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Deadmau5, Bassnectar and the Weeknd will headline the fourth annual Summer Set Music and Camping Festival Aug. 14-16 in Somerset, Wis.
The pridefully eclectic outdoor fest will feature more than 70 acts including Earl Sweatshirt, Tune-Yards, Thievery Corporation, Lizzo, Hippo Campus, Cloud Cult, Railroad Earth, Ghostface Killah backed byBadbadnotgood and, for the fourth time, Big Gigantic.
Purity Ring, which has two shows at First Avenue in June, also is on board for Summer Set. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will perform the 1995 album “E 1999 Eternal” in its entirety at the fest.
Three-day tickets start at $149.50 plus fees; camping and parking at the Somerset Amphitheater are extra. For information, go to www.summersetfestival.com
In the end, the Minnesota Zoo will have some fresh faces for its music series, after all.
Just added since Monday’s announcement are Kacey Musgraves, the Grammy-winning country upstart known for “Follow Your Arrow,” on July 9, and Irish bard James Vincent McMorrow on Aug. 24.
A couple of outstanding pickers – mandolin ace Ricky Skaggs and guitar hero Ry Cooder – will share the bill on July 16.
The addition of Musgraves means theSalt-n-Pepa concert at the zoo's has been moved to July 8.
For the full lineup, see Monday’s story.
VIP box seats will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, standing-room tickets at 10 a.m. April 24 and all tickets at 10 a.m. April 25.
For more information, go to www.suemclean.com/zoo
Along with the Minnesota Zoo's Music in the Zoo series lineup, there was a glut of concerts announced Monday morning. Here's a roundup:
*Nothing says America like the Beach Boys, what with their stories of hot-rods, bikini babes and inner-band lawsuits. The copyright holders of the Beach Boys name on tour, co-founder Mike Love and longtime member Bruce Johnston, will play a special July 4 concert at Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel, which is bringing back its outdoor concert set-up just for the occasion. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $32-$69 through Ticketmaster or the casino’s box office (952-496-6563). Those $32 tickets are for the lawn, where blankets and folding chairs will be allowed, but not coolers.
*If Def Leppard and Tesla are your cup of tea but not Styx and the Minnesota State Fair, Xcel Energy Center is offering fans a chance to see those first two bands with a different middle-slot group, Foreigner, just a couple months after the fair on Oct. 5. As if Styx and Foreigner draw such wildly different audiences. Tickets to the X show go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office at prices not yet announced (other cities are in the $30-$100 range). Def Leppard’s Aug. 27 date with Styx and Tesla at the fair grandstand is sold out except for VIP seats.
*After playing the zoo last summer, Counting Crows will be back in town for another outdoor gig Sept. 13 at Cabooze Plaza with openers Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $50.
*A cool little festival worthy of a road trip, Omaha’s Aug. 15 Maha Festival will include a pair of Minnesota favorites, Atmosphere and the Jayhawks, along with Rock the Garden headliner Modest Mouse, the Purity Ring, the double-V bands (Wavves and Alvvays), Ex-Hex, Speedy Ortiz, the Good Life and more. Tickets are on sale now for $50.
Three classic names are headed back to the Twin Cities: Jeff Beck, Patti LaBelle and Ringo Starr.
Starr will bring his All Starr Band to the State Theatre on Oct. 16. The group will include Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey, Steve Lukather of Toto and Richard Page of Mr. Mister. Starr, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist this year, issued a new album, “Postcards from Paradise,” last month. Tickets, priced from $83.50 to $154, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the State box office and Ticketmaster outlets.
LaBelle will return to Mystic Lake Casino on June 6. Tickets, priced at $54 and $62, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster outlets.
Beck will bring his guitar fireworks back to the State Theatre on May 23. Tickets, priced from $57.50 to $104, will go on sale at noon Friday at the State box office and Ticketmaster outlets. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer last performed at the State in 2011
Mavericks frontman Raul Malo likes his fans to party. So on Saturday night at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, he urged his faithful to have fun. Never have you seen so many 40- and 50-somethings rush the stage of a stately theater.
The glee in Malo’s eyes, smile and hips was contagious as the Mavericks, reunited since 2012, proved once again that they are America’s best dance band. Whether the songs echoed Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, the Sir Douglas Quintet, various country singers or some unknown band from Cuba (where Malo’s parent emigrated from), the party continued for nearly 2 ½ hours.
Malo and the Mavericks were in a great mood from the start. After entering to the Minneapolis-themed “The Bird” by the Time (featuring keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden doing the Bird dance), the band tore into two numbers from this year’s “Mono,” its second disc since reconvening after an eight-year hiatus. “All Night Long” and the breezy “Summertime” got the party started.
The Mavericks have so many winning ingredients: Malo’s gorgeous and versatile voice, his crafty and resourceful songwriting, a nifty horn section, hammy Eddie Perez’s flashy guitar, McFadden’s fun dancing, Michael Guerra’s song-fueling accordion and a terrific rhythm section of swinging bassist James Inveld and in-the-pocket drummer Paul Deakin, an original band member dating back to 1989.
In his sequined suit, scarf and black cowboy hat, Malo cut a colorful figure. He charmed with solo acoustic ballads, his teddy-bear presence and his ability to connect with fans. He invited an exuberant couple from the balcony to come sit in two empty front-row seats. He answered a fan’s birthday request to sing “Besame Mucho,” accompanied by just his acoustic guitar and accordion. And, after he sang it, he reached down to the kiss the hand of the 76-year-old birthday girl, who had made her way to the lip of the stage. The classic, classical-inspired piece showed off Malo’s vocal range, power and emotional depth.
That was one of many highlights. Others included the dramatic “It Can Happen to Me,” the gear-shifting “As Long As There’s Loving Tonight,” the accordion-spiked “Dance in the Moonlight,” and the rollicking “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” which may be the happiest sounding kiss-off song ever.
The crowd standing (and dancing) in front of the stage rendered about the first half-dozen rows of seats meaningless to those concertgoers who wanted to sit and watch the concert. Security made no effort to keep the aisles clear. Even though it was the Mavericks’ third time at the Pantages in three years, it felt more like their State Fair gig at the bandshell, a gig which Malo mentioned fondly.
At least next time in the Twin Cities, the Mavericks will play a venue more accustomed to fans dancing – the Minnesota Zoo on July 21.
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