TC Weekend | Back to the 50s Car Show, Swedish Heritage Day, GermanFest, Posters and Pints & more!

Updated: 6/21/2014 - 9:59 pm


This weekend offers a spirited mix of events to help mark the official start of summer (Saturday, June 21). The lineup is less congested than last weekend's, but every bit as rich and lively. This weekend's weather forecast appears to be a bit brighter as well. See what's on tap for the weekend below:

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MUSIC PHOTOS | moe. and Chris Robinson Brotherhood jam at the Minnesota Zoo

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Two pillars of the jam band scene .moe and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood brought their feel-good energy to the Music at the Zoo Series Tuesday, June 17th. Die-hard fans showed up with tie-dye shirts and recording gear to document another great night of live music outdoors at one of the best venues in the Metro.

SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Tribute tours come to town

A couple of touring tribute bands hit the Twin Cities in late June. Zoso pays homage Led Zeppelin at Mill City Nights and perennial favorites Dark Star Orchestra do their Grateful Dead thing at The Cabooze.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Adventurous, improvised music from Adam Linz and Paul Metzger

Sometimes when your summer days are much busier than you’d like, it’s nice to be transported, if only for an hour or two, to a calmer place with no deadlines, no rush hour and no answers, righ

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MUSIC REVIEW | Needtobreathe rock the Skyway Theatre

Photos by Patrick Dunn

It’s so good to see a hard-working rock band like Needtobreathe gaining momentum as they are out touring to support their fifth studio release Rivers in the Wasteland. In fact they did double duty on their June 12th return to Minneapolis playing a promotional set for Cities 97 prior to their full concert at the Skyway Theatre. The substantial line of ticketholders that would soon pack the venue was a diverse mix of young and middle-aged fans who were already aware of what this band is capable of bringing to the stage.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Cher "Dressed to Kill" at the Target Center

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Fans spanning several generations packed the Target Center June 11th with high expectations for a truly diva-inspired performance. Veteran performer Cher made it happen with her big production Dressed to Kill Tour 2014. Many juicy words could be used to describe the energy of this show built around a song list covering nearly five decades of material, but “old” would certainly not be one of them. The set and costumes were visually stunning and hearing the music was good reminder of why Cher is admired and appreciated worldwide. Adding to the grand scale of the event, Cyndi Lauper opened the show with a full set of her well-known hits.

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TC Weekend | Green Line kickoff, Juneteenth, Northern Spark, Greenway Glow, Stone Arch Bridge Fest & more!

Festival-palooza is upon us, people! This weekend may be the biggest for outdoor festivals this summer. It’s certainly the biggest thus far, with a flurry of events, from the numerous Green Line kickoff celebrations, to Juneteenth, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Northern Spark and much more.  In honor of the Green Line launch, Metro Transit light rail and bus service will be free of charge both June 14 and 15, making it even easier to get around to all the happenings.

This weekend should prove particularly enjoyable for night owls, with night-time festivals that are bound to provide stunning visuals! It’s also Father’s Day weekend -- why not take Dad along to some of the events below? There's a 50% chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday so bring that poncho!

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MUSIC REVIEW | Backstreet Boys at the Xcel Energy Center: Backstreet's back, alright!

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

My first thought after grabbing my tickets from will call for the Backstreet Boys at St Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, June 10 was simply “What the hell am I doing here?” Looking out over the crowd, and for the first time in my life I could actually look OVER them as I was taller than most of the people there, I couldn’t help but notice that I stood out like a sore thumb: a scruffy 30-something amidst a sea of women who were predominantly dressed more for a night of hitting the clubs. The feeling of being on the outside was very strong as I watched a sea of people excitedly take selfies, making damn sure to get the stage in the shot.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Spanish Gold bring south Texas to Triple Rock Social Club

Photos by Chad Rieder

Drummer Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket), guitarist Adrian Quesada (formerly of Grupo Fantasma) and guitarist and lead vocalist Dante Schwebel (City and Colour, formerly of Hacienda) make up the band Spanish Gold. Despite a meager showing crowd-wise, Spanish Gold hit Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis with an extremely solid set that included their entire recently released debut record, South of Nowhere, along with two covers. And they made it look easy.

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