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Preview: Hazelfest 2016 features Cloud Cult and Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus play Rock the Garden 2016 (Nate Ryan/MPR)

Ask music makers, aficionados, or any guest on The O.K. Show, and they’ll tell you: Music can heal. This weekend, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation celebrates both music and healing with its fourth annual HazelFest, a one-day concert featuring musicians from around Minnesota.

Located in Center City, Minn., Hazelden is a hub for recovery, seeking to help people who’ve struggled with alcohol and other drug addiction. From 10 a.m. (doors) until 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, Hazelden will put on a sober rock/jazz concert at their Center City campus, with Goldfinger’s John Feldmann speaking from 5:45-6:15. A portion of every HazelFest ticket ($15 in advance; $25 at the door; children 12 and under free) goes to the recovery center’s treatment efforts.

Bands who are playing this year include Cloud Cult, Hippo Campus, Davina & the Vagabonds, the Honeydogs, and Pushing Chain. DJ Last Word will spin between sets, and David Campbell will host.

From the Facebook event:

Main Stage
10:00 AM: Doors
10:15 – 11:15 AM: Yoga with She Recovers
11:15 – 12:45 PM: Pushing Chain
1:15 – 2:15 PM: Davina & the Vagabonds
2:45 – 3:45 PM: The Honeydogs
4:15 – 5:15 PM: Hippo Campus
5:45 – 6:15 PM: John Feldmann
6:15 – 7:30 PM: Cloud Cult
8:00 PM: Event concludes
** DJ Last Word performs between sets

#LifeTake2 Recovery Speaker Tent
11:00 – 12:00 PM Drum circle hosted by Don Karsky & Cecelia Jayme
12:45 – 1:15 PM Speaker # 1: Musician Thomas
2:15 – 2:45 PM Speaker #2: Gary Stromberg
3:45 – 4:15 PM Speaker #3: Johnny Solomon + Molly Solomon
5:15 – 5:45 PM Speaker #4: T. Mychael Rambo

Ahead of Hazelfest, host Campbell has interviewed several of the bands who are about to play.