You can’t throw a rock without hitting an all-local lineup of musicians sweating their way through an outdoor street fair or festival these days. And this weekend in particular will offer up a smorgasbord of talent in Minneapolis.
News came in today that the under-promoted Big Gig!, which was slated for this Sunday at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the U of M’s West Bank and promised performances by acts like Solid Gold, Jeremy Messersmith, and Charlie Parr, has been canceled due to low ticket sales. But for my money, the multi-stage Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest happening Saturday in South Minneapolis and the Bastille Day Block Party at Barbette in Uptown Sunday more than make up for the nixed gig.
Bastille Day has the buzziest lineup of the two fests, with headliner Astronautalis making his first hometown appearance since wrapping up a month-long tour across Europe. He’ll be joined by Peter Wolf Crier, who quietly uploaded a skuzzy basement recording of their newfound sound to Bandcamp last month; A. Wolf and Her Claws, the pop-meets-electro thrash project led by gifted vocalist Aby Wolf; Vita.mn’s latest Are You Local? champs Prissy Clerks; Ryan Paul Plewacki (formerly of Ryan Paul & the Ardent)’s tribute to lo-fi ’70s rock, Sleep Study; and “old time hot jazz band” Patty & the Buttons.
As with past Bastille Day events, the day will be hosted by Foxy Tann and will feature tons of off-stage action by groups like the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater and Familia Skateshop. Here are set times for the live music (the event is free and all ages):
3:00-3:40 Patty & the Buttons
3:55-4:30 Sleep Study
4:45-5:20 Prissy Clerks
5:35-6:10 A. Wolf & Her Claws
6:25-7:05 Peter Wolf Crier
And today is the last day to purchase discounted tickets for the second annual Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival. This year the event will take over three separate stages at the intersection of Minnehaha Ave. and Lake St., the largest of which will be outside of Patrick’s Cabaret. In addition to the usual festival suspects (Bloodnstuff, the Goondas, the Japhies, the Brass Kings), there are quite a few mid-day acts worth the price of admission.
Among the highlights: Former Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart will play a solo set on the main stage, shortly after a performance by captivating cabaret vocalist Davina & the Vagabonds; the one-two punch of funk lover Nick ‘The Feelin’ Mrozinski and Pistol Whipping Party Penguins should get the crowd in front of the Harriet Brewing Stage loosened up for a headlining spot by bluesman Charlie Parr; and a somewhat rare appearance by Robin and Jayanthi Kyle’s roots-infused gospel band Black Audience will be well worth the trip over to the Mosaic Cafe Stage.
Tickets for Roots, Rock & Deep Festival are $10 through today (for sale online here), and will go up to $15 tomorrow. Full lineup and set times:
Harriet Brewing Stage
3036 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis
Noon-12:45 Bigtree Bonsai
1pm-1:45 Dead Pigeons
2pm-2:45 The Bootstrap Family Band
3pm-4pm Ragged Blade Band
4:15pm-5:30 Nick ‘The Feelin’ Mrozinski
5:45pm-7pm Pistol Whipping Party Penguins
7pm-8pm Sans Souci Quartet
8:15pm-10pm Charlie Parr
Pabst Blue Ribbon Stage @ Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis
1pm-1:45 The Huckleberries
2pm-2:45 Davina & The Vagabonds
3pm-3:45 Kent Burnside & The New Generation
4pm-4:45 Grant Hart
5pm-5:45 The Japhies
6pm-6:45 Poverty Hash
7pm-7:45 The Goondas
Mosaic Cafe Stage
3019 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis
1pm-1:45 The Ditchlilies
2pm-2:45 The Dynamite Dirt Boys
3pm-3:45 Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold
4pm-4:45 Black Audience
5pm-5:45 Mississippi Gabe Carter
6pm-6:45 Javier & The Innocent Sons
7pm-7:45 The Cactus Blossoms
8pm-9pm Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings