MD headlines 38th Shawano Folk Festival

SHAWANO WI - Chicago’s official troubadour Mark Dvorak will headline the 38th annual Shawano Folk Festival August 12-14 at the Meilke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road.

“The Shawano Folk Festival is a family weekend,” said Rhonda Bellamy 2016 festival co-director. “We feature an eclectic mix of music, dance and other activities. Fine artists and crafters line the park paths, and there is a full program for children.”


Dvorak was named honorary co-director for the 38th festival. “It’s a true honor to be a part of this artistic community,” he said. My first Shawano festival appearance was back in 1995. I haven’t been here each summer, but I also haven’t missed too many. Rhonda, Beck Van Buren and Cassey Bess have done an extraordinary job in keeping the program up-to-date and vibrant. I’m thrilled to be working with them this year and looking forward to rejoining my Wisconsin friends.

Performing and presenting workshop sessions along with Dvorak will be Wisconsin’s own Tom Pease, traditional old-time singer Carolyn Carter from Arkansas, folk duo Red Tail Ring from Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Water Street Hot Shots, a blues and jub band from Cedarburg, Wisconsin and the Cajun Strangers.

Tickets for the Shawano Folk Festival range from $12 to $64 for a weekend package, with discounts for seniors and students. For more information phone 715 850 1244 or visit

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