The "Music and movies in the park" happen all over the Twin Cities' parks - it's really hard to sort out what bands and movies are playing on a particular night, so I would suggest looking over their schedule to zero in show…. Or you can just surprise yourself and randomly catch one of these events.
Generally these are local Minneapolis bands. The Lake Harriet showcase with VITA.MN seems like real winners: Caroline Smith on August 3rd, Is/Is on August 10th, S.Carey (aka "scarey") on August 17th, and Heiruspecs on August 24th. Also, don't forget our favorite sibling band, Lynhurst on the last date: September 3rd.
07/04/12 Retro Groove Classic Rock, Pop, R&B
07/05/12 The Flyin' A's Rockin' Americana Songwriting with guts
07/06/12 The Snaps Pure Americana Rock
07/07/12 Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Live
07/08/12 2:00 Wolff Jabbr Original Modern Jazz
07/08/12 5:30 Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Live
07/09/12 Jazz on the Prairie Big Band High Energy Big Band Jazz
07/10/12 St. Louis Park Community Band Refreshing
07/11/12 Charity Huot Original fun lovin' alternative folk
07/12/12 Eden Prairie Community Band
07/13/12 Minnesota Sinfonia Professional chamber orchestra
07/14/12 Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Live
07/15/12 2:00 MBOTMA Minnesota Bluegrass
07/15/12 5:30 Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Live
07/16/12 Calhoun-Isles Community Band Concert band
07/17/12 Machinery Hill Folk music from many locations
07/18/12 Israel Scout Friendship Caravan Israeli Musical
07/19/12 Kenwood Slim & "His Fairly Reliable Backup Band"
07/20/12 Minnesota Sinfonia Professional chamber orchestra
07/21/12 Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Live
07/22/12 2:00 Steve Parry Country, Solo Acoustic, Folk
07/22/12 5:30 Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Live
07/23/12 Brooklyn Community Band Concert music for all ages
07/24/12 Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis Orchestra Classics
07/25/12 Hopkins Westwind Concert Band Community
07/26/12 Robinsdale City Band
07/27/12 The Smarts Original Pop Jazz
07/28/12 Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Live
07/29/12 2:00 Bethany Larson and the Bee's Knees
07/29/12 5:30 Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Live e
07/30/12 The Auto Body Experience Horn-driven quirky rock fun
07/31/12 The Siems-Hauer Acoustic Duo
08/01/12 Doug Otto and the Getaways
08/02/12 1st Things 1st Performing jazz and swing
08/03/12 VITA.MN Presents: Caroline Smith & Good Night Sleeps
08/04/12 West Bank School of Music Joyful African pop music
08/05/12 2:00 The Moss Piglets
08/05/12 5:30 Lau Hawaiian Collective Hawaiian Water Songs
08/06/12 Bend in the River Big Band 17-Piece Big Band
08/07/12 Alison Scott Soulful, organic indie-rock
08/08/12 Gypsy Mania Gypsy 'Hot Club' swing jazz
08/09/12 Sing United - A Combined Chorus Event
08/10/12 VITA.MN Presents: Bloodnstuff with Is/Is
08/11/12 Michael Monroe Origianl Acoustic Folk/Reggae/Jazz
08/12/12 2:00 Kenwood Symphony Orchestra
08/12/12 5:30 Butch r Baker & Candlestyx Woodstock
08/13/12 Patchouli High energy Folk meets Flamenco
08/14/12 Honeywell Concert Band
08/15/12 Michelle Lynn Rhythmic and lyrical folk originals
08/16/12 Tortuga! Jazz/World/Rock Instrumental Quartet
08/17/12 VITA.MN Presents: S. Carey Music
08/18/12 No Man's String Band
08/19/12 2:00 Julie Johnson & The No-Accounts
08/19/12 5:30 La Danse Fatale La Danse Fatale Ballet Company
08/20/12 Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra Variety
08/21/12 Divine Diva Dames Swinging
08/22/12 Standing Waves Intelligent acoustic/electric pop rock
08/23/12 Capri Big Band Premier big band jazz
08/24/12 VITA.MN Presents: Heiruspecs Music
08/25/12 The Melvilles Rock, Folk, Pop, Country - Fun!
08/26/12 2:00 The Neighborhood Trio Pop Soul Jazz
08/26/12 5:30 The Tex Pistols Gritty and Real Country Roots
08/27/12 Zuhrah Shrine Band Traditional Concert Band
08/28/12 Sean Goffin Acoustic pop and rock
08/29/12 Detroit Don King Band Urban blues, rock n roll and jazz
08/30/12 Herman Jones My Funk Brother Band
08/31/12 Tom, Dick & Harry Fun, Rockin' Originals & Covers
09/01/12 Matt Moberg Acoustic folk pop duo
09/02/12 2:00 Andy Calhoun Country rock with an edge
09/02/12 5:30 Javier Trejo Trio Mexican-Americana
09/03/12 5:30 Lynhurst Original pop-rock sibling band
If you listen to our podcasts, I have time and time again said that the Cedar is one of my favorite Minneapolis venue.
The Cedar does offer a free, weekly summer show on their outdoor patio simply called The Cedar Outdoors. Music generally starts at 7pm on Thursdays. If it's not raining, I may bicycle into town to check out some free shows:
07/19/12 Axis Mundi World Trio - Global roots, Jazz
07/26/12 Guante - Hip hop
08/02/12 Wizards Are Real - Post rock, Experimental
I also just wanted to quickly mention that we are covering a few Cedar's "African Summer" 2012 concert series.
I'll be attending Orchestre Poly-Rythmo at the Cedar on July 10th. This is a rather big band and their music is described as "voodoo funk", so I'm expecting some New Orleans-brass mixed with Afrobeat funk.
Based on previous African shows I've attend in the past, they are usually pretty packed (if not sold-out), so I'm going to assume these shows will be standing room only and lots of dancing in the front.
Dave is attending Wake Up Madagascar on July 13th, you can read more about them in our previous article.
Previously called "Summer at Northrop", this is a free, outdoor summer concert series featuring local musicians and DJs, alongside U of M student bands.
I've never been to a SMFN, but it's located in the Minnesota University (84 Church Street Southeast, Minneapolis).
07/18/12 The Premiums
07/27/12 Voices Merging: A Splash of Summer Open Mic
08/01/12 Sans Souci Quartet