Soundset weekend will feature a bunch of awesome events and pre-parties, one of the more notable being “Minnisodope.” The Viking Bar will host some of the Twin Cities’ hottest up and comers with performances from Saint Laron, GYM, Rich Garvey, Mixie DBest, and Blamsiss, as well as DJ Low on the 1s & 2s. There will also be artwork and clothing from Bones N’ Furr and Red Letter, respectively. This one is 21+ and the door is only $8, if you’re looking for somewhere to kick off your Soundset weekend, look no further.
Art-A-Whirl weekend is nearly upon us and the festivities are looking as good, if not better than any previous year. The people from Public Functionary and CMND + CTRL, will join forces for “Aphotic,” a late night party that will include live production, artwork, and DJ sets. Psymun and Devata Daun will both show off their live production skills while DJ Just Nine, DJ Frank Castle, and Ms. Lakesha provide DJ sets. This one is only $5, they may even have a small bar for attendees who are 21+. Click the link below for more information.
The homie DJ Low will celebrate his birthday at the Viking Bar this year. The event features a solid lineup with performances from Mac Drakula, as well as DJ sets from Minnie Blanco, Travis Gorman, BabyGhost, and Julian Fairbanks. Drink specials will be plentiful for those who come early, along with FREE giveaways and art by Stephanie Sayuri. A good time in the making, this one is 21+ and the door is only $3 before 11:30PM ($5 after), click the link below to RSVP.
With Art-A-Whirl coming up this weekend, Northeast Minneapolis will once again take center stage. The annual festival celebrates an astonishingly wide variety of artistic mediums, while showcasing artists at pretty much every level of the industry. Indeed Brewing’s annual 3 day festival, “Whirlygig,” will once again be a favorite spot to grab a beer; it has arguably the best Art-A-Whirl location out of any brewery due to it’s close proximity to a plethora of art studios. Indeed, the beer will be flowing, but the weekend will also feature performances from Mark Mallman, Marijuana Deathsquads, Ayvah, Pert Near Sandstone, Lydia Liza, and Fury Things among others. This event is family friendly, but they’d prefer you leave your friends of the four legged variety at home, the black top can get quite hot and this event will be PACKED. 21+ to drink of course and wristbands that allow you to drink are only $1. Check out each days respective lineup above and make sure to bring CASH, this is a cash only event; click the link below for more information.
Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, May 16th @ 9:30PM
The “Best Damn Beat Battle” will return to Honey next Tuesday for it’s 7th installment. The events usually feature beat sets from local producers, as well as a tournament style battle that can swell to 20 participants. As of right now some of the confirmed producers participating include MICROPENIS, past champ Wealthy Relative, Student 1, D.Lee, and James Arrow among others. This one is 18+ and the door is only $5, click the link below for more information.
The kid XXXTentacion has been popping up all over the place as of late, starting with his claim that Drake bit his flow for one of his upcoming singles. Over the last few weeks he’s gone back and forth with San Diego rapper, Rob $tone, all of which culminated in $tone being taken off of Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival lineup. The ultra hype artist will be live at MYTH this June while he crosses the nation on his “Revenge” tour. He’ll be joined by Ski Mask The Slump God and Craig Xen, two artists who are beginning to make names for themselves as well. This show is all ages and general admission tickets are currently available for $27, VIP tickets are also available ranging from $63-$111; click the link below to buy yours now.
The good people from CMND+CTRL will continue their monthly beat series at Icehouse with one of their best shows yet. This time around Falls, Travis Gorman, and The Cadillac of Tokyo will all perform live production sets, you’ll probably see a few special guests throughout the night too. DJs Rowsheen and Yon LGND will round out the night, this one is 21+ and the door is only $5, click the link below for more information.
Location: Starts at 25th St E & Bloomington Ave S // End at Powderhorn Park (3400 15th Ave S) When: Sunday, May 7th // Noon-7PM
As spring gets into full swing, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, is preparing to throw their annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony & Festival. The event is meant to celebrate the upcoming summer months, as well as to shed light on issues that effect the mainly working class Powderhorn community. The oft-slept on Powderhorn Park will host a variety of food vendors along with 5 separate areas of entertainment, including 4 stages. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even grab a canoe ride in Powderhorn’s fairly large lake. The MayDay Festival is FREE and an all ages event, so make sure to be mindful of the young ones. Click the link below for a full run down of this year’s musical guests and check out a few photos from prior years.
Location: 3090 Southlawn Drive, St. Paul When: Saturday, May 6th @ 7PM
Bay area songstress, Kehlani, will be live at the MYTH this Saturday. Brought to us by the good folks over at Greenroom Magazine, this show is NOT to be slept on. Kehlani will be joined by Ella Mai, Jahkoy, and Noodlez; rounding out what should be a great night. This one is all ages and tickets are still available for $25, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis When: Friday, May 5th @ 8PM
Chicago artist G-Herbo will be in the Twin Cities for Cinco de Mayo weekend. The young MC has maintained his wave even with the “drill” rap scene waning, he has always set himself apart with crafty lyricism and poignant stories of street life. The event will also feature SKNY, Sweetz P, and DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, you already know this one’s going to be lit. The door is 18+ and general admission tickets are currently available for $22 ($45 for VIP), click the link below to buy yours before they sell out.