Block party alert: Augtoberfest, Totally Gross National Party

Warey at last year's Totally Gross National Party

Warey at last year's Totally Gross National Party

In the spirit of Camus’ invincible summer before it, the current/dwindling season promises even more block parties! So, Twin Citians, if you need to stand on hot pavement or grass while watching your favorite local bands, check out the following recently announced sonic clambakes.

<!——StartFragment——>Tilia’s Augtoberfest

Saturday, August 23 @ Tilia

Not only does Tilia serve up fish one can debone for Instagram-able envy, they also deliver portmanteau-ing music fests! The vowel-rich Augtoberfest arrives again this year to the Linden Hills eatery, simultaneously unleashing the upcoming-season-that-shall-not-be-mentioned’s Bavarian-style seasonal beers. You can also expect live music from local favorites Howler, Two Harbors, Umami, et al.

The event begins at 3 p.m. and runs a tidy five hours so Linden Hills can get ready for bed. Featuring $5 entry and an emphasis on food (Tilia, Café 128, Patisserie, others), Augtoberfest stays more true to the democratic, neighborhood vibes of block parties than other options this summer (alas, there won’t be crayfish). The inclusion of the word “halcyon” in the Facebook invite seems apropos. 



Two Harbors


Ryan Traster

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Totally Gross National Party 2015

Saturday, August 29 @ Icehouse

For the sixth year running, taste-making Minneapolis record label Totally Gross National Product will throw open its stable doors to reveal its trippy, beat-y, experimenting artists. This year, that means top-of-bill sets from the inexhaustible Poliça, Justin Feathers (feat. Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, S. Carey), RONiiA (formerly of Dark Dark Dark), and local producer de rigueur Psymun. Music is played out on the park/parking lot outside Icehouse, which will curate the food and drinks. Tickets run $18-$20.

Noticeably absent from the bill are TGNP associates/artists Marijuana Deathsquads, P.O.S., Aero Flynn, and Allan Kingdom, but the press release does note the ever-ambiguous “+ more,” so a guy can hope.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and music is promised to start right away; guests are being asked to arrive early to help “shut down the place.” Even more incentive? Last year’s CP review noted the apparently Lawrence Welk-themed party favors for the punctual: “With a playful bubble machine filling the air and free mimosas for the early arriving guest …”



Jason Feathers



Andrew Broder + Crescent Moon

Invisible Boy

JM Airis


Ephasis (DJ Set)

GJ Neckdrug

... plus more to be announced.