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

10 best concerts, albums of 2014

Our critics agreed on vets Paul McCartney and St. Vincent and newcomers FKA Twigs and Sturgill Simpson.

Updated: December 22, 2014, - 02:04 PM

Jon Bream: A gift guide for music lovers

In this digital era, give music fans a present that’s physical.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 03:46 PM

Longtime backup singer Lisa Fischer dazzles front and center

Review: The Stones and “20 Feet from Stardom” backup singer gets deeply soulful at the Dakota.

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 11:30 PM

Pop goes the Jingle Ball: Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Iggy Azalea

This year’s Jingle Ball was a seamlessly produced package of the hottest young pop stars — Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Meghan Trainor — who have been nominated for Grammys and reached the Top 5 of the pop charts.

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 09:48 AM

Carrie Underwood to play State Fair Aug. 29; tix on sale Saturday

Tickets will go on sale this week for country goddess Carrie Underwood’s Aug. 29 concert at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.

Updated: December 08, 2014, - 07:42 AM

Grammy Awards nominees

Sam Smith, the British newcomer with the ordinary name and distinctively emotional voice, tied for the most Grammy Award nominations — six — with singer/producer Pharrell Williams and the juggernaut that is Beyoncé, who has now received more Grammy nominations than any other woman ever.

Updated: December 05, 2014, - 10:10 PM

Think you know Johnny Mathis? Chances are, you don't

Six things you may not know about the crooner, who’ll perform a holiday show here Thursday.

Updated: November 29, 2014, - 06:20 PM

Usher's dance hits missed the mark

Review: The pop star couldn’t rev up the half-full house at St. Paul’s Xcel Center on Tuesday.

Updated: November 19, 2014, - 05:38 AM

11 shows, 11 thoughts on Garth Brooks' concerts at Target Center

His record 11-show run at Target Center ended rambunctiously about 2 a.m. on Sunday. Eleven thoughts about Garth Brooks’ record-setting 11 concerts at Target Center, which ended at 1:58 a.m. Sunday.

Updated: November 16, 2014, - 09:54 PM

Garth Brooks tackles Twitter to promote 'Man Against Machine'

Despite the technology slam in “Man Against Machine,” the country superstar is learning a new trick to promote the album.

Updated: November 10, 2014, - 05:39 PM

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