By every single account I’ve ever read of this festival — including Live Music Blog’s coverage of the 2006 event — this festival is a must-attend. Especially for those of us living in the upper-Midwest.
Bob Weir & RatDog
The Derek Trucks Band
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
The Everyone Orchestra
Trampled By Turtles
(many more tbd)
Full press release after the jump; more updates on the lineup will come once we get them.
Full 2007 10KLF Press Release
The fifth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) will provide an unforgettable weekend of live musical performances and campout experiences held July 18 – 21 at the scenic Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. A yearly tradition for music lovers nationwide, 10KLF has quickly established itself as a premier festival destination.
The initial festival artist lineup includes members of the Grateful Dead and Phish leading their contemporary ensembles, along with a diverse cross-section of talent from the improvisational music scene. With dozens of bands still to be added in the coming months, the 10,000 Lakes Festival preliminary lineup includes:
Nestled in the picturesque lakes country of Minnesota’s North Woods, the serene natural environment with reclaimed wetlands and lakeshore surrounding the camping and venue grounds provides the ultimate festival experience.
All within easy walking distance of each other, the festival’s four stages feature over sixty national, independent and emerging acts during the 4 day event. Festival goers retreat within the festival’s wooded hills and shaded campsites as a soundtrack from the jam band world’s crème de la crème plays in the background.
The feedback from the media echoes responses from attendees. The Minneapolis Star Tribune admires that the 10,000 Lakes Festival was “filled with thousands of good vibes…The cutting edge of them all.” Jambase.com calls 10KLF “gold from the North Country”. Colorado’s Marquee Magazine affirms that “10KLF creates the summer’s best musical experience,” and Canada’s Jambands.ca remarks the event is “everything a festival should be.”
The Star Tribune continues “Even the musicians are impressed by the fest site.” Backstage at 10KLF, Jon Bell, singer/guitarist with Widespread Panic performing the event in 2003 and 2005, tells the Tribune “There’s room to move and lots of friendliness and not too crazy. It’s a very open vibe. You can’t create that.”
While the main focus of 10KLF is meshing top notch entertainment within a pristine natural setting, the event also takes pride in being a philanthropic member of the community. By providing grants to a variety of groups including environmental awareness, hunger prevention, advancing arts education, voter registration, and other causes, 10KLF offers its patrons the opportunity to learn more about and raise consciousness within a variety of topics affecting its precious surroundings.
By partnering with CLIF Bar and NativeEnergy, the 10,000 Lakes Festival now allows patrons to offset the CO2 emissions of their automobile or airline travel up to the festival by purchasing ‘Cool Tags’ at the online ticket check out. Each Cool Tag invests $2 in NativeEnergy’s WindBuilders program, helping the Rosebud Sioux Tribe build a wind farm on their reservation in South Dakota. Wind farms deliver clean, renewable energy to the grid without releasing CO2 into the air, thereby displacing energy that comes from polluting facilities.
Performers at the previous 10,000 Lakes Festivals include Phil Lesh & Friends, The String Cheese Incident, The Black Crowes, G. Love & Special Sauce, Les Claypool, 311, Galactic, The Roots, John Mayer, Donavon Frankenreiter, O.A.R., Medeski Martin & Wood, Keller Williams, Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Samples, DJ Logic, Particle, Dark Star Orchestra, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Rusted Root, Maroon 5, The Big Wu, The Radiators, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, North Mississippi Allstars, Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Shooter Jennings and many more.