Winter Carnival Music Lineup Announced

Rice Park Will Be Rockin’ During the 2017 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Once again the capitol city’s historic Rice Park  will act as center stage for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. More than a dozen popular Minnesota-based bands will entertain Carnival-goers by providing a variety of musical genres as part of the Pabst Winter Carnival Music Series. 

The “Coolest Celebration on Earth” will be held January 26 – February 5, 2017. The Treasure Island Entertainment Stage will host live musical acts for nine days of the Winter Carnival. The stage will be situated in the center of Rice Park with the historic Landmark Center as its backdrop. 

Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to get outside, embrace winter, and enjoy the music. Below are some highlights for the 2017 Pabst Winter Carnival Music Series on the Treasure Island Entertainment Stage in Rice Park. For a full music lineup please Click Here.

Thursday, Jan. 26 
My Famous Friends – a fun and unique cover rock duo

Friday, Jan. 27
Poppa Bear Norton – an old school country hillbilly band with a devil-may-care attitude
Charlie Parr – this Minnesota music hero has his own take on blues and folk

Saturday, Jan. 28
Trainwreck Duet – acoustic with a kick, crazy banter and great music from classic rock to current pop

Sunday, Jan. 29
Walker West Ensemble – a “jazzy” collection of elementary and middle school students from Saint Paul’s Walker West Music Academy
McNasty Brass Band – this fully-acoustic 10-piece dance band will own the stage with its raw, organic mix of brass and drums

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – billed as “the Beastie Boys meet Sesame Street,” this comedic dance-pop duo will bring an interactive dance party to Rice Park

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Mariachi Jalisco – playing the sound of the heart and soul of Mexico: Mariachi
West Side Band – established over 30 years ago, these R&B/Rockers are inducted in the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame

Thursday, Feb. 2
White Iron Band – delivering a distinctive mix of blues, country and Americana roots music

Friday, Feb. 3
Trailer Trash – this “band from honky-tonk heaven” brings traditional country music along with swing, rock and groove
Maiden Dixie – a six-member group performing original and cover music with a kinetic blend of country, pop and rock

Saturday, Feb. 4
Dirty Shorts Brass Band – a New Orleans-style brass band, playing everything from jazz to Dixie to funk to blues to rock n’ roll to gospel to swing…and back
Chase & Ovation – the renowned Minneapolis-based Prince Tribute Band will perform under the glow of a “purple” Rice Park