Art, kids play space, music, food part of Summer Blowout

We all need a little blowout to remind us that there’s a lot of summer left come August. And Summer Winter Studio’s second annual Summer Winter Summer Blowout on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Vandalia Tower should help.

The event has expanded from a music showcase to a festival featuring art, five bands, kid-friendly stuff, food and beer from the Tower’s Lake Monster Brewery. The Blowout will run from 3 to 10 p.m. at 550 Vandalia, the official name for the campus, which is located at the corner of Vandalia Street and Wabash Avenue, just north of I-94 and south of University Avenue.

Paikka Event Place will feature the work of 12 area artists. Forage Modern Workshop will host a kids play space in the room next to the gallery at Paikka. The room will be transformed into a tent with rugs and screen-printed artist-made pillows inside. The Forage folks say “it’s going to be really special” and adults will be welcome to play inside it too. Vandalia Glass Works and Leather Works Minnesota will have booths showcasing their work.

The Blowout is being put on by Summer Winter Studios and several other Vandalia Tower tenants and local businesses. Music will start at 4 p.m. Musicians include Gramma’s Boyfriend, Sam Cassidy, Verskotzi, Matt Latterell and Wingman.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Find out how to buy tickets and more at

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