Toby Keith performs to a sold out crowd during the 2018 Wayzata Beach Bash, an outdoor concert series that was part of the James J. Hill Days festival. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Jason Jenkins)

The Wayzata Beach Bash, the popular lakeside concert series that began in 2013 as part of the city’s James J. Hill Days festival, won’t be returning this year.

An Aug. 1 post by the Wayzata Beach Bash Facebook page shared the news: “We are sad to announce that the Wayzata Beach Bash will be taking a year off in 2019. After 6 successful years highlighted by last year’s sold out Toby Keith show, it’s disappointing that we simply weren’t able to lock down the level of talent that the event has become accustomed to and deserves. We can assure you that we are already working to secure talent for next year’s event with the intent of making it the best Beach Bash ever!”

Past Beach Bash concerts have featured performances by Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Sammy Hagar, Toby Keith, Soul Asylum and Goo Goo Dolls.

Live music will still be present throughout James J. Hill Days weekend, which will be Sept. 6-8 in downtown Wayzata. Free concerts will be performed Friday and Saturday on Lake Street during the festival.

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