With three stages set up across the grounds of the Basilica of Saint Mary, and ten musical acts with a diversity of sound taking the stages, music was able to fill the air of almost every corner at this holy church. In it’s 25th year the event hosted by Cities 97 proved once again to be one of he musical highlights of Twin Cities summer.
Filling the Star Tribune Stage were three local bands making a splash in the scene. First on the stage was McNasty Brass Band, a large grouping of local horn and percussionist musicians. The band had no fear of the heat on stage as they played tirelessly and with intense energy. Next on stage was local soul musician, Annie Mack. Her powerful voice and meaningful lyricism brought inspiration to audience members who filled the tables and spots of shade around the stage to enjoy her company. The third and final act on this stage was Kiss the Tiger, a five-piece rock band with influences of blues and classic rock.
PreferredOne Stage also brought onto it three local acts. Yam Haus was the first to take this stage. Their indie pop grooves brought sway and feet movement to the early crowd. This tight act had no trouble filling the large stage and acting naturally in front of the growing crowd. With PreferredOne’s stage warmed up, it was time for local legends and Americana pioneers the Jayhawks to come out. The group wasted no time playing their crowd-pleasing hits and deep cuts to satisfy their committed fans. With the music of one local legendary band filling the air it was time for another. Semisonic finished PreferredOne’s night with a rocking set of classic hits such as “Closing Time” and “Singing in My Sleep” as well as three new songs which gave hope to their fan base that after a long wait the band is finally making a return.
Great Clips Stage located in the blistering hot parking lot behind Basilica brought onto it the nights biggest acts. Ruston Kelly, spouse of headliner Kacey Musgraves, brought his Americana act on stage to warm things up. His soothing set drew in the audience close to stage and out of the shade. Anderson East, a southern soul and R&B musician captivated the audience and reminded them of the importance of soul music. Dawes followed Anderson East onto stage. This energetic group proved they are more than fit to fill any festival stage. Their easy to follow lyricism and poppy folk tunes brought enjoyment to all listeners regardless of their education on the band. Final act of the night Kacey Musgraves took the stage after. This Queen of modern country and six-time Grammy Award Winner held up her reputation with beauty and grace fitting for the cool night air and backdrop of city skyline. Musgraves celebrated the individuality in all of us and reminded everyone why it’s important to be ourselves.
With one night of Basilica Block Party wrapped up and another on the way this party is proving to be one of the highlights of this summer.
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