Basilica Block Party - Review

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


In it's 18th iteration, the Basilica Block Party went down last weekend and Team Paddle Junkie was there for our "ticket to musical redemption".  It may not have saved my soul, but music, sunshine and a couple cold beers definitely didn't do it any harm.
Mrs. Paddle Junkie - Taking Pics,Rockin' the Media Pass
With one of the better line-ups to come to the BBP in a few years, we were quite excited to make our way over to Minneapolis and the grounds of the Basilica.  With Train, The Head and The Heart and Cake all playing Friday night only Mother Nature could put a damper on the festivities.  The skies opened up with about 30 minutes to go in the Train set, sending people running for their cars in a torrential downpour.


Saturday night, on the other hand, was perfect.  As the evening went on, and temperatures slid to a more comfortable 80ish degrees, the party was in full swing.  Boys N' The Barrels got things started off, then over to Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, caught the end of Fitz and the Tantrums then we set up camp to get a prime spot for The Avett Brothers.  Great performances from everyone, but The Avett Brother's stole the evening for me.  I was kind of torn too, being that OAR was playing on the other stage.  Remember "opportunity cost" from economics class?  Prime example.  But here are a couple of reasons why I think we made the right call....




As one of the better Basilica Block Parties in recent memory, I was impressed.  From the way it was organized to the local food and beverages available.  Barrio had their truck there dishing out super yummy tacos and guacamole, just wish I could have gotten one of their famous tequilas to wash it down...

Looking forward to next year BBP...  God knows my sould could use the redemption, musical or otherwise...

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