The Hoot Fall Frenzy

Schedule of artists and venues for the Hoot Fall Frenzy on Sept. 5.

Over 30 local bands and musicians across six venues will perform for the Hoot Fall Frenzy Sunday, Sept. 5 that will raise money for local youth musicians.

“We have performers of many ages, backgrounds, genres,” executive director of River City Music and Arts Education Foundation Drew Cavalier said. “We do like for acts to have ties to the local Hastings music scene, present or past.”

The grassroots music festival is an annual event put together by a group of musicians, collectively called the Hootenany, to bring live music by local artists to downtown Hastings’ venues.

This year’s Hoot Fall Frenzy will take place at the American Legion, Lock & Dam, Busted Nut, Fireside Social House, 2nd Street Depot and Spiral Brewery all Sunday afternoon.

Each venue will have a different band or artist perform every half hour, providing a wide array of local talent to check out.

“The majority of Hoot musicians play in multiple acts throughout the day and evening,” Cavalier said.

Attendance for the event is free with a suggested donation of $20 that will go towards Hastings Middle School music programs and Hastings High School music scholarships.

The whole event is put on by volunteers to put on live music and raise money for local youth musician causes, Cavalier said.

“We set up at as many venues as we can cover for a given Hoot, a local band or musician donates their time and equipment to setup at each venue,” he said. “The venues provide the refreshments, facilities and opportunity to perform.”

Hoot 12 shirts will be available at venues for a $20 donation as well.

The Hootenany began 12 years ago with around a dozen musicians wanting to showcase more live music in Hastings from local artists.

“Think of the Hootenany as a band – only this band has enough members and equipment to play at eight or more establishments on the same night, at the same time – all volunteer, all grass-roots, all free live music for the community,” as said on the Hootenany website.

In previous years, the Hootenany typically does the Hoot the last Saturday of April, but with COVID-19, organizers split the event into two smaller ones.

“This year, we held off on indoor live music on the traditional April Saturday again, and pivoted to doing both a Hoot Spring Fling and Fall Frenzy,” Cavalier said.

Tentative venue and schedule of the Hoot Fall Frenzy:

American Legion — 50 Sibley St.

2 p.m. – Nationwide Boogie

2:30 p.m. – W & E & L & C

3 p.m. – The Metrognomes

3:30 p.m. – Roger Coxmen Band

4 p.m. – Mark Swan

4:30 p.m. – Firewater Rebels

5 p.m. – Earload

5:30 p.m. – 7Teez

6 p.m. – Ravenna Trail

6:30 p.m. – Lost Evidence

7 p.m. – Slew of Others

7:30 p.m. – Nationwide Boogie & Ella

Lock & Dam — 101 2nd St. E

2 p.m. - The Bored

2:30 p.m. – Tony Norgaard

3 p.m. – Gregg Solberg

3:30 p.m. – Wade & Ella

4 p.m. – New Creation

4:30 p.m. – Daniel Roberts

5 p.m. - Drew Coxmen Band

5:30 p.m. – Landon & Charlotte

6 p.m. – Joey Pettit & Co.

6:30 – The Bored


The Busted Nut — 118 2nd St. E

7 p.m. – Tony Norgaard

7:30 p.m. - Gordy Pearson

8 p.m. – Jason Matsch

8:30 p.m. – Mark Swan

9 p.m. – Daniel Roberts

9:30 p.m. - Dustin Strong

10 p.m. – Nathan Gringer

10:30 p.m. – Tony Norgaard

Spiral Brewery — 111 2nd St. E

7 p.m. – The Spiral Guys

7:30 p.m. – Gorgan Milberg

8 p.m. - Sevenseven

8:30 p.m. – Earload

9 p.m. - Gordy Pearson

9:30 p.m. - Lost Evidence

2nd Street Depot — 320 2nd St. E

7 p.m. – Bny & Co.

7:30 p.m. - Chris Rico & Friends

8 p.m. - Slew of Others

8:30 p.m. – Ravenna Trail

9 p.m. – Sevenseven

9:30 p.m. – Late Night Annie

10 p.m. – Joey Pettit Band

10:30 p.m. – The Grungy Uncles


Fireside Social House ­— 108 2nd St. E

7 p.m. – Wade Snake

7:30 p.m. - TBA

8 p.m. – Nathan Griner

8:30 p.m. – Dustin Strong

9 p.m. – Kyle Koliha

9:30 p.m. – Jason Matsch

10 p.m. – Chris Rico

10:30 p.m. – Wade & Ella

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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at


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