Jacob Grippen returns to a Winona stage

Jacob Grippen returns to a Winona stage

Acoustic singer-songwriter Jacob Grippen is playing in Winona for the first time since Mid West Music Fest 2014. Grippen is not only a musician, but also serves on the MWMF board as Chair of the Education Committee. He has proclaimed a commitment to continuing the excellent music scene in Winona, building the sense of community, […]

Fresh-faced surf-punk-fuzz rockers Stereo Confession ride Winona

These tender, doe-eyed youngsters aren’t the punk skaters down your street.  Well, maybe they are, but Stereo Confession is also a pretty cool fuzzed out surf-punk band making some waves (no pun intended) in the Minneapolis music scene.  I actually got a chance to see these guys a couple years back at Mid West Music […]

Jake Ilika ends his residency at Ed’s (no name) Bar

Jake Ilika ends his residency at Ed’s (no name) Bar

Jake Ilika will be concluding his weekly Wednesday night residency at Ed’s (no name) Bar this end of October.  You’ve been listening to his well-polished folk tunes and silvery voice on Wednesday for a few years now and more recently with his rock and roll band The Heavy Set. He will be missed.  And, of […]

Winona Zombie Crawl 9

Winona Zombie Crawl 9

They’re coming to get you, Barbra and they’re also coming for the rest of Winona, Minnesota.  Winona Zombie Crawl returns for its 9th consecutive year making it one of the longest-running zombie crawls around.  Winona’s downtown will become an apocalyptic obstacle course of booze, blood, and BRAAAAAAIIIIIIINS! Saturday, September 20th.  Zombies just want to have […]

Good Night, Gold Dust Talks New Album, MWMF, and Cats

Good Night, Gold Dust Talks New Album, MWMF, and Cats

Since 2010, Good Night, Gold Dust (GNGD) has been hard at work bringing us their unique brand of atmospheric indie pop, full of emotional swells and dynamic shifts. Currently, the band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Laura Schultz, lead guitarist and vocalist Colin Scharf, and Michelle Roche on the percussion, piano, and backing vocals. In […]

Jonathan Richman is coming to Winona. Yeah, Jonathan Richman.

Jonathan Richman is coming to Winona. Yeah, Jonathan Richman.

It’s hard to describe a guy like Jonathan Richman to the uninitiated. The best analogy I can muster, or maybe just the first I thought of, is that he’s kind of like a White Castle burger. His music is deceptively simple and straight forward at times, but there is something steaming under the surface you […]

Bands talk Bands at Mid West Music Fest 5

Bands talk Bands at Mid West Music Fest 5

If you were not at the 5th annual Mid West Music Fest this last weekend then I feel for you. I really do. I’m sure you’ve heard by now from your friends on Facebook and Twitter about how cool it was and how great the bands were, and we know you’ve surfed the #MWMF5 hashtag […]

3 Bands, 3 Questions – San Dimas, The Ultrasounds, Ruben

3 Bands, 3 Questions – San Dimas, The Ultrasounds, Ruben

THE ULTRASOUNDS ask RUBEN Are you named after a sandwich or the incredibly talented and famous American Idol R&B crooner Ruben Studdard? Yes Who has a better beard…Mack or Sam? Sam’s.  It’s more orangey. If you had to choose one musical mentor…dead or alive to train you up and guide you in the ways of […]

Jake Ilika Releasing Debut EP

Jake Ilika Releasing Debut EP

Former Winonan and now full-time Minneapolis-based musician Jake Ilika will be releasing his debut EP he recorded with his band, The Heavy Set, on March 1st, 2014 at Ed’s (No Name) Bar .  Joining the bill is Minneapolis-based Americana musician and RealPhonic Studios owner/engineer/producer Erik Koskinen and his band.  The cost is $5.00 and doors […]

Leo “Bud” Welch brings the blues to Winona

Leo “Bud” Welch brings the blues to Winona

Leo “Bud” Welch may have been donning his best Sunday suit at Ed’s (no name) Bar on January 19th, but the 81 year old musician, with decades of experience playing in gospel groups around his home in rural Mississippi, was clearly here in Winona to sing the blues. Equipped with a microphone headset and perched […]

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