Ingrid Michaelson cancels show at Ashley for the Arts in Arcadia

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A last minute headliner cancels her performance, but an area music and art festival manages to make a recovery from the unexpected change of plan.

Indie pop-singer songwriter Ingrid Michaelson was expected to take the stage at Ashley for the Arts in Arcadia but she told event coordinators she couldn't play her scheduled set due to her mother being ill.

She released a statement on her Facebook page saying she, “regrets to announce that she is reluctantly canceling the remaining U.S. dates on her 'Lights Out Tour' due to a personal family emergency. Best efforts will be made to reschedule these date. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.'

Despite the cancellation there’s still plenty to do at Ashely for the Arts.

Event coordinator, Jason Lockington says it’s unfortunate Michaelson can’t make the event but that it won’t be a problem.

“Last night’s event was probably the single biggest event in Trempealeau County, we had 20,000 people show up and it was amazing. They were laughing, and smiling, and dancing with the Beach Boys," says Lockington.

After hosting a record breaking number of people in Arcadia last night, Lockington says he anticipates around 10,000 people throughout the day, saying the event is much more than just the music.

Lockington says, “This event is such a feel good event. It's so different than what you get when you have a normal music fest or art fest; it's such a sense of community. It's really neat to see. Everybody who works feels good, everyone who comes feels good and they all feel like they're contributing to something bigger.”

Arcadia resident Karen Ziegeweid says she feels as if it’s one of the most family friendly events in the area.

"It's just our favorite festival. It’s very family orientated, it's great for the kids. They can go jump in the bouncy houses, see some great art, see some great cars, wonderful live entertainment. We just enjoy the whole festival."

Lockington says the $5 per ticket goes towards numerous charities, most of them local.

“We've gotten a lot of feedback from people in the region and they want to see the money go back to the local communities. To help people that many of them are their neighbors, that are having problems whether it be economically or with their health," says Lockington.

And, despite the loss of a main headliner, people are finding plenty of things to enjoy at the event.

Chuck and Jackie Meir from Onalaska say, "We see that there's Mexican food, we have to sample that!"

And, "There is a lot of music, and it's all happy music," says Jail Rollins from Onalaska.

Michaelson was supposed to play at 7:45 tonight, but Cloud Cult will be the final band at the amphitheater.

At 9:15pm a Hawaiian fire dance is scheduled, and fireworks will be taking place at 9:30pm.

The Johnny Holm band will close the pavilion at 9:45 tonight.


Organizers of Ashley for the Arts in Arcadia say Ingrid Michaelson has cancelled her show Saturday evening.

On Michaelson's Facebook page, it says: "Ingrid Michaelson regrets to announce that she is reluctantly canceling the remaining U.S. dates on her Lights Out Tour (August 8th in Kansas City through August 13th in St. Louis) due to a personal family emergency. Best efforts will be made to reschedule these dates. Refunds will be available at point of purchase."

Watch for more tonight at 6 p.m. on WEAU 13 News

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