Basilica Block Party

Once a year, the Basilica of Saint Mary opens its hallowed grounds to host one of the biggest outdoor rock 'n' roll parties in Minneapolis, as the Basilica Block Party brings in great bands and good times for both young and old alike. This year's lineup, while a bit less edgy than in years past, still has plenty of big names that are sure to draw in a capacity crowd over the course of the two-night event. David Gray, the Jayhawks, Lissie, and Fitz and the Tantrums are among the bands playing Friday night, while Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, Gomez, and Drive By Truckers will rock Saturday night, along with plenty of other celebrated national and local acts spread over both evenings. What continues to be a beneficial fundraising event to help restore the Basilica and extend the church's charitable outreach has also become a celebration of good music and (typically) great weather, all set against the backdrop of downtown Minneapolis under the striking summer sky. (Photo by Danny Clinch)
Fridays, Saturdays, 5-10:30 p.m. Starts: July 8. Continues through July 9, 2011

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