Wild Night In The Lab

There is something for everyone with this killer lineup! Run Westy Run (“A hard-to-define amalgam of indie, rock, roots, punk and funk, driven by a ferocious, lusty energy that infected any live audience they came in contact with” ), Actual Wolf (“A mix between the spirit of the Rolling Thunder Revue & Thunder Road-era Springsteen … [ Read more]

Deutsche Tage (German Days)

Partake in wurst, beer, and Lebenslust, the Germanic word for enjoying life! Toast your friends with Paulaner beers, Germanic wines, Jägermeister, or a special cocktail by Dampfwer, and drink, and goods for sale. $3 wristband required for alcohol purchase.

Deutsche Tage (German Days)

Partake in wurst, beer, and Lebenslust, the Germanic word for enjoying life! Toast your friends with Paulaner beers, Germanic wines, Jägermeister, or a special cocktail by Dampfwer, and drink, and goods for sale. $3 wristband required for alcohol purchase.

Music in the Park Series Family Concert: The Migration of Rhythm

Chalaca, a unique trio comprised of clarinet, harp, and percussion, takes you on a rhythmic journey from the Caribbean and South America all the way to New York City! From the baroque courts of Europe, to the ritual dances of West Africa, to the indigenous populations of modern-day Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil…Chalaca celebrates the cross-century, … [ Read more]

Music in the Park Series Family Concert: The Migration of Rhythm

Chalaca, a unique trio comprised of clarinet, harp, and percussion, takes you on a rhythmic journey from the Caribbean and South America all the way to New York City! From the baroque courts of Europe, to the ritual dances of West Africa, to the indigenous populations of modern-day Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil…Chalaca celebrates the cross-century, … [ Read more]

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]

Movie Theater-Turned-Music Venue Opens in St. Michael

What to do with a movie theater you no longer need? Turn it into a music venue. The new owners of the St. Michael Cinema, a 15-theater complex in St. Michael, Minnesota, have transformed one of the four theaters not being used into Le Musique Room. It features 194 seats, a Parisian design, and will host … [ 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]