Shook Twins, nationally known singer/songwriters headlining Live @ The Levee.

Levee Park officially reopens and WINONArts and Visit Winona partner to present the return of Live @ The Levee concerts


(6/20/2018)

It’s time to officially reopen Winona’s Levee Park and celebrate after its extensive renovation. What better way to cut the ribbon and enjoy the beautiful new plaza and parkland on the banks of the Mississippi than the return of the popular Live @ The Levee concert series? WINONArts and Visit Winona have been awarded a generous grant from Explore Minnesota Tourism and the state of Minnesota to co-produce a day-long festival of artisan vendors, food trucks, craft beers and beverages, family fun, outdoor games, and, most important of all, world-class music! The first spring Live @ The Levee, the first of three levee concerts this year, will be held on Sunday, June 24, with a Levee Park re-opening ceremony featuring Mayor Mark Peterson and other dignitaries at 1 p.m., and a full slate of musicians beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing until 10 p.m.

First on the bill are local favorites fresh off their Western three-state tour, The Heavy Set. Then, a longtime Winona favorite, Led Penny, will bring their blend of rock and roll and popular covers, followed by the Winona premiere of the Twin Cities’ Larry Long’s American Roots Revue, stopping by on their statewide tour of the best of roots music. Headlining and closing out a great day of music are the Shook Twins, nationally known singer/songwriters who are currently touring throughout the U.S.

Live @ The Levee began a few years ago as a grassroots produced series of day-long concerts that helped bring attention to the importance of a revitalized Levee Park for the future of Winona, so it is fitting that the new Main Street gateway and plaza would be christened as a part of the return of this signature series. Whether you attend for the food and drink, family activities, live music, or all of the above, there is truly something for everyone at Live @ The Levee.

The Heavy Set

The Heavy Set is a Minneapolis rock band rooted in blues and alt.-country that pushes Americana to its harder edges. The heart-felt songwriting of Jake Ilika gets a grindstone treatment in The Heavy Set with guitar-forward echoes of Crazy Horse and Ryan Adams.

Led Penny

For over a decade, Led Penny has been rocking Minnesota with the music you remember. Founded by former Congressman Tim Penny, the band played the inaugural Live @ The Levee and has rock and rolled through Winona many times before and since.

Larry Long presents American Roots Revue

Larry Long is an American singer/songwriter who has made his lifework the celebration of everyday heroes. Author and historian Studs Terkel called Larry “a true American troubadour.” Backed by some of the finest musicians making music across the world today, American Roots Revenue is a must-see event whose line-up will include JD and Billy Steele, Tonia Hughes, Billy Peterson, Cory Wong, and Petar Janjic. Larry Long’s tour is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Shook Twins

Critically acclaimed Idaho-born and Portland-based indie outfit Shook Twins draw on the inherent power of the group’s namesake duo — identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook (vocals, guitar) and Laurie Shook (banjo, vocals). “I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American folk tradition, without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods,” said Neil Gaiman, New York Times best-selling author

About WINONA ARTS

The city will be presenting a series of 25 free creative events, WINONArts, held throughout the year in various municipal parks and venues throughout Winona. WINONArts is possible thanks to founding sponsorships from Winona National Bank, Merchants Bank and the Winona Community Foundation.

WINONArts’ mission is to solidify the city of Winona’s creative identity by active participation, partnering, and production of a wide range of arts and cultural events in city-owned spaces, often working with existing creative programs and organizations and regional artists.

For more information call the Winona Park and Recreation office at 507-457-8258, visit the Park and Recreation Department website at www.cityofwinona.com/city-services/parks-recreation, or go to visitwinona.com.

 

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