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Lorber and company wow Dakota crowd

Jazz and R&B heavyweights come together for “special show”

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Last week was the first time I attended a Dakota Jazz Club late show. Several patrons that attended the earlier Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Shawn LaBelle, and Stokley Williams set on August 28 told me that I wouldn’t be disappointed. They weren’t wrong. Billed as “a special show featuring four of the biggest names in contemporary jazz and R&B,” the four veteran artists easily could have done a solo performance at the downtown Minneapolis club, but as a quartet, they nonetheless rocked the house. LaBelle, who plays keyboards and bass, assembled the quartet: “It means a lot to have all these guys come in. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

The Music
 

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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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 

 
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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The Music
 
Mary Mary
Thurs., Aug. 15, 7:30 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org • American contemporary gospel duo, consisting of sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell, featuring elements of soul music, hip hop, funk and jazz.  

 

 

 

 
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. Continue Reading →

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Mint Condition front man focusing more on production

 

 

By Jamal Denman

Online editor

 

Stokley Williams (known throughout the music industry on a first name basis — simply as Stokley) is a St. Paul native and the front man for one of the most talented, successful, and consistent R&B groups of the past 25 years, Mint Condition. Most artists would be completely satisfied with just being a part of a multi-platinum group that is highly respected by their contemporaries and an inspiration to many. But Stokley — as well as the rest of the members of the band — are expanding their musical horizons even further by putting more of a focus on producing and working with other artists. The members of the band, who have been together since the early 1980s, have plans to provide production work for new and established artists collectively and individually, and not just with other R&B artists. 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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