All photos by Darin Kamnetz
I’m a GoFest OG. Been to every single one. From the first one at Target Field to the second installment at First Avenue and last year’s extravaganza at Cabooze. Each year, it gets bigger and better than the year before. This year will surpass them all, no doubt, with AWOLnation, The Neighbourhood, Lovelytheband and L.I.F.T! Get your tickets here!
The inaugural. Go 96.3 was a brand new station in the Twin Cities playing a type of music that the city had been missing and yearning for for a long time. The lineup was stacked with Cold War Kids, Yelawolf, local Grammy nominee Alan Kingdom, Matt and Kim, plus so many more! To be able to walk on the grass of Target Field and look up at the packed stands was exhilarating. I’ll admit, as the newest person on the staff I was a bit too well-behaved but that was definitely about to change.
The followup. The 2nd year of GoFest moved inside to the historic First Avenue. By the end of the night, our intern had been kicked out and I accomplished my lifelong dream of stage diving. Pretty sure I still have bruises on my shins from not making the most athletic jump over the crowd barrier. Thank you to everyone who carried my heavy body all the way back to the soundboard before letting me down gently. Miike Snow and Robert DeLong were amazing. In fact, Robert’s generosity back stage was a key reason why Intern Anna was asked to leave.
The latest. We had missed the sunshine the previous year. In Minnesota, we only have nine nice days a year and we wanted to capitalize. While there wouldn’t be any jumping off the stage this time around, the VIP booth with free pizza and beer had my heart in a sling. I’d also met my fiancé Karin, and when Jack Antonoff of Bleachers asked us to put our partners on our shoulders, it made for one the best pictures I posted of living the best life, and a great memory that still hangs on my wall to this very day.
Back to the Cabooze! Let’s make some memories we won’t ever forget! We can’t do this without you. So far, we plan on broadcasting the Ben, Dana and Giselle show June 29th from 7-10pm and giving away FREE breakfast to the first 96 people! There’s also a surprise during the show that we’ve been sworn not to reveal. I’m not even supposed to tell you that said secret is happening. But, it’s going to be AWESOME!
Thanks for supporting our shows, our station and the crazy ideas we come up with!