When the Lilith Fair debuted in 1997, the all-femme, Sarah McLaughlin co-founded fest was as granola as all get-out; its lineup was frontloaded with Birkenstock bait like Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, and the Indigo Girls. Finally, the younger sisters of dudes plunking down summer-job ducats for Lollapalooza and the Warped Tour had their own she-scene—for a few years, anyway. Now Lilith is back, and she's a market-savvy realist who recognizes the importance of diversifying genres to cover costs. Which isn't to say there's no granola on the 2010 Lilith bill, but that there are also servings of neo-soul (Jill Scott, Erykah Badu), pop country (Court Yard Hounds), VH1 Classic staples (Go-Go's, Heart, the Bangles), and, um, Rihanna. Rapper Nicki Minaj isn't slated to appear, but you can bet that someone behind the Lilith scenes thought about calling her manager. The Twin Cities date, relocated from Canterbury Park, will feature Sarah McLachlan (pictured), Heart, Metric, the Court Yard Hounds, Mary J. Blige, and locals Bella Ruse.
Sun., July 18, 2 p.m., 2010