Small Musical Gathering Now a Public "Jam"

Created: July 06, 2018 07:44 AM

A party that began 15 years ago as a gathering for friends and family, has transformed into an event for all, simply by word of mouth. The "Texasota Independence Jam" on Island Lake in Duluth is set for Saturday.

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Organizer Steven Carlson says it started out as a small gathering of friends and family back in 2003. Each year following, residents around the lake would hear the music being played, and would attend that next year. This went on until it essentially reached a point of too many people to stay "private." This is why, for the first time, it is a public event.

The name "Texasota" is a combination of Texas and Minnesota. It's in the title of the event partly because many of the groups that play either have roots in Minnesota, Texas, or both.

This year's lineup includes a local favorite in "Emily Haavik & the 35s." It also features the Austin, Texas based band "Hill Country Hustlers," and Texas-based musicians in Noel McKay and Brennan Leigh.

"Country, soul, rock and roll, all that kind of stuff," Carlson says.

Music starts at 5 p.m. Saturday on Island Lake Park, located at 7204 Rice Lake Rd.

General admission tickets are $10 and VIP tickets are $30. Click here for more information on purchasing tickets.

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