OtterJam to feature rock 'n roll Fourth of July
A man on a mission to liven up the area’s music scene has lined up four tribute bands to rock downtown Ottertail on July 4 during the second annual OtterJam.
Starting at 4 p.m., the bands pay tribute to AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Bon Jovi.
“All the bands that are going to be there are the best bands in their fields, nationwide,” said organizer Joe Rice. “It’s going to be a great event.”
Acts include: Hells Bells from Tennessee, paying tribute to AC/DC; and Twin Cities bands Freebird, covering Lynyrd Skynyrd; Shot Thru the Heart covering Bon Jovi; and Monny Ray and Triple Trouble with the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
“This area is starving for good music,” said Rice. “I think this is a good thing for the lakes area.”
During the first year, turnout was disappointing, about 600, said Jerry Kern, who organized it with Rice in 2014. Rice said he hopes to double last year’s attendance this year, and hopes it will grow as the event catches on. He changed last year’s June date to July this year in hopes of drawing bigger crowds and also changed last year’s country/rock mix to solely rock.
Cody Greenwood of Henning said he missed last year’s concert, but planned to go as soon as he heard that the AC/DC tribute band was playing.
“I am a huge fan of AC/DC and I’d heard good things about that tribute band,” he said. “Those tribute bands for AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd, I’ve heard they’re pretty good.”
Gates open at 2 p.m., music starts at 4 p.m. and the show will go until midnight at the water tower in Ottertail. Ticket prices are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and camping is free.
“We set the price very low so everyone can enjoy it,” said Rice. “We’re hoping this thing builds and builds and builds.”
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