MMAA's Patio Nights at City House series' 2012 lineup

St. Paul's Minnesota Museum of American Art has announced the dates for their Patio Nights at City House music series, a string of free shows featuring local bands that will take place on three Thursday nights in August.

The shows will take place at the beautiful City House, a former municipal grain elevator located at Upper Landing Park in St. Paul, which has been renovated into a unique pavilion with large doorways that provide open-air views of the Mississippi River.

On August 2, the folk-pop sounds of the Brian Just Band will entertain the audience with their unique blend of baroque pop and folk based material. The group released their well-received full-length debut, If You Like To Be Alone Or If You Need To Be With Someone, towards the end of last year, and the buzz has certainly been building around the record as well as their stirring live shows. The eclectic, talented group are the perfect selection to launch this year's Patio Nights at City House series.

The next announced performance will feature the melodic pop stylings of the Minneapolis quartet Greycoats on August 16. The atmospheric group has just put the finishing touches to their new EP, Helicline, which is coming out this month, and will certainly feature prominently in their show at the City House. The group certainly seems poised to break out big this summer, with prominent local dates at the Kitty Cat Klub on June 28 to celebrate their EP Release, as well as a coveted slot at First Avenue on July 21 alongside Jeremy Messersmith and Night Moves. The intimate, unique confines of the City House should prove to be the perfect compliment to Greycoats evocative, theatrical songs.

The next Patio Night at City House show that has been announced features Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers on August 30. The local quartet has just released a rollicking new record, Mississippi Roll, which should go down easy alongside Ol' Man River itself. The highly entertaining group features a swinging, country blues sound that should easily get the revelers moving on this late August night.

While there isn't a performance scheduled for the remaining Thursday in August, the 9th, the rest of the Thursdays in the month should be filled with plenty of great music and good, family friendly times alongside the Mississippi River in St. Paul.

The events run from 6:30-9:30 each night (August 2, 16, and 30), with the performances beginning at 8 p.m. Café 128 will be providing the food options for the festivities via their food truck, and there will be drinks available all evening until 9, with happy hour specials running until 7:30 p.m. There will also be activities for kids, making these events truly family friendly affairs.

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