Mid West Music Fest is thrilled to be recognized as the Best Music Festival in Southern Minnesota by the readers of Southern Minnesota Scene Magazine.  See what Rich Larson had to say about the festival below.


Best Music Festival – Mid West Music Festival

It’s a sprawling event held annually in late April. More than 100 bands play all over town in a dozen different venues over three days. It is the most eagerly anticipated music event of the year, taking a full twelve months to plan. Media descends on the town like a plague of locusts. If you are a part of the music scene, or just want to be, you have to be there.

No, I’m not talking about South by South West in Austin, Texas, I’m talking about the Mid West Music Fest in Winona.

In seven years MWMF has grown from Sam Brown’s “Hey, let’s see if we can do this” idea to an increasingly important summit for the Minnesota, and indeed the Midwest.

For local music fans, it’s nothing short of a bonanza. This is nowhere else in the state – not in the Twin Cities, not in Duluth, not in Lutsen – where, in one weekend, you can see Chastity Brown, Dessa, Nick David, Charlie Parr, Mark Mallman, Jillian Rae, Apollo Cobra, The Counterfactuals, Bad Bad Hats, Cloak Ox, Frogleg, PHO, The Lowest Pair, Jeremy Messersmith, Romantica, Dusty Heart, Dead Man Winter, Spider John Koerner and Kevin Bowe. On top of that, you get to see them in venues like Ed’s (no name) Bar, which has twice now been named the best place for live music in Southern Minnesota and Winona’s Masonic Temple, which is one of the quirkiest – and most comfortable – rooms in which I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to music.

In 2016, MWMF branched out to LaCrosse, Wisconsin for a one-day festival (which will become a two-day festival in 2017) and there is every reason to believe that even more growth is on the horizon. If you haven’t been, you’re going to want to check it out in 2017. Keep your eye on this thing. The SXSW comparisons aren’t that far off.

Mid West Music Fest is scheduled for April 14-15 in LaCrosse and April 28-29 in Winona for 2017.


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