Band Stand

35 concerts to soundtrack your summer.

July 2-5

Taste of Minnesota

When Minnesotans combine food and music, they really go all the way: three rock stages, four days, 50 performances, and--to hazard a guess--approximately 500 tons of food. There's a kids' stage featuring something called the Splatter Sisters, but adults should try to catch such "remember when" acts as Heart, Tommy Tutone, the Tubes, and Cheap Trick. There's also the must-see Dread Zeppelin and essential local-cum-national stars like the Jayhawks, Polara, and Matt Wilson. Free. Eating and listening begins at about noon, Thursday through Sunday. State Capitol grounds, Aurora and Constitution avenues, St. Paul; 228-0018. (Scholtes)

July 7

Dave Alvin

Having almost single-handedly invented roots rock along with his brother Phil in the early-'80s band the Blasters, Southern California native Alvin has spent the better part of his career playing a spare acoustic folk music that works against what he calls the "suburbanization" of country music. His new Blackjack David may follow its hokey title's fiat to a mythical whiskey town even an old-timer like Dave can never hold the keys to. But give yourself some critical distance and you're left with an Americanist whose somber, handsome singing, patient guitar playing, and detail-oriented lyrics will almost convince you his retro bullshit is actually a weathered realism. Greg Brown, Tom T. Hall--hell, James Agee--they're all here. $8/$10 at the door. $15/$18 at the door. 5 p.m. First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls.; 338-8388. (Dolan)

July 9

H.O.R.D.E. Festival 1998

The music festival features Blues Traveler, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Barenaked Ladies, Alana Davis, Gov't Mule, David Garza, Emmet Swimming, Michael Parrish Band, and Honey Wagon. $25/$30 at the door plus Ticketmaster fees. Gates open at noon, music begins at 2 p.m. Harriet Island, St. Paul; 989-5151.

July 10

The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group

The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group could easily follow the lead of the populous drum 'n' bass crew the Jungle Vibe Collective and name themselves the Jim Ruiz Vibe Collective--what with some 15 people (along with the four or five core Group members) performing on the band's latest, Sniff. World-class guitarist John Crozier plays throughout, and numerous friends blow trombones, play keyboards, and offer loopy "imitations of fairies." Even amid a circus of sound such as this, the record remains surprisingly cohesive; it's a guided tour through lounge and disco, even pulling out "Safety Dance" echo effects for the chorus of "Bigfoot" and its remake, "Bigfoot (I Remember Wes)." Album aside, the future of this group is currently uncertain; Ruiz's brother and right-hand saxman/bassist, Chris, has left the band, and drummer Danny Sigelman's duties will now be handled by a drum machine. Live performances will feature a stripped-down lineup that includes Jim, wife and singer Stefanie, and guitarist Allison LaBonne. It's anyone's guess what the future will bring, which is an excellent reason to see them now. That and Ruiz's classic "My Bloody Yugo," no doubt the sickest and most deceptively charming ska/lounge ode to death ever recorded. $6. 8 p.m. 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls.; 338-8388. (Christina Schmitt)

July 13

Justin Hinds

A great tenor vocalist in the rural Jamaican tradition, Hinds pioneered the coupling of rasta and ska music back in the early '60s, and progressed into rocksteady with his group, the Dominoes. Nowadays it's all reggae, of course, and Hinds is as good a standard bearer of the music as anyone, having written a wealth of great tunes that neatly complement his resourceful voice and the sonic needs of anyone itching to dance. $10/$12 at the door. 8 p.m. First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls.; 338-8388. (Robson)

July 17

Tori Amos

We'll take Amos's often-precious confessional narratives and intuitive muse over, say, the sterile, cunning manipulation of Madonna. Like pop bands that disarm with how hard they can rock, Amos's lone-ranger piano skills and wounded-angel voice make for a funkier, more sinuous package than anticipated. Her new CD, From the Choirgirl Hotel, notably brings a band on board--a group that is touring to glowing reviews. $26 plus Ticketmaster fees. 8 p.m. Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Mpls.; 989-5151. (Robson)

July 18

Ozzfest '98 and the Vans Warped Tour

Acknowledging what Black Flag knew more than 10 years ago--that the difference between white-male-metal angst and white-male-punk angst is little more than the fine line between hating the girls you could never screw and hating yourself for wanting to screw in the first place--the summer's premier alt-metal shindig (Ozzfest) and its premier skate-punk event (The Vans Warped Tour) have come together for a belated summit. People who used to hate each other in high school unite, you have nothing to lose but your ears! Not more beer! Your ears! At last, younguns who let their hair grow over their eyes and not-so younguns who let it flow down their necks can come together under one tent--assuming that all campers involved enjoy pseudo-virtuosic speed guitar and employ the epithet "pussy" in polite conversation. Ozzfest is headlined by the king of the emasculated shriek, Ozzy Osbourne, and presents grind-thrash champs Tool and old-timers Megadeth, plus a cast of second-rank acts including Limp Bizkit, Soulfly, Coal Chambers, and dirge-core legends (and Nirvana influence) the Melvins. The Vans Warped Tour's lineup is more current and more fun, featuring metalheaded shitabilly king the Reverend Horton Heat, a trio of wonderful ska-punk bands--Rancid, Voodoo Glowskulls, and NOFX--and Cali-punk elder statesmen Bad Religion. $30 plus Ticketmaster fees. 11 a.m. Float-Rite Amphitheatre, Somerset, Wisconsin; 989-5151 for tickets and (800) 826-7096 for camping packages. (Dolan)

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