Sister eateries Barbette and the Red Stag Supper Club put on two of the most popular and eclectic block parties each summer, and it looks like those traits will remain intact this year. Here are the newly unveiled 2012 lineups for each event. As always, the parties will be free, all ages and rain-or-shine, and they’ll feature the usual locally generated food offerings and zero-waste game plan.
BASTILLE DAY BLOCK PARTY AT BARBETTE (Sunday, July 15)
Featuring: Peter Wolf Crier, A. Wolf & Her Claws, Prissy Clerks, Sleep Study, Patty & the Buttons, The Brass Messengers, Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater, Infiammati Fire Circus, and more bands to be announced. (3-10 p.m., 1600 W Lake Street, Mpls, www.barbette.com)
RED STAG BLOCK PARTY (Sunday, Aug. 5)
Featuring: Rogue Valley, Mayda, Kill the Vultures, Chastity Brown, the Honeydogs, All Tomorrow's Petty, Heart of the Beast again and more to be announced. (3-10 p.m., 509 1st Avenue NE, Mpls, www.redstagsupperclub.com)
Anne Saxton, the promoter of each event, also revealed that she is organizing an election-season shindig called the Rock for Democracy Block Party to take place outside Bryant-Lake Bowl on Sept. 8. She said it will be a nonpartisan event, and so far Heiruspecs and Zoo Animal are confirmed to play.