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Pearsons lawn home to bluegrass, hip-hop, jazz, latin this weekend

September 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Bluegrass. Hip-hop. Jazz. R&B. Latin. And it's all free, right here on campus.

With all the types of music it has to offer, Beloit College’s annual Folk ‘n’ Blues is sure to hit a high note with festival-goers this weekend. 

Friday:

  • Kicking the festival off Friday at 7 p.m. is the Carpetbaggers Local 606. This Chicago-based southern Americana/roots quartet will perform a mix of cajun, bluegrass, vintage country, and western swing perfect for honky-tonks, barbecues, and outdoor festivals.
  • Skip Towne & the Greyhounds, also from Chicago, will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. to captivate the audience with its hard-driving, heart-felt classic blues, jazz, swing, and ballads.
  • Capping off Friday evening at 10 p.m. is Scratch Track, whose unique sound is a blend of ‘60s Motown, alternative and hip-hop.

Saturday:

  • The Charles Walker Band will start off the evening at 7 p.m. The five-piece band performs various styles of blues, R&B and funk with precision and energy. Blues Matters! magazine says the award-winning musicians boast, “great tunes, intelligent lyrics and superb instrumentation.”
  • Acoustic punk rockers Defiance, Ohio will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m.
  • Wrapping up the festival at 10 p.m. is Locos Por Juana, a bilingual Latin band best known for its energetic live performances and unique fusion of Latin styles and influences.

Folk ‘n’ Blues 2011 takes place on Pearsons Quad, and the community is also invited to attend.