Basilica Block Party Day One, 7/11/14

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Photo by Tony Nelson
Basilica Block Party Day One
with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Panic! At the Disco, Delta Rae, Eric Hutchinson, The Airborne Toxic Event, Crash, The Weeks, Black Diet, Carroll, Stereo Confession
The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis
Friday, July 11, 2014

The first night to celebrate 20 years of the Basilica Block Party approached free from rain, but not from the heat. The night was humid, making it feel as if you could swim to each of the three stages set up near the Basilica. To catch every artist -- or at least watch enough of each set to get an idea of who a group was -- required dedication.


Photos by Tony Nelson

Those able to get to the edge of downtown early enough were able to catch youngsters Stereo Confession bring in a punk flavor to an otherwise indie-rock/pop setting. The local music stage also included past "Are You Local" contest winners Carroll and Black Diet. The two were a dichotomy when paired next to each other, with Carroll mellowing out the crowd with their ambient rock and Black Diet loosening everyone up and getting a few people moving with their neo-soul.
Photos by Tony Nelson

Delta Rae opened up the evening on the Preferred One Stage before Cities 97 darling Eric Hutchinson came on. He comes through the Cities quite often, and the crowd here rightly loves him. His songs like "Ok, It's Alright With Me" and "Watching You Watch Him" are super catchy without pandering. He's easy on the eyes, yet not classically handsome so he can't be pegged as an artist that relies on his looks. This makes him the perfect candidate for someone who is looking to be edgy without straying too far from the middle-of-the-road indie-pop.

The crowd was surprisingly light for Los Angeles band the Airborne Toxic Event -- what a mouthful of a name. The band personifies a group that you've "Heard of, but never really listened to." You might have heard their track "Changing" while sitting in a restaurant or office lobby, though.

Photos by Tony Nelson

A younger demographic arrived for Panic! At the Disco's set on the Sun Country Airlines Stage. The band was the last to be announced and an odd addition to the evening, especially when they are often wrapped up with Warped Tour. The group had the biggest hardcore fans singing along to every track the band played. There's no denying lead singer's Brendon Urie's amazing vocals, but the young singer puts many performers of the day to shame when it comes to energy. Urie is all over the stage and always loses himself when he's in front of a crowd, allowing him to move and dance in a way that you can't if you're aware someone is watching.

Location Info


Basilica of St. Mary

88 17th St. N., Minneapolis, MN

Category: General

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