Sounds like … Led Zeppelin
More than 20 acts will channel bands like Van Halen, Talking Heads, Johnny Cash and Alanis Morisette during the annual Tribute Fest — a benefit for homeless veterans held annually at Bayfront Festival Park. The fest starts today with sports-radio guy-slash-country frontman Chris Hawkey and runs through Saturday night, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band.
The three-day festival has two stages and an eclectic mix of featured sounds: Cheap Trick, System of a Down, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors.
Tribute Fest is Aug. 22-24 at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets: Range from $20-$80 and are available at Wussow’s Concert Cafe, Electric Fetus or at thetributefest.com.
Gates open at 3 p.m.
4 p.m.: Church of Cash
6 p.m.: Shalo Lee Band
8 p.m.: Chris Hawkey
Gates open at 2 p.m.
3 p.m.: Lynyrd Skynyrd
5 p.m.: The Doors
7 p.m.: Rob Zombie
9 p.m.: Guns N’ Roses
Born Too Late
Gates open at 11 a.m.
11:30 a.m.: Eagles
12:30 p.m.: Stevie Ray Vaughn
2 p.m.: Led Zeppelin
2:30 p.m.: Aerosmith
3:30 p.m.: Van Halen
4 p.m.: AC/DC
5 p.m.: Fleetwood Mac
7 p.m.: Motley Crue
9 p.m.: Bruce Springsteen
System of a Down
Big Wave Dave & The Ripples, Nudecolors and the Crunchy Bunch will play during Spurs on First’s Summer Block Party. Big Wave Dave, etc., is a well-dressed funk-soul band with many, many players and a high-energy frontman, Nudecolors is a pop-rock band that should write the soundtrack to your life story. The Crunchy Bunch is longtime local DJ collective.
Also: food trucks, energy drinks, skateboarders.
Spurs’ Summer Block Party is at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Spurs on First, 109 W. First St. Tickets: $5
Blush is celebrating its second anniversary with three nights of music, including multi-instrumentalist Dosh, Rick McLean’s funny punk, alt-rock band Mint Vintage, DJ Walt Dizzo, Jaw Knee Vee and Gender Confetti.
Blush Fest is Aug. 22-24 at Blush, 18 N. First Ave. W. Tickets: Available at eventbrite.com.
Rich Mattson & the Northstars play as part of this week’s Music in the HART series. The group originally formed as a best-of-the-best of St. Louis County — but has changed lineups over the year. Like, sometimes Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles has been in the band. Sometimes he isn’t. But Mattson, a real rock ‘n’ roller is, along with Germaine Gemberling, who went from the Twin Cities’ punk band SMUT to northern Minnesota and an acoustic guitar. Rich Mattson & The North Stars bills itself as “cosmic folk.”
Rich Mattson & The Northstars play 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Gitchi-Ode A’King. Free, open to the public
On the road
“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” is a 1994 film about Bernadette, a transgender woman, and two drag queens who are a well-known traveling stage act. (Think glitz and lip-synching.) Bernadette is tiring of the scene, but agrees to travel with Mitzi and Felicia into the outback in a lavender bus. Adventures ensue. Zinema 2’s Midnight Movies at 7 is featuring the movie as a lead-in to Duluth Superior Pride.
“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: zeitgeistarts.com.
Andrew Kirov returns with his hyper-local talk-variety show, which is performed, and recorded by WDSE-WRPT, in front of an audience. “Twin Ports Tonight” will have two episodes Tuesday and two on Wednesday at Teatro Zuccone. The first night features guests from Lake Superior Zoo and Catalyst Content Festival, the second night is TBA.
The show is hosted by Kirov, who is as talk show host-y as it gets, and his sidekick Stephen Wyeth, who is as sidekick-y as it gets. Also: music, comedy sketches and interviews.
“Twin Ports Tonight” is 7-9 p.m. Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10 a night