The Lowertown Guitar Festival returns for its second year with another great line-up. Blues and jazz switch-hitter Robben Ford (of The Blue Line, Joni Mitchell's band, Jing Chi, The Yellowjackets, et al.) headlines the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Wisconsin's fretboard master, Greg Koch, is a by-popular-demand returnee, at 7 p.m. Then from New York City there "roots" wizard, Jim Campilongo, who has a Telecaster named in his honor, and is known nationally for his work with Norah Jones in The Little Willies band (5:30 p.m). The "rockabilly filly," Rosie Flores, hits the stage at 4 p.m. (and much later shows up at Lee's Liquor Lounge, on Thursday night, for a bar fling). Early arrivers get to enjoy fingerpicking all-pro, Phil Heywood (2:30 p.m.). Koch's set will include two special guests -- electric bass great, Roscoe Beck, who been in Robben Ford's band since the 1980s, and Texas guitar star, David Grissom (of Storyville, The Dixie Chicks, and John Mellencamp's band). There's good fare on the "acoustic stage," too, including versatile rocker Jeremy Ylvisaker (3:30 p.m.), and a pairing of last year's genial emcee, Molly Maher, with slide/resophonic guitar ace, Gabriela Sweet (8 p.m.). Big fun, and free! Tom Surowicz Main Stage: Phil Heywood, 2:30 p.m.; Rosie Flores, 4 p.m.; Jim Campilongo Trio, 5:30 p.m.; Greg Koch Trio, 7 p.m.; Robben Ford, 8:30 p.m. Acoustic Stage: Chris Beaty, 3:30 p.m.; Jeremy Ylvisaker, 5 p.m.; Trevor Wiest, 6:30 p.m.; Molly Maher and Gabriela Sweet, 8 p.m.
5th St. and SibleySt. Paul, MN
Date: Ended 08/9/14