We hit the Minnesota music scene in the run-up to Jay-Z's new summer festival.
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser
Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!
Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.
Musician Tommy Stinson of The Replacements performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Photo: Getty Images - Frazer Harrison
Budweiser are bringing together some of the most influential States of the US in terms of music in a series of documentaries in the run up to Budweiser Made in America festival. Among them are Minnesota. 'Go buy everything from 1984 out of Minneapolis and you'll get a pretty good idea what's happening' is the advice of Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson when it comes to the music scene in his hometown. He formed the band with his brother Bob Stinson in 1979 and subsequently signed to Twin/Tone Records; an independent label that also saw the likes of The Magnolias, riot grrrl band Babes In Toyland and Soul Asylum among its artists.
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These were the kind of bands that were held in high esteem for the future aspiring musicians in Minnesota - so much so that later artists spread the vibe elsewhere. Craig Finn from The Hold Steady grew up in Edina near Minneapolis and had huge respect for the kind of sound that came from the city. 'The Replacements were like my team in the same way the Minnesota Twins [baseball team] were', he mused. 'You felt a part of it. You felt a part of Husker Du because they were from this place that you were.'
Musician Bob Mould performs with the Bob Mould Band during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Photo: Getty Images - Michael Buckner
The fact that Minneapolis is twinned with state capital Saint Paul formed a playful rivalry from the mid-eighties. Bob Mould of Husker Du fondly reminisced on the musical competition admitting: 'With Huskers we definitely felt like we waving the Saint Paul flag. It was very different from the Minneapolis flag.' Alas, the Northside held the prominence of arguably Minnesota's most famous star over Saint Paul's head: Prince. The pioneer of the Minneapolis Sound himself shot to worldwide superstardom in the eighties, with the likes of 'Purple Rain' and 'When Doves Cry' exploding in 1984.
With such a rich music scene developing in just one city, it's easy to imagine just how vibrant the rest of the nation has become and will continue to be. A quick look at what's to come for Budweiser Made in America is solid proof of this. In LA we have Vegas chart-toppers Imagine Dragons and country crooner John Mayer headlining, with the likes of electro-house Californian Steve Aoki and hip hop's current hero Kendrick Lamar following close behind. The broad line-up also includes LA rockers Weezer, world famous rap collective Cypress Hill, British pop princess Rita Ora and local indie duo Capital Cities.
Over in Philadelphia the vibe is just as musically affluent. Headliners are Kanye West and Kings Of Leon with Dutch DJ Tiesto, Brooklyn based The National (who recently released a charming documentary, 'Mistaken For Strangers') and the happiest artist around right now Pharrell Williams as the main support. There's another diverse mix in Philly with artists also including rapper J. Cole, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff's latest side project Bleachers, Canadian experimental electronic artist Grimes, Michigan's Mayer Hawthorne and 'Harlem Shake' genius Baauer.
There are further line-up announcements coming soon if you're not already excited enough. Ticket prices start from $150 and the the festival is set to hit LA Grand Park in Los Angeles and Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on August 30th and 31st 2014.
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