Wilco to headline Grand Rapids Riverfest

Second-annual festival announces lineup for Sept. 10.

Wilco members Jeff Tweedy, from left, Nels Cline and John Stirratt perform at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park in 2017. The band will play at Grand Rapids Riverfest on Sept. 10.
Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune
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GRAND RAPIDS — Two-time Grammy Award winner Wilco will headline the second-annual Riverfest on Sept. 10.

Festival organizers KAXE Northern Community Radio and the city of Grand Rapids announced the lineup in a press release last week.

A Wilco concert on March 10, 2020, at Duluth's Symphony Hall was one of the last large-scale events in the Northland just before COVID-19 shut down concerts starting in mid-March 2020.

Chicago band brings solid show to Duluth's Symphony Hall.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the rock band's acclaimed gold album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." Rolling Stone ranked the album No. 3 on its list of " 100 Best Albums of the 2000 s." Wilco plans to release anniversary boxed-set packages Sept. 26 and also performed five "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" concerts in New York and in their hometown, Chicago, this month.

Also scheduled to perform at Grand Rapids Riverfest are Minneapolis-based roots musician Chastity Brown; Americana duo Shovels and Rope; and another Americana band, Wild Horses, from Grand Rapids.


Chastity Brown performs during the Water is Life Festival at Bayfront Park on Sunday.Tyler Schank /
Chastity Brown performs during the Water is Life Festival at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park in 2019. Brown is part of the lineup at the second-annual Grand Rapids Riverfest on Sept. 10.
Tyler Schank / File / Duluth News Tribune

Riverfest will be held at a new community amphitheater downtown at the Grand Rapids Area Library. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site. Free parking is available on parking lots and side streets downtown. There are several first-come, first-served campgrounds in the area.

Festival tickets are $99 for adults, $29 for kids age 11-7 and free for kids age 10 and under. The first 500 ticket buyers have the option of early entrance to claim a spot, according to the release. Tickets will be for sale at starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” Fleetwood Mac said in a statement. “She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure."

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