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Music at grandstand, stages and on a stick at state fair

August 21, 2014

By Tom Weber, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.

Aug. 21--They serve up music on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair.

No, seriously: Minnesota Music on a Stick, featuring Bob Mould, Cloud Cult and others, will be presented Aug. 30 at the state fair grandstand.

That's just one of 12 shows at the grandstand, ranging from country to soul to pop to amateur talent. It all starts today, with a concert by Toby Keith, and runs through Labor Day, when classic rockers Journey will take the stage.

To purchase tickets for grandstand shows, call 800-514-3849, or go to A state fair admission ticket also is required.

Here's a look at the full grandstand lineup:

-- Toby Keith, with Colt Ford, 7:30 p.m. today. Tickets: $59, $49

-- Aretha Franklin, with the Four Tops, 7:30 p.m. Friday. $45

-- Kid Rock, with Blackberry Smoke, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $66.60, $51.50

-- DigiFest Minnesota, with Before You Exit, Jack and Jack, Cimorelli and others, 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $30, $20

-- The Happy Together Tour, with the Turtles, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and Mitch Ryder, 8 p.m. Monday. $21

-- Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars, with AFI, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. $81, $71, $51

--Tim McGraw, with Ryan Kinder, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $71, $56

-- Fall Out Boy and Paramore, with Bad Suns, 7 p.m.Aug. 28. $51, $41

-- "A Prairie Home Companion," 7:45 p.m.Aug. 29. $32, $25

-- Minnesota Music on a Stick, with Brother Ali, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Har Mar Superstar, Cloud Cult and the Cactus Blossoms, 4 p.m.Aug. 30. $30

-- Amateur Talent Contest Finals, 7:30 p.m.Aug. 31. Free

-- Journey, with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, 7 p.m.Sept. 1. $58, $48

If some of those ticket prices are out of your price range, be aware there is plenty of free entertainment at the fairgrounds.

The Bandshell's nightly schedule includes Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice tonight and Friday; Dr. Dog on Aug. 27 and 28, and Buckwheat Zydeco on Aug. 29 and 30.

The Bazaar After Dark schedule includes G.B. Leighton on Aug. 27 and 28, and the Belfast Cowboys on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

At the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, daytime entertainers include the 34th Infantry Div. Red Bull Band on Monday and Tuesday, the Wendinger Polka Band on Aug. 29 and 30, and Marcia Ball on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

The Bazaar features world music, including the Native Pride Dancers on Saturday and Sunday, the Iny Asian Dance Theater on Aug. 27 and 28, and Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca on Aug. 29 and 30.

The new Shell's Stage has music, comedy and variety daily, including the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra on Saturday and Sunday, the Looney Lutherans variety show on Aug. 25 and 26, and the Minnesota Flatpicking Guitar and Duet Championships on Aug. 29 and 30.

Meanwhile, Shell's Stage at Sunset features Chastity Brown today and Friday, Deke Dickerson and the Trashmen on Aug. 27 and 28, and The 4onthefloor on Aug. 29 and 30.

For detailed entertainment schedules at all venues, go to


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