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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
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Nicole Henry
Fri., June 7, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top-10 albums.

 

 

 

 

 
Onyx
Fri., June 7, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • East Coast hardcore hip hop group Onyx makes an appearance in the Twin Cities • W/SSK of Homegrown Crew and Desdamona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Tyga
Sat., June 8, 7:30 pm • Myth, 3090 Southlawn Drive St. Paul, 651-779-6984 or http://mythlive.com/ • Currently touring in support of his new album Hotel California • W/ Mod Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis 

Tues., June 11, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned African flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. His music protested about apartheid, slavery, government, and the hardships individuals were living.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Jay Young’s Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire
Fri., June 14, 8 pm  • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Jay Young is a monster on the bass, and one of the most versatile musicians to come out of the Twin Cities. Continue Reading →

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Ronnie Laws and Tom Browne: Jazz-funk giants joined forces at Dakota

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

“Always There” (1975) and “Funkin’ for Jamaica” (1979) are legendary songs for Ronnie Laws and Tom Browne, respectively. A member of a musical family — brother Hubert Laws on flute and sisters Eloise Laws and Debra Laws as vocalists —Ronnie taught himself the alto sax at age 11, and he studied music both in high school and at Stephen F. Austin and Texas Southern Universities. He relocated from his native Texas to Los Angeles in 1970, and after receiving his formative training with jazz pianist Walter Bishop, Jr. and organist Doug Cann, Laws also worked with such legends as the Jazz Crusaders and Hugh Masekela. Before signing a solo record deal with Blue Note Records in the mid-1970s, Laws also was an early member of Earth, Wind and Fire. Produced by the Crusaders’ Wayne Henderson, Laws’ breakout debut album, Pressure Sensitive (1975), featured his first hit “Always There.” That song is considered one of the most popular crossover hits of the late 1970s and sounds just as fresh today. Continue Reading →

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