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Two revered singer-songwriters – country giant Merle Haggard and alt-country hero Ryan Adams – are booked for October concerts in the Twin Cities.
The mercurial Adams will appear Oct. 13 at Northrop Auditorium, promoting his new album “Ryan Adams,” due on Sept. 9 on Blue Note Records. It will be his first Twin Cities appearance since 2011 at the State Theatre.
Tickets, priced at $49.50 and $38, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Northrop.umn.edu and 612-624-2345.
Haggard will return to Mystic Lake Casino on Oct. 5. Tickets, priced at $39 and $49, will go on sale Saturday at ticketmaster.com.
Three "underplay" concerts -- shows in smaller-than-needed venues that will probably sell out right away -- were announced this morning:
*Smiley arena-level pop/rocker Jason Mraz will promote his new album of semi-acoustic, strings-accompanied tunes in the intimate State Theatre on Oct. 18. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon for $25-$75 through Ticketmaster. The L.A. folk-pop quartet Raining Jane will back him at shows this fall.
*Gloom-rock greats Interpol will return to First Avenue on Nov. 14 following the Sept. 9 release of their first album in four years, “El Pintor.” The band’s site says tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. at prices TBA.
*Fresh off Saturday’s All-Star Game concert at TCF Bank Stadium, Atmosphere added an Aug. 22 gig at First Avenue with another hometown act who can easily sell the place out, Prof, as well as Rhymesayers newbie Dem Atlas and DJ Fundo. They’re all on tour together this summer. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon through eTix.com and First Ave outlets for $25. That will kick off quite a weekend of local hip-hop at the club, as Sims and Astronautalis are already down to play there together the following night.
Taste of Minnesota is making a comeback – far away from its home site of Harriet Island in St. Paul.
Because of flooding at Harriet Island, Taste is being moved to the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia, it was announced Wednesday afternoon. The event is set for July 3-6 with two-dozen food vendors and about 30 musical acts, including Soul Asylum, Halestorm, Cowboy Mouth, Starship and Joe Nichols.
A longtime fixture on Harriet Island, Taste of Minnesota is returning after a three-year hiatus.
Admission to Taste is free until 3 p.m. daily. After 3 p.m., it cost $10, which includes $5 worth of food-and-beverage tickets.
A cultishly enjoyed annual event that’s kept small by design – and thus has sold out in recent years – Stillwater’s Square Lake Film & Music Festival put tickets on sale today for its 2014 installment on Aug. 9. This year’s music headliner is Low, who open for Trampled by Turtles and Doomtree at Duluth’s Bayfront Park on Saturday and always seem to offer some kind of memorable outdoor Twin Cities performance each summer. Also, Dark Dark Dark singer Nona Marie’s vocal group Anonymous Choir will stage a live score to the 1975 silent film “Aucassin & Nicolette” at the festival.
Here’s the full music lineup:
As always, Square Lake will feature assorted indie filmmaker showcases throughout the day and involves a marathon-like bicycle run, too. The event is held near Square Lake Park on the northern outskirts of Stillwater. Tickets are $25 advance, or $10 if you register to ride your bike to the fest.
Andrew Bird can play "Take Me Out the Ballpark" on violin -- or whistle it -- at the Skyline Music Fest.
(photo by Tom Wallace)
Going from Melissa Etheridge to Andrew Bird, Target Field’s Skyline Music Festival’s newly added second day probably won’t draw the same fans twice like Rock the Garden did this past weekend – but it should draw RTG-goers at least once.
The Twins announced an indie-rock-flavored Aug. 8 installment (billed as Indie Night) of the Skyline Fest to go with the Etheridge-led Aug. 9 lineup. Chicago-bred whistling violinist rocker Bird will headline the kick-off date along with another holdover from Rock the Garden’s 2008 schedule, Canadian power-popsters the New Pornographers. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and two locally rooted drummers-turned-songwriters, Dosh and S. Carey, will also perform.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. through the Twins’ ticket system for $29-$49. The Twins’ site doesn’t even mention a two-day ticket option. As was the case with Rock the Garden, though, organizers can optimize the expenses of setting up for the fest by adding another day.
The Skyline fest’s stage will be laid out along the third baseline, as was the case at last year’s inaugural installment with Soul Asylum and Big Head Todd & the Monsters. This year’s Day Two lineup follows the same musical mold of that one, echoing Twins-owned KTWIN-96.3 FM's format with Etheridge, O.A.R., the Rembrandts, Honeydogs and returning local favorites the Gear Daddies.
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