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Art-A-Whirl 2013: A local music lover’s guide

Artwork by Andrew Kiekhafer for Grumpy's Northeast


As its name suggests, Art-A-Whirl is a celebration of all of the talented artists who live and work in Northeast Minneapolis. In addition to the hundreds of visual and fine artists who will open their galleries and studios to the public this weekend, Art-A-Whirl also has a huge musical component, with dozens of bands lining up to play free shows throughout the neighborhood. The result is a joyous, all-encompassing festival that offers something to see, smell, hear, and taste at every turn.

One of the best ways to enjoy Art-A-Whirl is simply to head to Northeast and wander around, allowing your senses to guide the way. But for those who want to be a bit more intentional in the music they’re hearing this weekend, I’ve compiled a list of set times for the many shows happening Friday through Sunday.

Get out your map, jot down a few notes, and see where this weekend takes you. All venues are located in Northeast Minneapolis. See you out at Art-A-Whirl!


612Brew’s Art-A-Whirl Bash

945 Broadway St. NE

Friday, May 17

American Revival, 5 – 6 pm
French Kiss of Bel Air, 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Duenday, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Carnage, 8:45 – 9:45 pm

Saturday, May 18

French Kiss of Bel Air, 3 – 3:45 pm
Hunting Club, 4 – 4:45 pm
Author, 5 – 6 pm
Meme, 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Kristoff Krane, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
No Bird Sing, 8:45 – 9:45 pm


331 Club

331 13th Ave. NE

Friday, May 17

12am – The Blind Shake
11pm – Gospel Gossip
10pm – Carroll (tour kickoff)

9pm – Kill the Vultures
8pm – Jaill (Milwaukee, Subpop)
7pm – Quiet Corral (Kansas City)
6pm – Tramps Like Us

Saturday, May 18

12am – Story of the Sea
11pm – Prissy Clerks
10pm – Sleep Study

9pm – STNNG (EP release w ft)
8pm – FT (the Shadow Government (EP release w STNNNG)
7pm – Marijuana Deathsquads
6pm – Bomba de Luz
5pm – Heavy Deeds
4pm – Crimes
3pm – The Parlour Suite
2pm – The Ericksons
12pm -Walker Fields

Sunday, May 19

8pm – Night Moves
7pm – Ginkgo
6pm – The Sunny Era
5pm – The Sudden Lovelys
4pm – Reina del Cid and the Cidizens
3pm – Katey Bellville


Lisa Elias Metal Studio/Create Catering

Waterbury Building
1129 Van Buran St. NE

Friday May 17

5:30 Frank Randall (Sycamore’s)
6:30 The Meteor Boys
7:30 Delta Lyrae
8:30 Gay Witch Abortion

Saturday May 18

12:00 Grown Ocean
1:00 Delta Lyrae
1:45 Xelias Arial(Nick)
2:00 Is/Is
2:45 Azteca Dancers
3:00 Fire In The Northern Firs
4:00 Jim Ruiz Set
5:00 Twilight Hours
6:00 Kinda Kinky
7:00 Big Sur


Pony Pictures Guerilla Gallery

1828 Marshall Ave. NE #3A

Friday, May 17

Chris Wrede 8:45
M’Lord 10:00
Aural Ebola 12:30

Saturday, May 18

Surgery at the Hands of Machines 7:30
Strange 8:00
From the Midwest 8:45
M’Lord 10:00
These Unknown 11:15
Golden Homes 12:30
Aural Ebola 1:00

Sunday, May 19

The Key Gulls 7:30
Surgery at the Hands of Machines 8:45
M’Lord 10:00
Champion Sleeper 11:15
Aural Ebola 12:30


Q.arma Building

1224 Quincy St. NE

Friday, May 17

6 – 7pm Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures
7 – 8pm Tony Williams

Saturday, May 18

12 – 1pm Dérobé Dance Band
1 – 2pm Laura Evelyn
2 – 3pm Bankrupt in Panama
3 – 4pm Sweater Weather
4 – 5pm Dirt Road Ramblers
6 – 7pm Little Star
7 – 8pm Pauly and the Bad Touch
8 – 9pm Nikki and the Ruemates
9 – 10pm Glass Houses

Sunday, May 19

12 – 1pm No Guest Energy
1 – 2pm Lost in Richfield


Indeed Brewing’s Rails & Ales

711 NE 15th Ave.

Saturday, May 18

12:00 p.m. Jack Klatt and Cat Swingers
1:00 p.m. Martin Devaney
2:00 p.m. The Brian Just Band
3:15 p.m. The Brass Messengers
4:30 p.m. The Cactus Blossoms
5:45 p.m. The Roe Family Singers
7:00 p.m. Pennyroyal
8:15p.m. Como Avenue Jug Band (CD Release)


Grumpy’s Northeast

2200 4th St. NE

Saturday, May 18

Dillinger Four 9pm
House of Large Sizes 8:05pm
L’Assassins 7:15pm
Seawhores 6:25pm
Kiss or Kill 5:35pm
Ol’ Yeller w/Germaine Gemberling 4:45pm
Bombay Sweets 3:55pm
Pennyroyal 3:05pm
Still Pacific 2:15pm
Derobe Dance Band 1pm


Anchor Fish & Chips

302 13th Ave. NE

Saturday, May 18

2pm The Tinkers
3pm Jennifer Markey & the Hungry Truckers
4pm Nightinghales
5pm Brass Messengers
6pm Mad Son
7pm F Knights
8pm The Brass Kings

Sunday, May 19

2pm Ashtray Hearts
3pm Black Audience
4pm Magic Castles
5pm Valet
6pm Cavalier Crooks
7pm Tea & Sympathy
8pm Romantica