Northeast Block Party
Red Stag Supper Club
For a new take on an old Twin Cities summer tradition, how 'bout a "zero waste" block party? Northeast's newest identity-building event borrows its sensibility from the Bryant-Lake Block Party and Bastille Day Celebration–fitting, since the stage's location, at the future Red Stag Supper Club, is the home of Kim Bartman's newest restaurant. Featuring African-school-builders Low, '80s party-rap revivalists MC/VL, trippy R&B group Black Blondie, horn-blasting riff-junkies Chooglin, and songbook chanteuse Prudence Johnson. Free. 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.822.6302. —Sarah Askari

Finnegan's Summerfest
This gig has good reason to beg exception to the free-entertainment block party rule—proceeds from this daylong play list of Twin Cities indie music go to Heading Home Hennepin, an initiative that seeks to end homelessness in Hennepin County by 2016. Highlights of the event, which features 21 bands playing on three different stages, include Soul Asylee Dave Pirner's first local appearance with his new band, the Volunteers; a reunion of the Delilahs, 10 years in the making; piano-thrill-seeker Mark Mallman; Brit-influenced rockers the Alarmists and White Light Riot; bluegrass foot-stompers Pert Near Sandstone; and soulful crooner JoAnna James. $20/$25 at the door. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6425. —Sarah Askari


Brother Ali has the power to control the tides!
Nick Vlcek
Brother Ali has the power to control the tides!

The Fray
Target Center
This Denver quartet performs straight-ahead pop, heavy on the sing-alongs, with plenty of sweeping guitar riffs and intense piano ballads. Its debut, How to Save a Life, went platinum and led to opening gigs for big names like Ben Folds and the Rolling Stones. The Fray has since graduated to headliner status. Lead singer Isaac Slade boasts a grainy voice and an endearing way of bantering with audience members while he fingers his piano. He also tends to get plenty of help from the crowd on hit singles such as "Over My Head" and "How to Save a Life." With OK Go and Mae. $20.50-$35.50. 6:30 p.m. 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.673.0900. —Todd McFliker

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