Festival Mid West Music Fest 2020: AT HOME

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Mid West Music Fest 2020 AT HOME




UPDATE 4.9.20

MWMF will be transformed into a 2-day virtual fest, May 8-9!

The May 8-9 virtual fest will feature many of the acts that were planned as part of the in-person event, but now they will be streamed through MWMF’s Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube pages. The event will also be streaming planned wellness events connected to mental health initiatives and children’s programming. These efforts to stream the event are being aided through partnerships with local music business, Treedome, and the City of Winona’s WinonArts initiative. The event will also be brought to you by our community sponsors and partners in Winona and La Crosse.

Music is bringing the world together right now, feeding our souls and helping us heal. We feel this is not only a way for us to contribute to that effort, but also to support musicians who are largely not able to perform and make a living during this time.

Thanks to grant funding from the MN Legacy Amendment and the help of valued sponsors, all artists will be paid.

Campaign to Save Mid West Music Fest

We are launching a campaign to SAVE MID WEST MUSIC FEST. Beyond the virtual fest the future of this organization, and our ability to bring the community together around music, is in serious jeopardy. The in-person fests represented 40% of the organization’s annual income. Losing that income due to COVID-19 is a big hit. – but together we can weather this situation. Please help us by contributing to our campaign.

To make it to the other side, MWMF needs to raise $20,000 over the next six weeks. You can help!



Mid West Music Fest to POSTPONE May 1-2 weekend of Fest in Winona

After careful consideration and consultation with our Board of Directors regarding the health and safety of everyone in our community – our fans, staff, venues and artists, sponsors and longtime partners – we have made the difficult decision to POSTPONE Mid West Music Fest, scheduled for May 1-2 in Winona, Minnesota.

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are exploring options for rescheduling the event and will notify everyone as soon as we know more about getting the fest rescheduled.

Updates will be shared via midwestmusicfest.org, social media, and e-news.

These are uncertain times for us all so we strongly encourage you to use music as a healing tool, support each other and support local musicians however you’re able – purchase albums & merch online, participate in live-stream concerts, and donate to artist relief funds.

Be safe, be healthy, and don’t forget to keep dancing.

Your friends at Mid West Music Fest

1/28/20, Winona, MN: Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) has announced the full line up for the 11th anniversary music festival held in Winona, MN on May 1 & 2. Performing across the historic downtown will be over 60 musical acts representing a wide variety of the best established and up-and-coming acts of the upper Midwest and beyond.

New headliners for 2020 include “psychedelic-bloos” band The Minks, old-time americana chanteuse Sierra Ferrell, and funk band The Stoop Kids – all from Nashville, Nooky Jones frontman Cameron Kinghorn and PHO guitarist Joe Paris Christensen’s new soul band King Pari, Michigan based garage rock duo Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, Madison afro-peruvian ensemble Golpe Tierra, First Ave ‘s Best New Band choice Mae Simpson and special performances by Horseshoes and Handgrenades principle songwriters Adam Greuel and Russell Pedersen and a listening room session with Olympia, WA based duo The Lowest Pair. Fans favorites The People Brothers Band, Charlie Parr, The Gully Boys, General B and the Wiz, Karate Chop, Silence, The Shackletons, and Austin-TX band The Mammoths all return for another year.

The 2020 festival will highlight a special Live at the Levee event Saturday May 2nd in partnership with WNB Financial, Elizabeth Callender King Foundation, Winona Community Foundation, Music-MPLS, and WINONArts. The event will be FREE to the public and feature a Family Stage, the 2nd Annual UKE Fest, and a Student Stage with solo and band performances, Dangerous Fun circus show, Main ReACTion Improv!, Winona Little Warriors Drumline, and up from Kansas City, I Threw A Chair, the house band from Imagine That! Studios (a crossroads art gallery in Downtown KC providing services for artists with developmental disabilities). Returning for the FREE Live at the Levee event will be the Mid West Music Fest Artisan Market, a chance for kids (of all ages) to join the band through Solar Suitcase Musik, puppets with Dr. Bob, a skateboarding demo by Anthem Skatepark and Board Shop, a free-play area for kids, and a kid’s kung-fu session.

We will also be partnering with local health and wellness providers (Muddy Waters Yoga and Manitou Center) as part of our mental health initiative to present morning sessions of mindfulness, qigong, and yoga. Through our other mental health partners (MPR - Call to Mind, Dissonance, YMCA - La Crosse, WSU Active Minds) we will host conversations with some artists on mental health prior to their sets, and provide a sober green room alternative for artists during the festival weekend.

There will also be outdoor activities taking place, including the first ever MWMF Kickball Game, a bike ride with Pedal for the People, and a chance to climb Sugarloaf with WSU Outdoor Education & Recreation Center. Prairie Island Campground will be offering special ticket packages for fest goers.