over 20 states, from Sea to Smiling Sea across the USA & Canada, for audiences from 40 to 4,000.
Back Home Boys- Thursday 8:30 pm- Midnight. in Entertainment Tent
The Back Home Boys formed in 1993 as a 4 piece group. Over the years the band has grown into one of
Wisconsin and Iowa’s premier and well known Country Acts. This 6 piece group has some of the finest
musicians and best vocalists in the Midwest. The same guys you see play each night are the same ones
that set up ,tear down the equipment that they own, and then drive home to their families. They like
to interact with their fans and try not to be someone or something they aren’t. All of the band members
are from very small towns which makes this group even more unique. A 12 pack, shining deer on gravel
back roads, and bullhead fishing at night was nothing out of the norm for these guys while growing up.
Although the Group is primarily a Top 40 Country Group... they can also tear it up playing some 70's and
80's Rock to accomodate all age groups and musical tastes.
Farmer Bob- Friday August 21st and Saturday August 22nd in Arts Tent and around grounds
Farmer Bob is returning with his tractor of fun and games. Farmer Bob has traveled all over the area with the famous John Deere tractor with that unmistakable yellow umbrella. If Farmer Bob is performing a stage show or making his way around the fairgrounds, he entertains all ages young and old. Take a moment to visit with Bob and check out what’s new on his tractor and listen to the story behind it.
Brat Pack Radio- Friday August 21st 9 pm - 1 am - in Entertainment Tent
For ten years and running now, Minnesota-based Brat Pack Radio has been performing far and wide across the globe. From Midwestern venues & festivals near home, to the Russian coast, European riverboats and 1,001 points in between, they continue to turn heads with a polished, high-energy, non-stop Supershow that can only be described as seriously fun.
Mixing top-shelf musical performances with spoof and carnival theatrics, this is anything but typical cover band fare, and it shows first and foremost in the personnel. Co-frontman Ryan Lance is a 4-time Emmy® Award-winning songwriter, and also a founding member of a cappella darlings The Blenders, who’ve produced 14 albums over the last 20 years, toured extensively throughout the U.S., and scored a number one European hit with the 1998 Universal Records release “I’m in Love with the McDonald’s Girl.”
Diesel Drive- Saturday August 22nd 9 pm - 1 am - in Entertainment Tent
Years in the making, from the ideas of two small town farm boys came the machine known as Diesel Drive. One of the fastest growing new country bands to hit the scene, Diesel Drive is kickin’ up dust in Minnesota and the surrounding region. Country music runs deep with this bunch as each member was born and raised in rural areas of southern Minnesota. You could even say it’s in their veins as a portion of Diesel Drive is following in the footsteps of their family
They didn’t always see the light though; classic and hard rock led this bunch astray form the dirt road for years. Through numerous signs that country music wa their calling, they all finally saw the light. Along with the transition came a unique, fast-paced and hard rockin’ country sound that will blow your boots off into next week.
Since their inception in late 2013, Diesel Drive has been making waves in the local scene with their unique twist on country and energetic stage show. Whether it’s their northern style harmonious vocals or rockin’ country instrumentals, they do not disappoint. Word travels, and it has traveled fast for this group. Venues, festivals, and key figures in the area’s music industry have taken notice. Living up to their name, Diesel Drive, knows just how to yank the inner-party out of their audience by hammering out the top country of today as well as older favorites. Be vigilant because they’ll soon hit you with their own hits.