Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Lowertown Sounds — Summer Concert Series in Mears Park

A new but familiar sound is coming back to Mears Park in St. Paul on Thursday nights this summer: the Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider, and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

The free concert events take the stage 6-9:30pm, starting June 6 and running through August 29, excluding the week of July 1.

See the full music schedule, beverage and food truck partners, sponsors and more at: www.lowertownsounds.com.

In addition to the music, Lowertown Sounds will pour several local, Minnesota-made craft beers from Castle Danger Brewing, The Lab Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Stacked Deck Brewing, Utepils Brewing, and Wabasha Brewing. Concert-goers can also enjoy local ciders from Minneapolis Cider Company and local wine from Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Each concert will include a roster of food trucks parked along Mears Park for guests to grab a bite to pair with their beverage.

Lowertown Sounds Music Schedule (headliners listed first)

June 6: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales, Hailey James
June 13: Alex Rossi, The Fattenin’ Frogs
June 20: Jazz Fest
June 27: Flamin Oh’s, Tom, Dick, and Harry
July 11: Maudlin, St. Paul School of Rock
July 18: Annie Mack, Nikki and the Ruemates
July 25: Purple Funk Metropolis, Brianna Kočka
August 1: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney
August 8: The Shackletons, Porky’s Groove Machine
August 15: Porcupine, Southside Aces
August 22: Melismatics, The Plott Hounds
August 29: Mears Park Mystery Band, Saint Small, Joe Hunt

Joshua Redman and Emmet Cohen added to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival lineup

Emmet Cohen // Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Jazz Festival

The 19th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival is stacked with a stellar music lineup, as saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Emmet Cohen are added to the bill.

Redman and Cohen will join the bill that includes pianist McCoy Tyner, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen with Choro Aventuroso, and Minnesota-native Bobby Lyle, according to a press release.

Josh Redman // Photo by Jay Blakesberg

“I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to pair a superstar like Joshua Redman with a jazz Hall-of-Famer like McCoy Tyner, and having a chance to add a charismatic young talent like Emmet Cohen to the likes of Blanchard, Lyle and Anat Cohen is truly exciting,” said Twin Cities Jazz Festival’s executive director Steve Heckler in a press release. “This is yet another reminder of how fortunate we are to have such a supportive community, which enables us to present so much talent over three days, while still managing to keep our event free and inclusive to all.”

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival was created in 1999 as a way to make the music style available for free to the public, and has been held in St. Paul since 2009. Taking place this year on June 22–24, the free festival will be spread throughout several outdoor stages and in more than 20 clubs, bars, and studios in and around Mears Park in St. Paul’s Lowertown district.

Big names bring the blues to 2016 Lowertown Blues Festival

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The Lowertown Blues Festival returns to Mears Park for a third year on Saturday, July 23 // Photo via Explore Minnesota

Now in its third year, the Lowertown Blues Festival returns to Mears Park on Saturday, July 23, for the Twin Cities’ largest, free blues festival.

This year’s main-stage lineup includes some of the biggest names in blues and soul music:

  • Booker T. Jones
  • Bernard Allison Group
  • Corey Stevens
  • Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
  • The Butanes Soul Revue

A second stage will feature the sounds of Kim Simmonds of Savoy, Joel Zoss, and Hurricane Harold & Doug Otto.

A new addition in 2016 is the VIP Blues Pit. Located in front of the main stage, members will gain access to artists, reserved seating, and a cash bar. Entry is limited to 100 people and cost $50.

The festival runs from 12pm to 10pm. For more information visit lowertownbluesfestival.com.


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Grammy Winner Diane Reeves and Branford Marsalis to Headline Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2014

By Brian Kaufenberg
Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2014 Headliners Announced

Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2014 Headliners Announced

Summer may be months away, but the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is giving jazz enthusiasts and winter-weary Minnesotans reason to rejoice today. The 16th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held in Lowertown St. Paul’s Mears Park, announced that Grammy Award winning vocalist Diane Reeves and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis from the famed Marsalis family will headline this year’s festival.

Diane Reeves // Photo by Jerris Madison

Diane Reeves // Photo by Jerris Madison

The high caliber of talent for this year’s festival is especially impressive. To date, Diane Reeves has won four Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for: In the Moment – Live In Concert (2001), The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan (2002)A Little Moonlight (2004)Good Night, and Good Luck (Soundtrack) (2006). She is the only singer to have won this Grammy three consecutive albums.

 

Branford Marsalis // Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson

Branford Marsalis // Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson

Branford Marsalis is a saxophonist and is eldest of the Marsalis brothers which includes Wynton Marsalis. While primarily known for his work as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he has also worked with Sting (of The Police, not the wrestler), filmmaker Spike Lee in School Daze, led the Tonight Show Band for Jay Leno, and played with The Grateful Dead on numerous occasions.

Also featured are  24-year-old and 2013 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition Winner Melissa Aldana and three-time winner of the New Orlean’s “Big Easy Award” Joe Krown. Aldana was the first woman instrumentalist to be honored with a Monk award in the history of the prestigious competition. Krown was the long-time keyboardist for Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and has appeared frequently at the French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a perennial favorite for music lovers of all kinds who are able to enjoy free world-class jazz in the park. According to a press release from the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the weekend begins with the annual “Jazz Night Out” with music in the clubs on Thursday. On Friday music kicks off in Mears Park from 4–10pm, and a full line-up on Saturday from Noon until 10pm. After music ends in the park each night, move over to one of the dozen clubs hosting more live jazz until 1pm.

Last year’s festival included music from world-class pianist and composer Kenny Werner, Baltimore’s own pianist Cyrus Chestnut, critically-acclaimed saxophonist Walter Smith III, and the up-and-coming Matt Slocum. If last’s year’s performances were any indication of what’s to come this summer, attendees are in for a fantastic weekend of music.

“This year will have an incredible line-up, two of the most lauded artists in modern jazz, a star of tomorrow, and one of the biggest names from the Big Easy!” exclaims Steve Heckler. “We are so excited to bring everyone together in Saint Paul.”

Visit the Twin Cities Jazz Festival’s website for more information as it is released.