Twin Cities concert calendar: July 3-9

JAY BOLLER | Updated 7/2/2014

Taste of MN, D4th of July, the Hold Steady, Future & more!

The Hold Steady at SXSW in March.
Tony Nelson

Thursday - July 3

Taste of Minnesota

Thu.-Sun. • Carver County Fairgrounds, Waconia • free before 3 p.m., $10 thereafter

After a three-year hiatus and a location change due to flooding, Taste of Minnesota organizers kick off their revival with a music lineup built on local flavor. Grammy-winning Minneapolis alt-rocker Dave Pirner of “Runaway Train” fame and his remade Soul Asylum headline Thursday’s opening day, coolly paired with another bigwig of the Twin Cities ’90s rock scene, Tina & the B-Sides, reunited after a 15-year break with a new album, “Barricade.” Blues-rocker Corey Stevens and “The Voice” castaway Tim Mahoney also perform. Old oldies rockers mostly dominate the rest of the fest, with the long-ago-fizzled Starship (of “We Built This City” notoriety) for a pre-fireworks July 4th headliner, plus the Marshall Tucker Band and the western burbs’ own resident British rock vet, Joey Molland of Badfinger. Saturday has a lively young headliner in the form of Halestorm, led by budding metal queen Lzzy Hale, plus Tom Keifer of ‘80s hair band Cinderella and a local flashback of Gypsy and Crow. Sunday goes country with Arkansas yahoo Joe Nichols and local twanger Tim Sigler. Chris Riemenschneider


Richie Ramone

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $10-$12

Richie Ramone’s five-year run with legendary punk pioneers the Ramones in the mid-1980s was short and sweet (by Ramones standards, anyway). That is, until a fomenting dispute over merchandise royalties prompted the band’s third drummer to quit in a cloud of limousine dust after a 1987 Long Island gig. Richie’s best-known contribution was writing the chunky “Somebody Put Something in My Drink,” but it wasn’t enough to earn a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction alongside original kit man Tommy Ramone and the longer-tenured Marky Ramone. Nearly 30 years later, Richie’s touring on his debut solo album, the metal-infused “Entitled.” The Modern Era and Cerveza Muscular open. Michael Rietmulder


Friday - July 4

D4th of July

9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $15

The annual answer to whether or not one of the Twin Cities’ greatest punk bands is still a band, Dillinger Four regroups for another “D4th” mini-fest. Other groups of note in the two-day blowout include Masked Intruder (Fri.), a pop-punky Madison quartet signed to Fat Wreck Chords that’s about to join the Dwarves and Queers on tour; Night Birds (Sat.), a surfy hardcore band from New Jersey; the very D4-like Illinois group the Brokedowns (Fri.); and Vulgaari (Sat.), the new doom-metal band led by Surly brewmaster Todd Haug. D4 will play both nights. Chris Riemenschneider



10 p.m. • Skyway Theatre • 18-plus • $20-$25

Seeing a pair of rising British dubstep producers on Independence Day might be less American than haphazard back-yard fireworks or binge drinking on a pontoon (would a sick Toby Keith remix help?). However, Zomboy could deliver a hyper-stimulating experience akin to having your drunk buddy shoot Roman candles at your face, but with fishnets and bass. He’s touring ahead of his debut full-length, “The Outbreak,” due in August. The U.K.’s Cookie Monsta, who just released his electric-drill-informed “Time to Party” single, Belgium’s Eptic and others also perform. Michael Rietmulder


Saturday - July 5

The Hold Steady

7:30 p.m. • Minnesota Zoo • $45

Funny how the Hold Steady’s semi-homecoming gigs each summer seem well-timed to the Twins’ own homestands, this one aligning with the biggest of ’em all (Yankees!). We know where the Brooklyn rockers’ allegiance lies, just as we know where they’re coming from on their first album in four years, “Teeth Dreams,” a return to the punky roots and blurry street scenes of their early-’00s discs but also a new kind of showcase for dueling guitarists Tad Kubler and Steve Selvidge. Their first local date behind the record is also their first time playing the zoo. Michigan openers Cheap Girls recall melodic ’90s roarers Buffalo Tom. Chris Riemenschneider