Before you get it twisted, Somerset is only 35 miles from the Twin Cities. That means it's far closer to us than Rochester or Duluth. Heck, we're practically spooning the host spot for the 2012 Summer Set Music and Camping Festival. Combining the powers of jam bands, electronic music, hip hop, reggae, and all of the confluences that exist among these many worlds, this year's edition should be a shock to the system. To say nothing of the camping benefits! Past the names Pretty Lights, Umphrey's McGee, and Big Gigantic, we have three living legends of rap tenting it up for the weekend too. Nas (pictured) is fresh off the release of his divorce album, Life Is Good, and the mercurial duo of Mos Def (a.k.a. Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli as Black Star will also highlight the lyrically powerful portion of the weekend. With Matt & Kim, Cloud Cult, Zeds Dead, Yelawolf, Rebelution, and more. 16+. Tickets start at $45 for a single day and $125 for a three-day pass. 3 p.m. on August 24, 1 p.m. on August 25-26. 715 Spring St. Somerset, Wisconsin.
Fri., Aug. 24, 3 p.m.-midnight; Saturdays, Sundays, 1 p.m.-midnight. Starts: Aug. 24. Continues through Aug. 26, 2012