NDDC and Contented Cow team up to launch 1st Annual JuneBug Festival of Music

JuneBug Ross CurrierSince Taste of Northfield has turned out to be a huge hit for downtown, LoGroNo co-host Ross Currier, with his NDDC hat on, must figure he’s got the magic touch.

He’s throwing the entire weight of the NDDC (see his blog post here) behind Northfield’s First Annual JuneBug Festival of Music in hopes that it becomes another signature event for downtown Northfield.

This first year, Norman Butler and Julie Bixby at the Contented Cow have bellied up to the bar taken the lead to put it on. The website for the event is NorthfieldJuneBug.com to encourage other Northfield entertainment establishments to participate next year.

Hey, if Austin, Texas can have South By Southwest, why not something similar for Northfield?

Leigh and Charles JohnsonJuneBug mobile stage JuneBug mobile stage 

Brothers Leigh and Charles Johnson (Built by Johnson) have constructed a mobile stage in the parking lot between the Cow’s riverfront patio and the Riverwalk.  It was tested last Saturday and found to be more than acceptable.

The current music line-up for the three-day fest:

Thursday, June 26

  • Marty Anderson and the Goods
  • RCAs

Friday, June 27

Saturday, June 28


  1. Ross Currier said:

    Yeah, after two years of trying to convince Tracy and Griff to send me to Austin to cover SXSW for Locally Grown, I’m refocused my hopes and energies on Junebug.

    I’ll be the guy wearing cut-off shorts, cowboy boots and no shirt, sipping something from the Spoetzl brewery and singing songs from “Viva Terlingua!” from the east bank of the Cannon.

    June 25, 2008
  2. Jessica Paxton said:

    Oh, man, you’re bringing a tear to my eye, Ross. Any chance we can get the Cow to get Shiner Bock back on tap??

    June 25, 2008
  3. David Koenig said:


    A fellow Jerry Jeff fan?????

    June 25, 2008
  4. So bummed that I will be out of town and won’t get to see Gospel Gossip on Saturday. Get out to see them, Northfield, before they hit it big. Seriously.

    June 25, 2008
  5. Jessica Paxton said:

    No doubt — Gospel Gossip is one of 15 college bands selected nationwide to perform at this year’s first annual New American Music Union Festival in Pittsburgh, PA (August 8-9), “curated” by Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Headlining the event are bands like Gnarls Barkley, The Black Keys, The Raconteurs, and Minnesota’s own Bob Dylan. The college bands will be judged by music industry execs for a chance to win a full-day recording session in an L.A. studio. Very cool and a great opportunity for the band.

    June 25, 2008

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