Lowertown First Fridays tonight, here's a guide for what to do

(Photo by mfajardo)

Wow, how Lowertown has changed. Back when I lived at 6th and Sibley (about five years ago) there were two restaurants, the Black Dog Café, and a liquor store. And they were mostly empty on any given night. Nowadays the Lowertown region of St. Paul is hopping, thanks to recent bar openings, music clubs like Station 4, and several summertime festivals in Mears Park.

This Friday marks the start of a monthly party in Lowertown dubbed Lowertown Free Fridays. Check out what the area has planned for tonight after the jump.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with open studios, drink and dining specials, and live music. Here's a list of what to do:

Black Dog Café

(4th and Broadway)

Summit Beers are two-for-one. There will also be music by Fantastic Merlins and spoken word artist Desdamona.

Station 4

(4th and Sibley)

This venue tends to bring in the heavy metal, hardcore, and other bands that excel in the talented and loud genres. Tonight will feature XVI, Soundstill (from Iowa), Cannot Justify, and Whither the Tide. They'll also have 2-4-1 Summits.

Lowertown Wine and Spirits

(262 4th St.)

Stop in for sales. They'll also have wines available for sampling.

JAX Building

(253 E 4th St.)

Various art studios will be opening their doors to guests. Live music will include jazz tunes from the '20s to '40s, and rock from the '50s and '60s.

Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative

(Kellogg and 4th St.)

Featuring artists in a wide range of media.

Northern Warehouse

(308 Prince St.)

Check out jewelry, collage, underwater photography, paintings, and more.

Tilsner Artists Cooperative

(300 Broadway St.)

Some artists' studios will be open. The Atrium Gallery will feature "dark" paintings by Dan Weiken as well as "light" paintings by Dana Maltby. I'm not sure what this means, but the press release states that there will be live music at the "Make-Out Couch."