Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) has announced the full line up for the 11th anniversary music festival held in Winona on May 1 and 2. Performing across the historic downtown will be over 60 musical acts representing a wide variety of the best established and up-and-coming acts of the Upper Midwest and beyond.
New headliners for 2020 include “psychedelic-bloos” band The Minks, old-time Americana chanteuse Sierra Ferrell, and funk band The Stoop Kids – all from Nashville, Ky.; Nooky Jones frontman Cameron Kinghorn and PHO guitarist Joe Paris Christensen’s new soul band King Pari,; Michigan-based garage rock duo Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish; Madison Afro-Peruvian ensemble Golpe Tierra; First Ave’s Best New Band choice Mae Simpson; special performances by Horseshoes and Handgrenades principle songwriters Adam Greuel and Russell Pedersen; and a listening room session with Olympia, Wash.-based duo The Lowest Pair. Fans favorites The People Brothers Band, Charlie Parr, The Gully Boys, General B and the Wiz, Karate Chop, Silence, The Shackletons, and Austin, Texas-band The Mammoths all return for another year.
There will also be outdoor activities taking place, including the first-ever MWMF kickball game, a bike ride with Pedal for the People, and a chance to climb Sugarloaf with WSU’s Outdoor Education & Recreation Center. Prairie Island Campground will be offering special ticket packages for fest goers.
MWMF presents Live at
the Levee on Saturday, May 2
The 2020 festival will highlight a special Live at the Levee event on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in partnership with WNB Financial, Elizabeth Callender King Foundation, Winona Community Foundation, Music-MPLS, and WINONArts. The event will be free to the public and feature a family stage; the second annual UKE Fest; and a student stage with solo and band performances, Dangerous Fun circus show, Main ReACTion Improv!, Winona Little Warriors Drumline, and Kansas City’s I Threw A Chair, the house band from Imagine That! Studios (a crossroads art gallery in Downtown Kansas City providing services for artists with developmental disabilities).
Returning for the free Live at the Levee event will be the Mid West Music Fest Artisan Market, a chance for kids (of all ages) to join the band through Solar Suitcase Musik, puppets with Dr. Bob, a skateboarding demo by Anthem Skatepark and Board Shop, a free-play area for kids, and a kid’s kung-fu session.
MWMF will also partner with local health and wellness providers (Muddy Waters Yoga and Manitou Center) as part of its mental health initiative to present morning sessions of mindfulness, qigong, and yoga. Through other mental health partners (MPR — Call to Mind, Dissonance, YMCA — La Crosse, WSU Active Minds) the festival will host conversations with some artists on mental health prior to their sets, and provide a sober green room alternative for artists during the festival weekend.