The McNally Smith College of Music is set to host the first-ever Lowertown Guitar Festival on Aug. 10, and in a city that adores music, it could be the first of many events of its kind, and it's free.
The Lowertown Guitar Festival will be in Mears Park in downtown St. Paul, and is also sponsored by Willie's American Guitars, a venue that's attracted the likes of Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.
Chris Osgood of the Suicide Commandos -- a punk rock trio that formed in 1975 in Minneapolis -- played a huge part in piecing together the festival. Rather than doing a genre of music, Osgood and the McNally Smith College of Music thought they'd hone in on one instrument, and why not an instrument that has the ability to resonate with a diverse crowd?
The event features local food and beverages from Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Summit Brewing and multiple food trucks. If you couldn't get away for one of this year's big-name summer festivals, Lowertown is the place to be on Saturday.
McNally Smith will also be hosting free guitar workshops, featuring guest clinicians Koch and Jacob Hanson of mason Jennings, Halloween Alaska and Haley Bonar. Hanson's workshop will start at 10:15 a.m., followed by Koch at 11 a.m.