Sun., May 26, 11 am — 8:30 pm • Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd. Shakopee, MN, 952-445-7223 or www.soundsetfestival.com/ • This years Soundset Festival features nine hours of hip hop music all in one day – rain or shine. Performers include Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, Busta Rhymes, Atmosphere, P.O.S., Greg Grease, A$AP Ferg, Tech N9ne, Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright, Sean Price, The ReMINDers, and many more. Memorial Day Blowout Soundset After-Party
Sun., May 26, (doors open at) 9 pm • Insert Coins, 315 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 651-564-4016 or www.insertcoinsmpls.com • Hosted by Snoop Dogg and featuring a live performance by MN Fats and music by DJ D Mil. Continue Reading →
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo
Fri., May 17, 10 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Avenue S., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • Kool G Rap is regarded as a hugely influential golden age rapper. He is often cited as one of the most influential and skilled MC’s of all time • With special guest Empire Status, (Bobby Raps & Muja Messiah), and Long Doe (Tony Bones, Big Wiz, Mike the Martyr & DJ Nimo the Hooligan) and dj’s King Otto & Just Nine.
Dennis Spears & Ginger Commodore
Sat., May 18, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Spears and Commodore, both known for their contribution to Moore by Four, as well as being gems of the Midwest music and theater scenes in their own right, join forces for a night of sizzling soul and powerful vocals.
The Blu Ice Soul Session featuring. Erica West w/DJ Smoke D
Tues., May 21, 8 pm • Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. Continue Reading →
Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or epicmpls.com • T.I. is on tour promoting his eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, which he has hinted may be his last. But considering he reportedly has over 100 unreleased tracks from the Heavy is the Head sessions, this is unlikely. Travis Scott, I-B-ILL and DJ Enferno open.
Shabazz Palaces w/TheeSatisfaction and Malitia Mali Mob
Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Fine Line Music Café, 318 1st Ave. Continue Reading →
A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway
By Dwight Hobbes
Things on Broadway have grown fairly interesting, and are showing signs that they may just stay that way if the producing team of Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones have anything to say about it. Tennessee Williams’ enduring classic A Streetcar Named Desire is getting a twist. Cast in the lead roles for the production in Manhattan at the Broadhurst Theatre, opening for previews on April 3, running April 22 through July 22, are Black actors. It could be seen as simply a gimmicky take-the-money-and-run tactic, except that Byrd and Jones were behind the similar re-tooling of Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof back in 2008 with Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones. And even the most cynical mind dares to be heartened by the fact that producers Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones are Black, that Byrd and Jones might just have an investment in making the Great White Way, well, a little less White. Continue Reading →