Moondance Jam Festival

Moondance Jam FestivalMoondance Jam Festival takes place at Walker, Minnesota

Moondance Jam Festival 2011 dates – 19th to 21st July

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WEDNESDAY 18th JULY – Pre Jam Party
11:30  Hairball
9:00  Mountain Ash
7:30  The Bad Animals

The Wednesday Pre Jam Party is free for everyone with a ticket!

11:00  Kid Rock
9:00  Hinder
7:00  Skid Row
5:00  TBA
3:00  Free Fallin

11:00  John Fogerty
9:00  Three Days Grace
7:00  Don Felder
5:00  Cavo
3:00  Them Pesky Kids

11:00  Heart
9:00  Grand Funk Railroad
7:00  Night Ranger
5:00  Motley Inc
3:00  The Atomic Punks

The History of Moondance Jam Festival

Moondance Jam is an annual rock and classic rock festival held in mid-July in the Leech Lake/Chippewa National Forest Area near Walker, Minnesota. It is recognized as Minnesota’s largest rock festival and the premier classic rock festival in the United States. The Jam has gone from being a party for a few thousand back in 1992 to a rock ‘n’ roll and camping celebration that entertains tens of thousands today mainly because it has maintained a clean, safe and friendly atmosphere along with open festival seating for general admission ticket holders.

The Moondance Jam was started by Bill and Kathy Bieloh in 1992, when they sought a way to promote the riding stables that they owned. The first jam was a modest start featuring mostly regional acts, as well as The Blenders, spread out over two days. In 1993, the jam expanded and featured Head East and Badfinger, beginning a tradition of more established and popular classic rock acts. For the third jam in 1994, popular country artists were brought in, and it became the most country music styled jam to date with bands like Pirates of the Mississippi and Johnny Paycheck.

The mid 1990s established Moondance Jam as the highly popular annual classic rock festival that it is today. 1995’s jam featured the most popular classic rock acts yet, including Kansas, The Guess Who, Survivor and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. The following year, the tradition continued with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas once again, along with Three Dog Night, Randy Bachman of Bachman–Turner Overdrive, .38 Special and the Edgar Winter Group. In 1997, the festival was lengthened to three days, and a record 35,000 people attended the jam. REO Speedwagon, America, Grand Funk Railroad and Loverboy entertained the record crowds.

Since 2004, the Jam has been acclaimed as “the best classic rock festival in the nation”, and as one of the best music festivals. The quantity and the popularity of the national classic rock bands has increased almost every year, with 2007 featuring 16 bands, including Def Leppard. The jam has also become a place for regional acts to find an audience on two smaller stages; one in the Moondance Saloon and the acoustic stage in the Lazy Moon Backstage Bar. The Lazy Moon Backstage bar was added to provide more entertainment and an opportunity for fans to get an up close view of the backstage area. The backstage viewing along with festival seating continues the Moondance tradition of giving general admission ticket holders more opportunities to get close to their favorite bands.

Moondance Jam Line Up – 2011
– Pre Jam Party –
Hairball, Mountain Ash, Cain, The Bad Animals: A Tribute to heart

3 Doors Down,  Great White, Candlebox, Cracker, KISS, Paul Rodgers, Eddie Money, The Outlaws, Belfast Cowboys: Van Morrison Tribute, Stone Temple Pilots, ThunDHerStruck: Tribute to AC/DC

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