St Paul Music – July 27/28/29

 

Lowertown Roots Music Festival

Mears Park is the venue for this Saturday’s Lowertown Roots Music Festival.

Friday, July 27
12:00pm Music in the Parks – July – all show schedule   @  See event notes
04:00pm MUSIC: Wabasha Days – the Pretty Kids Collective   @  See event notes
05:00pm MUSIC: I Tomorrow Brings New Blood Album Release   @  Station 4
06:00pm MUSIC: This Week   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – July Calendar   @  The Lexington
07:00pm – 11:00pm MUSIC this week MMC   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
07:00pm – 10:00pm MUSIC: Soul Mates/ Johnie Filet of Soul   @  Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
08:00pm MUSIC this week   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: This Week – July 23-30   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
08:00pm MUSIC:Jay Young and the Lyric Factory, Music of Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind and Fire   @  Artists’ Quarter
08:30pm MUSIC: July   @  Dunn Bros Coffee – Snelling and Grand
08:30pm MUSIC: Midas Touch   @  Mancini’s Char House
09:00pm MUSIC: Musicology 101   @  Ras Ethiopian
09:00pm MUSIC: TURF CLUB PRESENTS: STNNNG | COFFIN PRICKS | BOMBAY SWEETS   @  Turf Club
09:00pm MUSIC: Bedlam   @  Dubliner Pub
09:00pm MUSIC: Captain daddy Mike   @  Hat Trick Lounge
09:30pm MUSIC: Scary Numan   @  O’Gara’s Bar and Grill Happy Hour 
09:30pm MUSIC: Elijah Adam   @  Shamrocks Grill and Pub
10:00pm MUSIC: Old School R and B Latenight   @  Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
Saturday, July 28
11:00am – 06:00pm West Side Art and Music Festival,   @  Parque Castillo
12:00pm Music in the Parks – July – all show schedule   @  See event notes
02:30pm – 10:00pm Lowertown Roots Music Festival   @  Mears Park
06:00pm – 08:00pm MUSIC: Local’s Night – Keith Hanson & Brett Studer –   @  Trotter’s Cafe – Since 1989
06:00pm MUSIC: This Week   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – Arne Fogel   @  The Lexington
07:00pm – 11:00pm MUSIC this week MMC   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
07:00pm MUSIC: METAL MEMORIAL FOR ALLEN   @  Station 4
08:00pm MUSIC this week   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: This Week – July 23-30   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
08:00pm MUSIC:Jay Young and the Lyric Factory, Music of Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind and Fire   @  Artists’ Quarter
08:30pm MUSIC: July   @  Dunn Bros Coffee – Snelling and Grand
08:30pm MUSIC: Midas Touch   @  Mancini’s Char House
09:00pm MUSIC: ACTUAL WOLF | PIONEER | BONE AND BELL | WE ARE THE WILLOWS   @  Turf Club
09:00pm MUSIC: Well-trained Monkey, Feng Shui Ninjas; Primadonahue   @  Hat Trick Lounge
09:00pm MUSIC: DEMO (Diverse Emerging Music Organization) presents a mid summer’s night music event featuring THE ELLA REID BAND   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
09:00pm MUSIC: Tiller Black   @  Dubliner Pub
09:30pm MUSIC: Shake the Shanty Dance Party: Summer Edition   @  The Shanty at O’Gara’s
Sunday, July 29
12:00pm Music in the Parks – July – all show schedule   @  See event notes
02:00pm MUSIC:   @  Station 4
06:00pm MUSIC: This Week   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
07:00pm – 11:00pm MUSIC this week MMC   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
08:00pm MUSIC: Mark Naftalin Solo with host Paul Metsa (7:30pm, $15)   @  Artists’ Quarter
08:00pm MUSIC: The Faux Playboys   @  Half Time Rec
08:00pm MUSIC: This Week – July 23-30   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
08:30pm MUSIC: July   @  Dunn Bros Coffee – Snelling and Grand
09:00pm MUSIC: The Mad Ripple 50th Birthday Hootenanny For Terry Walsh   @  Turf Club
09:00pm MUSIC: The MN Songwriter Showcase – Open Mic   @  Plums
09:30pm MUSIC: Two Tap Trio   @  Dubliner Pub

 


St Paul events on our radar- July 23-27

Last week’s River Revue voyage. More sailings on August 1 and 15.

 

 

Tonight’s big ticket is for Fringe-For-All #2– an exposure to dozens of Fringe shows for 3 minutes each. Head down to Harriet Island and board the Centennial Showboat –  2012 Fringe Festival for $4 gets you in the door.

Monday is typically the quietest evening of the week in St. Paul, which may be why there are several Trivia events in the bars around town.  Amsterdam Bar and Hall hosts a weeklyMonday night Trivia with Martin and Tom at 6:00. Head down the hill to Lowertown and Barrio’s version of Trivia with Tiffany.  Expect bar specials and other enticements. Not in a downtown mood? Head up the hill to Grand Avenue and Green Mill for a Trivia Mafia with Shogan, a weekly showdown at 9:00.

Tuesday- Visit the Governor’s residence today – and several other days throughout the summer in celebration of the 100th of the house. Reservations required.  Next opportunity August 7.

Tuesday sends us to the History center for both day and evening events.  Check out “The Way We Were: A GCA Flower Show” today and tomorrow for gawking at what the experts can accomplish with flowers.   Hang around for a what has become one of the most popular St Paul evening summer events – 9 Nights of Music. This week should be great whether you want to practice or show off your swing dance skills, or just bring a picnic and watch the action from one of the great vistas of the city.

If you’ve been meaning to go to Landmark Center’s music in the cafe series, this Wednesday’s performance by Martin Devaney is your last chance! At noon.

Wednesday evening is your opportunity to explore the new bookstore – SubText – a Bookstore,  that is occupying the space below Nina’s on Western and Selby Avenues.  One of Minnesota’s greatest contemporary authors, Charles Baxter, will be reading from his fiction at 7:00. Confession: the patio at Moscow on the Hill has become a favorite hangout.  While you are in neighborhood, check out this wonderful secluded space with a daily summertime chilled beet soup special and some lethal home infused vodka cocktails.

Stay tuned for more special St. Paul event notes as the week evolves.

 


St Paul Music – July 20-22

Holy Batman. There’s a lot of music this weekend.  Don’t let the heat keep you in your AC womb of isolation.  Come on out and rub elbows with all your St. Paul friends, all around town.

Music everywhere.

Music all around St. Paul – on and off the river.

 

 

Friday, July 20
10:00am – 05:00pm HIGHLAND FEST 2012 -MUSIC   @  Hillcrest Recreation Center
12:00pm Music in the Parks – July – all show schedule   @  See event notes
04:00pm MUSIC: Wabasha Days – the Pretty Kids Collective   @  See event notes
06:00pm MUSIC: Inside Straight Blue Band with the Big Horns   @  Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
06:00pm MUSIC: This Week   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
07:00pm – 11:00pm MUSIC this week MMC   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
07:00pm – 10:00pm MUSIC: Annie Lawler   @  Burger Moe’s
07:00pm – 09:00pm MUSIC: Herringbone Badgers   @  Claddagh Coffee – West 7th Street
07:30pm MUSIC: Buddy & the Boys: A Musical Tribute to Buddy Holly   @  CAMP Bar
08:00pm MUSIC this week   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: DEMO (Diverse Emerging Music Organization) presents BOB NORDQUIST & THE INTANGIBLES NARROW VINES MAHLE & FEATHERLEGS THE PERSPECTIVES   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: Laura Caviani Quartet with Pete Whitman   @  Artists’ Quarter
08:00pm MUSIC: Quasimofo   @  Hat Trick Lounge
08:30pm MUSIC: July   @  Dunn Bros Coffee – Snelling and Grand
08:30pm MUSIC: The Players   @  Mancini’s Char House
09:00pm MUSIC: Musicology 101   @  Ras Ethiopian
09:00pm MUSIC: TEENAGE MOODS | GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH (Dirtnap Records) | ICE ROD | THE SEX RAYS  @  Turf Club
09:30pm MUSIC: Buddy & the Boys: A Musical Tribute to Buddy Holly   @  CAMP Bar
09:30pm MUSIC: Jim Behinger   @  Shamrocks Grill and Pub
10:00pm MUSIC: Old School R and B Latenight   @  Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
Saturday, July 21
10:00am – 05:00pm HIGHLAND FEST 2012 -MUSIC   @  Hillcrest Recreation Center
12:00pm Music in the Parks – July – all show schedule   @  See event notes
05:00pm MUSIC at Station 4   @  Station 4
06:00pm – 08:00pm MUSIC: Local’s Night – The Lazy Kids   @  Trotter’s Cafe – Since 1989
06:00pm – 08:00pm MUSIC: Pete Mulligan   @  Claddagh Coffee – West 7th Street
06:00pm MUSIC: This Week   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – July Calendar   @  The Lexington
07:00pm – 11:00pm MUSIC this week MMC   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
07:00pm MUSIC:Blue Pepper   @  Ginkgo Coffeehouse
07:30pm MUSIC: Pianist Evgeny Brakhman   @  Sundin Music Hall
07:30pm MUSIC: A Sundin Music Hall Special Presentation: Pianist Evgeny Brakhman in concert   @  Sundin Hall at Hamline University
07:30pm MUSIC: Buddy & the Boys: A Musical Tribute to Buddy Holly   @  CAMP Bar
08:00pm MUSIC this week   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm – 11:00pm MUSIC: Flamenco Fiesta with Sendero Flamenco   @  Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
08:00pm MUSIC: Laura Caviani Quartet with Pete Whitman   @  Artists’ Quarter
08:30pm MUSIC: July   @  Dunn Bros Coffee – Snelling and Grand
08:30pm MUSIC: The Players   @  Mancini’s Char House
09:00pm MUSIC: DEMO (Diverse Emerging Music Organization) presents OPEN BONES DAVID BOOTH COURTNEY YASMINEH (Band) STONED ACOUSTIC   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
09:00pm MUSIC: Lou Shields   @  Ginkgo Coffeehouse
09:00pm MUSIC: THEE MIGHTY MOFOS (FINAL SHOW) | BABYLON PINK | Dave Moe presents: The Silverteens  @  Turf Club
09:30pm MUSIC: Shake the Shanty Dance Party: Summer Edition   @  The Shanty at O’Gara’s
10:00pm MUSIC at Station 4   @  Station 4
10:00pm MUSIC: George Hottinger   @  Shamrocks Grill and Pub
Sunday, July 22
10:00am – 05:00pm HIGHLAND FEST 2012 -MUSIC   @  Hillcrest Recreation Center
12:00pm Music in the Parks – July – all show schedule   @  See event notes
06:00pm MUSIC: Gastro Non Grata with Pink Mink   @  Turf Club
06:00pm – 09:00pm MUSIC: Mouldy Figs   @  Shamrocks Grill and Pub
06:00pm MUSIC: This Week   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
07:00pm – 11:00pm MUSIC this week MMC   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
07:00pm MUSIC: S.I.N. Fashion Show and Happy Hour With DJ Stevie Ray & DJ XM   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
07:00pm MUSIC: Rockin Eastside Reunion   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
08:00pm MUSIC: JJ’s Zydeco Paydirt   @  Half Time Rec
08:30pm MUSIC: July   @  Dunn Bros Coffee – Snelling and Grand
09:00pm MUSIC: The MN Songwriter Showcase – Open Mic   @  Plums

 


St Paul events on our radar – June 16-20

St Paul gets down

St Paul gets down at the weekly summer dance series outside the Landmark Center.

If you are having a staycation this week, or just have some free time and are looking for a Monday morning lark, today happens to be the day you can grab a free ride on the Cafesijan Carousel between 11 and 4.  Como Zoo and Como Park are full of great things to do on these hot summer days.  There are boats to rent at Como Lake,and a water feature at Como Town.  Most evenings you can catch a free concert at the  Lakeside Pavilion and the on site restaurant, Black Bear Crossings on the Lake, is the only one in town I know of where music events happen during breakfast hours. (on Saturdays)  Work on pronouncing Cafesijan during your adventures.Also note the second weekend of the Fiddler on the Roof Performance. (July 19-21) at Como Pavilion.

The rest of the week be prepared for some tough decision making every evening. On Tuesday, the theme for 9 Nights of Music at the History center is surf music. Beach theme attire encouraged. Maybe literary pursuits aren’t a siren call for you, but I’m hooked on Books and Bars, which is also Tuesday night at Amsterdam Bar and Hall.  Go for Happy Hour then hang out, discuss this month’s book (novella, The Sense of an Ending – if you’re reading this note on Monday, you still have time) and find out what is on the minds of your fellow St. Paulites. It might surprise you.

Wednesday night the River City Revue has the first of 3 sailings, mysteriously called Drinking the River on a Padelford Riverboat.  The $10 ride includes music, scientific anecdotes, river stories, but nothing specific about drink.  If you can’t make it this month, there are two more sailings coming up, with different themes.  Other Wednesday events of note  – the second installment of Jazz on the Line, a pop up gallery sponsored by the WARM collective, a performance by theChastity Brown Band in the recently re-opened Clown Lounge of the Turf Club.

Thursday night conundrum.  Ordway Summer Dance Series(This week it’s Ballroom dancing ) or Music in Mears (and those Heartland house made sausages with savory condiments) on the side.  Last week’s evening of funk was a St. Paul night to remember. A couple hundred Minnesotans were taking over the streets, and doing the funky chicken, bumping and making robot moves. You can participate or be an audience. Hard to go wrong on either end of town.   Flip a coin.

Whatever you are up to in St. Paul this week,we hope St Paul SPOT calendar helps you navigate around town.  Please send us feedback and let us know of your St. Paul discoveries.

Happy middle of July!


September 13 – St Paul Spot picks

We spend our days and weeks and months, and now a full year researching what is happening in St Paul.  

Most frequent question I get – Why St Paul? Most usual answer – because when I do a web search for something happening in St. Paul I frequently encounter websites with one St. Paul event, and half a dozen events in Minneapolis. 

If you want to know what to do in St. Paul, we’ve got you covered. 

Here’s our daily picks of a few things you might not know about, and a few things that the whole Twin Cities knows about too. 

Beaker and Brush at the Black Dog Cafe – because most of the events at the Black Dog are worth your time.

Japanese Tea Ceremony at College of Visual Arts – because it seems otherworldly

Try It -Coptic Markers with Debbie Olson – because walking in to Wet Paint is always a joy, and you can learn something for free also.

And a pic – an  homage to the end of summer days. 

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In the green room before Sample Night Live – Art in a Trial Size.   Come to this highly entertaining, and mostly free event (for library card holders) the first Wednesday of the month.   There’s free parking across the street, a bar in the lobby, arts and other vendors,and  the always amazing back up band, The Normals. View previews of local bands, comedians, theater, and other unimaginable or unmentionable acts. 


The Minnesota State Fair is a vortex, capturing most Minnesotans up in its frenzy of regional pride. Most places around St. Paul have been pretty quiet this week. A ramble through downtown last night provided a calm visit to some normally frenzied, popular places.