Driftless Stories -

Live Music!

We here at Inspire(d) HQ love live music - and we want to help get the word out about events happening in the Driftless! Below, we did our best to compile a list of the hard-working folks we know making live music happen. Click the links to head over to their websites or social media pages to see what and who they've got coming to a town near you. Did we miss a venue or live music locale? Let us know and we'll do our best to add them to the list!

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Northeast Iowa

Cresco Theatre & Opera House – Cresco, Iowa

Decorah, Iowa:

Convergence CiderWorks – Sunday live music

Impact Coffee

Lawn Chair Night – seasonal outdoor series

Luther College Center Stage Series

Nordic Fest – annual fest last full weekend in July

Pulpit Rock Brewing Co.

Seed Savers Benefit Concert – annual summer event

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Elkader, Iowa

Elkader Opera House

Turkey River Cabin Concerts – seasonal outdoor music series – rural Elkader, IA

Southwest Wisconsin

Aendre Art – Ferryville, WI

Driftless Music Gardens – rural Yuba, WI

Larryfest – rural La Farge, WI

Prairie Dog Blues Festival – Prairie du Chien, WI

The Tavern – Prairie du Chien, WI

The Drake Piano Bar – Prairie du Chien, WI

Trempealau Hotel – Trempealau, WI

Viroqua, Wisconsin

Driftless Music Festival – annual fest in July

Live in Viroqua – free summer concert series

Historic Temple Theatre – Viroqua

Vernon Co Music in the Parks- every Wednesday June / July / August

Viroqua Night Market – second Fridays, May-September

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Cavalier Theater

Concordia Ballroom

Funke Friday @ The Charmant

Huck Finn’s on the Water

Leo and Leona’s

Moon Tunes – seasonal outdoor music series

Mid West Music Fest – La Crosse, annual November

Popcorn Tavern

The Root Note

The Warehouse

Southeast Minnesota

Apollo Music Festival – Houston, MN

Big Turn Music Festival – annual winter festival – Red Wing, MN

Lanesboro, Minnesota

High Court Pub

Rhythms on the Root – annual summer music series

St. Mane Theatre

Winona, Minnesota

Boats & Bluegrass – annual September fest

Mid West Music Fest – Winona, annual May event

No Name Bar

Rochester, Minnesota

Down by the Riverside – free summer concert series

Forager Brewery

Mayo Civic Center

Thesis Beer Project

Our Faves Beyond the Driftless:

Englert Theatre – Iowa City

Codfish Hollow Barnstormers – seasonal, rural Maquoketa, IA

CSPS – Cedar Rapids

First Ave & 7th St Entry – Minneapolis

Mission Creek Festival – annual spring event – Iowa City, IA