Friday, March 13, 2015

Upcoming Concert Highlights

The concert calendar below (at the bottom of the page) has undergone complete updating over the last couple of weeks. Here is a list of some of the more notable shows. There's many great shows coming during April and May, so be sure to check out the full calendar for everything.

Lita Ford is doing two shows in the area: Saturday, March 14 at the Wicked Moose in Rochester has her doing an acoustic show. She returns with the full band for a show supporting Cinderella vocalist Tom Keifer at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina on Saturday, May 9.

Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved takes over Mill City Nights in Minneapolis on Monday,

Don Dokken plays an acoustic duo show with ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist (and current Dokken bassist) Mark Boals on Thursday, March 19 at the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. Don’s voice isn’t nearly what it used to be, but he really shined at one of these acoustic shows I caught a few years ago.

The reformed Coal Chamber headlines a massive bill with Filter, Combichrist, hometown heroes American Head Charge, and Saint Ridley on Monday, March 23 at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Hailing from right here in St. Paul, progressive hardcore heavyweights After The Burial play the Amsterdam on Sunday, March 29 with Invent, Animate and By The Thousands.

Recently reformed Swedish death metal band At The Gates brings their show to Mill City Nights in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 5 with support from Pallbearer, Converge, and Vallenfyre.

Long-running punk band Strung Out invades the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis with Red City Radio, La Armada, and Charlie Siren on Wednesday, April 22.

Cavalera Conspiracy is joined by Death Angel, Corrosion Of Conformity – Blind, and Lody Kong for a concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday, April 27.

Cult punk legends MDC play Minneapolis at the Triple Rock Social Club on Sunday, May 3 with Channel 3, Deathwish, and Brain Tumors.

Tuesday, May 12 has two great shows: Rush returns to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, and Y&T plays G.B. Leighton’s Pickle Park in Fridley wit support from Arena.

It’s a thrasher’s dream on Wednesday, May 20 as Sepultura, the mighty Destruction, Arsis, Boris The Blade, and Micawber all play the Amsterdam in St. Paul.

Ministry is still kicking around, and they come to Mill City Nights in Minneapolis on Thursday, May 28. Tickets start at $70??? Ouch!

Porcupine Tree mainman Steven Wilson does a solo show on Sunday, June 7 at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.