Grand Old Day announces 2014 music lineup

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Saint Paul's Grand Old Day gets the Twin Cities into summer festival season mood. And the largest one-day festival in the Midwest typically brings in enough sights, sounds, food, and refreshments to satisfy every Minnesotan's tastes.

This year, Grand Old Day is set for Sunday, June 1, and in addition to over 150 food vendors spread throughout stately Grand Avenue, there are a series of districts specifically geared to family fun, sports, and the home, as well as an entertainment district with five separate stages that will feature over a dozen live performances to keep music fans entertained throughout the day.

As for the music itself, here is the current list of bands, stages, and some tentative set times for this year's Grand Old Day:

Irish Fair of Minnesota Stage at US Bank:

The Sweet Colleens - 12 noon
The Tim Malloys - 1:45 p.m.
Wild Colonial Bhoys - 3:30 p.m.

Billy's On Grand Stage:

Arc Flash Hazard
Orange Whip

Wild Onion Stage:

White Iron Band
Tim Sigler

Whole Foods Market Stage at Pier 1:

General B and the Wiz - 12 noon
Black Diet - 1:30 p.m.
Chastity Brown - 3:30 p.m.

Dixie's on Grand Stage:

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - 11 a.m.
Charlie Parr - 12 noon
Heiruspecs - 1:30 p.m.
Sonny Knight and the Lakers - 3:30 p.m.

You must be at least 21 in order to access to the Festival Gardens in the Entertainment District. Wristbands also must be purchased in order to gain entry to the grounds. You can buy your festival wristband in advance for only $6, and with a receipt and valid ID you can gain entry through the express Eventbrite lines at any wristband booth. Wristbands the day of the event are $8.

In addition to once again hosting a Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest where the top male and female finishers earn a trip to compete at the July 4 finals in New York, the day officially kicks-off with the Grand Old Day Parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m., and travels along Grand Avenue beginning at Dale Street.

To RSVP and to get updated information about the festivities, check out Grand Old Day's Facebook page.

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Aaron Michael Scherbel
Aaron Michael Scherbel

No way I'm going to pay for a wristband for the opportunity to stand in huge lines to buy overpriced beers in bars (and parking lots) that I've been to a hundred times. Seriously, I don't even understand how this is still popular...

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones

Don Cates. No that's not a good deal. Grand Old Days was free. Now it's just profit only and too expensive.

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

I'm just glad I don't live near there any more. :p

Kevin Griser
Kevin Griser

The days of good times are long gone, 10.00 wristbands, 6.00 beer and pig pens to listen to bad music have ruined Grand Old Days.

Don Cates
Don Cates

8 bucks for a wristband that pays for garbage, police and insurance. That is a great deal!

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones

I remember when this event was free except for the beer and food. Even the music was free! It's no fun any longer.


I remember years past, getting to see bands like Reverend Horten Heat and Guided By Voices was the norm. And it was free. And it was all-ages.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Sonny Knight Headlining - good call. Otherwise - snore.

mingtran topcommenter

Then you've never heard Heiruspecs or White Iron Band.

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