4onthefloor, Acoustic Cafe, Appollo Cobra, Bethany Larson and the Bees Knees, Boats vs. Manatees, Bruce Springsteen, Charlie Parr, Dibs, Dibs Cafe, Ed's, Ed's NoName Bar, First Ave, Gree Room Music Scource, Indie, Indie Music, Indie Rock, Jefferson Event Center, Koo Koo Kangaroo, Maudin, Melismatics, Michelle Lynn and the Bad Passengers, Midwest Music Festival, Minnesota, Natalie Merchant, Rogue Valley, Unity Park, Wake Up Bedhead, Winona Arts Center
Started the evening with a stripped down version of Rogue Valley. Chris Koza, Linnea Mohn and Peter Sieve played a set at Ed’s NoName Bar (Happy 5th Anniversary Ed!). The stripped down version brings out more of the vocal interplay between Chris and Linnea, a pleasant change of pace for someone who has seen a lot of Rogue Valley shows. Missed their end of the evening event at the Masonic Temple but it looked like a gorgeous room.
Next I took in Michelle Lynn and the Bad Passengers at the Acoustic Café. Michelly sounds a lot like Natalie Merchant but with a more rocking style. A nice litte three piece outfit, I bet they do quite well here in Winona.
Next show was the legendary Charlie Parr back at Ed’s. It incredible the depth of sound that Charlie can produce with his guitar. Adding in some washboard and a log (basically a log with some cow bells played with wooden spoons) Charlie was the pleasant surprise of the night and the crowd really got into it, I did not know that there was a fair amount of slam dancing at his shows. Definitely the highlight of the night.
Last show of the night was one of my favorites, 4onthefloor at the Jefferson Event Center. First thing to know is that if you end up at the back door and they ask if you are with the band it is easier to just say yes. After seeing them last Friday at their sold-out First Avenue show we were definitely ready to rock with them again. This crowd was not as familiar with their music as other shows 4onthefloor shows we go to but it still was a great sing along event with some great people. All the 4onthefloor classics plus a little Bruce Springsteen thrown in for good measure.
Today’s shows include:
- Koo Koo Kangaroo at 1:45 at Unity Park
- Wake Up Bedhead at 6:30 at Dibs Cafe
- Boats vs. Manatees at 7:00 at Ed’s NoName Bar
- Bethany Larson and the Bees Knees at 8:00 at the Winona Arts Center
- Melismatics at 9:30 at Dibs
- Maudlin at 10:30 at Dibs
- Apollo Cobra at 12:00 at Ed’s NoName Bar
The shows at Dibs are being currated by our friends at Green Room Music Source, nice job with a great lineup. Full report tomorrow.