MN State Fair 2013 free stages: Sheila E., Chastity Brown, and more

Sheila E.
Sheila E.

Most Minnesotans hunger for music as much as they crave cheese curds -- if not more. So it makes sense that between the Minnesota State Fair's Grandstand entertainment and a load of free stages there's a veritable binge on live entertainment, and no heartburn.

The highest-profile shows of the Great Minnesota get-together are jammed into dual evenings at the Bandshell Tonight! stage. Singer/drummer Sheila E., who spent a good portion of the '80s collaborating with Prince and since has amassed significant pop, country, and jazz accomplishments, highlights the Bandshell offerings, which also include the now-grown Hansen, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. The Heritage at Sundown stage should tickle a Gimme Noise reader or three as well with Chastity Brown, Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, and several others. Plus, Grammy winners the Okee Dokee Brothers are at the Family Fair. Check out more highlights of the free stages below.

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Here's a load of free entertainment highlights, and there are even more choices at each stage. Click on each to plan out an entire day of concerts.

Bandshell Tonight! stage
Aug. 22 & 23: Sunny Sweeney
Aug. 24 & 25: Blue Öyster Cult
Aug. 26 & 27: Hanson
Aug. 28 & 29: Sheila E.
Aug. 30 & 31: Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Sept. 1 & 2: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers

Bazaar After Dark stage
Aug. 22 & 23: Socaholix
Aug. 24 & 25: Tropical Zone Orchestra
Aug. 26 & 27: Lost Highway
Aug. 28 & 29: Salsa del Soul
Aug. 30 & 31: The New Primitives
Sept. 1 & 2: GB Leighton

Heritage at Sundown stage
Aug. 22 & 23: Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
Aug. 24 & 25: Pert' Near Sandstone
Aug. 26 & 27: Sarah Gayle Meech
Aug. 28 & 29: Billy McLaughlin
Aug. 30 & 31: Pieta Brown & the Sawdust Collective
Sept. 1 & 2: Chastity Brown

Leinie Lodge Bandshell stage
Aug. 22 & 23: Mountain Heart, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Dale Watson
Aug. 24 & 25: The Stellas featuring Lennon and Maisy, Alex Meixner Polka Band, Jason D. Williams
Aug. 26 & 27: The 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull" Band, Tonic Sol-fa, Bill Kirchen's Texicalli
Aug. 28 & 29: Neal Zunker and the Music Connection, Maggie Rose, Whisperin' Bill Anderson
Aug. 30 & 31: Home Free, Rosie Flores and the Rivetors, Kenny Neal
Sept. 1 & 2: Eric Paslay, the Quebe Sisters Band, Michael Salgado, SongBlast - Dueling Guitars

Bazaar stage
Aug. 22 & 23: Dirty Shorts Brass Band, Six Appeal
Aug. 24 & 25: Dominic Gaudious, Café Accordion Orchestra
Aug. 26 & 27: Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen, Sena Ehrhardt
Aug. 28 & 29: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, Ray Covington
Aug. 30 & 31: Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Native Pride Dancers
Sept. 1 & 2: BATO! BATO! Breck Marimba Ensemble, The Barley Jacks

Heritage Square stage
Aug. 22 & 23: The Harris Brothers,the Roe Family Singers
Aug. 24 & 25: The Daisy Dillman Band, the Minnesota State Fiddle Contest
Aug. 26 & 27: The Chmielewski Funtime Band, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band
Aug. 28 & 29: Jerry O'Hagan and His Orchestra, Mary Jane Alm
Aug. 30 & 31: The Boundary Water Boys, the Minnesota Flatpicking Guitar and Duet Championships
Sept. 1 & 2: Blue Wolf Bluegrass, Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders

Ramberg Senior Center stage
Aug. 22 & 23: Mark Stillman, RAMM Band
Aug. 24 & 25: The Mellow Fellows, David Malmberg
Aug. 26 & 27: Bill Koncar, Rod Cerar Orchestra
Aug. 28 & 29: Bandana, Jim Berner's Music Legends
Aug. 30 & 31: Radio Joe and the JazzBos, Patty and the Buttons
Sept. 1 & 2: The Irish Brigade, the Fairlanes

Family Fair at Baldwin Park stage
Aug. 22 & 23: Kidsdance, Sean Emery, Break-Shop Bump'n
Aug. 24 & 25: The Okee Dokee Brothers, Sean Emery, Break-Shop Bump'n
Aug. 26 & 27: The Bazillions, Sean Emery, Break-Shop Bump'n
Aug. 28 & 29: Mama Lou: American Strongwoman, Sean Emery, Break-Shop Bump'n
Aug. 30 & 31: The Choo Choo Bob Show Live!, Sean Emery, Break-Shop Bump'n
Sept. 1 & 2: Jared Sherlock, Sean Emery, Break-Shop Bump'n

Check out all of the stages information here, and check out the Grandstand schedule, which now includes a MN Music On-A-Stick showcase featuring Trampled by Turtles, Mason Jennings, and the Chalice. See you at the Fair!

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