Sister Sledge – Leinie Lodge Stage – Minnesota State Fair – August 27th 2021

Lens on Music at the Fair – Day 2    Sister Sledge

Review and Photos by Patrick Dunn

This first Friday of the fair was a bit less busy than normal due to the expectation of more rain in the forecast.  Gray skies did not develop into many raindrops making it a great night to be out amongst plenty of other avid fair-goers.  I spent most of my time at the Leinie Lodge Stage catching another spirited performance by Shenandoah, followed by the MSF Amateur Talent Contest and finally the headliner Sister Sledge.  It’s unfortunate that we missed out on seeing them both nights due to the rain issue yesterday because they were FANTASTIC.  The Sisters came out upbeat and full of enthusiasm from the very first notes through the entire length of the performance.

Vocally, they were top notch both as a group as well as singing independently.  All combined, the musicians were super tight, and the sound was spot on with their recorded material.  A thoughtful extension of their band was a sign language interpreter, who also had a joyous and upbeat way in delivering each songs message.  Hit single “He’s the Greatest Dancer” was an early standout with an infectious groove and a chorus that is just undeniably Disco.  About halfway through the set, fans could no longer contain themselves to enjoying the show from their seats and the dancing spilled out into the aisles clear up to the front of the stage.  Cover song “Good Times” (Chic) was especially fun, and it all built up to their defining hit “We Are Family”.

I made a point to swing by the International Bazaar Stage to at least catch the last couple tunes by Funk / R&B group Jaybee and the Routine. With an impressive touring resume, James “Jaybee” Brown is well equipped to lead an inspiring performance and bring an audience along for the ride.

The Grandstand was filled with the sounds of modern country music for a second night, this time with Maren Morris and supporting acts Noah Schnacky and Patrick Murphy.  Another fantastic option for Blues fans took place a the Shell’s Stage with local favorites Davina and the Vagabonds.  This high-energy quintet has been performing tirelessly throughout the Twin Cities for years and their efforts can be appreciated in every performance.