Each year, Wayzata, Minnesota hosts a Beach Bash concert, however, after organizers were unable to secure artists, they called-off the event this year.
The Beach Bash was supposed to be held this month on Wayzata Beach for an outdoor show.
“We are sad to announce that the Wayzata Beach Bash will be taking a year off in 2019,” organizers said in a statement on Facebook. “After 6 successful years highlighted by last year’s sold out Toby Keith show, it’s disappointing that we simply weren’t able to lock down the level of talent that the event has become accustomed to and deserves. We can assure you that we are already working to secure talent for next year’s event with the intent of making it the best Beach Bash ever!”
The announcement came after speculation from fans over the past few weeks. People flooded the Facebook group, inquiring about when artists would be announced. Two weeks ago, organizers thanked fans for their questions and assured everyone that they will have an update on July 26. Then, the news of the cancellation was announced last night. While fans were seemingly upset, many offered to have local acts play instead.
In prior years, the Beach Bash hosted performers like country artists Big & Rich, Dierks Bentley, and Toby Keith, as well as rockers Sammy Hager, Soul Asylum, and The Goo Goo Dolls. The concert is a part of Wayzata’s James J. Hills Days, an annual event since 1975 hosted by the town.
“Thank you beach bash for being such an incredible partner and adding so much to our festival over the past 6 years,” James J. Hill Days’ organizers said in relation to Beach Bash’s cancellation. “We know next year will be even better!”
“For all that are asking about other live music, never fear! There will still be awesome (and free) live music at James J. Hill Days September 6-8 with a newly expanded lineup on the street Friday & Saturday! Come for a cold beer, great food and incredible local talent on Lake Street. Stay tuned for a full lineup announcement in the next few days!”
The Beach Bash will likely resume in 2020. Stay tuned for updates on their website.