Lakes Jam music festival is postponed to Aug. 5-8 at Brainerd International Raceway.
Organizers of Lakes Jam, a three-day outdoor music festival traditionally held each year in late June, reported Tuesday, May 12, going forward with the music event June 24-27 was no longer an option because of Gov. Tim Walz’s stay at home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was a tough decision to make, organizers said.
“You work all year for this and you don’t want to give up,” Lakes Jam General Manager Ken Lacy said. “We understand this August date may not happen with the uncertainty we have with our legislators and we are not getting any direction.
“We don't want to lead people on but we don’t want to give up. We are hearing it constantly from people, on social media, that we need Lakes Jam. ... We are sure gonna try as hard as we can to make it happen.”
Organizers have been thinking about what to do with the festival for a month; it’s not an easy task to reschedule and it took a lot of juggling, Lacy said. Organizers first had to check with BIR for an open date between its busy racing events, especially the National Hot Rod Association event scheduled in August. Fortunately, BIR had an open date and rearranged some races from the Aug. 8 weekend to be combined with nationals, which would be the following weekend.
Once Lakes Jam organizers had a date they contacted all the artists to see if they were free for the August date, as many artists are booked for the entire summer. They were able to retain most of the artists.
Headliner Jon Pardi will still perform, but on a different night. Pardi will be the 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, headliner. RATT and the rock lineup will move to Saturday, Aug. 8. American rock band Jackyl had to be taken off the Lakes Jam schedule as it will perform at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
Lacy said Lakes Jam is not giving up hope, but said original headliner Brothers Osborne may have to be replaced due to a previous engagement the duo has in New York.
“(Their) event may get canceled in New York, but we really can’t bank on that,” Lacy said. “They’re telling us they’re likely out, but it’s not totally out. ... We took them off our website and everything else. We don’t want it to look like we have them, when we may not have them.”
The original Saturday lineup will be moved to Friday, Aug 7, which includes Tracy Lawrence, Matt Stell, King Calaway and Eric Chesser. The plan is to have Hairball perform Aug 5.
“It was tough announcing this today and seeing the response,” Lacy said Tuesday night. “We had an excellent response, mostly positive, but some negatives. We understand that, it’s not an easy thing. It is very misunderstood by probably everyone, no one really knows the exact details of it.
“If we knew we could have this event with no social distancing, it would be a massively huge event. But to run an event with social distancing is impossible.”
Lakes Jam will have announcements coming on the rest of the artists filling the lineup within the next few weeks. It also will be updating its website at www.lakesjam.com/.
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