A Marvelous Time For A Moondance Jam

Journey, Sheryl Crow, Judas Priest, Yes, Foghat, Asia, Kansas, Whitesnake, Lita Ford, Spin Doctors, Thin Lizzy and Grand Funk Railroad are among the bands and artists scheduled for this year’s in Walker, Minn., July 15-18.

The Wednesday-Saturday festival announced its daily lineup, with ‘80s revivalists Hairball and local favorite Mountain Ash playing in the saloon on Wednesday before the action shifts to the festival’s main stage the following day.

And there’s plenty of action on Thursday, as Journey, Sheryl Crow, Kansas and Foghat take the stage after Midwestern band Shooting Star warms up the crowd.

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The Wiltern, Los Angeles.

Judas Priest headlines the decibel bombardment on Friday. Celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the release of its classic British Steel effort, the Priest will play the album from start-to-finish as well as a few other sonic chestnuts from its catalog. If that’s not enough for you to start thinking July in Minnesota, Whitensake, Lita Ford and The Spin Doctors are also on Thursday’s lineup, with Led Zep tribute band, Zed-Leppelin doing the warm-up honors.

Photo: Benji McKay

You could almost say Saturday is Steve Howe day at Moondance. Yes headlines a lineup that also features Asia, Thin Lizzy and Grand Funk Railroad with all-girl AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck starting things off on the last day of the festival. Since Howe plays lead guitar for both Yes and Asia, expect to see a lot of the prog rock pioneer at this year’s Moondance.

Photo: Rod Tanaka
It’s Steve Howe on one of his trademark guitar excursions at Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver.

Where is Walker, Minn.? It’s about three hours northwest of Minneapolis near Leech Lake. There are plenty of different prices / packages to choose from, including the “Rock Star All-Access” ticket priced at $920 to a single-day general admission ticket for $60. Other ticket deals include three-day VIP tickets, three-day general admission tix and weekend packages.

For more information on the Moondance Jam, including all ticket prices, please click here for the festival’s Web site.