Get a great taste of Minneapolis nightlife during your work week tonight at the Kitty Cat Klub with local favs Gospel Gossip providing the soundtrack. In addition to frequently playing shows around town and having high praise from fans and critics who fully expect them to blow up and hit the big time, this 3-piece band from Northfield is also working on releasing a new album early next year. What better time to see them than in the plush and intimate interior of the Kitty Cat Klub? The sweet vocal styling of Boston-based pop-rockers 28 Degrees Taurus will be opening. Free. Things get going around 9 p.m. More info on Facebook.
Summer is sadly more on the way out than on the way in, so if you still need to cross off “Go to an outdoor music and movie showing” from your warm weather bucket list, strike while the temp is hot. Tonight’s installment of the Walker’s Summer Music and Movies pairs the classic Fritz Lang silent espionage film Spies with a newly developed soundtrack by local soundsmiths Dark Dark Dark that will be performed live during the screening. The mix was commissioned by the Walker and promises to be so engaging you could probably also cross “live art experience” off your list, too. The music starts at 7 p.m. with The Current’s Barb Abney doing a DJ set and the movie begins when the sun sets. More info on Spies and Dark Dark Dark’s music at the Walker’s website.
Whereas the conventional wisdom behind booking a show says to gather similar groups and performers together onto a coherent bill to appeal to a specific subset of an audience, the GenreBeast series in the warehouse space behind Nick & Eddie openly goes against the convention and assembles local music of a multitude of styles and sounds. Tonight, as the series winds down, head over to Loring Park to see sets from Moving Monuments (frenetic rock), Friends & Family (folk-pop), Pepper Patriot (vinyl and live accompaniment), and Sexcat (sexy electronic dance music). Fun starts warming up at 9 p.m., and the first band plays around 9:40 p.m. For more info on the series and tonight’s set times, check out the GenreBeast Facebook page.
Students from around the TC take the stage at the Fine Line to perform classics from Ol’ Blue Eyes and friends at tonight’s SpotLight Cabaret Series, an initiative from Hennepin Theatre Trust that not only places youth in front of an audience, but also in charge of all the aspects of the production. Tonight’s installment of the SpotLight Cabaret Series—Croon and Swoon—focuses on the work of a variety of golden voiced singers and will give you an early look at some of the vocal talent coming up in the metro. You can get your tickets for $10 at the door; the show is all ages, and the crooning and swooning starts at 7 p.m. For more info on SpotLight Cabaret, visit the Hennepin Theatre Trust website.
Finally, Somerset gets a new outdoor festival that lives up to your memories of yesteryear! This weekend’s SoundTown Music Festival serves as the kick-off party for the new ownership of the Somerset Amphitheater, formerly the Float-rite Amphitheater. Head across the border to Wisconsin for an amazing line-up of more than 30 bands across three stages, as well as camping, food, a beer garden, and of course, tubing down the Apple River. Friday’s performances feature the musical stylings of Zoo Animal, The New Pornographers, More Than Lights, and local favorites like the Roe Family Singers, among others. Saturday’s lineup includes The Flaming Lips, Solid Gold, Pink Mink, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Heirupecs, and several more. Camping opened Thursday at 4 p.m. and the gates open at 2 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Saturday, closing at midnight. The fun will proceed, rain or shine. Tickets range from $35 to $200. For more details and to buy tickets, visit somersetamphitheater.com.