Find five fantastic outdoor happenings make this a summer to remember as music is popping up all over Minnesota. Trek up north for rock, country or bluegrass, boogie in Somerset or shake your bootie Shakopee.
Moondance Jam Fairgrounds
7050 39th Ave. N.W.
Walker, MN 56484
Dates: July 16 through July 18, 2015
See and hear big name concert bands like Shinedown, Nickelback, The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Huey Lewis & the News and Papa Roach. Moondance has over 50 bands scheduled this year for non-stop listening enjoyment. What started in 1992 as a scheme to promote Bill Bieloh’s riding stables near Walker, is now a four-day event attracting over 50,000. Single-day general admission is $130 and the three-day pass of $550 includes a pre-Jam Party Wednesday night.
Double Barrel Bluegrass Festival
Pineridge Grouse Camp
6328 32nd Ave. N.E.
Remer, MN 56672
Dates: July 17 at 6 p.m. and July 18, 2015 at 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Price: $38 for Friday & Saturday
Minnesota native Charlie Parr kicks off the Fest on Friday, playing authentic, heartfelt original folk blues on three vintage instruments. Enjoy the music he perfected and has recorded on six albums. Turpentine Wine will join him for a fun Friday evening. Kick back and relax on Saturday to Dick Kimmel Band, Wasteband, Turpentine Wine and Black River Revue. It all leads up to The Special Consensus, a band that has recently received copious awards and recognition from music industry entities.
Vans Warped Tour
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
Date: July 26, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Over 100 bands alternating on eight stages placed around Canterbury Park keep the music flowing. America’s largest traveling music festival is coming to Minnesota this July. The skateboard shoe manufacturer has been sponsoring this punk-rock-and-related-genre event since 1996. See the website featuring band names and genre scheduled for this concert. Band times are scheduled in the morning and posted at the big inflatable at the Vans main tent. Vans provides free filtered water and food vending throughout the day plus shaded areas, misting stations and a cool Slip and Slide.
Soo Pass Ranch
25526 City Highway 22
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Dates: Aug. 6 through Aug. 8, 2015
See and hear 18 headliner country music bands scheduled over five days. Redline starts the shindig at 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Blake Shelton closes the concert later that week on Saturday night. Since 1983, scenic Soo Pass Ranch has been drawing crowds to WE Fest, now nominated twice as Best Special Event by the Country Music Association. Its natural amphitheater can accommodate up to 50,000 people for any given concert. WE Fest offers a variety of campgrounds each designated for different lifestyles housing up to 35,000 people. Three-day general admission is $139.
715 Spring St.
Somerset, WI 54025
Dates: Aug. 14 through Aug. 16, 2015
Experience the percussive clamor and din of electronic dance music in the Somerset Amphitheater—enough to rattle anyone’s bones. Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, deadmau5 and TheWeeknd will headline Summer Set this year. It is just across the St Croix in Wisconsin. This four-year-old festival features nearly 70 bands playing EDM, hip-hop, danceable indie rock and jam. Gate admission of $170 for three day pass is $150 purchased in advance. You must have the three-day pass to get in the after party events on Friday and Saturday.
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