Koo Koo Ka Ch…Kanga Roo: Lyn Lake Street Fest returns with non-stop music, May 20


Settling in after returning back to its original location along a two block stretch of Lyndale Avenue between 28th Street and Lake Street, it’ll be the fourth year for the rebirth of a Lyn Lake tradition. It’s time to celebrate spring with biking, music, artists, craft people, art cars and businesses welcoming each other in Lyn Lake style.

With the Blaisdell YMCA supplying the event insurance and the majority of the 90-plus volunteers, over 25 businesses supplying financial support in the form of sponsorships, the Lyn Lake Street Fest continues to grow and take its place as a free-wheeling day of celebration of spring in the vibrant heart of South Minneapolis.

This year’s biggest change will be the two music stages, back to back on the bridge over the Midtown Greenway, one facing north and one facing south, alternating sets every 45 minutes.

Nine local bands are signed on including Halloween, Alaska, Kid Dakota, Omaur Bliss, Mayda, Bloodnstuff, Kill-Me Kare Bare and back by very popular demand, the only band to play consecutive years at the Lyn Lake Street Fest, Koo Koo Kanga Roo!

With the increased footprint for the festival, there will be numerous artists and craft booths and more local restaurants like Herkimer, Moto I, Galactic Pizza, Falafel King and others serving up street food. The art car community will be out in full force. The Trustone Financial parking lot, 2817 Lyndale Avenue is hosting a wide variety of family friendly children’s activities. Jugglers and Renaissance performers will also entertain throughout the event.

This event is the brainchild of John Meegan, owner of Top Shelf at 31st Street and Lyndale Avenue. Meegan is a board member of the Lyn Lake Business Association, and also the volunteer community board chair of the Blaisdell YMCA in South Minneapolis. This year It is co-chaired by Blake Iverson, Friedman Iverson Law Firm. Music booking has been graciously donated by Indie Music Resources. All graphic and web design is contributed by Westwerk.

The event is a fundraiser. In 2010, the Festival generated over $16,000 for the YMCA and the Lyn Lake Business Association, and over $2,100 in tips from the beer booth was donated to the Joyce Food Shelf. In 2011 over $23,000 was shared by the three local non-profits. Hopefully the gods of good weather will look favorably again on this year’s festiva.

Music Schedule

Noon: Stage 1: Koo Koo Kanga Roo
12:45: Stage 2: Kill-Me Kare Bare

1:30pm: Stage 1: Bloodnstuff

2:15pm: Stage 2: Mayda

3:00pm: Stage 1: Omar Bliss

3:45pm: Stage 2: Communist Daughter

4:30pm: Stage 1: Kid Dakota

5:15pm: Stage 2: Halloween, Alaska

6pm: Stage 1: Night Moves