Basilica landmark

Thine ticket doth matter greatly

At the heart of Minneapolis, The Basilica of Saint Mary rises along the skyline and serves as a recognizable part of our downtown landscape. But it’s more than just a place to rock out for two days during The Basilica Block Party—it’s also a spiritual, cultural and community center for many.

The Basilica of Saint Mary—America’s first Basilica—has stood as a The Building of Hope for more than a century. But for decades, we took it for granted and it was nearly destroyed due to neglect. Fortunately, our community realized the value of the building in time to save it. Now, it’s up to us to turn back the hands of time and restore The Basilica to its original glory.

Your ticket to The Basilica Block Party helps support The Basilica Landmark’s mission to preserve, protect and restore this historic building all year long. We are committed to ensuring The Building of Hope continues to welcome generations to come to rock out at the Block Party. Here’s how you can support The Basilica after the bands and beer disappear:

http://thebasilicalandmark.org/
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Praise the loud Cities97 Basilica Block Party

The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the event benefit The Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores, and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. In addition, a portion of all proceeds from The Basilica Block Party go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, which provides services to those in need.

Ye Olde Bands of Rocking Performances

Gates will be open at 5PM. Block will be rockin’ until 10:30.
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NIGHT ONE

FRIDAY JULY 10

BBP 2015 Friday schedule

Sun Country Airlines Stage

WEEZER 9–10:30PM

NATE RUESS 7:30–8:30PM
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK 6–7PM
FEATURING DJ WINDSOR BETWEEN SETS

PreferredOne Stage

O.A.R. 8:45–10:15PM

MAT KEARNEY 7:15–8:15PM
MATTHEW SWEET 5:45–6:45PM

Star Tribune Stage

ZOO ANIMAL 7:20–8:20PM

RUPERT ANGELEYES 6:15–7PM
TYTE JEFF 5:10–5:55PM

NIGHT TWO

SATURDAY JULY 11

BBP 2015 Saturday schedule

Sun Country Airlines Stage

WILCO 9–10:30PM

JASON ISBELL 7:30–8:30PM
JENNY LEWIS 6:10–7:10PM
FLY GOLDEN EAGLE 5:20–5:50PM
FEATURING DJ ZAK MICHAELS BETWEEN SETS

PreferredOne Stage

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS 8:45–10:15PM

ECHOSMITH 7:15–8:15PM
RACHEL PLATTEN 5:55–6:25PM

Star Tribune Stage

AMERICAN SCARECROWS 7:20–8:20PM

SOUTHSIDE DESIRE 6:15–7PM
AERO FLYNN 5:10–5:55PM
Doth thou be fully prepared for the rock that is afoot? Basilica piano

Tickets

Presale, FANZONE AND vip tickets available April 30 at 10am
General admission tickets available May 2 at 10am

Ticket Options

Ticket Presale

Cities97 Presale
(limited quantities – password required)
April 30-May 1
1 Night: $45
Both: $80
BBP Past Purchaser Presale
(limited quantities – password required)
May 1
1 Night: $45
Both: $80
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Ticket Presale

General Admission

May 2-May 31
1 Night: $50
Both: $90
June 1-July 9
1 Night: $55
Both: $100
July 10-11
(gate or print at home only)
1 Night: $60
Both: $100
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General Admission

Kids

$20 Per Night
(available by phone or at the gate only)

Ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free.

Kids tickets will not provide access to the FanZone or any VIP area. To be admitted to those areas, children must have a FanZone or VIP ticket.

Kids tickets will always be available at the gate, even in the event of a sell out. Child must be present when purchasing.

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Kids

Fanzone Pit

Fanzone Ticket: $100 per night [FRIDAY IS SOLD OUT!]

Access to a standing room only area in front of the Sun Country Airlines stage with a dedicated cash bar serving beer, wine, and soda. Ticket holders will get a wrist band and can come and go throughout the evening. This ticket does NOT include access to the Great Clips Skybox or any VIP areas at the Sun Country Airlines or PreferredOne stages.

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Fanzone Pit

VIP

Block Star Ticket: $175 per night [FRIDAY IS SOLD OUT!]

Includes free parking at the MCTC ramp adjacent to the Basilica, free catered food and free beverages in the Irish Born Hospitality VIP area across from the PreferredOne stage only, on the west lawn of the Basilica, and access to indoor bathrooms throughout the evening. This ticket does NOT include access to the FanZone, Great Clips Skybox or any VIP area at the Sun Country Airlines stage.

$75 of this package is a tax-deductible contribution to The Basilica Landmark.

Block Legend Ticket: $275 per night [FRIDAY IS SOLD OUT!]

Includes free parking at the MCTC ramp adjacent to the Basilica, free catered food and free beverages in the Irish Born Hospitality VIP area across from the PreferredOne stage on the west lawn of the Basilica, access to the Great Clips Skybox and Great Clips Skybox Bar at the Sun Country Airlines stage, and access to indoor bathrooms throughout the evening. This ticket does NOT include access to the FanZone.

$160 of this package is a tax-deductible contribution to The Basilica Landmark.

Hall of Fame Ticket: $375 per night [FRIDAY IS SOLD OUT!]

Includes a Basilica Block Party event shirt, free parking (MCTC ramp adjacent to the Basilica), free catered food & free beverages in the Irish Born Hospitality VIP area across from the PreferredOne stage on the west lawn of the Basilica, access to the FanZone, Great Clips Skybox & Great Clips Skybox Bar at the Sun Country Airlines stage, & access to indoor bathrooms throughout the evening.

$200 of this package is a tax-deductible contribution to The Basilica Landmark.

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VIP

Tickets are available by calling 800-514-3849, by going online at etix.com, or in person at the electric fetus record store.
(only single and two-night passes available at the electric fetus)
One solitary additional musical selection! Basilica cello

Congrats ye raffle winners!

Hey there, ye raffle participants of great luck and fortune! Raffle winners are below, plus the bounty that they will receive. Yippee! Contact Leah at 612-317-3432 to claim your prize.

Christine Bonnes $2,500
Joyce Kliebenstein $500
Beth Prouty Sun Country Airline Tickets
Lisa Thompson Cities 97 Studio C & CD
Bev Schmitz Cities 97 Studio C & CD
Bridgett Hicks Windows tablet

Tis some fetching swag

Basilica swag t-shirt

Thou shalt wear it.

Don’t want to wait for the show to get some BBP merch? Well, do we have a deal for you. BBP t-shirts and CDs are available for purchase online. Right now. They’ll be on-site at the event, too, if that’s how you roll.

I want it!
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A connection shalt be made

What sayeth ye?

Here’s a handy-dandy translator that we created just for some additional giggles. Go ahead and translate your everyday “blah blah blah” into BBP-speak!

Your “blah blah blah” here:

Translation:

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Sponsors

For 2015 Sponsor information please contact Jean Ryan, jean@jrimarketing.com or call 612-386-1055.

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A tried-and-true partner of the Basilica Block Party, with over 20 years of participation so far.

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For the 8th year, Bud Light is helping keep the church party rolling.

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This is the 12th year of Sun Country Airlines helping the Basilica Block Party soar to new heights.

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Working hard to keep Block Party-goers healthy, year after year.

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Giving us the lowdown on what's going on... especially with the Minnesota music scene!

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Helping make the Block Partiers look good, year after year.

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Thanks to the Minneapolis Hilton, everyone will be able to get some much-needed rest!

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Hot nights and great music are made better with a Big Ginger®!

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Not only is it a great financial steward, but it’s also a great partner to the Basilica Block Party.

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A great event deserves some great wine! Thanks, Sutter Home, for your long-term partnership.

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Our friends at Coca-Cola have been quenching the thirst of the Block Party since the beginning.

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Don’t let hunger ruin the party. Thanks to our catering partner for the delicious dining options!

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Find a Car2Go to get to the Basilica Block Party. Drive it to the event and then just leave it. It's the perfect plan.

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The perfect cocktail: ice, Prairie Vodka and the Basilica Block Party.

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North Memorial is committed to keeping our volunteers and music lovers happy and healthy!

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Thanks for getting the Basilica Block Party message “All Over” the place.

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Buy advertising on the Basilica Block Party Video Wall and reach a great demographic!
If you have any questions, please call 612-317-3457 or email us at blockparty@mary.org.

Hear ye, hear ye! We're in the news.

Check out some of the great press we've been getting about our wonderful event.

Star Tribune
Star Tribune

Summer concerts: 10 shows to see, from Soundset to the Stones

Eat.Drink.Dish
Eat.Drink.Dish

Food Truck Samplin' at the Basilica Block Party

Star Tribune: Artcetera Blog
Star Tribune: Artcetera Blog

Basilica Block Party 2015 blessed with Wilco and Weezer

Volunteer Thineselves

Click the button below for all the frequently asked volunteering questions. If you have a question that’s not listed, contact Madeline at 612-317-3457.

More Info

And thanks to North Memorial, the official volunteer sponsor of the Cities97 Basilica Block Party.

VOLUNTEER ME

Online volunteer sign ups will open May 5, 2015. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please fill in all the required contact information (make sure your friends fill out their own), otherwise you won’t be accepted for the job and your friend’s sign up will be deleted too. Questions can be directed to our volunteer coordinator Madeline at 612-317-3457 or mhansmeyer@mary.org.

WHAT TIME ARE THE VOLUNTEER SHIFTS?

Most shifts run from 4-8pm or 7:30pm-event close. There are some shifts from 4pm– event close. Late-shift volunteers are required to assist with event cleanup from 10:30 until the event is closed.

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?

Plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your shift and reporting to the Volunteer Center 15 minutes prior to your shift.

WHERE DO VOLUNTEERS ENTER?

On the night you are volunteering, you do not need a ticket for admission. All volunteers can enter through the Volunteer Gate at 15th Street and Laurel Avenue.

PACK MINIMALLY

Your bags will be searched upon entering. There is no place on the grounds to store them safely. Your name will be on a volunteer list. Bring your photo I.D. or driver’s license as you may need it for equipment checkout for your shift. You will also need a photo ID if you plan to purchase beer or wine after your volunteer shift. You may not under any circumstances consume alcohol while volunteering or while wearing your volunteer T-shirt.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

Try to walk, bike, bus or carpool. If you plan to drive, arrive early to park in a downtown lot and walk to The Basilica. Parking will be available for a fee at the Dunwoody Institute lot west of The Basilica, the Walker Art Center and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I GET THERE?

Once through the Volunteer Gate, volunteers should report to the Volunteer Center located in the Great Hall on the 3rd floor of the Basilica School for check-in. Signs will indicate where you have to check in for your respective volunteer duties. Please stay with your group in your assigned area. T-shirts and equipment will also be handed out at check-in time. Please wear a lightweight T-shirt so that your volunteer shirt can be worn over it. After you have completed your shift, you will need to remove your volunteer T-shirt if you intend to stay on-site. THE SHIRT IS YOURS TO KEEP. A team leader or escort will meet you in the Volunteer Center and show you to your volunteer post.

MORE DETAILS

Alcoholic beverages cannot be consumed before or during your shift. You may not wear your volunteer T-shirt and consume alcohol after your shift–please change into your street clothes or turn your T-shirt inside out.

Please do not bring backpacks. All bags/purses are subject to inspection.
Please do not bring recording equipment or cameras on-site.
Once you come on-site, there is no re-entry.

The Basilica Block Party recycles and composts. As a representative we ask that you do as well.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Madeline at 612-317-3457 or mhansmeyer@mary.org.

Questions that doth be often asked

Have questions? Chances are, someone has asked them before. And gosh, do we have answers. Take a peek through our most frequently asked questions.

FAQ
LOSE SOMETHING AT THE SHOW?

For lost and found contact blockparty@mary.org or 612-317-3432.

CAN I USE CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS ON-SITE?

Credit cards can be used to purchase admission tickets and merchandise. Food and beverage tickets and raffle tickets are cash only.

ARE THERE ATMS ON-SITE?

Yep, there are ATMs outside the gate, and in three locations on the grounds.

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A WRISTBAND TO DRINK ALCOHOL?

Wristbands are needed to purchase alcohol, but the wristbands are free. Look for a wristband station immediately after you enter the grounds.

IF I PURCHASE FOOD & BEVERAGE TICKETS ON FRIDAY, CAN I USE THEM ON SATURDAY?

Yes. You sure can.

IF I BRING A CHILD, DO I NEED TO BUY THEM A TICKET TO ENTER THE GROUNDS?

That depends! Tickets for children ages 5-12 may be purchased for $20 at the front gate. The child must be with you to purchase the ticket. But, children under 5 are free.

IS BBP MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE BEFORE THE EVENT?

Check out the Swag section of our website to order BBP merchandise.

WHAT TIME DO THE GROUNDS OPEN?

The party starts at 5 pm sharp.

IF I LEAVE, CAN I RE-ENTER?

Nope, sorry, once you leave the grounds, there is no readmission.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

The show will go on, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, information and instructions will be posted on our website, and through our social media accounts.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO PARK?

See the Directions section of our website. All the info you need will be right there.

IS THERE BIKE PARKING?

Of course! There are bike racks available in the parking lot under the freeway, on 17th Street in front of the Basilica. They are first-come, first-served. No reserved spots here.

IS THERE STILL A RAFFLE? WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

Yes. Raffle tickets can be purchased on-site or after masses at The Basilica of Saint Mary for $5. The top prizes are $2,500, $500, and two domestic round-trip Sun Country Airlines tickets.

CAN I BRING IN CHAIRS, UMBRELLAS, CAMERAS, OR PETS?

Chairs, no. Pets, not really (service animals, of course). Umbrellas, nope. Cameras, no. It’s for the best, really.

CAN I BRING A SELFIE STICK?

Nope, sorry. Those can get in the way of the great view of the stage. So please leave those selfie sticks at home.

CAN I BRING IN MY WATER BOTTLE?

Sorry, that would be a no. We do have water fountains onsite and bottled water for sale to quench your thirst.

CAN I BRING A BACKPACK?

No backpacks please. All bags/purses are subject to inspection.

IS THE SITE ACCESSIBLE?

We have seating areas for individuals who require accommodation and a clear view of both the PreferredOne Stage and the Sun Country Airlines Stage. Temporary ped ramps are installed to make it easier to navigate the curb at the Sun Country Airlines Stage.

ARE TICKETS TO THE EVENT TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

No, general admission tickets are not tax deductible. However, a portion of the price of VIP Packages is tax deductible. See more information on these type of tickets in the Tickets section of our website.

IS THERE A GOOD HOTEL NEARBY?

Yes! One of our great sponsors, the Hilton Minneapolis, is offering a discounted rate to all Basilica Block Partiers. The rate will be available until June 12th or until the block of rooms is sold out. The hotel also has some special bonus offers for BBP guests, so check out the link below to find out more and make your reservations.

Stay at Hilton Minneapolis, Play at Basilica Block Party. Rates start at $129. Book your reservations by calling 1-800-HILTONS or visit us here.

WHAT’S THE BEST OPTION FOR TRANSPORTATION?

Info coming soon…

The organ doth rock

Treateth thine ears to some sweet remixes of popular songs from the 2015 Basilica Block Party lineup, reimagined on the Basilica of Saint Mary pipe organ. It doth rock, indeed.

Basilica violin
Createth some noise of great abundance. Basilica violin

Driveth and parketh like so

WESTBOUND

Take the Hennepin/Lyndale exit (Exit 231B). Go north (right) on Lyndale/Hennepin, and north on Hennepin to N 17th Street.

EASTBOUND

Take the Lyndale Avenue exit (Exit 231A) toward Hennepin. Stay in the left lane. Turn left onto Dunwoody Blvd. OR, Take the Dunwoody Blvd exit (Exit 8A). Go east (right) on Dunwoody Blvd to N 17th Street.

NORTHBOUND

Follow the I-94 West exit (Exit 17B). Go north (right) on Lyndale/Hennepin, and north on Hennepin to N 17th Street.

SOUTHBOUND

Take the I-94 West exit (Exit 17B). Stay in the right lane. Go north (right) on Lyndale/Hennepin and north on Hennepin to N 17th Street.

Public parking is available for $5 at the Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) parking ramp, located across the street from the Basilica. Other public parking is available within walking distance for a fee at the Walker Art Center, Dunwoody Institute, and other downtown area parking ramps.

Free parking is available at the MCTC ramp with the purchase of a VIP ticket. Present your VIP ticket at the entrance of the parking ramp.

Vendors

BrewPub Pizza
Bridgeman's Ice Cream
Carolina Catering
Gastrotruck
Irish Born Hospitality
Kennedy Concessions
MN Grills & Rotisseries
Olson Popcorn
Que Viet Concessions
RefillMN
Walleye Wagon