2012 Wrap-Up: Sun & Fun by the Ton

Photo by Nate Lindstrom

First and foremost, we can’t thank our sponsors, volunteers, performers and supporters enough. What an incredible weekend! Relive it through Nate Lindstrom’s photos here.

Super thanks to Trampled By Turtles, who made it possible to add another whole day in very short time to raise money for flood victims. With their support along with all the other acts that contributed to the cause and all who attended the festival, we were able to provide a nice boost to the long-term flood recovery fund! United Way gathered over $3K at the main gate alone. Ticket sales, shirt and raffle fundraisers, and support from those involved in creating this event brought in $21K. With more to come from vendors and other festival-related donations, the total will almost certainly exceed $25K.

And there’s so much more! Solid connections were made, awareness of many other community issues was brought forward, consciousness evolved, celebration ensued, and sky lanterns disappeared into the atmosphere as we stood together for humanity. KUMD 103.3 FM gathered over 800 pounds of food and hygiene items with their “Stuff The Truck” event! Minnesota United for All Families gathered over 400 signatures and 9 fresh volunteers. The Positive Energy Outdoors climbing wall and the Lake Superior ZooMobile were huge hits with the kiddos. The music was awesome. There’s nothing like the best local acts on the best local stage at the best local venue, all with a local brew and food from local vendors in hand for a great local cause. All around, a truly extraordinary weekend.

It doesn’t end either. This event was meant to be a kickoff to more events and much more support for those affected by the flood. Help is still greatly needed. You can contribute directly to the cause right here.

Thanks again for playing an important role in our wonderful community!


Weekend Schedule Here, Still More To Come…

Saturday, July 7:

10:00 Gate opens

10:15 Zumba, main stage ~ Join right in and get moving.

11:00 Food, Craft, Nonprofit Vendors (see next page) open along with Kids’ Activities (bounce houses, Positive Energy Outdoors climbing wall, activity tent)

Welcome from Masters of Ceremonies, Drew & Jon Anderson

11:00 batteryboy, tent stage

11:30 Sara Thomsen & Michael Laughing Fox Charette, main stage

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Artist Profile: Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles

Take a pinch of mountain gypsy, a dash of psych-folk and a combine it with an ocean of split-open-and-melt lyricism, intricately delivered by one of the most unique voices in music, and you have Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles. Since bursting onto the Twin Cities music scene in 2008, the fiery sextet have blossomed into one of the most celebrated and cherished young talents to emerge from Minnesota in recent history.

Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles’ incredibly polished, yet wholly organic, sound can be directly attributed to an interweaving familial-like chemistry that has created an airtight bond among the six players. The band formed in 2007 as a result of casual jam sessions that were led by Lucy with friends Geoff Freeman (drums), Ashley Boman (accordion, bells) and Jesse Schuster (bass), at Lucy and Geoff’s University of Minnesota college flop house in NE Minneapolis. Loosely arranged social gatherings, where music was played, eventually turned into full-blown band practices and writing sessions with the additions of Eamonn Mclain (cello) and Chris Graham (guitar).

The band soon started gigging around Minneapolis-Saint Paul and quickly caught the eyes, ears and hearts of local music fans and critics alike being named City Pages “Picked to Click” Best New Band of 2008. In-studio performances on nationally recognized taste-maker 89.3 The Current followed with the station calling the group, “One of the Twin Cities most talented and endearing bands.” With each member drawing inspiration from their own wildly eclectic musical palettes, they collaboratively create all of their songs with the Velvet Lapelles orchestrating complex, lush arrangements that dovetail with Lucy’s whimsically anecdotal and emotionally evocative story telling. In addition to releasing three critically acclaimed albums (Orange Peels & RattlesnakesSpecial Party Time for Everybody and Good of That) in three years, the band has had their songs tapped for the award winning Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 1 (2009), a featured TED documentary (2010) and an international ad campaign for Macy’s (2011).

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles have performed to sold-out audiences at legendary venues like First Avenue, Cedar Cultural Center and the Fitzgerald Theatre. Having the Twin Cities official stamp of approval firmly in hand, Lucy Michelle and company have toured the United States from coast-to-coast, performing alongside the likes of Thao & Mirah, Titus Andronicus, The Head and the Heart and Trampled by Turtles. At a recent stop in Minneapolis, The Head and the Heart front man Jonathan Russell proclaimed his love for the band after they opened the show asking the audience –“Why didn’t you guys tell me about Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles? They’re great!” 

Riding the ever-swelling wave of creative energy and recent success, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles have completed work on their fourth full length release, Heat, at Vacation Island Recording Studios in Brooklyn with acclaimed producer/engineer Matt Boynton (MGMT, Beirut, Bat for Lashes). The new record is comprised of all original material written predominantly by Lucy Michelle during the bone-chilling Minnesota winter of 2010/2011. Many of the songs center around the feeling of being trapped and isolated while yearning to be somewhere else; physically or psychologically. Heat showcases the artistic growth and sonic evolution of the band’s sound which translates into a magnificent record laced with scorching lyricism, hauntingly beautiful melodies and gorgeous harmonies that create an expansive, yet highly focused and cohesive body of work.

KUMD & UMD Team Up to “Stuff the Truck” to Benefit Twin Ports Flood Relief

Duluth, MN  —  KUMD 103.3 FM and the University of Minnesota Duluth are teaming up to “Stuff The Truck” by collecting donations for area flood recovery efforts, during the week of July 2-8.

The community is invited to help with donations including financial contributions, non-perishable food items and hygiene products (such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc). Cash donations are highly recommended and the first 500 cash donations of $10 or more will receive a KUMD Session CD as a thank you gift. Continue reading

Trampled By Turtles to Headline Day Two on July 8!

Trampled By Turtles will be donating all proceeds from their performance to flood relief efforts, as will all the other acts on the second day of the festival. After the Saturday fundraising goal for the Music Resource Center is met, all net proceeds from the first day will go to flood relief efforts as well.

The money raised will go to a United Way fund for long term flood relief that was just announced today, routing money raised directly to the people that need it most. The kids activity tent from Saturday will turn into a flood relief tent for Sunday to house organizations looking for flood relief volunteers.

Sunday tickets go on sale here at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26 for $35. Saturday is the same price and both days of the festival can be purchased for $60. The Sunday lineup includes Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, Trapper Schoepp, Solomon Witherspoon, Sarah Krueger (moved from Saturday), Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Mary Bue, Matt Ray & Those Damn Horses and The Boomchucks.

The mission of the Twin Ports Bridge Festival has always been to unite the community under a dynamic entertainment experience. After the flood, it now serves as a fundraiser to kick off many other community-building events, some of which are already being planned.

Email laugh@laughingstockdesign.com to get involved in this extraordinary celebration of regional musicians and communities coming together around this cause. And don’t forget to thank our hometown heroes, Trampled By Turtles, the next time you see them for making it all possible!