The Northrop Summer Music Festival has been up and running since the cooler days of June (remember that?) and it’s time you got out to catch the live music series. Planned entirely by U of M students, future Sue McLeans-in-training, it’s been a diverse mix of great musicians so far: a salsa night, soulful Chastity Brown, folk duo The Ericksons, and even a bluegrass-Middle Eastern hybrid in Steve Kaul Brass Kings have graced the Northrop Plaza. Tonight, a Minneapolis hip-hop artist known for his community activism as much as his bracing, story-driven verses performs a free concert. Toki Wright’s been picked up by Rhymesayers, coordinates the hip-hop program at McNally Smith, and his live performances live up to his Twin Cities clout. Opening the concert are experimental hip-hop artists Sarah White and DJ Don Cuco, blending global sounds with traditional jazz and soul beats, with freeze pops and sweet tea served up for good measure. Music starts at 7 p.m. Free. —EK

Northrop Plaza, 84 SE Church St., Mpls., 612-625-6600, northrop.umn.edu