The Minnesota Orchestra wraps up the 2014 Sommerfest with two full orchestra concerts on July 25 and 26. Sommerfest artistic director Andrew Litton will conduct both concerts. On July 25, Litton leads an all-American program including Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three decades since Prince bade us to “dig if you will a picture.” Yes, the blockbuster Purple Rain album — a 20 million unit monster that still stands atop the list of the bestselling Minnesota albums ever release, well ahead of Bob Dylan’s two separate Greatest Hits compilations — was released on June 25, 1984.
They are the heartbeat of every band, providing that driving beat that keeps the music together. Minneapolis is home to some of the best drummers in the world, and this weekend they will be honored.
A deaf rapper is working to highlight the talents and efforts of deaf and hard of hearing artists. Sean Forbes entertained hundreds at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union Monday night.
The Cities 97 Basilica Block Party will rock the streets of downtown Minneapolis for its 20th year. This year’s party will take place from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. both on Friday, July 11 and Saturday July 12 on the grounds of the Basilica of St. Mary.
It’s a big day for those who collect vinyl. Thousands of record stores around the world are celebrating Record Store Day. Started in 2007, the annual event is a way for businesses to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture of record stores. One of those celebrating is the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis.
Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label. Warner Bros. announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with the pop icon.
The Minnesota Zoo has announced some of the acts included in its lineup of summer concerts, and the roster includes old favorites and new talents alike. The Subway Music in the Zoo series opens June 2 with a concert by the Monkees.
Musicians will gather in St. Paul in May to honor Pete Seeger on what would have been the renowned folk singer and political activist’s 95th birthday. The concert — called “For Pete’s Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger’s 95th Birthday” — will be held May 3 at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. Seeger died Jan. 27 at age 94. The singer-songwriter was known for such folk classics as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” ”Turn, Turn, Turn” and “If I Had a Hammer.”
Local hip-hop artist Dessa will be joined by hundreds of students from Minneapolis Public Schools during an upcoming performance. The musician teamed up with local composer Jocelyn Hagen to write a song that students will perform in late April. One of the final rehearsals was held Friday at Patrick Henry High School.
Former Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vanska will return to Orchestra Hall this month to help the orchestra celebrate its first Grammy win. Vanska will conduct the orchestra in concerts March 27-29 featuring the same works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius heard on that Grammy-winning album.
Catch some of the music industry’s biggest acts live this fall at a Minnesota venue near you.
We are blessed in the Twin Cities with music venues galore but when it comes to seeing a sweet show, everyone’s got their personal favorite. We want to know — what’s yours? Vote in our pick-a-side.
You could say it started with the Beatles, but with the new found success of One Direction and the return of the Backstreet Boys, it seems boy bands will always be a thing of the present. There are some we still love and others we’d love to forget — but whatever the case, we want to know who makes your top pick.
The new documentary Searching for Sugar Man is an unlikely tale of resurrection, one which admittedly hinges a little bit on the fact that the folk-rock musician whose questioned fate remains a mystery among American audiences.
Relive the Backstreet Boys’ glory days Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
During a slight lull between songs, Mumford and Sons looked out across the sold-out crowd of the Xcel Energy Center and asked a simple question: “Where were you in (2008) when we played the 400 Club to 12 people?”
It seems almost strange to see a crowd packed around a nearly completely empty stage — with only two small platforms and zero instruments. But half-way into the first song, you realize, you don’t miss the band at all.