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  • Phoebe Bridgers at Surly Brewing for Music In Minnesota

    Phoebe Bridgers Bewitches Surly Festival Field

    I fucking love Phoebe Bridgers.  I know that writers should probably try to come up with a much more elegant, funny, or otherwise charming anecdote to begin articles such as this, but sometimes it’s really just not necessary. Plus, I don’t even consider myself much of a writer anyway, so the rules don’t apply to […] More

  • Patti Smith at Surly Festival Field

    Patti Smith Gives Us The Power at Surly

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Surly’s festival field was one of my favorite spots to see live music here in the Twin Cities. With the guidance of First Avenue & JAM Productions, a few times a year Surly would take an otherwise unappealing patch of grass running adjacent to a rail yard behind their production […] More

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    Shakey Graves Brings the South to Surly.

    Week after week, Surly Brewing Co. continues to sell out their concerts this summer. This weekend added onto that streak with Caroline Rose opening for Dr. Dog & Shakey Graves to make for a perfect Summer Saturday. Caroline Rose got the party rocking early on, and it only picked up from there! She brought that […] More

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    Violent Femmes, Ben Folds Bring Contrasting Talents to Surly Festival Field

    One can almost envision the conversation leading to the Violent Femmes’ stage show, which preceded the more conservative, quirky balladry of Ben Folds at Surly Brewing Festival Field in the middle of a workweek this summer. “Sure, we’ll go first!” the veteran group likely exclaimed. “Let us just load up (drummer) John Sparrow’s charcoal grill. […] More

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    Gary Clark Jr. Caps Off a Beautiful Day at Surly

    It’s a bit cliché to start a review of an outdoor show by talking about the weather, and our copy editor Scott absolutely hates when we do it, but here we go; what an absolutely gorgeous day it was in Minneapolis on Saturday! With two massive shows happening, Gary Clark Jr. at Surly Festival Field, […] More

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    Courtney Barnett and Julien Baker play Surly Brewing

    I’m back at Surly Brewing’s outdoor concert space once more, today for Courtney Barnett and Julien Baker. I’ve been waiting for this show for months. I’m in right before 7:00 PM, with just enough time to grab a beer and make my way to the stage. Mempisian singer-songwriter Julien Baker’s Sprained Ankle has been a […] More

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    Sylvan Esso Brings Joy to Minneapolis

    It’s been nearly a year since charming electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso sold out a two-night stint at First Avenue.  In the past year, they have managed to tour extensively across the country, release a sessions EP with friends reimagining songs from their newest album, and were nominated for a Grammy. That’s a big year!  The […] More