The 10th annual Mid West Music Fest returns in May, and the lineup has never felt fresher.

Over the course of four days (two in the first week, and two in the third), more than 100 musical acts will descend upon Winona and La Crosse.

We’re talking funk. Rock. Honky-tonk. Soul. Americana. And lots of it.

The festival is always a mix of folk and Americana – as you’d expect from Minnesota – and urban/punk influences from the Twin Cities. And it’s everywhere – in bars, coffee shops, stages, and even religious centers in both cities.

This year, the festival was moved back a month to take advantage of the springier weather. So look out for a wider range of outdoor stages in this year’s schedule.

Here are a few acts we’re excited to see.

Winona: Get excited for the first two days of the fest! SE Minnesota favorites Charlie Parr, Them Coulee Boys, and Mike Munson (in collaboration with Jimmy “Duck” Jones) will all play during the first wave of musicians. New headliners include Twin Cities soul group Nooky Jones, funk band Alex Rossi, and the indie-synth sounds of Graveyard Club.

La Crosse: New headliners for the Wisconsin half of the festival really run the gamut. Keep an eye out for indie rocker Ruby Boots, funk band Luthi, and classic rock from Great American Taxi, which includes several La Crosse natives.

New this year: The 2019 festival will include a Women in Minnesota Music Showcase, featuring performances by Annie Mack, Humbird, and Aby Wolf. The showcase will be held at the Burke Music House in Winona, and is sponsored by The Current, Treedome, and Carpet Booth Studios. Winona will also see the First Annual Uke Fest at the Alexander Mansion on May 4.

For a full schedule, go to midwestmusicfest.org.

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