Festival fever: 6 regional music fests


Six outdoor music festivals. Two states. One very busy weekend.

Kitten Forever will play the Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest.
Leslie Plesser

Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival

What: A one-day block party in one of Minneapolis’ mosteclectic neighborhoods that coolly melds raw blues, punk and rootsy music alongside craft beer.

Where: Outside Patrick’s Cabaret and Harriet Brewing, Lake St. & Hiawatha Av. S., Mpls.

Who: Booming soul men Sonny Knight & the Lakers, Alan Sparhawk’s revived blues-tearing band Black Eyed Snakes, Mississippi blues heir Kent Burnside (RL’s grandson), local folk legend Spider John Koerner, Black Diet, Erik Koskinen, Molly Maher, Crankshaft, the 757’s, Kitten Forever, many more.

Info: 1-10 p.m. Sat., $15-$20, www.PatricksCabaret.org.


RiverSong Festival

What: Nonprofit, two-day folk and roots music fest in a scenic riverfront setting with camping.

Where: Masonic/West River Park in Hutchinson, Minn. (60 miles west of Minneapolis).

Who: Wisconsin Americana rockers Cory Chisel & the Wandering Souls of “Born Again” notoriety, acclaimed Texas tunesmith Slaid Cleaves, Cuban son dance band Malamanya, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Ellis, Sena Ehr­hardt, Choo Choo Bob and more.

Info: $15 Fri. & $20 Sat., free ages 14 and under, www.RiverSongFestival.org.


Lakefront Music Fest

What: A split-personality beer-chugathon in a grassy park with one day of VH1-brand ’90s rock and another of country.

Where: Lakefront Park in Prior Lake, Minn. (25 miles southwest of Minneapolis).

Who: Friday’s lineup features one- to two-hit rock wonders Blues Traveler (“Runaround”), Smash Mouth (“All-Star”) and Uncle Kracker (“Follow Me”) and Sugar Ray (“Fly”). “Celebrity Apprentice” dominator Trace Adkins tops out Saturday’s country bill with Maggie Rose and more.

Info: 7 p.m. Fri. & 4:50 p.m. Sat., $20, free ages 15 and under, www.LakefrontMusicFest.com.


Log Jam

What: The successor to the troubled Lumberjack Days on the St. Croix riverfront, minus the dinosaur-rock and fraud convictions and plus a rich variety of regional music flavor.

Where: Lowell Park in Stillwater, Minn. (20 miles east of St. Paul).

Who: Sonny Knight & the Lakers and Galactic Cowboy Orchestra on Friday; Iowa folk/blues songwriting hero Greg Brown and vintage Twin Cities country favorites the Cactus Blossoms on Saturday; and Grammy-winning kids-music pickers the Okee Dokee Brothers on Sunday.

Info: 4:30-10 p.m. Fri., 1:30-10 p.m. Sat., 4-6 p.m. Sun., $10 after 6 p.m., www.StillwaterLogJam.com.


Moondance Jam

What: This giant Up North camping rockathon — sort of the classic-rock answer to country music’s We Fest — is in its 23rd year.

Where: Moondance Ranch near Walker, Minn. (185 miles north of Minneapolis).

Who: Hard-rock act Seether headlines Thursday with Collective Soul, Sublime With Rome and others. It’s a trifecta of soft-rock stars this year with Styx and Foreigner on Friday and REO Speedwagon on Saturday, plus George Thorogood, the Wallflowers, Don Felder and more.

Info: 3 p.m. Thu.-Sat., $120 per day or $200 three-day pass, www.MoondanceJam.com.


Cadott Rock Fest

What: Another big rock ’n’ roll campout across the border in Wisconsin farm country. Where: Cadott Festival Grounds in Cadott, Wis. (near Chippewa Falls, 100 miles east of St. Paul).

Who: 1980s heavyweights Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon and more perform Thursday. 1970s rock giants Aerosmith and Cheap Trick on Saturday, preceded by metallic mainstays Five Finger Death Punch on Friday and Rob Zombie with Stone Sour on Sunday.

Info: Noon Thu.-Sun., $87.50-$105 per day or $175 four-day pass, www.Rock-Fest.com.