Collective Soul, Jonny Lang, Don Felder, Hoobastank and Blackberry Smoke have all been added to this year’s Moondance Jam schedule, joining the previously-announced Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar (with Neil Giraldo) and Buckcherry. Now the country’s largest classic rock festival, this year’s event will take place July 14-17, 2010 in Walker, Minnesota. Tickets are available now at www.moondancejam.com or by calling 1-877-MOONJAM.
Collective Soul is still touring behind its self-titled 2009 release that featured the hit single “Welcome All Again,” and makes its first ever Jam appearance this year. The quintet is still best known for its massive singles “Shine,” “December” and “Heavy,” and has sold over eight million records in the U.S. during its 15 year career.
Lang returns for the second time to Walker and the first since he won a Grammy in 2007 for his “Turn Around” record. Former Eagle Felder will perform his “Evening at the Hotel California” set that features many of his former band’s greatest songs. Atlanta-based southern rocker group Blackberry Smoke is still touring behind its “Little Piece of Dixie” set, while modern rockers Hoobastank bring its big hits “My Turn,” “The Reason,” “Crawling in the Dark” and “Running Away” to the ever-expanding party.
Tickets are now available in a variety of packages. Concert goers can purchase Rockstar All Access (with onstage viewing), three-day VIP, three-day general admission, weekend packages and single day admission, as well as camping sites and parking passes by contacting the Jam office in Walker. At the festival, general admission tickets get you front row access-there is no VIP in-front seating in Walker.
An official announcement concerning the entire festival line-up is due sometime later this month. Expect 15 bands to pack the main stage over three days and many more side stage acts to be added in the coming months.
The Moondance Jam has been held at the same location in Walker since 1992. This year marks the 19th edition of the festival, which was started by resident Bill Bieloh. The Moondance Jam and its sister festival, Moondance Jamming Country Fest, help bring thousands of music fans to the Walker area every summer. Its idyllic location, situated in the middle of Chippewa National Forest on a private 300-acre ranch and located on the third largest lake in Minnesota, houses thousands of camping sites during the festivals, and has been cited by many as to why they return year after year to Walker for the shows.
Check out the clip below from Dark New Day. This is the short lived band that featured Brett Hestla of Virgos Merlot, Troy McLawhorn of DoubleDrive, Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Corey Lowery of Stereomud, Stuck Mojo, and Will Hunt of Skrape