By Cole Premo

From an anticipated album release at First Avenue to a couple great musical “bashes”, here are four local shows and events to see this weekend!

FRIDAY: John Mark Nelson Album Release Party @ First Avenue Mainroom

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(credit: John Mark Nelson/Facebook)

(credit: John Mark Nelson/Facebook)

At just 21 years old, Nelson already has two indie-folk albums under his belt. And this weekend he’s releasing his third, “I’m Not Afraid”, which promises to take his folk musings to whole ‘nother pop/rock-ish level.

The Excelsior native takes the new music to First Avenue Mainroom this Friday. Special guests include Black Diet and We Are The Willows.

Tickets are $12 and doors open at 8 p.m. It’s an 18-plus show.



SATURDAY:Summit Backyard Bash @ Summit Brewery – St. Paul

(credit: Summit Brewing)

(credit: Summit Brewing)

Twenty-nine years of making beer is plenty reason enough to celebrate, right? Of course it is. Summit is marking the occasion with a concert and celebration this Saturday at their brewery in St. Paul from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Suburbs headline the event, with Gramma’s Boyfriend, Toki Wright with DJ Willie Shu & Lydia Liza, Al Church and Hotpants Minneapolis Minnesota joining the bill. Other bands may be added, too.

Expect great food trucks, specialty beers on draught and cask, and lots of other fun stuff!



FRIDAY-SATURDAY: Soul Asylum, BoDeans & More @ Wayzata Beach Bash

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(credit: Wayzata Beach Bash/Facebook)

(credit: Wayzata Beach Bash/Facebook)

If you were alive during the 1990s, you were definitely exposed to “Runaway Train”. And you can catch it again at the Wayzata Beach Bash!

Soul Asylum headline Saturday’s show with special guest BoDeans. Tickets are right here.

Dierks Bently headlines Friday night with special guests Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith. Tickets are sold out for Friday, but 2 day passes are still available.

SUNDAY: Caponi Art Park Bluegrass Festival – Eagan

(credit: Caponi Art Park/Facebook)

(credit: Caponi Art Park/Facebook)

If you need to get your bluegrass on, this Sunday offers one of those chances. At Caponi Art Park in Eagan, you can catch live bluegrass music all afternoon.

Performers include Monroe Crossing, Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, Sawtooth Brothers and Jack Norton and the Mullet River Boys.

There’s more than music, too! Also there are food trucks, kid-friendly activities and of course the art park itself.

Music starts at 2 p.m. General admission is $20 for adults, kids 6-12 are $5 and kids under 5 can get in for free!

Have a great weekend! As always, thanks to local music guru, Katie Wohlers, for providing assistance with this post!

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