This weekend marks the return of summer music festivals to downtown St. Paul, MN. For those of you not from around here, I apologize, but I am INSANELY pumped. I live literally 2 miles from the venue, Harriett Island on the banks of the Mississippi River with the St. Paul skyline filling the background. This site begs for this exact kind of event.
Normally when you think of a music festival, you think of a field in the middle of no-where, a sea of porta-johns and a tent village housing all of the attendees. Not this time. Harriett Island is a beautifully maintained park just feet from the flowing Mississippi. There are 4 stages cranking out music from acts both national and local. Food from some of the area's most popular restaurants and actual flushing toilets. There is no camping, which may be a disappointment to some, but I can wander home in under 30 minutes, so I could care less.
They have assembled quite a line-up for the inaugural River's Edge fest. Dave Matthew's Band and Tool are the headliners, but additions like Sublime w/ Rome and The Flaming Lips bring a variety of flavors. Throw in local favorites like Polica and Motion City Soundtrack as well and I would expect to see a pretty diverse crowd.
A new (well to me at least) wristband technology will be utilized at the festival. No tickets will be issued, you will get a wristband with a unique RFID (radio frequency ID) embedded in it. This "high-tech" addition will let you come and go as you please as well as allowing you to "check-in" at sites throughout the venue on your favorite social media networks. Wristbands are still available $65 for a single day or $110 for a 2-day.
Anyone else going? Holler at me if you are, I will be walking around with Paddle Junkie prizes to be given out at the show.