Wild Waters Music Fest

Over Atmosphere's twenty-year career, Slug & Ant have managed to continually tweak and strive to perfect their formula, while neither straying too far off their path, nor resorting to playing it safe. Musically, Ant has continued to define Atmosphere’s sound, ranging from a healthy mixture of upbeat and fun, to the oft more iconic, moody and personal. As for the lyrics, Slug has a passion for rhyming with an obsessive-like penchant for the way words intersect, as well as how those words can be manipulated for unexpected and clever meanings. As Atmosphere steps into their 21st year of making music, Slug & Ant show no signs of slowing, compromising or losing sight of their vision. Minneapolis hip-hop at its finest.

"I’ve never had my mind blown like my first trip to the Boundary Waters. It’s so easy to forget about how wild and beautiful and open the wilderness can be. It’s even easier to forget how wild and open it can make you feel." - P.O.S.

Consisting of seven unique artists, Doomtree started in 2001 in Minneapolis as a hip-hop collective of like minded solo musicians, eventually growing into a thriving independent record label and later a band when all seven members record and perform together. The group has since been a fixture in the Minnesota music scene for close to two decades, and Wild Waters Music Fest will be one of the only chances to see the full crew performing together this year. Doomtree is P.O.S, Sims, Dessa, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger.

For me, there's just no place that has had such a profound impact on my understanding of myself and our true role in this world . . . It's just you, a portage pack, a canoe and a reminder that nature really is the absolute rule-maker, and the more we step on her now, the harder she's gonna bite back." - Craig Minowa

Originally from Duluth, Cloud Cult began as Craig Minowa’s solo project, and over the course of ten albums, the band has grown with an evolving lineup of musicians. Cloud Cult has received accolades from the likes of MTV, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and has had several albums at the top of the college radio charts. They've declined major record label deals in favor of staying independent. Rolling Stone ranks Cloud Cult as one of the 10 greenest bands.

“For anyone who has spent time in northern Minnesota, the Boundary Waters is sacred ground - an almost mystical doorway to the throne of nature. Responsibility for its protection and purity rests heavily upon our heads. Let us celebrate it and show future generations its majesty.” - Alan Sparhawk

Over the course of Low’s constantly evolving career, their exploration of minimalist soundscapes and divine harmonies have garnered an array of praise from critics, inspired covers by the likes of Robert Plant and Mavis Staples, and pushed sonic boundaries with collaborators like Warren Ellis and Nels Cline. The Duluth band’s most recent album Double Negative was heralded as one of the best albums of 2018.

“The Boundary Waters Wilderness is Minnesota's crown jewel. Turning it over to sulfide-ore copper mining risks disastrous consequences - a terrible inheritance for those who come after us. As someone who enjoys and cherishes time spent in these sacred lands, I hope you'll join me in resisting this short-sighted spoiling of our land and water.” - Jeremy Messersmith

Hailed as a “Minnesota music hero” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, singer-songwriter jeremy messersmith got his start like most musicians: performing in coffee shops and recording songs in his basement. Since 2006, he’s released an EP of ambient music, a folk songbook for ukulele, and five full-length records ranging in style from lush, orchestral pop music to “elegantly crafted love songs” (NPR).

The soulful singing voice of hip-hop artist deM atlaS - and his ability to navigate from acidic Sly Stone funk to acoustic balladry to minimalist gospel - make it clear he’s one of the brightest young talents authoring the next chapter in Minneapolis’s storied musical history.

“The Boundary Waters is a sacred place to our ancestors who lived there thousands of years ago. It now lies within our Treaty Territory where we are entitled to hunt, fish, and gather. War Bonnet is proud to make a stand in helping protect the Boundary Waters.”  - Chaz Wagner

War Bonnet is a Native American rock band from the Ojibwe Reservations of northern Minnesota. Influenced by Keith Secola, John Trudell, Sitting Bull, and Geronimo, the band explores and reinvents the mysterious and kinetic sounds of North America’s Indigenous people. War Bonnet's message is a positive one centered around self empowerment and perseverance while also tackling topics like racism and domestic violence, and speaking for the disenfranchised.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah, The Lioness is North Minneapolis’ own Shaiwna Adams. The Lioness has been recording and performing since 2011 with three mix tapes and a full-length album to her name. Ambitions as ever, she’s cemented her status as one of the top MC’s in Minneapolis today.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, DJ Keezy has been making waves in the Twin Cites half a decade. Through her years of DJ’ing and realizing that women are consistently being underestimated in their own talents and abilities, Keezy has a commitment to using her gift to highlight other artists. She founded one of the first all female identified line-up dance parties to hit First Ave’s Mainroom. And in 2017, she was named by City Pages as the Twin Cities Best Club DJ.

3:30 PM   Doors Open

4:30 PM  War Bonnet

5:05 PM  The Lioness

5:40 PM  deM atlaS

6:15 PM  jeremy messersmith

7:05 PM  Low

8:00 PM  Cloud Cult

8:40 PM  DJ Keezy

8:55 PM  Doomtree

9:55 PM  Atmosphere

All times subject to change pending weather and/or delays.

Check out the Bayfront Festival Park Overhead Map and download Printable Directions to the event!

From the Twin Cities or Southern MN:

1. Follow I-35 North to Duluth.
2. Take Lake Avenue exit (#256B).
3. At first stoplight turn right onto 5th Ave. W
4. Turn right at the first roadway (approximately 200ft after exiting I-35)
5. Turn left onto Railroad St and Bayfront Parking will be the first entrance to the left

From the North Shore:

  1. Follow Hwy 61 South to Duluth.
  2. Take I-35 South exit (left at stop lights by Holiday gas station).
  3. Take Lake Avenue exit (#256B).
  4. At stoplight, turn left.
  5. Immediately get into right lane.
  6. Turn right onto South Lake Avenue.
  7. After first set of stoplights, turn left onto Harbor Drive.

From Wisconsin:

  1. Follow Hwy 53/Hwy 2 to Superior, WI.
  2. Continue on Hwy 53 North over the John A. Blatnik Bridge.
  3. Merge onto I-35 North (exit to right after bridge).
  4. Take Lake Avenue exit (#256B).
  5. At stoplight, turn right onto Harbor Drive.
  6. Exit 256B from I35 North or South.

From the Iron Range:

  1. Follow Hwy 53 to Duluth.
  2. Continue straight past the Miller Hill Mall and through many stop lights until you can see the lake.
  3. Turn right onto Mesaba Avenue.
  4. Get into the left lane, and turn left at first stoplight.
  5. Immediately turn right onto Lake Avenue.
  6. Follow Lake Avenue to the bottom of the hill and over I-35.
  7. Turn right onto South Lake Avenue.
  8. After first set of stoplights, turn left onto Harbor Drive.

From the Airport:

  1. Follow road to stop sign.
  2. Take right onto Haines Road.
  3. At second set of stoplights (1.5 miles), take left onto Hwy 53/194.
  4. Go straight, through many stop lights until you see the lake.
  5. Turn right onto Mesaba Avenue.
  6. Get into the left lane and turn left at first stoplight.
  7. Immediately turn right onto Lake Avenue.
  8. Follow Lake Avenue to the bottom of the hill and over I-35.
  9. Turn right onto South Lake Avenue.
  10. After first set of stoplights, turn left onto Harbor Drive.

Parking is available next to Bayfront Festival Park.  Printable map HERE. A daily parking fee may be charged during events. Pay as you enter. 

Additional parking is available across the street at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Daily parking rates are $5 for daily parking.

RV Parking is available at the DECC at any time.

More information about DECC parking is available on the DECC website under parking & directions.

QuestIons: Contact Madonna Ohse, DECC Parking Manager at 218.623.1283 or by email.

Where should I stay?

Visit Duluth is a great resource for all of your lodging needs in and around Duluth.

Wild Waters Music Fest does not offer camping at this time.

What happens if it rains?

Wild Waters Music Fest is a rain or shine event.

When and where is it held?

August 16th, 3:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

What’s the kid's policy?

Children 5 and under are free. Children must be supervised by their parent or guardian at all times.

What should I bring?
  • Cash
  • Mobile ticket already downloaded to phone
  • Sunscreen/Sunglasses/Hats
  • Non-professional film and digital cameras 
  • One factory sealed or empty water bottle
  • Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol 
  • Comfortable footwear

The following items are prohibited:

  • Personal containers of alcohol, juice, coffee, tea or soda

  • Weapons of any kind

  • Backpacks and large bags (small bags and purses will be subject to security checks)

  • Cigarettes and e-cigarettes

  • Professional cameras & recording devices (no SLR/DSLR or cameras with detachable lenses)

  • Illegal substances

  • Squirt guns, misters, spray bottles, etc.

  • Laser pens and similar focused-light devices

  • Pets

  • Musical instruments

  • Sleeping bags (no overnight camping or sleepovers on the grounds)

  • Umbrellas

  • Totem poles or flag sticks

  • Fake IDs

  • Bicycles, scooters, personal motorized vehicles (Push scooters like Birds, Lime etc. aren’t allowed in. Wheelchairs, walkers and personal mobility devices are all encouraged and welcomed.)

Can I bring in blankets and/or chairs?

You may bring your own chair and/or blanket for sitting (subject to search at security).

Can I bring food?

Outside food or beverages are not allowed. Food and beverage concessions will be available inside of the park and be provided by an assortment of local food trucks, restaurants and breweries.

Is smoking allowed?

No smoking is allowed at Bayfront Festival Park or in the parking areas.

Are the grounds accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes. There is ADA access throughout the grounds, conditions may vary due to weather.

Any tips on preparation to attend Wild Waters Music Fest?
  • Sunglasses

  • Wear lots of sunscreen and bug spray

  • Bring a hat

  • Wear comfy shoes

  • Stay hydrated! Drink water before you get to the event and enjoy the beverage offers of the vendors at the festival

Will there be ATMs available?

Yes. There may be some vendors that accept credit cards, but most will be cash only, please come prepared.

Is tailgating allowed?

No. Tailgating is not allowed in any of the parking lots or inside the park.

Can I come and go as I please?

Unfortunately, there is no re-admittance after entry.

How can I apply for press credentials?

Email Danielle Zucchini at Live Nation with your full request.

How can my company become a sponsor?

If your company would like to be a festival sponsor, please email Ingrid Lyons with Save the Boundary Waters with as much info as possible on your company, as well as your contact info.

What happens if the event is cancelled?

In the event Wild Waters Music Fest is cancelled, ticket holders will be notified of cancellation and refund policy. Artist lineup is subject to change, including in the event of weather.

How can I get involved with Save the Boundary Waters?

Visit www.savetheboundarywaters.org to learn about the many ways you can help protect the BWCA.