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Burlington, WI – Run Run Bebop and The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine are pleased to announce the second annual Tall Tales Music Festival (formerly Coffee House Rock!) will be held August 22-23 in downtown Burlington, WI.  Celebrating the cultural significance of storytelling through music, the festival will feature national touring artists, homegrown Wisconsin talent, and a full weekend of music workshops for children.  All festival events are free and open to the public.

According to festival co-founder Patrick Sullivan, “The overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s inaugural event provided the momentum needed to expand our offerings this year.  We’re excited by the insanely talented musicians that will be joining us this August, and also humbled by the incredible outpouring of support from the community and our sponsors.  There is a very special musical scene developing here, which should be a source of great pride for our community.”

The first phase of the lineup is set, and will include Nashville-based artists Amanda Shires, Andrew Combs, and Los Colognes.  Joining them will be a group of Los Angeles-based musicians, including the trio of Maia Sharp, Garrison Starr, and Adrianne Gonzalez; as well as indie-folk artist Tom Brosseau. Rounding out the first phase of the lineup are two talented Wisconsin bands: Count This Penny, recently named one of Wisconsin’s 10 ‘Bands to Watch’ by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; and Kalispell, an exciting solo project by Shane Leonard, a member of the popular Milwaukee band Field Report.

Additional lineup announcements, including the festival headliner, will be made in the weeks ahead.  “We’ll have a few nice surprises to announce before we round out the lineup,” said Sullivan.

The free music workshops will offer something for kids of all ages, from toddler to teenager.  Among those conducting workshops will be Milwaukee hip-hop group The Figureheads, Madison children’s performer Duke Otherwise, and Shane Leonard (Kalispell, Field Report). 

The festival is funded with support from Music Matters, a local non-profit organization founded to promote and support youth music programming.