“Kaptain Karl” to perform Feb. 28 at Frederic Art Center
FREDERIC – “Kaptain Karl” Wicklund will perform at the next Raising the Roof concert at the Frederic Art Center on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted for the art center’s building fund.
Wicklund has been surprising and delighting audiences for more than 30 years. Armed with unusual humor and a rich baritone voice, “Kaptain Karl” draws inspiration from his love of rural Wisconsin, his appreciation of the absurd, and a passion for stories and storytelling.
His influences range from Dvorak and Vaughn Williams to Johnny Cash and Paul Simon, from Tin Pan Alley to They Might Be Giants. His music has singular roots in both Americana and intelligentsia. A prolific writer and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, he has released four albums of his own music and collaborated on numerous others.
In live performance, he often appears solo and has been in front of audiences from New York to Montana to Denver. He has spent more than 20 years as half of the eclectic acoustic duo Great Uncle Helmer, playing in a variety of venues in western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. In 2006, he founded Shotgun Johnson & the Mississippi Seven, a folk-rock band with two accordions and a flute. He also sings with and directs the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus.
His favorite audience compliment: “I loved it – I never knew what he was going to play next.”
Kaptain Karl has a new CD, his fourth, which he will have available at the concert. All sales will go to Frederic Arts.
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