Sugar Maple Music Festival to return after pandemic hiatus

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MADISON, Wis. — Live music is returning to W.G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park this year after a forced hiatus due to the pandemic.

Scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7, the 18th annual Sugar Maple Music Festival will bring more than 10 acts to the park just off Lake Waubesa.

“It goes without saying that the pandemic has had a profound effect on everyone, and it hit the music community especially hard,” Stephanie Ramer, a spokesperson for the festival, said in a press release.

In addition to the live music, the festival will have a raffle that supports the nonprofit festival, food and drinks from local businesses, entertainment for kids and more.

Event organizers said that while vaccinations won’t be required for those attending, they are strongly encouraged.

More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current lineup is available below.

Friday, August 6:

  • Paper Wings (indie-folk)
  • SistaStrings (multi-genre)
  • Bill Kirchen & Redd Volkaert (rockabilly/country)
  • Appalachian Roadshow (bluegrass)

Saturday, August 7:

  • Buffalo Nichols (country blues)
  • Chicken Wire Empire Belen Escobedo y Panfilo’s Güera (Tejano conjunto)
  • Ray Bonneville (blues, roots)
  • Mary Battiata and Little Pink (country)
  • Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs (Louisiana French Music)

More information about the festival and lineup details are available online.