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Best Bets: It’s a Who’s Who plus the Guess Who

Brandi Carlile headlines Howling Moon Festival on Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park.

The two-day newbie Howling Moon Festival features a lineup of some of the best bands with local ties and a spattering of national acts, including headliners Brandi Carlile and the band behind “American Woman.”

And, if we play our cards right, Bayfront Festival Park might just ring with the sounds of “Closer to Free,” blowing dust off all of our old “Party of Five” emotions. (The BoDeans play Saturday).

Nicholas David, a Homegrown Music Festival alum-slash-Duluth Grill regular who placed third on “The Voice” qualifies as both.

Other highlights of the fest include Sarah Krueger, who won Homegrown — or at least placed — with her Beyonce-style choreography, The 4onthefloor, a Twin Cities blues-rock band that seems to get its mail here, and the consistently concert-abled Alexy brothers of Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank.

Jeremy Messersmith, who plays Saturday, recently released the album “Heart Murmurs” and NPR said of it: “With its subtle strings and sly infectiousness, ‘Heart Murmurs’ is no less than an attempt to craft a new batch of pop standards.”

GO SEE IT What: Howling Moon Festival

When: Starts 1:30 p.m. Friday, 11:15 a.m. Saturday

Where: Bayfront Festival Park

Tickets: Start at $25 for Friday; $35 for Saturday. Available at, Fond-du-Luth and Beaner’s Central

Schedule FRIDAY 1:30 p.m.: Preston Gunderson

2:30 p.m.: Sarah Krueger

3:30 p.m. The Lowest Pair

4:45 p.m.: The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

6:15 p.m.: The 4onthefloor

8 p.m.: The Big Wu

10 p.m.: The Guess Who

SATURDAY 11:15 a.m.: Old Knifey

12:15 p.m.: Fuzzy Ellis

1:15 p.m.: Tin Can Gin

2:30 p.m.: The Fonanelles

3:45 p.m.: Jeremy Messersmith

5:30 p.m.: The BoDeans

7:45 p.m.: Nicholas David

10 p.m.: Brandi Carlile

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