Michael Franti at the Basilica Block Party/ Star Tribune photo by Joel Koyama
The 20th annual Basilica Block Party will have two familiar headliners — one well-traveled and one rising.
BBP regulars Train, the veteran San Francisco band that has been chugging along with such recent hits as “Hey, Soul Sister” and “Drive By,” will return to the Basilica of St. Mary on July 12 while Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Los Angeles hippie-ish indie rockers with a love for classic rock, will headline the main stage on July 11.
The two-day, three-stage, 20-act festival is a fundraiser for the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis. In 19 years, the block party has raised $5.2 million for the basilica’s restoration and outreach program.
The headliners for the church stage this year are the spirited “Say Hey” hitmakers Michael Franti & Spearhead on opening night and respected roots rocker Ben Harper teaming with blues harmonica institution Charlie Musselwhite on Night 2.
Rounding out the July 11 lineup are Twin Cities radio favorite popster Eric Hutchinson, sibling-dominated folk-rockers Delta Rae and orchestral alt-rockers Airborne Toxic Event. The July 12 schedule will include Nashville Americana rockers the Wild Feathers, Texas alt-rockers Alpha Rev, promising Twin Cities soul-rocker Caroline Smith and pop singer Ingrid Michaelson, who is enjoying radio airplay with the current “Girls Chase Boys.”
On both days, there will be a third stage showcasing local bands, including Black Diet, Jillian Rae, BBGun and Carroll.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 3 at the Electric Fetus, etix.com and 1-800-514-3849. Prices start at $50 for one day, $90 for a two-day pass. There is a pre-sale for Cities 97 Frequent Listener Club members, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.