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Block Shakers – Pride and Chiang Banger block parties return

L’assassins play the BLB Uptown Pride Block Party on June 28.

L’assassins play the BLB Uptown Pride Block Party on June 28.

In celebration of their 15th anniversary coming up in October, Chiang Mai Thai is making some noise this summer with their most extensive music calendar yet. They’re bringing back the popular Chiang Banger block party, and also introducing three Street Dances which will be four-hour outdoor dance parties, of varying themes and genres. All of these events will take place on the Girard walkway in front of Chiang Mai Thai, on the east side of Calhoun Square.

The first street dance took place on May 30 as the Wedge went to press. The second Street Dance will take place on Thursday, June 27 from 6pm to 10pm and will be a delight for hip hop aficionados. Featuring Minneapolis’s own Long Doe Records recording artists Tony Bones, Big Wiz, Aquafresh and Mike Da Martyr. Dj Low and Dj Wide Eyes will be spinning classic and new school hip hop jams to keep your booty in motion. After the outdoor party join them inside for Luckyboy Karaoke with Dj Alex Salazar, and sing your lungs out until 1am.

The June 27 Chiang Street Dance will include Tony Big Bones

The June 27 Chiang Street Dance will include Tony Big Bones

Mike Da Martyr

Mike Da Martyr

The Chiang Banger goes down on Sunday, July 28. With a mixed lineup of recognized musical artists, the Banger has something for almost everyone. They will have artists frequently featured on The Current, and KTWIN, as well as in City Pages. Almost all of their artists are, or have recently, release new music. This year’s lineup includes Shell (space rock), Taj Raj (country/indie/pop), Bethany Larson and the Bees Knees (country/indie/pop), L’Assassins (60’s style rock), Botzy (frontman of Culture Cry Wolf, hip hop), Kill the Vultures (spoken word, hip hop), and Haphduzn and Dimitry Killstorm (hip hop). The outdoor stage will go from 2pm to 8pm. Afterwards, Bangers are encouraged to join them inside for drinks and dancing. Dj Shannon Blowtorch (Bomp!, Berlin) and others will be spinnin’ multigenre dance music until 1am.

The last street dance happens on Thursday, August 29, from 6pm to 10pm and will close out the summer with a Tropical Beach Party, focusing on global dance music. Featuring Madison, Wisconsin’s own Deadly Vipers, Djs Christian Rokk and Die Gnostic, this dance party features the roiling beats of Latin America and the Caribbean. Listen for Reggae, Moombahton, Zouk Bass, Carnival, Reggaeton and Cumbia. After the outdoor party is over, join them inside for Luckyboy Karaoke with Dj Alex Salazar, and sing until 1am.

Bryant Lake Bowl Presents the Uptown Pride Block Party

The unofficial kick off to Pride weekend is back on Friday, June 28. The free block party takes place rain or shine from 6pm to 10pm outside next to Bryant Lake Bowl (BLB), (Lake St. and Bryant Ave.). With entertainment from MC Foxy Tann, L’Assassins, Chastity Brown, Dykes Do Drag, Sick of Sarah, Southside Desire, Epitome No Question, Tipsy Bike Karaoke and The North Star Roller Girls the event will feature grilled organic and locally farmed eats, great brews from Fulton, Lagunitas, Bell’s and PBR.

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit OutFront MN. Their mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. Their slogan is Leading Minnesota Toward LGBT Equality–reflecting the leadership role we provide in moving the state toward the elimination of homophobia and toward full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and bringing allies into the movement. OutFront Minnesota provides this leadership by delivering programs and services to Minnesota’s LGBT and allied communities in the areas of community organizing, public policy, anti-violence, law, education and training. More information at

Eureka Recycling, a local nonprofit waste-reduction organization, is proud to partner with BLB to make the block party a zero waste event again this year. Through careful planning and the participation of everyone attending, this event can generate no waste. By eliminating, reusing, recycling and composting all the discards generated here, we are greatly reducing our impact on the environment. More information at



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