Minnesota’s favorite movie, music, bicycling and camping festival – OK, also it’s only fest of that sort – the Square Lake Music & Film Festival announced its 2018 lineup Tuesday morning just a month out from its return on Aug. 11. Organizers don’t have to get out ahead of it more because attendance at the day-long gathering near Square Lake Park by Stillwater is kept small, and tickets usually sell out.
Here are the highlights on the schedule:
*Dave King animation score: The virtuosic drummer for the Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Halloween, Alaska, Dave King Trucking Co., etc., will perform original music he wrote for MCAD professor Tom Schroeder’s “Bike Trilogy,” three animated shorts that have garnered praise on the film-fest and museum circuit but have never been shown all together.
*Barn performance by Lady Midnight: The buzzing R&B/space-funk showwoman will host a special late-night set that starts at (when else?) midnight.
*Lots more music: The rest of the music lineup includes lush pop-rockers Night Moves, beloved twanger Erik Koskinen, psych-rock greats the Flavor Crystals, Iowa tunesmith Pieta Brown, Web of Sunsets singer Sarah Bischoff’s new band Under Violet, the Soft Topics and Lovers on the Balcony.
*Juried film festival: The film side of the fest will also feature local and international short films, plus a Q&A with the makers of "Bee-Sharp Honeybee."
*Organized bike rides from Minneapolis and St. Paul: The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is taking over as the guides to get out there. As always, tickets are cheaper (only $15) for those who register to bike there.
Tickets for those who don’t bike are $35. Kids 12 and under get in free. Look for a ticket link and more info on the fest via SquareLakeFestival.com.