Basilica Block Party organizers got a little divine intervention this year from the Grammy Awards, which raised poppy country singer Kacey Musgraves up to red-hot status on Sunday night two days before she’s announced as a headliner of this year’s 25th annual church bash.
Revealed Tuesday morning on sponsoring station Cities 97, Musgraves tops off the Friday night lineup of this year’s party, July 12, while Cities-beloved be-boppy strummer Jason Mraz will head up the schedule on Saturday, July 13.

The rest of the Basilica 2019 roster is a rather typical mixed congregation of folky rockers, ‘90s-retro names and a few modern hipster acts. Other acts on the bill are: Americana mainstays Dawes of “When the Tequila Runs Out” notoriety; “Mmm-Bop” sibling act Hanson; 89.3 the Current-branded synth-rock bands Metric and Chvrches; enduring Twin Cities music scene heroes the Jayhawks and Semisonic, the latter of whom purportedly have a new album coming by the end of the decade; Iowa-based soulful singer/songwriter Lissie; plus two other rootsy/semi-twangy tunesmiths, Anderson East and Ruston Kelly, the latter of whom was also seen a lot on Sunday’s Grammys since he’s Musgrave’s husband.

Poppy young Hudson, Wis.-reared rockers Yam Haus and half-Minneapolitan boy/girl pop duo Flora Cash also earned opening slots. A half-dozen other local bands will be announced later for the Star Tribune-sponsored third stage.

General-admission tickets in 2019 will start at $60 per day or $110 for both days and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via

After the Texas-born, Nashville-generated Musgraves won Sunday’s Album of the Year Grammy for her glitzier third album, “Golden Hour,” this could be a year where at least one of the nights (Friday) sells out far in advance. Musgraves was just in town the weekend before last for a very sold-out Palace Theatre gig that was high on charm and vibrant musically, if a bit corny and showy at times.

Per our preview report, this is the first year the booking duties for the BBP were handled by concert industry behemoth Live Nation – with input from Basilica and Cities 97 reps – after longtime local promotions company Sue McLean & Assoc. stepped aside. More than $9 million has been raised off the party’s prior 24 years for restoration and upkeep of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis, where the music festival takes place.

Here’s a look at who’s playing when:

Friday, July 12

  • Great Clips Stage:
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Dawes
  • Anderson East
  • Ruston Kelly 
  • PreferredOne Stage:
  • Semisonic
  • The Jayhawks
  • Yam Haus

Saturday, July 13

  • Great Clips Stage:
  • Jason Mraz
  • Hanson
  • Johnnyswim
  • Lissie
  • PreferredOne Stage:
  • Metric
  • Flora Cash

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