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Announcing Tin Can Gin

Tin Can GinThe awesome music selection at the 2014 Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center continues.  Adding to the already weapons grade bluegrass that is Hans Blix & The Weapon Inspectors, comes Tin Can Gin to give you a ‘grass hangover.  The alt-bluegrass ensemble from Duluth, MN will be playing the Crosby Memorial Park bandshell from 6:15pm to 7:45pm.

Tin Can Gin are have just released (04/20/14) their first, self-titled, album.  You can listen to the first single off it here:

See the Schedule of Events for a listing of all the events of the Mountain Bike Festival.

Here is the official bio from Tin Can Gin:

In the summer of 2011, childhood friends Harrison Olk and Trevor Marrin formed a folk band. Alongside, Bryan Nelson, they wrote songs and built up a very respectable repertoire. In September of 2011, they performed for their first time, proclaiming themselves as Tin Can Gin. Later on, fiddle virtuoso Nori Perrine joined on and expert musician, Mark Glen was soon to follow on bass. Over the next year, Tin Can Gin held gigs in various venues across the Midwest including performances at the Porcupine Mountain’s Music Festival, Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, The Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis, and Stage North in Washburn, WI. 

Tin Can Gin’s unique sound draws from each member’s personal music backgrounds. From Harrison’s traditional bluegrass upbringing, Bryan’s folk background, Nori’s Celtic melodies and the sultry rhythm of Mark’s bass lines, you’re sure to find a sound emitted that tickles your musical palate. This hurricane stew of influence brings out a style of music that is as bitter and sweet as the best IPA’s out there. 

Tin Can Gin just released their first self-titled studio album recorded at Sacred Heart Studios in Duluth, MN. 


Annoucing Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors

We are happy to announce that Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors will be playing at the Crosby Memorial Park band shell from 3:45pm to 5:15pm as part of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

Hans Blix & the Weapons InspectorsFor those that are not familiar with Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors, prepare for some pickin’ of mass destruction.

See the Schedule of Events for a listing of all the events of the Mountain Bike Festival.

Here is the official bio from Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors:

Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors is a 5-piece acoustic string band that plays an eclectic mix of music ranging from bluegrass to old-timey to folk to Irish fiddle tunes and more.  There’s something for almost every taste.  The band expresses its regrets to disco and hip-hop enthusiasts.
 
The band is named after a Swedish diplomat and his team of United Nations weapons inspectors who were kicked out of Iraq in the early 2000’s.  This led to the beginning of the Iraq war and a band name too good to pass up.
 
Hans Blix is made up of five good friends who share an appreciation for traditional music and pie, which they serve with coffee at weekly practice sessions.  Four of the five have day jobs in the field of conservation, so not only are they proficient with their musical instruments, but they also know their way around a wetland, a hardwood forest and a sensitive shoreland.  The fifth member is an attorney, which the band felt was a good strategic move should they ever need legal representation.  Plus, the guy plays a mean bass.  Other interests of band members include raising sheep, horses, chickens and kids, brewing beer, maple syruping, bicycling, taking on massive home-remodeling projects, coaching cross-country skiing, throwing great parties, and writing the next great American novel. 
 
Kristen Blann sings and plays fiddle, flute and accordion.  Mike Duval sings and plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and zither.  Kent Montgomery sings and plays mandolin.  Laurie Chamberlain sings and plays stand-up bass.  Phil Hunsicker sings and plays lead flatpick guitar.  When they all sing together, their harmonies are as tight as their friendship and as tasty as their weekly pies.

Slushtime Pricing Ends at Midnight

CLMTBF - Cross County Mountain Bike RiceGet it while its here! Slushtime pricing for the the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival ends today, March 31st, 2014 at Midnight.

With the snow melting and the temperatures warming, its time to think about the the summer and mountain biking at the wonderful Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails.  For 2014 the Miner’s Mountain Cross Country Race, which is part of the Festival,  is the only opportunity you will have to race the rusty hills of Cuyuna.

So register today for a weekend of fun, friends, and a little racing!


Registration Open!

CLMTBF_LogoRegistration is now open for the 2014 Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.  So mark your calendars for June 13th & 14th and register today.

Take a look at the Schedule of Events to see what fun events we have going on.  Then go the Registration page and reserve your spot.  That will take to the Its Your Race site to choose your options and register.

We will have last day/same day registration available, though we always recommend registering in advance online and coming the day before the event.  Day of registration closes at 9:30am, June 14th, 2014.

We have a lot of fun things planned, and more will be added in the coming weeks, so we hope to see you there!


Cross Country Race Info Available

CLMTBF - Cross County Mountain Bike RiceWith the snow slowly melting away and the temperatures rising, its time to think about the summer race season.

What better race could there be than the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival’s Miner’s Mountain Cross Country Race, presented by the City of Cuyuna?  Not only do you have a fun and challenging course, but its part of one of the most fun festivals around.  Have a grand old time racing with  your friends and then join them for all the Sweet Cuyuna Festin’ later on.  Join us at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, June 13th & 14th, 2014.

Find all the information on the race, including times, lengths, and maps on the race about page.

Note: We are experiencing some registration issues at this time.  We will let everyone know when we get them resolved and you can register for the 2014 Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival.  Thank you for your patience.