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

Ghost writers: Mellencamp and King scare up a musical

Rocker John Mellencamp and novelist Stephen King collaborate on a mysterious musical coming to Minneapolis.

Updated: October 25, 2013, - 02:45 PM

Groban impresses with stage presence, magnificent voice

REVIEW: With his endless humor and that magnificent voice, crooner Josh Groban impresses at Target Center. He can really, really sing.

Updated: October 20, 2013, - 09:22 PM

Pop music spotlight: Janelle Monae

Sometimes it seems as if Janelle Monáe might be too ambitious for her own good, such as on her second full-length album, this fall’s “The Electric Lady."

Updated: October 18, 2013, - 03:12 PM

Hill climbing: 'Voice' contestant steps up her game

Perennial backup/runnerup Judith Hill finally gets a shot a solo stardom. She’s the opening act for Josh Groban’s tour, which lands Saturday at Target Center.

Updated: October 18, 2013, - 08:41 AM

Fiona Apple: Volatile and vulnerable

Her St. Kate’s concert veered between magical moments and raw primal therapy.

Updated: October 15, 2013, - 07:54 AM

Lambert and Bentley are not quite ready for arena time

Review: Even though Dierks Bentley has racked up 10 No. 1 country tunes and Miranda Lambert has collected about every country award imaginable except entertainer of the year, the reality is that neither has become a bona fide arena headliner.

Updated: October 12, 2013, - 06:12 AM

Jack Johnson gets cozy at the State

Review: The Prince of Chill played the ornate State Theatre like it was a comfortable coffeehouse.

Updated: October 08, 2013, - 01:00 AM

Prince combines his 2 bands for a jazzy marathon at Paisley Park

A rare gig by Prince at his Paisley Park Studio in Chanhassen drew 1,200 fans from far and wide.

Updated: October 06, 2013, - 10:20 PM

Country music sings with the Monroe doctrine

Whether solo or with the Pistol Annies, country upstart Ashley Monroe is a smart mix of satire and sincerity.

Updated: October 05, 2013, - 03:50 PM

Pop: Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley

The Locked and Reloaded Tour is a smart package — Lambert, who keeps cleaning up at country awards shows, and Bentley, a spirited hat-less country star who took a little detour into bluegrass in 2010.

Updated: October 05, 2013, - 03:50 PM

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