• Big Turn Music Fest

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    Name: Big Turn Music Fest
    Date: February 16, 2018 - February 17, 2018
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    Big Turn Music Fest will happen February 16 & 17 in Red Wing!

    When you imagine Minnesota in February, what comes to mind? Maybe live music isn’t the first thing to pop up, but a new music festival in Red Wing is hoping to change that.

    Big Turn Music Fest will take place in downtown Red Wing on Feb. 16 and 17, and will feature nearly 100 bands and 17 venues. Headliners include Porcupine, Caroline Smith, jeremy messersmith, Heiruspecs, Toki Wright, and Dave Simonett (of Trampled by Turtles). The festival is organized by Red Wing native Sam Brown, who founded the Mid West Music Fest in 2010 in Winona.

    The name “Big Turn” comes from the sharp bend in the Mississippi River in Red Wing. The name also marks a symbolic shift in the trajectory of the town, which organizer Sam Brown hopes will allow people to “experience Red Wing through music.”

    Big Turn will bring music to 17 venues in downtown Red Wing, including the Sheldon Theatre. When he came up with the idea for Big Turn, Brown knew that he wanted to incorporate the Sheldon. “It’s really exciting that I’m able to work with them and bring Big Turn into the Sheldon’s walls,” he said. In addition to hosting music, the Sheldon will also run the box office for the festival.

    Among the festival’s headliners are La Crosse, Wisc. band Porcupine. This choice of headliner is a serendipitous one for Brown. Porcupine helped him establish Mid West Music Fest in Winona back in 2010 and have performed at the festival every year since. “Porcupine headlining Big Turn Music Fest this year is one of the most exciting moments I’ve had in all of my music organizing history,” he said.

    Last year, Porcupine added Hüsker Dü basist Greg Norton (and current Red Wing resident) to their lineup. This year, he is turning to the town’s music scene with Porcupine as they headline the Sheldon Theatre at Big Turn.

    Other acts on the festival’s lineup include Caroline Smith, Dave Simonett (Dead Man Winter, Trampled By Turtles), Lydia Liza, Twilight Hours, Little Fevers, LOTT, and Jillian Rae. In crafting the lineup, Brown aimed to keep it varied. “I pride myself on trying to keep it eclectic and trying to bring something for everyone,” he said. “There’s a lot of synergy with this lineup even though it may not appear so.” 

    While February may not be the most conventional time of year for a music festival, Brown is hoping that the festival’s date will bring visitors to Red Wing during an otherwise slow time of year. The choice to hold the festival in the dead of winter in Minnesota may not seem like an obvious choice to some, but Brown described the timing as an affirmation of Red Wing’s vibrancy year-round. “We still exist in February just as much as we exist in the summer in Minnesota, and we still like music, right?”

    Brown calls this festival “an outstanding homecoming” for him. After spending time in Winona organizing the Mid West Music Fest, he is excited to be back in Red Wing to help visitors and natives alike experience his hometown through Big Turn.

    Tickets for Big Turn Music Fest can be purchased online at bigturnmusicfest.com or via the Sheldon Theatre.

    Complete lineup
    Caroline Smith
    jeremy messersmith
    Dave Simonett
    Rogue Valley
    Twilight Hours
    We Are The Willows
    Apollo Cobra
    Jillian Rae
    Trapper Schoepp
    Ben Weaver
    Little Fevers
    Lydia Liza
    General B and the Wiz
    Ali and the Scoundrels
    Brothers Burn Mountain
    The Ditch Lilies
    Early Eyes
    The Ultrasounds
    Mike Munson
    The Heavy Set
    Gabriel Douglas
    Matt Monsoor
    Karate Chop, Silence
    Dirt Train
    The Lowland Lakers
    Fletcher Magellan
    Jake Manders
    Poor Lemuel
    Jacob Grippen
    Mista Clue
    Second Story
    Meadowlark Valley
    Jeff Arundel and the Hammsmen
    Niki Becker
    Universal Music Center Students
    Tommy Bentz Band
    Ryan Traster Band
    Red Sky Warning
    Northern Shoveler
    Beef Slough Boys
    Colby Kent & The Stompin Ground
    Israel Roemer
    Deathless Dogs
    David and Esther
    Sterling Haukom
    The Andy Nelson Galactic Trio
    My Grandma’s Cardigan
    Matt Ray
    Twisted Humor
    Barely Losing
    Liquor Beats Winter
    Loons in the Attic
    Brooke Elizabeth
    Joey Flip
    Amanda Grace
    Ryan Mingone
    Etumu Elmari
    Double Down Daredevils
    A Constant Cough
    Henry James Patterson
    Charlie Brown
    Patrick T Walsh
    Burke Band
    Boulevard X
    Levi Besaw
    George Knobloch III
    Beebe + Keeley
    Wing Dam Jammers

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