Another side of the skyline
Walker Art Center’s outdoor overhaul forced its annual Rock the Garden fest to relocate to Boom Island, but it still offers a downtown skyline view and the bonus of a second stage. The big names this year are acid-rock showmen the Flaming Lips and acid-rap wiz kid Chance the Rapper, in full-on breakout after last month’s uplifting new mixtape, “Coloring Book.” Also on the bill are soul-rock hitmakers Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, indie-rock strummer M. Ward, punky California newcomers Plague Vendor and locals Poliça, Grrrl Prty and Hippo Campus.CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER
2-10 p.m. Sat., Boom Island Park, Mpls., $64, eTix.com
It is a rare story, but true, how four rock ’n’ roll pioneers came together one night. “Million Dollar Quartet” is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when Sun Records legend Sam Phillips summoned to his studio Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. It was a jam session like few others. R. Kent Knutson directs the Old Log production of this 1950s jukebox with Eric Morris as Jerry Lee and Frank Moran (Conrad Birdie in Chanhassen’s production of “Bye-Bye Birdie”) as Elvis.
Opens 7:30 p.m. Sat. Ends Jan. 21. Old Log Theatre, Greenwood. $20-$40. oldlog.com
Two companies known for their highly athletic performance style, Black Label Movement and Contempo Physical Dance, join forces for an exciting new partnership. BLM artistic director Carl Flink has gained a national reputation for collaborating with scientific leaders. Now he conspires with Marciano Silva dos Santos, whose vibrant fusion of Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira and contemporary dance results in exciting, rhythm-fueled performances.
7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. & June 24-25, Cowles Center, Mpls., $25-$30, thecowlescenter.org
After losing an attention-grabbing lawsuit accusing superstar producer Dr. Luke of sexually harassing her, Kesha is back concentrating on music. Her cameo at the massive Coachella fest in April caused a bigger stir than Kanye West’s, and her low-key reading of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” on the Billboard Awards last month earned her newfound respect. Now the voice of the No. 1 pop hits “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R” is returning to the road, with the Twin Cities as her first show.
8 p.m. Thu., Mystic Lake Casino, sold out, mysticlake.com
Pack a picnic and head for Franconia Sculpture Park, which is celebrating 20 years as a high-class, kid-friendly outdoor creative hub. More than 840 artists have worked at the park near Taylors Falls, and those around are always happy to explain projects to visitors. Alumni artists will return Saturday for a daylong “Conversations With Creators on the Prairie,” featuring informal tours and a concert by Duluth singer-songwriter Mary Bue & the Holy Bones.
6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, free franconia.org
Summer beckons, and with it comes the first al fresco concerts of the season, as the Minnesota Sinfonia loads its music stands with Strauss, Smetana, Sousa and others for a special family concert honoring the memory of Minnesota artist Anthony Caponi, at the art park in Eagan that bears his name.
7 p.m. Sun., Caponi Art Park, Eagan, free, mnsinfonia.org
Mu Performing Arts is producing a play by Victor Maog that uses professional wrestling as its dramatic flywheel. Randy Reyes stars in “tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a Filipino) Hulk Hogan.” The story follows an immigrant boy who travels from the Marcos-era Philippines to San Francisco to meet his long-lost parents. He finds himself lonely in his new country and conjures a “pro-wrestling fantasy” (isn’t that redundant?) to escape.
7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends June 26. Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, $20, muperformingarts.org
Forget about summer celebrations of fruit, Brooklyn Park’s Tater Daze pays tribute to the root vegetable that gave us chips, fries and hash browns. Early settlers of the suburb discovered that potatoes flourished in its flat, sandy soil. Events include a parade, beer and wine garden, and a root-beer-float social. The Westside Band and Smithstonians get the party started with live music. Also a blood drive, sports clinic, petting zoo and more.
6:30-9:30 p.m. Thu.; 2-11 p.m. Fri.; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Noble Sports Park, Brooklyn Center. brooklynpark.org/tater-daze
Denver’s exclamatory folk-rock band the Lumineers broke big with the hit “Ho Hey” in 2012, earning them platinum status five times over and a best new artist Grammy nomination. Wesley Schultz and his hard-strumming cohorts are well past one-hit-wonder status and landed at No. 1 in Billboard in April with their follow-up, “Cleopatra,” led by another repetitive hit single, “Ophelia.” Catch them with 19-year-old Irish singer Soak and opening band Sleepwalkers.
7:30 p.m. Tue., Roy Wilkins Auditorium, $30, ticketmaster.com