Butch Thompson & Pop Wagner Celebrate the Roots of American Music
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., enjoy the music of Butch Thompson, a master of stride piano, and Pop Wagner, a folk icon, who have been music pals since meeting backstage at A Prairie Home Companion in the mid-70s. Their musical styles cover blues, ragtime, jazz, finger-style guitar, old-time fiddle, and much more. A rare treat.
Wagner has a reputation as a folk singer, guitar picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet, and “downright funny guy.” For the last quarter of a century he has worked his cowboy magic throughout 48 states and nine foreign countries. He performs cowboy anthems, old time fiddle tunes, spellbinding rope tricks, and tall tales.
Thompson is “. . . the premier player in traditional jazz today,” according to Jazz Journal International. His reach is wide, from classic ragtime by Scott Joplin to New Orleans stomps and tangos by Jelly Roll Morton, lyrical blues and boogie woogie from Southside Chicago, roaring Harlem stride by Fats Waller, early solos by Duke Ellington, and more.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students of any age.