Summer Spots: Extended Entertainment Calendar


The Music


• The Brick

111 5th St. N., Mpls., 612-333-3422 or

Tue, Aug 7, 9 pm: Chiddy Bang

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of show.


• Bryant Square Park

3101 Bryant Ave. S., Mpls., 612-230-6484 or

Tues., Jul. 17, 6:30 pm: Capri Big Band

This event is free. Bring a chair or blanket, bug repellant and sunscreen.


• Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill

761 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8188 or

Sat., Jul. 7, 9:30 pm: Soulacious

Cover is $6.

Fri., Jul. 13, 9:30 pm: Soul Tight Committee

Cover is $7.

Fri., Jul. 20, 9:30 pm: 1017 featuring Solomon Witherspoon

Cover is $6.

Every Thurs., 9:30 pm: International Reggae Allstars

Cover is $6.


• Cabooze

917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or

Thurs., Jul. 5, 8:30 pm: 1017 featuring Solomon Witherspoon, with Mayda and LADYBOI

Cover is $7.

Thurs., Jul. 26, 9:30 pm: All Mighty Senators

Tickets are $10.

Fri, Aug. 10, 10 pm: RZA

Tickets are $23-$25.

These events are for ages-18+.


• Capri Theater

2027 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls., 612-643-2000 or

Fri.-Sat., Jul. 6-7, 8 pm (VIP red carpet at 7 pm): A tribute and celebration of the music of Prince with Chase & the Ovation

Performing the soundtrack and b-sides from Purple Rain

Tickets are $20 and are available at 763-438-1578 or

Sun., Jul. 15, 4-7:30 pm: Kids Time to Shine Hair Show

Presented by Tynique Lenear

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.For more information, visit Tynique’s Facebook page, call 612-735-6570 or email

Fri., Aug. 3, 8-10 pm: “A JOURNEY…” by Kimberly Wilson

A look at the Black experience told through the eyes of the Black woman and performed by one woman, professional actress and singer Kimberly Wilson. Included in this journey are historical reflections from a native African queen, a slave woman, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou

Tickets are $20 and are available at 203-571-7709 or


• Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or

Tues., Jul. 10, 7:30 pm: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of show.

Fri., Jul. 13, 7:30 pm: Wake Up Madagascar: Madagascan artists unite to end illegal logging in their homeland’s rainforests

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of show.

Thurs., Jul. 19, 8 pm: Spoek Mathambo

Tickets are $15.

Tues., Jul. 31, 7:30 pm: SMOD

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of show.

Tues., Aug. 7, 7:30 pm: Malian musical duo Amadou and Mariam

Tickets are $39 in advance and $45 the day of show.


• Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or

Mon.-Tues., Jul. 9-10, 7 pm & 9 pm: Victor Wooten Band

Tickets are $40 for the 7 pm show and $30 for the 9 pm show.

Mon.-Tues., Jul. 23-24, 7 pm & 9 pm: Ronnie Laws and Tom Browne Super Group

Tickets are $35 for the 7 pm show and $25 for the 9 pm show.

Sun., Jul. 29, 7 pm & 9 pm: James Carter Organ Trio

Tickets are $35 for the 7 pm show and $25 for the 9 pm show.


• Epic Event Center

110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or

Fri., Jul. 13, 6-9:30 pm: Kirko Bangz

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 for VIP. This event is for all ages.

Wed.-Thurs., Aug. 8-9, 8 pm: Mighty Heptones/Ken Boothe: Jamaica’s 50th Birthday Celebration

Tickets are $25. This event is for ages-21+.


• First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

701 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-1775 or

Sat., Ju1. 14, 8 pm (in the Entry): The Tribe & Big Cats! record release show for SPACE

With F. Stokes, Meta and Jimmy 2 Times

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Thurs., Jul. 19, 6 pm: Sevendust, with Black Oxygen and 3 Pill Morning

Tickets are $25.

Sun., Jul. 22: The Smokers Club One Hazy Summer Tour

With Juicy J, Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, Joey Bada$$, Pro Era and more

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

These events are for ages-18+.


• Lake Harriet Bandshell

4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Mpls., 612-230-6484 or

Sat., Aug. 4, 7:30 pm: West Bank School of Music

Thurs., Aug. 23, 7:30 pm: Capri Big Band

Fri., Aug. 24, 7:30 pm: Heiruspecs

Wed., Aug. 29, 7:30 pm: Detroit Don King Band

Thurs., Aug. 30, 7:30 pm: Herman Jones My Funk Brother Band

These events are free. Bring a chair or blanket, bug repellant and sunscreen.


• Live on the Drive

Victory Memorial Prky. & 34th Ave. N., Mpls., 612-588-1155 or

Thurs., Aug. 14, 6-8 pm: Ipso Facto

Admission is free.


• Lutheran Church of the Reformation

2544 Hwy. 100 S. (west frontage road), St. Louis Park, 952-545-6581

Sat., Jul. 7, 6 pm: Jamm’n with Jesus

Featuring Evangelist Nell Witherspoon

With Deacon “Cornbread” Harris, Deacon Duane Witherspoon, Hands for Christ-Kim & Jamie Riley, Rev. Harvey Witherspoon and pianist Yolanda Williams

Free will offering and nonperishable food items for STEP (St Louis Park Emergency Program) collected.


• Minnesota Music Café

499 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699 or

Thurs.-Sat., Jun. 28-30, 8 pm: Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Admission is free.


• Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater

13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, or

Sun., Jul. 29, 7:30 pm: Robert Randolph & the Family Band, with JJ Grey and Mofro

Tickets are $38 for reserved seating $50.50 for VIP.

Wed., Aug. 8, 7:30 pm: Taj Mahal and Blind Boys of Alabama

Tickets are $47 for reserved seating $59.50 for VIP.

Wed., Aug. 15 7:30 pm: Tower of Power, with Mick Sterling Acoustic Soul

Tickets are $37 for reserved seating $49.50 for VIP.


• Turf Club

1601 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-647-0486 or

Wed., Jul. 28, 8 pm (in the Clown Lounge): Chastity Brown Band

Cover is $5.


The Screen


•Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection

Various metro-area theaters

A Wall-Street investment banker facing criminal charges and mob death threats is placed in hiding at the home of a prosecutor’s relative — his Aunt Madea.

Starring Tyler Perry and Eugene Levy.


• The Help

Victory Park, 4414 Upton Ave. N., Mpls. 612-230-6484 or

Sat., Aug. 11, 15 minutes after sunset: At the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, three Mississippi women come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.

Starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer.

This screening is free. Bring a chair or blanket, bug repellant and sunscreen.


The Stage


• Joke Joint Comedy Club

801 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Lilydale, 651-330-9078 or

Thurs., Jul. 12, 8 pm & Fri.-Sat., Jul. 13-14, 8 pm & 10:30 pm: Darryl Lenox and Jay Brown

Tickets are $15 (check website for discount tickets on some performances).


• The Lab Theater

700 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-7977 or

Jun. 21 — Jul. 28: When a Man Loves a Diva

Musical director Sanford Moore along with Ben Bakken, Julius Collins and Dane Stauffer perform in this salute to musical divas such as Aretha Franklin and Donna Summer.

Tickets are $29.50 for general admission and $38 for VIP.


• Northrop Auditorium

84 Church St. SE, Mpls., 612-625-6600 or

Fri., Jul. 13, 7-10:30 pm: MaLLy & Culture Cry Wolf, with DJ Fundo

Fri., Jul. 27, 7-9 pm: Voices Merging: A Splash of Summer Open Mic

Admission is free to both events.


The Arts


• Obsidian Arts

3501 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-787-3644 or

Jun. 23 – Aug. 4: Black I’s: an exhibition of photographers of color

Curated by Christopher Deanes

Gallery open Mon.-Fri., 8 am — 6 pm & Sat.-Sun. 10 am — 2 pm.


• Weinstein Gallery

908 W. 46th St., Mpls., 612-822-1722 or

Through Jul. 28: Gordon Parks: At 100

An exhibition of over 40 important photographs by the internationally acclaimed artist

Gallery hours are Tues.-Sat. 12-5 pm, or by appointment.


• Wilder Center

451 Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul, 651-280-2440 or

Through Jul. 15: Get in the Picture: Fathers with their Children

With work by mica Lee Anders, Bill Cottman and other photographers

Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 8 am — 5 pm.


The Places


• Afrifest 2012

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 10-12: 6th Annual Pan African Summer Festival

Fri., 5-9 pm: Pan African arts at Vanbrabson Gallery, 3753 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls.

Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and great art by talented Pan African artists

Sat.-Sun., 12-9 pm: Festival at Northview Junior High School, 5869 69th Ave.N., Brooklyn Park

Soccer tournament, health and wellness fair, vendors, food, games for kids and families, and a live broadcast by KMOJ-FM Radio

This event is free. For more information, call 612-276-1571 or go to


• Marquette Place

1314 Marquette Place, 35th Floor, Mpls.

Sat., Aug. 18, 5-8 pm: Artists Who Cook

An evening of live music, artwork and appetizers prepared by African American visual artists

Local chef/artists include Ta-coumba Aiken, Seitu Jones, Frank Brown, Soyini Guyton, Christopher Harrison, Frances Smith, and Troi.

Guest artists are Larry Walker and Chef Emanuel Washington.

Food, art books and artworks available for purchase; proceeds go to support Obsidian Arts’ programs. This event is free; RSVP requested; to RSVP, call 612-787-3644, email or go to


• Taft Park

6300 18th Ave. S., Richfield

Sat., Aug. 11, 8 am: Legacy-Pass It On Presents the Sonny Day Unity Day Softball Tournament & Bar-B-Que

Bring your own grills.

For more Information, contact Sonny at 763-464-2977, Alonzo at 612-290-4066 or Paul at 612-220-7234; or go to