By Cole Premo

From a big jam celebrating May’s arrival in St. Cloud to a “Love Your Melon” benefit concert for children’s cancer in Minneapolis, here are the four shows to see this weekend.

Love Your Melon Benefit Concert @ Honey
Friday, May 1 – Minneapolis

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Listen to great local music AND help in the mission to end childhood cancer! Not a bad deal, eh?

On Friday night at Honey, the University of Minnesota TC Love Your Melon Campus Crew is celebrating Love Your Melon’s new partnerships with Pinky Swear Foundation and Curesearch for children’s cancer. They’re also celebrating the release of a new summer apparel line.

Music includes: Drift, Andy Cook, Jake Panzer & Sophia Venturo, and Jessica Jaunich Music.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 9:45 p.m.

Heatbox, More Than Lights & Black Diet @ Red Carpet Night Club
Friday, May 1 — St. Cloud

Well… this’ll be quite the show, to put it mildly.There’s a aot of great acts here.

KVSC, a St. Cloud State University public radio station, is hosting “May Day Jam and Jive” this Friday. Featured artists include hip-hop/rocker More Than Lights, indie-soul bringers Black Diet and vocal phenom Heatbox.

The 21-plus show begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Red Carpet Night Club.

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The Pines EP Release @ Dakota
Saturday, May 2 – Minneapolis

At times ambient/indie, at times acoustic/folk and at times both: The Pines are bringing their chill tunes to the Dakota Jazz Club Saturday night.

There, the Minneapolis-based band will be releasing its new EP, “Pasture: Folk Songs”. The seven-song collection will end a four-year drought of new material for the band

Celebrate with them! The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 to $35.

Open Mic/Blues Jam ft. the Legendary Moses Oakland @ Cabooze
Sunday, May 3 – Minneapolis

Sometimes, we all want to be the rock star of the show. Well, here’s your chance!

Every Sunday at 7 p.m., Minneapolis blues guitarist — and longtime jam host — Moses Oakland presents an open mic/blues jam at Cabooze.

No cover. Just bring your vocal cords or your six-string and jam out!

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