Claudia Schmidt is one of the Midwest's most popular folk and jazz musicians. With her raspy alto vocals and multi-instrumental skills, Schmidt has crafted a unique style from the musical traditions of the past. While much of her repertoire consists of original material, Schmidt has incorporated a diverse range of musical influences. Schmidt's concerts reflect her eclectic approach as well. At least one critic has observed that Schmidt's shows are "a lot like falling in love -- you never know what's going to happen next."