Rockin’ for a cause

Musical enjoyment and generosity come together in Minot at the seventh annual Rock the Leaves festival this weekend.

Many diverse musical groups, including Sanctus Real and Tigirlily, will headline the event, organizer Dan Hansen said.

This year the festival opens at the Minot Municipal Auditorium Friday at 5 p.m. Scandinavian Heritage Park will be the site of festivities on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at noon each day.

Tickets are $25 for the entire weekend, with tickets available at Beaver Brew Cafe, Jacobsen Music, Gideon’s Trumpet or Visit Minot, or online at ( Past festivals were supported by free will donations. Those attending only Saturday or Sunday can buy a one-day admission at the Scandinavian park.

The festival will include music ranging from rock and alternative country to acoustic and hip-hop sounds. In addition to Sanctus Real and Tigirlily, Hansen named some of the groups enlisted for the annual effort, starting with Random Hero, Children 18:3 and Bread of Stone.

“We also have lots of other bands coming, like Seven Day Jones, Adrian Brown, Echo’s Answer and others,” he said. “Book of Poems will perform Saturday.”

Music is the center of activity at Rock the Leaves, Hansen said, but the festival offers much more. Visitors can enjoy a free steak fry Saturday, as long as supplies last.

There will be bounce houses and face-painting. Hansen said young concert-goers also can have photos taken with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from the Disney movie, “Frozen.”

“Rock the Leaves is going to be a lot of fun for people of all ages,” Hansen said. “And this year we are going to extend our reach to benefit three great causes.”

He said festival proceeds will be divided among the Greater Minot Youth Concert Association, Feed My Starving Children and The Lord’s Cupboard. The Lord’s Cupboard is connected with the Welcome Table in Minot, associated with a homeless shelter and food pantry that serves the Minot area. Feed My Starving Children, a Minneapolis-based program that gives prepared meals to people in more than 60 countries, has benefited from two meal-packaging programs in Minot in recent years.

Hansen said a complete schedule with approximate performance times is available at ( and there will be a printed program for the entire festival at the park.

He said Rock the Leaves, traditionally held in Oak Park, was shifted temporarily after the 2011 Souris River flood. He hopes to return to Oak Park for the 2015 festival.

For more information, call Hansen at 833-6868, email minotndconcerts or visit (