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2011 Summer Festival & Block Party Guide

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From the first thaw in April to an extended Indian Summer, we Minnesotans celebrate the warm weather, and it's more appreciated since we endure the harsh winters. 

Outdoor music, beer, and food accompany the summer months; here's a guide to some of the biggest music festivals and block parties in the Twin Cities.

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Music in Mears Park

Lowertown St. Paul

Rogue Valley plays Music in Mears 6/9/2011

Rogue Valley plays Music in Mears 6/9/2011

Concerts run every Thursday 6-9 p.m.

AA, Free

Thursday, June 9
Black Blondie
Rogue Valley
 
Thursday, June 16
Matthew Inkala
Hookers and Blow
 
Thursday, June 23
No Music in Mears event: Jazz Fest
 
Thursday, June 30
The Brutes
We Became Actors
 
Thursday, July 7
Farewell Milwaukee
Pert Near Sandstone
 
Thursday, July 14
Kristoff Krane
Heiruspecs
 
Thursday, July 21
Annie Lawler
The Tex Pistols
 
Thursday, July 28
Skittish
The Twilight Hours
 
Thursday, August 4
Buffalo Moon
Dark Dark Dark
 
Thursday, August 11
Kevin Anthony & the Twin City Playboys
Martin Devaney
The Cactus Blossoms
 
Thursday, August 18
Arms Akimbo
Joey Ryan and the Inks
 
Thursday, August 25
Katie Todd Band
Jef Lee Johnson (with Michael Bland)
Haley Bonar
Cobra Fest June 11, 2011Nick & Eddie's alley, Minneapolis$5, 2 pm - bar close

Mystery Palace

Phantom Tails

Red Daughters

Slapping Purses

Votel (H.U.N.X.)

Fort Wilson Riot

Chelsea Boys

Bollywood

Speeds the Name

Sex Rays

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Hight TV

Sexcat

Tentacle Boy Trio

Shon Troth with Cell

Saturday 6/18/2011

City Pages Stage

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11:15 am - Neal Swanger

12:15 pm - Bob & Lynn Dixon

1:15 pm - Shawn Gibbons

2:15 pm - Andy Juhl

3:15 pm - Dustin Thomas

4:15 pm - Dan Israel

Cities 97 Stage

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11 am - Capitol Sons

Noon - Dragons Power Up!

1:15 pm - Holyoke

2:30 pm - White light Riot

3:45 pm - The Sex Rays

5 pm - The Goondas

7 pm - Headline Concert TBA

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Buick Stage

11 am - American Revival

12:15 pm - Sarah Morris

1:30 pm - Thomas Kivi

2:45 pm - Wizards Are Real

4 pm - Walker Fields

5:15 pm - Bethany Larson & the Bees Knees

6 pm - Kubla Khan

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Star Tribune Stage

11:15 am - City of Lakes Chorus

12:15 pm - Porch Pickers

1:15 pm - Carport

2:15 pm - Tortunga!

3:15 pm - Poor Nobodys

4:15 pm - Hummingbirds

5:15 pm - Ben Siems

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Sunday 6/19/2011

City Pages Stage

12:15 pm - Peter Lochner

1:15 pm - Dustin Lee

2:15 pm - Oriel

3:15 pm - Kevin Steinman

4:15 pm - Niki Becker

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5:15 pm - The Parlour Suite

Cities 97 Stage

Noon - Painted Saints

1:15 pm - The Boys n' the Barrels

2:30 pm - Phantom Tails

3:45 pm - Blue Sky Blackout

5 pm - Mayda

Buick Stage

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11 am - The Sunny Era

12:15 pm - Andy Ulseth

1:30 pm - Matt Lattrell

2:45 pm - The Cold Open

4 pm - Me & My Arrow

5:15 pm - The Snaps

Star Tribune Stage

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11:15 am - David Booth

12:15 pm - Scott Woolridge

1:15 pm - Michelle Lynn & the Bad Passengers

2:15 pm - The Mad Ripple

3:15 pm - Adam Svec

4:15 pm - Brianna Lane & the Navigators Club

5:15 pm - The Brian Just Band

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Rock the Garden

June 18, 2011

Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

$46 GA, $175 VIP, 3 pm - 10 pm

3 pm - Gates open

4:15 pm - Tapes 'n Tapes

5:15 pm - Booker T. Jones

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6:45 pm - Neko Case

8:30 pm - My Morning Jacket

Pridefest's Uptown Block Party

June 24, 2011

Uptown Minneapolis/Lake Street & Bryant Ave.

Free, 6 pm - 10 pm

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MC Foxy Tann

Maria Isa

Chastity Brown

Venus DeMars & All The Pretty Horses

Pennyroyal

Mrs. Smith

Dykes Do Drag

     -North Star Roller Girls

     -Familia Skateshop

     -Epitome - No Question

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Cities 97 Basilica Block Party

July 8 & 9, 2011

Minneapolis, MN Basilica

AA, Single Night - $40 , Two-night pass - $70, Single VIP - $150, Two-night VIP - $250

The Devil Wears Prada

Asking Alexandria

3OH!3

Gym Class Heroes

Less Than Jake

Against Me!

Attack Attack!

& more

Aquatennial Block Party

July 15, 2011

Nicollet Mall

5 pm - 11 pm

 

The block will be rockin' with Aquatennial's official kick-off.  Check back soon for more information on talent.

Bastille Day Block Party

July 17, 2011

Barbette, 1600 West Lake Street, Minneapolis

2-10 p.m., All ages, free

Clementown

Brass Messengers

The Evening Rig

National Bird

Pink Mink

Rogue Valley

Faux Jean

Tony Sandler of Sandler & Young

Solid Gold

Palmfest 2011

July 23, 2011

Palmer's Bar Minneapolis

21. Free, 2 pm - bar close

Nick "the Feelin" Mrozinski

Drew Peterson

Spider John Koerner

Black Audience

Willy Murphy and the Angel Headed Hipsters

Liquor Pigs

The Brass Kings

Dreamland Faces

Fetch the Warden

The Knotwells

Chooglin

The Magnolias

Red Stag Block Party

July 31, 2011

509 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis

3-10 p.m., All ages, Free

Romantica

Zoo Animal

Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers

The Cloak Ox

Mike Mictlan from Doomtree

Chooglin

Peter Wolf Crier

The 4onthefloor

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Pizza Luce Block PartyAugust 13, 2011Pizza Luce UptownNoon - 10 pm

P.O.S
Communist Daughter
No Bird Sing
Farewell Continental (featuring Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack)
Charles (featuring Sean Tillmann)
Me & My Arrow
Spyder Baybie
Phantom Tails 
Koo Koo Kanga Roo

SoundTown Festival

August 19 & 20, 2011

Somerset, WI

AA, $50 - $160

The Flaming Lips

The New Pornographers

DeVotchka

Ghostland Observatory

Delta Spirit

Doug E. Fresh

Slick Rick

Solid Gold

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

Heiruspecs

Roma Di Luna

Pink MInk

White Iron Band

White Light Riot

Apollo Cobra

The Arms Akimbo

Phantom Tails

Jack Klatt & The Cat Singers

Zoo Animal

New Century Masters

Joey Ryan & The Inks

The Goondas

Farewell Milwaukee

more TBA

West Bank Music Festival

August 20, 2011

Various West Bank venues

$5, Outdoor music 3-10 pm, indoor music 10 pm-close

Lineup TBA

Check back for announcements

Check back for more updates as the summer progresses, and be sure to follow Gimme Noise on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute announcements on new shows.