It’s finally summer in the Twin Cities, and what better way to celebrate than listening to live music under the sun and stars? Almost every day of the week from now until early September, there are outdoor concerts including freebies in the Minneapolis parks, rap and rock festivals, big-ticket shows like Toby Keith and Billy Joel, and, of course, the State Fair’s lineup. Check out the list below and start saving the dates.
The folk-pop singer-songwriter now tours nationally but began his music career in a Minnesota cabin. Jennings just finished his his 13th album and world tour with Jack Johnson, but you can catch him locally at Music in the Zoo.
Thankfully, after a year hiatus due to construction, The Current’s Rock the Garden returns to the actual garden (the Walker Art Center’s Minneapolis Sculpture Garden) this year. Bon Iver headlines, with The Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Car Seat Headrest, and Margaret Glaspy supporting.
Dust off your cowboy boots, pack the cooler, and head northwest to one of the biggest country parties in the nation. This year, the 35th-annual WE Fest includes headliners Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, and Lady Antebellum.
In the State of Hockey, you have to appreciate an act named after the sport’s major penalty. Head to the Zoo to catch singer-songwriter John Ondrasik play his hits “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” and “100 Years” backed by a string quartet.