On Monday, you can get another dose of great (and free) multiculti sounds beginning with the lovely Tish Hinojosa (stage 4, 1 p.m.), whose bi-lingual mix of country-western and Mexican song is a beautiful rebuke to the Congressional idiots pushing legislation to declare English our country's "official language." Also free are sets by salsa legend Ray Barretto (stage 2, 4 p.m.) and Cajun buzz band Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys (8:30 p.m.), who our two-stepping pals tell us have been fabulous on their last few visits north. Bracelet-wearers might start with Tish and then shoot over to stage 1 for non-denominational pop-rockers National Dynamite (1:30 p.m.), stick around for Christian pop-rockers Jars of Clay at 3 p.m., and decide between Ray Barretto and the great r&b diva Etta James (stage 5, 4:30 p.m.). Then it's either a dinner break or ex-Box Top, ex-Big Star, Memphis legend and National Dynamite spiritual adviser Alex Chilton--who has been delivering fine shows lately, I hear--on stage 1 at 6:30 p.m. To wrap things up, you can rock with Soul Asylum (8:30 p.m., stage 1) or roll with the tag-team of The Neville Brothers (8 p.m.) and B.B. King (9 p.m.), both on stage 6.
Then it's home to bed to dream of fall colors and a convincing excuse to stay home from work on Tuesday. And also, if you're so inclined, to pray the promoters do well enough so that they'll actually make the Mill City Music Festival the annual event they're promising. (Will Hermes)