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Continued: Twins take Minnesota music out to the ballpark

The lineup also includes veteran heartland rocker GB Leighton on May 29, rockabilly stalwarts Jack Knife & the Sharps on June 12 and rowdy country stars Rocket Club on July 31.

Worth a 9 a.m. sound check

The bands don’t get paid for the gig, but they do get treated like rock stars. A catering spread is laid out in the suite behind the performance balcony, and a short stack of tickets is provided for friends and family to join them.

“I told everybody on the train headed to the game that they had better cheer for the band,” said Linda Holm, mother of 4onthefloor bassist Chris Holm, who drove five hours from Clearbrook, Minn., to see her son’s big call-up. “He’s a lifelong Twins fan, so aside from him being here as a ballplayer, this is the next best thing.”

The first thing Linda and her sister, Diane, saw when they walked through the gate was a close-up of Chris on the Jumbotron during the band’s first of two pregame sets. Those came about 40 minutes and 20 minutes before game time and lasted 5-6 minutes apiece. “One long song or two short ones,” as singer/guitarist Gabriel Douglas put it.

Except for the timing challenges, Douglas said the gig was relatively easy. Thanks to the “stage” being tucked away in a corner under the Budweiser Party Deck, the band is blocked from the echo of their music coming through the stadium loudspeakers, which always challenges singers down on the field.

While Holm complained of having to make the 9 a.m. sound check, Douglas actually got to the ballpark at 7:30 a.m. to appear on the KTWIN morning show, broadcasting from the stadium. By the time sound check ended around 9:30, he headed straight for the large stash of free Summit and Grain Belt beer.

“I’ve been up for four hours, so it’s cool,” he cracked as he cracked one open.

Even without all the extras and the promotional opportunities for the bands, Douglas said the gig still would be worth the hassle.

“I mean, come on, we’re playing for a Twins game at Target Field,” he said. “Is there a more fun gig out there?”

Chris Riemenschneider • 612-673-4658 • Twitter: @ChrisRstrib

 

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