Get a sneak peek of Young Jeezy’s long-awaited Thug Motivation 103 album (aka TM 103) tonight at Epic. The album—which is the third installment in the Thug Motivation series—will supposedly be released later this year, and Jeezy makes a stop in the TC for what will surely be a polished and familiar set. (You’re probably more familiar with Jeezy’s work than you know: the rapper has been featured on tracks by Usher, Akon, and Ciara, among others.) If you call in advance, you may be able to get a VIP table reserved for this show ($50, 21+). General admission tickets are $30 in advance, and the Epic box office will be open 12-5 p.m. tonight selling tickets to Jeezy’s show (cash only). For more information click here . 8 p.m., 18+ show, 510 1st Ave. N. Mpls., 612-239-0031
It might sound like an odd mix, but Matisyahu successfully combines hip-hop influence with the bounce of reggae and the vocal style of Jewish prayer, and the formula even landed him a hit in 2005 with “King Without a Crown”. The Hasidic MC is currently on tour with the North Mississippi Allstars — brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson (sons of Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson) and bassist Chris Chew will be helping Matisyahu get the crowd moving at this great installment of the MN Zoo music series. Check out the moose, monkeys, otters, and camels until 7 p.m., then head over to the Amphitheater for the concert. (And just an FYI, the government shutdown won’t impact future MN Zoo music shows.) Tickets can be purchased at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus store ($40 + ticket fee), and the concert ticket gets you admission into the Zoo after 4 p.m. Parking is $5. For more information, visit mnzoo.com
Cinema and Civics combines those two great loves of summer, live music and free classic movies, and tonight’s pairing at Stevens Square Park will prove to be especially entertaining. First up is Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, sparky musicians who frequently appear on lists of favorite local bands. Then stick around after the music for Back to the Future, the contemporary classic that you already know by heart, but would love to see again on a big screen while laying on a blanket in a park. There will also be free cupcakes and Ken Stroble from the Stevens Square Community Organization’s Block Patrol will talk about the upcoming “Block Patrol Month” plans for August. The music starts at 8 p.m. Stevens Square Park is located at 1801 Stevens Ave. S. in Minneapolis; the event is free. For more information, visit Cinemaandcivics.org.
The last time The Sword stopped into the Triple Rock, it was in-between nights opening arenas for metal forefathers Metallica in Chicago and Milwaukee. How did a young band from Austin, TX get such a coveted spot on a national tour? Turns out that Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, is among the cult of fans that follow The Sword — Ulrich even named their album Gods of the Earth his favorite record of 2008 and its earlier Age of Winters one of the best of the last decade. Showing signs of maturing musically on its newest album Warp Riders, The Sword has mixed a little more Southern flavor into its fast-paced approach, which is sure to add killer results to its show. Dead Meadow opens the 18+ show, which starts at 8. Tickets run $14 at the door. For more information visit the Triple Rock’s website.
What do you know? And what do you want to know? Give & Take helps curious attendees answer those questions through a sort of show and tell program that features cocktails and speakers. This month’s mingling session and presentations take place at the 5 Points Building on West Broadway in North Minneapolis, and features a fascinating group of presenters. Mary deLaittre, the founder and principal of Groundwork will discuss RiverFIRST, the winning proposal in the Minneapolis Riverfront Redesign Competition; baker and entrepreneur Lynette Coleman of The Pie NetteWork will talk about pies and cooking-up a small business; and Bill and Beverly Cottman, and their daughter Kenna, share their knowledge of re-collections and re-tellings of ancestral facts and fictions. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m.; it’s also free, but space tends to fill up quickly.