CAKE, Jason Isbell headlining Basilica Block Party 2018

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 … [ Read more]

Paul Simon and Wilco shine through the storms at Eaux Claires Troix

“This is a festival based on improvisation and collaboration,” weekend narrator Michael Perry said to the Eaux Claires crowd this Saturday, before headliners Paul Simon with yMusic and Wilco capped the two-day festival with epic performances despite apocalyptic weather permeating the sky. From impromptu pop-up stages along the grounds to weather-driven rescheduling, Bon Iver’s Justin … [ Read more]

10 summer music festivals within driving distance of MSP

Summer and outdoor music go together like a burger fresh off the grill and a crisp IPA. There’s something about the way music sounds in the open air that makes this combination particularly special. The sunshine, the sore feet, that neon glow as the sun sets behind the stage—it’s all part of a larger experience … [ Read more]

Great (music) outdoors: Making the most of your summer festival season

“Get a lay of the land. Stay hydrated.” “Best way to beat the heat: cold compress laced with an essential oil blend of peppermint and eucalyptus.” “Bring at least one outfit that pushes your limits. A little too sexy. A little too neon. A little too Lycra.” Those are just a few of the responses … [ Read more]

The Secret of Square Lake

The tiny festival taking music and film off the off the trail and into the woods Life can be tough for fans of low-key music festivals. Around the world, fests pair performances with raging stage shows and, all too often, the spectacle absorbs the art. However, anyone who is able to make it to Stillwater, … [ Read more]

Dance outside: 2016 summer music festival preview

Today, June 20, is the official start of summer, which means the calendar in the coming months is chock full of outdoor music festivals. See the list below for some of our favorites, and we’ll see you on the dance floor (or mud pit, depending on the fest and the weather). Basilica Block Party | … [ Read more]

Festival Palomino announces 2016 lineup and it does not disappoint

Festival Palomino, the outdoor music festival curated by Trampled by Turtles, is set to return to the infield of Canterbury Park on September 17, and the 2016 music lineup announced Wednesday morning does not disappoint. While it seems a tall order to top last year’s festival (Father John Misty’s half-crazed, rapturous performance alone was worth the price … [ Read more]

Full Eaux Claires 2016 lineup announced

After teasing some of the performers for Eaux Claires Deux with a two-hour mixtape sent to early bird pre-sale ticket buyers, Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner announced the full music and arts lineup Thursday morning. In addition to bands like Bruce Hornsby, Har Mar Superstar, and James Blake featured on the mixtape, this year’s festival will include performances from … [ Read more]

Stream the full Eaux Claires mixtape previewing the festival’s 2016 lineup

Pre-sale ticket buyers for the second year of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival were treated to an unexpected surprise this week when a cassette arrived in the mail teasing the 2016 music artist lineup. The two-hour long mixtape features artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Falls Creek Boys Choir (a collaboration between Justin Vernon … [ Read more]

10 Music Festivals in the Midwest This Summer

Summer is fleeting in the Midwest. Blink and you could miss out on a whole season of outdoor music. Here are ten music festivals across the region that you shouldn’t pass up. Basilica Block Party || Minneapolis, Minnesota July 10–11 Twenty years ago, the Basilica of Saint Mary threw a block party to raise money to … [ Read more]

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