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Detroit Lakes, MN (February 22, 2008) - The sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) is proud to announce the initial lineup for this year's celebration of music, nature and community. Held July 23'26 at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, 10KLF continues to grow as Al Schnier guitarist from moe. calls the 10,000 Lakes Festival 'one of those great spots you tell all your friends about.'
With over sixty bands on the final lineup, the 10,000 Lakes Festival announces initial artists for the 2008 event with performances from:
Phil Lesh & Friends The Flaming Lips Michael Franti & Spearhead George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Mickey Hart Band (featuring Steve Kimock & George Porter Jr.) Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood Slightly Stoopid Dark Star Orchestra Panjea with Michael Kang JJ Grey & MOFRO The New Mastersounds Everyone Orchestra The Wood Brothers Cornmeal WBPN The Hue With over forty additional acts still to be announced
Along with these artists, the OurStage 10KLF Cosmic Break Tour presents emerging musicians nationwide with the chance to perform at this year's festival. Artists may simply submit their music on the OurStage 10KLF channel without charge and then it's up to the fans to decide. Based on OurStage's fan-rankings, 50 bands will be selected to perform at 10 regional tour stops throughout the Midwest this April. At each stop, five bands will take the stage to perform live where the band with the most audience votes at each show receives a paid performance at 10KLF in July. http://www.ourstage.com/go/10KLF
Located off the beaten path in Minnesota's pristine North Country, the New York Times praises 10,000 Lakes Festival's 'enticing' wooded and lakeside camping grounds, describing them in last year's Summer Festival Guide as 'perfect for long walks.'
While such long walks can certainly be relaxing, they are by no means necessary. The festival's five different concert stages are strategically placed within short walking distance of each other. Over 600 acres of unspoiled lakeside and forest camping provide an unusually tranquil and natural festival setting.
Strolling around the Soo Pass Ranch's 60-acre concert bowl, festival attendees are treated to top of the line, modern facilities with running water and hot showers. Shorter lines and more personal space create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that lasts all weekend long, complimenting the natural Minnesotan hospitality. Perhaps the Minneapolis Star Tribune put it best by describing 10KLF as 'filled with thousands of good vibes.'
This widespread good spirit allows 10KLF to continue supporting the community that hosts the event through the 'Help Us Help' campaign. Through this campaign, 10KLF will match each dollar donated by patrons when ordering tickets online. All of the proceeds go directly to worthy charities supported by the 10,000 Lakes Festival including: the Becker County Humane Society, The Rex Foundation, Conscious Alliance, Detroit Lakes Public Schools and more.
Event tickets, campground reservations and festival details are now available online at www.10KLF.com.
Performers at the previous 10,000 Lakes Festivals include Widespread Panic, Bob Weir & RatDog, The String Cheese Incident, The Black Crowes, G. Love & Special Sauce, Les Claypool, 311, Galactic, The Roots, John Mayer, Donavon Frankenreiter, O.A.R., Medeski Martin & Wood, Keller Williams, Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Samples, DJ Logic, Particle, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Rusted Root, Maroon 5, The Big Wu, The Radiators, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, North Mississippi Allstars, Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Shooter Jennings and many more.