Jon Bream

Reporter | Pop Music
Phone: 612-673-1719
Since he began covering popular music for the Star Tribune in 1974, Jon Bream has attended more than 6,000 concerts and interviewed the King of Pop, the Queen of Soul and Prince as well as Bob Dylan, U2, three Beatles, four Rolling Stones and all of Maroon 5. He has performed with Alice Cooper, jogged with Willie Nelson and has Taylor Swift on his speed dial. He has written books on Prince, Led Zeppelin and Neil Diamond. But Jon has yet to satisfy a request of many Star Tribune readers: that he take a music-appreciation class.

Recent content from Jon Bream

Rosanne Cash takes the road to her roots

Rosanne Cash explores her Southern roots on a new album she’ll showcase in three Minnesota concerts.

Updated: August 30, 2014, - 06:28 PM

Tim McGraw wows State Fair grandstand after a slow start

Review: Country star went no-frills at the fair but could have used more oomph early on.

Updated: August 28, 2014, - 09:30 AM

Kid Rock is King of Saturday Night

Kid Rock is the perfect act to headline the Minnesota State Fair grandstand on a Saturday night. He did it...

Updated: August 24, 2014, - 06:35 AM

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin rules the fair

REVIEW: Many times during her 100-minute set, she reminded 9,647 grandstand-goers why she is the greatest singer in the history of modern popular music — and also one of the more confounding.

Updated: August 23, 2014, - 01:40 PM

Another side of Jeff Bridges: The Dude abides in song, too

“Big Lebowski” star and “Crazy Heart” Oscar winner Jeff Bridges brings his band to the Pantages Sunday.

Updated: August 22, 2014, - 01:54 PM

State Fair opener Toby Keith is country's No. 1 act

Even though he’s not hot on the radio or charts, Toby Keith ranks as country’s No. 1 moneymaker.

Updated: August 21, 2014, - 09:35 AM

Music at the grandstand: Queen of Soul, Oscar winner

Queen of Soul, Oscar winner are among the music stars lined up for this year’s state fair.

Updated: August 15, 2014, - 01:26 PM

Why Aretha is the greatest vocalist of them all

Aretha Franklin is the greatest vocalist of all time in popular music. So said Rolling Stone magazine in a list...

Updated: August 14, 2014, - 09:24 PM

Santana and Stewart not bad, but not exactly smooth, either

There were some high and low musical points during the concert pairing of Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart Sunday in downtown St. Paul.

Updated: August 11, 2014, - 11:30 AM

Rod Stewart takes sentimental turn on new album, tour

At 69, Rod Stewart faces the music with self-penned sentimental songs, a tour with Santana – and no more soccer.

Updated: August 07, 2014, - 04:17 PM

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