If you’ve seen Billy Joel anytime in the past 10 years, you know what to expect. He’s going to play a satisfying mix of greatest hits, deep cuts, unpredictable covers, old standards, a little opera and an audience choice or two. “Piano Man” will end the show, followed by a galloping five- or six-song encore that’ll culminate in “You May Be Right.” And it’ll be fantastic, because nobody knows how to make a stadium feel more intimate, or make a crowd feel more welcome.
July 28, Target Field, Mpls., 800-295-5354, billyjoel.com/tour
Cities 97’s annual summer bash features an impressive lineup of the station’s favorite artists, including Brandi Carlisle, Gavin DeGraw, Walk the Moon, Needtobreathe, The Shins and plenty more. Tickets aren’t cheap, but it’s worth remembering that in addition to a great party, proceeds from the event go to The Basilica Landmark, which oversees the restoration and preservation of the Basilica itself, and to the church’s St. Vincent de Paul outreach program for the poor. Good music, good cause.
July 7-8, Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls., 612-317-3457, firstname.lastname@example.org
Playwright Karen Zacarias has pulled off the nifty trick of addressing serious racial, ethnic and social issues (yawn) in a hilarious send-up of the huge social divide currently vexing America. The premise is simple: An upwardly mobile Latino couple moves in next door to a white couple with “traditional” mainstream values. Let the arguments begin. Their respective gardens are bones of particular contention: indigenous native plants versus a perfectly manicured English-style garden. And yes, that’s a metaphor.
July 15-Aug. 20, The Guthrie Theater, Mpls.,612-377-2224, guthrietheater.org
As of this writing, no one has any idea what Tim and Eric have in mind for their pseudo-anniversary “awesome” tour. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are the brains behind the dry-witted and often absurd Adult Swim comedy hits Tom Goes to the Mayor, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, and The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, which debuted a decade ago, hence the random celebration. Trust in the duo’s comedic genius is all anyone has to go on here, but their track record suggests an evening of reliable and surrealistic mirth, born of two delightfully twisted imaginations.
July 26, The State Theatre, Mpls., 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org