Grumpy's NE Reveals Art-A-Whirl Weekend Music Lineup

Sims is one of the acts set to perform at Grumpy's NE Art-A-Whirl party

Sims is one of the acts set to perform at Grumpy's NE Art-A-Whirl party

Here in the Twin Cities, we don't depend on a groundhog poking its head through the snow to tell us that spring is around the corner. We know to stash the winter coats and break out the short pants when Art-A-Whirl music lineups are announced.

Every year in mid-May, the multi-site festival sees Northeast become the arts epicenter of the Midwest for an entire weekend. Grumpy's NE was one of the innovators in incorporating live music into the festivities, and this year's party promises to be can't-miss.

The show, hosted by Go96's Barb Abney, features some of the best in Twin Cities music talent, including hip-hop from Sims and old-time country from the Cactus Blossoms, along rock mainstays like Grant Hart, Dumpster Juice, Animal Lover, Eleganza!, and the now-traditional surprise act, which will be announced the week of the event.

In addition, Grumpy's will feature a Posters and Pints Pop Up Art Show, the Aardvark Records Traveling Record Show, art from staff and patrons on display, along with food and drink specials for the festivities.

The party begins at noon on Saturday, May 16, with music starting shortly after.

Here's the complete lineup for Grumpy's NE Art-A-Whirl Party (with set times yet to be announced):


The Cactus Blossoms

Grant Hart

Special Surprise Guest (announced the week of the event)

Farewell Milwaukee

Private Oates (A Tribute to Hall & Oates)


Animal Lover

Dumpster Juice

The Mill City Devils

From The Midwest

Uncle Bob

Keep an eye on the Grumpy's NE Facebook invite for more details and announcements.

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