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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 

 
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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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 

 
Taj Weekes and Adowa
Fri., June 14, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • St. Lucia native Taj Weekes and his band Adowa blend elements of acoustic roots rock and afro-folk simplicity. The band’s vibrant sound has garnered critical acclaim and a wide audience across the globe. • With Dred I Dread. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Questlove DJ set 
Fri., Mar. 8, 9 pm

The 2nd Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! Sat., Mar. 9, 7 pm
First Avenue & 7th St. Entry
701 N. 1st Ave.,  Mpls., 612-338-8388 or first-avenue.com
With a performances by “Princess” featuring Maya Rudolph (of SNL fame) and Gretchen Lieberum, Questlove (The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), André Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Dr. Fink, Alexander O’Neal, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Nicholas David (2012 season of The Voice) and more surprise celebrity guest artists. Continue Reading →

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SFJAZZ’s new home, Bobby Z’s 2nd benefit, D’Angelo’s new music

 

Congrats to SFJAZZ. After presenting its first concerts in San Francisco 30 years ago, today the nonprofit organization SFJAZZ has built a home and performance venue of its own. Its grand opening occurred on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013. According to a press release about the SFJAZZ opening, “The SFJAZZ Center can now efficiently integrate itself under one roof to present world-class artists in concert throughout the year, nurture young musicians’ development and promote music education.”

“After 30 years of presenting music in a variety of rented venues throughout the Bay, it is with great joy we announce our first season in our new home, the SFJAZZ Center,” said Randall Kline, the founder and executive artistic director of SFJAZZ. He also noted in the press release, “The center is the first free-standing building for jazz in the country — designed, from concept to concert hall, to create an enhanced setting for creating and experiencing what the esteemed jazz writer Whitney Balliett calls ‘the sound of surprise.’”

McCoy Tyner’s January 24 concert at SFJAZZ is already sold out. Continue Reading →

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Bobby Z presents 2nd annual benefit concert for heart health

 

Bobby Z’s organization My Purple Heart and the American Heart Association will present the 2nd 

Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! on Saturday, March 9, 8 pm, at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Robert Rivkin, a.k.a. Bobby Z, is the former drummer for Prince & the Revolution. This event will feature actress Maya Rudolph, drummer ?uestlove of the Roots, Stokley Williams of Mint Condition, vocalist Alexander O’Neal and many other guests. A portion of the proceeds will benefit My Purple Heart and the American Heart Association for continued heart-health education. Continue Reading →

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