We see you… arriving to work on Monday morning with your dark sunglasses on, nursing an Art-A-Whirl hangover. Hopefully you made it to Northeast Minneapolis to experience one of the best local events of the year this past weekend, but if you didn’t, feat not, as Queen Bey and the summer outdoor music festival season arrive this week to sate your appetite.
Charles Bradley | First Avenue | Thursday, May 26th, 8pm
They don’t call Charles Bradley the “Screaming Eagle of Soul” for nothing. At 67 years old, Bradley is proof that it’s never too late to find your audience. Since his debut album in 2011, he has been dazzling audiences around the country with his James Brown-style showmanship and his incredible voice, while backed by the fantastic players from Daptones Records. It’s not hyperbole whatsoever to say that you will leave his show a changed person. $20 / 18+ / Buy tickets
Memory Lanes Block Party | Memory Lanes | Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th, 3:45pm-2am both days
tiny deaths will play the Memory Lanes Block Party on May 28
Last weekend’s Art-A-Whirl ushered in the summer of 10,000 block parties, so if you didn’t get enough fun in the sun and you’re not headed to the family cabin for Memorial Day, get on down to Memory Lanes this weekend. Saturday’s lineup features Mixed Blood Majority, Little Fevers, Murder Shoes, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, tiny deaths (on the inside stage), and many more, while Sunday’s lineup includes Fury Things, Red Daughters, Davina & The Vagabonds (inside), and the Hotpants DJs just to name a few. See the full lineup here. $5 per day / All Ages / Tickets available at the gate
Soundset | Minnesota State Fairgrounds | Sunday, May 29th, 12pm-11pm
Over the last decade, the largest independent hip-hop festival in the country has been brewing in our own backyard. This year’s Soundset finds itself in a new location for the first time since 2009, the Midway of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Along with the change of scenery, the lineup is as stacked as ever, with national acts including The Roots, Future, Common, Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak, and many many more, in addition to its usual share of great local talent with Lizzo, Doomtree, Prof, and of course, Atmosphere.
The before and after parties at First Avenue this year are also worth checking out whether you’re going to Soundset proper or not. Saturday’s Before Party lineup includes Grieves, dEm atlas, DJ Abilities, Sarah White, and more, and Sunday’s After Party features Questlove (who has promised one heck of a Prince tribute) along with Get Cryphy. $84 / All Ages / Buy tickets