Providing a few crave-worthy treats to Twin Cities residents who can't wait for the fair, the Taste of Minnesota fest has gotten more music-savvy over the past couple of years, but the update has come at a price. The new entry fee may be a turn-off for some, but consider that four local radio stations have each been given a night to book the main-stage lineup, providing a little something for everyone. The Current has turned in the most compelling roster (unless you're really into Sammy Hagar), featuring New York outfit the Walkmen, technical indiephiles Minus the Bear, and local firebrands P.O.S (pictured) and Atmosphere. Each of those acts could handily pack local clubs all on their own, and combined they make it well worth the $20 price tag. There will doubtlessly be enough food of every sort to satisfy whatever craving you might have, but it's the appetite for live music that's going to bring in the crowds in droves. All ages. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. $20 advance or before 4 p.m./$30 after 4 p.m.
Fri., July 2, 5 p.m., 2010