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Best Place to See a Concert with Kids

Groovin’ in the Garden at Como Park

If you have a kid who’s a serious music fan, you can take her to a concert just about anywhere. By all means, hit up that arena or theater tour, or an early show at First Ave if your progeny has good taste. But for those with very young kids, or whose children may not yet be into music but always love to run around, get to Como Park on a Wednesday summer evening. Adults will be lounging on blankets and kicking back in lawn chairs on the grass outside the conservatory while local bands take the stage. Younger audience members will be enjoying the climbing wall, bouncy house, and various lawn games strewn about, as well as all the open green space. Some of them even dance. The bands represent a mix of popular Twin Cities talents: Trailer Trash have made several appearances, there’ll be at least one reggae night per season, and a newish indie act should show up on the schedule. No tickets are necessary and the whole thing is free except concessions (beer and wine among them); feed the kids an easy hot-dog dinner or bring your own picnic.

Readers’ Choice: Minnesota Zoo

Best Vocalist Stokley

Best Songwriter Dylan Hicks

Best Live Artist Hippo Campus

Best Stage Style Dizzy Fae

Best Album 'Down So Long' by Greg Grease

Best Album Cover 'A Sheik’s Legacy' by Thomas Abban

Best Single “SGL” by Now, Now

Best Cover Song 'Hi Bich (FreeWifi Trap Remix)' by FreeWifi

Best Hip-Hop Verse 'Dear Black Son' by Brother Ali

Best Earworm 'Know About It' by Allan Kingdom

Best EP 'Saran Rap' by Muja Messiah

Best Music Compilation 'The Greatest of All-Time #2'

Best Record Label Rhymesayers Entertainment

Best Song to Cry To 'Sometimes I’m Alright' by Charlie Parr

Best Song to Have Sex To 'Warbanger' by Beasthead feat. Ghostmeat

Best Rock Band Bruise Violet

Best Metal Band Feral Light

Best Hip-Hop Artist Dwynell Roland

Best Hip-Hop Producer Topper Atwood

Best Jazz Artist The Bad Plus

Best R&B Artist Lady Lark

Best Club DJ Centrific

Best Event Promoter Dark Energy

Best Acoustic Performer Chastity Brown

Best Band to Break Up STNNNG

Best Band Name Crepuscular

Best New Band 4th Curtis

Best Reunion Coach Said Not To

Best Music Controversy Club Nomadic closing before it opened

Best Musical Act of Protest 'Music for the Long Emergency' by Poliça and Stargaze

Best Selling Out Mark Mallman’s Taco John’s jingle

Best Music Festival Soundset

Best Local Music Trend The modular revival

Best Music Video Director Jake Handegard

Best Local Music Podcast Kajunga Program

Best Music Video 'Last Date' by Witch Watch

Best Concert (Local) Soul Asylum/Bob Mould/the Jayhawks/the Suburbs at Super Bowl Live (2.3.18)

Best Concert (Touring) Kendrick Lamar at Xcel Energy Center (08.19.17)

Best Music Residency Jeremy Messersmith at Icehouse

Best Concert Venue 7th St. Entry

Best Venue to Open The Armory

Best Venue to Close Triple Rock Social Club

Best Jazz Club Crooners Lounge & Supper Club

Best Karaoke Vega Lounge

Best Jukebox Bull's Horn Food & Drink

Best Record Store Day Location Hymie’s Vintage Records