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Hit the road: The summer's best drivable concerts outside of the Twin Cities

Paramore play the Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater on July 28.

Paramore play the Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater on July 28. Photo courtesy of Fueled by Ramen.

Twin Cities concertgoers are spoiled with a selection of excellent music venues, but in the summertime everyone itches to stray outside the metro area for at least a night or two.

This summer, there may be more quality entertainment options outside of Minneapolis and St. Paul than ever. From a Duluth waterfront showcase of prominent Minnesotan bands to a gaggle of high-profile casino shows, there are plenty of great concerts just far enough away for a weekend trip, yet close enough that you can make it home to sleep in your own bed that same night if you really want to. Sobriety permitting, of course.

Journey
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Saturday 7.1
Never mind that Steve Perry hasn’t been with the band since 1998 -- people still seem pretty psyched to sing along to the band’s massive hits with current frontman Arnel Pineda (who replaced Perry’s replacement, Steve Augeri). The band is just shy of three months removed from their induction into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame. Asia open. 8 p.m. $25-$55. $49-$60. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch; 800-745-3000.

Hippo Campus, Polica, and Low
Bayfront Park, Saturday 7.8
St. Paul rock hopefuls Hippo Campus headline one of the summer’s biggest all-Minnesota show lineups. They’re set to be joined by MPLS synth-poppers Polica and Duluth slowcore outfit Low, as well as the rising Remo Drive and J.S. Ondara. 5 p.m. $25-$30; free for kids under 12. 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth; 218-722-5573.

Santana
Mystic Lake Amphitheater, Thursday 7.13
Just last year, Santana released their latest album, Santana IV, which reunited Carlos Santana with members of the band's classic Santana: Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Mike Carabello, and Michael Shrieve. Earlier this month, you may have seen Carlos perform the national anthem before Game 2 of the NBA Finals. 18+. 8 p.m. $39-$300. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake; 952-496-6563.

Rick Springfield
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Thursday 7.13
The Australian rocker, now 67, has released two albums in the 2010s, most recently last year’s Rocket Science, which reunited him with producer Matt Bissonette. He’s also continued his career as an actor in recent years, appearing in the Meryl Streep vehicle Ricki and the Flash as well as episodes of True Detective and Supernatural. 16+. 8 p.m. $37-$57. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch; 800-745-3000.

Weezer
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Friday 7.14
Rivers Cuomo and company are in the middle of one of their most active periods ever. The endlessly influential rockers are preparing to release their third album in four years, Weezer, aka “The Black Album” -- it’s the band’s fifth self-titled album to be nicknamed after the main color of its cover art. With Cold War Kids. 16+. 8 p.m. $49-$60. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch; 800-745-3000.

Kiss
Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater, Saturday 7.15
Kiss will bring the glammy, swaggering best of their catalog to Minnesota for the second consecutive summer. (They played AMSOIL Arena last August.) Since then, you may have seen the band -- whose current lineup includes Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley joined by Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, who replaced Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in the early ‘00s -- perform on the Season 11 finale of The Voice. Simmons has also been in the news lately for attempting to trademark the devil horns hand gesture. 8 p.m. $65-$135. 777 Lady Luck Dr., Hinckley; 800-472-6321.

Blondie and Garbage
Mystic Showroom, Friday 7.21
For a band that formed in the ‘70s, it’s remarkable that Blondie remain as active as they do. They've released three albums in the '10s, including this year’s Pollinator, which features contributions from Joan Jett, Johnny Marr, Dev Hynes, and Nick Valensi. Also performing are alt-rockers Garbage, whose Shirley Manson inducted Blondie into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2006. 7 p.m. $65-$99. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake; 952-496-6563.

Loretta Lynn
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Saturday 7.22
The country legend may be 85 years old, but she’s working like she’s less than half her age -- she’s actually prepping to release her third album in two years, Wouldn’t It Be Great, which will include both new songs and new versions of songs she’s recorded before, notably her classics “Don’t Come Home a-Drinkin’” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” 16+. 8 p.m. $43-$63. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch; 800-745-3000.

Steve Miller Band
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Sunday 7.23
The day after they play the final night of the Moondance Jam fest, Steve Miller Band will hit Treasure Island -- the stops are in the middle of the outfit’s summer tour. Their most recent album is 2011’s Let Your Hair Down, featuring renditions of classic blues songs. Miller was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year as a solo artist, though, famously, he was critical of the Rock Hall as an institution during his acceptance speech. With Peter Frampton. 16+. 7 p.m. $59-$74. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch; 800-745-3000.

Vans Warped Tour
Canterbury Park, Sunday 7.23
As City Pages pointed out earlier this year, the 2017 Vans Warped Tour -- its Shakopee stop included -- is trying something new this year, enlisting early punk bands the Adolescents and T.S.O.L. in addition to the dozens of much younger acts like Attila, CKY, and rapper Futuristic. 11 a.m. $38. 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee; 952-445-7224.

Paramore
Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater, Friday 7.28
The Tennessee band has made quite the transformation over the years. A decade after they broke through as emo-leaning pop-punkers thanks to the single “Misery Business,” their latest album, this year’s After Laughter, is heavily influenced by ‘80s synth-pop and dance-rock. With X Ambassadors. 7 p.m. $35-$80. 777 Lady Luck Dr., Hinckley; 800-472-6321.

Living Colour
Mayo Park, Sunday 7.30
The hard rockers, best known for “Cult of Personality,” are gearing up to release their sixth studio album, Shade, in September. It’s their first full-length in eight years, though last September the band released a mixtape that featured an anti-gun and anti-police violence reinterpretation of Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya?” along with various remixes. With Rochester punks MM Jr. 7 p.m. Free. 40 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester; 507-328-2525.

Chris Stapleton
AMSOIL Arena, Thursday 8.3
Before he comes to the Xcel on October 7, the venerated 39-year-old country songwriter, who finally became a prominent solo performer with 2015’s Grammy-winning Traveller, will visit the AMSOIL Arena in August. Stapleton released his second studio album, From a Room: Volume 1, back in May, and the second volume is expected to arrive later this year. With Brent Cobb and Margo Price. $33.75-$190. 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth; 218-722-5573.

Blink-182
Mystic Lake Amphitheater, Wednesday 8.9
Despite the departure of former co-frontman and noted UFO conspiracy theorist Tom DeLonge, the veteran pop-punkers, now co-led by Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba, are carrying on just fine. Blink’s first LP since DeLonge left, last year’s California, was the ninth bestselling rock album of the year and nominated for the Best Rock Album Grammy. With Atlas Genius. 8 p.m. $49. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake; 952-496-6563.

Ozzy Osbourne
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Friday 8.11
You probably don’t need a reminder that Ozzy is one of the most influential minds in rock history, but just in case, check out Rolling Stone’s new list of the 100 greatest metal albums of all time. The 68-year-old appeared on more of those records than anyone, with Black Sabbath’s 1970 masterpiece Paranoid placing at No. 1 overall. With Zakk Wylde. 16+. 8 p.m. $25-$80. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch; 800-745-3000.

Soul Asylum
Hilde Performance Center, Saturday 8.19
Soul Asylum concerts aren’t exactly rarities in Minnesota, but Guided by Voices and the Suicide Commandos joining them makes this show a bigger deal than most. GBV have remained ultra-prolific in recent years, and the band’s latest album, August by Cake, has the distinction of being the 100th (!!!) record that frontman Robert Pollard has made in his career. Meanwhile, the Suicide Commandos recently released Time Bomb, their first new record in almost four decades. 6 p.m. $30-$100; kids under 5 get in free. 3500 Plymouth Blvd., Plymouth; 763-509-5000.

Brad Paisley
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Saturday 8.26
The country superstar’s current tour commenced in May, a month after he released his 11th album,Love and War. The LP features contributions from a diverse array of guests, including Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, and even Timbaland. With Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, and Lindsay Ell. 16+. 7 p.m. $70-$80. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch; 800-745-3000.

Boyz II Men
Vetter Stone Amphitheater, Tuesday 8.29
The ‘90s R&B chart-dominators Boyz II Men released their latest album, Collide, back in 2014, and they were seen last year in the TV remake of Grease. Also last year, Wanya Morris finished fourth on Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. Congrats, Wanya Morris! En Vogue open. 7 p.m. $42-$69.50. 310 W. Rock St., Mankato; 800-745-3000. 

Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Friday 9.8
Along with the abovementioned Journey, the legendary prog-rockers Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. Both Anderson and Wakeman were integral to the band’s ‘70s heyday, and it’s likely that the induction will inject renewed confidence into their upcoming tour and Treasure Island performance. 16+. 8 p.m. $47-$497. 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch; 800-745-3000.

John Prine
DECC Symphony Hall, Saturday 9.9
Prine turned 70 last year and also released his first album in half a decade, For Better, or Worse, a return to the format of 1999’s In Spite of Ourselves, full of duets with a star-studded lineup of women, including Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss, and Kacey Musgraves. This Duluth performance will fall one day after Prine plays Northrop Auditorium. With Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. 8 p.m. $61.50-$101.50. 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth; 218-727-4344.