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Lake Harriet's August Music & Movies lineup unveiled

Burt from <i>Smoky</i> will be at August Music and Movies ... sort of!

Burt from Smoky will be at August Music and Movies ... sort of!

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
Click here for info on the Walker's Music & Movies lineup at Loring Park, also running through August.