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About Big Blue Sky

Jon “Hawk” Stravers – co-founder of Big Blue Sky with his late son, Jon-Jon – A bird researcher and river conservationist from the McGregor area. Jon has been writing songs and singing about connections to the river and the natural world for 30 years.

Jon-Jon Stravers - inspiration - Jon-Jon wrote, inspired, and performed many of the Big Blue Sky songs. He grew up in Iowa, playing music and studying raptors with his father. He was musical director of the Children’s Dance Institute in Boise, Id., until his death in September 2007.

Kevin Dohse – mandolin and harmonica – Kevin is a luthier from Gays Mills, Wis. He has been playing blues, old time, folk, and square dance music since the 1970s.

Folko Landvoght – guitarist – A resident of Monona, Ia., Folko plays with several other bands, including the Bourbon Brothers.

Jim Arvidson – acoustic bass – Jim, a dentist from McGregor, Ia., has been playing all types of music for the past 30 years.

Kristina Castaneda – vocalist – An art teacher from Dubuque, Ia., Kristina has been a part of Big Blue Sky on special occasions during the past three years.

Denny Garcia – fiddle and guitar – Denny is a long-time musician and songwriter from the Dubuque, Ia., area.  He produces the award-winning Midwest Music Makers radio program on KGRR 97.3 in Dubuque.

Carolyn Failla – percussion – Carolyn, of Boise, Id., plays with a variety of musicians. She also teaches several types of percussion, including African rhythms and other world beats.

Kristen Talbot – flute – Kristen lives in Boise, Id., where she assisted her partner, Jon-Jon Stravers, in developing Snake River Flutes.

Jon Larrabee – singer/songwriter – Jon, of Portland, Ore., is one of the original “Moonbow Hawkers.” He worked with Jon-Jon and Jon Stravers during the past 10 years, studying raptor migration and nesting in New Mexico, while writing and singing music together.

Scott Rose – percussion – Better known as “Washboard Lou,” Scott lives near McGregor and performs with a variety of other musicians in the area.

Lisa Stravers Seeliger – emcee – A writer, healer’s apprentice, and bilingual social worker in Boise, Id., Lisa is deeply connected to the Driftless Area. She often joined her father and brother on birding and spiritual adventures on the Upper Mississippi River.

By natural evolution, Big Blue Sky is a musical concept that includes a broad variety of musicians who happen to be present at any occasion. Consequently, tonight’s performance may or may not include several other musicians, such as percussionist Jeff Cozy from LaCrosse, Wis., saxophonist Steve Stevens from Dubuque, Ia., and flutist Jane Shuttleworth from Okoboji, Ia.

 

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Big Blue Sky -Live at the Elkader Opera House CD’s can be purchased at the Osborne Nature Center and at Moser’s Pharmacy or The Buttery in downtown Elkader, or by  e mail.  CD’s are $15.00 and a large portion of the proceeds will be used in the Motor Mill Restoration Project. The audio quality of the CD’s is awesome! This is a  great way to remember a perfect night of music or to hear  what you might have missed. 
Click on the CD image below to hear a sample track.