ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Saturday is the start of the two-day River’s Edge Music Festival.

About 35,000 people are expected for the Harriet Island, event which features national acts like Dave Matthews and Tool as well as local acts. The producers have signed a five-year deal with the city of St. Paul and have high hopes for success in this first year.

Dave Matthews will be the closing act at the River’s Edge Music Festival on Harriet Island, playing a three-hour set on Sunday night.

The River’s Edge Festival is the replacement for the Taste of Minnesota, which ended its many years in St. Paul two years ago with controversies over unpaid bills. The producers of River’s Edge are promising two full days of great acts.

“We have such an eclectic mix of music on both days it is really not to be missed,” said Jon Reens of Midwest Music, which is producing the event.

Everyone going to the festival will get a wrist band. The wrist band will allow you to get right in and leave whenever you want.

“If you want to go see a band early in the morning then take your kids to soccer practice and then come back you can do it,” Reens said.

For information about parking and free shuttles from downtown St. Paul go to the River’s Edge Music Festival Web site.

“It will show you exactly where the best parking is and how to get down to the venue via shuttle,” said Reens.

Tickets are $90 for a one-day pass and $140 for a two-day pass. The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the box office and through TicketMaster.


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