Bands on the Blvd at the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is a great place to visit in itself, but it gets even better during the upcoming Bands on the Blvd events.  The next two Tuesday evenings will bring some amazing outdoor music, no admission fees or tickets needed.

July 24th:  Ipso Facto brings an evening of reggae music.

July 31st:  Rubber Soul brings an evening of Beatles Music

Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D’Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm.


Mini Music Fest at Science Museum


Credit: Science Museum of MN

The Science Museum of Minnesota will be a little different venue on Wednesday July 18th.  From 8pm-10pm the Social Science” Mini Music Fest will fill the building with sounds from 14 different bands.   This evening event is for 21 and up, so leave the kids at home and enjoy the exhibits in a different way.

You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.  The full line up of bands is also on the same link.

At this one-of-a-kind music fest, you can claim your spot under the dinosaurs (or another favorite location around the museum) and let the sweet sounds of your favorite local bands wash over you. From indie to rock to hip-hop, we have something to tickle the ears of every music lover. And you can leave your poncho at home—this music fest will never get rained out!

Rhythm on the Rails FREE Summer Concert Series


The Rhythm on the Rails summer concert series is back in Shakopee again this summer.  Wednesday evenings, beginning July 18th through August August 15th, you can enjoy free concerts from 6-9pm.  A fabulous way to enjoy summer each week.

A great line up this summer:

July 18th:  The Suburbs

July 25th:  Gear Daddies

August 1st:  The 4 on the Floor

August 8th: G.B. Leighton

August 15th: Chase & Ovation: Prince Tribute Band

Rhythm on the Rails will feature live music, family fun, food/brew vendors, and much more!

The evening will kick off with local acts, followed by regional headliners that everyone knows and loves. Attendees will have the option to purchase food and drink tickets at the front gate, enjoy a free kids zone with inflatables and face-painting, and experience Downtown Shakopee while listening to live music all night long.

Free Riverside Concerts in Rochester

I just discovered the Free Riverside Concerts in Rochester, all taking place Sunday evenings during the summer. This is the 27th year for the FREE series,.  Looks like quite the line up, even some big names on the list.  The concerts take place at Mayo Park, a great space where you are welcome to bring a blanket or chair, on-site concessions are also available.

July 8 – ’90s Night w/ Gin Blossoms & Fall Risk
July 15 – MN Music Night w/ The Suburbs & DENNIS
July 22 – Indie Night w/ Lissie & Annie Mack
July 29 – Hot Country Night w/ Chase Bryant & JT & The Gunslingers
Aug 5 – Outlaw Country Night w/ Margo Price & Almighty American
Aug 12 – Classic Rock Night w/ Jefferson Starship & The Chubs

All concerts begin at 7pm.  Check out the FB page on weather updates if you plan to drive a bit to any of the concerts.

Rod Stewart at Xcel Energy Center – Discount Tickets

Rod Stewart with special guest Cyndi Lauper is coming to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul August 15th and right now you can order discount tickets starting at $59!

With two of the most distinctive voices in music, Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper have each racked up tons of culture-changing hit songs, not to mention sustaining long-lasting and varied careers that’ve taken them through almost every genre there is — from pop to rock to jazz to country to Broadway to the Great American Songbook. So make sure you’re at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul when these consummate entertainers hit the stage.

With his signature growl, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Stewart has amassed sales of more than 200 million albums worldwide, along with countless chart-topping hits and industry accolades — including two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lauper, meanwhile, is three-quarters of her way to an EGOT — with two Grammys, an Emmy and a Tony under her belt. First breaking through in the ’80s with pop classics like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Time After Time,” Lauper blew Broadway away with the hit musical Kinky Boots in 2013.

Find discount tickets HERE.

Silverwood OnStage

The best part about summer, there’s so many great outdoor events and activities to enjoy.  The Silverwood OnStage is a free concert event taking place on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.  The Three Rivers Park District’s Silverwood Park is located in St. Anthony and has a beautiful outdoor stage area.

Wednesdays | 6:30–9 PM

June 13  Michael Monroe
June 20  Nooky Jones
June 27  26 BATS!

July 11  The High 48s
July 18  Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade
July 25  Malamanya

August 1  Sarah Morris
August 8  Annie Mack Band
August 15  Your Friend, Lydia Liza
August 22  Salsa del Soul
August 29  Kiss the Tiger

In case of rain, concerts will be moved into the visitor center.

Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie

The Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie takes place tomorrow June 10th from 2-8pm at the Staring Lake Park Amphitheater in Eden Prairie. 

We just learned about the event, so I apologize for the short notice.  There are events we learn about quite far out in advance and others, even if we learn about them the day before we still share.  Some like to plan far out while others are more spur of the moment. 

The Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie is a free event, no admission.  During the time of of the Jazz Festival you can also enjoy the Ribfest, held at the same time, and a fundraiser for the Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Noon Rotary. 

Performance Schedule
2 p.m.  Bend in the River Big Band
3 p.m.  Just Friends Big Band
4 p.m.  Good News Big Band
5 p.m.  River City Jazz Orchestra
6 p.m.  ACME Jazz Co.
7 p.m.  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

Woodbury’s Central Park Indoor Amphitheater Performances

Many of our communities offer some fabulous free or inexpensive entertainment options.  Some are geared towards kids while other events are more for adults. Woodbury’s Central Park Indoor Amphitheater Performances offer something for everyone.  Check out the upcoming calendar here on their website.

  • April 22nd 2pm:  Joe Meyer Smooth Sensation
  • May 6th 2pm:  So. Wash. Co Community Band
  • May 10th  7pm:  Saint Ambrose Varsity Band
  • May 20th  2pm:  The Zingray’s

Do you have a favorite community venue you would to share with others?  We enjoy checking out what other towns in MN have to offer as well as share with our readers.  Please let us know so we can pass on the information.  Supporting our communities makes them thrive.


Frozen Apple Concert Series featuring The Riverside Hitmen

The last of the 2018 Frozen Apple Concert Series is this Saturday evening (March 10th).  This concert series takes place in Apple Valley at the Valleywood Golf Course Clubhouse.

The Riverside Hitmen will be live, playing all the hits from the ’50’s through today.  The concert is free, and if you would like food or drinks, they will be available for purchase.  The concert is from 6-9, put it on the calendar to get out and enjoy some free music.  


Taiko Tuesday at The O’Shaughnessy

Next Tuesday, March 6th is Taiko Tuesday at The O’Shaughnessy.  If you’ve never been to a Taiko performance now is your chance. This is a free event, however reservations are required since seating is limited.

TAIKO TUESDAY concerts promise loud, energetic performances that combine music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. “So many people I meet have no idea what taiko drumming is, or that we have such a vibrant local taiko community. These concerts are free – an easy opportunity for people and families to give it a try. Also, there is something revolutionary and fierce when you see a stage full of women playing taiko. We are going to blow people away!” says Jennifer Weir, TAM’s Executive Director.