2013 Summer Outdoor Concert Preview

Tuned In Brewed In’s Summer Outdoor Concert Preview

By Brian Kaufenberg

At times, living in Minnesota requires an extra dose of patience when it comes to the weather. This spring, to the ire of many sun-starved Minnesotans, we watched as April showers brought May snowstorms.

Luckily, our patience through one of the longest winters in memory will be rewarded this summer when we find ourselves sitting outside on the green grass listening to live music at the dozens of outdoor music concerts and festivals happening across the state.

Although River’s Edge Music Festival and Sound Town Music Festival (held in Somerset, Wisconsin) are on indefinite hiatus, the outdoor concerts and festivals scheduled this summer in Minnesota and western Wisconsin span all genres of music, and offer something for everyone. Here are a few to look forward to in the coming—and hopefully warmer—months.

Music in the Zoo // Photo by Dana Sterner

Music in the Zoo // Photo by Dana Sterner

Music in the Zoo

Where: Minnesota Zoo’s Weesner Family Amphiteather
When: June 6-August 29
Who: Joan Baez, Pert Near Sandstone, The James Hunter Six, Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks, Chris Isaac and more

You can catch great music all summer long at the Minnesota Zoo’s Weesner Amphiteather, named “Best Outdoor Music Venue” in 2012 by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. In years past, this outdoor music series has featured notable acts like Brandi Carlile, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Florence + the Machine, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, David Gray, Andrew Bird and many more.

This year’s lineup boasts legends Joan Baez, Willy Nelson & Family, and Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks, as well as local bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone. Other famed acts such as Dr. John, Chris Isaac, and The James Hunter Six are also slated to perform. Tickets to all Music in the Zoo concerts include general admission to the zoo from 4-6 PM, making it a perfect family afternoon or fun date idea.

About Brian Kaufenberg

Brian Kaufenberg is the associate editor and writer at The Growler magazine. His column, "Tuned In, Brewed In," features the best in today's music scene, while "Now Open (Or Damn Close) keeps you up to date on the newest breweries in Minnesota. His interests include literature, fishing, music and brewing.

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