BradFest 2012

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BradFest 2012 will take place August 3-4 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Two Harbors, Minnesota. The outdoor festival will feature 15-20 performers from a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to music, attendees enjoy plentiful food and beverages, including a wide array of Minnesota craft beer. In keeping with Brad’s wacky sense of humor, the festival will also include a variety of antics, including a pie fight, laughing yoga creative use of a mudpit, and more, cultivating a unique and fun atmosphere for all ages.

BradFest is an annual, weekend-long music and camping festival organized by the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation. Celebrating the richness and diversity of Minnesota music, the festival offers a unique platform for emerging and established artists from Minnesota and beyond to converge upon a single stage for a blow-out weekend of music and fun in a beautiful corner of the state. Past headliners include Retribution Gospel Choir, Arcwelder, and Grant Hart of Husker Du. Musical robots, belly dancing, a pie fight, MN craft beer, Brazilian street samba, fire dancing, and other vibrant and varied activities make for a memorable, one-of-a-kind festival experience.

BradFest takes place in Two Harbors (pop. 3,745) near beautiful Lake Superior. The town has long been an important shipping point for iron ore and is a stopping point for many tourists venturing up the North Shore. BradFest attracts a wide audience from the local area—drawing rural attendees from neighboring towns, Duluth/Superior, and from the Iron Range. Festival headliners have attracted people from the Twin Cities and beyond. The Two Harbors Kayak Festival takes place the same weekend, offering kayak races and activities on Lake Superior for all ages and levels of ability. The concurrence of BradFest and the Kayakfest create a mecca for music and outdoor enthusiasts in Two Harbors the first weekend in August.

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation’s mission is to celebrate and cultivate young Minnesota musicians and honor the memory of Duluth percussionist Brad Rozman. BradFest is the Foundation’s primary outreach and fundraising activity. It provides a rich artistic experience by featuring a diverse array of high quality music with performers from the Arrowhead region of MN and beyond. BradFest plans began in 2009 with the idea to organize a benefit concert to honor Brad Rozman and give back to the musical communities of which he was a part. The inaugural BradFest took place in August 2010. A team of nearly 100 dedicated volunteers staff the stage, ticketing, information, merchandise, and other stations at the festival. For two successive years, the festival has been a successful event, building a growing following of devoted, enthusiastic attendees.