Free music and art block party brings art to the streets of downtown Winona
Treedome Productions has announced the lineup and dates for this year’s Shut Down Third Street: A Music and Arts Block Party (SDTS), set to take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from Market to Center streets on Third Street. The free festival will close down three blocks of historic downtown Winona, bringing four stages, 32 bands, dozens of art booths, food trucks, family activities and more into the downtown business district.
“We’re truly excited to grow this festival in Winona. Nothing is better than spending a day outdoors, taking in the best Minnesota has to offer, while supporting downtown,” said Nathaniel Nelson, a director at Treedome. Last year, SDTS brought more than 2,000 people into the downtown business district. This year, the festival is being envisioned as a city-wide block party that will run from noon through 9 p.m. on September 21, with late-night entertainment scheduled from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at other venues. The main stage will be located at Market and Third streets, with performances on a smaller stage at Center and Third streets.
Island City Brewing Co. will support the event with live music and activities throughout the day at its Front Street location. Many downtown businesses, such as Blooming Grounds and Public Launch, will also host entertainment and activities throughout the day. Late- night entertainment will run inside Ed’s No Name Bar and Broken World Records on Third Street beginning at 9 p.m.
Like last year, admission is free to all stages and events, with everything before 9 p.m. open for all ages. “We believe music and art should be for the people, and not just a commodity, so we’re keeping the festival free,” Nelson said. “It’s about the community coming together and giving back to itself, and the only way we can do that is by keeping the event open to everyone.”
On the music side, the main Third Street stage will be headlined by Bad Bad Hats, an Indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minn., that has been making waves across the country. Coming hot off their release of “Lightning Round” last August, Bad Bad Hats has spent the last year touring across the country with performances including Rock The Garden and opening for Indie icons Death Cab for Cutie. They have been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Pitchfork, The New Yorker and Paste. The band previously played Ed’s No Name Bar and Mid West Music Fest in 2018.
Other acts on the main stage include Minneapolis Indie-pop superstars Yam Haus, who were called “Most Ready to Pop” by the Star Tribune; girl “punk’d” trio and City Pages’ “Picked to Click” band Gully Boys; local mainstays Karate Chop, Silence and Loud Mouth Brass; surf-rock trio Double Grave; and the psych-folksters of Afflatus, who are returning to the festival for their second year.
This year, SDTS will be adding a second main stage during the day at Island City Brewing Company with its own set of heavy-hitting acts. Minneapolis songwriter Lydia Liza will be headlining, following a successful fundraising campaign for her debut solo album “Non Compos Mentis.” Liza, a SDTS veteran, will once again be bringing down her full back for a set of soulful, folk-tinged tunes to end the night. Liza will be joined by fellow Minneapolis folk group Fathom Lane, along with Winona favorites Swashbuckler and Sheep for Wheat. Mike Munson, the driftless region’s own blues master, will be joining in, along with the bluegrass stylings of My Grandma’s Cardigan out of Rochester, Minn.
On the side stages at Blooming Grounds and on Third Street, a number of solo artists will be taking the stage including Kim Schneider, Theyself, Noah Short, Fires of Denmark and Josiah Smith. The music will continue well into the night at Ed’s No Name Bar and Broken World Records, with after parties showcasing the likes of The Shackletons, who return from a jam-packed performance for Mid West Music Fest. Coyote Kid, The Ultrasounds, Last Import, Too Short to be Stormtroopers, Clams and LowRay will also perform. “We wanted to kick the festival up a notch this year and bring the best of the best, with bands from Winona, Rochester, the Twin Cities and more representing the vibrancy of our state’s incredible music scene,” Nelson said.
On top of the music throughout the day, the street will be packed with more than 45 artists, organizations, and a number of food vendors. “We look forward to showcasing truly high-quality artists and vendors at this year’s event. Local artists and organizations will be highlighted alongside those coming to Winona for the first time, who will bring fresh perspectives to the area,” said Maggie Panetta, a lead organizer of SDTS and a director at Treedome. Coffee will be served by Cafe Steam of Rochester, as well as kombucha from Big River Kombucha, looking to make its way into Winona soon.
Everyone will be able to find something they love on Third, which will include presentations by Great River Shakespeare Festival, Frozen River Film Festival, Black Sheep Poetry and more.
Shut Down Third Street is made possible in part by the Third Space: Winona Main Street Initiative with funding by Springboard for the Arts and the Bush Foundation.
This event is supported by Visit Winona, and proudly sponsored by The Current and Island City Brewing Company.
Applications for artists, organizations, sponsors and food trucks are still being accepted at https://www.treedomemn.com/vendor-application, or by contacting Maggie Panetta at email@example.com.
For more information, visit https://www.treedomemn.com/shut-down-third-street.
Treedome Productions, LLC, is a local, independent production house located at 164 East Third Street in downtown Winona. It believes in collaborative support to promote the arts and entertainment community, and provide video, photography, design and booking services. For more information or to book a project, visit treedomemn.com or contact Nathaniel Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.