26 shows for the 26 remaining days in ‘Rocktober’

October 2016 is upon us, and like in previous years, this year’s crop of shows around the Twin Cities has clearly earned the title of “Roctktober” once again. Here are 26 recommended shows over the 26 remaining days in the month, with the “must see” shows in bold. Get out there and rock. Friday, October 7th … [ Read more]

More jazzy nights coming to the Boom Room

Due to the success of their recently added Boom Room Jazz series, Boom Island Brewing Company just announced they have expanded their Boom Room Jazz nights to every Saturday at 7pm throughout the summer starting May 28. The series, which kicked off in March, originally featured free jazz concerts by local jazz musicians the last Saturday of the month, from 7-8:30pm. … [ Read more]

Classical renegades: The genre-bending experimentation of Liquid Music

When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Think again. Picture indie siren Zola Jesus and pianist Stephen Prutsman at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Picture rapper Serengeti collaborating with … [ Read more]

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Big changes in store for Rock the Garden 2016

Due to construction at the Walker Art Center (the Sculpture Garden is undergoing renovations and won’t reopen until summer 2017), The Current announced that this year’s Rock the Garden will be held Saturday, June 18, at Boom Island in Northeast Minneapolis. Another change, aside from going back to the one-day format, is that the 2016 Rock … [ Read more]

The Current is throwing a birthday bash, and you’re invited

The Current is celebrating turning the corner of a new decade with a weekend filled with some of Minnesota’s hottest music on January 22 and 23 at First Avenue. Friday night’s lineup includes: Bones & Beeker Bad Bad Hats Mixed Blood Majority John Mark Nelson Low Saturday night’s lineup: Bruise Violet Gospel Machine Cactus Blossoms Gramma’s … [ Read more]

29 Artists, 1 Concert: Rhymesayers Turns 20

Rhymesayers, the independent hip hop label based in Minneapolis, is turning 20 this year. How are they celebrating? With a one-night-only, blowout concert that only they can orchestrate. Twenty-nine artists, all under the Rhymsayers label, will take over Target Center on Friday, December 4, to celebrate this historic anniversary. They include (in alphabetical order): Abstract Rude … [ Read more]

Vieux Carre Opens in Former Artists’ Quarter

The Dakota Jazz Club has refurbished the beloved and defunct Artists’ Quarter, reopening the space as Vieux Carré in early July. The Star Tribune reports on the renovations, the New Orleans theme, and the legacy of live jazz in St. Paul that Vieux Carré hopes to continue.

7 Grand Ideas for Grand Old Day Success in 2014

We at The Growler are confident to report that summer in the Twin Cities will officially begin this weekend. How can we be so sure? Grand Old Day, silly. The (free!) annual street festival is the largest one day event in the Midwest and with live music from 25 bands on 5 stages, 85 food … [ Read more]

What you need to know about Record Store Day 2014 in Minnesota

By Brian Kaufenberg For music lovers who obsessively leaf through stacks and stacks of records and discs to find that one diamond in the rough—I’m still searching for The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneyground, Part One—Record Store Day is one of the most anticipated days of the year. Record Store Day was formed … [ Read more]

612Brew Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Happy First Birthday 612Brew!  To celebrate their One Year Anniversary, 612Brew is throwing quite the party Thursday February 13th. Festivities begin at 4pm, and for the first hour each person gets their first beer on the house! From there 612Brew will be hosting live music from Nathan Miller, Chris Holm, and Picasso Baby as well as … [ Read more]

Visiting Harriet Brewing Company’s Taproom

Tuned In Brewed In rocks live music and fresh beer at Harriet Brewing Co.’s Taproom. By Brian Kaufenberg One of the chief joys of craft beer is the mental space it affords a person as they sip their favorite pint. Craft beer allows its drinkers to slow down, soak in their surroundings and contemplate not … [ Read more]