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10KLF: Music for a new generation

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One of the largest music festivals in the region kicks off this week near Detroit Lakes with three headlining bands and dozens of other groups that will offer something for everyone.

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The 10,000 Lakes Festival, Wednesday through July 25, offers four nights and three full days of live music on four stages spread across the Soo Pass Ranch. The ranch is best known as the host site of the country music WE Fest, but this is quite a different experience.

The 10KLF is probably best described as a modern, more Midwestern version of 1969's Woodstock, if it was brought 40 years into the future. Peace, love and concession stands fill the ranch as live music comes from all directions.

The outdoor setting provides a serene backdrop to some of the biggest visiting bands to the region this summer -- complete with a massive fireworks show as a finale on the last night.

A variety of ticket options are available. General admission music and camping passes good for the entire festival cost $185, with an additional $50 charge for a four-day campground reservation pass needed for each vehicle.

Music-only passes are also for sale, ranging from $85 for a single-day general admission ticket to a complete festival music pass that sells for $130.

Big names in '09

This year's 10KLF has a lineup of headlining national bands that are inspired by different areas of modern rock music -- Dave Matthews Band is one of the biggest groups in the country and has built up a huge fan base with its jam rock sound over the past two decades, Wilco remains a critics' favorite that ranges from country rock to experimental indie music and the Georgia jam band Widespread Panic is well-known for its incredible live shows.

Many of the other big names on the lineup come from Minnesota and have built up a considerable reputation.

Trampled by Turtles, a speed bluegrass band from Duluth, is quickly gaining a national following with its unique take on the traditional genre.

Experimental alternative rock band Cloud Cult hails from Minneapolis and has gained critical attention for singer and songwriter Craig Minowa's introspective, emotional lyrics. The eco-conscience band will be featured in a documentary, "No One Said It Would Be Easy," which will be played during the festival.

The Honeydogs and Atmosphere also come from the Twin Cities. The Honeydogs first broke into the national music scene in the 1990s and have a catalog influenced by garage pop and alternative country-rock.

Underground hip-hop group Atmosphere has gained a massive following since forming in the late 1990s, and rapper Slug's clever and complex lyrics sets Atmosphere apart from many other rap groups.

Full lineup

Two of the campgrounds will have live stages this year, offering music for most of each day during the festival. Three stages in the main concert area will feature 48 bands over the four afternoons and nights.

The main stage features two or three bands each night:

- Wednesday: Gomez, 6 p.m.,Widespread Panic, 8 p.m.

- Thursday: The Honeydogs, 6 p.m.; Mason Jennings, 7:30 p.m.; Wilco, 9:30 p.m.

- July 24: Trampled by Turtles, 6 p.m.; Widespread Panic, 8 p.m.

- July 25: Umphrey's McGee, 6 p.m.; Dave Matthews Band, 8:30 p.m.; fireworks, 11:30 p.m.

For more information about the festival, a complete band lineup or details about purchasing tickets, visit www.10klf.com.

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