The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 21, 2014

Briefs: Dead Days of Winter music festival begins today; Improve theatre troupe at Gustavus

Dead Days of Winter music fest gets underway

MANKATO — Christy Steinbach didn't have to look too far when compiling the musical lineup for Dead Days of Winter, the two-day music festival that begins today at Midtown Tavern.

As the operator of Full Moon Productions, Steinbach has been booking music events and festivals in the area for several years. And along the way, she's adhered closely to her mission of promoting area talent.

Steinbach said she didn't change her formula this time around.

"Everyone on the bill is local or regional," she said. "I decided to do this because I think community is important. I want everyone with talent to be seen and heard."

Anchoring the Friday lineup are two Mankato groups: up-and-coming rockers Boardwalk Arcade and Near-vana, a Nirvana tribute band that includes ubiquitous Mankato musician Dave "Ocho" O'Connell (who will also be playing with his pop-rock band, The Full Setup, on Saturday). The second day of the festival is anchored by a pair of eclectic, five-piece ensembles from the Twin Cities: Shakedown City and The Limns.

■ Friday lineup: 6:30 p.m.-Cookies and Crime; 7:30 p.m.-Space Monster; 8:30 p.m.-Bomb PaPa's; 9:30 p.m.-The Reckless; 10:30 p.m.-Chocolate and Cheese; 11:30 p.m.-Boardwalk Arcade; 12:30 a.m.-Near-vana.

■ Saturday lineup: 6:15 p.m.-Peter Klug; 6:45 p.m.-Rebecca King; 7:15 p.m.-The Full Set Up; 8 p.m.-Evil Deeds; 8:30 p.m.-Food For Thought; 9:15 p.m.-Mr Nobody and DJ Urn; 9:45 p.m.-Steve; 10:30 p.m.-Rellium Prime; 11:15 p.m.-Shakedown City; 12:30 a.m.-The Limns.

Tickets are $7 for Friday and $10 for Saturday (or, $15 for a weekend pass purchased in advance at Midtown Tavern, Good Day Sunshine and Christy's Crystals). For more information, visit

Improv group performing at Gustavus

ST. PETER -- The Theater of Public Policy improv troupe will perform 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Alumni Hall of Gustavus Adolphus College.

The Theater of Public Policy "explores big ideas using improv comedy." The topic of Wednesday's performance: "Is college worth it?"

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 507-933-8000.

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