Rock Fest

Well, here's an odd development: it looks like the definition of "classic rock" has expanded significantly over the last decade and a half or so. At least that's the case if the 15th annual installation of the popular Rock Fest is any indication. Back in '94, their lineup was traditional KQ fare -- BTO, Cheap Trick, Steppenwolf, Foghat, the usual suspects. But Rock Fest's been skewing younger over the years, and the inclusion of modern rock staples like Hoobastank, Sevendust, Buckcherry and Korn -- not to mention country-rock crossover superstar Sheryl Crow -- gives it a broader, multi-generational appeal. They'll still be rubbing elbows with a couple luminaries of the traditional boomer-rock milieu, namely the Steve Miller Band and the Arnel Pineda-fronted incarnation of Journey (pictured). (Odds on hearing "The Joker" and "Don't Stop Believin'": pretty good.) And if you missed metal titans Judas Priest at Taste of Minnesota, you get a second chance at 'em here. With food; camping; more. For tickets and info call 800.326.3378 or visit
Thu., July 16, 6:15-11 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 2:45-11 p.m.; Sun., July 19, 3:45-10:30 p.m. Starts: July 16. Continues through July 18, 2009

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