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Music at Grand Old Day 2015: Here are the bands along the Avenue

Dead Man Winter perform at The Current's tenth birthday party in January at First Avenue. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

On Sunday, June 7, St. Paul’s Grand Avenue will once again become a maze of street food, paraders, and, most of all, music. Grand Old Day, the Grand Avenue Business Association’s yearly start to the summer, is now in its 19th year. All along the avenue, more than 15 local bands will perform on six stages (plus a family-friendly stage). Once your candy bag is full and your fried food craving slaked, here is where the bands will be so you can give your ears a grand old time, too.

Billy’s on Grand Stage

Though the exact music times are TBD, Billy’s beloved patio will open at 10:00 a.m. with music starting at noon. More info here.

Time TBD — Arc Flash Hazard
Time TBD — The Last Ride
Time TBD — Orange Whip

Dixie’s on Grand Stage

At Dixie’s, southern comfort meets rock, blues and bluegrass—but no Sunday brunch. David Campbell will emcee this stage, which is sponsored by The Current. Here’s the lineup:

12:00 p.m. — Charlie Parr
1:15 p.m. — Sam Cassidy
2:15 p.m. — Erik Koskinen Band
3:30 p.m. — Dead Man Winter

Stage at Walgreens

It might be difficult to skirt the ice cream lines at the nearby Grand Ole Creamery, but the music in Walgreens’ parking lot offers completely different local flavors—plus a mystery headliner (but here’s a hint) at a quarter to four.

12:30 p.m. — The Cactus Blossoms
2:00 p.m. — Crankshaft
3:45 p.m. — Headliner to be announced

Grand Old Beer Bash and Bazaar at U.S. Bank

Presented by the Beer Dabbler, the Growler, and The Current, this stage is hosting an all-day celebration of beer and music. Explore the surrounding beer garden to a soundtrack crafted in real time by the Current DJs.

Irish Fair of Minnesota Stage at Pier 1

It’s Celtic sounds all afternoon at the Irish Fair stage, complete with dance breaks: O’Shea Irish Dance will perform at 1:30 and Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers will perform at 3:15. Finnegan’s and 2 Gingers will be serving drinks throughout the festivities. Event details here.

12:15 p.m. — The Sweet Colleens
2:00 p.m. — The Tim Malloys
3:45 p.m. — Wild Colonial Bhoys

Wild Onion Stage

This St. Paul fixture with Chicago-style food is offering a bit of twang starting at noon right after the parade.

12:00 p.m. — White Iron Band
3:00 p.m. — Tim Sigler

Family Fun Stage at Ramsey Junior High

For music fans well under 21 (and their parents), this free stage offers family-friendly music presented by Valleyfair and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Between the petting zoo and pony rides, here is what Ramsey Junior High’s stage is playing for all ages:

11:30 a.m. — Valleyfair Street Beat
12:00 p.m. — Valleyfair Acafellas
1:00 p.m. — The Bazillions
2:00 p.m. — Minnesota Renaissance Festival Entertainment
3:00 p.m. — The Bazillions

Entrance into the festival gardens where the main music areas are requires a wristband, which can be bought on-site at Grand Old Day or in advance here.

Hailey Colwell is a journalism major at the University of Minnesota and a co-director of Theatre Corrobora.