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Rock the block

Soul Asylum, the BoDeans and art rockers Cloud Cult are among the bands performing Saturday at the St. John’s Block Party, which will start at noon, with the BoDeans starting the last set at 10 p.m.

The wide-ranging lineup includes soul/funk act KnuFunk, norteno/conjunto/Tejano band Mision Nortena, indie folk singer Haley Bonar and world music act Sun Plug’d.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at St. John’s, City Market and Premier Bank locations in Rochester. St. John’s is at 11 Fourth Ave. S.W. The complete performance schedule and other block party information is available at

Around the area


• The Great River Shakespeare Festival continues with "The Merchant of Venice" at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and "The Taming of the Shrew" at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Winona State University. Tickets: $20-$35. (507) 474-7900.

• The 21st annual Lake Winona Jazz Festival has moved to a new location for this year’s event, which will be held Saturday. The festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Goodview Pavilion at 41st Avenue and Fifth Street in Goodview. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Admission is free.

• Acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota. Tickets: $14 advance, $16 at the door. (507) 732-7616.

• It’s closing weekend for "The Good Doctor," a comedy which will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jon Hassler Theater, 412 W. Broadway, Plainview. Tickets: $22 adults, $20 senior citizens, $14 students. (507) 534-2900.

In the cities

• The Gin Blossoms, Ziggy Marley, One Republic and Gavin Rossdale will headline the Basilica Block Party Friday and Saturday at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Single-night tickets are $35 and two-night passes are $60. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Complete information is available at


• Julie Chen hosts the season premiere of season 10 of "Big Brother" at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS.



• For a complete listing of events around the area, go to Page XX.

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