In each of its five years, Moondance Jam has taken a step up in the quality of production and the national groups that are drawn to the jam stage.
This year is no different. In addition to expanding Moondance Jam VI to three days, July 10-12, three national acts have been confirmed for the festival.
Confirmed already are southern rockers Marshall Tucker, The Classic Rock All-Stars and REO Speedwagon. Negotiations are pending with several other national acts, along with a roster of regional bands -- a Moondance Jam tradition.
Marshall Tucker will bring to the stage 25 years of hit songs such as " Heard It In A Love Song," "Searchin' For A Rainbow," "Can't You See," and more. Borrowing a name from a blind piano tuner from Columbia, South Carolina, the original Marshall Tucker Band produced 14 albums between 1973 and 1984, selling more than 10 million records.
The Classic Rock All-Stars are made up of four former lead singers from popular bands from the '70s. Guitarist Mike Pinera formerly played with the Iron Butterfly and Blues Image. Keyboardist Jerry Corbetta formerly played with Sugarloaf. Drummer Peter Rivera formerly played with Rare Earth and bassist Dennis Noda is formerly with Cannibal and the Headhunters. Together the group puts on a high energy, power-packed classic rock show that has received rave reviews across the country. The Classic Rock All-Stars released a double compact disk set in 1996 which includes some of the popular songs they sang with their former groups. Included on the CD: "Get Ready," "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You," "Green-Eyed Lady," " In A Gadda Da Vida," and more.
The Classic Rock All-Stars will perform at Moondance Jam VI all three days.
A new, enlarged camping area of 160 acres north of the performance site will also be available to festivalgoers.
Jack Thibault of TEA Productions in Minnetonka, the agency which books the national acts, expects the national lineup to be completed by mid-March. Tickets should go on sale shortly thereafter.