Free summer concerts at Northrop, St. Anthony Main, Prospect Park

The advent of summer means free outdoor concerts, and at least three series are kicking off or under way in Bridgeland.

Prospect Park’s summer concerts begin this month at the Pratt School outdoor amphitheater, 66 Malcolm Ave. SE. On Tuesday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m., Claudia Schmidt makes her return to Tower Hill, while The Eddies play on Tuesday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the St. Anthony Main Free Summer Concert series, now in its 28th year, brings local, live acts to the stage between Tuggs Tavern and Vic’s Restaurant every Friday and Saturday, 7–10 p.m.; and Sunday, 5–8 p.m., through Aug. 30

Some concerts coincide with the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts (Trailer Trash, Saturday, June 20, plus extra daytime concerts to be announced) and the Aquatennial fireworks (Billy Johnson Roadshow, Friday, July 24). For the full lineup of acts, visit

Presented by the University of Minnesota Summer Session and the Department of Concerts and Lectures, the 25 Summer at Northrop concerts take place on one of the U of M’s most stunning spaces — the plaza in front of Northrop Auditorium — for the 55th year. The hour-long, noontime music runs the gamut of styles.

The full Northrop schedule is listed below. Concerts begin June 11, with a kickoff party on Monday, June 15, featuring prize drawings, free Jimmy John’s sandwiches and ice cream from the University Dining Services (while supplies last) and local Reggae/Afro-Caribbean/Latino rock favorites New Primitives.

Photos and video of the performances will be posted daily on the Northrop website. For more information, visit that site or call 612-624-2345. Lunch is available for purchase, starting June 15, at the University Dining Service’s Northrop Grill, and the University of Minnesota Farmers’ Market runs every Wednesday, July 8–Oct. 7, on Church Street.
The following is a full lineup and brief description of the concerts, which run noon–1 p.m.

Thursday, June 11
Michael Hauser and A Touch of Spain
(Fiery Spanish music and dance)

Monday, June 15
Kickoff Party — New Primitives
(Reggae, Afro Caribbean, Latino Rock)

Tuesday, June 16
France Has the Bomb
(Garage pop)

Wednesday, June 17
Summit Ave.
(High-energy rock/pop)

Thursday, June 18
Kristoff Krane
(Hip hop/loop-based/understanding)

Friday, June 19
De Visa Musical Troupe — Uppsala, Sweden
Uppsala City Music School (from Minneapolis’ sister-city Uppsala, Sweden) sings classical, pop and folk music

Monday, June 22
Café Accordion Orchestra
(Berets and bongos)

Tuesday, June 23
(Sibling pop/rock band)

Wednesday, June 24
Charanga Tropical
(Salsa with strings ¡Que Rico!)

Thursday, June 25
The New Music Machine
(“Music’s newest machine”)

Monday, June 29
Tony Hauser and the Brasilnutz
(Variety of Brazilian musical styles)

Tuesday, June 30
The Front Porch Swingin’
Liquor Pigs
(Corn mash Americana)

Wednesday, July 1
Glen Helgeson with Axis Mundi
(World-beat jazz)

Thursday, July 2
Machinery Hill
(Eccentric meets Celtic, rock and bluegrass)

Monday, July 6
Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood
(Finger style guitar Americana)

Tuesday, July 7
Mark Stary & The Whiskey Roses
(Original country rock band)

Wednesday, July 8
The Minnesota Sinfonia,
Jay Fishman, conductor
(“Music for everyone”)

Thursday, July 9
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
(Country-edged jazz/fusion)
Monday, July 13
Mandrágora Tango Orchestra
(Tango for listening and dancing)

Tuesday, July 14
Greg Herriges/Telluric Currents
(World fusion with Indian accents)

Wednesday, July 15
World Superpower
(Progressive modern rock show fun)

Thursday, July 16
The Moss Piglets
(Bluegrass with a twist)

Monday, July 20 Jelloslave
(Amplified cellos, tabla and drums)

Tuesday, July 21
(Lush Irish Americana pop)

Wednesday, July 22
Innocent Reggae Band
(The best of reggae)

last revised: June 29, 2009