Milaca: Mostly Cloudy, 75° | Cambridge: Partly Cloudy, 75° | Pine City: Partly Cloudy, 72° | Mora: Partly Cloudy, 70°

Saturday in the Celebration Tent

Photo: Vasaloppet Facebook

All week long, we’ve been plugging tonight’s event in the Celebration Tent – a live performance by The Groove. But, just what does that mean? No one seemed to know.

So I made a quick phone call.


“Good morning, Vasaloppet Headquarters! How may I help you?”

The kind woman who answered the phone down in the old train depot had no idea what kind of act The Groove was. In the background I could hear her ask at least three other people the same question, but none of them knew either.

She did, however, provide a lead: apparently this group plays the Crystal Bar & Grill from time to time. So I made another call.


The gal who answered the Crystal’s phone seemed a bit surprised at my question. “Groovy music!”, she responded with a laugh. When I asked for more specifics, things got vague in a hurry: older music, good music, the band had been around for years, people really like them.

So, knowing the name and drawing on the word “older”, I took a stab in the dark: are we talking ’70s music, perhaps? ’80s? Someone in the background began to express agreement. Finally, we were on to something!

But then, just as I was about to drill down to rock vs. pop vs. whatever else, the party in the background threw a curveball: “And some music from today, too.”

Seventies, eighties, and today – it seemed we’d stumbled upon a bar band version of the ever-popular adult hits radio station.

The woman holding the phone then interjected that it’d be worth anyone’s while to come out and see The Groove tonight.

I may not have gotten the answer I was looking for, but at least we managed to shine a little light on what’s to come in the Celebration Tent tonight. If nothing else, there are three things we can say for certain: it’s neither country, nor polka, and it’s sure to be groovy.

If you go: The festivities start up at the Celebration Tent around 6pm tonight, and run ’til midnight. Food and drink will be served.

Want to know everything that’s going on this weekend? Get the full schedule of Vasa events

Photo: The Groove, via Facebook

UPDATE: As Saturday night rolled around, familiar noises began pouring out of the Celebration Tent. I managed to catch them moving between tunes by Badfinger and The Who as I passed through. Though I didn’t have much time to listen, what I did hear sounded pretty good!

While digging through Vasa-related tweets this afternoon, I finally happened upon a relevant link: one for The Groove’s Facebook page. Take a look – once you’ve seen, it all makes sense. (They seem to have quite a long and interesting history… and after three decades, it’s safe to assume they know their stuff!)

Leave a Reply