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The Setlist: Where to hear live music July 11-13, 2024

"The Setlist" and "Park Rapids, Superior, Grand Rapids" written over a crumpled white paper background.
Maria Hileman
Live music happening July 11-13, 2024 in Minnesota.

KAXE's weekly list of concerts features Pert Near Sandstone, Grace Potter with Mae Simpson and The Fish Heads.

Local, regional and national acts all show up on this week's Setlist, with concerts in Park Rapids, Superior and Grand Rapids. Get your sunscreen out and drink water, as all three are outdoor shows and high temps are expected around the area.

Minnesota bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone will be in Park Rapids on Thursday at the 2nd Street Stage. The five-piece band brings breakneck bluegrass jams and heartfelt Americana ballads, as shown on their most recent album, 2023's Waiting Days. They take the stage at 6 p.m.

Bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone. The four members stand facing the camera.
Tony Nelson
Justin Bruhn, J Lenz, Kevin Kniebel and Nate Sipe of Pert Near Sandstone.

A longtime KAXE favorite is playing in Superior, Wisconsin, Thursday at 7 p.m. Roots rocker Grace Potter, known for her solo work and her band The Nocturnals, is playing at Earth Rider Fest Grounds. Opening for Potter is Minnesota band, Mae Simpson.

Then Saturday, folk trio The Fish Heads will be at Rapids Brewing Company at 7 p.m. Led by husband and wife duo Mike Monson and Kim Curtis-Monson, the trio is rounded out by Paul Jones on pedal steel. They mix bluegrass, rock and country covers as well as original tunes.

Thursday, July 11

Saturday, July 13

  • The Fish Heads - 7 p.m., Rapids Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, free

The weekly live music spotlight is made possible by the citizens of Minnesota through the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Malachy started his radio career at a college radio station, where he played weird music in the middle of the night to possibly no one. On a good night maybe his parents were listening. Nonetheless, he was hooked on public radio and is still doing it today. He joined Northern Community Radio in 2022, where he gets to share his passion for local music as Producer of Centerstage Minnesota, an all Minnesota music show airing Fridays at 2pm.