6 fests to rock your weekend

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 18, 2014 - 9:02 AM

A quick guide to the flurry of outdoor music bashes going on around the region.


Steven Tyler of US band Aerosmith performs at the Calling festival in London, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Thousands of music fans are expected at the weekend's festival to see acts such as Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

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Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival

What: In one of Minneapolis’ most eclectic neighborhoods, a one-day block party that coolly melds raw blues, punk and rootsy music alongside craft beer.

Where: Outside Patrick’s Cabaret and Harriet Brewing, Lake St. & Hiawatha Av. S., Mpls.

Who: Booming soul men Sonny Knight & the Lakers, Alan Sparhawk’s revived blues-tearing band Black Eyed Snakes, Mississippi blues heir Kent Burnside (RL’s grandson), local folk legend Spider John Koerner, Black Diet, Erik Koskinen, Molly Maher, Crankshaft, the 757’s, Kitten Forever, many more.

Info: 1-10 p.m. Sat., $15-$20, PatricksCabaret.org.


RiverSong Festival

What: Nonprofit, two-day folk and roots music fest in a scenic riverfront setting with camping.

Where: Masonic/West River Park in Hutchinson (60 miles west of Minneapolis).

Who’s playing: Wisconsin Americana rockers Cory Chisel & the Wandering Souls of “Born Again” notoriety, acclaimed Texas tunesmith Slaid Cleaves, Cuban son dance band Malamanya, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Ellis, Sena Ehrhardt, Choo Choo Bob and more.

Info: $15 Fri., $20 Sat., free ages 14 and under, RiverSongFestival.org.


Lakefront Music Fest

What: A split-personality beer-chugathon in a grassy park with one day of VH1-brand ’90s rock and another of country.

Where: Lakefront Park in Prior Lake (25 miles southwest of Minneapolis).

Who: Friday’s lineup features one- to two-hit rock wonders Blues Traveler (“Runaround”), Smash Mouth (“All-Star”) and Uncle Kracker (“Follow Me”) and Sugar Ray (“Fly”). “Celebrity Apprentice” dominator Trace Adkins tops out Saturday’s country bill with Maggie Rose and more.

Info: 7 p.m. Fri., 4:50 p.m. Sat., $20, free ages 15 and under. LakefrontMusicFest.com.


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