First Avenue staff has announced its first show at St. Paul’s newly refurbished Palace Theatre: Regina Spektor will take on the historic space March 26. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through eTix.com and First Ave outlets for the rather palatial price of $51, which should prove worthy of the setting.
The 100-year-old, city-owned venue in downtown St. Paul – which First Ave will manage – can accommodate about 2,800 people, more than half of which will be housed in the general-admission, tiered ground floor, the Palace's main unique feature versus other theaters in town. The rest of the fans get seats in the balcony. It’s a good place for the U.S.S.R.-born Spektor, who’s already a renowned singer/songwriter with a sizable cult following and is now earning some of her highest praise yet for her imaginative new album “Remember Us to Life.”
Spektor probably won’t be the actual first concert at the Palace, just the first to go on sale. Stay tune for more announcements soon. Anybody else think the Palace would be a great fit for Bon Iver’s 2017 tour plans? Just saying.
In other concert news…
*A show that would’ve been perfect for the Palace if not for the distinct possibility fans might rip those new seats out of the balcony to dance, Run the Jewels will return to town for its biggest local show yet on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at Myth nightclub in Maplewood. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon through eTix.com for $30. L.A. indie-rap figure Gaslamp Killer and the mysterious Spark Master Tape open. Killer Mike and El-P are about to release their third Run the Jewels album, “RTJ3,” and have consistently proven to be even more enthralling in concert than on record (which is saying a lot).
*Bluesy, rootsy singer/songwriter Valerie June, who charmed the masses at Rock the Garden 2015, will play what should be a perfectly intimate, winter-warmer of a show at the Cedar Cultural Center on Feb. 22. Those tickets are already on sale throughTicketfly.com for $20.
*R&B legend Patti LaBelle is taking a break from the casino circuit to play a venue worthy of her regal stature, the State Theatre, on Jan. 14. Those tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster for $56.50-$104.