'Frostbite Follies' features Wagner and Thompson
"Frostbite Follies," an eclectic new vaudeville show featuring guitarist/fiddler/singer Pop Wagner and ragtime pianist Butch Thompson, will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.
Wagner and Thompson frequently appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" during the formative years of the show. "Follies" will include vintage American music by Wagner, jazz and ragtime piano selections by Thompson, aerialists Rachel Butler and Gemma Kirby, foot-juggling by Chimgee Haltarhuu, comedic chanteuse Greta Grosch, singing ventriloquist Christa Krussow, and Wagner doing rope tricks in French and spinning a 60-foot lariat atop an eight-foot stilt horse.
Wagner has a reputation as a folk singer, guitar picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet, and "downright funny guy." For the last quarter of a century he has worked his cowboy magic throughout 48 states and nine foreign countries. He performs cowboy anthems, old time fiddle tunes, spellbinding rope tricks, and tall tales.
Thompson is ". . . the premier player in traditional jazz today," according to Jazz Journal International.
His reach is wide, from classic ragtime by Scott Joplin to New Orleans stomps and tangos by Jelly Roll Morton, lyrical blues and boogie woogie from Southside Chicago, roaring Harlem stride by Fats Waller, early solos by Duke Ellington, and more.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at The Phipps.