Along with nationally acclaimed storytelling shows, workshops and food trucks, the Sandbar Storytelling Festival features a full lineup of local musical talent, performing throughout the event on Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, at Saint Mary’s University.
The following performances are free and open to the public:
Little Warriors Battery Line — Friday, October 14, at 5 p.m., Gazebo
The Little Warriors Drumline is Winona’s group of talented young musicians, ages 7-17! Since their creation in 2019, they have been invited to perform for all kinds of Winona events, as well as throughout the region. The group has won first place in the Steamboat Days Parade for two consecutive years. The Little Warriors Drumline is about showcasing talented young kids playing funky beats – with the goal of building community and working towards a brighter future for our young people.
Mettalarks — Friday 14 October, at 6 p.m., Théâtre Page
The Mettalarks are a singer-songwriter duo from Minnesota. Mariah Ciangiola and Noah Short have been writing songs together since 2021. Their musical styles are a mix of indie-folk, acoustic and pop. They find inspiration in love, nature and the mysteries of life. Listeners return for their eclectic mix of driving beats and melodic harmonies. Come and enjoy their Halloween songs!
Bell House Music — Saturday, October 15, at 5 p.m., Gazebo
Bell House Band, a Winona trio, plays American, folk and original music on guitar, bass and mandolin. Armstrong is a former Winona Poet Laureate. He was awarded a 2016 SEMAC Fellowship which culminated in a performance at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum of songs and poems about his grandparents, titled “Ohio River Blues”. “Cornbread”, one of the Ohio River Blues songs, entered the 2017 Great River Folk Fest songwriting competition. Dretske trained as a classical bassoonist but found no gigs. So she took up bass and now plays with Irish session band Patina. Stuber performed and sang in a number of southeastern Minnesota folk bands including Fiddler’s Green, The Zephyr Valley String Band, and Turkey Creek. He is also a live sound technician and sound designer.
Wing Barrage Jammers — Saturday 15 October, at 5.45 p.m., Gazebo
The Wing Dam Jammers are Winona-based musicians who play an eclectic mix of original, traditional, and semi-popular American music. The band members have played together, in various configurations, since the mid-70s and include Chris Kendall on guitar, Mark Gunderson on double bass, Mark Christensen on guitar, Bruce Malenke on accordion and Alex Meine on fiddle and everyone sings. Jammers are thrilled to contribute local original storytelling songs to this inaugural Sandbar Storytelling Festival.
Paid show: Koo Koo Kanga Roo — Saturday, October 15, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Winona Middle School Auditorium
Interactive dance party duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo is the only musical act with separate box office. Tickets are $15 for adults over 16, $5 for children 5-16, and free for children under 5. Prepaid tickets will be available on site 20 minutes before the show. Koo Koo Kanga Roo is an American disco comedy duo from Minneapolis. Described as “Beastie Boys Meets ‘Sesame Street'”, Koo Koo Kanga Roo puts on a colorful live show that relies heavily on audience participation, featuring overtly silly songs that are usually accompanied by their own individual dance moves. The duo have toured the country, performing both at children’s events and at mainstream music clubs with rock and punk bands. sandbarstorytelingfestival.org.