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Pop goes Cities 97's 'Sampler, Vol. 26,' with Ed Sheeran, Bleachers

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:01 PM
Ed Sheeran performed at Target Center in September and contributed a live track to Cities 97's latest "Sampler." / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Ed Sheeran performed at Target Center in September and contributed a live track to Cities 97's latest "Sampler." / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

After shifting toward youthful Top 40 pop on the airwaves over the past couple years, Cities 97 will also lean that way on its annual “Sampler” CD.

The track list for the Clear Channel station’s “Sampler, Vol. 26” – on sale Nov. 20 – was revealed today and will include such slick pop-rockers as the 1975, Bleachers, Neon Trees, Phillip Phillips and Ed Sheeran and R&B-tinged singer Aloe Blacc alongside just a few of the folk-rocky singer/songwriter types that used to define the station, including Eric Hutchinson, ZZ Ward and Ingrid Michaelson.

Not a single local artist is featured on the 19-track collection, featuring recorded live cuts from the station's Studio C or local concerts. However, “Vol. 26” is at least rife with a lot of relatively new names, also including Mary Lambert, Delta Rae, Birdy, Echosmith, Scars on 45 and Jillette Johnson.


As usual, this year’s “Sampler” will only be available in a limited quantity (35,000 copies) and only sold in area Target stores starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 20. This year’s price is $25.97, which will amount to around $910,000 for designated local charities when the CDs sell out. That will put the 26-year fundraising total up over $11 million.

Cities 97 (97.1 FM) will host another “Sampler” release party at Myth in Maplewood on Nov. 18 with performances by Scars on 45, Family of the Year, Oh Honey and Echosmith. Tickets will be given out on air.

Here’s the full “Vol. 26” track list below. Check out Cities97.com to sample the recordings.

  • 1. The 1975 - Chocolate
  • 2. Delta Rae - Bottom of the River
  • 3. Ben Rector - Beautiful
  • 4. Sleeper Agent - Waves
  • 5. American Authors - Believer
  • 6. Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
  • 7. Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better
  • 8. Neon Trees - Sleeping With A Friend
  • 9. Jillette Johnson - Torpedo
  • 10. Phillip Phillips - Gone, Gone, Gone
  • 11. Scars on 45 - Crazy For You
  • 12. Echosmith - Cool Kids
  • 13. Eric Hutchinson - Tell the World
  • 14. Ed Sheeran - Sing
  • 15. ZZ Ward - Last Love Song
  • 16. Brett Dennen - Out of My Head
  • 17. Birdy - Skinny Love
  • 18. Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up
  • 19. Mary Lambert - Secrets

Berryman, rebooted

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson under Books, Culture, Minnesota authors Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Poet John Berryman taught at the University of Minnesota from 1955 until his death in 1972. A centenary conference celebrating his work is being held there this weekend. Undated Star Tribune file photo by Pete Hohn.

To his fans, the work of John Berryman has never faded. Many an indie rocker has been inspired by the  idiosyncratic poet famous for his "Dream Songs" and other works like his groundbreaking "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet."

“Each poem trembles with a terrible, furious beauty that lies somewhere beneath the surface of his often perplexing words,” opined Nick Cave. The Hold Steady and Okkervil River have written songs about him.

But now Berryman, a Pulitzer winner and former University of Minnesota professor who notoriously leapt off the Washington Ave. Bridge in 1972, seems poised for revival, with several new books coming out this month and a centenary conference -- Berryman was born 100 years ago Saturday -- at the U this weekend.

After Berryman’s suicide, says conference participant Peter Campion, a poet and U of M professor, “there was an attack on him, because of his alcoholism, that went along with this sort of puritanical  ‘80s vibe. But people are coming out of the woodwork for this conference, we’re expecting standing room only.”

Berryman remained highly influential in the world of American poetry despite his reputation "going underground" after his death, Campion said: "He had such tremendous range. He was a tried and true Shakespeare scholar who also wrote like a quicksilver improvisational blues musician. No one could imitate him, to try would be silly, but he set a model that was so freeing, giving other poets permission to use other voices,including different ethnic voices, in their work.” 

Four new books from Farrar, Straus and Giroux include re-issues of Berryman's Dream Songs (foreword by Michael Hofmann) and his Sonnets (foreword by April Bernard). "The Heart Is Strange," is a New Selected Poems including three previously uncollected poems. The memoir "Poets In Their Youth" by his wife, writer and psychologist Eileen Simpson, has also been re-issued. 

As Hofmann notes in his foreword, young readers in particular are drawn to Berryman's fearless, freewheeling style:"no one writes like that, no one dares, no one would have the wild imagination or the obsession. Who knew English could encompass that flux; that whinny; those initially baffling, then canny and eventually unforgettable rearrangements of words; that irresistible flow of thoughts and nonthoughts of that degree of informed privateness?

He also quotes poet Adrienne Rich, who singled out Berryman and one other famous Minnesota artist for praise when she said, "The English (American) language. Who knows entirely what it is? Maybe two men in this decade, Bob Dylan, John Berryman."

Running Friday afternoon through midday Sunday at the  Elmer L. Andersen Library on campus, the conference features readings by local poets including Jim Moore and Michael Dennis Browne, panel discussions on his influences, memories of his students (several of whom became prominent poets in their own right) and a screening of a short documentary by local filmmaker and Berryman contemporary Al Milgrom. It's free but advance registration is requested: http://www.continuum.umn.edu/reg/berryman  The conference schedule is here.

Dream Song 14

by John Berryman

Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so. 
After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns, 
we ourselves flash and yearn, 
and moreover my mother told me as a boy 
(repeatingly) "Ever to confess you're bored 
means you have no

Inner Resources." I conclude now I have no 
inner resources, because I am heavy bored. 
Peoples bore me, 
literature bores me, especially great literature, 
Henry bores me, with his plights & gripes 
as bad as Achilles,

who loves people and valiant art, which bores me. 
And the tranquil hills, & gin, look like a drag 
and somehow a dog 
has taken itself & its tail considerably away 
into the mountains or sea or sky, leaving 
behind: me, wag.

One Direction to tackle TCF Bank Stadium next summer

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Concert news Updated: October 23, 2014 - 11:09 AM
One Direction also gave a year's notice before finally landing at Target Center in July 2013. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

One Direction also gave a year's notice before finally landing at Target Center in July 2013. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune


**Updated with full ticket info below.

Now old enough to be taking college courses instead of earning £6 million a year – who could blame them for choosing otherwise? – the members of One Direction will hit the University of Minnesota campus next summer.

The British boy wonders are booked to perform at TCF Bank Stadium on July 26, the fourth show on their newly announced 2015 North American tour itinerary. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $39.50-$99.50 ($54-$120 after fees). Pre-sale offers for the tour are set to start Friday and are listed on the Ticketmaster page for the concert.

The quintet's prior Twin Cities performance at Target Center in July 2013 sold out in minutes, and scalpers had a full year to clean up in re-sale purchaes since the show was announced a summer earlier.

One Direction’s latest album, “Four,” is due out Nov. 17. The band will debut the video for the first single, “Steal My Girl,” on Friday via Vevo.com at 10 a.m. Central Time.

This will be the second biggest concert in TCF Bank history after U2’s 360 Tour stop in 2011. The most memorable things from 1D's 2013 show were all the complaints about ticket scalpers making a killing on tickets (sure to be the case again), the loud screaming in the crowd (which some attendees still have ringing in their ears), and the persistent rumors that lead-hunk Harry Styles was drunk on stage. If true, Lil' Harry should have a good time hanging around Dinkytown.

Morris Day inaugurates Hard Rock Cafe at Mall of America

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music, Behind the scenes, Minnesota History, Minnesota musicians, Openings + closings Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:30 AM

The Hard Rock Cafe, that institution known for music memorabilia and souvenir T-shirts, had its grand opening at Mall of America Wednesday night starring a Minnesota institution, Morris Day & the Time.

Looking dapper as always in a bright yellow suit, Day did his part, including the ceremonial smashing of a guitar and an entertaining 80-minute set filled with such hits as “Cool,” “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”


However, this Hard Rock ain’t built for live music. With so many hard surfaces in the sprawling two-story building in the midst of Nickelodeon Universe theme park, the sound recalled that of a rock concert in a high-school gym. And that’s not a good thing.

Luckily, the Hard Rock served up tasty food (granted they were appetizer portions) and alluring memorabilia.

Minnesota is well represented with an autographed Replacements guitar, a polka-dot Jesse Johnson guitar (he's no longer in the Time) and three articles of Prince clothing – a gauzy black shirt/blouse, a sparkly purple trench coat and an orange suit with “Minneapolis” sewn on the left sleeve (he wore it on the “Sign o’ the Times” Tour).

All kinds of musical eras are represented. There are a 1964 contract for bluesman Jimmy Reed, a Carl Perkins guitar, a James Brown jacket and a backstage photo of Elvis Presley in his underwear (briefs, for inquiring minds). There’s memorabilia from Jimmy Page, the Clash, the Knack, Bush and Soundgarden, and tour jackets from the Rolling Stones, Wings, Ozzy Osbourne, the Eagles and Bruce Springsteen.

Displayed in cases are outfits worn by Madonna, Linda Ronstadt, Paula Abdul, Alanis Morissette and Rihanna (her skimpy getup isn’t as impressive on a headless manikin.)

And you wanted the best, then you get an autographed Gene Simmons Kramer axe bass, number 142 out of 1,000. How rare is that?

The highlight, though, is something very contemporary. The sinks in the rest room have a touch-

free faucet that has two touch-free dryer blowers connected to it.



Four Midwestern American Indian Artists Given National Fellowships

Posted by: Mary Abbe under Art, Awards, Culture, Funding and grants, Galleries, Minnesota artists, Museums, People Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Ojibwe artist Delina White who specializes in traditonal beadwork.

Four artist Midwestern American Indian artists have received fellowships worth up to $20,000 each from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF), a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, Washington.

Winners of the NACF Regional Artist Fellowships are: Kevin Pourier, a carver of buffalo horn ornaments that range from sculptures to eyeglass frames. A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, he is a Lakota from Scenic, S.D. Jennifer Stevens, a painter, potter and vocalist from Green Bay, Wisconsin who is a member of the Oneida Tribe. Delina White, an expert in traditional beadwork who lives in Deer River, MN and is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Star Wallowing Bull, an Ojibwe/Arapaho who is a member of the White Earth Band of Chippewa. He lives in Moorhead, MN and is known for his pop-style paintings and drawings of American Indian subjects and motifs. Wallowing Bull's work is regularly shown at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis.

NACF is  a national nonprofit that supports the appreciation and perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures. With money from Native Nations, arts patrons and foundations, NACF has provided nearly $1.7 million in assistance to 89 native artists and organizations in 23 states.

The NACF Regional Artist Fellowship Program is an annual award open to artists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota who are enrolled members of one of the 37 tribes located in the region and who work in visual or traditional art forms. The awards are made possible by support from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

In related news, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation also supported a new Native American Artist-in-Residence program at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Three artists were picked in August, each of whom will be paid during a six month residency, to study collections at the MNHS and elsewhere that are related to their work. They will also develop programs to share their studies within their home communities. The artists are Jessica Gokey, a bead work artist who lives in Wisconsin's Lac Courte Oreilles community; Pat Kruse, a birch-bark artist from Mille Lacs, MN; and Gwen Westerman, a textile artist from Good Thunder, MN who is of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate heritage.


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