Sun., Mar. 9, 11 am
Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Call 612-276-6523 or go to www.icehousempls.com.
Joe Louis Walker
Fri., Mar. 7, 8 pm
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Call 612-332-1010 or go to www.dakotacooks.com.
Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole
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Sun., Sept. 1, 10 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or epicmpls.com • The Grammy Award winning rapper-songwriter, record producer and actress is touring in support of her fourth studio release Lip Lock – her first new release in over 10 years.
Minnesota State Fair
Through Sept. 2 • 1265 Snelling Ave N., St. Paul, 651-288-4400, www.mnstatefair.org • After you’re done visiting the Midway or the 100’s of animals on display in the barns, check out some of this year’s must-see acts: Sheila E, Aug., 29, Bandshell stage; Robert Randolf and the Family Band, Aug., 30 & 31, Bandshell stage and the Twin Cities’ own Chastity Brown, Sept. Continue Reading →
Live on the Drive 2013 with Chastity Brown
Thurs., July 11, 6-8 pm • 34th Ave. N. and Victory Memorial Parkway • Live on the Drive is a free community concert, outdoors in North Minneapolis on the beautiful Victory Memorial Parkway •
Bring your family and invite your friends • Each concert is followed by a movie presented by Movies in the Park.
Fri., July 12, 8 pm • Wilebski’s Legendary Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice Street, St. Paul, http://wilebskiblues.com/ • Former Bad Boy Records R&B artist performs an intimate concert with Trilla opening.
Doug E. Fresh
Fri., July 12, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • Mn Hip Hop Society kicks off its inaugural event with the legendary Doug E. Fresh, hip hop icon and human beatbox machine. Continue Reading →
Fourth of July Celebrations
• Powderhorn Park, 1-10 pm • 3400 15th Ave. S. Mpls. • Music, dancing, food and fun for the entire family.
• Red, White and Boom • Downtown Minneapolis riverfront, 6-10 pm • Free family activities and entertainment at Father Hennepin Park and Mill Ruins Park • Fireworks 10 pm
Downtown St. Paul Fireworks • Near Harriet Island Regional Park, dusk (about 10:15), http://Stpaul.gov/ • Watch from Harriet Island or other spots including Indian Mounds Park, Raspberry Island, Kellogg Mall Park and the stairs of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Continue Reading →
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Fri., May 3, 8:30 pm • Festival of Nations, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul, FestivalofNations.com • The musicians who form Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars were forced to leave at various times after violent rebel attacks. Soon, Ruben Koroma and his wife Grace joined other musicians in the Kalia refugee camp to entertain their fellow refugees, and the group was born. They are now one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands • Concert tickets are included with Friday’s regular Festival of Nations admission.
Secret Stash Soul Revue: Sonny Knight, The Valdons, Maurice Jacox, Chastity Brown
Fri., May 3, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • For two nights, the Secret Stash Soul Revue will be returning to the stage for another look back into the Twin Cities Funk & Soul music. Continue Reading →
The Bar Kays
Sun., Apr. 28 7 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or epicmpls.com • Originating as the Stax Records’ house band in 1966, they played on records by Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Soul Children and Isaac Hayes and were integral to Hayes’ landmarks Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses, and Shaft. Their music has been sampled by everyone, from Coolio to Will Smith, to old schoolers like Cameo. Expect to hear “Shake Your Rump To The Funk,” “Move Your Boogie Body,” “Sex-o-Matic,” “Anticipation,” “Freakshow On The Dance Floor,” “Hit and Run,” “She talks To Me With Her Body,” among many others.
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In Twin Cities spoken word, a field glutted with grandstanding hacks, gifted veteran Shá Cage is an exception that proves the proverbial rule. Nine out of 10 alleged artists are antagonistic, interminably posturing, self-congratulatory frauds who expect a standing ovation for breathing while Black, substituting a lousy attitude for having something to say. Cage, with her album Amber People (Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records) and scores of guest appearances throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, not to mention internationally from Africa to Europe to England and elsewhere, refreshingly deals in authenticity, a sure hand for the craft and messages of self-empowerment. Accordingly, her solo debut, N.I.G.G.E.R., was a welcome premiere at Intermedia Arts (March 7 – 10), ably directed by e. g. bailey, her husband and partner at Minnesota Spoken Word Association and Tru Ruts Endeavors, and enjoyed a sold-out run. Continue Reading →
There’s a great deal to be said for calling your own shots. It’s a very attractive aspect of professionally freelancing, not having to punch in and out at the
time clock. However, as Jackson Browne sang, “It ain’t bad work if you can get it. But, you gotta make it stick.”
Michael B. Johnson, self-styled man of multiple means, makes it stick. Like glue. Continue Reading →
It is not my night. A knock on the door wakes me up and it’s my upstairs neighbor wondering whether she, fiddling with building’s water source, has accidentally turned off the water to my apartment. No, she hasn’t. She has, however, rousted me from a sound sleep. It’s nine on the nose and I have press comps to review acoustic soul artist Chastity Brown headlining at Cedar Cultural Center for a CD release show that started at 8, pushing her brand new album Back-Road Highways. Continue Reading →