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TC Weekend | Twin Cities Jazz Fest, Twin Cities Pride Fest, Beer Dabbler, MN Food Truck Fair and more!

Updated: 6/27/2014 2:19 pm


Can you believe we're almost at the end of June? Time flies, so spend it wisely -- get out and enjoy some of the outdoor happenings around the cities. This weekend offers two big festivals -- the Twin Cities Pride Fest in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Jazz Fest in Saint Paul, along with other fun happenings around town. Just like the last couple of weekends, this weekend might be a bit wet so plan accordingly.


MUSIC REVIEW | Rufus Wainwright charms the Minnesota Zoo

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

Rufus Wainwright occupies a very rare and important space in modern music. He makes pop music, he is popular, and yet he is decidedly not populist. What’s more is he appears to know this. It is with this confidence that he approached the stage at the Minnesota Zoo Ampitheater on a beautiful Tuesday night on June 24. After a brief delay, Rufus finally walked on wearing a shiny, silver suit—something he would refer to numerous times as the night went on—to cap a pleasant, playful opening set from his sister and tourmate Lucy.


SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Gary Anderson will put a smile on your face

Gary Anderson is a gifted artist and a likable individual. He's a fine musician, talented singer-songwriter and, God bless his heart, believes in a commitment to community. But, he sure ain't much as an interview.


16th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival in full swing June 26-28 in St. Paul

As the summer of 2014 is upon us, and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is happening this weekend, June 26-28 in downtown St. Paul in Mears Park and nearby clubs, now is the time to show your love for the art and music made by the distinctive voices soon-to-be heard at this year’s TC Jazz Fest, celebrating its 16th year and established track record of attracting over 30,000 music lovers. And here’s more good news, Metro Transit is offering free rides to the festival on Friday and Saturday.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Neon Trees in black & white at First Avenue

Photos by Tom Baker

Neon Trees played to a completely sold out crowd at First Ave on Monday, June 23, 2014. Electrifying, eccentric, passionate, and downright fun they gave the audience exactly what they went to the show for; a stellar performance. Frontman Tyler Glenn mesmerized the crowd with his dance moves and swooping vocals, and expressed his appreciation throughout the night to fans, who gave plenty of love back to the Trees.


MUSIC PHOTOS | John Hiatt and Robert Cray at Music in the Zoo Series

Photos by Patrick Dunn

The Weesner Family Amphitheater was packed top to bottom and side to side June 23rd for one of the most anticipated matchups of this seasons Music in the Zoo series; John Hiatt & the Combo and the Robert Cray Band. It was a great night for outdoor music in the perfect setting with two extraordinary talents and the result was spectacular.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Bruce McCabe documentary premiere at the Metropolitan Ballroom

Photos by Emmerlee Sherman

Bruce McCabe is a local musician who has played with and written songs for Lamont Cranston, Hoopsnakes, Johnny Lang and his own band the Rich Poor Men. McCabe has fought two brain tumors and is now in remission. His family launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary that consists of interviews done with several of his friends in the industry, some great music, and stories told by Bruce himself. On Thursday, June 19 was the VIP celebration to premiere the documentary at the Metropolitan Ballroom. Jack Knife and the Sharps opened the evening, followed by the film and ended the night with Bruce McCabe and the Rich Poor Man.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Rock the Garden 2014

Photos by Meredith Westin

Rock the Garden took over the Walker Art Center for two nights on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22. Lizzo, Jeremy Messersmith, Best Coast, Matt And Kim, De La Soul, Dessa, Valerie June, Kurt Vile, Guided by Voices and Spoon performed over the two-day span.

MUSIC REVIEW | Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds worth the wait at the State Theatre

Photos By: 
Ben Zvan

Nick Cave communes with the audience. Photo credit Ben Zvan.

It was 2001, September. I had tickets to see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the end of the month for my birthday. Then something a little bigger than a concert happened, and air traffic into the U.S. looked (rightly) like a very bad idea. The U.S. tour was postponed. Those of us with tickets were told we could get a refund then or hold our tickets to be exchanged when the show was rescheduled. I chose to wait, though I had no idea how long it would be. As it turned out, it was a very long time indeed. Oh, it was only another six months before the rescheduled concert, but I was never notified of the new date. Being busy with my job, I didn't stumble across the information on my own. I found out about it by reading a review in the paper the day after it occurred.

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