Beloit, Wis. - With a little twang, swing and wailing, Folk’n’Blues is starting the academic year off at Beloit College with a weekend of foot-stomping tunes.
Six musical acts will be playing at the Folk’n’Blues event this year on Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9, on the Pearsons Hall lawn.
The concert starts at 7 p.m., both nights and is open and free to the public.
Opening on Friday will be the roots, country, swing, and blues band Steppin’ In It. Known for what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls, “some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around,” the band comprises the talents of Andy Wilson, Joe Wilson, Josh Davis and Dominic Suchtya. With a mixture of harmonica, guitar, upright bass, Cajun button accordion, trombone, trumpet and whistles, the band is sure to live up to its name and keep the crowd dancing.
A mix of world and folk music will follow, beginning at 8:15 p.m.
Patchouli, which formed in a church in Chicago in 1993, began with only two musicians but has grown to include over 12. Patchouli has played all over the country and has been featured on many world and folk radio shows.
The group has released eight albums, the most recent of which was The Light Behind, which came out in April 2006.
Joanna Conner will end the night starting at 10:30 p.m., with contemporary blues. Known for “pushing the envelope of the blues by combining funk, rock and world beat,” Conner is known for intense performances that get audiences on their feet. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing and leading workshops, and has been called an “Eddie Van Halen and Duane Allman rolled into one.”
The individualistic and mesmerizing singer/songwriter Emilia Dahlin will open Saturday night. Born on a small farm south of Boston, Dahlin grew up playing the piano and guitar. Singing tales “complete with Greek myths, robotic messiahs, epic floods and tax evaders,” Dahlin has become a songstress. She lives in Maine where, in 2005, she was voted “Best Female Vocalist” and nominated for “Best Singer/Songwriter.”
The Canadian party band The Urbanites will take the stage at 8:15 p.m., combining a wide range of genres from the 1950s to the present. A horn section, three lead singers, drums, bass, guitar and keyboard form the versatile, high-energy group. From classic rock and disco, to current dance and Latin, the Urbanites cover it all.
Closing the weekend of music will be the familiar face of blues musician Michael Burks at 10:30 p.m. Burks played Folk’n’Blues last year for a very enthusiastic audience and is a highly anticipated act. With years of experience and tours, Burks has retained his honesty and edge. Burks performed for the first time for an audience at the age of 6 on a family vacation through Arkansas. He has been on a roll ever since. Burks has played across the country at festivals, including Springing the Blues in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. and The King Biscuit Festival in Helena, Ark. With relentless, powerful energy, Burks has been compared to “a freight train rolling through the night.
Folk’n’Blues is an annual event. It is free and open to the public for all ages. The audience is invited to bring blankets to sit on and the College asks that dogs be left at home.