Summer Music FestivalsThe Twin Cities' music scene is always active, but summer is particularly busy for music festivals. Here are some of the music festivals to look out for this summer.
By: Sean Neppl, SIbley Scribe
With Minnesota recently being dubbed the most hipster state in America, it is very likely that many Brooklynites and Indie kids will flock to the Twin Cities to experience the many wonders that our state has to offer.
One of the things newcomers and old Minnesotans alike can find here is the plethora of musical, theatrical and artistic events. Minnesota has one of the best music scenes of any state in the country, and the Twin Cities in particular, are home to numerous venues. These range from places like First Avenue, the Varsity Theater and the Cedar Cultural Center, to larger venues like the Xcel and Target Centers. Attendance can be as small as 50, at the 7th Street Entry, to as large as 20,000 at the Target Center or Xcel Energy Center.
This summer, Minnesota will host some of the largest music festivals in the country.
On May 27th the three-day Bella Music Festival kicked off in Geneva, Minnesota. The Bella Music Festival plays host to rock, folk, rap, electronic and experimental artists, many of which are from Minnesota or Wisconsin. Over Memorial Day Weekend, the 93.7-hosted XFEST took place in St. Paul at Midway Stadium. XFEST is a rock event held every year with this year’s line-up including Godsmack, Hollywood Undead, Puddle of Mudd, and Queensryche. On Sunday, May 29, Minesota’s own Rhymesayers Label hosted the Soundset Festival. Soundset is a rap and hip-hop festival including over 40 artists including De La Soul, Big Boi, Atmosphere, POS and Dessa.
The next major event, Rock the Garden, is hosted by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current. Rock the Garden is an all day festival at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and will include the acts Tapes ‘n Tapes, Booker T. Jones, Neko Case and My Morning Jacket. Rock the Garden usually gets a great response from locals, and for the past three years has sold out within a day of ticket release to the public. This year was no exception. Another local-favorite festival is the Basilica Block Party. The Basilica Block Party is hosted by The Basilica of Saint Mary and Cities 97. More than 25,000 people attend each year. The Basilica Block Party takes place July 8th and 9th. Another reoccurring event is the Vans Warped Tour. The tour begins in Dallas, Texas and travels all around the country. Look for A Day to Remember, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada and Less than Jake this year when the Vans Warped Tour comes to Minnesota on July 10th. Last, but certainly not least, is the SoundTown festival. It will take place August 19-20 and will host a multitude of Indie and Alternative bands, including The Flaming Lips, the New Pornographers and DeVotchKa. The Somerset Amphitheatre has been relatively silent the last few years, so watch for these tickets to be snatched up quickly after they went on sale on May 25th. With such a large and eclectic variety of music being played this summer, and the fact that all of these shows are open to all ages, there are sure to be music events for everyone to enjoy.