Bring the kids and the family dog (kids and dog optional) to Minnehaha Park this summer any Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night for a free concert. Music typically starts at 7 p.m.
The first show will be the South High Community Band and Jazz Band on Wednesday, June 1. Expect toe-tapping family fun. The Bandstand is east of Sea Salt restaurant.
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All concerts are free, and everyone is welcome to attend. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and since concerts may go on rain or shine, keep an umbrella handy. For the most up-to-date schedules and weather-related information, visit www.mplsmusicandmovies.com.
SCHEDULE FIRST FEW WEEKS
• Thursday, June 2 – The Melvilles: rock, folk, pop and country
• Friday, June 3 – No show
• Wednesday, June 8 – Zachary Scot Johnson: singer-songwriter with a folk tinge
• Thursday, June 9 – Sean Goffin: original accoustic rock and pop
• Friday, June 10 – Honeysuckle Hot Club: hot club, swing, latin jazz
• Wednesday, June 15 – Brad Dunse: folk/country
• Thursday, June 16 – Store Bought Hair: Dixieland
• Friday, June 17 – Lost Marbles: jamming’ folk and rock
OTHER CONCERT LOCATIONS:
• Lake Harriet, daily beginning Monday, May 30, through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.
• Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 31, through Aug. 30, in the bandstand on the northeast bank of the Mississippi River near the Stone Arch Bridge.
• Bryant Square Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays May 31 to Aug. 18, 7 p.m., at the Public Outdoor Performance Space (POPS).
• Outdoor amphitheater at Nicollet Island Park 7 p.m. on Mondays at beginning May 30.
MEET THE MELVILLES
Tonight The Melvilles play at Minnehaha Park.
The Melvilles are:
Brian Amelang – vocals, keyboards, melodica, and mandolin : Dan Mackaman– guitar : David Whitman – vocals, guitar, and harmonica : Jeff Mueller – percussion : Karl Schweikart – vocals and guitar : Steve Michels-Boyce – bass and vocals
The Melvilles have appeared regularly at Lee’s Liquor Lounge (Minneapolis); the Terminal Bar (Minneapolis); Christensen’s Big V Saloon (St. Paul); the Linden Hills Live Festival (Minneapolis); FIVE Restaurant and Lounge; and the Hotel Sofitel (Bloomington).
They play a mix of strong originals and covers that commence toes to tapping, beers to tipping and feet to dancing. According to the web site, “While our musicianship is excellent, we know there’s more to being in a band than showing up and playing. We work hard to promote our own gigs, and maintain a large email database of Melvilles zealots.”
A typical set might look like this:
Back Into Your World – Son Volt
Tahawus – Melvilles Original
Don’t Cry No Tears – Neil Young
Indefinitely – The Old 97’s
Aqua City Motel – Melvilles Original
Misunderstood – The Animals
Another Perfect Sunny Day – Melvilles Original
Time Between – The Byrds
Everything I’m Not – Melvilles Original
Start A Fire – Melvilles Original
More Than This – Roxy Music
Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
Love Train – The O’Jays
I Ain’t Ever Satisfied – Steve Earle