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MN Music-on-a-Stick: Semisonic, Jayhawks, Jeremy Messersmith, Dessa playing State Fair show

89.3 The Current is getting in on the State Fair Grandstand action this summer with a lineup of Minnesotan acts. On Friday, August 31, the station is presenting “Minnesota Music on-a-Stick” with Semisonic, The Jayhawks, Jeremy Messersmith, Dessa, and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles. August 31 is also MPR Day at the Fair.

As someone who missed the Semisonic reunion show last month out in Mound, I’m particularly interested in seeing their set out at the Fair this year; it will be the most frequently that band has played in town in quite some time. On air this morning Munson said that playing together in Mound “lit the fuse” to perform together again in their hometown.

It will also serve as Dessa’s first solo show in the Twin Cities since she sold out the O’Shaughnessy in April.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29 at 11 a.m., and you can find more info here.

Here’s a rundown of all the other Grandstand shows happening at the Fair this year:

Staples (Aug. 23)
Alan Jackson with special guest Jamey Johnson (Aug. 24)
Blake Shelton with special guest Sunny Sweeney (Aug. 25)
An Evening with Anita Baker (Aug. 26)
The Happy Together Tour 2012 (Aug. 27)
Demi Lovato with special guest Hot Chelle Rae (Aug. 28)
KISS & Mötley Crüe (Aug. 29), Rascal Flatts with special guests Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge (Aug. 30)
Journey with special guest Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo, and Loverboy (Sept. 1)
Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller with special guest Big K.R.I.T. (Sept. 3)

The Minnesota State Fair runs August 23 through Labor Day, September 3. For more on The Current’s State Fair plans, see our live broadcast schedule.

UPDATE: Find set times and more info on MN Music-on-a-Stick here.