Bands with strong local roots to host double CD release, MWMF pre-party


Two bands with strong ties to Winona will celebrate the release of their new albums and host a Mid West Music Fest pre-party on Friday, February 2, at Ed’s (no name) Bar, 252 East Third Street, Winona. The cost is $10 at the door and attendees must be at least 21 years of age to enter.

The Heavy Set will release their new record, “The Highway and The Moon,” while The People Brothers Band of Madison, Wis., will celebrate their latest release, “Love Electric.”

The Heavy Set got their start in Winona in 2013, and though frontman Jake Ilika has moved to the Twin Cities, they consider Winona a home base. The People Brothers Band has multiple members that have lived, worked and went to school in Winona in recent years. Both bands have built a strong local following through their friendships, local ties and several performances in the area, including multiple Mid West Music Fests over the years.

The show will also double as a Mid West Music Fest pre-party, and a pair of passes to this year’s fest (April 27-28) will be given away. Doors open at 6 p.m. with The Heavy Set starting at 7 p.m.


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