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West Bank Music Festival reveals 2012 lineup

Now in its third year, the City Pages West Bank Music Festival will return to the Cedar-Riverside area on Saturday, August 18. After a modest start in 2010, last year’s edition expanded to include a main stage set up right on Cedar Ave.; likewise, this year will feature music on two outdoor stages in the early evening before moving things indoors for a smorgasbord of nighttime entertainment.

Astronautalis — fresh off headlining the Bastille Day Block Party this month — will perform on the main stage outdoors alongside MaLLy, Bloodnstuff, and Wiping Out Thousands. After 10 p.m., the action will spread into seven different neighborhood venues and include acts like Food Pyramid, Malamanya, and the previously reported reunion of Red Fox Grey Fox. The setup provides the Twin Cities with the closest thing we have to a mini-SXSW, while still maintaining the distinctive flavor of the West Bank. 

Here’s an overview of the 27 acts performing this year; I’ll be sure to add set times as soon as I have them.

(Side note: The only West Bank venue not on the list, the Cabooze, is also hosting an all-local lineup on its plaza August 18 with Pert Near Sandstone, Dead Man Winter, Lucy Michelle, and more; tickets for that show will be sold separately.)

Poverty Hash
Mr. Hyde
The Union Suits

Cedar Cultural Center

Acadia Cafe
The Sex Rays

Red Sea
Curbside Bandit and Stereo Pirates (early evening)
Hastings 3000
Phantom Tails
Hollow Boys
Food Pyramid

Skoal Kodiak
Birthday Suits

Triple Rock Social Club
Red Fox Grey Fox
An Aesthetic Anaesthetic
Me and My Arrow 

Whiskey Junction
The Belfast Cowboys: Van Morrison Tribute
Brass Messengers

Community Stage
Eclectic Ensemble
The Painted Saints 

Main Stage
4:30 p.m. Wiping Out Thousands
5:45 p.m. Bloodnstuff 
7:00 p.m. MaLLy
8:30 p.m. Astronautalis