Kurtfest 2015 is Aug. 29 in Eveleth

This year's Kurtfest includes dozens of bands in six Eveleth venues on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

This year’s Kurtfest includes dozens of bands in six Eveleth venues on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

My first two jobs were in Eveleth. The first gig was delivering pizza’s at Snicker’s; the second was spinning adult contemporary records (and also carts and CDs) for 97.9 WEVE-FM. The combination of these jobs gave me a holistic view of the town that it would normally take many years to get.

In short, it’s a charming blue collar town hovering above a sea of social disorder. In other words, a pretty typical Range town.

Though it’s been happening off and on since 2006, the loud, rowdy music festival Kurtfest had slipped under my radar until now. But on Aug. 29 it will light up the big city of Eveleth with music that I can easily imagine enthralling the citizens of this gritty epicenter of the Mesabi Iron Range.

What’s on tap? Scads of bands playing at one of six venues in downtown Eveleth, all within easy walking distance. Rock ‘n’ Roll, metal, hip-hop, punk, alternative, punk, acoustic and some stuff that seems hard to classify. Every band has Minnesota ties, with most coming from Duluth and the Range.

You can get the complete picture at Kurtfest.com, and read more about the bands. Below you’ll find the summary of the schedule as pulled from that website.

Kurtfest 2015 Schedule

Kurtfest Plaza
(All ages, brats & rock)
2 p.m. — Kurt
3 p.m. — Leftover Ink
4 p.m. — Good Colonels
5 p.m. — Haxxors
6 p.m. — Portrait of a Drowned Man

Margie’s Roosevelt Bar and Outdoor Stage
(Afternoon electric outside; evening acoustic inside)
2:30 p.m. — Mikey Talented
3:30 p.m. — Space Carpet
4:30 p.m. — Jeff the Cat
5:30 p.m. — Nazareth
6:30 p.m. — Nallo
8:15 p.m. — Dese
9 p.m. — Emily Haavik
9:45 p.m. — Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling
10:30 p.m. — Mark Handerson
11:15 p.m. — Matt Ray

Snicker’s Lounge and Pizza Shop
(Hip-hop, Punk & Pizza)
6:45 p.m. — Pizzaghost
7:45 p.m. — Nopamine
8:45 p.m. — Dad’s Acid
9:45 p.m. — Brain Bugs
10:45 p.m. —Killuh Beats
11:45 p.m. — Jaze Bliss, DJ Delgado, Eddiedition, Legitmiit
12:45 p.m. — Strictly Hammers, Low-Hi Funk, Willie Diction, Megatron

Eggy’s Red Garter Lounge
(Headbanger Haven)
7 p.m. — Dirty Apes
8 p.m. — Ire Wolves
9 p.m. — Plagued Insanity
10 p.m. — Gnewmatrikz
11 p.m. — Wolf Blood
12 a.m. — Drona
1 a.m. — Chained to Anchors

(Fresh Indie & Alternative from Across MN)
7:15 p.m. — The Farsights
8:15 p.m. — The Horror
9:15 p.m. — The Cult of Lip
10:15 p.m. — Brilliant Beast
11:15 p.m. —Social Disaster
12:15 a.m. — The Glenrustles

Sue’s Penalty Box
(Rowdy Ranger Rock)
7:30 p.m. — Lazer Bear
8:30 p.m. — Fearless Moral Inventory
9:30 p.m. — Average Mammals
10:30 p.m. — Mr. Kickass
11:30 p.m. — Lord Montague
12:30 a.m. — Iron Range Outlaw Brigade

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