In the air tonight

Ka-boom. This week’s main event is the annual Fourth Fest at Bayfront Festival Park and all of the July 4-adjacent things that go along with celebrating U.S.A. — whether it’s the annual picnic in your friends’ yard with the killer view, checking out a fearless foursome on the Bayfront stage or Tilt-A-Whirling ‘til you puke at The Mighty Thomas Carnival in the DECC parking lot.

The fireworks start at 10:10 p.m., and there are all sorts of little secret — and not-so — spots around town to catch the various willows, waterfalls, coconuts and comets whizzing through the night sky. Bayfront’s Fourth Fest musical lineup includes Born Too Late, a group of classic rock-schooled teens who will make you rethink rock ‘n’ roll, roots band The Slamming Doors, Superior Siren, a folk band that is the closest thing to a midnight swim in dark waters, and Junk FM, a tribute band that plays all things FM.

Fourth Fest starts at 4 p.m. July 4 at Bayfront Festival Park. Free, open to the public.

Trampled by Turtles performs in 2015. File / News Tribune
Trampled by Turtles performs in 2015. File / News Tribune

Trampled by Bayfront

This is the longest stretch of back-to-back-to-back, etc. concerts to be held at Bayfront Festival Park, starting with the annual July 4 Eve Hairball show that already happened and ending on Sunday with some early aught rock.

The biggest is expected to be the also-annual Trampled By Turtles show, with the Duluth-formed band headlining a bill on Saturday that includes Erik Koskinen, Gaelynn Lea, Early Eyes, Zoo Animal, Adam Kiesling and Keith Secola.

Trampled by Turtles show starts at 3 p.m. July 6 at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets: $30 at

Also at Bayfront this week: Bayfront Country Jam, featuring Chris Janson, Joe Nichols, Chase Bryant and local country act Whiskey Trail, at 5 p.m. July 5, tickets at and 311 and Dirty Heads with The Interrupters, Dreamers and Bikini Trill on July 7 at

Sarah Krueger performs in 2014. File / News Tribune
Sarah Krueger performs in 2014. File / News Tribune

Krueger by kayak. Maybe.

Sarah Krueger plays Wednesday as part of Glensheen’s Concerts on the Pier series — her second show in less than a month. Also: Erik Koskinen, who will be fresh from the Bayfront Festival Park stage.

Krueger has a big, pretty voice, and is a strong songwriter, with a cool style — she also makes jewelry and curates vintage clothing.

These concerts, in the backyard of the Congdon mansion, offer plenty of viewing options: Bring your own blanket or bring your own kayak.

Sarah Krueger and Erik Koskinen play at 6 p.m. July 10 on the pier at Glensheen, 3300 London Road. Free, open to the public.

Artist Heidi Blunt. Photo:
Artist Heidi Blunt. Photo:

Pop-up at Prove

Prove is hosting a 2-day pop-up show with work by Heidi Blunt. According to the event page, “Blubby Clubhouse” is an experimental installation and shows the “intersection of marginalized large bodies and a secret clubhouse of a feminine kid circa 1985.”

Blunt, a St. Scholastica grad, is now an MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Vermont.

Heidi Blunt’s “Blubby Clubhouse” is available for viewing from 6-9 p.m. July 6 and noon-4 p.m. July 7 at Prove Gallery, 21 N. Lake Ave. Free, open to the public

Nick Costa. Photo:
Nick Costa. Photo:


Nick Costa, a Twin Cities musician who pops up a lot — including playing with The 4onthefloor — will play a show Wednesday at Spurs on First.

Costa released the quick-hit, easy-on-the-ears, blast from the past, alt-country album “Destroyer” in May.

Nick Costa plays at 8 p.m. July 10 at Spurs on First, 109 W. First St. Tickets: $5 at