Category Event

Caroline Smith – 11.14.2013 – Eds no name Bar

Caroline Smith and her full band came to Winona, MN for a sold-out show at Eds (no name) Bar. The last time Caroline Smith performed in Winona was this past April for the Mid West Music Fest to a full-capacity crowd at Eds. It sounds like she’ll be back in town again for Mid West Music Fest 2014. Be sure to check her out the next time you get a chance. You’ll be thankful you did.

Visit the Caroline Smith website

Preview Caroline Smith new album “Half About Being a Woman” on iTunes

Here’s the video for her first single off her newest album titled “Magazine”

Mid West Music Fest – Day 3

The sun was shining on the third and last day of Mid West Music Fest and everyone was out and about early with the Earth Day celebration at Levee Park. While the breeze still had a slight chill to it, you couldn’t help but enjoy the heat as the sun kissed everyone in attendance. Later in the evening, downtown Winona was packed with what seemed like twice as many people as previous nights, but I imagine the pub crawl at non-MWMF establishments had something to do with that. A new favorite band, The Fattenin’ Frogs, had Eds (no name) Bar hopping to their music and the amazing vocals of Amanda White. Overall, it was a perfect ending to possibly the best Mid West Music Fest yet.

List of musicians and the venue:

  1. Jake Ilika & The Heavy Set – Winona Levee Park
  2. The Zinghoppers – Winona Levee Park
  3. Savannah Smith – Broken World Records
  4. Swallows – Eds (no name) Bar
  5. Reina del Cid & the Cidizens – Broken World Records
  6. Eli Glor – Broken World Records
  7. Cannons North – Eds (no name) Bar
  8. The Fattenin’ Frogs – Eds (no name) Bar

Keep an eye on Mid West Music Fest 2014 as it’s scheduled for April 24-26, 2014.

Mid West Music Fest 2013 – Day 2

Day two of the Mid West Music Fest provided nearly every weather element possible, but that didn’t stop many festival goers from hitting the streets and see some of their favorite musical acts. Things that stood out for me: Eds (no name) Bar had its second-annual block party and although the music was moved indoors, they were already at capacity at 7:30 for Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps. Later that night, Chastity Brown wowed the crowd with her soulful voice. The People Brothers Band got the crowd movin’ & shakin’ like a primer for Apollo Cobra at Jefferson’s Event Center, which was nearly at capacity by the end of the night.

List of musicians and the venue:

  1. Tour FunkEds (no name) Bar
  2. The May NorthEds (no name) Bar
  3. Austin Weatherhead – Winona Arts Center
  4. Click TrackEds (no name) Bar
  5. Urine – Broken World Records
  6. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays – Broken World Records
  7. Jacob Grippen – Broken World Records
  8. Caroline Smith & The Goodnight SleepsEds (no name) Bar
  9. Push & Turn – Jefferson’s Event Center
  10. The People Brothers Band – Jefferson’s Event Center
  11. Chastity BrownEds (no name) Bar
  12. Apollo Cobra – Jefferson’s Event Center


Charlie Parr – 4.18.2013 – Eds no name Bar

Charlie Parr visited & performed in front of a full-capacity crowd at Eds (no name) Bar for Mid West Music Fest 2013 in Winona, MN. All Charlie needs is a 12-string guitar or a banjo with a little wooden box to get the whole crowd to shake the floors (literally) with foot-stomping joy. He has traveled the world sharing his music as far as Europe and Australia. If he’s passing through town, you may even get to see an intimate performance at Eds on any given Sunday evening.

Visit the Charlie Parr website

Preview Charlie Parr’s newest album “Barnswallow” on iTunes

Watch Charlie Parr perform “1922” live at Eds no name Bar in 2008:

Mid West Music Fest 2013 – Day 1

On the first day of Mid West Music Fest, I was able to photograph 10 different musicians and bands. While the weather wasn’t necessarily the most ideal, the music definitely was. Here’s a little preview of each performance.


List of musicians and the venue:

  1. Emma Mae Spring – Acoustic Cafe
  2. Matthew Francis Byrnes – Winona Art Center
  3. The Wildflowers – Masonic Temple Theater
  4. The Ericksons – Masonic Temple Theater
  5. Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks – Winona Art Center
  6. Witness – Jefferson’s Event Center
  7. Wake Up Bedhead – Broken World Records
  8. Retribution Gospel Choir – Jefferson’s Event Center
  9. Charlie ParrEds (no name) Bar
  10. General B & the Wiz – Broken World Records

I am honored to have been chosen as one of the official Mid West Music Fest photographers for the second year. Information & tickets for Mid West Music Fest.

Mid West Music Fest 2012 – Winona, MN

Here’s a few images from Mid West Music Fest 2012 which takes place in downtown Winona, Minnesota. General B & The Wiz performed at Jefferson’s Riverside Event Center while Greg “Cheech” Hall (of the White Iron Band) with special guest Sena Ehrhardt performed at the Acoustic Cafe.

The following day, a number of different bands played at Eds (No Name) Bar. Beet Root Stew opened up the afternoon on the outdoor stage. Nicholas David Mrozinski & the Feelin Band played a great show. Charlie Parr closed out the evening to a full tent.

Information & schedule of Mid West Music Fest

October 2009 Family Portrait Special

Family Portrait Month

I thought you would want to know about a very special family portrait promotion we will be participating in with an elite group of photographers around the country.  This October, we will celebrate “Family Portrait Month,” a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children), and support Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other studio members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have pledged to contribute $25 of your session to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable partner.

What’s more, we want you to benefit from this special offer:

15-20 minute studio session on white background (indoor only – perfect for those holiday cards) and your four session options consist of the following:

#1 – $50 & buy prints separately through online ordering gallery
#2 – $100 & get $50 print/product credit through online ordering gallery
#3 – $150 & get disc w/personal use release (allowing you to print your own)
#4 – $250 – disc w/personal use release & a 16×24 canvas (canvas alone is a $259 value)

Recording the faces of children and their families is our greatest pleasure. That’s why we believe so strongly in the work of Operation Smile. Each year this incredible organization of volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, and specialized health care professionals, performs free reconstructive surgeries for children suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity each year in Operation Smile’s partner countries.

We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible. Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which is always appreciated as a gift for family and friends (and to send along with holiday greeting cards).

As always . . . we look forward to creating some truly wonderful portraits of your family.

With warm wishes,

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Please inquire on availability by email to info [at]

Venetian Masquerade | Birthday Ball 2009 | Winona Health Auxiliary

I am donating my photographic vision & services for a wonderful cause here in Winona, Minnesota. I will be covering the Winona Health Auxiliary 2009 Birthday Ball – Venetian Masquerade. Proceeds from this year’s Birthday Ball will help fund scholarships for those seeking a career in healthcare, provide improvements to Winona Health Manors, and assist in funding the TeleHealth initiative.

This year’s Birthday Ball will take place on Saturday, September 19th, 2009.

Venetian Masquerade | Birthday Ball 2009 | Winona Health Auxillary

Event Timeline

5:00 p.m.    Pre-Ball Socials
7:00 p.m.    Arrival at Signatures Restaurant & Visions Event Center
8:00 p.m.    Dinner (view menu)
9:00 p.m.    Music & Dancing until 1 a.m. – Entertainment provided by Incognito
10:30 p.m.     Raffle Drawings

2009 Birthday Ball Masquerade Masks can be purchased at Pretty Things on 3rd and the Winona Health Auxiliary Gift Shop at Community Memorial Hospital, and will also be available at the Pre-Ball Socials.

Please visit the Birthday Ball website through the links above to learn more of how you can help support Winona Health & our future caregivers to our loved ones. If you are attending, I look forward to seeing you!