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

Review: Justin Timberlake's long, ambitious concert falls short

The charismatic Justin Timberlake brought “SexyBack” – and most of his other hits – to Xcel Energy Center in a marathon concert.

Updated: February 10, 2014, - 05:43 AM

The siren songs of yesterday

To boomers, the Beatles are like comfort food. But some artists of that generation still challenge themselves.

Updated: February 09, 2014, - 05:23 AM

Lady Antebellum cranks it up at Target Center

Nashville trio's revamped stage act was a surprising triumph for 8,000 fans.

Updated: February 08, 2014, - 07:21 AM

Kacey Musgraves is no straight arrow

Playing Target Center Friday on the heels of her Grammy triumph, country star Kacey Musgraves keeps it real, without any sugar-coating.

Updated: February 07, 2014, - 08:38 PM

Scruffy 400 Bar will be reborn as a splashy Mall of America club

It could host as many as 1,000 fans for concerts — in contrast to the scruffy corner bar that squeezed in fewer than 400 ­people before closing in November 2012 after several years of steadily declining business.

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 10:11 PM

Jon Bream's take on the Grammys

The Recording Academy gave out the Grammys. Here’s our alternative take on the night.

Updated: January 27, 2014, - 07:15 AM

Everybody got lucky at the Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards shared the wealth Sunday night, as Daft Punk scored big along with a flock of newcomers.

Updated: January 27, 2014, - 06:23 AM

Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä score a Grammy

The prize for a recording of Sibelius symphonies came just weeks after end to bitter lockout.

Updated: January 27, 2014, - 12:09 AM

Swift rise to the Grammys: The tale of a Twin Cities recording engineer

At just 24, Twin Cities-bred recording engineer John Rausch could share in Sunday’s most prestigious Grammy Award for his work with Taylor Swift.

Updated: January 25, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Obituary: Ex-Toto member Fergie Frederiksen rocked area clubs

When his sister came to visit rock singer Fergie Frederiksen in Mound, she called him “Denny,” and everyone in the...

Updated: January 22, 2014, - 06:36 PM

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