After a three-year hiatus and a last-minute location change due to flooding, Taste of Minnesota organizers kick off their would-be revival with a music lineup built on local flavor. On Thursday, Grammy-winning Minneapolis alt-rocker Dave Pirner of “Runaway Train” fame headlines with his remade Soul Asylum (8:30 p.m.), coolly paired with another big-wig band of the Twin Cities ’90s rock scene, Tina & the B-sides (6:30), reunited after 15-year hiatus with a new album, “Barricade.” Blues-rocker Corey Stevens and “The Voice” castaway Tim Mahoney also perform, each at 4:30. The July 4th lineup is dominated by oldies rockers, with the long-ago-fizzled Starship (of “We Built This City” notoriety) for a pre-fireworks headliner, plus the Marshall Tucker Band and the western burbs’ own resident British rock vet, Joey Molland of Badfinger. Saturday has a lively young headliner in Halestorm, led by budding metal queen Lzzy Hale, plus Tom Keifer of ’80s hair band Cinderella and a local flashback of Gypsy and Crow. Sunday goes country with Arkansas yahoo Joe Nichols and local twanger Tim Sigler. Chris Riemenschneider
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Date: Ended 07/6/14
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