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Classic rock has strong showing at Taste of Minn.

ST. PAUL -- The Taste of Minnesota, the largest free festival in the state, will feature five days of music on three outdoor stages July 3-7 on the grounds of the state capitol.

Bob Mould, the songwriter and guitarist from the Twin Cities who fronted influential '80s punk band Husker Du, will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 3. Iffy, a hot Twin Cities artist with a funky R&B; sound, will open the show at 6 p.m.

Also that day look for Vanilla Fudge, Tim Mahoney and Paul Cebar on other stages.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra, directed by Ellington's son, Paul Mercer Ellington, will perform the legend's works at 8 p.m. July 4.

The Guess Who, only the biggest Canadian rock group in history, will perform with all original band members, including Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, at 7:30 p.m. July 5. Badfinger, featuring Joey Molland, will open the show at 6 p.m.

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Gypsy and Grant Hart of Husker Du will also perform on July 5.

Blondie, formed by singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein in 1974, will perform their classic hits at 7:30 p.m. July 6.

Also playing that day are Firehouse and Man Planet.

Earth, Wind &; Fire, the most successful R&B; group of the second half of the 1970s, will perform with all its original members at 7:30 p.m. July 7. The popular rock group S.O.B. (Same Old Band), formerly called War, opens the show at 6 p.m. Also taking the stage July 7 will be Ambrosia and Dazy Head Mazy.

The Kidzone stage will have family entertainment.

Admission is free. For more information and a complete entertainment schedule visit www.tasteofmn.org.

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