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Diana Ross
Wed., Aug. 28, 8 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org • The legendary Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist named “Female Entertainer of the Century” by Billboard Magazine will give a rare, one-night-only performance at the Orpheum Theatre.  

 

 

 
Robert Cray
Sun. Aug. 25, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, www.suemclean.com or www.mnzoo.org • With his mix of rock, soul, jazz, blues, plus a little gospel feel, Robert is internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to the blues. Continue Reading →

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The Dear Hunter Tour, featuring Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, Random aka Mega Ran
Fri., Aug. 16, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • On the heels of his latest release, the critically acclaimed LP First of a Living Breed (Stones Throw), Homeboy Sandman teams up with rapper Open Mike Eagle, whom the LA Times calls “One of LA’s smartest young voices,” and Random aka Mega Ran, who has been described as a mix of video games, the 80’s, hip hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy. 2nd Annual Black and White Red Carpet Affair
Sat., Aug. 17, 9:30 pm • Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, 761 Washington Ave. Continue Reading →

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Emeli Sande
Thurs., Aug. 1 • Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-7007 or www.hennepintheatredistrict.org • Her album, Our Version of Events, was the biggest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, and The Times of London says that she “combines Winehouse sass and Nina Simone purr.” She has recently toured with Alicia Keys who was so impressed with her, that she co-wrote three songs with Sande for her own album, Girl on Fire.  

 

 
Naughty by Nature
Fri., Aug. 3, 9 pm • Insert Coins, 315 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 651-564-4016 or www.insertcoinsmpls.com • Naughty by Nature stop by Mpls. Continue Reading →

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2013 Carifest
Fabuluz Friday, Fri., July 26, 8 pm — 2 am, Knights of Columbus, 1114 American Blvd. W., Bloomington • Zizzling Saturday Outdoor Festival, Sat., July 27, 11 am — 10 pm, West River Parkway (between Plymouth Ave. and Broadway Ave.) • Carifest is an annual Caribbean cultural event featuring colorful Caribbean flair, live calypso and reggae beats, vibrant parade costumes and more • Performers include, Avi and the Supertones featuring Princess Anisa (Orlando’s #1 Chutney band), Emmanuel Brown, Jumo Primo, Dheeraj Gayaram, Scrouge, 9Tomorrows and more • For more info, visit http://carifest.org/

 
Dakota Street Fest
Sat. July 27, noon — midnight • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • This is a free outdoor music festival on Nicollet Mall with four music stages, great food, drinks and activities for all ages • Acts include Debbie Duncan, Sonny Knight and the Lakers, #MPLS, Irv Williams, Toki Wright & This Debris and more.  
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Sun., July 28-29, 7 & 9 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins is one of New Orleans’ biggest personalities. Continue Reading →

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The Garifuna Collective
Thurs., Jun 20, 7:30 pm • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or www.thecedar.org • The Garifuna Collective features an exciting roster of the top musicians in the Garifuna music scene of Central America and they are renowned for their work with the late Andy Palacio on the groundbreaking album Wátina, which Amazon.com selected as “The Greatest World Music Album of All Time.”

 

 

 

 
Carolina Chocolate Drops     
Sat., June 22, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, www.suemclean.com or www.mnzoo.org • The Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina comprised of several banjos, guitar, jug, harmonica, kazoo, snare drum, bones, quills, beatbox, tambourine and mandolin. Their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and was number nine in fRoots magazine’s top 10 albums of 2010.  

 
Questlove and D’Angelo
Sun., June 23, 7 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • Questlove and D’Angelo team up for their two-man show, Brothers in Arms which has been earning rave reviews since they teamed up for D’Angelo’s first U.S. concert in 12 years last summer. Continue Reading →

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