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UPDATE: The full rundown of the Blowout X shows and an interview with members about calling it the last year is now posted here.
It’ll be 10 and done for Doomtree’s annual Blowout concerts.
The Twin Cities hip-hop collective just announced that this year’s early-December music marathon will be their last -- but they’re going to make it count, with 10 events scheduled over eight days, Dec. 6-13. And have no fear: The end of the Blowouts in no way means Doomtree itself is winding down, as is pointed out right away in the announcement on the group’s site.
The crew is rolling out the specifics of the Blowout X lineup day-by-day on an hourly basis today, with two of the days already announced. The first show is taking place Dec. 6 at the Turf Club (a 21 & up show). The Dec. 7 installment will feature some kind of special collaboration between Doomtree and the Surly Brewing Co., details of which will be unveiled at a later date.
The morning after he went back to his old high school in Brooklyn for a surprise concert, Neil Diamond announced he’ll be doing another old-school arena tour next spring, including an April 12 date at Xcel Energy Center. Never one for whimsical or esoteric titles, the 73-year-old recording legend has officially named his 29-city trek the Neil Diamond Tour 2015.
Tickets for the St. Paul show go on sale Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office at prices yet to be announced. Prices for the Chicago date two nights later are listed at $65-$150.
Diamond has a new album coming Oct. 21, this one titled “Melody Road.” His last record, 2008’s “Home Before Dark,” debuted at No. 1 in Billboard. He’s one of Xcel Center’s most frequent headliners, having performed five previous shows there, including two-night stands in 2001 and 2008 as well as a one-off in July 2012.
Call it a bit of holiday counter-programming.
Cirque du Soleil will bring an arena show to Target Center starting on Christmas Day. "Varekai" is an adventure story that orbits a wanderer. The show is set in a magical forest.
"Varekai," which has been on tour since 2002, is directed by Dominic Champagne, a playwright and show-maker who has worked with Cirque for two decades.
"Varekai" will have seven performances, Dec. 25-28, at Target Center. Tickets, which range from $40-$100, are available online or 1-888-929-7849.
He still claims to have friends in low places, and now he’ll find out if he still has friends way up here in Minnesota. Country music superstar Garth Brooks, who retired from touring in 2001, will return to Minneapolis for four concerts in two nights at Target Center on Nov. 14 and 15.
Tickets for the shows go on sale Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. for $70.50 (that’s including fees) through AXS.com, the arena box office or by calling 1-855-411-4849. The performances will be at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. both of those nights, a Friday and Saturday. His opening act will be his wife, Trisha Yearwood.
Brooks has been gradually working his way back from retirement, starting with a stint in Las Vegas that resulted in a CBS TV special last November. He kicked off his first tour in 16 years with an 11-show stand in the Chicago area earlier this month, and he just completed another multi-night run in Atlanta this past weekend.
The last time Brooks performed in Minneapolis was also at Target Center in 1998. That one was a nine-show run. More shows could be added this time around if those first four sell out right away (and they probably will). To his credit, he could probably charge twice what he's asking for in ticket prices and still sell out.
Music fans under the age of 25 probably don’t know it -- and music fans not into mainstream country music probably chose to forget it -- but ol’ Garth is one of the best-selling performers and recording artists of all time. He has sold almost 70 million albums total, which puts him right behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley. He also broke numerous records in ticket sales during the 1990s.
Bad news first: The much-anticipated Babes in Toyland reunion will not be launched at the Lady Parts Justice party here on Sept. 27, as the band members had previously discussed.
Now the good news: The lineup for LPJ's so-called V to Shining V rally at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul – part of a network of shows happening that night around the country -- is mighty fine even without the Babes. The Jayhawks' Gary Louris, Marc Perlman and Karen Grotberg, the Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Desdamona, Maria Isa, Lucy Michelle, Mayda and the Clash tribute band Rude Girl are all lined up to perform in support of reproductive rights and other issues facing women in upcoming elections. The event is free, but organizers are asking that you sign up and show your support.
Co-founded by Minnesota comic Lizz Winstead -- who will be home for next weekend’s event and serve as host -- the Lady Part Justice organization is throwing its so-called V to Shining V rallies (I don't think the V is for "Victory") in Los Angeles and many other cities that night, including another at the Contented Cow in Northfield.
Oh, and more good news: The Babes in Toyland reunion really is happening, just not at the Amsterdam on the 27th. Kat Bjelland, Lori Barbero and Maureen Herman have been rehearsing in Los Angeles of late, and Herman even posted a sample set list in one of several reunion-teasing Facebook postings of late.
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