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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music


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 →

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Hometown talent celebrate BMA’s 25-year anniversary

African American cable music company saluted by local music artists
By Robin James

Contributing Writer


“Coming here tonight, I see so many great friends in the house who are here with us tonight…Without you there would be no us,” Pete Rhodes, the founder of the BMA Network, said at its first BMA Channel celebration held at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant on Friday, December 21. This three-hour event, which Rhodes hosted, was free and open to the public. A first-of-its-kind event, it also served as the 25th anniversary of the BMA Network. Sponsors of the event included IPR, Comcast, and the Minnesota State Lottery. Technically speaking, BMA has been around for 28 years, but as far as formal annual celebrations go, the number 25 works. Continue Reading →

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This week’s entertainment spotlights!

Sat., Oct. 27, 7 pm
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com
Tickets are $35. Love & Marriage

Oct. 10-27:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-4944 or www.illusiontheater.org
This multi-media musical revue celebrates love, life partners, and the true meaning of “for better or for worse.”
Tickets are $15-28. Alex Cross

Various metro-area theaters
A homicide detective/psychologist faces off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with a serial killer. Continue Reading →

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This week’s entertainment spotlights

Acoustic Africa: Dobet Gnahoré, Manu Gallo and Kareyce Fotso

Sun,, Oct. 21, 7 and 9 pm
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com
Acoustic Africa 2012 focuses on the richness of the African traditions of the voice and the song, featuring three of the continent’s most dynamic up-and-coming vocal talents. Tickets are $30 and $40. Vogue Trash Costume Fashion Ball

Sat., Oct. 20, 7 pm
Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.,
612-724-6273 or www.patrickscabaret.org
This benefit will feature a silent auction, fashion show, and an open dance party with local breakers and in-house DJs. Continue Reading →

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New hope in New Orleans, new albums, new books, and all that jazz

A quick scan of jazz news confirms pop-oriented jazz is still the name of the game, and new albums and books attempt to keep up with the trends in the jazz world. Here’s an update and sampling of what’s happening.  

News from Marsalis Music: Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

The Ellis Marsalis Music Center was conceived by New Orleans natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis and constructed by New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity as a cornerstone of its post-Katrina effort. The New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village provides a home for artists and the sounds that have helped to shape the world of music. The 17,000-square-foot center includes a 170-seat performance space, recording facilities, computer center, listening library, dance studio, classrooms, and teaching facilities for individual and group instruction, and is also a gathering place for the community. Continue Reading →

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Les Nubians bring more of their joyous revolution to Mpls

A CD review
By Stephani Maari Booker

Associate Editor


I’ve been a fan of Hélène and Célia Faussart, two French sisters of Cameroonian descent known as Les Nubians, since their first U.S. hit “Makeda” in 1998, a paean to the Queen of Sheba and all women of African descent. The album the song was from, Princesses Nubiennes (Virgin Records), was the biggest selling French-language album released in the U.S. in over 10 years. In May of last year, Les Nubians played two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. The sisters will return to the Dakota on June 26 and 27 for another two performances. The duo’s quick return to the Twin Cities is a good occasion to write about their most recent CD, Nü Revolution (Shanachie Records). Continue Reading →

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Ramsey Lewis: Jazz piano great served up fresh tunes at Mpls club




By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Ramsey Lewis’ recent two-day engagement at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis May 20-21 showed the half-century-career jazz pianist still is as fresh as ever. Lewis has released some 80 albums to his credit. The classically trained pianist has done jazz, gospel and blues throughout his career. He also hosted radio shows as well over the years. He and his Electric Band’s one-hour set began with the classic “Wade in the Water.” “I started playing it at our church, but not like that,” Lewis joked afterwards. Continue Reading →

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Martha Reeves and the Vandellas bring memories like a ‘Heat Wave’ to Dakota

By James L. Stroud, Jr.
Contributing Writer


Fans of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas who were fortunate enough to get tickets to one of the four sold-out performances at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on January 11 and 12 witnessed one Motown’s greatest groups ever and one of the greatest female groups in music history. In fact, in 1995 Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming just the second all-female group to be inducted. The group was first known as Martha and the Vandellas before their name was changed in 1967. Their classic songs include “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave” (1963), “Dancing in the Street” (1964), “Nowhere to Run” (1965), “I’m Ready for Love” (1966), “Jimmy Mack” (1967) and “Honey Chile” (1967). Martha Reeves went solo in 1972. Continue Reading →

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1960s icon visits History Center’s 1968 Exhibit


Martha Reeves reflects on her life then and now


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


As she slowly strolled through the “1968 Exhibit” now at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Martha Reeves reflected on a time that many consider a turning point for this nation. In town to perform at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis, Reeves, who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shared comments with the MSR during her walk through the exhibit on January 12. Now 70 years old, Reeves talked fondly of the vintage fashions and pop culture of the day. “We could wear our hair long…I loved that,” she said of the Peace Movement. Continue Reading →

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