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Concerts: Jason Mraz, Interpol, Atmosphere hitting small rooms

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: July 14, 2014 - 11:16 AM

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.

Interpol's members don't look too happy about their upcoming tour. Perfect. / Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel

Interpol's members don't look too happy about their upcoming tour. Perfect. / Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel

Taste of Minnesota will move to Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: June 25, 2014 - 4:17 PM


Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness

Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness


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.

Square Lake Fest 2014 on sale today with Low, Anonymous Choir

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: June 25, 2014 - 10:56 AM
Low played the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis last year to tout their album "The Invisible Way." / Tom Wallace, Star Tribune

Low played the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis last year to tout their album "The Invisible Way." / Tom Wallace, Star Tribune

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:

Low played the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis last year to tout their album "The Invisible Way." / Tom Wallace, Star Tribune

  • Low
  • Anonymous Choir
  • Frankie Lee
  • Shiro Dame
  • Carroll
  • Gao Hong
  • Ruben

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.

Skyline Music Fest adds second day with Andrew Bird, New Pornographers

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: June 23, 2014 - 9:54 AM

 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.

Not-yet-open Loring Park restaurant rocks Northern Spark

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: June 12, 2014 - 6:13 PM
Black Diet. Photo by Leslie Plesser.

For serious night owls a 2 a.m. closing time is too cruel a rule. Although bars still have their normal curfew, one night per year Twin Cities culture junkies are encouraged to stay out until dawn.

The fourth annual all-night art festival Northern Spark, which last year drew 45,000 attendees, returns Saturday. From 9 p.m. until daybreak, artists of all mediums will perform and exhibit their work at locations across Minneapolis.This year's theme: “Projecting the City.”

While there is much to see and experience during the sleep-depriving arty party, anyone whose get-down urges extend passed bar close might head to Kim Bartmann’s coming-soon Loring Park restaurant, where the music won’t stop till the birds are chirping. The restaurateur behind Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat’s Tap, the newly opened Tiny Diner and more is staying tight-lipped regarding her plans for the former Cafe Maude and Nick and Eddie space at 1612 Harmon Place. But Bartmann will open its doors starting at 9 p.m. for a late night of music and performance art.

“We’re excited to bring a little bohemian life back to Loring Park,” she said.

Presented by the Bedlam Theatre and DJ Rambo Salinas, indoor performers include singer/songwriter Brian Laidlaw, who’s teaming with literary rag Paper Darts for a vaudevillian music and poetry piece, rockabilly quartet L’Assasins, energetic soul rockers Black Diet, DJs Dan McAllister of Worldwide Discotheque, Soul Togetherness’ Brenda Hernandez and Kevin Jones, and more. Outside the restaurant Lea Devon Sorrentino and Forever Young’s Chris Cloud host a silent dance party, while the Independent Filmmaker Project MN screens silent films in the alley scored live by local bands. Plus an outdoor ping pong tourney and a sunrise yoga session (see full schedule below).

Though the unnamed restaurant is still under construction, food, booze and much-needed espresso will be available. Bartmann had hoped to open before Northern Spark, but had a hiccup with an energy-inefficient back door. The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission denied her request to have the door replaced, so she essentially built a door within a door as a workaround. The restaurant is about three weeks away from opening and more details about the concept and her collaborators (which include a former Minneapolitan who’s returning after running a Brooklyn bar) will be announced next week.

Until then, tell the Sandman to shove it and enjoy the dusk-till-dawn art extravaganza.

Inside performances at 1612 Harmon Place:

9:10 p.m. Frank Theater
9:30 p.m. Paper Darts
10:20 p.m. DJ Tarik Thornton
11:20 p.m. L'Assassins
12:20 a.m. DJ Brenda Hernandez
1:30 a.m. Black Diet
2:20 a.m. DJ Dan McAllister
3:20 a.m. DJ Kevin Jones
4:20 a.m. DJ Rambo Salinas

Outside performances at 1612 Harmon Place:

9 p.m.-3 a.m. IFP MN presents Out of the Shadows - Movies & Music in the Dark (live score by local bands at the top of each hour)
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Happenstance...Negative Jam (Silent Dance Party!) by Chris Cloud & Lea Devon Sorrentino
9 p.m.-3 a.m. Ping Pong by Starlight - Register for tourney online at  http://tinyurl.com/NSpingpong or sign up on site by 10:45 p.m. (open pong before & after tourney)
5:30 a.m. Sunrise Yoga in Loring Park (located on north side of the park, across from 1612 Harmon Place)


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