Basilica Block party fleshes out lineup with the Jayhawks, Citizen Cope

The Jayhawks' Mark Olson and Marc Perlman at the Basilica Block Party in 2009
The Jayhawks' Mark Olson and Marc Perlman at the Basilica Block Party in 2009
Photo by Steve Cohen

This morning, Cities 97 filled in a few gaps on the schedule for this summer's Basilica Block Party, which was mostly revealed during an extended broadcast last Thursday. In addition to adding Citizen Cope to the opening slot for Drive-By Truckers on the Walser Stage on July 9, the station threw us a curve ball: They're bringing back the Jayhawks to play the main stage on opening night, July 8, right before headliner David Gray.

The Basilica Block Party was the site of an emotionally charged,celebratory reunion set by the Jayhawks back in the summer of 2009. It was the band's first reunion show in the Twin Cities, and peaked with the Basilica Choir filing out behind the 'Hawks as they played one of their most well-known songs, "Blue."

It's hard to say if this summer's appearance by the Jayhawks will be able to top that grandiose experience, but with a new album in the works there's a good chance their Basilica set will be heavy on new material (we hope, anyway) -- which could make it memorable in its own right.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Single-night tickets are $40 and two-night passes are $70 (after June 26 and at the door, tickets will be $45 for one night and $80 for two nights). Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, and without service fees at the Local, the Liffey, Kieran's Irish Pub, and Cooper Irish Pub.


Friday, July 8         
Sun Country Stage 
David Gray
The Jayhawks
Stuart D'Rozario

Walser Stage 
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Fitz and the Tantrums
G.Love and Special Sauce Happy Hour Stage 

Saturday, July 9     
Sun Country Stage 
Ray LaMontagne
Amos Lee
Scars on 45

Walser Stage 
Drive-By Truckers
Citizen Cope
The 4onthefloor Happy Hour Stage 

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