The festival brings big names to Harriet Island.
After seven months of preparations by concert promoter Live Nation and the city of St. Paul -- and with a five-year commitment -- the River's Edge Music Festival finally lands this weekend on Harriet Island with grand ambitions, and at least a couple of big-name performers.
The two-day fest will be spread out over four stages, including a DJ tent and the smaller Lynx Stage on neighboring Raspberry Island. A map and more information is online at startribune.com/music, along with an interview with Maynard James Keenan of Tool and Puscifer. The fest's website is RiversEdgeMusicFestival.com.
Tickets -- actually, wristbands; there are no physical tickets -- cost $65 for a single day, $110 for both days.SATURDAY
Tool (8:45, Bishop Stage): After a short winter trek, metal's slow-moving mega-band has no other gigs on the books besides this one, and no details on the follow-up to its last album, 2006's "10,000 Days." The shortened set time -- 75 minutes, per the 10 p.m. curfew -- is to allow for its creepy video accompaniment, and one big tradeoff for getting the psychedelic maestros' first local outdoor gig since Lollapalooza III in 1993.
Australian duo An Horse has a heavy oomph and large hooks that belie its size, and frontwoman Kate Cooper is part Liz Phair and part Kurt Cobain (2:45, Ohage Stage). Freakish metalheads Coheed and Cambria fit Tool's arty prog-metal vibe but have a much more spotlight-ready frontman, Claudio Sanchez (3:30, Bishop Stage). Locally reared Warped Tour vets Motion City Soundtrack are using the fest to tout their dramatic fifth album, "Go," issued last week (4:45, Ohage). Other highlights include fellow emo-branded pop-rockers Brand New (6, Bishop), the ever-colorful dance/electronica Scissor Sisters featuring the outrageous Jake Shears and the stylish Ana Matronic (7:05, Lynx Stage), and the revamped and redubbed Sublime With Rome of "What I Got" fame (7:15, Ohage).SUNDAY
Dave Matthews Band (7 p.m., Bishop Stage): After taking 2011 off, the kingpins of outdoor concerts are back, playing their first outdoor show in the Twin Cities. Get your groove on to DMB's funky soulful jazz/rock.
Mexican Institute of Sound is the buzzing pseudonym of Mexico City-based DJ/producer Camilo Lara (2 p.m., Ohage). Electro-throbbing Minneapolis rock quartet Poliça, led by ex-Roma di Luna singer Channy Leaneagh, can use this hometown fest as prep for bigger gigs such as Lollapalooza (3:30, Ohage). Puscifer is the multifaceted, visual sideshow of Tool's frontman (4:30, Bishop). Oklahoma indie heroes the Flaming Lips get another chance to shine outside in all their kaleidoscopic, crowd-rolling glory, as they've done at the Minnesota State Fair and Soundtown (5:30, Ohage). California rockers the Delta Spirit are earning strong support from 89.3 the Current for their eponymous fourth album, featuring the single "The Other Side" (5:45, Lynx). All-purpose New Orleans alt-rock stalwarts Mutemath actually earned a Grammy nomination (7:15, Lynx). Diplo is a DJ/producer from Philadelphia known for his work with M.I.A., Beyoncé and his own act, Major Lazer (8:30, Lynx).
CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER AND JON BREAM