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Ariana Grande certainly is thinking grandly for her first major North American headlining tour. The former Nickelodeon teen star -- who shot to Top 40 fame over the past year with her singles “Problem” and “Break Free” – will hit Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, March 1, as part of her so-called The Honeymoon Tour.
Tickets go on sale Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at prices yet to be announced through Ticketmaster and the X’s box office. Prices in other cities on the tour are listed for a $40-$80 range.
Grande already played the St. Paul arena once as part of KDWB’s 2013 Jingle Ball lineup last December – where she was way down on the bill below Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Flo Rida and Fall Out Boy. There’s no word yet who will be opening for her this time around. It probably won’t be her “Problem” partner Iggy Azalea, who is similarly taking a big leap as a headliner and already slated to play TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 17.
The 21-year-old Florida native first transitioned into the pop world with her 2013 debut album, “My Everything,” which was boosted by the Mac Miller-accompanied single “The Way.” Before that, she was best-known for her stints starring in the Nickelodeon series “Sam & Cat” and “Victorious.” Her latest record, “My Everything,” is sitting strong at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart two weeks after its release.
As ratings for NBC’s “The Voice” have gone down, two of the TV music competitions celebrity coaches are going back out on the road in the coming months -- and both are headed to Xcel Energy Center.
The St. Paul hockey arena announced a Nov. 18 concert with Usher this morning alongside a March 23 return by Adam Levine’s Maroon 5. Tickets for the latter show go on sale first, starting Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office at prices yet to be announced. Seats for Usher will open up Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. for $37.50-$152.50.
Following his short-lived tenure as a “Voice” team leader last year, Usher marked his return to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards two weekends ago, where he performed the new single “She Came to Give It To You.” The 35-year-old, Atlanta-reared super-stud – one of R&B’s most successful artists of the past two decades -- also posted a new video (posted below) to promote his late-autumn outing, dubbed the UR Experience Tour and set to begin Nov. 1 in Montreal.
Maroon 5 just dropped its fifth album, “V,” which has already landed another top 10 hit with the lead single “Maps.” Their tour will feature Shakira-affiliated Canadian band Magic! along with one of Levine’s non-"Voice" protégés, Rizzo Crane.
Between now and the tour, the M5 singer Levine will run through another season of “The Voice,” this time with new coaches Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani alongside Levine’s returning odd-couple partner Blake Shelton. The new season is scheduled to begin Sept. 22.
An impressive recruitment tantamount to the Gopher football team landing the next Johnny Manziel for its quarterback – a cocky rising mega-star who’s untested and has people talking -- the University of Minnesota has confirmed rocketing Australian pop-rapper Iggy Azalea for its annual homecoming concert Oct. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium.
After her club banger “Fancy” spent seven weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on its way to being the unofficial summer jam of 2014, Azalea has been working away across American and European festivals with mixed results. Rolling Stone named her set at Lollapalooza in Chicago earlier this month “best time to puke,” saying she “tossed out her songs for the audience to consume without much exuberance.” Here’s a video below of her delivering her big hit at the Hot 97 Summer Jam in New York (F-bomb warning!).
This will be the 24-year-old Sydney native’s Twin Cities debut and the second big concert of the year at TCF Bank Stadium, after the MLB All-Star Game concert with Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere in July. Like that show, only about half the stadium will be used for seating. Atmosphere was also a headliner for one of the prior homecoming concerts, company that also includes Passion Pit and B.O.B.
Set to rock again Thursday night after a three-month renovation, the Turf Club added greatly to its reopening weekend lineup by announcing a new show Saturday with Four Fists, the long-festering duo of P.O.S. and Astronautalis, along with sidelined-of-late synth-rock faves Solid Gold.
P.O.S. performs with Doomtree earlier that night about a mile away at the Minnesota State Fair’s MN-Music-on-a-Stick concert (a prior commitment that kept Saturday's gig under wraps till now). Tickets went on sale just a few minutes ago for $20.
Saturday's lineup joins a fun, all-Minnesotan reopening weekend at the Turf that also includes Dead Man Winter, Erik Koskinen, Frankie Lee and probably a surprise act on Thursday (sold out), reunited Amphetamine/Reptile noise-rock faves Hammerhead on Friday and a Night Moves-led four-band lineup on Sunday.
As of yesterday afternoon, workers were finishing off touches to the stage and sound system in the Turf’s main room and putting together booths and “clown” lamps in the downstairs Clown Lounge. Otherwise, the club looked ready to go, with entirely remade bathrooms, a newly installed kitchen, a raised/refinished ceiling and not a whole lot else folks will notice. The food service won’t begin for at least another week, though, allowing for the venue and staff to focus on their main course (live music) at first.
Look for a preview of what to expect at the newly refurbished venue online tomorrow.
Last time Liv Warfield performed in the Twin Cities, it was on 24 hours notice at Paisley Park.
This time, her gig at the Dakota was announced six days in advance. And now Warfield, one of Prince’s backup singers who put out her own often impressive disc this year, has added a 10 p.m. performance for Thursday at the Dakota; tickets are $45. She’s also slated to perform at 7 p.m. Luke James will open.
Warfield’s band includes the 11-piece NPG Horns, who also work with Prince. And he was the executive producer of her CD, “The Unexpected.”
Here is part of my review of the Portland, Ore., singer’s Paisley show in June:
Warfield has an explosive, gospel-infused voice and a commanding, arm-shaking stage presence. She also is strikingly creative, as evidenced on a terrific a cappella arrangement of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” for three female voices.
She also has found a sound that sets her apart, sort of a funk-rock stomp with powerhouse gospel-tinged vocals. Think a more robust Annie Lennox with much more church.
Standouts during the 75-minute set were “Freedom,” kind of a Broadway soul shout with a message; “Embrace Me,” which had an island freshness to its swing; the soft and then ebullient reprise to the new number “NotGVNGUP”; a cover of Chaka Khan’s “You Got the Love” on which Warfield got lost in funkiness; the rip-roaring “Why Do You Lie,” with its nifty jazzy vocalese ending; and the emphatic “Black Bird,” which was spiked with New Orleans-flavored bebop horns.
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