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‘Make Music Day’ Is Back With 4,500 Concerts and Free Events Nationwide This June

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If you’re looking for more to do this summer than walk to the pool or have an occasional beach day, why not plan a trip around the annual Make Music Day festival this June 21st? Make Music Day is a worldwide event that features concerts, impromptu jam sessions, music lessons, and free events in more than 800 cities across 120 countries. Last year, 4,138 free concerts and events were held in 53 cities across North America in coordination with additional celebrations in cities around the world. All were held on June 21st. As impressive as that is, the organization is looking to one-up itself this year by adding more than 350 additional events to the line-up! That means plenty of destinations to choose from for a midsummer weekend road trip. Fête De La Musique was first started by France’s Ministry of Culture. It was held on the summer solstice in 1982 and since then has become an annual worldwide phenomenon, a celebration of music where all are welcome to participate or merely take in the atmosphere. Check out Make Music’s local links for Minneapolis and Chicago to find events happening in an area near you this summer, and get out and sing on June 21st!

Special 40th Anniversary Screenings of ‘Grease’ Open In Theaters This April

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Director Randal Kleiser’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Grease is celebrating its 40th anniversary this April. To celebrate the occasion, TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events are hosting special screenings of the Oscar-nominated film in theaters across the country. Although Jim Jacob’s and Warren Casey’s original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Choreography (Birch), Best Actor (Barry Bostwick), and Best Costume Design, it was Kleiser’s film adaptation that would go down in history as an American pop-culture icon, with John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) and Olivia Newton-John (Xanadu, Two of a Kind) in the roles of greaser Danny Zuko and good-girl Sandy Olsson. The film received several Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), Best Actor (Travolta), Best Actress (Newton-John), and Best Original Song for Frankie Valli’s “Grease” and John Farrar’s “You’re The One That I Want,” neither of which is featured in the original musical. John Farrar’s “Hopelessly Devoted To You” also earned the film an Oscar-nomination for Best Original Song. For the anniversary event, special screenings will be played at select theaters on April 8th, April 11th, and April 14th. To find showings near you, visit Fathom Events at the link below and enter your Zip Code on your preferred date, and enjoy the show!

TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events

Art A Whirl Weekend @ 331 Club

Location: 331 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
When: Fri-Sun, May 18th-20th (Fri: 5PM-Close, Sat: Noon-Close, Sun: 1PM-Close)

Art A Whirl weekend has become a huge yearly event for many residents of the Twin Cities. The non conforming art festival now sprawls across innumerable art galleries, some official while others are inside homes transformed into show rooms. The 331 Club is in the thick of the Northeast Art District, and proves to be one of the best places to take a break from the art galleries for some live music and beer. This year the 3 day party will feature performances from Charlie Parr, Hastings 3000, Mark Mallman, FOG, Gay Witch Abortion, All Tomorrow’s Petty, and Beasthead among many, many others. Entrance for the Art A Whirl festivities is free, but you’ll need to be 21+ to party. Click the link below for more information and set times.

Art A Whirl @ 331 Club

The Rich Garvey Birthday Show

Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Thursday, April 5th @ 9PM

Rich Garvey’s birthday is right around the corner, so it’s only right that the local heavy hitter throws a big party. The event features a stacked lineup with performances from Prolly Tri$, EL.I.BE, Vinny Crook$, Prizm, Radio Ahlee, Juice Lord, and Timothy Devon, as well as production sets from Adriatic, Phib, and Blamsiss. DJs Rich Lee and Infinity Suite will hold down the 1s & 2s, while WNDRLND handles the hosting duties. This one is 21+ and the door is only $5, mark your calendars and stay tuned for more.

Soundset 2018

Location: 1265 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul (State Fair Grounds)
When: Sunday, May 27th // 11AM-9PM

Rhymesayer’s annual Soundset Festival will once again take over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for what should be yet another good time. Although some people were a tad upset with last minute no shows and randomly switching set times, last year’s event ended up being solid for the most part; especially for anyone who stayed for Travis Scott’s headlining set. This year, once again, the lineup features a very eclectic roster including headliners Erykah Badu, Migos, and Logic; as well as sets from Tyler The Creator, Ice T, Brockhampton, Wu-Tang Clan, and Jaden Smith among others. Soundset has always been about more than just music, so make sure to check out the live graffiti section, car show, and B Boy/B Girl dance off. Soundset is all ages and it appears that VIP passes are already sold out. General admission tickets are still available for the base price of $82 ($97 after fees), but will surely rise as we get closer to the event. Click the link below for a complete guide to Soundset 2018 and to buy your tickets.

Soundset 2018 Tickets

Soundset 2017 Recap:

G Eazy “The Beautiful & Damned Tour” [Recap]

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*Photo Credit: #1 Miles The DJ

Last Thursday, Bay Area rapper G Eazy stopped by the Twin Cities on his “The Beautiful & Damned” Tour. The Oakland native was joined by openers Anthony Russo, Phora, and L.A’s own burgeoning talent Trippie Redd. This one sold out shortly after the doors opened and the line easily wrapped outside of the ticketing lobby. The opening acts all did their thing, but Trippie Redd clearly stood out as a fan favorite. The young artist shined brightly in front of a packed house showing an incredible amount of poise while bringing his Soundcloud hits to life. With the crowd properly warmed up, G Eazy took the stage to ear popping screams, it was obvious who the audience was there to see. Staple tracks like “Sober” and “Her & I,” off his most recent album, The Beautiful & Damned, proved to be highlights, but it was clear that G Eazy could do no wrong in front of this crowd. An artist that has always gotten love in the Twin Cities, Eazy appeared at home and comfortable commanding 5000 fans. The entirety of the event went without any snags which is actually pretty rare in this day and age, say what you want about the Roy Wilkins’ sound, but this particular show was very well managed. G Eazy is a polarizing figure who continues to rise through Hip Hop’s ranks, but one thing that is for sure is that he puts on a damn good show. Check out a few pics above and be on the look out for more from G Eazy he continues his tour.

90th Academy Awards Ceremony Falls Flat Despite The Efforts of Jimmy Kimmel

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Jimmy Kimmel has become something of a favorite when it comes to awards show hosts in Hollywood, but even his calm and collected approach to comedy wasn’t enough to make the 90th Academy Awards any easier to watch. To no one’s surprise, the event was littered with awkward moments, transparency montages, and overrated acceptance speeches, the latter of which Kimmel tried to spare us by enticing winners to keep their speeches short in exchange for a new jet ski. The host even joked about the crystal-laden stage, commenting that “each of the 45,000 Swarovski crystals on the stage represents humility,” even though the site was really enough to make anyone working an honest 9-to-5 cringe. Despite presenting some well-deserved wins for Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Gary Oldman, and Roger Deakins, the “brilliance” of the event was overshadowed with failed Star Wars skits, a hotdog-throwing prank, and several desperate attempts to whitewash the #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo, and #TimesUp movements.

In regards to the latter, a special pre-filmed segment featuring interviews with Hollywood elites discussing equal representation in the business was presented by Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Selma Hayek, who urged viewers at home to make movies about their own life stories. Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani also took an opportunity to address the Dreamers, reassuring those who were watching that “Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America.” The best take on the present state of Hollywood, however, came from Kumail Nanjiani, who commented that, “Some of my favorite movies are by straight white dudes, about straight white dudes. Now you can watch my movies and relate to me. It’s not that hard. I’ve been doing it my whole life.” In the end, a lot of jokes were made about the laughable spectacle that is Hollywood, but in the end we’ll see how much change actually occurs before the Oscars return next March. A full list of winners can be seen here.

Phillip Saint John” The Sound” Release Party

Location: 10 S 5th St. #11, Minneapolis
When: Wednesday, March 14th @ 9PM

The Twin Cities’ next wave of artists is currently surging with talent with one of them being Phillip Saint John. He’ll hold the release party for his EP, The Sound, features a solid lineup including performances from Taylor Seaberg, Neon Blaque, Yoni Light, and ChocVillah. As 2018 gets into full swing, we’re sure you’ll be seeing a lot more from Phillip Saint John. This one is 18+ and advance tickets are currently available for only $8 ($10 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.

Phillip Saint John “The Sound” Release Party Tickets

Surly Brewing: Beer Hall Cellar Raid

Location: 520 Malcolm Avenue SE, Minneapolis
When: 6PM-9PM, Last Monday of Every Month

The good people from Surly Brewing have began opening up their cellars on every third Monday of each month. Craft beer fanatics and fans of the brewery can finally get their hands on previous years of Surly Darkness and coveted anniversary editions from years past. These tend to attract large crowds, so if you’re really dying to find a specific bottle you should plan on arriving early.

Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ Is A Cultural Phenomenon Because We Made It So

A week after its release in theaters across America, director Ryan Coogler’s new Marvel comic-adaptation, Black Panther, is still setting box office records. The film is the 5th highest domestic debut of all time, and the highest grossing February release in history, with a staggering $202,003,951. It earned more in just 3-days in theaters than any other film featuring a black director and predominantly black cast with an impressive worldwide opening weekend gross of $350 million. The success of the film has not only shattered age-old myths surrounding the “unpopularity” of all-black ensemble movies in Hollywood. It is also changing the way Hollywood, and America at large, view films that deal primarily with black and African American culture. But why is Black Panther such a big deal for America and not simply just another superhero movie with a hero who happens to be black? Continue reading