How is your summer going? Can you believe it’s already August? With the days of summer 2014 dwindling down, you’ve got to make the most of these days ahead, especially if you plan on enjoying some live music before Labor Day is upon us.
As I’ve said earlier, New Orleans music and its musicians continue to keep the hot summer fun rolling in Minnesota, so expect more of the same party atmosphere tonight (August 6) with Music in the Zoo at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. This all ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. He’s enjoying a lot of commercial and critical acclaim at the moment, so go check him out for yourself. Continue Reading →
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Wed., Aug. 06, 7:30 pm
Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater,
13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley
Go to http://mnzoo.org/
or call 952-431-9200
Lowertown First Fridays
This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the monthly event, and in celebration Artists of Lowertown,
in conjunction with the St. Paul Art Collective, will be hosting a party featuring cake and music in addition to the usual artsy happenings. Fri., Aug. 01, 6-9 pm
Lowertown, 5th St. Continue Reading →
Having just witnessed a richly entertaining musical show during the 2014 NBA All Star Game held in New Orleans featuring New Orleans own Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, and Dr. John, among others, I couldn’t help but think about our own musical entertainment on the horizon. Recently, I received a lovely 10-page booklet from the Minnesota Orchestra, which reminded me of the press release I had also received highlighting this new season’s music to be held at its newly renovated venue, which looks beautiful. For discerning season ticket holders and regular attendees, from the looks of things, prepare for a déjà vu moment. Indeed, the Minnesota Orchestra is back in business and unveiled their 2014 “Live at Orchestra Hall” concerts billed as a “broad spectrum series of popular music, jazz, world music, Broadway classics, movie scores,
comedy, and other genres — bringing under one umbrella several separate concert series previously offered by the orchestra.”
Live at Orchestra Hall includes shows with returning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and his band (April), a Nat King Tribute starring guitarist John Pizzarelli and Grammy Award-winning pianist Ramsey Lewis (April), who performed along with his band at the Dakota last year. Music supporters can also expect the return of two Grammy-Award winning trumpeters Chris Botti (March) and Pops Conductor Laureate Doc Severinsen (April). Continue Reading →
Alexander O’Neal with Cherrelle
Fri., July 19, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • The pair reunite to sing their duets “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This,” along with their respective catalogue of songs.
Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival
Sat., July 20, 11 am • Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN, www.bayfrontreggae.com • Celebration of reggae and world music • Ethnic food, beverages and artisans • Performers include Richie Spice, Everton Blender, Christopher Martin, and Alex Marley.
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Sat. July 19, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien plays Indigenous Creole Zydeco. Continue Reading →