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Thursday, April 19
 

3:30pm

(Kids $1, Adults Free) Amanda Grace

Winona MN |  children's music

"Trains, Cars & A Trip To Mars"  Children's Music by Amanda Grace. Amanda wrote some songs to entertain her kids at home and ended up with a CD of silly songs for toddlers, and lullabies for the littler ones. Dedicated to her nephew's battle with cancer, she hopes to raise awareness for her sister's non-profit Hands Of Hope, started in Goodhue MN.

http://www.musicbyamandagrace.com


http://www.musicbyamandagrace.com

Thursday April 19, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Minnesota Marine Art Museum 800 Riverview Drive

4:00pm

(Kids $1, Adults Free) Edward S. Lemar and Doctor Bob

Avalanche, WI | Listen

A mutiny of sorts of Canon Ball--Ed and Bob (aka the Rev.Eddie Danger/Dangergrass/DJ Rhumpshaker etc.) are musical storytellers employing Dr.Bob's puppet's and a variety of instruments. Part opera, part silliness, but driven by a musical story suitable for any and all ages.

 


 



Thursday April 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Minnesota Marine Art Museum 800 Riverview Drive

5:30pm

Talk O Destiny

La Crosse WI | hip-hop

I am one of the five members of Another Exoneration. In addition to the work I am doing with AE, I aim to branch out as a solo artist this year. My act is somewhat simple: I get onstage, I rap alittle, talk with the crowd, I get off stage. The difference between my act and other hip hop acts is that I don't sound like anyone else rapping today.

http://www.talkodestiny.bandcamp.com


Thursday April 19, 2012 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

5:30pm

Shades of Blue

Winona, MN | blues/acoustic mix

Amanda Hardy (Grace), Mina Lewis and Aleah Harvey will do some popular cover songs: Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy; and a number of originals from their new album, "Embrace" to be released Fall 2012.



Thursday April 19, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

5:30pm

Greg Taylor

Percussive acoustic rock, both originals and cover songs by artists like the Beatles, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Greg has recorded several CDs and has played for the first two MWMF events as well as repeat performances at the Rochester--KTTV-Eagles Cancer telethon with various female co-singers.  


Thursday April 19, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

6:00pm

Sly and Kawola

Winona, MN | Listen

 

We have been working together for about 4 years now and have been doing shows in winona since last years mwmf and we seem to have a good local following. We have recently polished our live show performance to something we are very proud of. and the music continues to evolve and become more intricate. So come and check us out!!!


 




Thursday April 19, 2012 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

6:00pm

County Road G

Fountain City, WI | Listen

 

From rural Wisconsin, Heather Kitching (bass), Jeff Strand (electric guitar), and Noah Hittner (acoustic guitar, vocals) began as a back-porch jam-band in the late spring of ’09, with no real aspirations of performing in public. One evening, after one particular song, Heather proclaimed…“Well, that was mildly entertaining!” …and the rest is history. Combining the influences of blues, folk, and classic rock they perform mostly original material with a few select covers of their personal favorites.


Thursday April 19, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

6:00pm

Summyrsalt

Viroqua, WI | Listen

 

Hailing from places as diverse as Nashville, Washington, D.C., Wilkes-Barre, PA and Madison, WI the four members of Summer Salt have blended their creative flows in the confluence of the Kickapoo/Mississippi watershed deep in the heart of the Ocooch Mountains.  Each member has been creatively active in the regional/national music scene with various projects. 
In the past year we have become focused on developing our unique sound.  The key to this is a continuing trust in the creative and spiritual muse that leads our sessions.  Forging new paths rooted in ancient traditions and modern sensibilities
it is out intention to invigorate and inspire, to challenge and uplift.


Thursday April 19, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

6:30pm

Andy Nelson

Rice Lake, WI | Listen

 

i've usually been playing some solo acoustic shows but i was thinking that i might get a three piece together.


Thursday April 19, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

6:30pm

Jester Jest

Apple Valley, MN | Listen

 

Super rhyme-y, light-hearted, and fun, while delving into treacherous acts of self revelation masked in the crazy bass and samples provided by hip hop production.

Everybody has seen or heard a rapper that is all show, no substance. In fact, that seems to be the only kind of rapper getting any real shine in today's hip hop scene. If you came here looking for more beats to dance to and words you could care less about, you should probably just stop reading now.
Jester Jest is substance. Jester Jest is rhymes. If you had to compare Jester Jest to a meat that you would eat for dinner, and the give a description of said meat, he would be "gamey". Like eating duck. You're not sure whether you like it or not, you even kind of feel bad for eating it. There may be a little bone here or there and maybe a couple feathers left behind, but you're going to keep eating it. Now, lose the word "gamey" (obviously, Jester is not a dinner meat) and we'll just replace that with "rhymey". Jester Jest is rhymey.


Thursday April 19, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

6:30pm

Jacob Grippen

LaCrescent, MN | Listen

 

Singer songwriter acoustic music. A man: his mind, his voice and his guitar. From southeastern Minnesota, Jacob Grippen (formerly The Soviet Onion) brings his solo vocal and guitar styling from his mind to your ears. People say he sounds like Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) some say he sounds like John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats). We think he sounds like Jacob Grippen, and it's a sound you don't want to miss.



Thursday April 19, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

7:00pm

mike munson

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Sometimes from the country and sometimes from town, mike munson delivers original music sometimes described as electric folk blues. With nothing more than a guitar and a steady beat this is music to dance to.


Thursday April 19, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

7:00pm

Beef Slough Boys

Winona, MN | Listen

 

For the past 8 years, the Beef Slough Boys have been traveling the backwaters and back roads of the river bluff country upriver and downriver from Winona, offering up pan-fried blues, organic originals and heirloom country classics. They are at work this winter on their third CD, and are dedicated to bringing homegrown music to any appreciative audience, from festivals to backyard barbecues.


Thursday April 19, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

7:00pm

JazZen

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

JazZen plays original music that embraces the essence of jazz with highly unusual instrumentation and inspired soloing.  The organic timbre of Native American and Chinese flutes, weaving through the swirling undercurrents provided by electric cello, drums and keyboard brings a fresh, unexpected and unique sound to jazz.

JazZen performed in the 2011 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Their current CD, Bounce Off the Moon, has received airplay on a number of radio stations throughout the US.

"[JazZen has] a unique sound that is both holy and hip, primal and sophisticated... the integration of an almost prayerful melodicism suggestive of Charles Lloyd with a more forward-thrusting, free-wheeling improvisational approach that echoes Coltrane, Davis, Shorter, and Coleman." - Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

"JazZen has a versatile sound that incorporates everything from modern groove to world jazz." - Russ Davis, MOJA (Modern Jazz) Radio



Thursday April 19, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

7:30pm

Joshua Lauer

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Joshua Lauer, frontman for Wake Up Bedhead, sings songs while playing the guitar. He's been doing this for 17 years. Some people find it entertaining. Others...well who cares about them?



Thursday April 19, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

7:30pm

Hyphon

La Crosse, WI |  prog-hop

Hyphon is a performer that appeals to a large demographic of people. Though at times Hyphon’s music can lack the accessibility found in both mainstream and independent hip hop, audiences find it impossible to ignore the genuine emotion and passion.  Hyphon performs mellow hip hop with a strong focus on lyrical wordplay and storytelling.  He does not rely on the cliche hype building and crowd participation and instead focuses on developing a sense of awe amongst a crowd, using their participation to amplify the cohesiveness of the audience and empower them to walk away with some of his inspirational catchiness. with dj wilson chaney


Thursday April 19, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

7:30pm

Urine

La Crosse, WI | Listen

 

Urine is music made by Justin Urness (La Crosse) who plays guitar and sings over recorded drum and bass tracks live and writes, performs and records it all independently.Urine has released one LP and 2 EPs since 2007 with one more in the works for 2012.Urine has played 20-30 shows since 2008.


Thursday April 19, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

8:00pm

Joel Ward + Jake Ilika of The Northwoods Band

Rochester, MN | Listen

 

Joel Ward and Jake Ilika have been writing and performing music together since 2004 when forming the Northwoods Band. Recently they have been playing as an acoustic duo all over the tri-state region. With a soulful blend of harmonies and soaring guitar rifts, along with a wide variety of covers and originals, this is a duo that is sure to please. 



Thursday April 19, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

8:00pm

(21+) The Ultrasounds

Winona, MN | Listen

 

The Ultrasounds is an all-female, four-piece band formed out of Winona, MN, fronted by Megan's dreamy (and occasionally haunting) vocals and poppy hooks, and backed by distorted guitars, nostalgic harmonies, and pop-punk drumming. 



Thursday April 19, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

8:00pm

Matt Ray and Those Damn Horses

Embarrass, MN | Listen

 

"Matt Ray and Those Damn Horses is a 6 piece "string band" that specializes in high-energy, modernized versions of old songs taken from Americana and Roots music along with a healthy dose of original music."

Matt Ray and Those Damn Horses is a 6 piece "string band" that specializes in high-energy, modernized versions of old songs taken from Americana and Roots music along with a healthy dose of original music.

In the last year Matt Ray and Those Damn Horses have played all over the state of Minnesota including well-received performances at Harvest Fest in Geneva, MN, Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth, MN, The Northeast Folk Festival in Minneapolis, MN and The Mid-West Music Festival as well as Boats and Bluegrass Festival in Winona, MN.

Most recently, Ray and the Horses been in the studio recording an ambitious double album (half originals / half old standards), and are looking forward to continue taking those songs on the road this fall. Matt Ray and Those Damn Horses is a high-energy renegade American roots band specializing in foot-stompin, forget-what-troubles-ya music. With energy to blow your face off, and enough soul to well your eyes, the band is best taken live with friends and strangers. Based in Minnesota's Iron Range, the group has established a passionate and equally as rowdy fan-base throughout the Northland and continues to travel further to spread their unique mix of blues, old-time, and Americana roots music. Those Damn Horses are:

* Eric Krenz - guitar, jug, vocals
* "Trapper" Al Ranfranz - harmonica, vocals
* Dave "Flea" Tech - fiddle
* Aaron Kaercher - washboard, snare, stomp, vocals
* Kyle Westrick - bass, vocals

www.mattray.org

 


Thursday April 19, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

8:00pm

Bones Malone

Winona, MN | Listen (N/A)

 

Bones Malone consists of all WSU students, with ages ranging from 18-22. We combine genres like bluegrass and funk and add jazz elements to create a hybrid genre. Although each song has a main melody, they all contain an assortment of different motifs throughout each piece. The end result is an atmospheric masterpiece. The person's responsible for making this are magic include: Ross Nixon on tenor saxophone, Zack Barbier on Drum set, Steve "Bones Malone" Jones on Percussion, Kelly Mason on Trumpet, Jase Ginkel on Bass, Jeff Kleinert on Trombone, Kelly Blau on guitar/mandolin. Thank you and I hope you pick us!


Thursday April 19, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

8:30pm

Steve Parry

Columbia Heights, MN | Listen

 

Steve Parry - Solo Country, Americana -  Steve Parry hails from Minnesota, the land of John Gorka, Bob Dylan and Greg Brown. Growing up in a small Midwestern farming community gave Steve a down-to-earth perspective on life.  As a young man, he had the opportunity to travel the world and soak up his exposure to people from all walks of life. His travels have also led him to live in some of our country’s iconic music cities like Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans.


Thursday April 19, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

8:30pm

Option Two

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Option Two brings an eclectic sound that centers on thought provoking lyrics and jump up beats. From the mics to the decks every level of Option Two is meant to bring you closer to the stage by getting your feet off the floor. Minnesota proud and Midwest strong; consisting of three mcs, Ambrose, J Merce, Streif, and DJ Epistêmê means Optwo is here to bring you an energy packed performance that hopes to keep your eyes fixed and your mind engaged! Having released their freshman album "Out Of Pocket" their sophomore "Mass Text" released June 2011 has arrived just in time for the summer. Keep your heart and ears open for Option Two; hip hop to move you!  (facebook.com/OptionTwoMusic


Thursday April 19, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

8:30pm

General B and the Wiz

Decorah, IA | Listen

 

By stretching rock to its limits, General B and The Wiz put on a live show with the energy of an electric storm and the power of a hurricane. With blues based groove guitar, power bass lines, gritty vocals, and drum fills that will burst your lungs, they strive to make music as enjoyable for an audience as it is for themselves. Their original music varies from groove rock, to blues, to grit dance, whereas their covers range from the 60's to 2012.

"While their sound is indeed evocative of bands like The Black Keys, Cream, The White Stripes, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors; it's their flawless execution and songwriting prowess that jumps out and rattles your cage like a good rock band should."

-Adam Wiltgen, Driftless Music



Thursday April 19, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

8:30pm

Erik the Viking

Oklahoma City, OK | Listen

 

The first show I ever played was in Winona, 10 years ago.  A month later I came back to play and people were singing my songs with me.  Since then I have traveled, practiced, harnessed and honed my style.  I have played shows in Wisco, Mn, Ne, Colorado, Oklahoma and continue to branch out.  In the past year I self released an E.P.  I managed, booked, and performed two tours(both of which had a stop in Winona) and am gearing up for a spring tour that will start in Texas, and end in Michigan.  I am planning this tour around your festival.  I was born and raised in Mn.  I live, breathe, and represent it every show I play.  I want to be a part of this festival.  I am growing, and my team of supporters runs deep.  Most of them live in Mn.  Please help me to be the prodigal son of MN. It has worked the past two tours.  I would love to do it again...


Thursday April 19, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

9:00pm

Gregg "Cheech" Hall

LaCrosse, WI | Listen

 

Gregg "Cheech" Hall is one of the most hardworking musicians around. He has written and produced over 4 solo albums and countless band projects. He has been playing the circuit for over a decade with bands such as Smokin' Bandits, White Iron Band, Mitgee Evers, T.U.G.G. and he is the  founder of Deece Productions. He has toured all over the nation.



Thursday April 19, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

9:00pm

(21+) Apartment 4

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Close your eyes at an Apartment 4 show and you might swear someone’s unearthed a lost videogame soundtrack; the energy is high, the groove is air-tight, and the melodies are infectious. But this is not background score; this is front and center pop music you just have to dance to. Agile bass & drums, rocking guitar & keyboards and powerful lead vocals take you through catchy song after catchy song. As you’re led through shades of R&B, Rock, Dance and Funk, count on Apartment 4 to make the experience melodic and danceable. Karl formed Apt. 4 in Winona, MN in 2008 along with Justin Smith and Christ Woznicki. Eventually, Andrew McManimon joined the group to add the missing ingredient. Their first 2 EPs quickly became local favorites and their brand-new full-length release, “The Apartment 4 LP”, has the wide range of the band on full display. (The Apartment 4 LP is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD Baby, and Bandcamp.)



Thursday April 19, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

9:00pm

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

Holyoke, MN | Listen

 

Brothers Teague and Ian Alexy’s first two albums as Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank placed them firmly among the pioneers of the impressive roots music resurgence going on in Minnesota. Both well-respected singer/songwriters, Teague is practically a one man band stomping his feet, banging out rhythm guitar and blowing soulful blues on the harmonica around his neck while Ian is a foot stomping guitar ace on both melodic acoustic and rowdy, rock n’ roll electric. Hobo Nephews are currently touring coast to coast promoting their new album Traveling Show.

The lion's share of Traveling Show was recorded in three marathon days at Rough Magic Studios in Brooklyn NY. Ian's old friend from his stint at Berklee College of Music Marco Benevento – who the All Music Guide calls "an outrageously talented musician" - electrifies three tracks putting his organ, wurlitzer and circuit bent toys in an exciting new Americana context. Pedal steel player Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams and The Cardinals) adds his luminous sound to two songs while members of fellow Minnesota roots music troubadours Trampled By Turtles add impeccable violin, mandolin and banjo.

Included with the physical version of Traveling Show is the 60 minute film Moments and Truths documenting the making of the record in New York City as well as sights, sounds and encounters from all over the country. Directed and edited by filmmaker/photographer Joshua Priestley, and partially shot by the band themselves, Moments And Truths is a uniquely stylized film that captures the Hobo Nephews transient life. It also captures the band at an exciting period as their musicianship, songwriting and musical vision rise to new heights.

Currently, Ian Thomas Alexy is promoting his new EP Are You Listening and Teague Alexy is prepping a release for early 2012. A new Hobo Nephew album is planned for late 2012.


http://www.midwestix.com/organizations/mid-west-music-fest


Thursday April 19, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

9:00pm

Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Since her arrival in Minneapolis during the fall of 2006 as an 18-year-old singer/songwriter, Caroline Smith has become a celebrated part of the Midwest artist community. Her career began as a solo artist with a residency at Minneapolis' 400 Bar, a venue pivotal in shaping the careers of Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst and local hero, Mason Jennings. Here, she developed an independent sound, characterized by simple chord structures supporting sweet pop vocal melodies. 

Website


Thursday April 19, 2012 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

9:30pm

Def Gone Graphic

North Mankato, MN | Listen

 

Def Gone Graphic is generally an emcee and a very talented DJ, but sometimes they add a live drummer or guitarist to spice things up. Def Gone Graphic has shared the stage with well known artists such as: Coolio, Mike Jones, Big Sean, Prof, Mod Sun, Sims and Lazerbeak of Doomtree, Toki Wright of Rhymesayers, Soulcrate Music, and many other local hip hop groups. Def Gone Graphic brings creativity and energy to the stage like no other performing artists, approaching hip hop by experimenting with different style and technique.



Thursday April 19, 2012 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

9:30pm

Zoo Animal

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

We like to perform with our hearts and play with our feet and arms.

 

 


Thursday April 19, 2012 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

10:00pm

(21+) I am Dragon

Madison, WI | Listen

 

Upon returning to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin after living in Portland, Oregon for two years, Jon Stover [Echoes of Empire, Grandstand] knew he wanted to start a new rock group. With influences ranging from classic rock to more modern but timeless punk sounds, he crafted a small batch of songs and began rehearsing with his reunited friend and previous Joshua Circle band mate, drummer Andy Christoffersen [I Voted for Kodos] in the fall of 2010.

The two practiced for a few weeks, and then decided it was time to begin the hunt for potential band mates. Enter Brian Koderl. Stover and Koderl had known each other since high school, but had lived in different cities since then and had not played much music together before now. Jon and Andy presented Brian with their selection of songs, and Brian was hooked. The three began rehearsing where Andy lived, writing new material and sculpting their sound. It was not long until the trio sought another tone to add to their arsenal.

The three were aware of pianist/vocalist Luke Crary [A Gnarly Swell, Future Robotz], a performer capable of adding the sounds they were seeking. Jon personally had witnessed his harmonic skill during high school, in addition to being room mates at UW Eau Claire their freshman year of college. Luke was invited to join the sonic exploration, and he accepted this invitation with a quick hand and an even quicker ear for melody. It was during this time that the four moved rehearsals over to Rex’s Rock Ranch, an undisclosed East side studio run by the official IaD roadies/engineers/pyro-techs, Ross and Rex Koderl.

The group played with a two other bassists over the course of the year, but eventually came to realize they needed a permanent low end-ist to round out their audio onslaught. Jon reached out to the infamous Dusty Lustful [Bears Climb Mountains]; a seasoned musician from Winona, Minnesota. I am Dragon had played shows with his previous project Bears Climb Mountains. Dustin soon provided the thumping bass lines necessary to get the people moving.



Thursday April 19, 2012 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

10:00pm

Charlie Parr

Duluth, MN | Listen

 

A self-confessed failure (and modest to a fault), Minnesota’s Charlie Parr is nonetheless stubborn enough not to quit. Parr released his first recording, Criminals & Sinners, to mild local acclaim in 2001. (A special limited edition vinyl version of this album will be released in the late summer of 2011 to mark the anniversary). In any case, since that first recording,Charlie Parr has managed to release seven additional raw, lo-fi albums right up to the latest,When the Devil Goes Blind and perhaps his best-known, 1922. His newest batch of recordings will be entitled Barnswallow, set to be released in 2012.


He has achieved a remarkable amount of success for a folk-singer and songwriter of his untrained abilities. This is surely attributable to Charlie’s all-encompassing and encyclopaedic knowledge of the American folk, country and blues cannon, and much admired guitar playing, ranging across a self-taught mix of slide, finger-picking and quasi-frailing technique and played on National resonator guitar, 12-string and banjo.

He’s travelled throughout the US, Australia, the UK and Europe playing everywhere from fancy theatres to punk rock dives where the toilet seats are always missing. Folks seem to like him just fine, in spite of his less than heroic efforts at self-promotion, etiquette or hygiene.

http://www.charlieparr.com


http://charlieparr.com/

Thursday April 19, 2012 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

10:30pm

Cool Kids Committee

Fountain City, WI | Listen

 

WE are 4 MC's, that all are solo and work as a group. We are a family. We do solo and group shows all over WI/MN, with the acts of F.Stokes, Another Exoneration, Sly & Kawola, and many acts. We do 2 shows a week for the last 18 months in La Crosse, and frequently do shows at Dibs Cafe In WInona. We are concious musicians with a lot of passion, and a loyal fan base. We would love to be a part of this, As Individual Mc's we are Kalyst(me), A.r.E.a., Eclips, and Father Focus Confucius. I put 2 youtube streams to the CkC(Cool Kids Committee) up on the link, but if you search ne of us indivdually you will find us all there. Thank You



Thursday April 19, 2012 10:30pm - 11:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

10:30pm

Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons

Wisconsin | Listen

 


Like notable musicians before him, singer-songwriter Cory Chisel forged his first connection to the power of song through the music he heard – and made – in church. His father was a Baptist minister, his mother played piano during services, and an upbringing surrounded by sermons and spirituals instilled in Cory the passion and portent of language and melody, and a fluency in the gospel’s rich vernacular of loss and redemption.

Based in Appleton, WI with his band, The Wandering Sons, Chisel’s upcoming six song EP, “Cabin Ghosts” reflects the inspiration of his upbringing with a spare Americana-saturated sound that is its own exquisite blend of folk-country and Delta blues. With his voice full of soul and longing, Chisel’s expressive vocals and the Sons’ loosely orchestrated, impeccable playing emerge fully formed yet somehow familiar and as confident in its sonics as in its lyrical echoes of existential grace and mystery.

Recorded mostly live at Robinwood, his family’s cabin in the wilds of Elco, WI and at a live concert in his hometown, a collection of stark and haunted melodies grew from the beautiful woods of his home state into the songs now captured on the “Cabin Ghosts” EP.General Manager


Thursday April 19, 2012 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

11:00pm

(21+) Ralphed

Minnesota City, MN | Listen

 

We have been a band since late 2003.  We were also called Yukon Rudy for a little bit.


Thursday April 19, 2012 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

11:00pm

Charlie Parr

Duluth, MN | Listen

 

A self-confessed failure (and modest to a fault), Minnesota’s Charlie Parr is nonethelessstubborn enough not to quit. Parr released his first recording, Criminals & Sinners, to mildlocal acclaim in 2001. (A special limited edition vinyl version of this album will be released inthe late summer of 2011 to mark the anniversary). In any case, since that first recording,Charlie Parr has managed to release seven additional raw, lo-fi albums right up to the latest,When the Devil Goes Blind and perhaps his best-known, 1922. His newest batch ofrecordings is entitled Barnswallow, set to be released in 2012.


He has achieved a remarkable amount of success for a folk-singer and songwriter of hisuntrained abilities. This is surely attributable to Charlie’s all-encompassing andencyclopaedic knowledge of the American folk, country and blues cannon, and muchadmired guitar playing, ranging across a self-taught mix of slide, finger-picking and quasi-frailing technique and played on National resonator guitar, 12-string and banjo.

He’s travelled throughout the US, Australia, the UK and Europe playing everywhere fromfancy theatres to punk rock dives where the toilet seats are always missing. Folks seem tolike him just fine, in spite of his less than heroic efforts at self-promotion, etiquette orhygiene.


http://charlieparr.com/

Thursday April 19, 2012 11:00pm - 11:59pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

11:30pm

Tapes 'n Tapes

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Tapes ‘n Tapes is a rock band from Minneapolis, MN, made up of Josh Grier on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Kretzmann on keys and horns, Erik Appelwick on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Jeremy Hanson on percussion.  Grier said he formed the band in 2003, to “have fun with my friends.  I always wanted to see if I could play music with others and for others.”   Grier and his buddies amassed “tapes ‘n tapes” of noodling, experimental jams and declared themselves officially a band.
 
In the winter of 2004, the band now known as Tapes ‘n Tapes bought some recording equipment and headed out to a rustic cabin in the woods of Wisconsin.  They recorded their self-titled, now long out of print, seven song EP in three days.  Songs like “Beach Girls” and “50’s Parking” from the EP are still in their live set today.

Next up for the band was recording their critically acclaimed follow up, The Loon.  Appelwick recorded, mixed and produced the eleven song record with the band in one week at a friend’s home studio.  The Loon came out in November of 2005 on ibid records, and no one was ready for what came next.   People started to notice the foursome’s jangly, melodic brand of rock and the band started touring – gaining more and more attention from music critics and fans all over the world.  Even the Thin White Duke took notice.  “’Insistor’ is the first single, and it's cracking. It was a slow grower, but once that chorus digs in there's really no escape,” said Mr. David Bowie.  The prestigious XL Recordings re-released The Loon in July of 2006, the same month Tapes ‘n Tapes made their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman.
 
The band then toured around the world for the next few years- playing shows with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Spoon, Cold War Kids, The Black Keys, Echo & the Bunnymen, and The Wrens.   In 2006 they were honored to play Reading/Leeds, and 2007 saw them rock out at Lollapalooza and Coachella.


When starting to work out songs for their follow up, Walk It Off, the band was asked who their dream producer was.  The obvious answer to them was Mr. Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT).  With twelve songs in hand, the band made the jaunt to upstate New York to live and work with Fridmann for two amazing weeks- one week in September 2007 to record and one week in October 2007 to mix.  However, years of touring, the political climate, and distance from friends and family had changed the band, and given them a different point of view- one that seemed to pervade their sound.  Spin praised the record saying, “the tunes are tighter and performances far more dynamic and aggressive…..they can now pull off jittery punk and understated, graceful melancholy.”  XL released Walk It Off in April of 2008, on the same day the band made their debut on Conan O’Brien.

After touring and supporting Walk It Off for the following year, it was time for a little R & R- rest and relaxation.  They purposefully took their time and tried to get back to a place where the band was fun, and not work.  They also decided to go back to their roots and do everything on their own, with no label involvement.  They cut ties with XL, and re-launched ibid records, their own label which initially released The Loon.  The brothers tapes had saved their pennies over the years and set out to make the record they’ve always wanted to make – Outside.  They wanted to record at home and self-produce, which they did over two weeks at The Terrarium in Minneapolis, MN in March of 2010.   The next step was getting the talented Mr. Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) to lend his ears to the mix.  Grier spent two more weeks in Bridgeport, CT while Katis mixed the record to perfection.  Tapes ‘n Tapes finally have the record they’ve always wanted- twelve songs that are playful and melodic, while also capturing the essence and energy of their live show.   Grier said, “We had a great time making Outside and we wanted our enjoyment of the process to be audible in the recording, and I think we succeeded.”  One thing is for sure, Tapes ‘n Tapes feel like they are making music for the right reasons – fun and pure love for music.  And as Grier always says, “Everything else is gravy.”  Outside will be released on January 11, 2011.


http://www.midwestix.com/organizations/mid-west-music-fest


Thursday April 19, 2012 11:30pm - 1:00am
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

11:30pm

Toki Wright

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Raised in a Buddhist household, immersing himself in Black history, world culture, and community work, Toki Wright’s awareness of the diverse world we live in is translated through his content driven music. He has taken paths that run the gamut from a non-profit youth organization in North Minneapolis to work with war-affected children in Northern Uganda. As an artist, Wright’s travels have taken him throughout the United States and Canada as support and hypeman for Brother Ali. Other performance credits include Soundset, Coachella, CMJ, Bumbershoot , Paid Dues, Scribble Jam, and SXSW.

Being an active presence in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene, Wright has been featured on recordings by Atmosphere, P.O.S, and C-Rayz Walz, to name a few. With years of experience and numerous accolades (2007 Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards “Best Knowledge Spitta” Winner, 2006 KMOJ Radio Artist of the Year, 2003 Star Tribune Artist of the Year - Honorable Mention, 2002 City Pages Hip-Hop Artists of the Year, 2002 Minnesota Music Award Nominee: Best Hip-Hop Artist, and more…), Toki Wright is ready to go to the next level with his debut solo, full-length release, A Different Mirror on Rhymesayers Entertainment June 9th, 2009.

As the first artist in the newly developed Rhymesayers Spotlight Series, aimed at bringing new emerging, independent artists to the masses. Toki Wright comes armed with skill and determination. His insightful lyrics are balanced by smooth, flowing beats by local stand out producers Benzilla and Medium Zach of Fam Feud, and Rhymesayers own Brother Ali.

Toki recently wrote of the leaked track “State of Emergency”: “Never before has this generation been at more of a critical point than now… the present day. War and Peace. Poverty and Gluttony. Enslavement and Freedom. Each measure of the spectrum entangled in the ultimate fight for power. Obtaining justice and equality are no easy tasks, our forefathers and mothers have proven this to be true. May this surge of energy be the catalyst for global understanding. In our struggle let us not forget the trials and tribulations of the great many who have walked along the hazardous path. Recognize history. Prepare yourself for the future. We are in a STATE OF EMERGENCY!”?

Toki Wright is a thoughtful and important voice prepared to educate and challenge as well as entertain. As promised, audiences will be afforded access to A Different Mirror.

“One of the dopest emcees around, who makes noise both on the microphone and as an un-compromising community activist…” -Davey D
RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT!!


Thursday April 19, 2012 11:30pm - Friday April 20, 2012 12:30am
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

11:30pm

Tapes 'n Tapes

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Tapes ‘n Tapes is a rock band from Minneapolis, MN, made up of Josh Grier on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Kretzmann on keys and horns, Erik Appelwick on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Jeremy Hanson on percussion.  Grier said he formed the band in 2003, to “have fun with my friends.  I always wanted to see if I could play music with others and for others.”   Grier and his buddies amassed “tapes ‘n tapes” of noodling, experimental jams and declared themselves officially a band.
 
In the winter of 2004, the band now known as Tapes ‘n Tapes bought some recording equipment and headed out to a rustic cabin in the woods of Wisconsin.  They recorded their self-titled, now long out of print, seven song EP in three days.  Songs like “Beach Girls” and “50’s Parking” from the EP are still in their live set today.

Next up for the band was recording their critically acclaimed follow up, The Loon.  Appelwick recorded, mixed and produced the eleven song record with the band in one week at a friend’s home studio.  The Loon came out in November of 2005 on ibid records, and no one was ready for what came next.   People started to notice the foursome’s jangly, melodic brand of rock and the band started touring – gaining more and more attention from music critics and fans all over the world.  Even the Thin White Duke took notice.  “’Insistor’ is the first single, and it's cracking. It was a slow grower, but once that chorus digs in there's really no escape,” said Mr. David Bowie.  The prestigious XL Recordings re-released The Loon in July of 2006, the same month Tapes ‘n Tapes made their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman.
 
The band then toured around the world for the next few years- playing shows with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Spoon, Cold War Kids, The Black Keys, Echo & the Bunnymen, and The Wrens.   In 2006 they were honored to play Reading/Leeds, and 2007 saw them rock out at Lollapalooza and Coachella.


When starting to work out songs for their follow up, Walk It Off, the band was asked who their dream producer was.  The obvious answer to them was Mr. Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT).  With twelve songs in hand, the band made the jaunt to upstate New York to live and work with Fridmann for two amazing weeks- one week in September 2007 to record and one week in October 2007 to mix.  However, years of touring, the political climate, and distance from friends and family had changed the band, and given them a different point of view- one that seemed to pervade their sound.  Spin praised the record saying, “the tunes are tighter and performances far more dynamic and aggressive…..they can now pull off jittery punk and understated, graceful melancholy.”  XL released Walk It Off in April of 2008, on the same day the band made their debut on Conan O’Brien.

After touring and supporting Walk It Off for the following year, it was time for a little R & R- rest and relaxation.  They purposefully took their time and tried to get back to a place where the band was fun, and not work.  They also decided to go back to their roots and do everything on their own, with no label involvement.  They cut ties with XL, and re-launched ibid records, their own label which initially released The Loon.  The brothers tapes had saved their pennies over the years and set out to make the record they’ve always wanted to make – Outside.  They wanted to record at home and self-produce, which they did over two weeks at The Terrarium in Minneapolis, MN in March of 2010.   The next step was getting the talented Mr. Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) to lend his ears to the mix.  Grier spent two more weeks in Bridgeport, CT while Katis mixed the record to perfection.  Tapes ‘n Tapes finally have the record they’ve always wanted- twelve songs that are playful and melodic, while also capturing the essence and energy of their live show.   Grier said, “We had a great time making Outside and we wanted our enjoyment of the process to be audible in the recording, and I think we succeeded.”  One thing is for sure, Tapes ‘n Tapes feel like they are making music for the right reasons – fun and pure love for music.  And as Grier always says, “Everything else is gravy.”  Outside will be released on January 11, 2011.


http://www.midwestix.com/organizations/mid-west-music-fest

Thursday April 19, 2012 11:30pm - Friday April 20, 2012 1:00am
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

11:59pm

(21+) Turn Back Now

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

We are a Minneapolis band that loves to play at 100% energy ALL THE TIME we rock the party and bring the ruckus



Thursday April 19, 2012 11:59pm - Friday April 20, 2012 1:00am
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin
 
Friday, April 20
 

3:00pm

(Free) Nancy Edstrom

Winona, MN 

According to the Wonderful Super Duper Delicious Winona Variety Show, Nancy has taught French, Choir, or Piano to 33% of the entire population of Winona. A member of the Hal Leonard family, this afternoon Nancy will be performing on a new gift to the WCHS--an historic Steinway piano.


Friday April 20, 2012 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Winona County History Center 160 Johnson St

4:00pm

(Free) John Bernadot

Winona, MN

"Local legend" doesn't quite do John Bernadot justice--he's been everywhere and done everything, locally and nationally. He's performed alongside the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, Elvis and the Beatles. And he's been dead before!  He's the man of live-radio, the guy on the float, your friend at the coffeeshop...and a man that someone should write a story about.

To hear the words come from John Bernadot's mouth, it's almost hard to believe.

"I'm almost kind of glad it happened," John said.

"It" was a stroke the popular Winona area singer, musician and humorist suffered while doing his weekly radio broadcast. The stroke nearly killed him, but John says it helped him realize and appreciate all the people his life and music have touched.

"I've had an amazing life," said John. "I still have all of that, but now I've turned into a guy who died and came back. The things the stroke affected are now coming back day by day."


Friday April 20, 2012 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Winona County History Center 160 Johnson St

5:00pm

Beet Root Stew

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Beet Root Stew serves up compelling original tunes, along with covers of other roots music in bluegrass, country, and rock and roll. If you are looking for some good raw music that will make you want to get up and dance, they are the band.

Formed in Winona, Minnesota in the deep winter of 2006, Beet Root Stew brings a grassy twang with a backyard feel. Sharing stage with folks like Cornmeal, Great American Taxi, Trampled By Turtles, Charlie Parr and Victor Barnes Bluegrass Insurgents. Beet Root Stew has become a staple of new-grass music around southeastern Minnesota.




Friday April 20, 2012 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

5:00pm

(Free) Jon Eric

Iowa City, IA | banjo-maestro

To describe Jon Eric and his music, the ONLY true way to describe it, is to see him play for you live. If you could imagine trying to touch liquid mercury, THAT best describes his music. Sometimes difficult to put a finger on. The metallic and fluid singing and banjo work Jon Eric is best known for, is definitely playful enough to make your "temperature rise" into a dancing frenzy! Jon Eric WILL change your perception about how the banjo should "sound".
This will be the 2nd year "The Banjo Ninja" Jon Eric plays MWMF in Winona!
www.jonericmusic.com


Friday April 20, 2012 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Winona County History Center 160 Johnson St

5:30pm

Kyle Ollah

Duluth, MN | Listen

 

Kyle has been noted most recently for his songwriting contributions and voice to the experimental folk rock band Yester. “Yester have been one of the big Duluth buzz bands this year. Their sound is reminiscent of CSN&Y, Simon & Garfunkel, as well as modern indie folksters like Fleet Foxes.”, says Perfect Duluth Day. Aside from his efforts with Yester, Kyle can also be seen performing his favorite traditional folk tunes on solo guitar and banjo, taking tunes from the library of pickers such as Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, and Mississippi John Hurt.  



Friday April 20, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

5:30pm

Welcome to Dead House

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Welcome to Dead House is a collection of love songs written, recorded, and performed by Daniel Skoglund. The goal is to capture elements of love and death with simplicity and volume.



Friday April 20, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

5:30pm

Charlie Brown

Red Wing, MN | Listen (N/A)

 

The king of corn!!!




Friday April 20, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

6:00pm

Brahman Shaman

LaCrosse, WI | Listen

 

Brahman Shaman is a one man folk rock musician who incorporates vocals, guitar, and foot percussion into songs for the enjoyment of listeners and himself.

 

 



Friday April 20, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

6:00pm

Chris Koza

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Chris Koza is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter who has been recording and releasing albums since 2004, when he self- released the critically acclaimed “Exit Pesce”, a collection of 9 songs self-recorded and produced in a summer sublet apartment.

With both his full band, and also as a duo with longtime guitar player Peter Sieve, Koza has toured the U.S. a handful of times, winding his way through the Dakotas, Montana, and Washington state to his hometown of Portland, OR, through the state of California, across Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri, and back to Minnesota through the Iowan Interstate.

In the Twin Cities, Koza performs as both a solo artist, as part of ensemble shows, and primarily with his band Rogue Valley .  His song-writing carries a strong emphasis on the lyrical and poetic elements, with stylings and textures rooted in folk and americana traditions.  It is impossible to ignore his influences through a classic and contemporary pop music lineage including the likes of The Zombies, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, Greg Brown, Elliot Smith, Ryan Adams, Brendon Benson, and Fleet Foxes, to name a few.

Chris Koza and his band Rogue Valley have shared the stage, supported, or been involved in festivals with many notable artists including: Spoon, Weezer, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon, The Jayhawks, Grace Potter & the Nocternals, Mason Jennings, Eric Hutchinson, Nellie Mckay, Céu, Cloud Cult, Jeremy Messersmith, Haley Bonar, Scout Niblett, Jay Clifford, Jennifer O’Conner, et al.


Friday April 20, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

6:00pm

Fairfax, AK

Wisconsin Rapids, WI | Listen

 

"That might have been the loudest folk act I have ever heard" - Steve McCllellan

Pat Dougherty began writing songs in a borrowed storage closet. Tinkering with only a friend's drum set and an old organ, he would periodically emerge to share the works in progress to handful of close friends that would later become Fairfax, AK.

After spending the summer performing around the Midwest, the group retreated to an attic in a worn, yellow house in Frogtown and began crafting their upcoming debut album, 'Love Stories and Picture Shows.'

Fairfax, AK is an acoustic battlefield. Their relentless energy makes live performances a spectacle. The group refuses to use setlists, and will often improvise songs, lyrics, and dynamics. Any audience member should come ready to participate because these punk rock troubadours will yell, clap, and stomp their way through some of the most unique folk songs you will ever hear.

Fairfax, AK is an acoustic battlefield. Their relentless energy makes live performances a spectacle. The group refuses to use setlists, and will often improvise songs, lyrics, and dynamics. Any audience member should come ready to participate because these punk rock troubadours will yell, clap, and stomp their way through some of the most unique folk songs you will ever hear.



Friday April 20, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

6:00pm

Polish Heritage Music and Polka!

Midwest Music Fest events at the Polish Museum (04/20/2012)
As part of the Midwest Music Fest we are offering two events at the Polish Museum. We are proud to present the Heritage Concert. In the museum you will be treated to music taken from the archives of the museum. Dr. Michael Dubiaga searched through pieces of music that have not been heard in many years. Michael will be playing the violin along with Nancy Edstrom on the piano. I have been treated already as they have practiced in the museum as I am typing this article and it is simply beautiful. Please join us for a blend of traditional Polish music that dates back to the early 1900’s. These pieces range from traditional patriotic, dance and folk pieces written by early American Polish immigrants. They will play from 7-8pm and there will be a reception to follow

Also, if you want to cut a rug we have the Overall Kampa’s playing your polka favorites. They are our good friends from the Arcadia/Independence area. They will be playing in the Polish Museum Annex from 6-9pm. Popcorn and soda’s to be served. This band is known for getting you up and off the chair to dance.

*The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum will be also be FREE admission during MWMF, Thurs-Sat. 10-3pm.


Friday April 20, 2012 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Polish Museum 102 Liberty St

6:30pm

Jon Eric

Iowa City, IA | Listen


Jon Eric is best known for his banjo skills. Jon's dedication, and years of playing have led him to become a legend in pushing the boundaries of what the banjo can sound like. "I love all types of music, but many people really underestimate what the banjo can do," he says as he breaks into a harmonic melting pot of jazz and blues. Jon Eric expertise also includes guitar, vocals, and dobro. He is well educated in music production and currently teaches to share his love of music.

A member of ASCAP, IBMA, SPBGMA , Jon Eric has found a new home in the WWB (www.worldwidebluegrass.com), who has brought him back to his bluegrass roots.

Jon continues to be closely involved in his local community of Iowa City. As well as traveling nationally for performances. Book Jon Eric to make sure he is available for your next engagement, or see him play on You Tube.



Friday April 20, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

6:30pm

porcupine

La Crosse, WI | Listen

 

There are approximately seven million indie bands operating on planet Earth as of yesterday.....we are one of them.

"A nice slice of contemporary rock with its own flavour....“The Trouble With You” is a smooth and absorbing listen which somehow manages to fill the space betwixt Queen and Queens Of The Stone Age"
www.subba-cultcha.com

"A well-crafted jumble of sounds....approachable guitar-pop, even when the hooks occasionally catch listeners off- guard"
www.theonion.com



Friday April 20, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

6:30pm

Jake Manders

“As a child, I remember listening to my aunt and uncles sit around and play Hank Williams and Patsy Cline songs in my parent’s kitchen, I had no idea that music would make a huge impact on my life”

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, singer-songwriter (and original member of the alt-bluegrass band The Pistol Whippin’ Party PenguinsJake Manders, started writing songs and playing guitar when we was 14.  To remember them all he recorded them on a handheld tape cassette player before finally transferring them to his laptop.  Today Jake has a collection of more than 200 original songs... In 2009 he started recording for his first full-length album at Slow Studios with Ben Kyle of the alt-country band Romantica. Over the two years it took to complete the album Jake invited many of his friends from the music scene to add their talent to the ongoing project.  Some of the songs on the album were written during the two years in which they were recorded while others were written 5, 10 or even 15 years prior.  

 


http://www.jakemanders.com/

Friday April 20, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

7:00pm

Michelle Lynn & The Bad Passengers

Decorah, IA/Tri-State

A local "supergroup" of sorts featuring Michelle Lynn (guitar/writer), Adam Ptacek (bass), and Matt Olson (drums). Based out of Decorah, Iowa, Michelle is known for her steady performance schedule, which regularly brings her to every corner of the Driftless Region in the Upper Midwest. She is occasionally joined on stage by a rotating cast of musicians dubbed The Bad Passengers; most regularly featuring Adam Ptacek (Rearview Mirror) on bass and Matt Olson (Brahman Shaman; Rearview Mirror) on drums . She is currently busy recording her fifth album after playing well over 100 shows in 2011.


Friday April 20, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

7:00pm

The Feelin'

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Alternative Soul music from the heart - for the heart.
Nicholas Mrozinski is a vibrant, dynamic, and multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist from Saint Paul, MN.  Nicholas is making music that is connecting with people, all around the world, on a deeply human level. Nicholas’ music is fully integrated, incorporating many schools of music and thought. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics, and liquid piano playing truly set him apart and are the reason Skope Magazine calls him “an authentic artist of this millennium.”  His one-of-a-kind sound is passionate, captivating, intelligent, diverse, genuine, fresh, and he truly 'feels' it.  It's no wonder why his thriving Twin Cities music scene affectionately refers to him as "the feelin".
Nicholas truly is one of a kind, and a must see.  He gives himself over to the music.  It's almost like he channels it from somewhere else.  Fans repeatedly talk about how his live shows are like some sort of new church or spiritual alternative that they actually want to be a part of.  And those words mean a lot from everyday folks who are not openly spiritual or the church going type.
Currently you can catch the local legend at any of his 3 weekly residencies around the Twin Cities, or touring out a bit further on the weekends.

With 5 studio albums, national radio play, amazing reviews, and many great charity and collaborative efforts all under his belt, Nicholas is currently back in the studio working on album number 6, stronger and more inspired than ever.
Nicholas' music is available worldwide on iTunes, at http://www.thefeelin.com, and in other fine stores.
Here's a documentary short to take you in for a more personal look at the man and his music.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0flg8AeeRQ

Additional Info:
Discography:
•Nicholas Mrozinski & Dylan Nau - "In Formation" (2011)
•Minnesota Beatle Project - Vol. I - Charity album benefitting Music Programs in MN schools. (2009) 

•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Together We’re Stronger" (2009)

•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Oak Chase Way" (2008)

•Nicholas Mrozinski & the Feelin Band - "The Sacred Play of Life" (2008)
•Teague Alexy w/ the Feelin Band - "The New Folklore" (2007) (Collaborative Effort)
•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Four Legged Light" (2004)

Nicholas loves to keep things fresh, and incorporates dozens of local MN musicians in his shows.  For instance, his critically acclaimed album "Together We're Stronger" that featured local Minnesota musicians from over 40 local bands.  That album allowed all of these musicians to be a part of an album that was played at hundreds of radio stations across the country.  Nicholas' list of players and band mates is ever growing, changing, and yet, there's always room for everyone somehow.  There is a freedom in the playing that makes musicians love to play with him.  He gives them a chance to add there own unique spin on his songs, and to create in the moment.  It makes the music that much more wonderful.
Nicholas’ was a big part of the hugely successful charity album, The Minnesota Beatle Project.  His rendition of The Beatles classic “Across the Universe” was in heavy rotation for months on 89.3, "The Current."  The album was named "Best Local Compilation CD" by the City Pages and also reigned as top seller for multiple weeks at Electric Fetus.  To date, this project raised over $50,000 to help keep music programs alive in Minnesota Public Schools.  NIcholas wants to help wherever he can.  If you have a charity project where Nicholas can be of assisance please be in touch.

Nicholas and his own Label, Wake the World, are among an powerfully emerging trend of Conscious-Capitalists and Eco-Entrepreneurs. All of their CD packaging and mailings feature "green" design, using only recycled materials and FSC certified products. Nicholas and his label are actively seeking to connect with other like-minded organizations, charities, and individuals.  Let us know how we can help at wtwmusic@gmail.com.
Nicholas Mrozinski & the Feelin Band on the Interweb:

www.thefeelin.com
www.facebook.com/thefeelin
www.myspace.com/thefeelin
www.twitter.com/thefeelin

FACT SHEET:

RADIO-

• KSCR – Los Angeles
• WRBB – Boston, MA
• WRAS – Atlanta, GA
• WRDP – Chicago, IL
• WXAV – Chicago, IL
• WIIT – Chicago, IL
• WVIA – Pittston, PA
• WPTS – Pittsburg, PA
• WODU – Norfolk, VA
• KAOS – Olympia, WA
• WXCU – Columbus, OH
• WTJU – Charlottesville, NC
• WWUH – West Harford, CT
• KANM – College Station, TX
• KCMP – Minneapolis, MN
• KFAI – Minneapolis, MN
• WMUC – College Park, MD
• WSBU – St. Bonaventure, NY
• WERU – East Orland, ME
• WUAG – Greensboro, NC
• KAMP – Tucson, AZ
• KBSU – Boise, ID
• KGLT – Bozeman, MT
• WMHD – Terre Haute, ID
• WAWL – Chattanooga, TN
• KWVR – St. Louis, MO
• KNDS – Fargo, ND
• WIDR – Kalamazoo, MI


PRESS

“You will be diggin’ Nicholas Mrozinski’s distinct musical qualities as an authentic artist of this millennium.” – Skope Magazine

“This music draws you in, and keeps you fixated from the first note. It's like falling in love with music all over again.” – Budgeteer News

“Mrozinski’s voice channels the sincerity of Ray LaMontagne and mixes it with the playfulness of Jason Mraz.” – Lunch of Champions

“A Chosen One...Mrozinski lets the listener know that he cares and does so with a special enamor...all told through his Magnetizing and Global Voice.” – Rift Magazine

“Simply brilliant. Beautiful, powerful energy” – Brian Johnson of PhilosophersNotes

 




Friday April 20, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

7:00pm

Riflebird

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Riflebird is a mult-piece indie rock band from Winona, MN.  Their music crosses genres, ranging from haunting melodies to driving rock.  Riflebird was a newly formed band when they played MWMF last year.  Now, with their debut recording soon to be available, they are excited to play the event again. Permanent members include:Lindsay Krage - Vocals, Keyboard, and French HornZach Krage - GuitarDan Wilson - Bass and Banjo


Friday April 20, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

7:00pm

Coconut & The Duke

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Coconut and The Duke play eccentric, acoustic music in a variety of styles: folk, jazz, surf, reggae, spaghetti-western, tiki-tiki and the most mystical of all: ‘unclassifiable’.  They aim to surprise themselves and ultimately make the ‘unclassifiable’ exciting for the listener.



Friday April 20, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

7:30pm

Jaybone Bell

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Jaybone Bell fell out of the sky in 1989, and to the surprise of his parents and relatives he proved himself to be incredibly normal. Not a day past by that he did not brush his teeth or comb his hair. He wore his shirt tucked in nice to his plastic pants and he even attended Sunday school regularly. This all of course changed on a sunny day sometime around the passing of the new millennium when the mysterious methods of the universe caught up to him in the form of a guitar. Jaybone soon ruined his voice singing long into the night and broke off the tips of his fingers continuously till the age of 18 when they finally figured out how to heal themselves. Bell’s songs sing of hope and despair and iron and salt, and all the other ingredients that life seems to throw his way.


Friday April 20, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

7:30pm

Jolly Roger Protocol

La Crosse, WI | Listen

 

Jolly Roger Protocol is an experiment dedicated to exploring original rock grooves from an electronic point of view. By combining the flexibility and guitar tones of jam/rock bands with modern dub and synth sounds along with Soulful vocals Jolly Roger Protocol brings a very unique blend that will move a crowds body and soul. 



Friday April 20, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

7:30pm

Don D Harvey

LaCrosse, WI | Listen

 

Don is an entertainer with acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals. His style has been called everything from Contemporary Folk, Jazz, Acoustic Rock, Reggae, Blues, to Country and Singer/Songwriter.
He can wow an audience with his miniature harmonica, wild and lively whistling , or quirky dance.

Don is an award winning songwriter who performs as a solo artist and also plays with the “Ultrasonic Duo”. He is also a former High School teacher and coach.



Friday April 20, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

7:30pm

($7) WSU Jazz Ensemble

We have partnered with Winona State University to collaborate during their Music Gala Weekend, and this performance has a special rate for folks with MWMF wristbands.

The WSU jazz ensemble is an elite group of outstanding musicians selected by audition each fall semester. This 18-piece group performs both traditional and contemporary jazz in all styles from concert jazz to dance music.

The jazz ensemble is one of the most active groups on campus performing several times each year. Many of the concerts feature guest artists from the U.S. and abroad who perform with and clinic the band providing additional instruction opportunities for students.

The WSU jazz ensemble makes frequent appearances at jazz festivals throughout the U.S. and also tours throughout the tri-state region performing at area schools.

http://www.winona.edu/foj/


http://www.winona.edu/foj/

Friday April 20, 2012 7:30pm - 9:00pm
WSU Performing Arts Center 175 West Mark St

8:00pm

As It Is

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

As It Is has grown into a full folk-rock band over the past two years. The music has been built up around Sean Michel's genuine, heartfelt songs; it can best be described as orchestral folk. Subtle harmony, tasteful drums/percussion and intimate lyrics are their bread and butter, though they do escalate to high-energy folk-rock during their live shows.



Friday April 20, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

8:00pm

Yester

Duluth, MN | Listen

 

Yester is an experimental folk rock quartet composed of acoustic/electric guitars, upright/electric bass, winds, and percussion. Rich in texture, dynamics and four-part harmony, it comes as no surprise when Yester finds their music compared to bands like Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, and Midlake that dominate the folk scene. Yester has toured through the west coast on their first EP last winter, and are in the process of putting out another EP on Forward Records with plans to tour on it over the summer months. 



Friday April 20, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

8:00pm

Midwest Dilemma

Omaha, NE | Listen

 

Debut release won album of the year (with Conor Oberst and The Faint in the running), toured US, Canada, and Europe, charted CMJ top 200, played SXSW, NXNE, Walk the Line (UK), shared the stage with Bright Eyes, Counting Crows, David Rawlings Machine (Gillian Welsh), Langhorne Slim, Kathleen Edwards, Lenka, Mike Daughty and hundreds more! We are new, weird, orchestral, folk, rock, waltz from Omaha, NE! We love you!



Friday April 20, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

8:00pm

Charlie Parr

Duluth, MN | Listen

 

A confused and shy individual, Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. Charlie has failed at most things in his life. Music seems to have rendered him unemployable and is the only thing he’s ever done with any confidence. A lot of folks have been saying nice things about Charlie, despite the lingering odors and indecipherable comments he makes. It says a lot about folks; they’re hanging in there with him, in spite of himself.



Friday April 20, 2012 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

8:30pm

Galynne Goodwill

Wisconsin Rapids, WI | Listen

 

My name is Galynne Goodwill. 

I am a singer/songwriter writing soulful, conscious, groovy, acoustic pop songs. My business is writing songs -- and my product is my newest CD called "Lovers of Wisdom"   If I were to sum up the collective theme of the music it would be this: "We are remembering that deep within each of us lies the wisdom and knowledge of the Universe. We do not need to be told how to think or what to believe by the media, religious or political leaders… AND… we are not as messed up as the pharmaceutical commercials lead us to believe."

I'd like to believe my music has the potential to inspire heart-felt conversations about things that truly matter in this crazy-beautiful world. My intention is to always be in line with the highest wisdom found within every lesson or topic.



Friday April 20, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

8:30pm

DJ Episteme

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

"Epistêmê got  into DJing after coming into the rave scene as a patron and has since been climbing the ladder for his spot amongst his dreams!  What was once only in thought has come to full fruition. Starting out with hip hop and turntablism; scratching, beat juggling and mixing to get a better grasp of the decks and the skills desired to be a truely great and well rounded DJ. He has spun at clubs and raves throughout Duluth and the Twin Cities.  Eventually joining with the powerhouse hip hop groups Option Two and Rapfam as well as spinning for several other MCs.  He rocks the decks with the best of them while always bringing a killer show.  Expect only the best from Epistêmê.  A bowtie and cufflinks are the swagger behind the decks; he is "the guy with the bowtie!"

 


 

 


Friday April 20, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

8:30pm

Hill County Destroyer

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Hill County Destroyer is a driving three piece based out of Winona, Minnesota that draws influence from the limestone bluffs that encase the town to the east, west and south and the great muddy river that boarders to the north. The band consists of J. Rehn Datta on guitar and lead vocals, Dietz Parker on bass and vocals and C. Wardwell on drums. Raw and rowdy rhythm oriented and slide accented guitar riffs, supported by the massive rhythm machine of Parker and Wardwell, Hill County Destroyer has a sound all its own. Juke joint blues to make you remember you have a soul, alt-country to tear it apart, hard biting rock and roll to lose it, and old timey gospel to salve it. Hill County Destroyer plays their music raw, rowdy, fast and loud . . . the way it was meant to be.


Friday April 20, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

8:30pm

Patti Darbo and Stacy Hughes

Winona, MN | Listen

Patti Darbo is a local singer/songwriter with a beautiful rich alto voice who writes heartfelt songs about the human experience. She is joined by Stacy Hughes, another local singer with a gorgeous soprano voice... their voices blend in amazing harmonies, with solid guitar accompaniment. Their music has been said to "soothe the soul".  This MWMF set will actually be a quartet--with the sound rounded out by 2/3rd's of the Bus Boys--Dedrick Benz and Mark Christenson (on bass and guitar).

 




Friday April 20, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

9:00pm

The May North

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

The May North is an original progressive alt-grass stringband from the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Our original music is influenced by our backgrounds in many styles of music. We have spent 2011 writing new music, recording our first album, and playing venues and festivals in Minneapolis/St. Paul, surrounding suburbs, and Winona, Minnesota. We celebrated the release of our debut full-length album, "Songs from the North Country," with a pair of album release shows at Ed's (no name) Bar in Winona, MN, and the 331 Club in Minneapolis.  Follow The May North on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/#!/themaynorth


Friday April 20, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

9:00pm

Ruben

Stillwater, MN | Listen

 

Ruben released "Slow Bleed/Let Me Start" in June of 2011, and have since been featured on The Current's Local Show, WCCO, and KFAI Radio.  Their blend of several types of rock ranges from Stax like ballads to swampy blues rock.  Having participated in MWMF since it's inception, the guys look forward to rejoining the party with some new tunes, this time with a horn section and a bigger sound.



Friday April 20, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

9:00pm

Charlie Parr

Duluth, MN | Listen

 

A confused and shy individual, Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. Charlie has failed at most things in his life. Music seems to have rendered him unemployable and is the only thing he’s ever done with any confidence. A lot of folks have been saying nice things about Charlie, despite the lingering odors and indecipherable comments he makes. It says a lot about folks; they’re hanging in there with him, in spite of himself.


Friday April 20, 2012 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

9:00pm

Ben Weaver

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN | Listen

 

For 31-year-old Minnesota-native Ben Weaver, the follow-up to his lauded 2008 album, The Ax in the Oak, came from a  somewhat unexpected series of life choices and experiences.  In the spring of 2009 Weaver decided to take some time away from touring to pursue his interest in food and cooking.  It was while working as a prep and garde manger cook at a farm-to-table restaurant in Minneapolis, that the songs on his latest album, Mirepoix and Smoke, started to take shape:

"Eventually the good songs started to come. Ones that felt real, had their own legs. They came like all good things do. When I ceased looking. Connected to my surroundings, my past, my life, for what it all was, without romanticizing what I thought it should or could be. I found a new perspective. Let the birds in my head fly free."

While The Ax in the Oak was more complex in its sound—the result of a collaboration between Weaver and Brian Deck (Califone, Iron and Wine)—Mirepoix and Smoke is a decidedly more bucolic affair; its songs are barely accompanied by more than Weaver’s guitar or banjo and his voice, allowing for a more sensory experience of Weaver’s signature lyrical poetics. You just don’t hear Mirepoix and Smoke—you smell it, taste it, feel it and see it.

 

 



Friday April 20, 2012 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

9:30pm

DJ Tommy LAH and DJosh

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Josh and Thomas Dégallier mix all your favorite songs into a continuous DJ set. There will be lots o' dupstep, so

PLEASE BRING:
towel
new socks
rain poncho
any personal hygiene products
food for us
change of clothes
shorts




Friday April 20, 2012 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

9:30pm

The Primitive Blues Band

Winona, MN | Listen

 

"Formed in late 2009 the Primitive Blues band is a two piece punk/blues hybrid consisting of drummer Aaron Rykhus and guitarist singer Eli Glor.  After the last few years the band has moved from basement to basement refining there delta blues through a fuzzbox sound. Focusing on original material and reinterpretations of blues classics the Primitive Blues Band keep the spirit of depression era blues alive and exciting with a new sound."


Friday April 20, 2012 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

10:00pm

Rogue Valley

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Rogue Valley is a band born of grandiose ambition: in a single year, they have written, recorded, and successfully released four full length albums, each one sonically steeped in the season of its creation. Together, the four albums tell a sweeping story of love, loss, regret and hope that is inseparable from the geography of classic American wanderlust. The 46 songs act as chapters, standing strongly on their own, yet creating an undeniably rich experience when taken as a whole. Few bands are so productive in an entire career, yet Rogue Valley and songwriter Chris Koza have realized a breadth of ambition that is beyond simple prolificacy – the entire series stands out for its dynamism, craft, impeccable production and fantastic songwriting.

Imagine Ralph Waldo Emerson and Jeff Tweedy sharing a dugout canoe across a calm river; Jack Kerouac and My Morning Jacket sitting around a campfire; John Steinbeck and Fleet Foxes hitch-hiking along county roads and highways from coast to coast. Rogue Valley makes music that fills a dynamic spectrum, from surging electric guitar rock to woodsy finger-picking ballads. The unifying trait throughout is the band's soaring, lush vocal harmonies that lift the cinematic arrangements to emotional heights.

Known as one of the Twin Cities' most dynamic live acts, Rogue Valley and lead singer/songwriter Chris Koza perform regularly at top Minneapolis/St. Paul venues (First Avenue, The Fitzgerald Theater) and festivals (Basilica Block Party, MN State Fair), and have shared the stage or supported artists like Spoon, Weezer, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mason Jennings, Eric Hutchinson, Nellie McKay, Céu, Cloud Cult, Jeremy Messersmith, Haley Bonar, Scout Niblett, and Jay Clifford, among others.



Friday April 20, 2012 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

10:00pm

(21+) The Feelin'

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Alternative Soul music from the heart - for the heart.
Nicholas Mrozinski is a vibrant, dynamic, and multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist from Saint Paul, MN.  Nicholas is making music that is connecting with people, all around the world, on a deeply human level. Nicholas’ music is fully integrated, incorporating many schools of music and thought. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics, and liquid piano playing truly set him apart and are the reason Skope Magazine calls him “an authentic artist of this millennium.”  His one-of-a-kind sound is passionate, captivating, intelligent, diverse, genuine, fresh, and he truly 'feels' it.  It's no wonder why his thriving Twin Cities music scene affectionately refers to him as "the feelin".
Nicholas truly is one of a kind, and a must see.  He gives himself over to the music.  It's almost like he channels it from somewhere else.  Fans repeatedly talk about how his live shows are like some sort of new church or spiritual alternative that they actually want to be a part of.  And those words mean a lot from everyday folks who are not openly spiritual or the church going type.
Currently you can catch the local legend at any of his 3 weekly residencies around the Twin Cities, or touring out a bit further on the weekends.

With 5 studio albums, national radio play, amazing reviews, and many great charity and collaborative efforts all under his belt, Nicholas is currently back in the studio working on album number 6, stronger and more inspired than ever.
Nicholas' music is available worldwide on iTunes, at http://www.thefeelin.com, and in other fine stores.
Here's a documentary short to take you in for a more personal look at the man and his music.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0flg8AeeRQ

Additional Info:
Discography:
•Nicholas Mrozinski & Dylan Nau - "In Formation" (2011)
•Minnesota Beatle Project - Vol. I - Charity album benefitting Music Programs in MN schools. (2009) 

•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Together We’re Stronger" (2009)

•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Oak Chase Way" (2008)

•Nicholas Mrozinski & the Feelin Band - "The Sacred Play of Life" (2008)
•Teague Alexy w/ the Feelin Band - "The New Folklore" (2007) (Collaborative Effort)
•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Four Legged Light" (2004)

Nicholas loves to keep things fresh, and incorporates dozens of local MN musicians in his shows.  For instance, his critically acclaimed album "Together We're Stronger" that featured local Minnesota musicians from over 40 local bands.  That album allowed all of these musicians to be a part of an album that was played at hundreds of radio stations across the country.  Nicholas' list of players and band mates is ever growing, changing, and yet, there's always room for everyone somehow.  There is a freedom in the playing that makes musicians love to play with him.  He gives them a chance to add there own unique spin on his songs, and to create in the moment.  It makes the music that much more wonderful.
Nicholas’ was a big part of the hugely successful charity album, The Minnesota Beatle Project.  His rendition of The Beatles classic “Across the Universe” was in heavy rotation for months on 89.3, "The Current."  The album was named "Best Local Compilation CD" by the City Pages and also reigned as top seller for multiple weeks at Electric Fetus.  To date, this project raised over $50,000 to help keep music programs alive in Minnesota Public Schools.  NIcholas wants to help wherever he can.  If you have a charity project where Nicholas can be of assisance please be in touch.

Nicholas and his own Label, Wake the World, are among an powerfully emerging trend of Conscious-Capitalists and Eco-Entrepreneurs. All of their CD packaging and mailings feature "green" design, using only recycled materials and FSC certified products. Nicholas and his label are actively seeking to connect with other like-minded organizations, charities, and individuals.  Let us know how we can help at wtwmusic@gmail.com.
Nicholas Mrozinski & the Feelin Band on the Interweb:

www.thefeelin.com
www.facebook.com/thefeelin
www.myspace.com/thefeelin
www.twitter.com/thefeelin

FACT SHEET:

RADIO-

• KSCR – Los Angeles
• WRBB – Boston, MA
• WRAS – Atlanta, GA
• WRDP – Chicago, IL
• WXAV – Chicago, IL
• WIIT – Chicago, IL
• WVIA – Pittston, PA
• WPTS – Pittsburg, PA
• WODU – Norfolk, VA
• KAOS – Olympia, WA
• WXCU – Columbus, OH
• WTJU – Charlottesville, NC
• WWUH – West Harford, CT
• KANM – College Station, TX
• KCMP – Minneapolis, MN
• KFAI – Minneapolis, MN
• WMUC – College Park, MD
• WSBU – St. Bonaventure, NY
• WERU – East Orland, ME
• WUAG – Greensboro, NC
• KAMP – Tucson, AZ
• KBSU – Boise, ID
• KGLT – Bozeman, MT
• WMHD – Terre Haute, ID
• WAWL – Chattanooga, TN
• KWVR – St. Louis, MO
• KNDS – Fargo, ND
• WIDR – Kalamazoo, MI


PRESS

“You will be diggin’ Nicholas Mrozinski’s distinct musical qualities as an authentic artist of this millennium.” – Skope Magazine

“This music draws you in, and keeps you fixated from the first note. It's like falling in love with music all over again.” – Budgeteer News

“Mrozinski’s voice channels the sincerity of Ray LaMontagne and mixes it with the playfulness of Jason Mraz.” – Lunch of Champions

“A Chosen One...Mrozinski lets the listener know that he cares and does so with a special enamor...all told through his Magnetizing and Global Voice.” – Rift Magazine

“Simply brilliant. Beautiful, powerful energy” – Brian Johnson of PhilosophersNotes

 




Friday April 20, 2012 10:00pm - Saturday April 21, 2012 1:00am
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

10:30pm

Bunny Phone

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Bunny Phone is a team of two fine gentlemen from Winona. We DJ our original tracks, as well as songs created by other producers.  Our performance includes electronic music, colorful flashing lights, fog, and wild, random stage props.  We had a very successful performance at DIBS Cafe in November, and will be performing again at the same venue in early February.  We are an eclectic duo, serious about our music, and prepared to interact with our audience in order to put on a great performance.  



Friday April 20, 2012 10:30pm - 11:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

10:30pm

The 4ontheFloor

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

They pull no punches. They won’t bore you with trying to explain how multi-genre and indefinable they are. The 4onthefloor play rock music. The 4onthefloor play blues music. And they do it in 4/4 time.

4×4, The 4onthefloor’s debut album, showcases the band’s heavy-handed (or should we say heavy-footed) rhythm section that, when paired with lead singer Gabriel Douglas’ gritty, baritone vocals, makes the listener both nostalgic and ready to drink… or maybe even fight. Through gutsy Delta–Blues and classic Americana, The 4onthefloor put their signature stomp on these classic genres with not one but four bass drums pulsing to the beat of all 16 tracks.

Inspired by The Doors, Muddy Waters, CCR, Howlin’ Wolf, Tommy James & the Shondells and Waylon Jennings to name a few, all four members operate on the same hard-hitting, bourbon-infused wavelength while keeping perfect time.

Members:
BD1 – Gabriel Douglas
BD2 – James Gould
BD3 – Chris Holm
BD4 – Mark Larson



Friday April 20, 2012 10:30pm - 11:15pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

11:00pm

Rogue Valley

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Rogue Valley is a band born of grandiose ambition: in a single year, they have written, recorded, and successfully released four full length albums, each one sonically steeped in the season of its creation. Together, the four albums tell a sweeping story of love, loss, regret and hope that is inseparable from the geography of classic American wanderlust. The 46 songs act as chapters, standing strongly on their own, yet creating an undeniably rich experience when taken as a whole. Few bands are so productive in an entire career, yet Rogue Valley and songwriter Chris Koza have realized a breadth of ambition that is beyond simple prolificacy – the entire series stands out for its dynamism, craft, impeccable production and fantastic songwriting.

Imagine Ralph Waldo Emerson and Jeff Tweedy sharing a dugout canoe across a calm river; Jack Kerouac and My Morning Jacket sitting around a campfire; John Steinbeck and Fleet Foxes hitch-hiking along county roads and highways from coast to coast. Rogue Valley makes music that fills a dynamic spectrum, from surging electric guitar rock to woodsy finger-picking ballads. The unifying trait throughout is the band's soaring, lush vocal harmonies that lift the cinematic arrangements to emotional heights.

Known as one of the Twin Cities' most dynamic live acts, Rogue Valley and lead singer/songwriter Chris Koza perform regularly at top Minneapolis/St. Paul venues (First Avenue, The Fitzgerald Theater) and festivals (Basilica Block Party, MN State Fair), and have shared the stage or supported artists like Spoon, Weezer, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mason Jennings, Eric Hutchinson, Nellie McKay, Céu, Cloud Cult, Jeremy Messersmith, Haley Bonar, Scout Niblett, and Jay Clifford, among others.



Friday April 20, 2012 11:00pm - 11:59pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

11:30pm

DJ Panther and MOE Lights

Winona, MN | Listen

 

My partner and I Dj live electronic music, including my own music and others. We match our lights system to our music for a show like none other!


Friday April 20, 2012 11:30pm - 12:30pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

11:30pm

White Iron Band

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

The White Iron Band is a high-energy renegade American roots band specializing in foot-stompin, forget-what-troubles-ya music. With energy to blow your face off and enough soul to well your eyes, the band is best taken live with friends and strangers. White Iron shows combine lyrical accessibility and explosive musicianship to produce a rich experience for the head, heart, and legs.

Originally formed in Ely, MN, the heart of Minnesota’s northern Iron Range, by frontman Matt Pudas, guitarist Sammy Weyandt and keyboardist Eddie Juntunen, the White Iron Band embodies the triumphs and struggles of the everyday man.  Their songs carry a tinge of the old cowboy legends canonized by the Highwaymen, with stories ranging from tales of love, pain, jail, work and whiskey.  Now based in Minneapolis, the group has established a passionate and equally as rowdy fan-base throughout the Midwest and has traveled further to spread their unique mix of blues, country and Americana roots music.

After more than 10 years together the band has played over a thousand shows and released four full-length, original albums.  After the success of their latest independent release Devil’s Sweet Revenge (2008), the group has gone back to the studio with renewed vigor to record a fifth album.  Production is already underway so expect the album to be released sometime in 2010.  With a long road behind them, the White Iron Band has shown they are worth the wait and is on the brink of breaking into the national music scene.

The White Iron Band has supported and shared the stage with such acts as David Allen Coe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, North Mississippi Allstars, Shooter Jennings, and many more.

The White Iron Band is:

Matt Pudas – Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar
Sam Weyandt – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Juntunen – Keyboards, Vocals
Gregory “Cheech” Hall- Slide Guitar, Lapsteel,Electric Guitars

Tim Powers-Bass

Jeff Underhill-Drums

 

Website


Friday April 20, 2012 11:30pm - Saturday April 21, 2012 1:00am
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St
 
Saturday, April 21
 

11:00am

Musicians Summit

Musicians Summit will be held Saturday at Winona State’s Science Lab Center from 11-5.
The Minnesota Music Coalition, musician Chris Koza, Green Room Music Source, and Winona Fine Arts Commission will be speaking. A music gear swap will also be happening. Details coming soon.


Saturday April 21, 2012 11:00am - 5:00pm
WSU-SLC

11:00am

Musicians Summit

Musicians Summit will be held Saturday at Winona State’s Science Lab Center from 11-5.
The Minnesota Music Coalition, musician Chris Koza, Green Room Music Source, and Winona Fine Arts Commission will be speaking. A music gear swap will also be happening. Details coming soon.


Saturday April 21, 2012 11:00am - 5:00pm
Winona State--Science Lab Center

12:15pm

(Free) Michelle Lynn

Decorah, IA | Listen

 

With literate, transformative lyrics and a luminous, soulful voice; singer-songwriter Michelle Lynn connects the personal with the universal--and the spiritual with the profane--by confronting broad themes through the various archetypes she finds in and around her.

Currently based out of Decorah, Iowa, Michelle is known for a steady performance schedule that regularly brings her to every corner of the Driftless Region of the Upper Midwest. These days she is occasionally joined on stage by her experienced backing band, The Bad Passengers.


Saturday April 21, 2012 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Unity Park

1:15pm

(Free) A Capella Rock Band (MWMF Kids Fest)

Winona's Earth Day has always been a great event for children of all ages, and this first-of-its-kind MWM(Kids)Fest should be a lot of fun!  To learn more in advance contact Claire (773)430-3512, or just show up ready to rock!

http://www.cityofwinona-mn.com/page/2963


http://www.cityofwinona-mn.com/page/2963

Saturday April 21, 2012 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Unity Park

1:45pm

(Free) Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

We are Koo Koo Kanga Roo, We Like Dance Parties

Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a live show unlike anything you have ever experienced. With the carefree simplicity of your kindergarden days, a Koo Koo Kanga Roo party is a family fun dance extravaganza for kids and adults of all ages! The undeniable urge to move your body will lead you to the dance floor as you hear their catchy pop melodies and infectious dance beats. Their live show is jam packed with zany sing-alongs and choreographed group dancing that is guaranteed to have the crowd on their feet and engaged in the fun!



Saturday April 21, 2012 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Unity Park

2:00pm

(Free) WSU Chamber Orchestra

MWMF and Winona State University have teamed up during WSU's Department of Music Gala Weekend, and bring the community this free afternoon concert.  The WSU Chamber Orchestra is a university student orchestra comprised of 45 members and will perform under the direction of Paul Vance.


Saturday April 21, 2012 2:00pm - 4:00pm
WSU Performing Arts Center 175 West Mark St

2:45pm

(Free) WSU Dance Society "Rejuvenate"

Another great collaboration between MWMF, Earth Day, and Winona State University!


Saturday April 21, 2012 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Unity Park

3:15pm

(Free) The Feelin'

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Alternative Soul music from the heart - for the heart.
Nicholas Mrozinski is a vibrant, dynamic, and multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist from Saint Paul, MN.  Nicholas is making music that is connecting with people, all around the world, on a deeply human level. Nicholas’ music is fully integrated, incorporating many schools of music and thought. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics, and liquid piano playing truly set him apart and are the reason Skope Magazine calls him “an authentic artist of this millennium.”  His one-of-a-kind sound is passionate, captivating, intelligent, diverse, genuine, fresh, and he truly 'feels' it.  It's no wonder why his thriving Twin Cities music scene affectionately refers to him as "the feelin".
Nicholas truly is one of a kind, and a must see.  He gives himself over to the music.  It's almost like he channels it from somewhere else.  Fans repeatedly talk about how his live shows are like some sort of new church or spiritual alternative that they actually want to be a part of.  And those words mean a lot from everyday folks who are not openly spiritual or the church going type.
Currently you can catch the local legend at any of his 3 weekly residencies around the Twin Cities, or touring out a bit further on the weekends.

With 5 studio albums, national radio play, amazing reviews, and many great charity and collaborative efforts all under his belt, Nicholas is currently back in the studio working on album number 6, stronger and more inspired than ever.
Nicholas' music is available worldwide on iTunes, at http://www.thefeelin.com, and in other fine stores.
Here's a documentary short to take you in for a more personal look at the man and his music.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0flg8AeeRQ

Additional Info:
Discography:
•Nicholas Mrozinski & Dylan Nau - "In Formation" (2011)
•Minnesota Beatle Project - Vol. I - Charity album benefitting Music Programs in MN schools. (2009) 

•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Together We’re Stronger" (2009)

•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Oak Chase Way" (2008)

•Nicholas Mrozinski & the Feelin Band - "The Sacred Play of Life" (2008)
•Teague Alexy w/ the Feelin Band - "The New Folklore" (2007) (Collaborative Effort)
•Nicholas Mrozinski - "Four Legged Light" (2004)

Nicholas loves to keep things fresh, and incorporates dozens of local MN musicians in his shows.  For instance, his critically acclaimed album "Together We're Stronger" that featured local Minnesota musicians from over 40 local bands.  That album allowed all of these musicians to be a part of an album that was played at hundreds of radio stations across the country.  Nicholas' list of players and band mates is ever growing, changing, and yet, there's always room for everyone somehow.  There is a freedom in the playing that makes musicians love to play with him.  He gives them a chance to add there own unique spin on his songs, and to create in the moment.  It makes the music that much more wonderful.
Nicholas’ was a big part of the hugely successful charity album, The Minnesota Beatle Project.  His rendition of The Beatles classic “Across the Universe” was in heavy rotation for months on 89.3, "The Current."  The album was named "Best Local Compilation CD" by the City Pages and also reigned as top seller for multiple weeks at Electric Fetus.  To date, this project raised over $50,000 to help keep music programs alive in Minnesota Public Schools.  NIcholas wants to help wherever he can.  If you have a charity project where Nicholas can be of assisance please be in touch.

Nicholas and his own Label, Wake the World, are among an powerfully emerging trend of Conscious-Capitalists and Eco-Entrepreneurs. All of their CD packaging and mailings feature "green" design, using only recycled materials and FSC certified products. Nicholas and his label are actively seeking to connect with other like-minded organizations, charities, and individuals.  Let us know how we can help at wtwmusic@gmail.com.
Nicholas Mrozinski & the Feelin Band on the Interweb:

www.thefeelin.com
www.facebook.com/thefeelin
www.myspace.com/thefeelin
www.twitter.com/thefeelin

FACT SHEET:

RADIO-

• KSCR – Los Angeles
• WRBB – Boston, MA
• WRAS – Atlanta, GA
• WRDP – Chicago, IL
• WXAV – Chicago, IL
• WIIT – Chicago, IL
• WVIA – Pittston, PA
• WPTS – Pittsburg, PA
• WODU – Norfolk, VA
• KAOS – Olympia, WA
• WXCU – Columbus, OH
• WTJU – Charlottesville, NC
• WWUH – West Harford, CT
• KANM – College Station, TX
• KCMP – Minneapolis, MN
• KFAI – Minneapolis, MN
• WMUC – College Park, MD
• WSBU – St. Bonaventure, NY
• WERU – East Orland, ME
• WUAG – Greensboro, NC
• KAMP – Tucson, AZ
• KBSU – Boise, ID
• KGLT – Bozeman, MT
• WMHD – Terre Haute, ID
• WAWL – Chattanooga, TN
• KWVR – St. Louis, MO
• KNDS – Fargo, ND
• WIDR – Kalamazoo, MI


PRESS

“You will be diggin’ Nicholas Mrozinski’s distinct musical qualities as an authentic artist of this millennium.” – Skope Magazine

“This music draws you in, and keeps you fixated from the first note. It's like falling in love with music all over again.” – Budgeteer News

“Mrozinski’s voice channels the sincerity of Ray LaMontagne and mixes it with the playfulness of Jason Mraz.” – Lunch of Champions

“A Chosen One...Mrozinski lets the listener know that he cares and does so with a special enamor...all told through his Magnetizing and Global Voice.” – Rift Magazine

“Simply brilliant. Beautiful, powerful energy” – Brian Johnson of PhilosophersNotes

 




Saturday April 21, 2012 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Unity Park

4:15pm

(Free) Batucada Nossa Senhora

A Winona Earth Day and Procession of the Species staple, Batucada is an ethnic percussion ensemble under the direction of Denny McGuire and comprised of a variety of local talent.  March and dance with Brazilian Sambas & Maracatu and West African drum medleys.


Saturday April 21, 2012 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Unity Park

5:30pm

Emma Mae Spring

Faribault, MN | Listen

 

I'm an easy-going, fun-loving person. I like to get on stage, interact with the audience a bit, get a feel for them, chat a bit, get to know what they're like, and slowly transition into song. I want them to be into the music. I want them to follow along and enjoy, and feel everything that I play. I want them to know that I'm having a good time, and they should be too.



Saturday April 21, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

5:30pm

Savannah Smith

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

A series of YouTube videos, each one more precious than the last, paint Minneapolis’ Savannah Smith as a ukulele-slinging Jack Johnson disciple—particularly in an adorable take on “Bitter Heart” by Zee Avi (who’s on Johnson’s Brushfire Records), aided by some smirking, unofficial sign language from her roommate. But the seriousness Smith shows when performing her own songs, like the punchy “Ventriloquism,” nicely balances her jazz-informed cooing and displays a talent for lyrical density that raises her simple melodies.



Saturday April 21, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

5:30pm

Lenny Alcamo

Fountain City, WI

 

Lenny Alcamo born 06.20.1946, in Brooklyn N.Y,  is a singer,
songwriter and guitar strummer  who lives in Fountain
City, Wisconsin.


Being a life-long fan of ballad singers, most of his original songs are slow and quiet. 
He was a finalist in the 2005 Fond Du Lac Wisconsin Songwriters
Competition and a finalist in the 2010 LaCrosse Wisconsin Great River
Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
He also has had the special opportunity, on four separate occasions, to play backup guitar for his granddaughter's vocal performances at the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest
A former member of The Winona Accordion Club where, for several years, he enjoyed the privilege of making music with many notable Winona area musicians.
Currently, he enjoys exploring and expressing himself musically with
the Fountain City Jam Group and the monthly Sunday Song Circle Group at the Acoustic Cafe, in Winona, MN.

He will be performing a set of original songs, from an upcoming album,
at the MWMF

 

 


Saturday April 21, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

6:00pm

Black Magic

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Our original music develops from influences including Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, and Coldplay while still developing our own style of sound. As opposed to many artists in the industry today, we have a set course that our song takes us on, but we prefer to feel the music and use improvisation to our advantage.


Saturday April 21, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

6:00pm

(21+) Click Track

LaCrosse, WI | Listen

 

Click Track is a high energy, 2 piece rock band out of La Crosse WI, Experimental/Vintage Rock'n Roll.  If your looking for a new band to connect with be prepared to get hooked by Click Track. There catchy lyrics and exciting stage presence are sure to grab your attention


Saturday April 21, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

6:00pm

Adja Gildersleve & Oliver Fox

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Organically homegrown in Southeast Minnesota, Adja Gildersleve expresses her eternal love for the midwest through folky lyrical harmonies and rhythmic chords. Her words are personally sincere and meant to relate with the audience. Adja's vocals/guitar mixed with Kelly Mason's smooth trumpet creates a charmingly unique sound. Great appreciation of the region is illustrated in the debut album "Minnesota Nice!"

 




Saturday April 21, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

6:00pm

Cheez Land Uke Band

La Crosse, WI | ukulele fun

 

Our group is made up of up to fifty or more talented musicians (and a few beginners too!) Ranging from age 6 to 86 who love to rock out on Ukulele with a variety of music including rock, blues, country, old time and more!  You are guaranteed lively music and a good time with our  fun and upbeat band.  


http://www.cheezlandukeband.com


Saturday April 21, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

6:30pm

Nate Gill

Winona, MN | solo acoustic mix

A native of Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia and current Winona barista-musician extraordinaire. At the age of sixteen, Nate Gill pickup up the guitar... Upsidedown. Without many other musicians holding their guitars the wrong way, he had to teach himself. Drawing from old folk music and the blues, this way of holding the guitar led to a unique finger picking style and song choices.


Saturday April 21, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

6:30pm

Wake Up Bedhead

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Heart-pounding, exhilarating in your face rock music that bids homage to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin!!! Wake Up Bedhead is Joshua Lauer, Sherry Dahlen, Elijah Beach and Jason Jacksen. Their music touches on all things human while they're progressive approach to rock moves you at the most carnal of levels.

In 2006, Joshua and Eli met while work­ing together at Hal Leonard pub­lish­ing. Both of them had aspi­ra­tions of start­ing a band. A few months later when they sat down to strum through some songs, Wake Up Bed­head was born.



Saturday April 21, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

6:30pm

la poema

Columbia Heights, MN | Listen

 

la poema is a folk-pop music project, driven by the inspiration and dreams of Joey Bures. Bures takes his folk, pop and rock roots and blends them with acoustic, jazz and electronic flavors. The name la poema comes from a Greek word meaning "a work of art". la poema is Bures's effort to use music and encourage people to be the work of art, the best possible creation, the most excellent person that they can be. Dreams are small unless they become reality.



Saturday April 21, 2012 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

7:00pm

Bluefish Fellows

Chicago, IL | Listen

 

Four piece rock and roll band from Chicago, Illinois.  We write music with regard and respect for the old, while trying to make something new and exciting.  We like our music to be powerful, intelligent, and simple.  Charisma, character, and classiness are traits of our personality that we try to project when we perform.  We enjoy what we do.



Saturday April 21, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

7:00pm

(21+) Boats vs. Manatees

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Boats vs. Manatees is three-piece that strives to make intelligent rock music.  Creating something new and also worth listening to is the challenge they've set for themselves.  Citing influences such as Thrice, Brand New, and Pedro the Lion, Boats vs. Manatees is an act you won't want to miss.


Saturday April 21, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

7:00pm

Breakaway

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Breakaway, formerly known musically as Froseph, is the haunting, experimental freak folk project of Joe Kujawa. Breakway's sound fits somewhere between some of his favorite artists like Zola Jesus, Animal Collective, and Joanna Newsom. He is based out of Winona, MN and has been recording his own music and booking his own tours for the past several years.



Saturday April 21, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

7:00pm

($26) Joe + Vicki Price

Decorah, IA | Listen

TICKETS

In 1951, this current incarnation of Joe Price arrived in Waterloo, Iowa.  Unlike most kids of his generation, Price was never seduced by pop or rock ‘n’ roll music. Although his love for music was virtually immediate, it was country blues that grabbed him early; a bond that has never been broken.

 

It was a chance encounter with the late, great Chicago bluesman Earl Hooker, who the young Price caught in performance at a home town record store, that really sealed the deal. “He was unbelievable, that guy—he really flipped me out,” Price remembers. “He told me to cut the end of a bicycle handlebar off to make a good slide.”

Joe’s music became a crazy elastic form of old-school guitar blues that sounds like nothing else. The rhythms bounce and hop like a super-ball on caffeine, and at times, it sounds like two or three guitars at once, but it’s all just Joe slapping and hammering those strings and layering vibrations and tones over each other into this heady cocktail of joyous musical energy.  The crazy tunings, the breakneck rhythms and the growling, dancing bass notes work together to weave a unique and utterly un-copyable sound and tone.

In 1971 Joe had made the move to Iowa City. It was a fertile time and place for the blues. Located on I-80, Iowa City was a natural stop for national touring artists connecting Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. Beginning with the Rocket 88’s (through 1974) and continuing with the legendary Mother Blues (an edgy, three-headed beast featuring Patrick Hazell, Bo Ramsey and Price) from ‘75 till ’81, Joe played virtually non-stop. During that stretch, the band worked almost nightly, crisscrossing Midwestern bars and serving as the openers of choice at high-profile shows by Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Clifton Chenier, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, James Cotton and more.

In 1982 Joe escaped to Lansing in northeast Iowa. The picturesque burg happens to be near Waukon, the hometown of a pretty young blues belter, Vicki Ewing, who had captured his attention during a 1981 solo gig. 

 

Vicki might be Iowa's answer to early Maria Muldaur (when she was Maria d'Amato) with strong currents of the likes of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, the Mississippi River vocal twang, but rooted more solidly in the blues than they. With a more disciplined and structural guitar style providing a comping background spine to Joe's slide and lead work, the two styles dovetailed into a coherent convincing whole.

Joe and Vicki married in 1987, after having toured together for five years.  Over their 27 years together they have opened for such notables as Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Pine Top Perkins, Homesick James, Honeyboy Edwards, Louisiana Red, Al Green, Greg Brown and Iris DeMent.   Joe is a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, The Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2008.   They won the Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD 2010.  The couple was awarded an official showcase at the Far West Folk Alliance Music Conference 2011.

 

The couple worked with Iowa’s Trailer Records from 1996 to 2007.  Sadly, in 2007 Trailer Records shut its’ doors. Taking the initiative the couple released two CD’s on their home-grown label Blues Acres Productions; in October of 2008 A Brand New Place which features 10 new tunes penned by Vicki and in March of 2009 Joe’s collection of original songs Rain or Shine.  Both releases made the top 100 CD’s of 2009 in Real Blues Magazine.  A Brand New Place was nominated for Best independent release at the International Blues Challenge in 2008, Rain or Shine was nominated for 2009. Rain or Shine won an Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD 2010 and also won the IMA Vox Pop People’s Choice Award 2010.  “Rain or Shine” has received rave reviews in major publications including Vintage Guitar Magazine, DownBeat Magazine, The American Music Guide, Blues Revue and the Chicago Sun Times.

 

Joe and Vicki appear regularly at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and BB’s in St. Louis.  From coast to coast, and from concerts, to clubs, to outdoor festivals, the Price's singular vision and dazzling, irresistible live performances continue to etch a steady, upward arc.

http://www.joepriceblues.com/joepriceblues/HOME.html



Saturday April 21, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Somsen Auditorium 175 West Mark St

7:00pm

Nakeder Clothed

Oak Lawn, IL | Listen

 

Nakeder Clothed is a Chicago trio who hit the bar scene with a banG! Their biggest fans are mainly moms. From high class social events to backyard bashes- they’ve been keeping it real since September 2010.

Brendan Linnane, who plays mandolin, pedal steel guitar, recorder, and guitar is a giant. Possibly shorter. He works at a rope factory when he isn't busy being a rockstar. He does all the artwork, too. Jack Malone sings and guitars. He loves Beatle boots and caring for exotic animals. He goes to Loyola and coaches high school volleyball. Also, he has a glass eye. Nora Richards sings and talks a lot. She bangs the tambourine. Sometimes it sounds good. She loves love and has been known to say, “Im just trying to live.”

Brendan and Nora once lived in Winona and they're all thrilled to be here playing for you fine looking folks!



Saturday April 21, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

7:00pm

($5) Comedy Show: Mike Brody

The Big Bub's Comedy Show is teaming up with the Midwest Music Festival to bring you national touring stand up comedian, Mike Brody! Featuring Mike Lester and Hosted by Mark "Wacko" Leidel


Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Early show@ 7pm 
Late show@ 9:30pm
Doors open 30mins before each show
Both shows will be aprox. 90mins long

Tickets: 
7pm show ~ $13 regular price, $5 with a MMF wristband
9:30 show ~ $10 regular price, $5 with a MMF wristband

Limited Seating. Tickets go on sale April 1st at Bub's Brewing Co. 

Brody is the official event comedian for the SyFy Channel’s TV show “Ghost Hunters,” which has given him the opportunity to perform in such unconventional venues as the Stanley Hotel (basis for Stephen King’s The Shining), Mt. Washington Resort and Alcatraz. These unique shows highlight Brody’s ability to make the weird relatable, a skill he brings to audiences from clubs to bars to colleges across the country.

He has worked with Dave Attell, Emo Philips, Doug Stanhope, Doug Benson, and legendary street performer/madman/savant Wesley Willis, and has appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show, and on ten episodes of the weekly Minneapolis TV series The Buzz.


Saturday April 21, 2012 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bub's Brewing Co. 65 e 4th St

7:30pm

Sarah Morris

Roseville, MN | Listen

 

Sarah Morris is a Minnesota-based singer-songwriter, with a flair for crafting songs about the highs, and lows, of love. Sarah combined her classical conservatory training with a 4 year immersion in Nashville’s singer-songwriter community, creating a sultry sound that’s all her own. She performs throughout the Twin Cities, and spent 2011 recording an album of standards, & an album of originals.


Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

7:30pm

BNLX

51° 35′ 42.96″ N, 55° 31′ 52.4″ W | Listen

 

"fuzz-and-drum-machine-fueled psych-kraut-postpunk" - Soundbites NYC

"blistering post-punk inspired rock, with male/female, call-and-response vocals, feedback, harmonies, old-school drum machines and ridiculously catchy choruses" - Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan

Other elements of BNLX are unexplained and may remain so.

One team, one dream.


Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

7:30pm

Austin Weatherhead

Winona, MN | Listen

 

I play acoustic guitar, piano, and sing in a solo act. My original music reflects the the likes of my main influences, including John Mayer, Dave Matthews, and Jason Mraz, as well as creating my own style of writing. I sing mostly pop, rock, and alternative inspired songs.
I've won first place performing at the Winona Middle School talent show, been featured with the Winona Senior High School marching band in which I sang "Baby" by Justin Bieber for the half time show, and I frequently sing the national anthem for both Winona Senior High School and Winona State sporting events.


Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

7:30pm

($9) WSU Choirs

All MWMF patrons will receive a $3 discount off of the face value of $12 for adults.

The WSU Choirs will perform under the direction of Harry Mechell as part of Gala Weekend. 

Dr. Harry Mechell, the Director of Choral Activities at Winona State University, holds a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Harold A. Decker. His Masters and Bachelors Degrees were earned at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he studied with Robert Page. Mechell has also studied under other leading conductors and teachers, including Helmuth Rilling, Elaine Brown, Otto Werner Mueller and Paul Vermel.

His responsibilities at Winona State University, besides conducting the Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and the Madrigal Singers, include teaching voice, conducting and choral methods. From 1991-2000, he served as Chairman of the Music Department. Under his leadership, WSU's Renaissance Madrigal Banquets have become yearly events performed to capacity audiences and the annual "Messiah Sing-In" has become a major community event drawing crowds of over 1000.

Dr. Mechell has published several choral arrangements with Lawson-Gould Music Publishers. Much in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, he has served as guest conductor Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. His choirs have toured Western Europe and have performed at MENC Conventions. During the summer of 2001, the WSU Concert Choir toured and concertized in Italy and Austria for two weeks, culminating in a performance of the Mozart Requiem in Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr. Mechell has been an advocate of twentieth century choral music throughout his career. Two seasons ago, he conducted the WSU Concert Choir in a mid-American premiere of the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt's newest choral work, Magnificat for the New Millennium, with the composer in attendance Last season, the Winona Oratorio Chorus performed Arthur Honegger's King David and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Dr. Mechell has devoted over thirty years to directing church choirs, specializing in the performance of sacred works with chorus and orchestra. He directs the Senior Choir at Central Lutheran Church in Winona. During his career, he has directed and conducted over thirty musicals at the high school, college, community theater and professional levels.

In addition, Dr. Mechell directs the Winona Oratorio Chorus, an auditioned community choir specializing in performing major choral-orchestral works. In recent years, the ensemble has performed major works by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Gounod, Honegger, Rodrigo and Rutter.

 


Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm - 9:00pm
WSU Performing Arts Center 175 West Mark St

7:45pm

($26) Greg Brown

Fairfield, IA | Listen

TICKETS

Greg Brown's mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown's first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies (folksinger get-togethers) at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Tired of the fast-paced life, Brown traveled with a band for a few years, and even quit playing for a while before he moved back to Iowa and began writing songs and playing in midwestern clubs and coffeehouses.

Brown's songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music. One Big Town, recorded in 1989, earned Brown three and a half stars in Rolling Stone, chart-topping status in AAA and The Gavin Report's Americana rankings and Brown's first Indie Award from NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors). The Poet Game, his 1994 CD, received another Indie award from NAIRD. His critically acclaimed 1996 release, Further In, was a finalist for the same award. Rolling Stone's four-star review of Further In called Brown "a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition." 1997's Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records) earned Brown his second Grammy nomination. His latest CD, One Night (Red House), is a re-release of a 1983 live performance originally on Minneapolis' Coffeehouse Extemporé Records.


Saturday April 21, 2012 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Somsen Auditorium 175 West Mark St

8:00pm

Mages

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Mages are a five-piece acoustic music ensemble from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group has a collection of two recordings to date, a self-titled album, and their EP "Magestic." Last year the band had the opportunity to perform on Twin Cities Public Television's "Minnesota Original." Mages also kept busy with several live, local shows, including the 9th annual Pizza Luce Block Party. Due to a national record campaign, Mages had the pleasure of being one of the top played bands on a slew of college radio stations across the country. To meet the demand, the group hit the road late last summer for a domestic tour. With the new year in full swing, Mages have already returned to the studio to finish their forthcoming full-length album. A preview video of one of the upcoming album tracks can be heard here: http://www.youtube.com/magesvideos



Saturday April 21, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

8:00pm

(21+) Rachael & the Ranch Hand Resistance

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

We are a new country/roots/americana band....mostly country. We do 90%original songs written by Rachael Ann West.

 

 

 

 


Saturday April 21, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

8:00pm

Electric Spanking

Madison, WI | Listen

 

We are a "side-project" of the band baghdad scuba review (out of madison). we play mostly original music, but have a few covers we pull out (soul/r&b/funk). a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks, we are a 6-piece "jam band" and have been together for over a year. make-up: keys, guitar, drums, percussion, sax, bass. love to get people dancing!



Saturday April 21, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

8:00pm

Bella Ruse

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Bella Ruse's combination of airy folk and crunchy pop transforms rooms into secret gardens and paints pictures of invading bombardiers, salty sea love, and super glued hearts. Surrounded by a laboratory of instruments - typewriter, suitcase organ, glockenspiel, and kazoos - singer Kay Gillette's antique voice and Joseph Barker's mournful guitar twist and twirl and dip and dive and carry you deep down the rabbit-hole into their magical musical world.

They've been traveling the country in a van powered by vegetable oil for two years, opening for Sarah Mclachlan, Heart, and Kate Nash along the way. Their songs have been heard on MTV and Showtime and their most recent album, KUHZOO, spent eight weeks on the CMJ Radio Top 200. They were the Needle in the Haystack artist on MTVmusic.com and Performer Magazine calls Gillette's voice 'truly unique.'


Saturday April 21, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

8:00pm

Bethany Larson & The Bees Knees

Columbia Heights, MN | Listen

 

Bethany Larson & The Bee's Knees - Country, Rock, Americana -  “It’s been a banner year for Bethany Larson and the Bee’s Knees, whose charmingly loose-sounding debut release, When We Reach The City, was released to glowing reviews all over town. Fans of twang-inflected country rock in the vein of Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams would be remiss not to catch one of the Twin Cities’ best-kept secrets."- Metro Mag Fall 2011

 



Saturday April 21, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

8:30pm

Ida Jo and the Show

Madison, WI | Listen

 

“It’s not very often that I hear music that truly stands apart, but Ida caught me off guard with her music that is innovative and new, yet familiar and relatable at the same time.” (Relate Magazine) Ida Jo’s musical style builds on a long history of blending rock, folk, and gospel music. On violin, Ida Jo employs a seldom heard technique that is the combination of a folk fiddle style called “chopping” and her extensive classical training. It has been praised as “masterful and unexpected” (Emmie Music Magazine), “inventive yet accessible” (AV Club -Madison), and “absolutely riveting” (Relate).  “Her voice has the vibrancy of Adele with the soul of Joss Stone.  It has the color of history. All the emotion of the sixties, the passion of injustice, and the conviction of someone who has the intelligence, talent, and strength to change it all comes from her mouth.” (Relate Magzine)


Saturday April 21, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Blooming Grounds 50 East 3rd St.

8:30pm

My Private Eye

Winona, MN | Listen

 

Three-piece indie rock band from Winona, MN. Guy-girl harmony, plenty of distortion, and catchy little ditties to shake your ass to.

 



Saturday April 21, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

8:30pm

Goatee Brothers

Portland, OR / Des Moines, IA

 

In June of 2011, two Winona musicians, one living in Des Moines, IA, the other in Portland, OR, did not let distance stop their musical collaboration. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, the two noble souls could send song ideas, lyrics, and various audiophonic collections via the tubes and develop said collections into fully recorded, reverby folk/pop tunes. Armed with old versions of Garageband and sub-par audio equipment, "The Smallest News" has been whirlwind affair of musical joy. The two musical warriors now pass this experiment into your uncynical hands in the hopes that you will share in their joy. Blessings, and may this year produce the biggest news! (Or something less corny). 



Saturday April 21, 2012 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Pieces of the Past 79 East 2nd St.

9:00pm

"Inertia" film screening

WATCH THE TRAILER - www.vimeo.com/strictdiet/inertiatrailer

Official Website
www.inertiafilm.com

Throughout the film, the audience is taken on a tour through an abandoned building, experiencing the physical and emotional process of three young people set out to explore. Guided by a spirit, the explorers are encouraged to look beyond the rubble into the soul of a space once unarguably beautiful, but now neglected and forgotten. The story is illustrated through choreographed movement married with film technique built on the foundation of an original score. Through the blending of these mediums, the film challenges the audience by asking: does our environment determine our movement or can we determine our movement from within, and by doing so, shape the environment?

This project is a visionary alliance between Wade Rodgers (Writer/Director) and Heidi Draskoci-Johnson (Choreographer); two artists originally from Winona, MN and alumni of Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. The director is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Film and Video and the choreographer is the Artistic Director of Two Lakes Dance Project, a collective seeking non-profit status dance performance troupe based out of Winona.


Saturday April 21, 2012 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Winona Arts Center 228 East 5th St

9:00pm

i like you.

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Every once in a very long while there comes a sound that must be heard.  A joyous and wonderful sound that leaves the listener wondering how something so new could possibly feel so familiar.  It is the sound of a dream that lingers long after waking, a magical dream, from a land far away that only exists in our hearts.  That is the sound of i like you.

Hailing from the wilds of Minneapolis i like you. has emerged as the darlings of the most vibrant independent music scene in the country.  Wendy O’ Sunshyne leads this group of talented musicians with her hauntingly beautiful voice, soulful songwriting, and ecstatic devotion to her primary instrument, the ukulele.  Backed by a band of talented multi-instrumentalists featuring an eclectic blend of percussion, guitar, trumpet and acoustic bass i like you. delivers an energetic sound that evokes elements of folk, funk, and gypsy jazz.

i like you. performs a demanding schedule of gigs throughout the Midwest bringing  joy to their rapidly growing legion of adoring fans at clubs, parties and music festivals.

One last thing, they really do like you…

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Saturday April 21, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Acoustic Cafe 77 Lafayette

9:00pm

(21+) Bam Bam & the Gigolos

Waukesha, WI | Listen

 

Bam Bam and the Gigolos started in 2008.Mostly playing for church funtions.The band consist of brothers Jose Medina(guitar)and Vicente Medina(drums),and recently added returning from Iraq,U.S.Marine Nick Robinson(bass).The brothers have been writing songs and have cataloged over 40plus original songs.There first show was an intermission set for the band Goverment Mule at the eagles club in Milwaukee.Since then they have played on southeast wisconsin college radio,and have been opening on the same stage as,Ozomatli,Los Tex Maniacs,and Los Lobos.Recently the band has been invited to open for Santana,and opening day events for the Isle of Wight.In 2009 the band recorded a five song EP.Then in 2010 the band recorded in a series of sessions,and put out there first 12song self entitled LP.Most recently the band has had there single"Ms.Macabe"picked up by interscope records,and now full length album on iTUNES.With prospects high and a vast musical history knowledge the band is tapping into music that spans 1920's jazz standerds to modern metal.With such a cavalcade of music there sound has been set to a standard,and there live shows something to behold.So with young hopefulls in the music industry,Chicano(mexican/american)Rock band BAM BAM AND THE GIGOLOS are working hard and playing out as often as possible.The band has been starting small self run tours and is ready for whatever the future holds.



Saturday April 21, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

9:00pm

Circle of Heat

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Circle of Heat is a Minneapolis based band filled with lots of talent. With a heavy focus on musicality and improvisation, they are able to blend styles and put on a completely different show every time they play. Everything from blues to classic rock and funk to jazz are fused into an original style with a familiar feel. Circle of Heat uses unique instrumentation to create unique sounds, from the southern feel of a slide guitar to a 60’s Wurlitzer keyboard. With progressive rock drums underneath quirky and clean vocal harmonies, no song sounds the same. Circle of Heat promises to put on an original live music experience that won’t be forgotten.



Saturday April 21, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

9:00pm

Bomba de Luz

St. Paul, MN | Listen

 

This rhythmic trio composed of Jonas Taghavi (Drums), Evan Slack (Lead Guitar), and Gavin Taylor-Stark (Bass) is led by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Lydia Hoglund. Her flexible, dynamic, and flooring voice creates a whole sound that will "massage your ears" as many have put it before.



Saturday April 21, 2012 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

9:30pm

The Melismatics

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

The Melismatics' new album "MANIA!" was produced by Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star, along with Ed Ackerson (Motion City Soundtrack, Golden Smog, The Replacements) and was mixed by John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Rooney, Har Mar Superstar, etc). The LP was mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC by Chris Athens (Coldplay, Beastie Boys, NERD, etc) and features collaborations with Dan Wilson (Adele, Semisonic) and Jon Auer who also lends vocals to several tracks.

The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album "Postmodern Rock" quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Motion City Sountrack, The Replacements, The Jayhawks) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums "New Infection" and "Turn It On". The Melismatics toured the country numerous times over and continued to win loyal fans with their high-energy and unpredictable live shows. Their music has been featured on MTV's "The Hills," "The City"and "Laguna Beach," NBC's "Windfall"; Animal Planet's "Jockeys" and they've played such notable events as Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and CMJ. The Melismatics released "The Acid Test" on CC Entertainment/E1 Music (2008). Renowned producer John Fields caught the band performing at 2007 SXSW in Austin, Texas and signed on to produce the album. The music video for "Digging Deep" charted at #2 on MTVU and received widespread airplay.



Saturday April 21, 2012 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

9:30pm

($5) Comedy Show: Mike Brody

The Big Bub's Comedy Show is teaming up with the Midwest Music Festival to bring you national touring stand up comedian, Mike Brody! Featuring Mike Lester and Hosted by Mark "Wacko" Leidel


Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Early show@ 7pm 
Late show@ 9:30pm
Doors open 30mins before each show
Both shows will be aprox. 90mins long

Tickets: 
7pm show ~ $13 regular price, $5 with a MMF wristband
9:30 show ~ $10 regular price, $5 with a MMF wristband

Limited Seating. Tickets go on sale April 1st at Bub's Brewing Co. 

Brody is the official event comedian for the SyFy Channel’s TV show “Ghost Hunters,” which has given him the opportunity to perform in such unconventional venues as the Stanley Hotel (basis for Stephen King’s The Shining), Mt. Washington Resort and Alcatraz. These unique shows highlight Brody’s ability to make the weird relatable, a skill he brings to audiences from clubs to bars to colleges across the country.

He has worked with Dave Attell, Emo Philips, Doug Stanhope, Doug Benson, and legendary street performer/madman/savant Wesley Willis, and has appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show, and on ten episodes of the weekly Minneapolis TV series The Buzz.


Saturday April 21, 2012 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Bub's Brewing Co. 65 e 4th St

10:00pm

(21+) 1,2,3, Walrus!

LaCrosse, WI | Listen

 

Late 2007: Zak Kaszynski and Lars Roeder move in together on the 3rd floor of Wentz Hall at UWL, Patrick Carthey and Casey Hautala move in together just down the hall, and Bob Tolson moves in on the 1st floor. They all run into each other and realize they all play instruments. Bob's roommate Tanner Classon is drafted as the guitarist and the band never rehearses. Also of note, Bob asks Sam Shilts to be the drummer the same day Zak asks Lars to be the drummer, and shit gets awkward.

2008: We all quit marching band 'cause it sucked and realize that not playing really really loud music kinda sucks too. Lars drops out of Jazz II and guitarist Neil Ferris transfers to UWL and into the jazz program where Bob and Zak meet him. He becomes the full-time guitarist. The band plays their first show in April in the Wentz Hall basement where Casey has trouble standing up with his sousaphone because the fucking ceiling is too low. Shows would continue through early 2nd semester of that year basically making it by on hits like Sock Monkey Fossils and I'm So Cool for every set, which are recorded around this time and take a year to mix.

Later that semester Bob shows up late to rehearsal in a shitty mood and shortly thereafter Neil quits (and now has his own jazz quartet, go check them out!). Neil agrees to play the rest of the scheduled shows...very important venues like the field in front of the CFA and a nearly empty park hut in Myrick.

The most noteable moment from this year would be the final song of the Baird/Trow Bash where the band attempts to cover Sorta' Like Being Pumped by Bomb the Music Industry only to discover that Bob's guitar had gone far out of tune, no one remembered the horn parts, the form was hazy, and Bob lost his voice.

2009: Having gone the entire summer without a guitarist the band has no idea what the future holds...especially since Bob starts a summer band (Vs. the Vending Machine) in a completely different town playing the exact same music, which still baffles everyone involved to this day. Finally the school year rolls around and we come to find that not only have we contacted two legitimate candidates for guitarist, but Zak has spent his entire summer learning guitar just to play our songs. When Joe Etten backs out in the name of schoolwork, Phil Branigan agrees to join.

The band releases its first recordings (1, 2, 3...EP!) for free download on bandcamp.com after a dispute between Bob and Zak over CD packaging (cardboard sleeves vs. jewel cases).

2010: 1, 2, 3...Walrus! finally makes their first dollar. T-Shirts are made, sweatshop style, after Lars purchases a screen printing kit. After making a couple bucks the band realizes they can finally leave La Crosse to play a couple shows and uses the money on gas to get to gigs in Winona MN, Burnsville MN, Appleton WI, and Milwaukee WI that summer. The band nearly changes direction when Lars is the high bidder on a synthesizer on Ebay, but decide to start a failing side project to justify some shady-ass shows in their own basement instead. When the second show is busted by the cops, all of 123 Walrus! rages, and thus rooses.


Saturday April 21, 2012 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

10:00pm

Kensington Stone

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Kensington Stone originated near the end of a bitter cold Minnesota winter in early 2010 and have been warming up the Midwest music scene ever since. Drawing The Black Keys and Red Hot Chili Peppers-like comparisons in sound, the group emphasizes exploring the unknown instrumentally and grooving hard behind Caron and Boeke's adroit lyrical passages. With a quality demo produced thanks to the handiwork of James Phillips, Kensington Stone has recently relocated to Minneapolis, MN in an effort to reach more people with their music. In November of 2011, Chuck Boeke relocated to Minneapolis to join the group on mandolin, enhancing the sonic dimensions further. An accomplished songwriter himself, the band has been hard at work learning his tunes and teaching him theirs. Look for them at a venue near you soon!


Saturday April 21, 2012 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

10:00pm

Kimya Dawson

Olympia, WA | Listen

 

Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches.    She has released 6 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”. She has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, NY Times, NME, Q, AOL, etc.   She has performed live on the View,  at the Independent Spirit Awards, TED/Boulder, was invited to perform on Sesame Street, and also performed at the REM Tribute at Carnegie Hall.

Kimya’s new solo album “Thunder Thighs”  was self released October 18, 2011 on her own imprint Great Crap Factory. The album features guest performances from Aesop Rock, members of the Strokes, Mountain Goats, Forever Young Senior Citizen Rock and Roll Choir, Kimya’s 5 year old daughter Panda, and many more.

“Kimya Dawson straddles the line between precious and profound”.- Rolling Stone

“a veteran of the scrappy anti-folk circuit, with stream of consciousness songs that balance the caustic and the childlike”- NY Times

 



Saturday April 21, 2012 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Masonic Temple 255 Main St.

10:30pm

Maudlin

St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

CLASSIFIED


Saturday April 21, 2012 10:30pm - 11:15pm
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

11:00pm

(21+) Apollo Cobra

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Apollo Cobra!! With them they bring analog synthesizers, drum machines, bass guitars, samples, vocals, HUGE beats and MASSIVE dance parties across a small part of the globe. Apollo Cobra is a real 3 piece band creating what you hear on a stage without laptops. Old school!



Saturday April 21, 2012 11:00pm - 11:58am
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

11:00pm

The People Brothers Band

Middleton, WI | Listen

 

“Want your face rocked off???? This is the band to see. Never disappointing, they are sure to get you dancing and will leave you wanting more.”- DecorahNow
 
“More than a lot of Madison bands,the People know how to get their audience dancing. Their stage energy is infectious, and their strong rhythms make listeners want to move. That has turned them into a successful regional draw, especially at summer festivals.”- Rich Albertoni, Isthmus (Sep 09, 2011)

“They have an outstanding vocal presence and excellent rhythm section that spreads out the groove and get’s the booty on the dance floor.” - The Isthmus



Saturday April 21, 2012 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St

11:30pm

Enemy Planes

http://www.enemyplanes.com  (Green Room Music Source)| Minneapolis, MN

 


Saturday April 21, 2012 11:30pm - Sunday April 22, 2012 12:30am
Dibs Cafe 77 West 3rd St.

11:59pm

(21+) Apollo Cobra

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

Apollo Cobra!! With them they bring analog synthesizers, drum machines, bass guitars, samples, vocals, HUGE beats and MASSIVE dance parties across a small part of the globe. Apollo Cobra is a real 3 piece band creating what you hear on a stage without laptops. Old school!



Saturday April 21, 2012 11:59pm - Sunday April 22, 2012 1:00am
Eds No Name Bar (21+) 3rd and Franklin

11:59pm

God Johnson

Minneapolis, MN | Listen

 

We love playing high energy rock shows and events for people to dance, party, and get a little crazy. Also we've done full on, note-for-note tributes to Bands/Albums such as "Sticky Fingers" by the Rolling Stones, "Stop Making Sense" by the Talking Heads, and Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy".


Saturday April 21, 2012 11:59pm - Sunday April 22, 2012 1:00am
Jefferson's Event Center 58 Center St