The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 19, 2013

Bavarian Blast begins today; Meat Puppets tickets sell out

By Tanner Kent
The Mankato Free Press

---- — NEW ULM — Bavarian Blast in New Ulm is underway once again.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. today, Saturday and Sunday and continues throughout the day with two music tents and another for children’s entertainment.

Among the musical acts are returning favorites including Alpensterne, Concord Singers and Wendinger Band.

The diversely talented (and 2007 Grammy nominated) Alex Meixner also returns for all three days.

Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen, a Mankato-based old-time ensemble whose 19-track CD “Smile” was released last year, plays on Sunday. The event will serve as a sort of prelude to the Dutchmen’s appearance at the Minnesota State Fair later this summer.

Also playing Sunday is Schell’s Hobo Band, which are regular participants in in summer parades and town festivals across the state.

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String Theory at the Co-op


The St. Peter Food Co-op’s Minnesota on Mulberry event series continues 6-8 p.m. today with String Theory.

During the events, participants purchase tickets for $10, then enjoy a selection from a menu of grilled food items while listening to an outdoor music perfomance.

String Theory is an eclectic three-piece that mixes elements of folk, rock and jazz. Earlier this year, the band collaborated with area playwrights and actors on a rock musical based on their 2012 release “What’s the Matter with Captain Gravitone?”

IV Play in Watonwan

The popular Mankato-based cover band IV Play anchors the music lineup for this weekend’s Watonwan County Fair in St. James.

The four-piece band with a reputation for covering a wide range of musical styles plays 9 p.m. today.

Meat Puppets sold out

Not surprisingly, tonight’s Meat Puppets concert at the intimate What’s Up Lounge was sold out by midweek.

On Tuesday, Oleander Saloon and Tune Town -- which were selling tickets for the triple bill that also included Enemy Planes and Mankato’s own Turned Out T.V. -- had only a dozen tickets left between them.

The Meat Puppets are no strangers to Mankato. The band that formed in 1980 -- later becoming a household musical name after performing alongside Kurt Cobain in an episode of MTV’s “Unplugged” series in 1993 -- last played here in 2009, also at the What’s Up Lounge.

The Meat Puppets are fresh off their April 2013 release “Rat Farm,” a generally well-reviewed effort that continues to showcase the band’s evolution toward a mellower, more folk-influenced sound.