If last year’s Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park was the maiden race, this year’s is looking a lot more like a classic. Among the acts joining hosts Trampled by Turtles for the second annual Americana-breed music run on Sept. 19 are locally beloved indie-rock favorites Dr. Dog and Father John Misty, British folk hero Laura Marling, buzzing Southerners Benjamin Booker and Shakey Graves, rootsy critics' darlings Calexico and alt-country star Lydia Loveless.
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Once again, the festival will be held on the grounds inside the horse track in Shakopee. The site earned favorable response from fans last year, laid out around two alternately running stages with a large span of cushy grass turf between them and plenty of bathrooms and concessions indoors -- and shelter, should a thunderstorm kick up like last year (when Spirit Family Reunion memorably played an impromptu set inside).
You can really tell with this year’s lineup that the festival is co-promoted and booked by First Avenue, since Dr. Dog, Father John Misty and Booker have put on some of the most ecstatically received shows the club has seen over the past half-year. FJM is also playing the instantly sold-out May 30 show with Alabama Shakes on Hall’s Island in Minneapolis, also a First Ave Inc. product.
You can tell the fellas in Trampled had a say in the booking, too: Austin busker Shakey Graves is also opening their Red Rocks Amphitheater show a few weeks before Palomino, and the strings-heavy Mexi-Zona rockers Calexico and songwriting giant Marling are favorites of the band members. The fest’s opening act will be the Lowest Pair, the bluegrassy duo earning a national buzz after issuing a debut EP last year produced by TBT frontman Dave Simonett.
Trampled will have stored up quite a bit of fan demand for the festival, having only played one Twin Cities so far this year (a quickly sold-out gig two weekends ago at First Ave) amid another busy spring and summer tour schedule. The sextet’s only other Minnesota gig on the books for now is their July 11 show at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.