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Live music at Art-A-Whirl 2015: Where the bands are, and when

Music at the 331 Club during Art-A-Whirl 2013. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association presents its 20th annual Art-A-Whirl this May 15-17. Throughout the decades, Art-A-Whirl has become the largest open studio tour in the country with more than 500 artists operating in over 20 different mediums. Aside from next weekend’s hundreds of gallery tours and interactive exhibits, local musicians will perform at concert gigs galore—some officially associated with Art-A-Whirl, others simply timed to coincide with it. Here’s a rundown, with venues in alphabetical order.

The Anchor Fish & Chips

For the NE pub-style restaurant, this year’s mantra is “Business in the front. Party in the back.” They’ll be serving up grub starting at 12:00 p.m. and serving up music in the rear parking lot starting at 2:00 p.m. Event info here.

Saturday, May 16
2:00 p.m. — John Swardson & Bad Blood
3:00 p.m. — Tin Horns
4:00 p.m. — Gabe Barnett & them Rounders
5:00 p.m. — Valet
6:00 p.m. — Gospel Machine
7:00 p.m. — Southside Desire

Sunday, May 17
2:00 p.m. — Total Gaze
3:00 p.m. — Tea and Sympathy
4:00 p.m. — Gramofone
5:00 p.m. — The Stress of Her Regard
6:00 p.m. — Romantica

Bauhaus Brew Labs

It’s all about great tunes and tune-ups at Bauhaus’s Saturday Music Extra-Vaganza. In addition to live outdoor music, the event will feature a mobile bicycle service station courtesy of Freewheel Bike.

Saturday, May 16
3:00 p.m. — BBGUN
4:00 p.m. — Pho
5:00 p.m. — Carroll
6:00 p.m. — Van Stee
7:00 p.m. — Black Market Brass
8:00 p.m. — Black Diet
9:00 p.m. — Night Lights (’90s R&B Cover Band)

Casket Arts Building

Lonnie Lowe will DJ at the Casket Arts Building on Friday night, and several bands will perform in a “Casket Arts Live” showcase on Saturday. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, May 16
1:00 p.m. — The Beavers
2:30 p.m. — Jillian Rae
4:00 p.m. — The Dead Pigeons
5:30 p.m. — Nikki & The RueMates
7:00 p.m. — Doug Otto & The Getaways

Elias Metal Studio

In the spirit of 20 years of tradition, you can party with the metalwork studio that originated the Art-A-Whirl music movement. Event info here.

Friday, May 15
Brad McLemore
Phantom Tails
Solar Pawn

Saturday, May 16
If Monsters were Real
Cerveza Muscular
Charlie Lincoln Group
Delta Lyrae
Fall of the House of Ushers
Silverteens
Shasha Druva & HWY 65
Chasity Brown
James Patrick Plays

Fair State Brewing

Debuting their shiny new Beer Garden, Fair State is going all out with their Posters & Pints Beer Art Show. You can listen to local live music, throw back a few of their limited edition “Artsy” beers, and dabble in their signature mini golf course. Event info here.

Friday, May 15
5:00 p.m. — J.E. Sunde
6:00 p.m. — JiLL
7:00 p.m. — Sun Gods To Gamma Rays
8:00 p.m. — Zoo Animal
9:00 p.m. — Gramma’s Boyfriend

GT Artistry

For those looking for a retreat from the commotion, GT Artistry will host their Re.nas.cence interactive art and music experience. The weekend-long mindfulness exhibit will include building a sacred shrine, healing ceremonies, and music performances to lift the spirits. For more information, see the note from organizer Sarah Stanley-Ayre in the comment section below.

Friday, May 15
5:00 p.m. — Ian Lehman and Shelley Rae
7:30 p.m. — Special ceremonies

Saturday, May 16
12:00 p.m. — DJs spinning vinyl
5:00 p.m. — Tabah, followed by Mayda
8:00 p.m. — TwoTeeth, Harm

Sunday, May 17
No Guest Energy, Fancy Ray McCloney

Grumpy’s Northeast

Aside from a stellar Saturday lineup, Grumpy’s will also be home to a Posters & Pints Pop Up Art Show and the Aardvark Records Travelling Record Show. Event info here.

Saturday, May 16
12:00 p.m. — The Uncle Bob Show
12:45 p.m. — From the Midwest
1:30 p.m. — Mill City Devils
2:15 p.m. — Dumpster Juice
3:00 p.m. — Animal Lover
3:45 p.m. — Eleganza!
4:30 p.m. — Private Oates
5:30 p.m. — Farewell Milwaukee
6:30 p.m. — Secret Special Guests
7:15 p.m. — Grant Hart
8:15 p.m. — Cactus Blossoms
9:15 p.m. — SIMS

Indeed Brewing Company

After guzzling craft beer to your heart’s content, you can work off the gut with Indeed’s MN Brewery Running sponsored 5k. Their weekend “Whirlygig” celebration also comes complete with Get Knit craft stations, food trucks aplenty, and three days of outdoor music.

Friday, May 15

6:00 p.m. — Driftwood Pyre
7:00 p.m. — Little Man
8:00 p.m. — Slim Cessna’s Auto Club

Saturday, May 16
1:00 p.m. — The Ventures Cover Band
2:00 p.m. — Mike Gunther
3:00 p.m. — Rich Mattson & The Northstars
4:00 p.m. — Sam Cassidy
5:00 p.m. — Erik Koskinen Band
6:00 p.m. — American Scarecrows
7:00 p.m. — Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band
8:00 p.m. — Rupert Angeleyes
9:00 p.m. — Mark Mallman

Sunday, May 17

1:00 p.m. — Steve Palmer
2:00 p.m. — Peter Lang
3:00 p.m. — Ben Weaver
4:00 p.m. — Paul Metzger
5:00 p.m. — Grant Hart

NE Beer Garden

For the fickle beer aficionados, the parking lot next to Dangerous Man Brewing Co will host a music-filled collaboration among Fair State Brewing, Sociable Cider Werks, and Northgate Brewing.

Saturday, May 16
1:00 p.m. — Bunny Clogs
2:05 p.m. — Johnny & Molly of Communist Daughter
3:10 p.m. — What Tyrants
4:15 p.m. — Monica LaPlante
5:20 p.m. — Pornonono
6:25 p.m. — Stereo Confession
7:30 p.m. — RONiiA
8:45 p.m. — Toki Wright & DJ Willie Shu

Northrup King Building

For those looking for a one-stop art shop, the Northrup King building will be home to over 250 visual artists, including demonstrations and interactive exhibits. Live music from various local performers will simply set the mood.

Friday, May 15
6:00 p.m. — Tom Lieberman (in Clay@3 studio)
7:00 p.m. — Vanessa Bray
7:00 p.m. — Bitter Ridge Bluegrass Band

Saturday, May 16
1:00 p.m. — Vanessa Bray
1:00 p.m. — Bitter Ridge Bluegrass Band
6:00 p.m. — Bitter Ridge Bluegrass Band

Sunday, May 17
12:00 p.m. — Vanessa Bray
1:00 p.m. — Bitter Ridge Bluegrass Band

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

On Saturday afternoon, Psycho Suzi’s will be hosting a tiki (of course) festival that will include a puppy fashion show, special drinks, and live music.

Saturday, May 16

5:00 p.m. — Lonesome Dan Kase
6:15 p.m. — The Sex Rays
7:30 p.m. — L’Assassins
9:00 p.m. — Dead Bundy

The Sample Room

Several bands will be taking the stage at this craft cocktail hot spot.

Friday, May 15

6:30 p.m. — Elisabeth Ghandor
8:15 p.m. — Nathan Scott Phillips
9:00 p.m. — Stone Grove

Saturday, May 16

4:00 p.m. — Chris Holm
5:15 p.m. — Infinities
6:30 p.m. — Loons in the Attic
7:45 p.m. — Elizabeth Ghandour and the Heighburners
9:00 p.m. — Grolar Bears

612Brew

With two days of music in their outdoor amphitheater, 612Brew will also host the designs of mural artist Adam Turman, beer poster artist Dogfish Media, and jewelry designer Garden Weasel Creations. Nearly on par with the art and music lineup is their selection of food trucks, including NateDogs, Midnord Empanadas, Sandy’s Grill, Hibachi Daruma, and The Moral Omnivore.

Friday, May 15
5:00 p.m. — Ash St. John
6:00 p.m. — July Fighter
7:00 p.m. — The Fattenin’ Frogs
8:00 p.m. — Jon Jones
9:00 p.m. — Tiny Deaths

Saturday, May 16
2:00 p.m. — Loons in the Attic
3:00 p.m. — The Tipsy Russell’s
4:00 p.m. — Jonny and the Palms
5:00 p.m. — Justin Halverson
6:00 p.m. — Nathan Miller
7:00 p.m. — Kingsview
8:00 p.m. — Step Rockets
9:00 p.m. — Chris Koza

Sociable Cider Werks

For fans of craft cider and local music, Sociable Cider Werks is hosting three days of good times.

Friday 5/15
4:00 p.m. — Hennepin County Millionaires
5:00 p.m. — Kingsview
6:00 p.m. — Initials
7:00 p.m. — Sister Calypso

Saturday 5/16
1:00 p.m. — Tortuga
2:30 p.m. — Jack & The Coax
4:30 p.m. — Whiskey Jeff & The Beer Back Band
7:00 p.m. — Enemy Planes

Sunday 5/17
2:30 p.m. — Bernie King & The Guilty Pleasures

331 Club

Music is the medium at the 331 Club—celebrating its own tenth anniversary this year—with a whopping weekend lineup of over 25 bands. You can even kick off the festivities a day early at Thursday’s Start-A-Whirl with Doug Otto & The Getaway, Up The Mountain Down The Mountain, and The Poor Nobodys.

Friday, May 15
Indoor Stage
10:00 p.m. — Mrs., Catbath, The Traveling Suitcase
Outdoor Stage

5:00 p.m. — Swimsuit Area
6:00 p.m. — Hardcore Crayons
7:00 p.m. — Buildings
8:00 p.m. — self-evident
9:00 p.m. — The Blind Shake



Saturday, May 16

Indoor Stage

10:00 p.m. — CRANKSHAFT, The Last Revel
Outdoor Stage

12:00 p.m. — Zack Lozier Three
2:00 p.m. — Roe Family Singers
3:00 p.m. — Robert Skoro
4:00 p.m. — Matt Latterell
5:00 p.m. — Flasher
6:00 p.m. — Fury Things
7:00 p.m. — Pink Mink
8:00 p.m. — Retribution Gospel Choir
9:00 p.m. — Mixed Blood Majority

Sunday, May 17
Outdoor Stage

1:00 p.m. — The Lowland Lakers
2:00 p.m. — Orca Colony
3:00 p.m. — unknown prophets
4:00 p.m. — General B and the Wiz
5:00 p.m. — The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins
6:00 p.m. — We Are The Willows
7:00 p.m. — Southwire
8:00 p.m. — Mally

Waterbury Studios

Upping the ante for the big anniversary, Waterbury Studios will host their largest jamboree to date, with munchies by Create Catering & The Dining Studio, illustrations by Chris Spah, and outdoor music starting at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 16
James Patrick – Artist
Some Pulp
Tree Blood
SolidState
Grand Courriers
WHALE/S

Selena Carlson is currently tackling a double major in journalism and music business at Augsburg College. In addition to writing, she is an avid enthusiast of all things banjo; biking; and breakfast for dinner.