Winona Arts Center - 2023 Concert Series

Concerts are presented at the Winona Arts Center, 228 East 5th Street, Winona, MN.

Tickets are available in advance at Eventbrite and Hardt's Music or at the door. Coffeehouse and gallery are open at 1 hour prior to concerts. Wine will be available during the coffeehouse hour. Please review our Covid-19 Protocol before planning your visit to the Winona Arts Center. We appreciate your understanding.

Photo of Johnsmith & Dan Sebranek.

Johnsmith & Dan Sebranek

Saturday / September 30, 2023 / 7:00pm
Coffeehouse & gallery open at 6:00pm
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Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past forty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released nine solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, leads Idaho rafting trips, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.

Dan Sebranek is a renowned singer, songwriter and musician who started his musical career at the age of 14 with musical roots in bluegrass and rock and roll. He has shared the stage with Johnsmith, Michael Martin Murphey, Hans Mayer, Bill Miller, John Prine, Perry Jordan (Heartsfield) along with Pure Prairie League. In Dan's early days as a troubadour he performed primarily with the duo, Runaway. Currently Dan is performing solo acoustic music around the world. He performs each year in Ireland bringing the gifts of music and song across the sea (Enchanted Way Tours). He is inspired by Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor and Bryan Sutton with positive responses from audiences across the country who enjoy Dan's musical versatility. Dan's tours are close to home in his native state of Wisconsin, however, he travels to Florida (Siesta Key / Key Largo) and Colorado each year as well.

Dan continues to tour as a solo performer, in musical duos and in the String Ties Bluegrass Band. He enjoys playing festivals, house concerts and clubs all over North America. Dan won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival award with his band, Northern Hospitality. He performs at the Great River Folk Festival each year located in La Crosse, Wisconsin and the Larryfest Bluegrass Festival, a three-day music event pioneered by Dan's family. Each year the best musicians and bluegrass bands in the country attend this family festival and sold-out venue. 

Dan has five successful recordings including previous works with Johnsmith. Dan's music is versatile, ranging from contemporary (Van Morrison, Johnny Cash and Jimmy Buffet) to variety (jazz, folk, bluegrass and rock and roll). He enjoys performing holiday concerts in the month of December and walking the beaches of Siesta Key in March.

Music starts at 7:00pm and the coffeehouse and gallery open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Hardt’s Music, 115 East 3rd St. in Winona until 4:00pm on September 29, or through

Philip Daniel

Saturday / October 7, 2023 / 7:00pm
Coffeehouse & gallery open at 6:00pm
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Originating from Lincoln, Nebraska, Daniel is a distinguished pianist and composer, acclaimed for his ability to evoke powerful emotions through his music. He holds a graduate degree in Piano Performance from the UMKC Conservatory and an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Hastings College. 

He has cultivated a unique musical voice that gracefully merges classical elements, minimalist soundscapes, and cinematic qualities. His main vehicle is the piano merged with electronics. Daniel’s compositions resonate with both seasoned musicians and casual listeners, creating a profound impact on a diverse audience.

Photo of Philip Daniel seated in front of a piano.

In addition to his solo projects, he has established a successful full-time career in film composing. His evocative scores have been featured in numerous films and his music has been listened to over 30 million times. Daniel now composes for film, dance, and
more full-time. As a composer, Daniel’s primary objective is to create music that elicits deep emotions, fostering a unique connection with each listener. He firmly believes in the transformative power of music and is dedicated to making a positive impact on his community through his work.

Daniel currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with his beautiful wife, cute dog and beyond precious newborn baby girl, Whitley Roo.

Coffeehouse and gallery open at 6:00pm and music starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Hardt's Music, 115 East 3rd St. in Winona, until 4:00pm on October 6, or through Eventbrite.

Photo of Mississippi Hot Club performing.

Mississippi Hot Club

Saturday / October 28, 2023 / 7:00pm
Coffeehouse & gallery open at 6:00pm
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“Over the past five years, this quintet has become one of the Midwest’s preeminent string bands. Originally an homage to French Gypsy Jazz, the quintet’s music has begun to take on a more eclectic, adventurous persona as other influences have crept into the palette.”

- Twin Cities Jazz Fest, 2017

Mississippi Hot Club is inspiring a new generation of young swingers in Minnesota. With reverence and chops, Mississippi Hot Club’s new album, Swing Cities, shines light on the bold music of Django Reinhardt from a fresh pop-oriented perspective.

Recorded at Wild Sound Recording Studio in Minneapolis, Swing Cities masterfully captures MHC’s spunky performances, featuring an upbeat approach to jazz manouche, hot club jazz, and gypsy jazz. Swing Cities captivates with its high caliber swing and rhythms that run from cool to fiery.

Joshua Parlanti’s engaging improvisation on lead guitar is complimented by the fierce solos of violinist Alissa Jacobsen. This fearless duo is supported by la pompe rhythm guitarists Ian Stenlund and Luke Zupan, along with airtight upright bassist Joseph Downing.

Spanning several eras of Django’s repertoire, Parlanti conveys his melodies on acoustic and electric guitar, playing with a recognizable “Gypsy” flair. His approach is soulful and refreshing, hitting on the more frisky verve that people in the 1930s heard in Django’s playing. On intimate ballads that round out the album’s spectrum of moods, Parlanti skillfully debuts dreamy Steinway piano performances.

In a still growing jazz tradition now elevated in the Twin Cities, Swing Cities charmingly combines a vintage feel with modern artistry.

Coffeehouse and gallery open at 6:00pm and music starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Hardt's Music, 115 East 3rd St. in Winona, until 4:00pm on October 27, or through Eventbrite.

The upcoming season at the Winona Arts Center will include the following concerts. Each concert will start at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted. The coffeehouse typically opens at 6:00pm before concerts. Watch for more information and ticket links closer to these dates.

September 30: Johnsmith & Dan Sebranek

October 7: Philip Daniel

October 28: Mississippi Hot Club

November 11: Daniel Bennett Group

December 2: Root River Jam

December 9: Hans Mayer Children's Concert, 2:30pm - Free

December 16: Johnson Street Underground Holiday Concert

February 2: John McAndrew & Billy McLaughlin

February 17: Radoslav Lorković

March 23: Namoli Brennet