Basilica Block Party

Updated 7/10/2013

FRIDAY: Archdiocese readies its boozy/loud collection plate. Plus: Kenny Chesney and Doug E. Fresh.

The Basilica Block Party crowd in 2010.
Photo: File.

Basilica Block Party

5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. • Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls. • $60-$100

This certainly isn’t the hippest lineup at the Basilica Block Party. Mayer Hawthorne (Friday) and Raphael Saadiq (Saturday) are cool R&B throwbacks, and Father John Misty, he of the gorgeous voice and eccentric musical styles, may be too cool for the occasion. But then Saturday’s one-two punch of Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls are crowd-pleasing purveyors of mainstream radio hits. Friday offers two vocal powerhouses — newcomer ZZ Ward and headliner Grace Potter, who was more impressive last year opening for Kenny Chesney at Target Field (coincidentally he’s there again tonight) than last winter at First Avenue focusing on the Nocturnals’ ambitious album, “The Lion the Beast the Beat.” The 19th annual block party raises money for the restoration of the Basilica of St. Mary. Jon Bream

Kenny Chesney

4 p.m. • Target Field • sold out

For the second consecutive summer, Target Field instantly sold out for stadium king Kenny Chesney, who has sold nearly 10 million concert tickets in the past 10 years. Opening for the No Shoes Nation Tour are Zac Brown Band, a bona fide headliner themselves even though they’re an overgrown bar band; the Eli Young Band, which has scored two No. 1 country songs despite an inability to compel live, and exciting newcomer Kacey Musgraves. Don’t expect Chesney’s last album, the breezy “Life on a Rock,” to be a big part of the set list. Jon Bream

Doug E. Fresh

10:30 p.m. • Cabooze • 18-plus • $28-$32

Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew helped pioneer hip-hop in the ’80s, with hits such as “La Di Da Di” putting upstart label Def Jam on the map (anti-abortion track “Abortion” drummed up more controversial attention). Fresh, the master beatboxer, and Slick Rick, the MC, would appear together in various forms throughout the years, including near the Twin Cities in 2011 at the ill-fated SoundTown fest. A host of rappers — but no Slick Rick — will join the 46-year-old Fresh (one of rap’s first public Scientologists) at Cabooze. Jay Boller

Grant Hart

10 p.m. • Turf Club • $7

Twin Cities music stalwart Grant Hart has endured a lot of tribulations over the past couple years, including a house fire and his mother’s death. Despite all that, the former Hüsker Dü co-leader managed to complete his most ambitious recording project, a concept disc called “The Argument” based on “Paradise Lost,” 17th-century English poet John Milton’s epic take on Adam and Eve. The 21-track collection is wildly imaginative, sometimes bizarre and oftentimes harrowing, harking back to the Hüskers’ opus “Zen Arcade” and especially to “The Last Days of Pompeii” by another of Hart’s bands, Nova Mob. It’s coming out July 22 via Domino Records, the London label behind Arctic Monkeys and Animal Collective. Rank Strangers open. Chris Riemenschneider

Parallels

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $8-$10

It would have been easy for this entry-level synth-pop act to fold once founding member Cameron Findlay (onetime touring drummer for Crystal Castles) gave his two weeks’ notice in 2011. But his partner in ’80s-evoking pop, Holly Dodson, pressed on and last year dropped Parallels’ sophomore album, “XII.” The vintage-Madge-mimicking singer now leads the Toronto trio, which includes her bro Nick on drums. Adding to the familial feel, “XII” was released by daddy Dodson’s imprint, Marigold Productions Limited. Their patriarchal label boss, Rich Dodson was a member of Canadian classic-rock band the Stampeders. Locals Danger Dust and Park Place Xenia open. Michael Rietmulder