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Monday, July 12, 2021, 10:00 AM, MPR MEMBER PRESALE
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 12:00 PM, PUBLIC ONSALE
The Current’s Music On-A-Stick returns to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, August 28, 2021! Featuring Lake Street Dive along with special guests Low Cut Connie and locals Kiss the Tiger!
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Lake Street Dive epitomizes democracy in action: The group, expanded into a quintet since touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss officially joined in 2017, share writing and arrangement duties. Their personalities, skills and wide-ranging taste in pop, rock, R&B and jazz have long blended together to make an impressively cohesive sound, both sophisticated and playful, combining retro influences with contemporary attitude. The band was founded in 2004 by four students at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music: Rachel Price (vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (guitar, trumpet), Bridget Kearney (bass) and Mike Calabrese (drums). They have earned a devoted following thanks to social media and airplay on alternative radio. Their version of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” was posted on YouTube in 2012 and has earned more than 6 million views. In 2017, their cover of A-ha’s hit “Take On Me” racked up more than 11 million views. On the band’s most recent album Obviously, the quintet fashions disarmingly cheerful arrangements guaranteed to keep the party going even as the subject matter takes a more serious turn on lead-off single "Making Do," about a younger generation facing a life of diminished expectations, and "Being a Woman," a finger-snapping, bird-flipping treatise on gender inequality.
Since the release of their 2011 debut album Get Out the Lotion, Philadelphia’s
Low Cut Connie have firmly established their reputation as one of the most exciting live bands in the U.S. Their mixture of western pop, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll have earned them a cult following along with high-profile fans, including Barack Obama, Sir Elton John and Howard Stern. The band is fronted by pianist, singer and songwriter Adam Weiner, whose well-worn $100 piano, named Shondra, is the backbone of their boogie strain of rock ‘n’ roll. The addition of longtime Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings member Saundra Williams resulted in what Rolling Stone Magazine describes as "a mix of Seventies Stones (but dirtier), the New York Dolls (but tighter) and Jerry Lee Lewis (but Westerberg-ier) with an extra sense of bare-knuckled grit and sonic thwump.” Low Cut Connie’s sixth album, Private Lives, features Weiner with guitarist and longtime collaborator Will Donnelly, as well as a rotating cast of nearly 30 different musicians. Weiner recorded and produced Private Lives on the road, cutting songs in studios across the U.S. during the band’s extensive 2019 touring schedule. Private Lives earned critical praise upon its release and was named one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone.
Kiss the Tiger pounced onto the Twin Cities’ music scene in late-2016 and has been making big waves ever since. Inspired by the sounds and energy of The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Patti Smith, Kiss the Tiger has breathed new life into 21st century rock and roll. In February of 2017, Kiss the Tiger was the runner-up in Star Tribune’s Are You Local? - Best New Band competition. Shortly after, the group recorded its EP, Elliot Park. In 2019, Kiss the Tiger released its sophomore album, Let Me Bleed. The band was recognized that year as a Picked to Click band by City Pages, an end-of-year roundup of the best local bands as voted on by their peers. The Current radio station included the music video for “Bad Boy” off of Let Me Bleed in its Best Minnesota Music Videos of 2019. Vicious Kid marks the band's third full-length release and has garnered notable attention from fans and critics alike. Kiss the Tiger's single "Hold On To Love" was featured on The Current's Chart Show and jumped from the No. 14 spot to the No. 1 spot in its second week. Star Tribune recently named Vicious Kid one of the Best Minnesota Albums of 2021 so far.