Thousands of spectators welcomed the return of live music to the Twin Cities Friday night as rock icons Styx, Cheap Trick and 38 Special took the stage at Lakefront Music Fest in Lakefront Park.

Southern rock legends 38 Special warmed up the sold-out crowd with an energizing set that included classic rock radio mainstays such as "Hold on Loosely" and "Caught up in You." 

The hill at Lakefront Music Fest

Organizers expected a crowd of 17,000 for Lakefront Music Fest on July 9.

Guitar picks

Festivalgoers hold up guitar picks they caught from Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick.

Tommy Shaw

Styx’s Tommy Shaw holds up his guitar after after a raucous solo.