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Lamont Cranston


Get ready to party as we welcome Lamont Cranston back to the festival!  2019 is a huge milestone for them—it’s their 50th anniversary! We’ve been lucky to have select members grace our stages, so it will be especially exciting to have the whole band here for our Late Nite Dance Party on Saturday night!


Lamont Cranston’s current lineup: founding member Pat Hays on harp, vocals and guitar, Bruce McCabe on piano, Rod Smith and Johnny O (who played here last year) on guitar, Bill Pelletier on Bass, Tom Donnohue on drums, Tim Wick on keyboards and Jim Greenwell on sax. The Lamont Cranston Band was among the founders of the Minneapolis music scene. In the 1960s, these guys emerged from Hamel, Minnesota, and the riverbanks of Minneapolis/St. Paul. By 1969, they were on the way to becoming a legend. Today, almost everyone has heard of them.


From the clubs and festivals to auditoriums and stadiums, the Cranstons have shared the bill with a who’s who of the blues, including Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Charles Brown, Buddy Guy, Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts, Bonnie Raitt, The Blues Brothers and many more.  One of their biggest thrills was opening for The Rolling Stones on a leg of their North American tour in 1981. Lamont Cranston’s visibility increased in the 1980s, when RCA reissued their smash hit, "Upper Mississippi Shakedown," selling over 100,000 copies and cracking the Billboard charts.


Lead singer, guitarist and harmonica giant Pat 'Lamont' Hayes enjoyed his own success touring with Bonnie Raitt’s band in 1990. Hayes also performed harmonica duets with Charlie Musselwhite and during a 1994 Hollywood trip in which Dan Aykroyd invited Pat and Charlie to play at the grand opening of Dan's House of Blues nightclub. Bonnie, Dan and many others hail Pat as one of the best harmonica players around.


Get a jolt of Lamont Cranston’s infectious blues energy as they close down Saturday’s festivities under the Big Top Tent!

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This event is included with all admission tickets.
Persons wishing to attend only this event will be allowed access to the park after 9pm.

$5 cover charge per person collected at the main gate. 
Must be 18+ to enter after 9pm. Photo ID required.

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