Held right on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, the Cities 97 Basilica Block Party is one of Minnesota’s largest homegrown music festivals. With acts like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Father John Misty, ZZ Ward, and Mayer Hawthorne in the lineup, the Block Party offers something for everyone. Though it’s hard not to draw comparisons to last year’s killer Friday lineup (Imagine Dragons, The Head and the Heart, Mat Kearney, Train), this year’s Block Party offered something for everyone.
Family of the Year opened things up on the Church stage and wow, what a show. If you haven’t heard this band before, hop on the bandwagon before it’s full. They play a perfect blend of indie, pop, and maybe even a little bit of folk. Give it a listen.
My one complaint about the Basilica’s festival grounds, is the distance between each of the stages. Roughly 1/3 of a mile. Needless to say, I got my exercise in.
Not my cup of tea, but performed well. Something about his stage presence irked me a bit. Maybe it was because he was wearing a jacket in 90 degree weather.
Family of the Year:
Great sound. Just a super fun band to see. Honestly, not sure if the festival was the right fit for them, but if you get the chance to see them in a club setting, don’t miss it.
Father John Misty:
Best act of the day in my opinion. Josh Tillman, the former drummer of Fleet Foxes, has the voice of an angel. A fantastic indie/folk band.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
Again, not my cup of tea, but wow did this band blow my mind live. An incredibly passionate performance.