Dan Israel named final Midwest Music Showcase artist to play Target Field

Dan Israel named final Midwest Music Showcase artist to play Target Field
Photo by Steve Cohen
The Minnesota Twins have done an amazing job this season integrating the fire of local musicians into the flow of their games. While it hasn't always translated into success on the playing field, the Midwest Music Showcase is a reminder that Target Field is only a few short steps from the downtown music clubs.

After exciting in-game experiences featuring the likes of the 4onthefloor, P.O.S, and Trampled by Turtles this season, the final slot was planned to go to the best submission received by K-TWIN, the team's radio partner. This week, we find that the winner is Americana troubadour Dan Israel, who put out both a new album, Live On, and the career-spanning Danthology this year.

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As with past Midwest Music Showcase performers, Israel will get several opportunities to perform from a balcony near the left field foul pole during the game. They'll play a few songs before the game, and then get some short opportunities to play during pitching changes and between innings. And, of course, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

Israel himself is a huge Twins fan dating back to his childhood. He remembers listening to the games on WCCO on a little transistor radio as Herb Carneal made the calls, and going to Met Stadium with his father and brother and getting to see Rod Carew bat. "Those are really great memories, both of them," he says.

For more on Dan, read Erik Thompson's piece on him from May -- right around the release of Live On time. This performance is expected to focus on the positive moments from Israel's catalog.

"Planning on playing some of my more upbeat songs -- I don't want to depress people!" he says. "The season has been rough enough at times on the fans, I don't want to add to their misery!" Don't worry, Dan. In any case, congratulations.

Dan Israel plays at Target Field when the Minnesota Twins host the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Wednesday, August 28. Game time is 7:10 p.m., but Dan will start playing a few minutes before that, so arrive early.

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