Somerset Amphitheater

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Somerset Amphitheater
Former names Float Rite Park Amphitheatre(1981-2010)
Address 715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI 54025
Coordinates 45°07′42″N 92°41′09″W / 45.12821°N 92.68576°W / 45.12821; -92.68576Coordinates: 45°07′42″N 92°41′09″W / 45.12821°N 92.68576°W / 45.12821; -92.68576
Owner Matt Mithun
Type Outdoor Amphitheatre
Seating type General and Reserved
Capacity 20,000 to 40,000 scalable
Construction
Opened 1981
Expanded 2011-2013
Website
Venue Website

Somerset Amphitheater is the largest outdoor amphitheater and camping venue in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) and western Wisconsin area. Located across the St. Croix River (Wisconsin-Minnesota) from historic Stillwater, Minnesota,[1] the venue consists of 160 acres of land. Located in Somerset, Wisconsin and next to the Apple River, it has been a Midwest destination for many decades for music fans, along with tubing and camping enthusiasts alike. A typical season runs from May through October with music performances and other events. The layout is flexible, but typically there is seating on the floor and general admission (lawn) that surrounds the stage in a bowl like fashion. The total capacity ranges from 20,000 to 40,000, depending on the layout.

About the venue[edit]

Previously known as Float Rite Park Amphitheatre, the venue changed its name to Somerset Amphitheater in 2011 when new owner Matt Mithun (of the Mithun family) took over.[2] Since then many upgrades and improvements have been made to the amphitheater and onsite campgrounds.[3] The amphitheater expanded the removable reserved seating area and built an enclosed Saloon with a bar for a more intimate setting with an approximate capacity of 1,000. In 2013 the Grove stage was added in the valley between the main amphitheater and the North Campground. The Grove has a capacity of approximately 10,000. There are three campgrounds onsite; the North and South Campgrounds, which are both general camping, and the VIP Campground which has electric and water hookups for RVs and permanent bathrooms and showers.

In 2011 the first Somerset Amphitheater concert under new ownership opened with a weekend full of music at the Soundtown Music and Camping Festival.[3] Over thirty bands performed on the three stages, and featured the nationally known artist group The Flaming Lips as a headliner. This was a small yet promising preview of what the amphitheater would bring concert goers for years to come.

Since its reopening, the amphitheater has hosted many concerts and events, including the touring acts of My Morning Jacket,[4] the first annual Knotfest [5] featuring Slipknot, Summer Set Music and Camping Festival[6] and The Avett Brothers.[7] Besides musical performances, the venue hosted Tough Mudder, a British military style obstacle course[8] and the Border Battle Beer Festival, a friendly rivalry of Minnesota and Wisconsin breweries battling each other for the most favored among taste testers.

History[edit]

While still known as Float Rite Park Amphitheatre the venue had music acts varying from the Blues, Country, Bluegrass/Folk, Indie, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Alternative genres perform on the stages. Annual concert festivals included Apple River Country Splash, Ozzfest, and 93X Fest (previously Edgefest). Other music tours featured acts of the Family Values Tour 2007, Projekt Revolution and the Vans Warped Tour. The first concert held at the amphitheater was in 1981 with Charlie Daniels.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lass, William (Summer 1997). "The Birth of Minnesota" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ "SoundTown: Hope floats on the Apple River". Star Tribune. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ a b c Swensson, Andrea (2011-05-16). "Sound Town brings the Flaming Lips, New Pornographers, over a dozen locals to Somerset August 19-20". Blogs.citypages.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  4. ^ "My Morning Jacket at Somerset Amphitheater". 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  5. ^ Fischer, Reed (2012-08-20). "Slipknot's Knotfest at Somerset Amphitheater, 8/18/12". Blogs.citypages.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  6. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (2013-08-08). "Doubling down on the Summer Set Festival". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  7. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (2013-06-30). "Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile put on perfectly summery sets". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  8. ^ Manfred, Tony (2011-08-02). "This Obstacle Course Was Designed By British Special Forces And It's Absolutely Crazy". Business Insider. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 

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