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Twin Cities Summer Jam is a go in 2021, lineup confirmed

Organizers say they're optimistic that the event will happen if people follow public health guidance between now and then.

Twin Cities Summer Jam will happen in July 2021 after confirming its lineup in what organizers say is the "biggest ever."

The outdoor music festival at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, which launched in 2019, will be held July 22-23. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band are headlining the three-day festival. 

"We are optimistic and excited for our event to happen in 2021, and you can do your part to help us get there," an email announcing the lineup says. "By practicing safe socializing as recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to keep you and your family healthy, together we'll get through this and come back stronger next summer."

Summer Jam's announcement comes the same week The Walker and The Current announced they have scrapped plans for the 2021 Rock the Garden event due to "so many unknowns" related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Rock the Garden and Summer Jam, like many other events scheduled over the past nine months, canceled the summer 2020 events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer Jam organizers said in March it was pushing back year two of the festival to 2021. Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band and Third Eye Blind had been scheduled to perform. 

Here's the full lineup for the 2021 Summer Jam:

  • Thursday, July 22: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kip Moore, Elvie Shane and 32 Below.
  • Friday, July 23: Carrie Underwood, Brett Young, Blanco Brown and Ian Munsic.
  • Saturday, July 24: Zac Brown Band, Ashley McBryde, Mitchell Tenpenny and Fabulous Armadillos. 

Tickets for the 2021 Summer Jam go on sale Friday, Nov. 20, with event organizers saying they're "committed to putting on a safe event" and have updated the ticket refund policy so people can "buy with confidence." (Note: the refund policy says there are no refunds except if the event is canceled due to the pandemic.)

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The event has a COVID-19 preparedness plan on its website, which includes measures to ensure workers stay home if they're sick, social distancing and more. 

"We are prepared to enforce some or all aspects of our plan, depending on the recommended measures at the time of our event. If and when any changes are deemed necessary, and decisions are final, we will update this page and notify all ticket holders by email." the event's website says

Gov. Tim Walz's Stay Safe MN plan currently requires outdoor events and entertainment to be limited to 250 people and requires six feet of social distancing, among other restrictions.

Earlier this week, Walz announced new restrictions on bars, restaurants, celebrations and social gatherings amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations in Minnesota. 

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