MARE EDSTROM and KENN FOX have been playing, teaching and researching the blues together for over 14 years; and Kenn has spent his entire life archiving 20th century music, especially its foundation in the blues. They have released six critically acclaimed blues albums on the Wisconsin-based Spiritone label. Mare has been the subject of many feature articles and has received consistent airplay, particularly throughout Europe, for her solo album work. Kenn has released eight solo fingerstyle albums as well as two albums with the Midwest Guitar Trio, and a current album with Celtic band Kellswater Bridge.
Mare and Kenn are passionate about sharing the lore of the blues in their current act, “The History of the Blues from 1920–1970.” Come and experience the magic of the music, the myth and the stories of the Mississippi Delta, and the surprising role Wisconsin played in the early development of the blues.
LIZ DEYOE , a jazz guitarist and composer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin will open. She has performed live concerts in a variety of settings including solo guitar, cover bands, big bands and a singer songwriter duo. In 2014 she earned her Associate’s Degree in Music Occupations from Milwaukee Area Technical College and in 2016 she graduated summa cum laude from McNally Smith College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance. In 2015 Liz placed 4th in the international guitar competition Queen of Strings. She is currently focusing on composing for her original project The Fool’s Journey. When she is not doing music, Liz enjoys cooking and baking desserts.
Liz began her journey into music at the age of 5 with piano lessons. By the time she reached 3rd grade Liz was playing pieces by Satie, Bach, and Debussy – her favorite composers. She transitioned from piano to guitar and formed a rock band that played covers and her original compositions in high school. Although she had intended to study pharmacy in college, Liz discovered that music was what she ultimately wanted to pursue. Her college career began at Milwaukee Area Technical College where she first learned about jazz. During her time in Milwaukee she performed with the pop cover band Best Kept Secrets, worked for Hal Leonard Publishing and composed original works for dance performances at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. After earning her Associate’s Degree in 2014 she transferred to McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, MN. During her time in the Twin Cities she placed 4th in the international guitar competition Queen of Strings and was given the honor of playing for the Minnesota Guitar Society’s Jazz Guitarathon in December of 2015. She also performed with the all female Swing Sisterhood Big Band and premier McNally Smith ensembles X-Tet and Advanced Jazz. In 2016 she graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Guitar Performance.
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