From the Bar: 11/12/14
We are so very honored to play host to the INAUGURAL Jazz Festival Pro-Jam!!! It’s this Sunday (11/16) from 6:00-9:00 pm. There will be FREE ADMISSION, and donations will be accepted at the door for WSU Friends of Jazz! This event features festival guest artist and bassist Gerald Stockton, Dave Hagedorn – vibraphonist and director of jazz studies at St. Olaf College, Brad Dutz – hand percussionist from Los Angeles, Chris Wabich – steel drum and drumset player from Los Angeles, Rich MacDonald – drumset… and members of the WSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble.
For 4 years now, the WSU student and faculty jazz group has been playing once a month while university is in session. Rich and Co. have treated us to amazing performances with a lineup of students that changes each year, many of which we have later seen perform in other acts at the pub. Their monthly sessions at Ed’s provides a unique educational experience to the students, allowing them to gig at a club and share the stage with their mentors as peers. I think all who have been in attendance would agree that these performances have been truly magical, and some of the best live jazz one can see anywhere. Sundays performance features an all star line up that will knock your socks off. Remember it’s an early show. Stop down and heat up on a chilly weekend!
This event is part of the Eleventh Annual Honor Jazz Band Festival Nov 14-16, 2014.
From the Bar: 10/2/14
I’d like to begin by expressing my gratitude to Tom and Julie Fassbender and all the volunteers, production folks, musicians, and attendees for another great Boats and Bluegrass. It was an amazing time. I was so happy to be a part of it both as a vendor and a spectator. It’s a special event for Winona, and unlike any other festival I’ve ever been to. The weather was perfect, the music was spot on, and organization was impeccable.
WE LOVE FALL IN WINONA!!!
October is filled with so much natural beauty and vibrancy. Like the squirrels gathering nuts ahead of the long winter, the people of Winona, are gathering experiences. Last of the year bike rides, hikes, camping adventures, and enjoying Ed’s backyard with a brew.
To celebrate the changing of the seasons, we have put together an incredible month of music and events.
Just take a peek at our calendar!
10/2 Dead Horses
10/3 The Weathered Heads
10/4 The People Brothers Band
10/7 Hoptoberfest Beer Club
10/8 Jacob Grippen
10/9 WSU Jazz
10/10 The Ericksons w/ Driftwood Bones
10/11 Farewell Milwaukee w/ Jaybone Bell and Restless Light
10/12 Mike Munson
10/15 Jake Ilika and guests
10/16 The Old Fashioneds
10/17 Apollo Cobra
10/21 Homebrew Club
10/22 Jake Ilika and guests
10/24 Bomba De Luz and Frankie Lee
10/25 Green Room presents…
10/26 Mike Munson
10/29 Jake Ilika and guests: residency finale
10/31 Halloween with General B and The Wiz & Ali and The Scoundrels
11/1 Mike Munson and Mikkel Beckmen Album Release Party
I’d like to also make special mention of Jake Ilika’s Wednesday Night Residency, as this month it comes to a close. Jake has held this slot for two years now, and even after moving to the TC he still, more often than not, made the trip down to Winona to play here every week. We’ve watched him grow as a musician, become an incredible performer, build amazing projects with other musicians, and successfully take the plunge into working as a full-time artist. In November he picked up a regular Wed. Night gig a little closer to home, so his visits will be a little less frequent. We congratulate him on this next step in his journey towards success, and look forward to a great month of finales this October!!!
Tuesday Oct 7th is HOPTOBERFEST and Ed’s will host an IPA beer tasting, and you can vote for the IPA you’d like to see on draught year-round. We’ll have 7-8 fresh kegs of some of the world’s best IPA’s to try in a blind tasting, scoring sheets, snacks and prizes. Last year Founder’s Centennial IPA won the contest and has been featured at the pub on draught ever since. Previous winners include Summit Saga and Surly Furious. Who will win this year??? Stop on down and help us decide!
Once again, we’d also like to thank you all for all your support. Owning a business is sometimes a rocky road, with a lot of uncertainties and stumbling blocks, but when I stop down and see your smiling faces, when you come up to me really excited about the new beer you’re trying, when you’re getting down to one of the incredible acts playing on the stage, I realize the last seven and a half years have been so worth it. I’ve met some of the best folks that I’ve ever met anywhere at this bar. I’m humbled and eternally grateful that you choose us as your watering hole, whether you stop in a few times a week or once in a while when you’re buzzing through town. I couldn’t do this without you. We’ve built an amazing artistic community in Winona together. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
Ed, Nate, Sarah, Ian, Sam, Jonathan, and Aliza!
From the Bar: 05/14/14
I wanted to give this show it’s own post, because it is truly a dream of mine to host Jonathan Richman at the pub. I’m sure I’ve expressed this to many of you when his songs randomly come up on a playlist there. I’ll admit I was a late comer in my appreciation for his music. I think it was about 10 years ago, living in Seattle, that my roommate Jed put on The Modern Lovers first record for me. It took one verse and I was hooked. In the last decade, I’ve listened to Mr. Richman’s recordings from throughout his 40 year career, and each album I’ve picked up has given me the same joy upon giving it a spin.
There is a purity about the music and the lyrics, a humor that has so little cynicism, a reverence to musical history and geography, nods to art and artists, an appreciation for humanity, love, and friendship…
I hope you’ll be able to join us on this exciting night for the pub, and for me personally.