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Park Point Music Festival

A feast of folk music will be waiting for people who go to the Park Point Music Festival this Saturday. The music festival lasts all day and into the night under a big tent just a few yards away from Lake Superior. What more could fans want? "It'...

A feast of folk music will be waiting for people who go to the Park Point Music Festival this Saturday.
The music festival lasts all day and into the night under a big tent just a few yards away from Lake Superior.
What more could fans want?
"It's going to be a great festival, rain or shine," said Timothy Soden-Groves, one of the original founders of the Park Point Music Festival, which made its debut three years ago to a standing-room only crowd.
This year, there will be even more room and a better setup, as the festival moves to a big tent with two stages and lots of room for vendors and fans.
As usual, the lineup is totally eclectic.
Fourteen bands, each with its own unique sound, will play during the festival. There will be Celtic music, Western funk, chamber fusion and folk-rock. There will be everything from bluegrass to blues, Appalachian folk to the best urban hillbilly sounds around.
And rest assured, every instrument on a folk singer's stage will be played with consummate virtuosity, not to mention the tender ballads and soaring harmonies that characterize folk music around the world.
"It's just a fantastic event," Soden-Groves said.
This is probably not an exaggeration for those who love folk music.
Willowgreen will be there, as will Chance.
Mary Bue, who has been called Duluth's premiere upcoming songwriter, will perform, as will Katy Tessman, Deb Myking, and Pauline Russell and Sterling Waters.
The Ayers-Groves Project will play, as will Super D and the Double Chucks as well as No Room to Pogo.
Add Lyz Jaakola and Barry Pirkola to the mix, the Fish Heads, Ryan Deblock, Dave McCormick and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet and plan on spending a day groovin' to the tunes.
Besides a celebration of local and regional music, the music festival is essentially a variety show that showcases the wide array of music played by local musicians, he said.
"It's kind of a sampler, in that sense," Soden-Groves said. "You will get an unbroken chain of entertainment."
Fans will also have a lot of fun. There's a sense of community at the Park Point Music Festival that is extraordinary and keeps the fans returning year after year, he said.
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This year, the big tent should only add to that sense of community, since the music festival will be outdoors.
There will a wide variety of vendors as well, providing food as well as other items for sale.
Beaner's Central will be there with lattes and other specialities from one of the most popular coffee houses in town. Frank and Rose Chida will be there, too, with everything from lapidary and rock book ends to corn husk flowers and natural crafts. Janet Perrin will offer jewelry, hats and leather accessories, while Picchu Alpaca will feature hand-knit alpaca clothing and handicrafts from Bolivia, not to mention Youa Yang's needlework and sand creature animals.
Rosewood Music will have a booth there as well, with instruments and CDs, and Suny Seri will show photographic greeting cards.
VU Enterprises will offer hot dogs, root beer floats, Vietnamese egg rolls and more to hungry fans.
It's a music festival few will want to miss, Soden-Groves said.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased in advance for $10 at the Electric Fetus, Beaner's Central or through the Festival InfoLine at 722-5883 until June 28. Tickets are $12 at the gate.

Joan Farnam is the Budgeteer arts and entertainment editor and can be reached at by e-mail at joan.farnam@duluth.com or by phone at 723-1207.

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