Jam 12 kicks off Wednesday night
by Dean Morrill, Editor
Thursday, July 10th, 2003
"There's only one way to rock," and Walker will be the place
as Moondance Jam returns Wednesday through Saturday.
Like the Sammy Hagar song says, Walker will host the campin' and jammin'
event of the summer, bringing in some of the biggest names in classic
rock 'n' roll.
Boston, Alice Cooper, Joe Cocker and George Thorogood and the Destroyers
are just a few of the big-name bands that will perform at northern Minnesota's
outdoor rock 'n' roll fest.
Bill Bieloh, the owner of the Moondance Jam, said he really likes this
year's lineup, adding it scares him how it just continues to get better
Tuesday morning workers were putting the finishing touches on the new
stage. This year's JumboTron will be positioned stage left and is 25
percent bigger than last year's JumboTron and will operate all four days
during Jam 12.
The Jam site will include 32 more restrooms available this year. Restrooms
will be located throughout the event area with the majority in the middle
of the vendor area.
Bieloh reminds Jammers they can tune in to 92.1 FM, the official Jam
station. It will be broadcast at the Jam site and cover about 90 percent
of the Moondance Jam property. The "Jam Station" will play
music from all of the Jam bands (national and regional) along with past
Jam bands and all-time favorite Classic Rock tunes. The "Jam Station" will
also provide up-to-date event information, weather, news and safety information
Moondance Jam 12 gets rockin' Wednesday as Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the
Zydeco Twisters, Indigenous, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers
take the stage beginning at 7 p.m.
Last year's Wednesday night lineup was the biggest ever, and Bieloh
expects the same this year.
That's why Thursday night's line-up, which starts at 5 p.m. and includes
Corey Stevens, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, War and Joe Cocker, was booked
to be a little more laid back.
Friday night's lineup heats up again with Head East, Joan Jett, Lou
Gramm-Foreigner and Boston.
Performing Saturday night will be Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels,
Rick Springfield, Sammy Hagar and Alice Cooper.
Cass County will once again implement the Safe and Sober, and Buckle-up
campaigns. Posters and signs will be on display, to make people aware
that drinking and driving is not tolerated.
Free shuttle parking
General ticket holders will be able to park for free at Northern Lights
casino and take a shuttle to the Jam site.
The casino, which has been a major Jam sponsor for all 12 years, has
agreed to use their parking lot, and in exchange, a Cajun band will perform
at the Casino all four nights beginning at 1 a.m.
The regional bands
More than 25 regional bands have been booked to perform in the saloon
and regional tents.
Regional bands booked to perform include A Fixx of Seagulls, Abbott
Blues Band, Amazing Fantastiks, Blackstone Cherri, Blue Spot Lobotomy,
Chain Lightning, Cold Front, Crazy Betty, Free Beer, Groove Gypsies,
Heartbreaker, Korey and the Fireflies, Local Instinct, Mark Anthony's
Storm Project, Mountain Ash, Panoramic Blue, Point One Oh, Power Play,
Rainside, search for george, Silent Partner, T. Albert Lloyd and the
King Pins, The Situation, Thomas Jude Band, Tim Casey and the Martyrs,
The Treater Band, Trashville, Wildfire and Working Man.