The print date for this issue of MSR also happens to mark what would have been the 60th birthday of Prince Rogers Nelson. As Prince’s faith journey ultimately led him away from celebrating birthdays, I will respect his beliefs and refrain from wishing him a happy one here. As fate would have it, however, the month of June also happens to be Black Music Month, which by a bit … [Read more...]
A space for local and national arts and entertainment stories, with an emphasis on stories pertaining to the African American experience.
Minneapolis-based choral organization VocalEssence has recently unveiled the musical offerings for its jubilee 50th season. Highlighting a diverse lineup of concerts and programming, the nonprofit’s 2018-2019 season promises outdoor summer sing-alongs, a new family series, and musical celebrations of inclusion, perseverance and identity. The season kicks off in August with a … [Read more...]
Pillsbury House Theatre’s (PHT) world premiere of Sharon Bridgforth’s dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show is the latest triumph for successfully innovative voices. Bridgforth has been at PHT since 2005 and figure in Twin Cities theatre since 1995. An abridged list of her accomplishments includes being published in love conjure/blues, the Lambda Literary Award-winning The … [Read more...]
Editor’s Note: Welcome to the launch of “Purple Music: Musings on the Minneapolis Sound,” a new column by writer Tony Kiene. With this column, Kiene will highlight the lasting legacy of the late Prince, and by extension, the many artists who have played a pivotal role in shaping what’s commonly known as “the Minneapolis Sound.” Enjoy the first installment … [Read more...]
Over 40 local and national acts converged at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 27 for the 11th annual Soundset, a celebration of hip hop. In addition to music, the festivities included a car show and live graffiti art — all on a 93-degree day. Three-time Grammy-nominated Rapsody was one of the many highlight of the day. She displayed strong stage presence and knew how to … [Read more...]