RED WING — More than 10,000 visitors are expected to converge on Red Wing Saturday for one of those rare alignments of arts events that promises a musical, visual and performing arts feast.
The three-day weekend will feature the 50th annual Fall Festival of the Artson Saturday and Sunday, the second annual Wingstock! career day on Saturday, and a slew of music events and workshops at the Sheldon Theatreon Friday and Sunday.
"They're going to be some visually exciting entertainment for families, not just come to look at the art but also to listen to the music and eat some food," said said Emily Guida Foos, interim director of the Red Wing Arts Association, which sponsors the arts festival. "It's a full family event."
Fall Festival of the Arts
The streets of historic downtown Red Wing will be closed on Saturday and Sunday in order to transform the area into an arts carnival. Nearly 100 juried artists in fiber and photography, glass and leather, pottery and jewelry from across the Midwest will be featured. Not every artist makes the cut. More than 100 applied but less than 50 percent were included.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy roaming music performances, food and bigger-than-life puppets from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. The festival's 50-year milestone will be celebrated with the return of Larry Veeder, who founded the festival and is one of Red Wing's most well-known artists. Tours of his work will be on display at the Sheldon, and a donated work of his will be raffled off.
This is the second annual music career day put on by Mike Arturi, the event's founder and drummer for the Lovin' Spoonful. Wingstock! is based on the concept that it's best not to put all your musical eggs in one basket. The universe of musical opportunities is too large, and Wingstock's aim is to make aspiring musicians aware of all the career opportunities out there, from string repair and retail to teaching and production to self-publishing and social media.
"It's essentially the same, only it's going to be twice as big," said Arturi, who estimated 500 to 600 people showing up. "The focus is alternative careers in the field of music, that you can do in addition to performance."
Exhibitors will include Sheldon Music, Tree Strings Guitar, Mystic Guitars, Koz Headphones, Minnesota State College–Southeast Technical and and musicians from the U.S. Marines.
The one-day event is set for noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 1926 Old West Main St. in Red Wing. Highlights include keynote speaker John Munson, founding member of the multi-platinum band Semisonic. He will be joined by Minneapolis artist Jeremy Messersmith to offer insight into live performances. A free live concert featuring Horseplay and Ninth Planet Out will also be part of the career day.
The Sheldon Theatre
On Friday and Sunday, essentially bookending the arts festival, the 112-year-old Sheldon Theatre will host a series of music events and workshop activities. On Friday, Caravan Du Nord, a traveling showcase of Minnesota music, will feature Americana-rock group Rogue Valley fresh from the release of its new album, "Radiate, Dissolve." Joey Ryan and the Inks will also play their classic '60s-inspired Indie-pop songs.
On Sunday, "Bone Hill: The Concert," a music/theatre hybrid created by blues and soul singer Martha Redbone, will perform. The show explores Redbone's Appalachian family history in a way that spans both generations and musical genres. Redbone will also conduct a workshop on cultural preservation through music and hold a post-show talk.