Dakota Street Festival to showcase local artists Saturday

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July 24, 2013
By: Emma Cummings Krueger
Emma Cummings Krueger
Free festival features music on four stages

Dakota Jazz Club is throwing their third-annual Dakota Street Festival, a huge downtown musical celebration, this Saturday.

The free outdoor music fest will feature more than 20 performers across four stages and three blocks of Nicollet Mall. Concerts in a wide range of musical genres, from the country rock of the Tex Pistols to the hip-hop sound of Toki Wright & This Debris, run noon–10 p.m., followed by a Secret Stash Records after-party indoors until midnight on the Dakota stage.

“The performers are going to be great,” said Meg Cadogan, Dakota’s marketing manager. “They’re all local musicians that Dakota has relationships with. A lot of them are people who we’ve been working with and building through the years.”

The Dakota festival will also include several street activities for guests of all ages. Del Monte’s Kidsville tent will offer children’s activities such as instrument demos and creations from the MacPhail Music Factory, face painters and crafts. A Jaguar tent will showcase car custom wrapping, and a new model Fiat will be available to explore. Fire dancers and Chicks on Sticks stilt walkers will also entertain guests between stages.

“The Kidsville tent will be great. It’s offering activities all day for children, and that’s something that we’ve done other years too,” Cadogan said. “I’m also really excited to see the Chicks on Sticks. That will be really cool.”

Local food and drink vendors will offer refreshments to attendees. Summit beers, The Dog House hot dogs and a selection of the Dakota pastries are among the featured tastes.

The 28-year-old Dakota Jazz Club has made its home in downtown Minneapolis for 10 years now, and they are eager to express their gratitude to the community during this outdoor festival.

“This is our way to say ‘thank you’ to the city of Minneapolis,” Cadogan said. “It’s our way to give back to community. The weather forecast is wonderful, so we really hope everyone will come check it out.”

The Dakota Street Festival will run from noon–midnight July 27 on Nicollet Mall between 10th and 12th Streets and inside the club. Admission is free. For more information, go to dakotacooks.com/event/dakota-street-fest.