The WINONArts series of free creative events continues with a Spring Floating Concert featuring music from the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, serving vintage country-duo sounds with a twist of today. Last spring Mike Munson played a set of music in the middle of Lake Winona; afterward, he asked, “Why don’t we have a floating concert, and have the folks paddle out to hear music in the heart of the most beautiful site in all Minnesota?” Thus, a new Winona tradition was born and now that it is spring, the concerts will continue! Choose to sit on the banks of the lake or paddle out to hear the music — free boats will be provided (while supplies last), or feel free to bring your own. Come out to Lake Lodge on Sunday, May 27, with boats being launched at 3:30 and music from 4-5 p.m. Blooming Grounds treats and beverages will be available for purchase and the series of Floating Concerts will continue in August with Reina De Cid on August 5 and Winona legends, The Bus Boys, on September 30, performing during peak fall colors.
Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country-duo, and old-time musical traditions, and mine this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again.
Based in Soldiers Grove, Wis., the Sapsuckers (Nikki Grossman, guitar, fiddle, and vocals; Joe Hart, guitar, mandolin, and vocals) perform frequent concerts, as well as square and contra dances, and they are known for the light touch and sense of humor they bring to their performance.
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.
The 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 or visit https://www.cityofwinona.com/city-services/parks-recreation and click on the link for a WINONArts brochure.