Featuring Mike Munson
Girls and boys, ladies and gingerbread men, it’s this holiday season’s most festive fellas — Joe Craven and Stanton West! Join California-based artisan and educator Joe Craven along with Wisconsin’s own Stanton West and a few of their favorite friends in a rollicking, holly-glazed salute of music, spoken word and theater. It’s the celebration of the season, gathering together family, friends, and frostiness as they honor a diversity of traditions while ringing out the year and bringing in the new. It certainly won’t be a silent night as they fill Ed’s (no name) Bar, 252 East Third Street, Winona, with festive fun and lots of surprises. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 3.
Folksinger Stanton West sees the world from the perspective of a six-and-a-half-foot tall, left handed, freckle-faced redhead. Realizing he would never quite fit the mold, he embraced his uniqueness, picked up a right-handed guitar and started playing it upside-down. This was his first break from creative structures and limitations.
West’s songs are rootsy, feel-good, and groove-driven. They’re about hope, having fun, being who you are, and relishing the moment. He is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and world-traveling troubadour spreading a message about the importance of family, community, nature, and positivity.
Stanton has shared the stage with folk heroes Greg Brown, Pieta Brown, Johnsmith, Trampled by Turtles, The Lowest Pair, The Pines and Charlie Parr, to name a few. He is a regular at Shawano Folk Festival, Great River Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Boats & Bluegrass Festival, The Energy Fair, Folk Alliance International, and hundreds more venues across the US.
Performer extraordinaire, Joe Craven is a creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year award. Craven has made music with many folks around the world such as Jerry Garcia, David Lindley Alison Brown and David Grisman. Always looking for the next expression, breath or object with which to make music, Craven’s gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge is impressive. His openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s been given make it all the more fun for him to share with his audience.
West’s new studio album, “Songbird,” is produced by Craven. Craven recorded seven albums with Garcia on Grisman’s label, Acoustic Disc, and spent 17 years performing in the David Grisman Quintet.
“Producing someone else’s music for a recording can be challenging and exhilarating, for starters. The content, perspective and spirit of both artist and producer does a dance that surprises each other in the process. There are many ways to arrange and package a song, or in this case, a collection of songs that were consciously tied to one another to tell a story of movement, hardship, redemption and realization,” explained Craven. “Decisions must be made and the commitment of a path clearly taken. Each song, a chapter, and each chapter an opportunity for lesson and growth. As I arranged and created the landscapes of these stories of Stanton West’s, I learned more about him and myself than I ever imagined. ”
Blues man Mike Munson is one of Winona’s greatest cultural resources.