Concert: Bob Bovee & Pop Wagner
St. Mane Theatre
206 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro, MN 55949, USA
Lanesboro Arts proudly presents Bob Bovee and Pop Wagner at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Friday, March 20th at 7:30 p.m. Since meeting in 1971 and discovering that they liked to play the same old time music, Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee have produced some of the most spirited traditional music around. Separately and together, they’ve developed and deepened their old time craft during 40 years of their accomplished musical careers.
A Wagner-Bovee performance offers a generous dose of authentic cowboy songs, plenty of square dance tunes and other instrumental numbers, country blues, comic and sentimental songs of the south, and perhaps an original or two. The two are likely to also throw in a cowboy poem and some tall tales, along with history, folklore and jokelore.
Pop Wagner, master finger picking guitarist, fiddler and singer, square dance caller, and purveyor of dry humor, lives in St. Paul and performs solo and in various other musical combinations. He appeared frequently on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion during the show’s formative years and for the last four decades he has worked his cowboy magic throughout 44 states and ten countries. His cowboy anthems crackle with the warmth of a prairie campfire and his old time fiddle tunes set toes a-tappin’ while he serves up spellbinding rope tricks and tall stories — all with a good dose of friendly humor.
Bob Bovee resides in the rural area of southeastern Minnesota. He performs solo as well as with Wagner, plays guitar, harmonica, autoharp and banjo, sings and yodels, and is also a humorist and storyteller. Growing up in Nebraska, Bob Bovee first heard cowboy songs and other old time music sung by his grandmother and uncle, such gems as “Little Joe the Wrangler” and “The Zebra Dun”. He has spent his life seeking out the songs of the West and making the public aware of our great musical heritage.
On their first “tour” together they traveled by thumb and boxcar through eleven western states covering nearly 5,000 miles, stopping along the way to play in folk clubs and taverns and on street corners. For nearly five decades they have entertained audiences spanning America, Canada and across the pond, including the Winnipeg Folk Folk Festival, the San Diego Folk Festival, the Five College Folk Festival in Massachusetts, and four tours together in Europe.
This event is presented by Lanesboro Arts and sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Radio, Commonweal Theatre, Inspire(d) Magazine, High Court Pub and Granny’s Liquors.
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