Bon Iver has spent the better part of the last two years booming into a full-fledged musical superstar, playing with supergroups both local (he’s a regular on the Gayngs roster) and national (he’s appeared on stage and tracks with Kanye West and Jay-Z). The positively glowing pre-release response to his new eponymous album Bon Iver indicates that it’s another dispatch along his path of stardom. Get a listen to Bon Iver and chance to buy the album early at one of the many listening parties happening at all the Electric Fetus locations tonight in the Twin Cities. There will also be a limited number of posters and a bonus, 3-track CD single to be given away when you buy the album, but those surely won’t last long. Listening parties and sales start at 7pm. For more information, go visit the Electric Fetus website.
Get an early start to your Pride Week activities with the launch party for Minnesotans United for All Families, a campaign working to defeat the amendment banning same-sex marriage. State Senator Scott Dibble will be on hand to speak, and Bradley Greenwald (very close to our own Neil Patrick Harris), show band ensemble Bella Diva, band leader George Maurer, Ann Michaels, Flying Foot Forum and many more will be the jam-packed night’s entertainment. Doors are at 6:30pm, performance at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25, with VIP Tickets are also available. For more information, visit LoringTheater.com.
If you missed the Roe Family Singers’ album release party this past weekend, you can still catch the band’s regular Monday night residency at the 331. During the show, the winners of last year’s Battle of the Jug Bands routinely kick out some of the best Bluegrass, Folk, and American Roots music in the Twin Cities, and they’ll be performing some of their new songs and standards off the new album, “The Owl and the Bat and the Bumble Bee”. Olde Tyme crooners and banjo pickers Pocahontas County takes the stage at 6:30pm and the Roe Family Singers start jammin’ at 9pm. There’s no cover, and daily drink specials available. For more information, head to the 331’s website.
Known as much for its campy signature theme — “Flash!” performed by rock legends Queen — as for anything else in the actual movie, the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon is an outdoor film favorite that’s perfect for tonight’s showing at the Central Library in St. Paul. Dashing Flash Gordon and his band of cohorts travel to the planet Mongo where they find themselves up against the tyrant, Ming the Merciless, in a battle to save Earth. Movie starts at dusk (approx. 9:30pm) and is free. For more information, visit theFriends.org.
Take your dear old dad for a walk along the Mississippi River during the Stone Arch Festival. Featuring over 250 artists who specialize in everything from ceramics and glass to mixed media, the festival is one of the best annual showcases for artists and art-lovers. There’s also the music: this year’s line-up stretches across four stages and includes Andy Juhl, White Light Riot, Sarah Morris, Wizards Are Real, Tortuga, and other great bands to provide the day’s soundtrack. You’ll also be able to snack at Stone Arch — this year the new Minnesota Made Artisan Market (presented by Whole Foods) hosts vendors including Unpeeled Kombucha, Salad Girl Salad Dressings, Peace Coffee, and Angie’s Kettle Corn. And if you need a break to rest your feet, the The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Stone Arch Festival of the Arts’ film series, Minnesota Reek: Movies From Our Own Backyard. Free; for more information, visit stonearchfestival.com.