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Formations, Sediments, Cover-ups, and Remnants: Work by Christopher E. Harrison and Daniel Kerkhoff

The work in this show explores the integration of natural materials and layers to examine the relationship between time, memory, and the world we inhabit. Tue.-Sat., June 21 — July 19, 10 am — 4 pm; Opening reception Sat., June 28, 6-8 pm

Banfill-locke Center for the Arts, 6666 East River Rd., Fridley

Go to www.banfill-locke.org or call 763-574-1850 for more information

 

 

 

 

The 3rd Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life

Minneapolis musicians spanning three decades will come together to play the iconic soundtrack to Purple Rain in its birthplace. Featuring Bobby Z & Friends, Sounds of Blackness, Paris Bennett, Dr. Fink, Eric Leeds, Slug (Atmosphere), and more. VIP reception hosted by Apollonia. Sat., Jun. Continue Reading →

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16th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival in full swing June 26-28 in St. Paul

 

As the summer of 2014 is upon us, and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is happening this weekend, June 26-28 in downtown St. Paul in Mears Park and nearby clubs, now is the time to show your love for the art and music made by the distinctive voices soon-to-be heard at this year’s TC Jazz Fest, celebrating its 16th year and established track record of attracting over 30,000 music lovers. And here’s more good news, Metro Transit is offering free rides to the festival on Friday and Saturday.  

So, what does 21st century jazz sound like coming from the cosmopolitan cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis? We’re about to find out. Continue Reading →

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Memorable musical moments from 2013

 

 
People have a huge thirst for connection. How well a song or an experience stays with you can be as easy as answering the question, does this art have resonance, or not? If I were to put together a musically inspired compilation of this year’s wide sampling of recorded music that I’ve heard and the live music that I’ve experienced this year, it would include an amazing group of talented artists who continue to challenge themselves as they give us something creative and personal. As I surf the memories of my mind from this year I can’t help but start at the beginning. To kick off 2013 in spectacular fashion was Minneapolis native and Blue Note Records artist Jose James who performed music
from his album No Beginning No End. Continue Reading →

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Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2013 — Cyrus Chestnut trio highlights full day of great music

 

 

 

With the scent of fresh cut French fries and the sounds of salsa music in the air, I found a seat near the main stage at Mears Park to take in the music of Cyrus Chestnut’s trio at the 2013 Twin Cities Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 29. Chestnut and his crew were just warming up on stage, so my timing was good. Mears Park was packed with a rainbow assortment of people, many of whom sat intently in their fold-up lawn chairs. Some festival-goers, myself included, found a giant-size rock to sit on, which was draped with someone’s colorful blanket. Greeting the crowd, Cyrus said cheerfully, “It’s good to be here! Continue Reading →

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This year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival offers plenty of affordable, quality entertainment

This weekend June 27-29 the 15th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to St. Paul’s Mears Park. And the best thing is it’s free! Festival goers can expect to experience a wide spectrum of music presented on four outdoor stages and in many local Downtown St. Paul venues. Continue Reading →

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Summer Jazz festivals blend new and old school talents and genres

 

The summer festival season is upon us. Would you believe there is a complete listing for over 175 festivals? Yes, folks, it’s the truth. Just take a look at the 2012 May issue of DownBeat magazine. Both fans and musicians are gearing up for globetrotting around the festival circuit. Continue Reading →

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