Summer in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the rest of Minnesota always promises plenty of music. Here are a few of your best bets for what’s to come:
On July 9, For The Love will take over St. Paul’s Lowertown for the third year in a row. Bringing 14 different local artists and DJs to the stage at Bedlam Theater, the event is one of the coolest celebrations of local Hip Hop, and a message of positivity so necessary in a world that seems more mixed up than ever.
Lowertown’s Blues Festival will get funky July 22 and 23. The free event will bring the likes of The Family Stone, Otis Day & The Knights, Booker T. Jones, and dozens of other acts to Mears Park and surrounding venues.
And if you haven’t already been going to Music in Mears every Thursday, you’ve already missed out on some of the finest local music the Twin Cities has to offer. But there is plenty more to come, as it will run all the way through August, so you’re not too late.
The History Center’s 9 Nights Of Music is starting up this month, presenting “the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of Minnesota’s multi-cultural community at free outdoor performances at the Minnesota History Center every Tuesday in July and August.”
Also, if you’ve found yourself up in Duluth on July 9, you can catch hometown heroes Trampled by Turtles, with Hippo Campus, the Cactus Blossoms and other acts at beautiful, and expansive, Bayfront Festival Park. For more information, click here.
There are plenty of national acts making stops in Minnesota as well.
Adele will bring her smashing show to the Xcel Energy Center on July 5-6. If you didn’t get tickets, just watch the parody on repeat. Or just go down the street to see Davu Seru’s always-inspired set at The Black Dog for free (July 5). Or go to 1st Ave across the river to see the Violent Femmes.
A lot of big shows sell out fast, like Flume‘s at the Skyway in Minneapolis on August 20, which sold out in (what seemed like) 3 and 1/2 minutes. But if you haven’t checked out the excellent latest album Skin yet do yourself a favor and do that asap.
Gwen Stefani is coming to the Xcel we as well, on August 7, but if you’re a Gwen Stefani fan chances are you already know that.
Steve Earle will be coming to Minnesota on August 2 with Shawn Colvin as part of their collaboration Colvin & Earle. For fans of true badass country and fantastic vocal harmonies, it’s a show you won’t want to miss.
Oh yeah, and the Midwest’s answer to Cochella, SummerSet, will be here before we know it as well. You can check out a crazy mix of artists, including Bassnectar, Chance the Rapper, Atmosphere, Grimes, and countless more during the three-day camping-and-music-and-more getaway. Have you gotten tickets yet? Found a tent big enough for you and 20 of your friends? Secured the necessary, um, supplies?
Also, has anyone been hanging out at Vieux Carré lately?