When the Star Tribune sent erstwhile Twin Cities entertainment mag Vita.mn to Weekly Heaven in May, at least one local music and/or film buff must have wondered, "But [Star Tribune owner] Glen Taylor ... what about their free August Music & Movies series??? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?!?"
Fear not, that guy or gal, because the Strib is preserving the popular summertime series, which is set to return August 7 to the Lake Harriet Bandshell with a road-trip theme. Among the 2015 pairings: 11-member toot faves the Brass Messengers with 1994 buddy-comedy classic Dumb & Dumber; Electric Light Orchestra tribute band E.L.n.O with the original Muppet Movie from 1979; rustic folk-rock troupe the Pines with David Lynch's 1999 lawnmower epic The Straight Story; and stompin' barroom rockers the 4onthefloor with dynamite 1977 Burt Reynolds vehicle — pun intended? — Smokey and the Bandit.
Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and films start rolling at dusk.
- August 7: Brass Messengers & Dumb & Dumber
- August 14: E.L.n.O & The Muppet Movie (1979 original)
- August 21: The Pines & The Straight Story
- August 28: The 4onthefloor & Smokey & The Bandit