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Hudson Hometown Music Fest Set for September 26

Boondoggle, a 5-piece rock, country and blues band from Roberts, WI, will anchor the new Hudson Hometown Music Fest on Saturday, September 26. The family friendly fest starts at noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 502 County Road UU, and runs until 9:30 pm. Admission is free. Band members (shown, from left) include Jim Ehlers, Nate Dahl, Brent Ackley, Dawn Budrow and John Wolf.

Six bands will perform at the Hudson Hometown Music Fest, a new family-friendly day of music from noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 502 County Road UU Hudson. The concert will be at an outdoor stage on the church grounds. Admission is free.

The event will showcase talented musicians from the Hudson area playing country, blues, folk, Christian rock, classic and contemporary rock ‘n’ roll.

Anchoring the talent list will be Boondoggle, a five-member group hailing from Roberts. Since 2002, Boondoggle has been rocking the region with a large range of rock, country and blues music from the ‘50s through today. The group members pride themselves on being “just one hit shy of being a one-hit wonder.”

Lakeland, Minn. group Trandy Blue and The Crew is well known around the area after appearances at Roberts Good Neighbor Days and North Hudson Pepper Festival. The gorup’s rock and acoustic sound is well known at night spots in the Twin Cities metro area, St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin.

Ten Mile Creek, a New Richmond area band formed in 2008, provides entertainment that aims to get even the oldest and youngest listeners singing and dancing. The band plays a variety of hits ranging from classic rock to oldies to country to blues to today’s acoustic and pop hits.

Our Melody Moments spends two to three days a week performing at nursing homes throughout the metropolitan area. Performer Joe Loftus of Hudson has been in the music business for 30 plus years with more than 100 songs copyrighted. His songs reflect the simple joys of life as well as faith and heartaches. He has recorded two CDs in Nashville and released nine songs to radio.

Stone Hammer was founded this summer by Van “The Man” Stockwell and is on a mission to give glory to God and the band rocks in the name of Jesus Christ. The group is named after a road that Stockwell grew up on that crossed the Rush River in western Wisconsin.

JC Rock will perform traditional and contemporary Christian music. The band has a unique way of spreading God’s word through musical parodies—popular songs with entirely different lyrics which keep the familiar melody with a great new meaning. Band members are from western Wisconsin and the east metro.

In addition to the free music shows, the event will offer food for sale by Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse, Pita Pit and Schwan’s ice cream plus craft beer by Hudson’s Pitchfork Brewing. Lots of family friendly activities will be offered, including children’s crafts and a bouncy house.

Major sponsors of the event include Creative Homes, GS Land Solutions, Luther Hudson Chevrolet GMC and Jackie Kumm/Edina Realty. Other sponsors include Smilin’ Moose Lodge Bar& Grill, WESTconsin Credit Union, Croix Valley Vet Hospital, River City Stitch, Central Bank, Advanced Auto Care, Midwest Motorworks, First American Bank, WalMart, WESTconsin Realty, Family Fresh Market, Cernohous Chevrolet, St. Croix Wellness and Thrivent Financial.

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