June 12--Music Sound Affects
The Green Line debut on Saturday is clearly an event worth singing about, as there are free concerts planned all along the new light rail that connects St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The Current radio booked the music for the big celebration at Union Depot. It starts early, at 9 a.m., when ribbons will be cut and elected officials will speak. The Green Line starts running at 10, followed by music at 11 from Southwire, Koo Koo Kanga Roo (12:30 p.m.), Southside Desire (2), the 4onthefloor (3:30) and Doomtree (5).
The nearby Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar kicks off its own block party at 2 p.m. with a lineup that features Orkestar Bez Ime, Zacc Harris Group, Person and the People, Salsa Del Sol, Pete Hennig Group and Maurice Jacox.
A stage on Fourth Street between Wall and Wacouta streets offers a day of bluegrass starting at 11:30 with the Eelpout Stringers and continuing with Switched at Birth, Five Miles from Town, the Dumpy Jug Bumpers, the Barley Jacks and the Platte Valley Boys.
Music at the Central Station stop (Fifth and Cedar in downtown St. Paul) starts at 10 a.m. with Breaking Brass and also features X-Tet, a Broadway Songbook performance sponsored by the Ordway, Sons of Soul, the School of Rock, Tim Mahoney and GB Leighton.
Frogtown's finest will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Victoria Street Station with music and dance from the Midway-Frogtown Arborators Band, Walker West Jazz Ensemble, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Aztec Dancers, Twin Cities Steppers and Points of Entry Players.
The Turf Club, which is closed for the summer for renovations, booked the trio of acts that start at 1 p.m. at the Hamline Station: Pill Hill, the Dirt Road Gamblers and the Crossing Guards.
Music starts on a stage at the Raymond Avenue Station at 9 a.m. with Nick Jordon and Mike Keyes, with everything from martial arts demonstrations to lessons on how to juggle soccer balls set to follow. The new Barely Brothers Records booked the mid-afternoon musicians -- Jon Rodine at 2:30 and High Crimes at 3:15 -- and is also offering four live bands in the store starting at 2 p.m. with Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders.
Musicians and theater groups, including Cadillac Kolstad, Sandbox Theater and Apollo Quad, are planned at the West Bank Station.
Sporting events are at the focus of the Target Field Station, but 96.3 K-TWIN handled the tunes, kicking off at 10:30 a.m. with Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets. The lineup features Cafe Accordion Orchestra (11:30), Andra Suchy (12:30), Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins (1:30) and New Primitives (2:30).
Don't forget, Metro Transit is offering free rides on the light rail and bus system all day Saturday and Sunday.
Pop music critic Ross Raihala can be reached at 651-228-5553. Follow him at Twitter.com/RossRaihala.
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