Music fans wait in rain for Cities 97 Sampler; expected to raise $660K for charities


Last year it was sub-freezing temperatures, this year it's rain for music fans eager to get their hands on the new Cities 97 Sampler.

Volume 27 of the charitable CD features 17 tracks, with every performance recorded live in Cities 97's Studio C. It goes on sale at 8 a.m., and is only sold physically at Target stores.

Every year, people line up ahead of time to ensure they get one, with copies of the disc typically selling out within a few hours.

Cities 97 has a map of the participating bullseyes, most of which are in the Twin Cities (though there are a couple in Rochester, one in Mankato and St. Cloud, and if you're up north the Grand Rapids location will have it).

The CD is $22.97, and this year $1 from each purchase will go to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. One hundred percent of the proceeds to go local charities, Cities 97 says.

People are lined up at some Targets, including in Edina where KARE 111's Melissa Colorado is stationed.


In all, Cities 97 says it expects to bring in $660,000 with sales of this year's Sampler – bringing the total amount raised over the years to about $12 million.

Volume 26 raised $746,000, with a few dozen organizations benefiting.

Here's the full track list:

After putting 35,000 on sale last year and 40,000 a year earlier for its 25th anniversary, just 30,000 CDs will be on sale this time around, according to an iHeartMedia press release. However, for the first time 5,000 of these were made available online.

A release party for the CD will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 at Myth in Maplewood, featuring a performance from Sampler-act ZZ Ward.

Here's a look at Twitter and Sampler fans this morning:

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