The summer of 2022 continued the return to live music, with many artists hitting the road for the first time since the pandemic. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites below. If you’ve missed them, you can check out our photos and recap here!

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne kicked off a summer full of shows at The Ledge Amphitheater in St. Cloud back on June 14th. It was a wonderful way to kick things off, listening to one of my favorite songwriters in person. Check out our review and photos here!

La Femme

French Rock Band La Femme brought their band to St. Paul’s Turf Club in early June, introducing their music to new and old fans alike. Read all about it here!

Trampled By Turtles

Its not a Minnesota concert season without Trampled By Turtles, who performed a special hometown show in Duluth in the beginning of July. They also brought many of their musician friends along as well, who we’ve written about here:

Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast returned to Minneapolis for the second time in a year, selling out First Avenue once more. This time, they brought along The Linda Lindas, a breakout punk rock act out of California. Both acts were a highlight of the summer!

Mavis Staples

We trucked up to St. Cloud once again to cover Mavis Staples, who opened for Bonnie Raitt on a summer night that was just as fun as her music. The trip was well worth it, even if we were only there to see Mavis’s set.

Madison Cunningham

Madison Cunningham returned to the Twin Cities at the start of August to tour behind her newest record Revealer, Bringing with her a ton of new songs, as well as her familiar favorites. This was one show on my list for a while, and one of the shows I looked forward to all summer long.

MUNA

MUNA returned to Minneapolis for their highly anticipated show at First Avenue. This ticket was one of the hardest to come by all summer, so much so that I knew of fans who drove to Iowa and Chicago since they couldnt get into see them at First Ave. Check out what made this show spectacular here:

Wild Hearts Tour

Featuring a trio of female indie-rock heros, Julien Baker, Angel Olsen, and Sharon Van Etten all brought their own bands for a “Summer Camp” vibe of a show at Surly Field.

Phish

This one was definitely a trek, but well worth the 6 hour drive deep into Wisconsin to cover the crown jewel of jam bands. Read about my first experience at a Phish show here:

Wheels of Soul

While still a ways out from the official end of summer, The Wheels of Soul Tour stopped in Moorhead for the year, and was a great way to mark the final days of the season for outdoor shows. It was a real treat to have the Tedeschi Trucks band back in the area as well!

Here’s to a wonderful summer filled with great music. We’re on the lookout for great fall shows to cover, and are looking forward to the warmth many acts will bring as it gets colder up here. Keep an eye out for more show coverage coming soon!

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