Pick Six: Paul McCartney, Ziggy Marley, Kid Rock, Jeff Bridges, the Mavericks, live bands at State Fair restaurants

  • Updated: August 29, 2014 - 8:50 AM

A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view:

Paul McCartney, Target Field. There are very few seventy-something solo artists who can still knock it out of the park. Sir Paul’s back-to-back hits delivered one big inning after the next.

Ziggy Marley, Minnesota Zoo. Reggae music in a natural setting, under a full moon, can tame the wildest beast. Ziggy’s two young sons joined him onstage — the Marleys were born to be lively.

Kid Rock, State Fair. From the backwoods to the crack 'hoods, the Kid can alliterate and obliterate like a master blaster. Despite the hot weather, he was chillin’ the most.

- Sheila Sunderland, Blaine

Live music at State Fair restaurants. In the afternoon and evening, such sit-down spots as Giggles’, Dino’s and Cafe Caribe have live bands. I heard Lamont Cranston at Giggles’, and High and Mighty at Dino’s.

Jeff Bridges and the Abiders, Pantages. The Dude can sing more assertively and convincingly than his albums or the movie “Crazy Heart” indicate. Give some credit to the terrific band buoying his Americana originals plus covers. And who knew Bridges had so many relatives in the area?

“Dr. Feelgood,” the Mavericks. Nashville’s tribute to Mötley Crüe is filled with forgettable covers by Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and the like, but the Mavericks give an imaginative Tex-Mex noir reading of this classic.

- Jon Bream, Star Tribune

 

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