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June 21, 2004 // UPDATED 2:12 pm - April 25, 2007
By: 45;- compiled by sue rich
45;- compiled by sue rich

By the river

'St. Anthony Main summer concert series'

Does free music along the river every weekend sound too good to be true? Disbelievers should head to the Minneapolis Riverfront District any weekend until Aug. 29.

All concerts are located on the riverfront in the public courtyard between Tuggs Tavern and Vic's in St. Anthony Main, 201 SE Main St.

Free rock concerts featuring local artists will normally run Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m., and Sundays, 4-7 p.m. However, extra bands will be booked Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20 for the Stone Arch Arts Festival weekend. The Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls will perform Saturday, June 19, 1-3:30 p.m., followed by the Jack Brass Band, 4-7 p.m., and Fat Soul City, 7:30-10:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 20, catch Quartet Gumbo, 1-3:30 p.m., and Michael Monroe, 4-7 p.m.

Here's the lineup after that:

- Friday, June 25: Armadillo Jump

- Saturday, June 26: Flavor

- Sunday, June 27: Kevin Bowe and Okemah Prophets

- Friday, July 2: Power of Ten

- Saturday, July 3: Kissers

- Sunday, July 4 (extra gigs for the 4th!): Mick Sterling, 3-5:15 p.m.; Cool Disposition, 6-8:30 p.m.; Molly Nova and the Hawk, 6-8p.m.; Wain McFarlane, 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.)

- Friday, July 9: New Primitives

- Saturday, July 10: MN Barking Ducks

- Sunday, July 11: Jazztronauts

- Friday, July 16: Senders

- Saturday, July 17: Billy Johnson's Roadshow

- Sunday, July 18: Humbugs

- Friday, July 23: Deb Brown and Blond Faith

- Saturday, July 24: John Starkey (7-10 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.)

- Sunday, July 25: (Artist to be announced)

- Friday, July 30: Axis Mundi

- Saturday, July 31: Big Walter Smith

- Sunday, Aug. 1: Inside Straight/TC Blue News Party

- Friday, Aug. 6: Kurt Jorgenson

- Saturday, Aug. 7: Lost Marbles

- Sunday, Aug. 8: Monroe Crossing

- Friday, Aug. 13: Panoramic Blue

- Saturday, Aug. 14: Orange Whip

- Sunday, Aug. 15: Boyd Lee & Joe Cruz

- Friday, Aug. 20: Power of Ten

- Saturday, Aug. 21: Micheal Monroe, Folk/Reggae/Contemporary Jazz

- Sunday, Aug. 22: Tim Mahoney

- Friday, Aug. 27: Clovis

- Saturday, Aug. 28: Honeywagon

- Sunday, Aug. 29: Papa John Kolstad

Visit for more information.

Senior citizens' concerts

For those who prefer a different tempo, the Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St. (just west of St. Anthony Main and Southeast Main Street, towards the river) will host two summer concerts designed for senior citizens.

- The Monday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. concert features upbeat, toe-tapping tunes.

- The Tuesday, July 6, 10:30 a.m. concert will continue the 4th of July spirit, including patriotic favorites throughout the years, music by Minnesotans and giveaway prizes.

In the ruins

'Mill City Live'

Set in the Mill City Museum's 704 S. 2nd St., dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, just steps away from the Stone Arch Bridge and Mississippi River, patrons can hear some of the best local solo and small ensemble acts.

This free happy-hour alternative runs Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., through mid-September. D'Amico Catering provides food and drink for purchase, and the museum remains open until 9 p.m. (guests will need to pay the regular admission to enter the exhibit gallery).

- Thursday, June 17: Adam Levy, lead singer of one of Minneapolis's favorite folk-rock bands, the Honeydogs.

- Thursday, July 1: Ellis, an accomplished female folk singer-songwriter with a strong Midwest following.

- Thursday, July 15: Big Ditch Road, the new stars of the local county-rock scene.

- Thursday, Aug. 5: Kraig Johnson, former Jayhawks member and member of eclectic band, Iffy.

- Thursday, Aug. 19: Mark Mallman, national touring solo artist with a September album release titled "Live at First Avenue."

- Thursday, Sept. 2: Jessy Greene, multitalented violinist and vocalist with a new solo album titled "Blue Sky."

- Thursday, Sept. 16: The Owls, popular up-and-coming pop band.

For more information, log onto

On the Mall

'Alive After 5'

Through June 23, Peavey Plaza, 1110 Nicollet Mall, will keep Downtown hopping after work on weekdays, 5-9 p.m., with plenty of bands, food and drink.

Volunteers are needed to work the beverage tent. For more information, log onto

- Monday, June 14: Dazy Head Mazy, pop band.

- Tuesday, June 15: Kubla Kahn, pop band.

- Wednesday, June 16: The River City All-

Stars, rock band.

- Thursday, June 17: The Clumsy Lovers, Celtic bluegrass.

- Friday, June 18: Lola and the Red Hots, '70s R&B.

- Monday, June 21: Nick Curran and the Nightflies, Jump Blues.

- Tuesday, June 22: Savage Aural Hotbead, Industrial stomp.

- Wednesday, June 23: New Primitives, reggae/jam.


The Minnesota Orchestra will kick off its "2004 Sommerfest" concert series with the fourth annual Marshall Field's Day of Music, a 24-hour extravaganza of free musical performances, Friday, July 9, noon-Saturday, July 10, noon.

Before all July 9-31 "Sommerfest" performances inside Orchestra Hall (most of which are ticketed and cost $13-$46), bands will perform free outdoor concerts in Peavey Plaza, Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m.-midnight and Sundays, 5-10 p.m.

Plenty of food vendors will be there to provide your summer beverages

and eats.

Details are yet to be released; check for updates.

In the park

'GLBT Pride Festival'

Besides plenty of food, family activities and a mass commitment ceremony, the Twin Cities GLBT Pride Festival in Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., features round-the-clock musical performances. The festival is expected to attract over 100,000 people and takes place Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, June 27, noon-6 p.m.

Leesa, Running on Empty, In Pictures, 13 Hertz and others will perform at the Rainbow Stage in the southwest corner of the park. Meanwhile, in the southeast corner of the park, The Stonewall Stage will host drag and musical revues from the likes of Cheer Dorothy Cheer, Unravelling Muses and the Velvet Rope.

For more information, log onto

'Summer Movies and Music'

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Walker Art Center once again present Summer Movies and Music, the popular annual series of free concerts and film screenings in Loring Park, Mondays, July 19-Aug. 23.

Music begins at 7 p.m., films begin at sunset (approximately 8:45 p.m.), and local notables spin music between the bands and films.

Performers this year will include The Owls, DJ Olive, Christian Marclay, Trailer Trash and Redstart. Films will include such '60s and '70s action flicks as "The Getaway," "Bullitt" and "The Magnificent Seven."

Details and a full schedule are yet to be announced. Log onto for updates (click on "Music").

Sources: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Downtown Action Network, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Anthony Main, Twin Cities GLBT Pride Festival and Walker Art Center Web sites