Weekend Checklist: Taj Raj, We Are the Willows, Grand Old Day, Brett Dennen


Lots of new music in the air this weekend, with many local album releases. Here's your overview of all the best shows happening Friday-Sunday.


Friday 6/3/2011

American North & Taj Raj (dual CD release) with The 4onthefloor and more

Turf Club

Music that will break your heart (American North) & reflections on all things women (Taj Raj). Read our piece on Taj Raj from this week's print edition.

21+, $6, 9 pm

Al Church and State & I, Collosus (split vinyl release) with Laarks, Cosmic Dancer
Nick and Eddie Warehouse
Read our interview with Al Church and State to get ready for yet another double album release show.
18+, $7, 9pm

Whipstitch (CD release) with Color Pharmacy, Your Friends and Family, Sudden Lovelys


Electrified folk rock.

18+, $7, 8:30 pm

Dengue Fever with Eternals, Mike 2600

7th Street Entry

Cambodian pop sounds..catch the fever.

18+, $15, 8 pm

Alison Scott

Lake Harriet Bandshell

Heart and soulful.

AA, Free, 7:30 pm

Saturday 6/4/2011

City Pages Beer Fest

Downtown Minneapolis

Enjoy beer outside!

21+, $26 GA, $45 VIP, 5-9 pm

Lynhurst (EP release) with Madilyn Bailey

7th Street Entry

Three siblings = one pop group.

AA, $8 adv, $10 doors, 4 pm

We Are the Willows (EP release) with The Daredevil, Christopher Wright

Loring Theater

Capturing time, people, and places in a song.

18+, $10, 8 pm

Poison Control Center (CD release) with Night Moves, We Became Actors

Triple Rock Social Club

Poison Control Center is set on speed dial #2.

18+, $8, 9 pm

Bright Light Social Hour with Nicholas Mrozinski, The Feelin Band

Fine Line Music Cafe

Classic bare-assed rock and roll.

21+, $12 adv, $15 doors, 8 pm

Sunday 6/5/2011

Grand Old Day

Grand Ave., St. Paul

Lots of talent all on one street.

Click here for full details.

AA, Free, 7:45-5 pm

21+, $8 for wristbands to live music festival gardens

Brett Dennen with The Submarines

Pantages Theatre

Brett Dennen is back and focused...on having fun.

6+, $24, 7:30 pm

Davina & The Vagabonds 2 pm

Inver Hills Community Band 5:30 pm

Lake Harriet Bandshell

Free music, free fun...what a way to round out the first weekend in June.

AA, Free