The summer sweet spot

We’re hitting what I like to call the “summer sweet spot” in these parts, where the weekends are so loaded with options for things to do outside, it’s likely to make one’s head explode.

Of note this weekend:
The annual Aquatennial kicks off on Friday with the Block Party, featuring Semisonic, and Sonya Kitchell on the main stage (with last minute addition White Light Riot opening up for them at 6 pm). There are two other stages featured Chris Hawkey and Power Play (producer from the Power Trip Morning Show on KFAN), and if country’s more your speed, Josh Gracin of American Idol fame will play on the K102 country stage. I consider this block party to be one of the rites of summer if you live around here… right there along with Grand Old Day and the State Fair.

It’s music overload (in a really good way) in the downtown area on Friday – The Macy’s Day of Music, presented by the Minnesota Orchestra as part of their Sommerfest series starts on Friday and features everything from classical to jazz to blues, and even rock. It starts at noon and runs for 24 hours straight, as it does every year. It’s one of the few times you can see a rock act at Orchestra Hall, and this year Low and The New Standards (John Munson from Semisonic is pulling a double feature – block party and then this event) will be the rock-oriented acts.

Sunday features the Bastille Day Block Party with more outdoor rock and good times.

Never a shortage of things to do around here.

2 Comments so far

  1. Dave Dash (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 9:17 am

    D’oh and I’ll be out of town this weekend :(

  2. Erica (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    I feel like Aquatennial crept up on me. I knew it was coming and all, but BANG, all of a sudden, here it is.

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