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The All Saints Music Festival, hosted at the Little Log House Pioneer Village 

(just south of Hastings, MN) is a collaborative party thrown by five Catholic parishes to promote our various ministries and to celebrate our rural heritage.


Coming together to host and make this amazing music event happen builds on our commitment to help our neighbors and preserve the faith established by our Irish, German, and Polish ancestors over 150 year ago.


New!  Check out the online auction to meet Gear Daddies or received a signed guitar!




One of the most resilient and influential Americana/Rock bands ever to come out of the Twin Cities is reaching back to the greatest fans in the world.



Gear Daddies is an Americana/Rock band originally from Austin, Minnesota.   Members Martin Zellar (electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals), Nick Ciola (bass), Randy Broughten (electric and pedal steel guitar) and James “Billy” Dankert (drums and vocals), played their first shows together in 1984. Between 1986 and 1992, the band released three popular albums and became an important part of the Twin Cities music scene.


Many of the fan’s favorite songs (“Stupid Boy”, “Color of Her Eyes”, “She’s Happy”, “Drank So Much” and many others) are credited to the exceptionally passionate writing skills possessed by Zellar, however Dankert has also contributed some of the compositions , including "Time Heals", and “Blues Mary”.

Their most notable mainstream success was when they played "Stupid Boy" on Late Night with David Letterman in 1991.  Zellar had this to say of the experience: "I was so nervous, and it all happened so quickly.  I couldn't tell you what the hell happened. I got done, and I was walking back and said to Randy (Broughten), 'Did I sing all the words? Did I do that?' When I watched it that night in the hotel room I had no recollection of having lived it."

Arguably, Zellar’s “I Wanna Drive the Zamboni" is the band’s best-known song, having been featured in the movies D2: The Mighty Ducks and Mystery, Alaska, as well as on the television program Malcolm in the Middle. It's also a staple at hockey games throughout North America and Europe.





Growing up, there was a guitar in the corner of the family basement that no one was supposed to touch. When no one was looking, a young Chris Kroeze (pronounced Cruise-E) would sneak down and find it. On his 6th birthday, Chris got a guitar of his own and hasn't put it down since.

Sitting around the campfire on warm summer nights as a child, Chris fell in love with the guitar. His dad would put small stickers on the strings to show him how to play and he listened and learned under the stars in Northwest Wisconsin. Before long, the instrument became the most important thing in his life.

Biking around his hometown of Barron, Wisconsin, he would listen to a tape of Chuck Berry on his Walkman over and over, stopping every three and a half minutes to rewind. When he was in middle school, his dad told him every band needed a singer, and the only way to tell if that would be Chris was to give it a try. He was a natural.

The pull of small town life and the passion for music never left as Kroeze turned into one of the top country musicians in the Midwest. The power of small town community showed as family and friends in Barron helped him get started on his journey to Nashville in 2014, holding a fundraiser that would lead to him recording his first single “Four Letter Words,” which received strong radio play and kick started his career.

In 2015, he began a busy stretch of playing over 175 shows a year, and creating a large and loyal fan following. That popularity soared in 2018, when he appeared on NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice,” making it all the way to the finals in a runner-up finish. In the finale, Kroeze sang the original song “Human,” which was TOP 10 on the Billboard HOT 100 and TOP 5 on the iTunes TOP 100. His vocal and guitar skills, combined with a small-town charm, led to Kroeze to become the most streamed artist in the show’s history.

A popular live performer, Chris continued to perform at a frantic pace maintaining an average of over 175 shows a year through 2019, and the crowds have gotten bigger and bigger. He headlined a show at Aquafest for over 5,500 fans and has had a number of stops in which he has sold out multiple nights in a row, yet he still returns for pop-up shows at local bars he used to play at early in his career.

A small town boy who loves the outdoors through and through, Kroeze still lives in Barron, Wisconsin with his wife and can’t imagine raising his two children anywhere else.

Runner Up on NBC’s THE VOICE / TOP 5 Country Song “Human” (iTunes TOP 100) / Featured in USA Today / Featured in Rolling Stone / #1 ROCK Song (iTunes)


Note: Tickets will be for sale at the Gate for $25.


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Directions to the PARTY!

Talk about a perfect place for an outdoor rock & roll party!  The Little Log House Pioneer Village is a beautiful site to see for anyone who enjoys stepping back in time and history.  With an endless passion for preservation, owners Steve and Sylvia Bauer created a restored pioneer village to display some of Southern Minnesota’s most prized historical artifacts.  Other than private events like weddings, receptions, and other parties, and

MUSIC CONCERTS, the Little Log House Pioneer Village is only open for one, three-day weekend in July. We are thrilled to be able to hold this event on this picturesque 160 acre farm.



                                                    Entrance & FREE Parking:


Music fans and party goers are encourage to enter the Little Log House Pioneer Village on Michael Avenue, from 220th Street East, off Highway 61, south of Hastings. Handicapped parking is available by showing your handicapped packing placard to the front gate attendant.  If you are a Business Sponsor, please show your VIP Parking Pass at the front gate. On-site, FREE adequate parking is available. Please follow parking attendants who will direct cars to a large parking area and the entrance gate where tickets will be taken.

Shuttles from the parking area to the ticket

entrance gate will be available.



Please arrange for a safe ride home!


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What time does the first Band start?

The gates open at 6pm & we are hoping to have them start playing shortly after (6:15ish most likely),

however if we're running a little behind, eatting more yummy food won't hurt anything!


My dog really loves good music. Can I bring her? While we appreciate your dog's taste in music, we have all the animals we need out here. Please no pets.


What about the weather?

It's an outdoor concert right?

You're hosts are 5 Catholic churches.

We've got 2 priests and 5 prayer networks on the job. 

In the event of questionable weather for the day, please check back to this website for up-to-date information.


How much is it to park?

It's FREE and it's in a field - Gotta love the country life!!


Can we bring kids?

While everything we do usually includes families,

this is an adult only event. (18+)


Any food at the concert?

Yummy Yummy Foods from Local Favorites - the list is coming soon!


Will there be adult beverages there?

We will be having a great selection of those available - Wine, Beer & the NEW Alcoholic Seltzers! 

So please if you plan on consuming them - 

bring an ID & have a plan for a safe ride home.

Will there be an ATM on site?

Yes, inside event gates - s0 please plan ahead.

*NO Checks accepted


Tractor parking & Motorcycle parking?

Of course - we have parking for all kinds!


Can I bring my own cooler full of fun drinks?

No, we will not allow that, but we are selling

fun drinks for you to consume!


What if I forgot my 80's rock sunglasses in my car after entering the festival gates?

You may return to your vehicle, however please

beware there is a $10 re-entry fee to get back in. 


Are lawn chairs allowed?

Sure they are - but we think you'll look pretty silly, sitting down while jamming or dancing to a song!

Then again who cares what you look like!!!


Is there over night camping to continue the

First Party of Summer?

Sorry the First Party of Summer does not have overnight camping available. There are several hotel accommodations within 7 – 15 miles of the venue.






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The Idea.  

We had the idea to host a summer music party for several years prior to starting - always batting around the idea of getting the 5 rural Catholic parishes together for some fun to support the good stuff we do (like mission trips,

youth ministries, education, and programming to support the youth and aging in our community). We knew the event would be separate from our individual parish festivals. This new thing, would be larger, (louder) and more

far-reaching than anything we'd ever done. We figured, if we've got families who can harvest hundreds of thousands of bushels of grain each fall and milk hundreds of gallons of milk twice every day.....

then, without a doubt, we have the talent to pull this thing off.  And the crazier part?

We are actually doing it. This party is happening ... AGAIN for the 4th time!

2014 was the warm up, 2016 a great success, 2018 we did it again, 2020 went on hold

2022 here are are!


The People. 

Folks who make up the "ag" industry have amazing access to all kind of things needed for a huge party: tractors to pull people wagons; electric generators for lighting; huge tents, refrigerated trucks to chill beer; big, strong sons to handle security; experience getting a lot of things on wheels into a confined space, neatly and orderly; steers and pigs for burgers and brats, and big hearts to make things happen in the country. It's in their DNA.


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Brought to you by the rural parishes of St. John the Baptist, Vermillion | St. Joseph’s, Miesville | St. Mary’s, New Trier | St. Mathias, Hampton | St. Pius V, Cannon Falls.