Non-profits team up for new music festival featuring Hairball
A group of rural parishioners is getting ready for a new local music festival. The five rural Catholic churches of St. Pius, Cannon Falls; St. Joseph, Miesville; St. Mary’s, New Trier; St Mathias, Hampton; and St. John the Baptist, Vermillion; will host a large classic rock and roll music concert called The All Saints Music Festival on May 16, a cooperative fundraising effort to support the various ministries in each parish ranging from youth trips to programs for the elderly and homebound. The event will be held at the Little Log House Pioneer Village south of Hastings.
One of the priests involved in the effort, Fr. Stan Mader of St. Mary’s, St. Mathias, and St. John the Baptist said: “We’ve been discussing for some time doing something with all the rural parishes. Our communities have a lot in common. My experience at other parishes that have done this same thing is that, with coordination and a sense of real community, we can pool resources to host an event that is bigger, more far-reaching, and in this case, louder, than any festival we could have on our own.”A large team of volunteers representing the five 501c3 organizations stepped forward over 22 months ago to investigate potential venues, bands, sponsors, infrastructure, ticketing and concessions. Now the team is busy recruiting larger groups of volunteers from all five parishes to play a role in parking cars, collecting tickets, checking IDs, serving beer and wine and cleaning up. What was once an idea, is actually on-track to happen.“It’s been really exciting to see the amazing talent of all kinds of parishioners, coupled with the generosity of individuals and businesses, come together to volunteer for the good of the Church and our communities,” said chairperson Jim Peine. “There is a lot of energy around doing something new and doing something together with other parishes. We are having a lot of fun.”The organizers signed on regional band, Hairball, back in late 2013, a band known for playing classic rock cover songs from bands like KISS, Van Halen, Queen, Journey, Aerosmith, and Prince, all brought to life through costumes, lights, smoke and fireworks. The band has played in Hastings, at the Cannon Falls Fire Department street dance, and in Farmington before, drawing close to 2,000 fans. The warm-up band, Them Pesky Kids also plays arena rock. A local band is being sought to play some golden/ classic oldies when the event gates open at 6 p.m.These parishes say they are grateful for the outpouring of sponsors for this new event, presented by Vermillion Bank and powered by Lorentz Meats, Beskau Transport, Vermillion Elevator, and Hastings Ford and Hastings Chrysler. Many other businesses and families stepped forward to purchase advertising perk packages to support the event.And what’s a concert without food and beverages? Steve Stodden, a parishioner from St. Pius in Cannon Falls said he is excited to bring both Greg’s Meats and Kennedy Concessions to the party.“Greg Endres is well-known as the Minnesota State Fair champion producer of beef jerky and beef sticks,” he said. “To add his other fair foods to this event is just icing on the cake.”Kennedy Concessions, another food concessionaire at the upcoming All Saints Music Festival, is a regular provider of food at the Basilica Block Party concert event in Minneapolis each year.The backdrop for the night of music will be Steve and Sylvia Bauer’s Little Log House Pioneer Village, just south of Hastings. This breath-taking venue is a site to see for anyone who enjoys stepping back in time and history. With their passion for preservation, the Bauers created a restored pioneer village to display some of southern Minnesota’s most prized historical artifacts. Also the site of the annual Little Log House Power Show, the village was once used for farming and is part of the Bauer’s 160 acre farm.The All Saints Music Festival is Friday, May 16, from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings.Tickets, sponsorship packages, and more information is available at the event’s website: www.allsaintsmusicfestival. com.