CAKE, Jason Isbell headlining Basilica Block Party 2018

The crowd at the 2017 Basilica Block Party // Photo courtesy Cities 97 Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party, Cities 97’s annual two-day summer fest held at the Basilica of Saint Mary, has announced the lineup for this year’s 23rd festival.

Twenty national and local bands will perform across three stages over the two-day concert. featuring PreferredOne Stage headliners Andy Grammer and Fitz and the Tantrums, and Great Clips Stage headliners Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and CAKE, both Block Party alums. 1990s indie rock band CAKE hasn’t dropped a studio album since 2011, but has been touring consistently and writing music in their solar-powered Sacramento studio, suggesting that another album could be in the works.

The Star Tribune stage boasts local talent each year, this year with acts like folk rock singer-songwriter Reina del Cid, blues rockers The Shackletons, pop/soul/R&B extraordinaire Lady Lark, and indie rockers Kid Dakota.

General admission tickets will go on sale 10am on Friday, April 6. Single night tickets are $60 and two-night passes are $110 through May 31, when they increase to $70 for one night and $110 for both.

Starting in 1995, the Basilica Block Party has served as an annual fundraiser for the ongoing $9.5 million restoration of the Basilica of Saint Mary, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Aside from the PreferredOne stage literally sitting in the shadow of the church, the only other trace of the church’s role in the festival is the booth where attendees can snap pictures with a blessed cardboard cutout of His Holiness himself, Pope Francis.

See the full lineup for both days below:

Friday, July 6:

Great Clips Stage

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

John Butler Trio

Delta Rae


PreferredOne Stage

Fitz and the Tantrums

The Revolution

Now, Now

Star Tribune Stage

Lady Lark

Kid Dakota

Lena Elizabeth

Saturday, July 7:

Great Clips Stage



Third Eye Blind

Flint Eastwood

PreferredOne Stage

Andy Grammer

Judah & the Lion

Early Eyes

Star Tribune Stage

Reina del Cid

The Shackletons

Lazy Scorsese