Gear Daddies

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

They've "officially" been broken up since 1992, but the Gear Daddies find a way to get back together for a trip down Nostalgia Lane every couple of years or so. The Gears are the musical equivalent of Minnesota comfort food in a way: It always tastes generally the same, but you're different than the last time you had it, so there's something slightly new to be heard every time. The songs are all built around a few universal themes: girls and the joy and trouble they bring, drinking, a less than stellar childhood, and lastly—most importantly—their desire to live a bigger life than their small town (Austin, Minnesota) could offer them. The songs aren't difficult and contain few metaphors; lead singer Martin Zellar wears his heart on his sleeve, sometimes begging you to smash it in. The straightforward nature of his stories will pain you almost as much as they pained him, but when he's having fun you'll regret that you weren't there creating the stories with him. With the Janie Miller Band. All ages. $48. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Pat O'Brien

SUNDAY 8.2

Warped Tour

Solid Gold go au naturel for their show at the Zoo
John Carlucci
Solid Gold go au naturel for their show at the Zoo

Canterbury Park

Now in its 15th year, the Vans Warped Tour is returning to the Twin Cities with an impressive lineup of nearly 70 bands. As with years gone by, the tour is largely constructed from a solid foundation of punk bands; this year the lineup includes such Warped Tour veterans as Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake, Bouncing Souls, and Bad Religion. But this year's tour also includes a few acts that land clear outside of the punk genre. Waylon Jennings's son Shooter is part of the tour, alongside two other notable outsiders. London, Ontario's Shad is an MC whose album The Old Prince was nominated for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2008 (the album would eventually win a Juno award for Rap Recording of the Year). And the second familiar face for fans of the Twin Cities music scene is P.O.S. One of the few names on the tour signed on for every single Warped Tour stop (46 dates in total), P.O.S. should find the hometown crowd a refreshing boost, making his set one of the must-see performances at the festival. All ages. $34.80. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee; 800.745.3000. —Chris DeLine

MONDAY 8.3

Hot Tuna

Guthrie Theater

Like many survivors of the 1960s' proverbial long, strange trip, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady have maintained the journey, switching the itinerary and the means of transportation along with the intensity, certainly, but nevertheless still on the road. The pair played together as teenagers in the D.C. area, then reunited in San Francisco, where they became integral parts of one of the iconic psychedelic-era bands, the Jefferson Airplane. They started Hot Tuna as a side project where they could indulge their love for country blues and folk infiltrated with gospel, jazz, and bluegrass. That's still the core of their sound lo these many eons later. Hot Tuna's existence has ebbed and flowed, along with acoustic and electric emphases, and a succession of band members. Also along the way, Kaukonen's 2002 solo album Blue Country Heart was nominated for a Grammy. His latest, River of Time, recorded at Levon Helm's studio and released last winter on St. Paul's Red House Records, continues in a similar vein with fine covers of blues and country classics as well as a handful of deeply ruminative originals, all tricked out with exemplary picking. Expect a Tuna casserole of wide-ranging material, with bluegrass mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff joining Kaukonen and Casady. $30. 7:30 p.m. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612.377.2224. —Rick Mason

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