From the Bar: 01/14/14
It’s been a long cold winter already, but we are gearing up for our biggest few months yet! Ed’s aims to prove this winter and spring, that it is THE choice for live music and entertainment in Winona. We’re betting that you’ll agree.
If you’ve been keeping up with the events at Ed’s, then you know the last couple weeks of January we have an incredible line up of acts, beginning with this week’s Wintergrass 2014! Like last year, we’ve teamed up with Boats and Bluegrass to book 5 nights of unparalleled music. Wednesday, we feature Dave Simonett (of Trampled by Turtles fame) and Band, along with the enigmatic Gabriel Douglas (of the 4 on the Floor); Thursday, Chicago bluegrass legend and former Hen House Prowler, Eric Lambert and Friends with Black River Revue opening; Friday our own Jake Ilika opens for Minneapolis folkgrass act The May North; Saturday local acts Beet Root Stew and Gravy Train hit the stage; and on Sunday, to cap off this amazing week, a HUGE triple bill consisting of Mike Munson, Charlie Parr and Mikkel Beckmen, and 81 year old Mississippi blues legend Leo ‘Bud’ Welch.
And it doesn’t stop there!!! The following week, to celebrate one of Winona’s great cultural events, The Frozen River Film Festival, we will feature on Tuesday 1/21 a beer tasting and 2 great FRFF films; Wednesday, Dead Horses and Last Revel; Thursday Jake Ilika and Actual Wolf; Friday Chris Holm (of the 4 on the Floor) brings his act Fattenin’ Frogs with The Old Fashioneds opening; Saturday’s Meltdown concert features Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and Jaybone Bell and Restless Light; and on Sunday, Mike Munson wraps it all up!
The rest of winter and spring doesn’t slow down much. We’ll be teaming up with MWMF to bring you Joey Ryan and the Inks on Jan 31, Lacrosse Reggae/Rock act T.U.G.G. will be in town on Feb 1st, People Brothers Band Feb 7th, Apollo Cobra Feb 8th, John Paulson’s jazz combo on Feb 15th, Kitchen Dwellers with Jaybone Bell on Feb 21, General B and the Wiz with Koo Koo Kangaroo on Feb 22, The Heavy Set and Erik Koskinen Band on March 1st, Manfort returns on March 15th, The Ultrasounds and San Dimas on March 28th, and Craig Baumann (of Fat Maw Rooney) brings his latest endeavor, Honest Monday on March 29th… Midwest Music Fest comes at the end of April with a few BIG surprises, Aaaaaaand, we are working on many more top quality shows to fill in the blanks. Heck Wilkie Days (July 8-13. Mark your calendars!!!) is almost half booked!
It’s been such a pleasure to work with so many nice and talented folks over the years, and our persistence, reinvestment, and commitment towards making the pub bigger and better, while maintaining quality and quaintness, has been paying off in dividends by attracting more and more of the top talent from the region and beyond to our stage. Folks love coming down to our little neck of the woods to play for YOU, the best music fans in the state!!!
While a large majority of the shows will be free, some will require a cover charge. However, you can be assured that A) The quality will be unmatched – Jim Trouten’s sound and lights are our ace in the hole, and good acts deserve decent pay. B) ALL door money is given directly to the talent and production.
As you already know, Ed’s isn’t just a music venue, we pride ourselves on having the best and freshest beer selection in town. Brandon has been great at curating an eclectic and high quality draught line up with many exclusive brews coming through in the past few months, including Deschutes Abyss and Surly Darkness. Our seasonal bottle selection has grown impressively, and Beer Club and Homebrew Club are still going strong. In fact, we’ve been seeing larger, more enthusiastic crowds than ever before at these events. Dave Sanders’ ‘Beer School’ series was a hit, and Founder’s Centennial IPA won our Hoptoberfest beer tasting and voting to be our featured IPA of the year. Stop down, not just for a show but anytime, to relax in our art filled, cozy environment and enjoy a great brew, cocktail or glass of wine!
We look forward to seeing you in the days, weeks, and months ahead!
Ed, Brandon, Maggie, Aliza, Sarah, Ian, Jonathan, and N8rain!
From the Bar: 10/1/13
It’s been a while since I’ve written a post, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking of you!
As most of you know, I’ve been pretty busy getting a new restaurant off the ground and it has taken up most of my time.
But, autumn is the time the pub really comes alive and it’s fun to think about all the progress we’ve made and the future endeavors in the works.
The shows at the pub have been soaring to new heights with some of the best acts in the region paying us a visit. This summer’s Wilkie Days was a huge success and it was fun to share it with the likes of such talented folks as 4otF, Apollo Cobra, Charlie Parr and more.
Jake Ilika has been tearing the roof off on Wednesday nights and his send off party at the end of August was one to remember! 3 full bands and a solo set! Jake is one super talented dude, and we are pleased with the fact that he’ll be keeping his Wednesday gigs even though he’s moved on to bigger pastures. TC friends, check him out up there to see one of Winona’s best exports in action.
Our friend, performer and sound guru Jim Trouten will be leaving us for a month to tour with Nicholas David supporting the Avett Brothers. We couldn’t be happier for Jim, Nick and our pals in The Fellin’ Band for this exciting opportunity.
…and we have a very exciting season of shows planned too! We’ve already hosted Sex Rays, Fattenin’ Frogs, Maudlin and more, and the calendar keeps looking brighter. Farewell Milwaukee, Mark Mallman, General B and the Wiz, 757s, Porcupine and Multiple Cat, Jack Klatt, Halloween with Jaybone Bell and WSU Jazz, John Mark Nelson and We are the Willows, Corpse Reviver, Caroline Smith, Charlie Parr, The People Brothers Band and much more!
We are committed to bringing the best acts to Winona and to get better and better ourselves.
We can only do it with your help, so stop down to see us and to support our fine area musicians!
We will be hosting our 3rd Annual Hoptoberfest Beer tasting on Tuesday Oct 1st at 7:30pm. Sample 8 IPAs (all on draught) and vote for your favorite to hold the year round handle of honor at Ed’s. The first year it was Surly Furious, last year it was Summit Saga… which hoppy masterpiece will be our house IPA until next October?
Voting will continue throughout the month, when we feature multiple IPAs on draught at any given time, but the scoring sheets from the tasting will be weighted heavier.
Mike Munson continues his Sunday residency at the pub. He’ll be playing a live score to the silent classic Nosferatu on Oct 27th. Mike and Sarah Johnson, The Old Fashioneds, have begun a new monthly gig at the pub. See them on the 3rd Thursday of each month. In October they will be sharing the stage with The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank!
Thanks again for making the last 6 1/2 years pure magic! We look forward to seeing you soon!
From the Bar: 07/21/13
It’s been a long time since we’ve had an update here, and part of the reason is because of the Boat House, Ed’s new business venture (which I must wholeheartedly recommend, even though I have no personal investment in the place). Because of this, Ed has asked me (Brandon) to step in as his manager. In addition, you may have all noticed a few new faces behind the bar. Andrew and Paul have both left after several years of service and will be missed, but we’ve found great replacements for both of them. Ian comes to us with nearly a decade of experience running and tending at a bar in Washington, and although Jonathan has no bartending experience, he’s quickly proving to be a wonderful fit in the Ed’s family. In addition to changes behind the bar, the incredibly talented and knowledgeable Dave Sanders has recently started hosting “Beer School” on the first Tuesday of the month; Beer School is a new take on our Beer Club which will also involve food pairings, so be sure to check it out!
With that said, our 6th Annual Wilkie Days is coming to a close. The last few nights have featured Charlie Parr, Dave Arcari, The 4ontheFloor, Apollo Cobra, and plenty of other incredible local and regional acts. Tonight features Mike Munson, a duo from Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Tanner Brethorst, and the traditional smashing of the Wilkie pinata on our back patio.
Now, the main reason for this post is giving thanks where they’re due:
First off, I’d like to thank Ed who used this weekend to prove that despite his overwhelming workload at the Boat House, he has not been neglecting us.
Every single bartender here is completely exhausted, but they managed to push through – and with very few complaints at that!
Jim Trouten, who once again busted his ass all week running sound for us. Seriously, Jim has put in as many hours here as the rest of us.
Aaron from Schott Distributing and Todd from Odell Brewing. Both guys hooked us up with the back bar and plenty of goodies, plus they volunteered their time to man the beer tent outside on Thursday and Friday nights.
Sarah Johnson (aka Ladykopp) for building this year’s Wilkie pinata, not to mention her wonderful artwork in the women’s restroom. (Men, don’t worry – there’s already talk about additional art for ours!)
Adam Wiltgen from MWMF. Adam organized the events on Wednesday night and also helped us considerably with advertising and the logistics of the weekend.
All of the amazing acts who played this week. You endured the miserable heat and put on some of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
Mostly, we couldn’t have done this without you: our tremendous and loyal customers who have done your part not just this weekend, but for the last six years, to make this bar a wonderful success. You’ve proven that you love us, and frankly we love you too!
Be sure to check out tonight’s acts and take a swing at the Wilkie!
Cheers! -Brandon, Ed, Aliza, Maggie, Sarah, Ian, and Jonathan