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Fests! Fests! Fests! (And Other Stuff) in Your Complete Concert Calendar: June 13-19

Pretty much ever concert you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

Photo provided; Morgan Winston|

Meshell Ndegeocello; Kiss the Tiger

Festival season is truly upon us. This week, take your pick from the Stone Arch Bridge Fest, the new Payne Ave Fest, multiple Juneteenth celebrations, and assorted events offering a ramp up to Pride. (Click here to revisit our feature on the apparent death of the Twin Cities music festival.)

Tuesday, June 13

Grace Potter @ Bauhaus

Spaghetti Monetti & the Sauce @ Bryant Square Park

International Reggae Allstars @ Bunkers

  • Meshell Ndegeocello @ DakotaThe Dakota's a great room for Ndegeocello, and she'll be here for four shows in two nights. Her days of pop impact long gone, she's matured into a sensitive performer of other peoples' material—2018's Ventriloquism focused heavily on '80s and '90s R&B. She returns to songwriting with The Omnichord Real Book, out this Friday, which features collaborations with top shelf jazz artists, including Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jeff Parker, and Brandee Younger.

St. Dominic’s Trio @ Driftwood

Benson Boone with Nicky Youre @ Fine Line

Rodrigo y Gabriela with Honeybutter @ Fitzgerald Theater

Bit Brigade with Abandon Fest @ Icehouse

Cedar Avenue Big Band Open Rehearsal @ Jazz Central

Jim Emery @ Loring Park

Alestorm @ The Lyric

Nova Jazz Orchestra @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Timeless Tuesdays @ Mortimers

DJ Nanobyte Presents "Byte Nyte" @ Palmer's

Mike's Dead with The Haunt and Kobenz @ 7th St Entry

Conspiracy Series featuring Dilly Dally Alley, Roboslide @ 331 Club

Worker's Playtime, Mumblin' Drew @ 331 Club

  • James McMurtry with BettySoo @ Turf ClubLord do I hope that no one over 20 really believes that reactionary leaders inspire great music anymore, not after the years following 9/11 spewed up American Idiot, "Mosh," and an Enya revival. But the swing toward permanent war and social neglect did tone up James McMurtry’s lyrics. After a decade-plus as a fair-to-good singer/songwriter (and yes, his dad is novelist Larry, if you were wondering), McMurty dug in and came up with “We Can’t Make It Here Anymore,” an unsparing look at the U.S. in decline. He’s kept in that vein since, mixing acute social realism with songs of unrooted, aging love. On “Canola Fields,” the standout track from his 2021 album, The Horses and the Hounds, he hooks up with a woman he’s had a crush on for three decades and observes, “You can’t be young and do that.” Something to look forward to!

Trevor McSpadden & Mary Cutrufello @ White Squirrel

Los Pinches Gueys (Tuesday Residency) @ White Squirrel

Wednesday, June 14

Hunny Bear with Pandelion, Emery Snow, The Flakes @ Amsterdam

  • Tyler Childers with Marcus King @ ArmoryStylistically, lyrically, and conceptually, Childers has been an especially ambitious country traditionalist (don’t dare call him Americana!) since he cut his first record at 19. He closed his otherwise instrumental bluegrass album, A Long Violent History, with a title track that addressed the past and present of racism. For his fifth album, he went gospel—and how. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? repeats eight songs in three different versions: A “Hallelujah” version recorded with his band the Food Stamps, a "Jubilee" version that brings in horns and strings for a near-Dixieland feel, and a "Joyful Noise" version of remixes that incorporates samples. He doesn’t skimp on the theology either: “The Triune God” gets a titular shout out, and Childers revisits his old track “Purgatory,” where he hopes the Catholics are right that there’s a third option for the afterlife because otherwise he’s bound for Hell. As for the title track, Childers lets some kindly proselytizers know that if he can’t bring his pooches along to the hereafter, that’s a dealbreaker for this hunter. Childers ain't the sort of fella who usually plays rooms this big—thank the unexpected adoption of his 2019 song "All Your’n" by TikTokkers.

Annie Fitzgerald @ Aster Cafe

Dylan Salfer @ Bunkers

Ray Cabaet @ The Commons

13 Arrows @ Como Park Conservatory

Maggie's Wednesdays: Mia Dorr @ Crooners

The Bad Companions @ Eagles 34

  • Hamell on Trial @ Hook and LadderFor 30 years, Ed Hamell has been hammering away, furiously and unaccompanied, on his 1937 Gibson L-00 acoustic, yammering hilariously and insightfully away in his broad Syracuse, New York, accent. He's a foul-mouthed lefty with a taste for lowlife barroom tales, and we're lucky he swings by The Hook so regularly. If you want a preview of his live show, try The Pandemic Songs, a Facebook-streamed performance from 2020.

Aiden Intro (June Residency) with Zac Khan, Zippo Man, Psylo @ Icehouse

Star of the North Concert Band @ Lake Harriet Bandshell

Monique & Xperience @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Surly Grrly Residency with Virginia's Basement, Identity Crisis, Wing Beaver @ Mortimer's

Colonel Mustard's Mechanical Orchestra @ Palmer's

Leith Ross with Kevin Atwater and Kai Warrior @ 7th St Entry

Harold’s House Party on KFAI with Rina and AJ. (of Steam Machine) @ 331 Club

Jake Manders, Paul Laurence @ 331 Club

The Prizefighters (Album Release) with Lumpy, Loser Magnet, Of Two Lions @ Turf Club

The Favorite Things & Friends @ Underground Music Venue

Lars-Erik Larson & The 2nd Stringers @ White Squirrel

The Briefly Gorgeous with Bloomer, Neighbor Dog @ White Squirrel

Thursday, June 15

The Sunny Era (Album Release) @ Amsterdam

Alicia Thao + Robert Lehmann with 5ifthhouse @ Aster Cafe

Matt Jennings Electric Trio @ Bryant Square Park

Jay Bee & the Routine @ Bunkers

Samuel Joson @ The Commons

David Singley and Pure Source @ Crooners

Rebecca Aadland (Album Release) @ Crooners

Sue Scott's Island of Discarded Women with Paula Poundstone & Jearlyn Steele @ Crooners

Deb Brown Presents Thing Called Love: Songs of Bonnie Raitt @ Crooners

Emmet Cohen Trio @ Dakota

Spill, Betty and the Rubble, Jealous Brother @ Driftwood

Icewear Vezzo with Tae Supreme, NLU Skeet, Phoreiign @ First Avenue

Mark Joseph & American Soul with The Northside Horns (Single Release)
with Smokin' Joe & Friends, and New Line Riders @ Hook and Ladder

Kevin Gamble Trio @ Icehouse

Rachel Kurtz @ Icehouse

Steffi Brill @ KJ's Hideaway

  • Kiss the Tiger, Creeping Charlie @ Mears ParkProper, functioning cities should rock. With the annual, free, weekly, outdoor Lowertown Sounds program, St. Paul is privy to this in ways Minneapolis could really learn from. When this year’s lineup was announced, organizers noted that over half of the acts are new this summer. Tonight, we’ve got Creeping Charlie, whose youthful take on Pavementy soundz were delightful at Loring Park earlier this month, and ferocious rock ‘n’ rollers Kiss the Tiger, whose glowing Racket profile you can read here. Non-musical offerings include great beer from Utepils and Wabasha Brewing Co., wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard, and a rotating cast of 20 food trucks.

Tim Casey & the Martyrs @ Minnehaha Bandstand

Olivia Roosa @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Müllet, Popstar, Erik's Iridescent Tent, Floodwater Angel @ Mortimer's

Descendents and Circle Jerks with Adolescents @ Palace Theatre

"Riddim Driven" with DJ I Roach and Friends @ Palmer's

Pansy Division with Bev Rage & The Drinks and Lumari @ 7th St Entry

Cross Pollination: The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League @ 331 Club

Hotel Mira with Josh Sky @ Turf Club

Van Ham x Lewiee Blaze with Gangsta Fun Band,The Dregs, & Welby June @ Underground Music Venue

Molly Brandt, Emmy Woods, and Sammie Jean Cohen @ Uptown VFW

Pig’s Eye Records presents… The Bored, Street Hassle, Roundabouts @ White Squirrel

Friday, June 16


Laura Lamb @ Aster Cafe

Billy Johnson & the Hill Cats @ Bunkers

  • Payne Ave Fest @ Caydence & The TreasuryEdina-reared lyricist Craig Finn once stated: “Payne Avenue lives up to its name/Some nights it's painful and strange.” Expect cheerier vibes in the St. Paul neighborhood for Payne Ave Fest, the inaugural multi-venue music festival. Over two days, a stacked lineup will perform inside two venues, bringing a 30-act sample platter of genre-spanning live local music. Headliners are homegrown hip-hop star Nur-D (on Friday) and indie rocker Lydia Liza with Big Cats (on Saturday).

The Gated Community @ The Commons

Ted Olsen Quartet @ Crooners

California Dreamin’: The Songs of Laurel Canyon @ Crooners

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Presents: Radio Noir @ Crooners

Maggie's Afterglow: Rick Carlson with Colleen Raye @ Crooners

Ladies Of Soul: A Juneteenth Celebration @ Dakota

The Long Honeymoon, Shadow Lake @ Driftwood

90s Preservation Society @ Eagles 34

Dance Yourself Clean @ Fine Line

86'd Lullaby @ Green Room

ELnO and DJ Time Machine @ Hook and Ladder

Bryan Nichols Trio @ Icehouse

John R. Miller with Todd Day Waite @ Icehouse

Paul Hecht @ Jazz Central

Tori Evans with Jazicality @ KJ’s Hideaway

Kirk Fletcher & Dylan Salfer with Kevin Eubanks @ KJ's Hideaway

Sesay @ Lake Harriet Bandstand

Bonnie X Clyde @ The Loft

Other Country Ensemble @ Loring Park

Belly Dance Collaborative @ Minnehaha Bandstand

Sumo Seven @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Haters Club, Mad Mojo Jett and High on Stress @ Palmer's

Tori Evans, Katy Tessman and The International Treasures @ Palmer's

Becky Buller + Monroe Crossing: Picking Party on the Home Planet @ Parkway Theater

Billie Marten with Olivia Kaplan @ 7th St Entry

Everyday Trebles, The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League, The Way Back Yard @ 331 Club

Model Citizen with Eleganza! and Big Salt @ Turf Club

Jake Schultz (EP Release) with EverNorth & Virginia's Basement @ Underground Music Venue

Chacko Luv + GardenStreet @ Uptown VFW

Hipshaker @ Uptown VFW

Loser Magnet with Wish Wash, Snowshoe @ White Squirrel

Saturday, June 17

Cub Sport with Memory Deluxe @ Amsterdam

Louis Tomlinson with The Snuts + Andrew Cushin @ Armory

The Midnight Choir Social Club @ Aster Cafe

Chase and Ovation @ Bunkers

Rapture: A Tribute to the Music of Anita Baker @ Crooners

The Alrio Trio Plus with Peter Vircks @ Crooners

Erin’s Big 52nd Birthday Show with Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs @ Crooners

Maggie's Afterglow: Rick Carlson with Maurice Jacox @ Crooners

Ranky Tanky with Ms. Lisa Fischer @ Dakota

KYX, the Scarlett Tangerines, Duluth's Indecent Proposal @ Driftwood

The Bill Patton Trio @ Dusty's

American Cream Band, Bermuda Squares, Yoni Yum, Zozotech @ Eagles 34

Temples with Post Animal @ Fine Line

Local Lovin' @ The Garage

FreedomBall 2023 @ Granada

New Orleans Suspects with Kung Fu Hippies @ Hook and Ladder

Tony Cuchetti with Blair Krivaneck @ Icehouse

Parisota Trio @ Icehouse

Neopolitan and Taylor James Donskey @ Icehouse

Levi Schwartzberg @ Jazz Central

Taylor Smith and the Roamin' Jasmine @ KJ’s Hideaway

Organ Donors with Lasse Corson Trio @ KJ's Hideaway

Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Presents: Mississippi (Fusion Jazz) @ Lake Harriet Bandshell

Dirty Snatcha X Dr. Ozi @ The Loft

Jaybee and the Routine @ Minnesota Music Cafe

The Assortment feat. DJ Michael Grey @ Mortimer's

The Blend, Uncle Muskrat @ Palmer's

Armageddon Productions Presents` "SummerTyme '23!" @ Palmer's

Birth Order, Pain Seminar, Klazomaniac @ Pilllar

Eyelids with Muun Bato @ 7th St Entry

  • Stone Arch Bridge Fest @ Stone Arch BridgeFather’s Day weekend means the return of the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, a multi-day event featuring art, food, and music. Two stages of live music will feature mostly local acts, including Guante, Bethany Larson & the Bee’s Knees, Night Jobs, Brasszilla, Dan Israel, and many more.

Valors, Lifestyle Shakes, Super Flasher @ 331 Club

Voltage Controller, Endif, Outcidr @ 331 Club

Liturgy with Big|Brave @ Turf Club

Terra Squad Footwork Company Dance Party @ Underground Music Venue

Beatdown: DJ Czu, DeeJay YB, Yasmeenah, and DJ Clent @ Underground Music Venue

$elfsame presents: FREAK$HOW @ Underground Music Venue

Mother Banjo @ White Squirrel

Big Salt with The Muatas, Vulgar Tongue @ White Squirrel

Sunday, June 18

Lyn Lapid with Stephanie Poetri @ Amsterdam

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie @ Armory

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons @ Aster Cafe

JazZen @ Aster Cafe

Dr. Mambo’s Combo @ Bunkers

Trailer Trash @ Crooners

Hot Club Mania Quartet @ Crooners

Ginger Commodore and Friends @ Crooners

Co-MingL Presents: Soul Man, A Father’s Day Special @ Crooners

Judith Hill @ Dakota

Phine Friends, Shotgun Ragtime @ Driftwood

Quadeca and quickly, quickly @ Fine Line

Chris Lawrence Band @ Green Room

Dylan Salfer Band @ Hewing Hotel

HEATBOX with Maxaphone, Alex Steele, Reed Grimm, Bubba Love @ Hook and Ladder

John Swardson @ Icehouse

  • Sophia Kickhofel @ Jazz Central—Kickhofel, a brilliant young saxophonist who's off studying at Juilliard these days, is making the most of her summer return to Minneapolis. In addition to this performance in the cozy Jazz Central basement, she's curating Icehouse's Monday jazz series this month. The set I caught with her quartet two weeks ago was fantastic.

Dr. Jay’s Cabaret Presents: Great Songs of Summer @ KJ's Hideaway

Cantus @ Lake Harriet Bandshell

Really Spicy Opera @ Lake Harriet Bandshell

Splimit, Cat Tales, My Vigilante Superego @ Mortimer's

Cornbread Harris: Church of Cornbread @ Palmer's

West Band Social Club @ Palmer's

THICK with Crooked Teeth and RiGBY @ 7th St. Entry

Dan Schwartz @ 331 Club

Summer Salt @ Varsity

David von Schlegell & The Everything Bagel with Nate Walker (The Sparks), Ethan Caviness, Ry Edwards @ White Squirrel

Trench Size Trio @ White Squirrel

Carlaoke! @ White Squirrel

Monday, June 19

A Musical Celebration of Juneteenth – Hosted by T. Mychael Rambo @ Dakota

  • Carbon Sound 1st Birthday Party @ Fine Line—When I spoke to Carbon Sound content director Julian Green for my recent profile, he mentioned the lack of local showcases centered on Black music and told me “I’m looking forward to being able to have new unique events that maybe people haven’t thought of.” The DJ-driven lineup for this birthday party, which doubles as a Juneteenth celebration. gives you a hint of what he has in mind. Headlining is Byzzara, the latest alias of queer Afro-Chicanx DJ Cristian Ybarra (previously best known as DIE/Aspora), pan-genre DJ Yhante, self-described “culture rapper” Fanaka Nation, and several others including Green himself, as ech0astral.
  • Soul of the Southside 2023: Juneteenth Festival @ Hook and Ladder—There's a deep lineup for this free (with RSVP) event. Powerhouse jazz drummer LA Buckner and his group BiG HOMiE, the ubiquitous and indomitable Nur-D, married R&B duo iLLism, Cedar-Riverside rap-rocker Huhroon, JellyBean Johnson holding it down for the old heads, plus Ricki Monique, Jordan Johnston, Black Velvet Punks, Jada Lynn, Jazicality, the Culture, Brotha Ase, and Tenacity

Minnesota Freedom Band @ Lake Harriet Bandshell

Auto-Tune Karaoke @ Mortimer’s

American Dream Band @ Nicollet Island

DJ Still Hot Dave @ Palmer's

LESLIE, Services, Ghost Kitchen, and Rabeca @ 7th St Entry

Two Rivers @ 331 Club

The Roe Family Singers @ 331 Club

Matt Arthur Contraption @ 331 Club

Dead Army Takeover Tour @ Underground Music Venue

John Penny & the Virtuals @ Water Works

Sciurus Sequencia: Jazz and/or Creative Music Series @ White Squirrel

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