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Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) has announced the full line up for the 10th anniversary music festival held in Winona, MN on May 3 & 4 and in La Crosse, WI on May 17 & 18, 2019. Performing across both historic downtowns will be over 100 musical acts representing a wide variety of the best established and up-and-coming acts of the upper Midwest and beyond.
New headliners for 2019 in La Crosse include honky tonk rockers Banditos, americana/indie rocker Ruby Boots, and funk band Luthi – all from Nashville, Denver-based Great American Taxi, which includes La Crosse’s Chad Staehly, La Crosse native Reed Grimm, and Midwest based, nationally touring act The Last Revel. New headliners for 2019 in Winona include Twin Cities soulsters Nooky Jones, Doomtree hip hop artists Longshot and Lazerbeak, funk band Alex Rossi, and indie-synth act Graveyard Club. The festival also sees the return of some past favorites like Duluth’s Charlie Parr and Black Eyed Snakes, Eau Claire’s Them Coulee Boys, La Crosse’s TUGG and Milwaukee’s De La Buena, playing in Winona after their stellar La Crosse performance in 2018. Winona local Mike Munson will perform along with Mississippi’s Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, following up their recent collaboration on Munson’s new album Rose Hill.
The 2019 festival will highlight the contribution of women to the local music scene with a Women in Minnesota Music Showcase at the Burke Music House, sponsored by Treedome, The Current, and Carpet Booth Studios, featuring performances by Abby Wolf, Humbird and Annie Mack.
The festival will again showcase some well-seasoned artists among the younger up and coming acts - including Milwaukee’s R&B/Funk/Latin maestro Paul Cebar, Minneapolis’ New Primitives with percussion legends Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, and Walter Salas-Humura (The Silos) who was foundational alongside Midwest acts Uncle Tupelo, The Jayhawks, and Bottlerockets in establishing the alt country genre, which has later morphed into Americana.
Adding to MWMF’s mission to be the place where music and community meets, the festival has added more events for children and families. Dr. Bob’s puppets will return, as well as newcomers The Dangerous Fun Show sideshow performer, the Magick Solar Suitcase, an interactive electronic music collaboration and a vintage clothing and maker market. Stages in both Winona and La Crosse will provide a space for local youth to perform. Adult kids will also be treated to a performance by crooning comedy sensation Clownvis Presley, who LA Weekly says is “Better than the real Elvis”.
A change in festival dates, pushing the event back a full month, allows for a use of a greater variety of outdoor venues, such as the newly refurbished Levee Park in Winona and the Oktoberfest grounds in La Crosse.
In order to fulfill its mission as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and keep to keep ticket prices low, Mid West Music Fest relies on the generous support of donors and would like to specifically thank the Weber Group, The Current, Mid West Family Broadcasting, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and The Remainders. If you are interesting in donating to Mid West Music Fest, please contact Festival Director Parker Forsell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banditos • Nooky Jones • Great American Taxi • Night Moves • Reed Grimm • Ruby Boots • Charlie Parr • Luthi • Tristen • The Last Revel • Zoo Animal • Mo Lowda and the Humble • Longshot & Lazerbeak • Remainders • Black Eyed Snakes • Alex Rossi • Hooten Hallers • Them Coulee Boys • TUGG plays Sublime • Me Like Bees • De La Buena • Wheelhouse • Steez • Graveyard Club • Porcupine • Aby Wolf and Eric Mayson • The Sea the Sea • Jimmy "Duck" Holmes • Indianola • Devil In A Woodpile • A Tribute to 1969 • Fort Wilson Riot • Brett Newski • Clownvis Presley • Ira Wolf • The Mammoths • The Silos (Walter Salas-Humara) • Humbird • SONTALK • Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound • Czarbles • Annie Mack • Honeysuckle • Chad Staehly & Friends • Karate Chop, Silence • RLGDPPL • Sea Saw • Her Crooked Heart • Sam Cassidy • Elizabeth Moen • Gully Boys • Lee Henke • Sleeping Jesus • Driveway Thriftdwellers • The Shackletons • Miss Myra and the Moonshiners • The Heavy Set • Moon Ruin • Mike Munson • Surgeons in Heat • Barbaro • New Primitives • The Bad Man • J Council • Theyself • The Ultrasounds • P * PL • Cap Alan • Harper's Jar • Beet Root Stew • Burnin' Whiskey Band • My Grandma's Cardigan • Ghostland Radio • 61 Rumors • Luke Callen & Wolf van Elfmand • Jaybone Bell • Clams • The Mighty Deerlick • Author • Loud Mouth Brass • Dirt Train • Local Sports • Avey Grouws • Afflatus • Lena Elizabeth • The Golden Strings • Tacky Annie • Andy Hughes • Bathtub Cig • Matt Monsoor • Dan Israel • D Janakey • Tabby • Handsome Animals • AM Stryker • Nick Temte • Patina • Stanton West • Stand • Noah Short • The Worst • Burke Band • Ryan Howe • Joseph Hunt • The 3 Dads • Amanda Grace Band • Tropical Sounds • Whirling Eddies • Woolen Lover • Will Krageschmidt • VILD • Ivory James • Glow Mechanics • Mike Caucutt • Matt Hannah • Swashbuckler • Leslie • Rogue the Wolf • Dr. Bob Puppets • MWMF Jam • The Dangerous Fun Show • Winona Forever • Suitcase Musik