Americana Mississippi River PonTour

Mississippi River Pontour

DNR Boat Launch: Verderosa Avenue and Highway 494
Verderosa Avenue
South Saint Paul, MN 55075


Duluth musicians Liz Draper, Clancy Ward and Kyle Ollah will set out July 21 from the Twin Cities for a series of socially distanced pop-up shows down the Mississippi River aboard the Ivan Doer’d, a built-out pontoon boat. Along the way, they'll be joined by special guests Charlie Parr, the Ditchlillies and others. Read a story about this tour, posted on the Local Current blog.

Faced with a summer of cancelled shows and absent of their regular busy touring schedules, the group of friends who specialize in traditional old-time Americana, decided to take things into their own hands. “Life has dealt us all quite a bit of lemons. We’re taking to the river and doing what we know best — making music," Ollah says. "We're trying to create something positive and we’re privileged enough to be in a position to do this — so we’re doing it.”

Proceeds will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.


Tuesday, July 21, noon: South Saint Paul, Minn., with Charlie Parr
Wednesday, July 22, 6 p.m.; Maiden Rock, Wis., with the Ditchlillies
Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24; pop-up shows along the river
Saturday, July 25, 6 p.m.; Winona, Minn.
Sunday, July 26, 6 p.m.; La Crosse, Wis., with Charlie Parr and Ben Weaver

Follow the journey on Liz Draper's Instagram.