Saint Paul Funk You Up: Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival

Saint Paul Funk You Up: Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival

We’ve got the scoop on Lowertown’s funkiest festival, coming to Mears Park July 19-20.

Billed as "The Midwest's Largest Two-Day Free Concert," Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest returns to Lowertown’s Mears Park, July 19-20. Here are 10 things to know.

1. 2019 marks the festival’s sixth consecutive year in Mears Park. Prior to moving to Saint Paul, the event had been held in Minneapolis’ Peavey Plaza since 2003.

2. The musical lineup is carefully crafted for each day of the event, they’ll bring the funk on Friday night and Saturday will be all about the blues.

4. The two main stages in Mears Park will feature 15 artists over the two days. Friday’s Funk Day will feature the sounds of Thomas McClary's Commodores Experience, Boogie Wonderland and Sumo Seven. Saturday’s Blues Day has Jon Cleary, Popa Chubby, Carolyn Wonderland, Joyann Parker, Craig Clark Band and Bridget Kelly Band. New this year is Saturday's Youth Performance Stage sponsored by Blues U. 

5. Event hours are Friday, 4:30-10 p.m. and Saturday, noon-10 p.m.

6. Come hungry (and thirsty). Food, ice cream, beer, soda, and water will be available for purchase on site. You can also stock a cooler from home—note that outside alcoholic beverages will not be allowed in.

7. Lawn chairs and dogs are allowed in the park, but keep in mind that large crowds are anticipated. 

8. The festival is free, but you can upgrade to VIP tickets for $100 per night, which include front row seating (high top tables and chairs), backstage VIP passes, food and beverages, and limited meet and greets with the artists. Get tickets for Friday or Saturday.

9. Don’t stress over parking. Metro Transit will be providing free bus and light rail rides both days of the event. Download your pass on the festival website.

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