Grand Old Day 2015 Lineup Announced

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The Cactus Blossoms is one of the acts scheduled to perform at Grand Old Day 2015
Twin Cities block parties may come and go, but there's a certain tradition that makes Grand Old Day stand out in a crowded field. This year, the proclaimed largest one-day festival in the Midwest returns as big as ever on Sunday, June 7.

The annual Grand Avenue celebration will feature live music, a Grand Old Beer Bash presented by Beer Dabbler and the Growler, and food and family fun galore.

Part of the charm, of course, is the varied musical lineups, and there will be six stages of live acts at the event. The lineups are mostly complete, with notable acts announced including Charlie Parr, the Cactus Blossoms, White Iron Band, Erik Koskinen Band, Dead Man Winter, and the Tim Malloys.

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Grand Old Day, 6/1/14


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BNLXFest III Brings Together the Best and Brightest from the Twin Cities Rock Scene

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BNLX's clan is growing, as is their music festival
BNLXFest III | The Turf Club and 7th St. Entry | Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25

When Cause Spirts and Soundbar closed last summer, BNLXFest lost a home. The annual weekend showcase of local music created by BNLX ringleader Ed Ackerson was born there, but thankfully didn't die there. This month's BNLXFest, the third official installment, has found a new home at both the Turf Club and the 7th St. Entry.

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Trampled By Turtles to host Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park

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Duluth bluegrass quintet Trampled By Turtles are set for their most ambitious musical venture yet. After releasing a live album commemorating last year's 10th anniversary shows, their next step was a music festival of their own.

The inaugural Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park  is on Saturday, September 20. TBT will headline the festival, along with a wide array of local and national acts hand selected by the band themselves.

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Trampled by Turtles 10th Anniversary show at First Avenue, 4/17/13


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Cultivate Minneapolis festival 2014 music lineup

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Grouplove is one of the bands set to perform at Chipotle's Cultivate Minneapolis festival

Burrito chain Chipotle is bringing their Cultivate Food, Ideas, and Music Festival to Loring Park this summer.

After starting in Chicago in 2011, the Chipotle Cultivate Festival is now in its fourth year, and in addition to the Minneapolis stop on Saturday, August 23, festivities are also being held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on June 7, and at Lake Carolyn in Dallas-Ft. Worth on October 18.

While the festival is ultimately designed to change the way people think about and approach fast food, while also strengthening their connection with sustainability, the free festival is also bringing in five live music acts to perform at the festival, in addition to a host of celebrity and local chefs who will be on hand.

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Korda Records on their Kompilation 2 featuring the Owls, the Hang Ups, & more

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Korda Records has already made quite the impression on the Twin Cities. The burgeoning cooperative record label was founded in Minneapolis in late 2012 by longtime friends and musical collaborators Allison LaBonne, David Schelzel, Brian Tighe, and Jim Ruiz, who have all managed to put out new releases from their respective groups Typsy Panthre, Jim Ruiz Set, the Ocean Blue, and the Starfolk -- as well as two compilations and a re-issue of the Hang-Ups self-titled record -- over the course of just one productive year.

Korda will host another showcase to mark the release of Korda Kompilation 2 this Saturday night at the Cedar Cultural Center. The concert also boasts the first live performance by the Owls in two years. Gimme Noise chatted with LaBonne, Schelzel, and Tighe about the challenges and joys that comes with running your own record label, what they have in store for their fans at the showcase, and their plans for Korda in the future.

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BNLX's Ed Ackerson: We all like to combine melody with fairly terrifying noises

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As both a musician and producer, Ed Ackerson has helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities for decades now. Over the past few years, in addition to manning the boards at his venerable Flowers Studio, Ackerson and his cohorts in BNLX -- wife Ashley and drummer David Jarnstrom -- have released a series of custom made EPs and finally an eventual full-length, which they celebrated with a rousing two-day bash last year. This year, the band has assembled all of the songs on their seven out-of-print EPs and a few new tracks for another LP, Produit Collecté (Collected Product), and have once again planned a grand two-day musical party, BNLXFest II, at Cause this Friday and Saturday.

Gimme Noise caught up with Ackerson to ask him about the new LP, what commonality unites all of the bands on the BNLX Fest bill, and how rewarding it was to produce much of the just-released Songs for Slim benefit album, Rockin Here Tonight.

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Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis: The Spice Girls and Radiohead aren't evaluated the same way

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In perhaps a strange twist of fate, Girl Talk's meteoric rise in popularity within the dance music scene has coincided with the crumbling of many modern radio stations throughout the country. As digital channels and licensed music streaming services rose to replace the outdated formats of the past, Girl Talk has seemed to take the best of all ends of the radio dial and the genres they once represented and combine them seamlessly into his festive, endlessly catchy mashups and mixes, as his audiences (and his nonstop party of a live show) grew and grew.

Girl Talk's mastermind Gregg Gillis is now set to put on one of his biggest area shows yet at this weekend's Summer Set Music Festival, as he headlines the festivities on Saturday night along with a wildly diverse and spirited lineup that truly represents the scattershot and entirely open-minded music tastes of the modern music fan. Gimme Noise was able to chat with Gillis from his Pittsburgh home about the type of music he listened to growing up, how his creative process has changed as his audiences have grown, how he finds and connects with new music, and what he has in store for his fans at Summer Set on Saturday night.

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Summer Set returns this weekend
Girl Talk at First Avenue, 3/8/11

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Summer Set announces full 2013 schedule

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Girl Talk is one of the headliners of Summer Set 2013

Summer Set 2013 is aiming to give music fans throughout the Midwest something to match their tastes -- as well as hopefully expand upon them -- throughout the festival's three days at the Somerset Amphitheater. And now, festival attendees can plan out their entire weekend of music with Summer Set's just announced concert schedule.

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Dakota Street Festival 2013 announces music lineup & schedule

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Toki Wright will be one of the performers at this year's Dakota Street Festival

After hosting plenty of memorable shows within their distinguished Jazz Club and Restaurant throughout the rest of the year, the Dakota is now set to bring their spirited support of live music outdoors in the streets of downtown Minneapolis, for their 3rd annual Dakota Street Festival on Saturday, July 27. The free, all day music festival will take place along Nicollet Mall between 10th and 12th street, and will feature four separate music stages, musical instrument demos for kids and adults alike, fire dancers, stilt walkers, and plenty of local beverage and food vendors to keep you satiated throughout the day.

The Dakota Street Fest is a distinctive way for the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, now in its 28th year of operation, to strengthen their connection with downtown Minneapolis -- where it has been residing now for the past 10 years -- as well as thank their many patrons and supporters over the years.

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Prince's "Surprise" at Dakota Jazz Club, 1/18/13
Dave Murray Infinity Quartet with Macy Gray at The Dakota, 6/23/13

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Amphetamine Reptile's Bash 13 lineup: Mudhoney, the Melvins, and more

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What Grumpy's lacks in the quantity of shows they put on, they more than make up for in quality and sheer volume, as each unforgettable performance you see at the craggy downtown bar typically leaves your ears ringing for days.

With the announcement that Grumpy's will be hosting the upcoming Amphetamine Reptile Bash 13, that raucous trend will continue. Heavy-hitters Die Kreuzen, the Melvins, Negative Approach, and the grand local return of Mudhoney will certainly shake the ground and rattle the walls on Saturday, July 20, as the legendary label AmRep once again throws a party to celebrate some of the legendary bands that have helped make the record label and the modern music scene what it is today.

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Melvins Lite at Grumpy's, 9/19/12
The Melvins' Buzz Osborne: No one's dead, no one's in jail, and everyone's still on heroin
Amphetamine Reptile Records 25th Anniversary Bash at Grumpy's, 08/28/10

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