This weekend in Red Wing there will be music being made in all sorts of places. The inaugural Big Turn Music Fest is being held anywhere and everywhere as there aren't enough traditional places available in the river town. Big Turn isn’t just taking place in the bars and restaurants that already host live music. Frankly, there aren’t enough of those in Red Wing to make this thing fly.

The event is expected to be similar to a wintry small-town version of Texas’ famed South by Southwest Music Conference with various bands performing concurrently under different roofs downtown with rock bands performing in a furniture store, singer/songwriters in an Episcopal church, blues pickers in a bike shop and even a hip-hop group in an Elks lodge. No matter what type of music you are into, this festival should have something to offer you.

Sam Brown, a 33-year-old music fan, is the founder of the Big Turn Music Festival and he started a similar festival in Winona. The bigger names will be performing at the historic Sheldon Theatre and St. James Hotel. Other venues that will be hosting musicians this weekend are; Oliver’s Wine Bar, Staghead Gastropub, Marie’s Underground & Tap House, the Barrel House, Liberty’s Restaurant & Lounge, 17 Street (the furniture and home goods store), Red Wing Bicycle Co. & Outfitter, Fair Trade Books, Rivertown Comics & Games and the good ol’ Elks Lodge #845 — all are listed on the festival’s map, each within about a four-block stretch between the river and W. 4th Street.

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The performers lined up for the inaugural year include dozens of well-known acts from the Twin Cities, plus a fun array of musicians from the Red Wing area or farther downriver. Some of Big Turn’s performers from southeastern Minnesota and points nearby include Porcupine with Hüsker Dü bassist Greg Norton, Mike Munson, Barely Losing, Pelly, Fugnacious, Flatt & Square and Mista Clue.

A two day pass costs $40, two day VIP $60, and one day general admission will be $25.



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