The best Twin Cities concerts for 4th of July weekend: 7/3-7/9

The best Twin Cities concerts for 4th of July weekend: 7/3-7/9
Photo by Noah Abrams

Fourth of July weekend has plenty in store for Minneapolis. Friday and Saturday, First Avenue will be hosting Bathysphere, a two day psych rock festival featuring bands such as A Place to Bury Strangers and Dean & Britta doing Galaxie 500 songs, and locals such as Pony Trash, Flavor Crystals, Panther Ray, and Magic Castles and many more. Art Garfunkel hosts an open rehearsal at the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday while the classic Cheap Trick plays the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater.  Lastly, Minneapolis welcomes Dawes for a two night sold out event in the First Avenue Mainroom. Get out and enjoy the holiday! 

Wednesday 7.3.2013

Hymie's Record Roadshow
Turf Club
Records Galore
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Matt Pond with Matrimony and Joey Ryan & The Inks
Triple Rock 
Bittersweet Reality
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Audio Perm with Psymin & Damacha, James Franken and Big Zach
7th Street Entry
Hop Hop Collective
18+, $8/$12, 9 PM

Thursday 7.4.2013

4th Annual Diamond Dog Eating Contest
The Depot
First Ave Fun

D4th of July Weekend: With Banner Pilot, A Wilhelm Scream, the Flatliners, Dillinger Four, the Riverboat Gamblers, Toys That Kill, Off With Their Heads, Pegboy, the Arrivals, and more
Holiday Punk Pass
18+, $5, 6 PM


Friday 7.5.2013

The Cactus Blossoms
Turf Club
Legendary Live Album
21+, $10, 8 PM

Bathysphere: A Psychonautical Voyage feat. Dean & Britta, Sonic Boom, First Communion After Party, Flavoe Crystals, The Vandelles, The Telescopes and more
First Avenue Mainroom (FRIDAY & SATURDAY)
It's not every day that a show sets out to submerge you in the music, but that's exactly what the first Bathysphere: A Psychonautical Voyage is all about. The two-day, shoegaze-rich event gets its name from a deep-sea observation chamber. Both the dark, fuzzy masterpieces of A Place to Bury Strangers (Saturday), and Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips (Friday) playing psychedelic Galaxie 500 songs should plumb the depths of consciousness. Past the headliners, both days of shows in the Mainroom and the Entry will deliver considerable reverb-drenched noise. The 20 bands include organizer Chatham Rise, Spaceman 3 vet Sonic Boom, and locals such as Pony Trash, Flavor Crystals, Panther Ray, and Magic Castles. --Reed Fischer
18+, $15 each night or $25 for a weekend pass, 6 PM 

Umphreys McGee 
Crafted Chordal Interplay
18+, $25-30, 6 PM

Dark Star Orchestra
Minnesota Zoo  Amphitheater
Grateful Dead Celebration
AA, $30, 7 PM

Cause Four Year Anniversary feat The Goondas, Ex Nuns, Dream Crusher, Bloodnstuff and more
A Cause for Celebration
21+ $7 - FREE, 9 PM

Saturday 7.6.2013

Shakin Babies with The Velveteens, Phillip of Nazereth and Farms
Kitty Cat Klub
Vintage Vibes
21+,  $5, 10 PM

Pony Trash with Crimes and Robust Worlds
Turf Club
Psych Garage
21+, $7, 9 PM

Mondo Tiki-A-Go-Go feat. L'Assassins, Southside Desire, Kiss or Kill and DJ Shannon Blowtorch
Lee's Liquor Lounge
Hawaiian Cookout and Dance Party
21+, $7, 8 PM

Art Garfunkel
The Cedar Cultural Center
INtimate Rehersal
AA, $40, 7 PM

Cheap Trick
Minnesota Zoo  Amphitheater
I Want You to Want Me
AA, $65, 7:30 PM

Carroll with BBGun, Adelyn Rose and Cult & Leper
7th Street Entry
18+, $5, 7 PM

Sunday 7.7.2013

Six60 with Peter Stewart
7th Street Entry
Aussie Rock 
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Los Lobos / Los Lonely Boys
Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater

The members of Los Lobos are marking their 40th anniversary as a band this year. Never complacent, they have constantly experimented with their potent brew of traditional Mexican music, blues, rock 'n' roll, R&B, folk, and country, one of many high points being 1992's Kiko, last year re-released with re-mastered and live versions. Over the years the quintet have continued to hone their songwriting and musical chops, often creating transcendent music that definitively answers the question posed by the early album title, How Will the Wolf Survive? San Angelo's Los Lonely Boys have made their own mark over the last decade with their muscular Texican blues-rock. The Garza brothers are a contemporary power trio, with Beatlesque harmonies, strong roots influences, and Henry Garza's ferocious guitar prowess, reflecting Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Boys reportedly have been in the studio recording the follow-up to 2011's Rockpango. --Rick Mason
AA, $56/$68.50, 7:30 PM

Monday 7.8.2013

Jimmy Eat World with X Amassadors
First Avenue Mainroom
Old Favorites 
18+, $25, 7 PM 

Luella and the Sun with The union Suits
7th Street Entry
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Pharoah Sanders
Dakota Jazz Club (MONDAY & TUESDAY)

These are the first local performances by saxophone giant Pharaoh Sanders in about 15 years, a rare opportunity to catch a highly influential and enduring jazz tenor player whose living peers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Although Sanders, 72, has a rich catalog of recordings as a leader, he will always be renowned for his seminal work with John Coltrane in the mid-'60s, when that icon was deep into his revolutionary free-jazz experiments. The luminous authority of Sanders's harmonically rich tenor was as effective igniting the ferocious, abstract, squally splendor of Coltrane at his avant-garde peak as it would subsequently prove to be on his own more spiritual endeavors and ballad work. Sanders hasn't recorded much in recent years, following a few albums with Bill Laswell's Material crew around the turn of the century. Here, Sanders's quartet will include his longtime keyboardist, William Henderson, versatile Chicago bassist Dennis Carroll, and local master drummer Eric Kamau Grávátt. Sanders will likely dig out some Coltrane nuggets along with signature explorations of mind-expanding lyricism like 1969's "The Creator Has a Plan." --Rick Mason
AA, $30 at 7 PM, $25 at 9 PM

Tuesday 7.9.2013

Vieux Farka Touré
Cedar Cultural Center

Mon Pays (My Country, en français) is guitarist Vieux Farka Touré's moving tribute to his native Mali, which has been torn by regional fighting involving Al Qaeda and Tuareg rebels since January 2012. Vieux is the son of the late, iconic guitarist Ali Farka Touré, whose so-called desert blues connected Mali to the Mississippi Delta. Vieux's work certainly reflects Ali's, but he has also established his own sound by integrating diverse genres, sometimes earning comparisons to no less than Hendrix. Pays is primarily acoustic, however, featuring sinuous, haunting, elegiac melodies that, he has said, reflect the Malian heritage of "peace and beauty, rich culture and tolerance." Opening for Touré's quartet will be Morley, a New York native whose socially conscious lyrics are matched to an intriguing blend of global pop, folk, soul, and jazz. --Rick Mason
AA, $18/$20, 7:30 PM 

Dawes with Shovels & Rope and Paul Spring
First Avenue Mainroom 
When Dawes's debut,  North Hills was released in 2009, it was as if an artifact from the golden days of Southern California folk-rock had been unearthed in Laurel Canyon. The quartet's sharply rambling guitars, close vocal harmonies, hazy grooves, and literate, purposeful lyrics suggested a strong affinity for the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne. By the time it got around to album three, the band began to chafe a little at the retro references and so left L.A. and producer Jonathan Wilson for North Carolina and Jacquire King of Kings of Leon and Norah Jones fame. So April's Stories Don't End doesn't quite have the dusty, sepia-toned ambiance of the first two, but the SoCal vibe persists, especially Taylor Goldsmith's almost uncanny similarities to Browne, both in his vocal mannerisms and in his reflective, finely observed, adeptly crafted lyrics. --Rick Mason
18+, SOLD OUT, 7:30 PM

California Wives and My Gold Mask
7th Street Entry
Bright Guitars
18+, $8, 8 PM

Prince Rama with Aaron and the Sea and Vacation Dad
Triple Rock
Freak Wave
18+, $8, 8 PM

Still not getting your fill of Minneapolis music this week? Check out more shows going on around town with our Concert Calendar

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