The Twin Cities’ last big outdoor music festival of the season will be a little bit bigger and more eclectic in its third year without getting more expensive.
Festival Palomino, helmed by Minnesota’s own bluegrass/folk stars Trampled by Turtles, announced a Sept. 17 lineup at Canterbury Park that will include: Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach’s other band the Arcs; wunderkind British rocker Jake Bugg; Illinois’ fiddling indie-rock mainstay Andrew Bird; moody and acclaimed Scottish quartet Frightened Rabbit; and a grab bag of rootsy/Americana acts such as Houndmouth, Margret Glaspy, Elephant Revival, Aubrie Sellers and Minnesota’s own blooming twangers the Cactus Blossoms and Frankie Lee.
While the festival’s side-by-side two-stage lineup already guaranteed nonstop music, a third stage will be added this year to showcase more homegrown acts. Among the other Minnesotans on the bill are the Murder of Crows, featuring Low’s Alan Sparhawk and NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea, plus Charlie Parr’s band the Devil’s Flying Machine, the Erik Berry Duo (with TBT’s mandolinist) and John Mark Nelson.
Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for $52 via FestivalPalomino.com. VIP passes are going for $151. The event takes place inside the Shakopee horse track right after racing seasons end, giving it plenty of room to grow beyond the crowd of 10,000 that showed up last year.
Palomino will only be the second local performance by Auerbach’s Arcs after a quickly sold-out gig last December at First Avenue, whose staff co-organizes the festival along with Rose Presents and Trampled’s team. It will also be TBT’s first scheduled Twin Cities performance of 2016.
The Duluth-bred acoustic sextet only just started touring again last month after an extended hiatus that started soon after last year’s Palomino. Trampled does have one other big Minnesota show on the books, though: another date at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park on July 9.