Tribute Fest 2019 Saturday Night Review
Tribute Fest has been going on in the Twin Ports for many years, raising money for homeless veterans. They work with MACV, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, which has been assisting veterans for over 25 years, helping over 5,500 veterans and their families.
I was busy on Thursday and Friday of the event but made it down by 3:30PM on Saturday, the 24th. What's great is, there are two stages, so while the main stage is setting up for the next act, the second stage is rocking to keep the day moving. The second stage on Saturday featured tributes to System of a Down, Talking Heads, Traveling Wilburys, and Cheap Trick.
The main stage had some great bands all day long. Starting at 11:30AM with an Eagles tribute. The day continued with tributes to Stevie Ray Vaughn, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Van Halen, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Motley Crue, and Bruce Springsteen to finish off the night.
I missed the Stevie Ray tribute, but heard great things. The Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Van Halen, and AC/DC ones did a decent job. The Fleetwood Mac tribute out of New York was a solid performer too and the Crue tribute called Motely 2, out of California, cranked things up really nice as the sun was going down. Mick Sterling presented the final act, Born to Run, the Bruce Springsteen tribute. There were horns, and multiple keyboards, a violin player and much more. The music was incredible and the show looked classy.
Tribute Fest pulls in great bands every year and makes sure there is a good variety of music each day to make almost any music fan appreciate their time there. In the end though, it's about supporting our vets who don't always get taken care of the way they should for their service to our country. If you didn't make it this year, plan to next year, it's guaranteed fun. You can get more information on it here.