It doesn’t take having a year without the Minnesota State Fair to appreciate what a special event it is, but not even having the option to attend last year has generated a heightened level of anticipation to get back to … well, getting back together again at the fair.
I love pretty much everything about the fair, but the live music offering is what drives me to get out as many nights as possible. People tend to look first at what’s scheduled for the Grandstand Stage, which is intentionally geared toward trying to appeal to a broad range of listeners. Instead of dividing up this year’s lineup by genre, breaking it out by decade or by generational significance provides a better representation of the coverage. My top picks are the Doobie Brothers anniversary show, Tim McGraw, George Thorogood’s anniversary show, Miranda Lambert and I always have a great time at The Current’s “Music on a Stick”.
My standard challenge to any Grandstand concert goer is to supplement your music experience by looking a little deeper at who’s scheduled to perform on the Free Live Music Stages (particularly the Leinie Lodge, Shell’s and International Bazaar stages). It might just be the thing that brings your Fair experience to the next level.