Summertime concert season roared back to life Tuesday with three major announcements. Multi-platinum country rock act the Zac Brown Band will headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, Rock the Garden is set to return after two years off and the Lumineers will make good on an Xcel Energy Center show originally scheduled for the weekend the country went into COVID-19 shutdown.
The Zac Brown Band is booked to play the second Friday of the State Fair, Sept. 2. Tickets are priced from $194 to $75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Etix and by phone at 800-514-3849.
Rock the Garden – the one-day festival that takes place outside the Walker Art Center – is booked for June 11. The lineup for the Minnesota Public Radio and Walker event will be announced live on 89.3 The Current on March 1. The indie rock festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Folk rockers the Lumineers were set to play St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center for the first time on March 13, 2020. They’ll now perform at the X on Aug. 12. The concert was never canceled, so ticketholders can use their tickets for the rescheduled show. Seats are also available now through Ticketmaster.
Atlanta native Zac Brown founded the Zac Brown Band in 2002 and built a following through heavy touring, playing country and rock clubs as well as jam band festivals. They signed to Atlantic Records in 2008 and found success with the single “Chicken Fried.” That led to a string of smash hits, including the chart toppers “Toes,” “Free,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “Homegrown,” “Loving You Easy” and “Beautiful Drug.”
In 2011 and 2012, the group played sold-out shows at Minneapolis’ Target Center and followed those up in 2013 by opening for Kenny Chesney at Target Field in front of nearly 44,000 fans. In 2016 and 2018, the band returned to Target Field as headliners. Last summer, the group headlined the Twin Cities Summer Jam.
The Denver-based Lumineers first hit emerged in 2012 with the platinum single “Ho Hey.” In the years since, they’ve returned to the charts with “Stubborn Love,” “Ophelia,” “Cleopatra,” “Gloria” and “Brightside.”