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!
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: 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.
Location: 701 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis When: Friday, March 23rd @ 9PM
Over the last year, Ness Nite has been in New York City, but that hasn’t stopped her from crafting a great album with oft-collaborator Mike Frey. The Minneapolis based producer and Ness Nite have turned their chemistry into one of 2018’s more refreshing offerings. The 12 track album showcases just how far Ness Nite has come in a fairly short amount of time. This Friday, she’ll headline First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry with openers DJ Rowsheen, DUA, and Izell Pyramid, a solid lineup for what should be a great night. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $10 ($15 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
Located in downtown St. Paul, Mickey’s Diner is quite possibly Minnesota’s most iconic diner. The classic box car was originally designed in New Jersey then transported to Minnesota in 1939. Known for their pancakes and breakfast plates, this is a place where a slim wallet can take you far. Milk shakes and malts are a must with any burger, everything is cooked to order so you’ll know it’s fresh when it hits the table. If it’s hockey season beware, things can get crowded quick, Mickey’s is a very small diner so make the trip during off hours. Click the link below for their official website.
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.
Minneapolis isn’t very well known for it’s Jamaican cuisine, but a little food court stall from the Burnsville Mall has began making big waves in south Minneapolis. On a summer day you can’t miss Pimento, reggae can be heard blasting from the open store front from at least half a block away. Within that block you’ll no doubt smell the chicken & pork that’s been catching people’s attention. Formerly neighbors, Tomme Beevas linked his home recipes with Yoni Reinharz’ business savvy and a restaurant was born. After winning the Food Network’s, Food Court Wars and spending a few years in Burnville, the duo decided to open a new location in Minneapolis. The food indeed lives up to the hype. Succulent jerk rubbed chicken falls off the bone onto a bed of rice, plantains, beans and Jamaican slaw. They also offer some damn good pork and oxtails for those looking to get that truly authentic feel. The staff is helpful and the menu can be navigated with ease by just about anyone. Food for 2 will run you about $20, not bad for a fairly balanced meal with a home cooked feel; on Wednesdays they offer a solid 6 wings for $5 deal. If you live in the vicinity of 26th street & Nicollet, GET FAMILIAR! Otherwise it’s well worth the trip, click the link below for more information.
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.
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: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, February 6th @ 9PM
Shrimpnose will resurrect his much loved “Best Damn Beat Battle” series next Tuesday at Honey in Northeast Minneapolis. As always, the event will feature a 16 person bracket of producers, 5 guest judges, and $250 in prize money to the victor. No word on who will be competing yet, but we’re sure that the lineup will be announced soon. If you’re interested in joining, the fee is $20 and those looking to simply check out the event will pay $5 at the door. Click the link below for more information and keep an eye out for updates as we get closer to the event.