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Jack Rudquist, Noah Topliff, Mason Swanson and Sam Ketcham make up the rock and rock band Seb's Medicine. Their name was picked by Rundquist after he saw it written out on a grocery list at Ketcham's house. "My dog's name is Sebastian," Ketcham explained. "He had Lyme's disease, so my mom wrote Seb's Medicine down on her grocery list." Rundquist saw it, liked it and convinced other band members to go with it. All attend Red Wing High School.

The annual Hastings Music Festival will be Saturday Sept. 7 at the Jaycee Park in downtown Hastings.

As the self-proclaimed brainchild of Nick Langley, the Hastings Music Festival was created as a charitable event to benefit the Hastings community.

This year's headliners are Hastings based Headliner playing with Randall Hall, Alex Ligertwood and Patrick Sieben; and Eric Hutchinson.

The band Headliner, also known as Heartbreaker, is in its third decade of working musicians. Members are Mark Reuter, Jim Coughlin, Ken Haaland and Jeff Dunn.

At this year's festival they will be joined by Hall, former member of Lynyrd Skynyrd; Litergtwood, former lead vocalist of Santana; and Sieben, another Hastings native.

Hutchinson recently released his album "Moving Up Living Down." He says the name refers to that chutes and ladders lifestyle.

Other bands include Red Wing High School students with Seb's Medicine, the festival's recent Battle of the Bands winner. Members include Sam Ketcham on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Jack Rundquist on lead guitar, Noah Topliff on bass guitar and Mason Swanson on drums; Hastings native Brooke Ellis, who performs with Minneapolis-based alternative rock band Kingsview; and the long-haired country rocker Bucky Covington.

Tickets for this event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 12 and under may attend for free. Gates open at 1 p.m. and music will start at 1:30 pm. All proceeds go to Hastings Family Service.

If you go ...

What: Hastings Music Festival

When: 1:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 7

Where: Jaycee Park, Hastings

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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