Mid West Music Fest releases 11th Anniversary Festival line up

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WINONA, Minn. (WKBT)- The Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) announced their full line up for the 11th anniversary music festival held in Winona.

On May 1 & 2, over 60 musical acts will performing throughout the historic downtown area representing a wide variety of established and up-and-coming acts of the upper midwest.

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, 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 and special performances by Horseshoes and Handgrenades principle songwriters Adam Greuel and Russell Pedersen and a listening room session with Olympia, WA based duo The Lowest Pair. Fan favorites The People Brothers Band, Charlie Parr, The Gully Boys, General B and the Wiz, Karate Chop, Silence, The Shackletons, and Austin-TX band The Mammoths also will return.

The 2020 festival will highlight a special Live at the Levee event Saturday May 2nd 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 2nd Annual UKE Fest, and a Student Stage with solo and band performances, Dangerous Fun circus show, Main ReACTion Improv!, Winona Little Warriors Drumline, and up from Kansas City, I Threw A Chair, the house band from Imagine That! Studios (a crossroads art gallery in Downtown KC 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.