The timeless phrase “Twas the night before Christmas" from the classic ode, A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, has never been quite the same since Gary Hines and Sounds of Blackness (www.soundsofblackness.org) got their hands on it and took the yuletide scenario to soulville with the annual heartwarming The Night before Christmas — A Musical … [Read more...]
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Free 10-day fan fest coming to Nicollet Mall Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis will be the site of the massive free, 10-day fan festival leading up to Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. Events include a robust schedule of free concerts throughout the 10-day festival. Minnesota music legends Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have signed on to serve as Minnesota Music … [Read more...]
Fats Domino was there at the beginning, a rock-and-roll pioneer on a par with Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Indeed, his recording "The Fat Man” was the first in the genre to move a million units. Arguably the true king, between 1955 and 1960 he had 11 Top-10 hits with overall sales surpassed only by Elvis Presley on what was far from a level field, Presley benefiting from the … [Read more...]
If you want to simply describe 14-year-old Joey Alexander as a remarkable child prodigy who happens to play jazz, well you needn't. He's on a much higher plane. The pianist, composer and bandleader from Indonesia made his Dakota Jazz Club debut with his trio on Sunday night, October 15. It was his first performance at the club, but not his first visit to the Twin … [Read more...]
Taking a short break from packing for her upcoming trip to her hometown, soprano Brittany Renee Robinson spoke to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder about what attendees can expect from her appearance at Faith Tabernacle Gospel Fellowship’s (FTGF) 30th anniversary concert. The New York City transplant explains that performing at her mother Yvonne’s church was planned for some … [Read more...]