Basilica Block Party rocks the 2016 lineup with Ryan Adams, Death Cab, Gary Clark Jr.

Boy howdy, was that Basilica ever rocked in 2015.

Boy howdy, was that Basilica ever rocked in 2015.

Basilica Block Party, the amplified/boozy collection plate benefiting the Basilica of Saint Mary, will return July 8 and July 9 for its 22nd year.  

Sponsored as always by Cities 97, this installment of BBP is a tricky mix of critically acclaimed talent — prolific alt-country star Ryan Adams, blues-rock scorcher Gary Clark Jr., and indie-rock faves Death Cab for Cutie — with the radio-rock stylings of bands like American Authors ("Best Day of My Life"), X Ambassadors ("Renegades"), and  ... God help us ... the Fray ("How to Save a Life").

Among the other big names destined for downtown Minneapolis: "Stolen Dance" hitmakers Milky Chance, soulful indie-rockers Cold War Kids, Grammy-nominated soul/R&B riser Andra Day, beloved Hold Steady arm-flailer Craig Finn, American Idol champion Phillip Phillips, and quintessential Cities 97 singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson.

The Star Tribune stage offers a nice sampler of standout local acts, notably garage/gospel quintet Gospel Machine and ubiquitous soul/R&B experimenter Eric Mayson

Tickets — $55 one-day passes; $100 two-day passes — go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday via or by dialing 1-800-514-3849. Cities 97 club members and past purchasers get first dibs at discounted passes 10 a.m. Friday. Prices creep up June 1, and eventually hit $65 (one-day) and $120 (two-day) at the gates. Flashy VIP options are available. Check out the BBP website for more info. 

New this year is the Silent Disco, a "unique and interactive event [that] will encourage guests to dance like no one’s watching to a beat that only they can hear." One problem: God's always watching.   

Speaking of Him, the block party has raised funds for the restoration and preservation of His favorite Twin Cities hangout — the Basilica of St. Mary — since launching in 1995. It will (presumably) continue until He's satisfied with the state of things at the local architectural landmark. 

Speaking of local, let us now begin the fruitless Basilica Block Party vs. Rock the Garden debate. Loudly state your preference in the comments. Here's a RTG refresher.

And here's the complete BBP '16 lineup: 

Friday, July 8

Great Clips Stage

  • Death Cab for Cutie

  • American Authors

  • X Ambassadors

  • Matt Hires

    PreferredOne Stage

  • Gary Clark Jr.

  • Cold War Kids

  • Andra Day

    Star Tribune Stage

  • Gospel Machine

  • Fort Wilson Riot

  • Step Rockets

    Saturday, July 9

    Great Clips Stage

  • The Fray

  • Phillip Phillips

  • Matt Nathanson

  • Ron Pope

    PreferredOne Stage

  • Ryan Adams and The Shining

  • Milky Chance

  • Craig Finn

    Star Tribune Stage

  • Farewell Milwaukee

  • Holidae

  • Eric Mayson