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Moondance Jam 2015 rocks next week

Moondance Jam 2015 will be my first ever. I am more than a little excited about the experience. I have been looking forward to this for months and now the final countdown has begun. Just seven more days.

I have heard so much about these summer festivals. Most of my friends told me I should go to We Fest, but country music isn't really my scene. I am a rock girl, through and through. So, Moondance Jam is much more up my alley. And this year's lineup promises to make me a fan for life. The event, which begins Wednesday night with pre-show performances by Alive, The Fabulous Armadillos and Hairball, promises four days of the best rock music and fun parties.

With former headliner Nickelback having to pull out late in the game due to a medical condition, the organizers of the festival had to scramble to find a replacement. They have done an admirable job with securing Sammy Hagar and guest Michael Anthony for the main stage July 16 at 11 p.m. Other performers on the main stage Thursday include The Pat Travers Band, Pop Evil, Papa Roach and my personal favorite, Black Stone Cherry. I had an opportunity to see Black Stone Cherry perform before and they put on a pretty awesome show.

Friday night's main stage will host Honeymoon Suite at 3 p.m. followed by Vixen at 5 p.m., Jefferson Starship at 7 p.m., Huey Lewis & The News at 9 p.m. and The Doobie Brothers closing the night at 11 p.m.

Saturday night's main stage performers include Thunderstruck, Black Star Riders, Finger Eleven, Peter Frampton and Shinedown.

In addition to the mainstage performers, there are several bands playing on the Saloon Stage, including Tripwire, Them Pesky Kids, Sugar Buzz and Switch. Those from the Wadena area should be familiar with Switch, who have performed here numerous times, most recently at the Wadena County Fair June 27.

The Tiki Bar stage will hold concerts by Mad Alice, Timmy Haus, Strange Daze, Cuffy Parks and Vinyl Society, among others.

The Lazy Moon Stage will hold performances by Ozzy Harris, Dave Lumley, Black Water Alley, Hog Rooster, The Kellogg Duo and a Tribute to the Troops, as well as others.

With the impressive musical lineup, Moondance Jam should be a rocking good time!