WATERTOWN, MN A three-day organic summer festival with plenty of local talent will be taking place Friday, June 4 to Sunday, June 6 at Mudd Lake near Watertown.
The Tex Pistols, Tim Mahoney, and Alison Scott will be headlining the first-ever festival, which will also feature organic food served by Nature’s Prime Organic Foods, and local vendors.
The Tex Pistols Band couldn’t be much farther from Texas, and nobody in the band is from Texas, but that doesn’t stop these four Minneapolis vets of stage and studio from producing some great music.
The sound is classic, yet new, all at once. From Neil Young to John Hiatt, Steve Earle to Steve Winwood, throw in some Eagles and Beatles and stir in a little jam band and you get “Fully Loaded,” the debut release from the Minneapolis-based group.
The group was formed as a side project in 1986, by Brian C. Peters (electric guitars, pedal steel, dobro), Dik Shopteau (bass, vocals), and Scott “Scooter” Nelson (vocals, drums, percussion).
The band toured extensively throughout the Midwest before hangin’ up its guns in 1990. In late 2007, the band decided to take it to the next level of seriousness and re-formed with a newly acquired transplant from St. Louis, Boyd Lee (vocals, acoustic guitar).
All four members make their living in the business performing and recording with a variety of groups and artists in both the Twin Cites and national music scene.
Tim Mahoney’s latest CD “Stay/Leave,” secured his highest profile gig to date.
Mahoney was announced as the winner of the Ray-Ban “Never Hide” music contest in partnership with Myspace.com and Rolling Stone magazine. He then performed poolside at the Rolling Stone magazine 40th anniversary party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Mahoney had a “Never Hide” photo spread and article in Rolling Stone’s Nov. 14 issue.
“Stay/Leave” reflects the Minneapolis singer/songwriter’s commitment to his craft and growth as a musician.
Evident through the honest and pensive lyrics, Mahoney’s latest CD, released in February 2007, reaches a deeper poetic level than his previous recordings.
While prior Mahoney albums feature his driving grooves, “Stay/Leave” marks a change for the songwriter. His 150 shows per year and extensive travels clearly reflect his commitment to music, performance, and his fans.
Mahoney also signed to Target’s Emerging Artist Program. Five hundred Target stores throughout 18 states in the midwest will carry and display “Stay/Leave.” Mahoney is the first unsigned artist asked to be a part of the Target’s Emerging Artist program.
Alison Scott, perhaps most recently known for her experience and controversial opening for Bon Jovi this spring, will also be performing at the summerfest.
Scott was one of the top eight finalists in a “Big Break Contest” from KQRS Radio for the opportunity to open for Bon Jovi during the band’s concert dates in St. Paul this spring. Miscommunication led her to believe she had won a slot to open for the legendary band, but then it was taken away due to the miscommunication.
A column in the Star Tribune by gossip columnist CJ that was read by Bon Jovi himself changed that, and Bon Jovi made it possible for Scott to open for him.
Scott is considered the strongest new voice to come out of the Minneapolis music scene in many years her soulful, organic sound completely ignores the “rules of cool” that limit so much of todays music.
Scott and her band have headlined weekends at the Fine Line, the Varsity Theater, the Guthrie Theater, and other venues.
Her new EP, “Hiding Under The Covers” was listed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press as one of the years 10 best.
Also performing throughout the weekend are Mick Sterling, The Irresistibles, Mary Jane Alm, Billy Johnson, Paul “Mayo” Mayasich, Kurt Jorgensen, and James Moors.
A three-day VIP pass that includes a three-day admission, VIP organic wine-and-dine six course meal, and a $25 giftcard and 15 percent off at Mudd Lake Furniture can be purchased for $75. For every ticket purchased, a $20 donation will be shared between Feed My Starving Children and the Child Neurology Foundation.
A general admission pass for the weekend costs $35, and one-day passes are also available at costs ranging from $10-$15 per day, depending on the day.
Mudd Lake Summer Fest will be located at 10685 County Road 24 east of Watertown at Mudd Lake, near Mudd Lake Furniture.