Music as free as the fresh air in which it is performed is being presented at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in Minnehaha Falls Park, 4801 S. Minnehaha Drive. The River City Jazz Orchestra will play September 2 and Zoë Says Go on September 3.
Summer Sunlight, a series of free outdoor concerts, is being presented on West Seventh Place in downtown Saint Paul. The schedule includes Annie and the Bang Bang at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 9; and Ben Cook-Feltz at noon Friday, September 10. Visit parksquaretheatre.org.
A free Rock the Bridge band festival will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, September 12, under the north end of the bridge that carries Hamline Avenue over Ayd Mill Road. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the tunes.
Singer-songwriter Heather Masse will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, September 17, in Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at Landmark Center. The concert will be preceded by a cocktail hour with cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $70 for the entire four-concert Landmark Live season. Mary Bue will perform on October 15, Danny Schmidt on November 19, and Dan Newton and Friends on December 20. Call 651-292-3276.
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns on September 17-18 with music on two stages in Mears Park. The festival opens Friday with Emmet Cohen and special guest Patrick Bartley at 5:30 p.m. and the Kenny Barron Trio at 7:30 p.m. on the Mears Park Stage; and Maryann Sullivan & the Money Makers at 4 p.m. and the Selby Avenue Brass Band at 6:30 p.m. on the Fifth Street Stage. Saturday’s lineup features young musicians from Walker West Music Academy and the MacPhail Center for Music at 12:30 p.m., the Twin Cities Seven at 3 p.m., Moore by Four at 5 p.m. and the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet at 7:30 p.m. on the Mears Park Stage; and the Jack Brass Band at 2 p.m., Katia Cardenas at 4 p.m. and Salsa del Soul at 6:30 p.m. on the Fifth Street Stage. Visit TwinCitiesJazzFestival.com.
The Odyssey, Homer’s ancient Greek epic about a hero’s journey home after 10 years of war, will be staged by Mixed Precipitation at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 11, in Swede Hollow Park, 657 E. Beaumont St. The puppet show is presented in the spirit of a country carnival with a mix of baroque melodies and Dolly Parton tunes. Admission is by donation with $10-$25 suggested. Visit mixedprecipitation.org.
Animate, a play by Ken LaZebnik that addresses race and philanthropy through the lens of species preservation, will be performed from September 16-26 at Como Zoo and Conservatory. The Mixed Blood Theatre production stars Sally Wingert, Kevin Kling, Jevetta Steele, Regina Marie Williams, Stephen Yoakam, Taj Ruler, Bruce A. Young, Randy Reyes, Warren Bowles and Kate Fuglei. Show times are 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays with a preview on Wednesday, September 16. Tickets are by donation. Visit mixedblood.com.
Music, dance, exhibits, food and beverages, all with a German flavor, will be served up September 10-11 with the return of Saint Paul Oktoberfest to the Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave. The open-air celebration will run from 4-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Performers include the Alpensterne, Bavarian Musikmeisters, the Chmielewski Funtime Band, the Dr. Kielbasa Band, the Edelweiss Dancers and Rivers Ballet. Jimi the Polka Pirate will offer dance lessons. German arts and crafts, model trains and vintage cars will be displayed. Contests will be held for best mustache and best folk wear. Food trucks will be selling international fare. Imported German beer will be available along with other beverages. Wristbands are required for alcohol sales; they will be available for $5 for those age 21 and older. Visit gaimn.org.
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