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Sonny Knight, Hippo Campus, Fort Wilson Riot, Nona Marie to play August Music and Movies shows at Lake Harriet Bandshell

Hippo Campus perform at this year's Bastille Day Block Party. Photo by Jay Gabler/MPR.

Vita.mn is hosting its sixth annual Music & Movies series over four consecutive Fridays at the Lake Harriet Bandshell this August, in collaboration with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. The series will span four weeks and features a range of music and films.

Music will start at 7:30 each night, with the movie to follow at dusk. All shows in the series are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Friday, August 1

Music: Nona Marie & the Anonymous Choir are a group led by the frontwoman of Dark Dark Dark, with a dozen female singers covering songs by the likes of Irma Thomas and Curtis Mayfield. Read Andrea Swensson’s 2012 interview with Nona Marie, and listen to the group’s performance last year in the Current’s studios.

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Movie: A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks and Madonna. Penny Marshall’s 1992 movie received modestly warm reviews when it was released (“The baseball sequences, we’ve seen before,” wrote Roger Ebert; “What’s fresh are the personalities of the players”) but has grown in stature since, being selected in 2012 for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry.

Friday, August 8

Music: After years on the local music scene, Fort Wilson Riot have been winning new fans with their bold new album trIllIun, produced by Ryan Olcott. Read the duo’s May interview with David Campbell.

Movie: Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! (1996) is a sci-fi satire that’s become a cult classic. “I may never recover from the vision of Sarah Jessica Parker’s head grafted on to the body of a chihuahua,” wrote Washington Post critic Desson Howe.

Friday, August 15

Music: After getting his start in the 60s, Sonny Knight laid low for decades—and now he’s making up for lost time in a big way, headlining block parties, hitting SXSW, and touring Europe behind his Secret Stash debut. Hear Sonny Knight and the Lakers perform live in the Current’s studios.

Movie: Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 reboot of the 1960 Rat Pack classic Ocean’s Eleven spawned two sequels and featured what Entertainment Weekly called the best heist scene of the decade.

Saturday, August 22

Music: Hippo Campus haven’t even released their debut album—in fact, they’ve barely graduated from high school—but they’ve become the summer sensations of the Twin Cities music scene. Read Andrea Swensson’s May interview with these charismatic popsters.

Movie: Remember when Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, and Hank Azaria played superheroes? If not, you might want to examine the evidence in 1999’s Mystery Men.

Austin Gerth is a member of the class of 2016 at Concordia College. He also writes for Concordia’s student blog, The COBBlog; and Concordia’s student newspaper, The Concordian.