Basilica Block Party 2021

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The return of live music and especially outdoor festival like shows, has been long awaited and sorely missed by so many of us.  So, when the Basilica Block Party was announced in the spring, we were all excited while being a bit skeptical that it would actually happen...  Well, it happened.  Despite a few hiccups, it was a great time.  



The last minute removal of The Avett Brothers from the line-up hurt, for sure.  It is unclear why the band chose to cancel just 48 hours before the show, but we can only assume it was Covid related on some level. Rumors of Live Nation's choice not to replace them with another big name act when they had at least one at the ready, is maybe a conversation for another time.  For now, let's just appreciate what a great event BBP2021 was, and be thankful it happened at all.

Two days of great weather, made BBP21 easy to enjoy.  In an effort to keep attendees safe, and the immediate future of live music viable, all guests were required to provide either proof of Covid vaccination or a negative test within the last 72 hours.  Though, I'm sure there are critics of this, it didn't seem to dissuade the thousands that showed up.

The team here at MN Underground was only able to attend Saturday's festivities, but all accounts of Friday were fantastic....  With great sets from Ritt Momney, Motion City Soundtrack and AJR being highlights from several attendees.  

Saturday night had several names we were excited about with Ripe, Black Pumas and Spoon at the top of our list.  Ripe's funky sound set the mood for the rest of the evening...  there were people getting their wiggle on everywhere you looked...  







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