The Twin Cities will be full of celebrations this week to honor the life and legacy of Prince, leading up to the one-year anniversary of his passing, April 21. The celebrations will include Minneapolis landmarks lit up in purple April 20-21. Some events have already sold out, but there's still plenty of purple fun to be had around town to honor the artistic and philanthropic … [Read more...]
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K Jay the Comedian is on the rise. The ace Twin Cities humorist, who transplanted to L.A., returns to headline the House of Comedy at the Mall of America, April 26. K Jay, commonly known as Kelchi Jaavaid, stepped up his game in December with a next-level move, relocating to Los Angeles. He observes, “In this business, you need national exposure.” He'll still hit clubs … [Read more...]
Bee Bop. Jazz. The ’50s and ’60s were a hotbed for cool music, and the hip musicians who played those genres on records and in smoky, dimly lit nightclubs, were a special breed. Years later, most people still revere legendary trumpeters like Miles Davis and Chet Baker and are amazed by the lives they led. Time to add another artist of note to that list of iconic … [Read more...]
David Oyelowo is a multiple Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor and producer who has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. Later this year he’ll be seen in the third film in the Cloverfield horror franchise, and as the lead in the as-yet untitled Nash Edgerton film, co-starring Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Thandie Newton and Amanda … [Read more...]
Over 750 rap enthusiasts sold out the Amsterdam Bar Hall in St. Paul March 15 to bear witness to one of the greatest lyricists of all time: Rakim. Rakim Allah was introduced to the world in 1986 with a classic 12-inch record entitled “Eric B. is President.” The rap duo known as Eric B. and Rakim burst on the hip hop scene with a sophisticated, methodical, street style that … [Read more...]