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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tony the Scribe is a man of many mediums. From directing his “Just Breathe” installation spotlighting the environmental challenges inner city & minority communities often face, to maintaining himself as a fixture within the Twin Cities music scene, Tony has found himself busy as an activist and artist. The release party for his upcoming EP Mixed Messages promises to captivate the audience with a one time only performance installation directed by Tony, as well as performances from Sarah White, Andrew Broder, and DJ sets by Minnie Blanco. This show is 21+ and tickets are still available for $8 ($10 @ door), click the link below to purchase yours now.
Location: 2709 E Lake Street, Minneapolis When: Saturday, February 3rd // 4PM-10PM
Super Bowl weekend is right around the corner and there is no shortage of dope events to keep an eye on. Taylor Gang’s own Ty Dolla $ign will be live at El Nuevo Rodeo this Saturday, along with hometown favorite Finding Novyon. The event will also feature a fashion show as well as pop up shops for those looking to pick up some new gear. The main event is 18+, but ends at 10PM, while the after party will only be open to patrons over 21. General admission tickets are still available for $90, and you can purchase VIP passes for $190; click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 10 5th St S, Minneapolis When: Thursday, February 8th // 6PM-10PM
After a stint in Colorado, Kihndyn Peters is back in Minnesota and plans to hit the ground running. The release show for his album Kihndyn & The Brain is right around the corner and the lineup is pretty solid. The show will feature performances from Kihndyn Peters, Student 1, Will Robinson, Lewiee Blaze, Demon Marcus, and special guests Exxe. This event is 18+ and tickets are currently available for only $7 in advance ($10 @ door), click the link below to cop yours now.