Basilica Block Party, Day 2: Lots of strum and ho-hum

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 8, 2012 - 8:52 PM

REVIEW: The second night of the Basilica Block Party lacked headline performers, and the crowd reacted accordingly.

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brandtetJul. 8, 12 1:49 AM

Chris, I'm confused. tonight lacked "star power" yet 16,000 people spent their Saturday evening listening to ho hum acoustic music as you call it. what is the point you are making? each person I saw had a big smile on their face listening to Fitz as well as the Avett Brothers. the "small die hard crowd" for the AB extended to the street...again, 16,000 people showed their support for the music and the event. I am one of the 16K die hards. thanks to the Basilica and Cities 97. Keep it up!

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mnfanintampaJul. 8, 12 7:01 AM

If Train was the headliner it must have been a very weak event.

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stewartjenJul. 8, 12 8:34 AM

I was a both nights. I do not agree with you on Sat night. I saw The Lumineers and Fitz and the Tantrums--both were amazing. Maybe you should have made your way to the Walser stage to see OAR. Or maybe OAR should have been on the Sun Country stage. The crowd was not ho-hum. Your review has missed the mark.

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jadams83Jul. 8, 12 9:44 AM

Are we thinking of the same Avett Brothers? The Avett Brothers I know are some of the most charismatic, excitable performers that I have ever seen. Their slow, "ho hum" songs as you call them are what highlight their talent - something they have without needing to play all upbeat songs that have lyrics that rhyme. Also, if we want to talk about recycled, let's discuss the fact that Train was the headliner at the BBP almost 10 years ago.

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mikecolepeteJul. 8, 1210:30 AM

"Live and Die" is actually on the new album coming out in September.

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breksJul. 8, 1211:37 AM

Any review without mentioning O.A.R. is pure blasphemy. Arguably they were bigger headliners than any of the other bands, yet were relagated to the Walser stage for some odd reason. They were incredible and the crowd was right there with them. Put them on the big stage where they could really spread their wings and you would have had a totally different review.

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smdentJul. 8, 1212:01 PM

Who cares what the music is like? That bigoted organization should not be supported by anyone who has a conscience. One hears better music at the Fine Line, 1st Avenue, the Dakota or dozens of other clubs in town and you support local businesses...not a church that is using your money to take away my civil rights and impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us.

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jlsjls123Jul. 8, 1212:18 PM

I was there on Sat. night and thought the vibe was great, people were packed in and enjoying the music. I thought the energy put out by the bands made the event even more fun. It is hard to believe after reading this review, that we were at the same event.

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bruceyokJul. 8, 12 2:52 PM

@smdent: My, my, so ignorant of the marriage issue. You do realize that the entire issue is not one of equality or civil rights, but rather truth in language? Same sex persons cannot marry because they lack the proper equipment. Its really that simple.

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smdentJul. 8, 12 4:44 PM

bruceyok...."Same sex persons cannot marry because they lack the proper equipment." ... it's not about the equipment silly, it's about equality and fairness guaranteed by our constitution. If you're married, did you get married because of your "equipment?" I doubt it. Gay and Lesbian people only want to marry and get the same benefits and social recognition as every one else...that is to be treated equally. It has nothing to do with "truth in language." That is the silliest thing I have ever heard. And the Catholic Church is spending millions preventing me from having equal rights, no matter what language you use.

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