As summer draws near, thoughts inevitably turn to sunshine, cookouts, and the bloody 1789 flashpoint of the French Revolution. No? OK, well you might think of block parties, at least one of which -- Barbette's annual Bastille Day Block Party, going down July 12 in Uptown -- is rooted in uprisings and guillotines ... but much better known for free live music and street entertainment.
This year's confirmed acts include PaviElle, the buzzing retro soul/R&B singer who earned a spot in First Avenue's 2014 Best New Bands lineup; Gramma's Boyfriend, the electro-crazed rock 'n' roll side project from Haley Bonar; and Suzie, Mark Ritsema's (Night Moves, Mouthful of Bees) hazy, cross-dressing psych-pop outfit that also scored BnB status last year.
Among the other music acts: Toki Wright & Big Cats, Tropical Depression, Karen Vieno Paurus & the Peackock Showgirls, Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows, the Brass Messengers, and MC Foxy Tann.
Street entertainment will come courtesy of Kaleena Miller Dance, North Star Roller Girls, and Infiammati Fire Circus. The 3-10 p.m. festivities will also feature a local artists' market, live screen-printing, and photo booths.
As always, you can expect Parisian-inspired food and drink from Barbette, including their fabulous pommes frites (which apparently never got this memo). It's a zero-waste event, so satisfy your littering urges elsewhere.
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