WINONArts events continue with Fall Floating Concert featuring music from Winona legends The Bus Boys


The WINONArts series of free creative events continues with the Fall Floating Concert featuring music from The Bus Boys, the legendary trio of Winona musicians. 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, September 23, with boats being launched at 3:30 and music from 4-5 p.m. What could be more fun than hearing a great band with the fall colors as a backdrop?

The Bus Boys is a musical ensemble from Winona comprised of three former school bus drivers. One by one, they realized that bus driving was not their true calling in life (one of them only lasted two weeks). So they did the obvious thing: they became an acoustic jam trio. They all enjoyed music of The Grateful Dead, The Band, Bob Dylan, and the like, so they said, “Yes, we’ll play that kind of music.” They also decided to mix in a substantial amount of bluegrass and folk-type music. A few original tunes have snuck in over the years. It has been distilled into a unique blend with their own twist on things. Since 1997, The Bus Boys have included Mark Christensen, guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Wayne Beezley, mandolin, big mandolin, lead and harmony vocals; and Dedrick Benz, bass and harmony vocals.

About WINONArts

The city is presenting a series of free creative events, WINONArts, held throughout the year in various municipal parks and venues throughout Winona. WINONArts is possible thanks to founding sponsorships from WNB Financial, Merchants Bank, Coca Cola Bottling of Winona, and the Winona Community Foundation.

Its 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 the Park and Recreation Department website at and click on the link for a WINONArts brochure.


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