When Minneapolis hip-hop supergroup Doomtree announced a last-second free show with homeboy Astronautalis at CHS Field set for Friday, it seemed like a no-brainer. How often do you get to see some of the region’s best musicians free of cost inside city limits?
Pretty goddamn often, turns out.
Though the Doomtree/Astro pairing seems tantalizing, it comes during a fully booked weekend for Twin Cities music fans. There are six killer concerts in the Twin Cities through Monday with a cumulative ticket price of $0. It’s like a really poorly mapped and scheduled Eaux Claires sequel.
It all begins after work Thursday in St. Paul's Mears Park, where the marquee Music in Mears duo of Rogue Valley and Erik Koskinen team up for a gig. Across the river at First Avenue, Avenged Sevenfold are playing a pregame gig before they open for Metallica on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium -- though chances are that one will fill up real fast.
On Friday at 5 p.m., a scaled-down Doomtree -- Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak -- and Astronautalis plus DJ Shannon Blowtorch take on CHS Field in celebration of the Minnesota United soccer team joining MLS. But that’s not the only sports-sponsored fun that night. Later, at 7:30 p.m., the Lynx and the Star Tribune will bring soul/folk artist Chastity Brown to the Lake Harriet Bandshell before a screening of Moonrise Kingdom.
Spend your Saturday drinking coffee and drafting an email to your boss about how you won’t be at your desk on Monday, because everything peaks again on Sunday.
Sociable Cider Werks continues its new summer concert series with breakout soul star Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. Local concept rockers the 4onthefloor will open, making for a high-energy one-two smack dab in the afternoon (you gotta RSVP here). A cheap Uber to Silverwood Park in St. Anthony will reward you with an evening of blissful bluegrass courtesy of the Cactus Blossoms.
It’s the kinda weekend that calls for another weekend immediately afterwards. Below is a chronological timeline to help you schedule every moment of the next 96 hours.
Thursday, August 18
Rogue Valley and Erik Koskinen
6-7:30 p.m., Mears Park, 221 5th St. E., St. Paul
7 p.m. p.m., First Avenue, 701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis)
Friday, August 19
Doomtree and Astronautalis
5-9:30 p.m., CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul
7:30-8:30 p.m., Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 E. Lake Harriet Blvd., Minneapolis
Saturday, August 20
Take the day off! You’re tired!
Sunday, August 21
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
3 p.m., Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE., Minneapolis
The Cactus Blossoms
6:30-8 p.m., Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E., St Anthony