Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) The Current now has a new 24-hour stream dedicated to Prince’s rich musical legacy. The new stream, Purple Current, launched at 12:01 am on Friday, April 6 and joins Local Current (all-Minnesota music), Radio Heartland (acoustic, American and roots music) and Rock the Cradle (music for kids) — all four streams are available at … [Read more...]
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The Twin Cities and beyond will be awash in purple this week as Prince fans mark the two-year anniversary of the music legend’s April 21, 2016 passing. The University of Minnesota symposium and panel discussions are at capacity, but there's still plenty to do to celebrate the Purple One’s legacy. Below we’ve compiled a list of a few events in the Twin Cities and beyond. Let … [Read more...]
U Have the Right (a CD from the High School for the Recording Arts, 2002) stands any test of time. Created and performed by teens, it is spoken word prose-poetry no less significant or artistically sound than such social commenters as Sha Cage, E. G. Bailey and Truth Maze. To this day, U Have the Right remains a wake-up call. Importantly, take “It Ain’t Right,” a chilling … [Read more...]
It was announced today that legendary R & B group, Earth, Wind & Fire with special guest Sinbad have been added to this year's Minnesota State Fair entertainment lineup. The Hall of Fame and nine-time Grammy award-winning group will appear on the Grandstand August 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39-49 and go on sale Friday, April 13 through Etix at etix.com or by calling … [Read more...]
Throughout his illustrious career, Toki Wright has educated many on the history of hip hop. Now he’s using the public radio airways as his classroom. “Wright About Now with Toki Wright” premiered February 28 and now airs Wednesdays at 10 pm Central time on Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) The Current — 89.3 FM in the Twin Cities, 88.7 in Rochester, and 90.9 in Duluth and … [Read more...]