Free Concerts Around the Twin Cities This Weekend

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Cornbread Harris Free Concerts Twin Cities

Around the Twin Cities, there are tons of venues and places to see live music. Although Lakefront Music Fest is only $20, maybe you’re working on a very tight budget. If so, there are plenty of free shows around the cities this weekend (although I can’t guarantee you won’t buy some food or drinks).

Let’s start with tonight.

 

Friday, July 18

The Flood Brothers | 6 p.m. @ Hell’s Kitchen (Downtown Minneapolis)

Cornbread Harris | 6 p.m. @Loring Pasta Bar (Dinkytown)

Cornbread Harris is a Twin Cities’ mainstay. He is a World War II veteran who, in his eighties, still plays at Loring every week with his bluesy, soulful rock and roll sound. He is also father to the famous artist and producer Jimmy Jam Harris.

 

The Joey Johnson Band | 8 p.m. @ Mario’s Keller Bar (Northeast Minneapolis)

Matt Yetter | 8 p.m. @ Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar (Minnehaha)

Chris Kelly Band | 9 p.m. @ Bayside Grille (Excelsior)

Annie Mack | 9 p.m. @ Schooner Tavern (Minnehaha)

Soul Tight Committee | 9 p.m. @ Santorini Taverna & Grill (Eden Prairie)

Love Songs for Angry Men (Nick Hensley) | 9:30 p.m. @ Kieran’s Irish Pub (Downtown Minneapolis)

Hailing from St. Paul, Nick Hensley and his alter ego/band Love Songs for Angry Men have an alternative country sound, describing themselves as an americana, roots, celtic, rock and lyrical band. They play each night this weekend at Kieran’s.

 

Bullseye | 9:30 p.m. @ Billy’s Bar and Grill (Anoka)

Christopher the Conquered, Jim Crego & the North Electric and Mike Nicolai | 10 p.m. @ 331 Club (Northeast Minneapolis)

Saturday, July 19

Good Horse Records Brunch Showcase ft. Mrs. Glass, Ben Ballinger and Carson McHone | 10 a.m. @ Hell’s Kitchen (Downtown Minneapolis)

Midtown Global Music Festival ft. Hoka-Hey, Brian Nielsen Band, 2/3rds MN, Rene Thompson, Qband and more| 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ Midtown Global Market (Minneapolis)

Mike Salovich and WorldBeat | 6 p.m. @ Loring Pasta Bar (Dinkytown)

Zacc Harris & Chris Bates | 6:30 p.m. @ Icehouse (Uptown Minneapolis)

Zacc Harris’ group Atlantis Quartet were named ” 2011 Twin Cities Best Jazz Artist” by CityPages for their jazz guitar playing. He is also an adjunct professor at Hamline University. Chris Bates has been around for a long while playing bass both classically and on electric. He has played with numerous acclaimed musicians. Both artists have published records. If you can’t wait to see Zacc Harris and Chris Bates play until Saturday, they are playing a $10 show at Jazz Central Studios on Central Avenue in Minneapolis.

 

The Scott Bixby Band | 8 p.m. @ Mario’s Keller Bar (Northeast Minneapolis)

Sons of Groove | 9 p.m. @ Bayside Grille (Excelsior)

Vintage Raggs | 9 p.m. @ Santorini Taverna & Grill (Eden Prairie)

Ross Kleiner & the Thrill | 9 p.m. @ Schooner Tavern (Minnehaha)

Love Songs for Angry Men | 9:30 p.m. @ Kieran’s Irish Pub (Downtown Minneapolis)

The Radio | 9:30 p.m. @ Billy’s Bar and Grill (Anoka)

 

If you’re still feeling up for music on Sunday, there are still plenty of available musical acts to see. Mondays at work aren’t a big deal anyway.

Sunday, July 20

Joe & Vicki Price | 10 a.m. @ Hell’s Kitchen (Downtown Minneapolis)

Kurt Jorgensen Band | 4:30 p.m. @ P.D. Pappy’s (Stillwater)

Boldly Loving Bouncing | 6 p.m. @ Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater (Uptown)

Sasha Mercedes | 6 p.m. @ Washington Square Bar and Grill (White Bear Lake)

3 Dudes | 6:30 p.m. @ Dog House Bar and Grill (Maplewood)

Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra and Chorus | 6:30 p.m. @ Caponi Art Park (Eagan)

The Dakota Valley Symphony is an organization created “to provide an opportunity for skilled volunteer musicians to join together to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles for residents of the south suburban Twin Cities area.” So if you’re up for some orchestral music, especially outdoors, then here’s your best bet.

 

Mark Martin | 7:30 p.m. @ Schooner Tavern (Minnehaha)

Zacc Harris Trio | 7 p.m. @ Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar (Minnehaha)

Open Blues Jam with Moses Oakland | 8 p.m. @ Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues (Uptown)

Hot Black Funky | 8:30 p.m. @ Whiskey Junction (Uptown)

DJ Jorge Diaz | 8:30 p.m. @ Santorini Taverna & Grill (Eden Prairie)

Battlerat, Daniel Bonespur and Rupert Angeleyes | 9 p.m. @ Kitty Cat Klub (Dinkytown)

T Collective | 9:30 p.m. @ Icehouse (Uptown)

Love Songs for Angry Men | 9:30 p.m. @ Kieran’s Irish Pub (Downtown Minneapolis)

 

I dare you to try and get to as many of these as possible, I’ll buy the winner fast food.

 

Photo by: Bjorn1101

 

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Travis Bridell is a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies. He subscribes to over a dozen different publications because he revels in hearing great stories and admiring his craft. Mostly, he likes to learn. A lifelong Minnesota resident, he has yet to leave the continental 48. Travis loves to play basketball and tennis, stream movies, play video games and listen to music (or go to shows). He aspires to write a book, he just isn’t sure what about. He also aspires to be Dikembe Mutombo, he just isn’t sure how.

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