Big Gigs: The Twin Cities' best concerts Aug. 30-Sept. 5

  • Updated: August 30, 2013 - 7:35 AM

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are part of this weekend's State Fair grandstand lineup along with Tim McGraw and the MN Music-on-a-Stick concert.

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Macklemore, left, and Ryan Lewis play a sold-out grandstand show on Saturday.

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STATE FAIR

If money-back guarantees were offered at concerts, the second annual Minnesota-Music-on-a-Stick concert probably wouldn’t lose a cent. An eclectic patchwork of local acts, it also happens to boast some of the most entertaining live acts in the state, past or present. Bluegrassy folk pickers Trampled by Turtles top out the lineup along with ’80s dance-rockers the Suburbs, who prove they’re still a kick on their just-dropped album, “Si Sauvage.” The lineup also includes folk-rocker Mason Jennings and high-adrenaline Doomtree/Rhymesayers rapper P.O.S., while opening R&B/hip-hop starlets the Chalice can make even tight-jeaned indie-rockers dance. (5 p.m. Fri., grandstand, $28.) Riemenschneider

 

Now a favorite of Jam Band Nation, sacred steel guitarist Robert Randolph is amped up over his new “Lickety Split” album, featuring guests Carlos Santana and Trombone Shorty. (8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Bandshell.) Bream

 

An alt-country pioneer in the 1980s, Rosie Flores sounded terrific on last year’s “Working Girl’s Guitar.” (1 & 2:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 30-31, Bandshell.) Bream

 

For the second year in a row, the State Fair has taken an act that got its big break locally at the Soundset hip-hop fest and turned it into a sold-out grandstand show. Of course, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rocketed out of the indie-rock realm everywhere over the past year, starting with one brave song that became an anthem for same-sex marriage advocates, “Same Love,” followed by two breezier No. 1 singles, “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” Twin Cities fans know the Seattle duo can bring it live. For openers, they’re bringing along one vet who influenced them, Talib Kweli, and one buzzing newcomer, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper, whose new album “Acid Rap” just dropped to widespread acclaim. (7:30 p.m. Sat., grandstand, sold out.) Riemenschneider

 

Like many other country singers, Eric Paslay got his start in Nashville penning hits for others. His writing résumé includes “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” for Jake Owen and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” for the Eli Young Band. Now Paslay has his own single out, “Friday Night.” (10:30 & 11:45 a.m. Sun.-Mon., bandshell). Bream

 

Regular performers at the fair, Fort Worth’s Quebe Sisters Band will dazzle you with their award-winning fiddling, harmonizing and love of all things Western swing. (1 & 2:30 p.m. Sun.-Mon.) Bream

 

Every year since 1994, Tim McGraw has scored a Top 10 country song. His latest is this year’s “Highway Don’t Care,” with Taylor Swift, who paid him back for inspiring her first hit, “Tim McGraw.” After stealing the show last summer from Kenny Chesney at Target Field, the slimmed down McGraw (he quit drinking) returns to the grandstand. Rowdy Brantley Gilbert, known for “Country Must Be Country Wide,” opens. (7:30 p.m. Mon., grandstand, sold out.) Bream

POP/ROCK

With his new trio Blue Sky Riders, Kenny Loggins walks the line between his folk-pop and the kind of 1980s pop that passes for Nashville country these days. He’s joined by two Nashville songwriting pros who are married to each other — Gary Burr (“Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me,” “I Try to Think About Elvis” ) and Georgia Middleman (“I’m In,” “It’s All How You Look at It”). Blue Sky Riders doesn’t sound like an arranged marriage; there is obvious chemistry here, reminiscent of Loggins & Messina with a female voice added. (8 p.m. Fri., State Theatre, $46.50-$56.50.) Jon Bream

 

New Jersey’s riotous punk band Titus Andronicus has made mincemeat of the Entry in years past, and its echoes of Hüsker Dü and the Replacements suit the place well. Nervy voiced frontman Patrick Stickles and his crew pretty well captured their nerve-rattling stage energy on last year’s live-in-the-studio album for XL Recordings, “Local Business.” Brooklyn’s Lost Boy opens. (9 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $15.) Chris Riemenschneider

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