New Grammy winners Dan Auerbach, left, and Patrick Carney won't win any awards playing Roy Wilkins on Independence Day weekend. / Associated Press

New Grammy winners Dan Auerbach, left, and Patrick Carney won't win any awards playing Roy Wilkins on Independence Day weekend. / Associated Press

 

Hey, Mayor Coleman, Jam Productions and Xcel Center/Roy Wilkins representatives: If Taste of Minnesota isn't coming back this summer -- or even if it is -- the just-announced July 3 show by current Current 89.3 rock darlings the Black Keys and Cage the Elephant at Roy Wilkins Auditorium should absolutely be moved to Harriet Island. I'll hold the usual slams against the Wilkins, which hipsters and soundmen have gotten used to again over the past year after excellent shows by LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, the Flaming Lips, etc. Even if the gig had been booked at the nicest venue in town, it still seems like cruel and unusual punishment to make rock fans go indoors for a concert on Independence Day weekend if there's a scenic riverside concert site sitting unused (or under-used). I saw the Black Keys play to 50,000 elbow-to-elbow fans outside at the Austin City Limits Festival last year, so I think they could handle the 10,000 or so that might show up on Harriet Island. Let's make this happen.

In the meantime: Tickets for the show are scheduled to go on sale Saturday at 11 a.m. for $39.50.

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