Twins release lineup for 2016 Midwest Music Showcase


For the fourth year running, the Minnesota Twins will host local musicians during select home games at Target Field.

The 2016 Midwest Music Showcase lineup was announced Tuesday morning.

Spanning hip-hop, soul, electro-pop, and boot-stomping rock, the 10 acts performing on upcoming Wednesday games is a snapshot of Minnesota flavor.

April 27

Kicking off the series is rapper Astronautalis, who will release his first new album in five years – "Cut the Body Loose" – this May. He previously joined P.O.S to perform "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during a MMS date in 2013.

May 11

Last year, Al Church released a breakthrough album of R&B-inflected pop called "Next Summer." This date comes after his alt-country band BBGUN wraps touring with Cloud Cult.

May 25

R&B vocalist Ashley Gold and synth whiz Garrett Neal form the electro-pop act Holidae. They recently won the Star Tribune's Are You Local? contest and will release their debut album on April 22.

June 8

Following tour dates opening for Del the Funky Homosapien, rapper Sean Anonymous returns to the Twin Cities to play to another huge crowd. His annual birthday shows at First Avenue are the stuff of legend.

June 22

Indie rock trio Bad Bad Hats had one of the strongest local albums in recent memory with last year's "Psychic Reader." They capped 2015 by winning City Pages' Picked to Click poll.

July 6

After playing its inaugural year, the 4onthefloor return to the Midwest Music Showcase in 2016. The stompin' quartet are an ideal match for riling up a July crowd.

July 27

Har Mar Superstar will bring the sunshine of his new album, "Best Summer Ever", to this gig. Straddling pop, funk, and soul, the collection features contributions from the Strokes' Julian Casablancas and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O.

Aug. 10

Rocker Mark Mallman struts back into Target Field in August. Boasting one of his strongest albums yet, the recently released "The End is Not the End", Mallman will bring theatrics and vocal pyrotechnics to his appearance.

Aug. 24

The wild exploits of rap duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo are kid-friendly, and entertaining for all ages. These are some of the catchiest songs about pizza, orange juice and dinosaurs ever assembled.

Sept. 7

Capping the 2016 series is Rhymesayers signee deM atlaS. A frequent Atmosphere opening act, his power-packed performances have warmed up stages all over the country.

Tickets for the series are available here.

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