With the Taste of Minnesota gone from Harriet Island in St. Paul, the site will now play host to the two-day River’s Edge Music Festival, but do not expect to see much in the way of R&B or hip hop.
The June 23 and June 24 festival, expected to attract more than 40,000 daily, will feature prominent acts the Dave Mathews Band and Tool with several other established and local artists. And though the Dave Mathews Band is diverse in its make-up, the current line-up lacks the same diversity. But officials from Live Nation, the company responsible for bringing the new festival, said additional acts will be named and it is quite possible these acts could be of the soul/R&B or hip hop genres.
“There’s no question we’re missing a couple of genres of music,” said Mark Campana, president of Live Nation. “There are more acts to come and we’d love to see a great hip hop act to fill the bill.”