Winona’s Levee Park will rock once again with the next Live @ the Levee and WINONArts organizers are partnering with Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) to create an unforgettable lineup. The last Live @ the Levee was one of the great events of the season with over 4,000 folks coming out to enjoy the day-long festival of artisan vendors, food trucks, craft beers and beverages, family fun, outdoor games, and most important of all, world-class music! Don’t miss this Mid West Music Fest version of Live @ the Levee on Sunday, September 9, from 1 to 10 p.m. featuring, among others, international indie pop sensation and Iowa native LISSIE, fresh off her set at the Minnesota State Fair. Also included, among others, are Erik Koskinen; Nooky Jones; and the Brothers Allmanac, a Midwest tribute to the Allman Brothers Band.
Starting things off at 1 p.m. is the retro swing band Gentleman’s Anti-Temperence League, followed by the unique folk, country, and blues voice of Erik Koskinen. Then look out Winona, the Brother’s Allmanac in a collaboration of top Minnesota musicians will pay tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, followed by the Minneapolis favorite Afro-beat band Black Market Brass Band. Nooky Jones has been making waves crafting an irresistible blend of updated 1960s and ‘70s Motown soul music and has been called equal parts Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo and Prince. Headlining, and closing out a great day of music, is LISSIE, whose music has reached a number-one Billboard ranking in the U.S. and Top Ten status on the UK charts. She was also featured in David Lynch’s new version of the “Twin Peaks” television series.
The Patio Stage will feature a kaleidoscope of Winona talent: the Forget Me Notes, a dementia-friendly choir, will open, followed by the Sounds Like School Variety Show, featuring area student talent, Dr. Bob’s Puppet Show, closing with DJ’s Rumpshaker and Eddy Baby.
Live @ the Levee is thrilled to be partnering with Mid West Music Fest to provide it with a chance for out-of-season venues and programming. Hurry Back Productions, the newest music promoter in Winona, is also partnering just before the first date in its new Highway 61 season of concerts. Coca Cola Bottling of Winona is sponsoring this event and is now the official beverage of Levee Park for 2018.
LISSIE grew up in Rock Island, Ill., near the Mississippi River, speaking her mind and writing songs from an early age. Her fourth studio album, “Castles,” was released on March 23, which promptly cracked the Top 10 in the UK album charts. The new music follows the release of her 2016 album “My Wild West,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and Top 10 on the Independent Albums chart and received widespread critical praise. Lissie also appeared in the most recent season of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” with NME saying of her intense performance: “Closing the episode with the Stevie Nicks-esque ‘Wild West,’ Rock Island’s most exciting troubadour more than earned her Lynch-commissioned screen time.”
Nooky Jones is “Sophisticated, seductive and smooth neo-soul ... Minnesota’s freshest baby-making music,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Straddling the depths of the old-school likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Prince, the six-piece R&B band also borrows minimalist grooves and a neo-soul vibe direct from D’angelo, Erykah Badu, and Frank Ocean books of love,” states the City Pages of his music.
Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Koskinen’s albums are a lyrical and musical metaphor of American’s theaters of war, history, relationships, and of the reflections in the mirror. Knowing but not didactic, Koskinen channels the ways of Whitman and reverently enters the anthology of uniquely crafted wry songs with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while speaking as plainly as your neighbor.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Koskinen “the real deal” and “the best country songwriter in Minnesota.”
Black Market Brass
This Minneapolis-based group performs its own brand of originally composed Afro-beat/Afro-funk music, as well as authentic renditions of the classic 1970s West African sound. Taking its cue from the godfathers, the band draws on complex polyrhythmic percussion, driving bass lines, dizzying guitar interplay, rolling keyboards, and room-commanding brass. The result? An eclectic blend of cool, deep funk and driving Afro-beat grooves that will lure you to the dance floor and never let you leave.
The Brothers Allmanac delivers a premier Midwest rooted tribute to The Allman Brothers Band, playing classics and deep cuts that span the entirety of its storied career. Concert goers are often left saying that if they close their eyes, they feel like they are really listening to The Allman Brothers, from the raw, emotional vocals, the spot-on guitar harmonies and even the thundering double drums you would expect from the real deal.
Gentleman’s Anti-Temperance League
The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League is a string quartet that brings the smoky rhythms and sizzling leads of Prohibition swing into the 21st century.
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 Visit Winona at visitwinona.com.