Best Rock Festival (2014)

Twin Cities Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival

Of course we love our outdoor music fests in Minnesota. We'll even put up with long beer lines, crappy food, filler bands, and poor sound — as long as they aren't all present — for some fun in the sun. But we didn't have a single quibble with this past summer's Twin Cities Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival (okay, here's one: needs a snappier name!). Nearly 30 artists performed on four stages in and around Harriet Brewing, Patrick's Cabaret, and Mosaic Cafe near the intersection of Lake and Minnehaha in south Minneapolis for the third annual event. With just a small jaunt between stages it was easy to hop around and catch whatever acts drew you in, and inside Patrick's were a lounge with DJs spinning tunes, a visual art show, and a few vendors including the Electric Fetus (plus air conditioning). A diverse array of musical styles were performed by locals such as Zoo Animal, Chastity Brown, Spider John Koerner, L'Assassins, and Enemy Planes, and out-of-towners including Mississippi Gabe Carter, Only Living Boy, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, and the Meat Puppets, who played a mesmerizing headlining set. Tickets were only $20 at the gate. Beer from Harriet flowed freely, several food trucks were on the premises with tasty eats, and the crowds seemed duly appreciative. We don't know what's on tap for this summer's festival yet, but we'd bet on another version of a perfect Minneapolis summer day.


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