Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Wednesday, July 12, 1995
Moondance Jam IV near Walker Friday and Saturday completed a metamorphosis
that in its third year had left doubts it would live to maturity. The
fourth year venue shedded a country slant, opting for big-name bands,
professionally managed staging and expansive advertising while still
keeping tickets affordable.
Bill and Kathy Bieloh of Walker were delighted to see more than 6,000
fans pack the hillside opposite a throbbing stage of amplified sound.
Twice the number of concessionaires served a record throng everything
from Indian tacos to customized wardrobes. Rock ’n’ roll
seems to be the formula around which a successful outdoor concert weekend
is built. Two nights of cloudless, star-filled skies (and a moon nearly
full) added to the environment driven by well-known bands -- The Guess
Who, Kansas, The Grass Roots, Starship with Mickey Thomas, and Survivor.
Regional acts got a chance to open for the main acts. While not paid
significantly, they received the portfolio-building privilege of a Moondance
stage. Among them; Dead Stiks from Hackensack (the only band playing
all four Moondance Jams), Park Rapids’ Ripchord (a hot young band
soon to play closer to Brainerd), Bob & Julie (the Brainerd duo based
at Pauline’s, an acoustic interlude), Hands Down from Bemidji and
High Tolerance from the Twin Cities.