mnartists.org and the Walker’s Public Programs department are teaming up for a unique summer concert experience merging music and sculpture. Five Minnesota bands will venture out of the clubs for performances inside and around artist James Turrell’s meditative Sky Pesher installation in the greenspace to the west side of the Walker. Beginning this Thursday evening, the concert series will feature a mix of music from circuit-bent sound collage to indie pop to bluegrass as part of the Target Free Thursday Night Summer Edition.
All of the Sky Pesher concerts are free events, however there will be two different, but equally enjoyable ways to experience these exclusive, one-night-only sets from some of the area’s hottest music-makers.
- 1. A limited audience will be seated surrounding the band inside the Sky Pesher interior. The interior seating is very limited and available on a first come basis. Tickets will be released at the Bazinet Lobby desk at 6pm the evening of the performance. You must be present to receive a ticket (so if your friends want to get a ticket too…they need to be here).
- 2. There is unlimited space on the exterior of the Sky Pesher on the Walker Greenspace. Tickets are not needed for experincing the concert outside the Sky Pesher. There will be speakers to hear the performance while watching the sunset and enjoying your favorite beverage from the cash bar (note: drinks will not be allowed inside the Sky Pesher). Spread out, bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the beautiful summer evening to a live soundtrack.
After the approximately 45 minute performance in the Sky Pesher the band will emerge and gather near the Sky Pesher entrance for a short Q&A and perhaps a bonus performance.
5:00 Target Free Thursday Nights Begin – Free Gallery Admission
7:30 Bar opens
8:30 Sky Pesher Concert Begins
9:15 Campfire songs with Aviette
Again…the event is FREE, however seating in the Sky Pesher is limited on a first come basis available only in person at the Bazinet lobby desk the night of the performance Seating outside the space is unlimited. A cash bar will be available in the outdoor seating area. Blankets and lawn chairs are allowed.
Here is the Lineup….
Note: Unfortunately Aviette is unable to perform due to unforseen circumstances. Lookbook will be performing in their abscence.
June 4, 8:30: Lookbook can be your best friend, or your worst excuse for an enemy. This Minneapolis duo consists of Grant Cutler on beats and Maggie Morrison on vocals. Imagine Stevie Nicks singing along to a well-produced mixed tape of Prince, Phil Collins, and Baby Dayliner. They are small, armed, and not that dangerous; but you may leave their show with a permanent mark.
You still should checkout Aviette: Minneapolis-based indie popsters Holly Muñoz, Justin Hartke, and Kyle Larson as Aviette weave catchy hooks inspired by the likes of the Cure and Aimee Mann. Their debut record, Until We Hear from Dave was selected as one of the best records of 2006 by The Onion A.V. Club and was CMJ’s #18 ADD. Songs from UWHFD were featured on IndieFeed and charted at core radio stations such as KALX, WRSU and WTCC. Aviette recorded their second full-length album, The Way We Met with Minneapolis-based producer Darren Jackson (Kid Dakota, The Hopefuls, Alva Star) and are currently in the studio working on a new album.
Gather round and we’ll sing a song…
In preparation for the first Sky Pesher concert we asked Holly, Justin and Kyle from Aviette to listen ten of their favorite campfire sing-a-along songs.
Justin Hartke (Bass)
Andrew Bird “Sovay”
Maybe it isn’t the most sing-along-y song, but it’s exactly the sort of sound that would lure me over to a campfire. Plus, how cool would it be to hang out with Andrew Bird?
Cake “The Distance”
Not only would it be awesome to have a bunch of people sing-shouting the choruses and messing up the lyrics of the verses, but I would love to hear the campfire arrangement of this song.
Red House Painters “Have You Forgotten”
This is how I would want to end the night. Such a beautiful song. I might cry in my s’more…
Kyle Larson (Drums)
The Replacements “Skyway”
Not my favorite Replacements song, but certainly well known and suited for singing around a campfire.
Neil Young “Sugar Mountain”
Probably not a more ‘camp-firey” song in Neil’s catalog.
Big Star “Give Me Another Chance”
This is just a beautiful song.
The Replacements “Androgynous”
Since we’re in the Twin Cities I’ll represent The Replacements twice. Classic song and it would be impossible not to have a good time singing this song around the campfire.
Holly Munoz (Guitar/Vocals)
Poison “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”
Um, how can you NOT sing along?
Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees”
It’s just so beautiful.
Greg Brown “Love Is A Chain”
Imagine sitting around a campfire with Greg playing this song?? I would pass out. Seriously.
Here is another nice list to checkout. And a video of my personal favorite.
Upcoming Concerts Schedule:
June 18: Beatrix*JAR
Bianca Pettis (Beatrix) and Jacob Aaron Roske (JAR) create fuzzy sound collages with glitch beatboxes, rewired toys, circuit-bent keyboards, and other mutant sound machines.
The Walker galleries are Free and open until 9pm, so make it a night of free, hip entertainment. Grab a blanket, your friends and come watch the sunset over the city to a live soundtrack.
Target Free Thursday Nights sponsored by Target
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