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.
I’ve been saying it for years: vinyl is the way to go and Millennials are finally catching on! Best Buy announced this week that its stores will stop selling CDs (compact discs) altogether this July 1. Meanwhile vinyl sales have been steadily rising over the last few years, becoming, once again, a high-demand item for music retailers who have been struggling to compete with digital streaming services and music downloaded from the Internet. According to The Guardian, vinyl sales saw a 53% increase between 2015 and 2016, the highest sales numbers for vinyl since 1991. Although vinyls have always been kept around by independent retailers like Half Price Books and local stores like Cheapo Records and Electric Fetus here in Minneapolis, retailers like Best Buy and Target have caught up with the trend. As some begin to drop CD sales, none seem to have any plans to stop selling vinyl. Continue reading →
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.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 12th @ 8PM
It’s almost that time again, Sean Anonymous will be holding his now infamous, annual birthday bash at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry this weekend. Sean will headline the evening, but the show will also feature performances from Why Khaliq, Cashinova, Lizea Harper, and Alan Fashbaugh (comedy set). Sophia Eris holds down the 1s & 2s, Metasota will take care of the hosting duties, and we can almost guarantee you’ll see a few special guests throughout the night. This one is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $8 ($12 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
Location: 917 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 12th @ 8PM
The Free Minds crew has hit the ground running in 2018 with a headlining show from their lead artist, GainesFM, and now they’ll be bringing Xavier Wulf to The Cabooze. A favorite in the Twin Cities, Xavier Wulf’s Hollow Squad has continued to gain popularity among the youth. The Memphis born artist will be joined by Lil Tracy, Pollari, IDKJeffery, Student 1, and Devon Reason; lets just say there will be no shortage of high energy. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $25, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Saturday, January 13th @ 9PM
A few months back, Finding Novyon made the leap to L.A. without missing a step, the Twin Cities artist sold out his first headliner out west and continues to hone his craft. Just after the new year, he’ll make his first official return with a headlining show at the 7th St Entry; he’ll be joined by DUA, Student 1, and DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP. This is a show to mark on your calendars, the door is 18+ and tickets are currently available for $12, click the link below to buy yours now.
Indeed Brewing has always been supportive of the Twin Cities’ music scene sponsoring and even throwing a wide variety of events every year. Their upcoming event at Icehouse features an amazing lineup in Black Diet, PHO, and Ayvah. The show will serve as a reunion for Black Diet, who ruled the local festival circuit and critic’s picks lists between 2014-2015. PHO has established itself as a band that never disappoints, and Ayvah is one of the Twin Cities’ more promising up and coming artists. Anyone in attendance will enjoy heavy doses of soul, funk and R&B, from 3 great live performers. This one is 21+ and the tickets are available in advance for only $10 ($15 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now before this one sells out.