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Pete Townshend won't get fooled again about Bob Dylan's birthplace

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music, Behind the scenes, Celebrities, Minnesota musicians Updated: April 24, 2015 - 1:53 AM


Pete Townshend in 2012/ Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler

Pete Townshend in 2012/ Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler


Pete Townshend has long been a fan of Bob Dylan. He even knows that Dylan was born in Duluth. But maybe he doesn’t know where Duluth is.

On Thursday night while the Who’s farewell tour landed in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Ga., the guitarist expressed his enthusiasm for being in Duluth. “Dylan was born here,” he said.

Duluth, yes. But the one in Minnesota, not Georgia.

Read the full report from Melissa Ruggieri at the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Roger Daltrey even set up Townshend’s faux pas.

Maybe by the time the Who comes to Minneapolis on Oct. 10, Townshend won’t get fooled again and he’ll realize that he’s in the state of Dylan. 

Minneapolis Institute of Arts to show reproduction paintings on Minneapolis streets

Posted by: Mary Abbe under Art, Culture, Galleries, Museums Updated: April 23, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Rembrandt's "Lucretia"

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will place high-quality reproductions of four of its paintings outside Minneapolis stores and businesses during May. Museum docents will be on site sharing anecdotes and answering questions about the art from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Saturday, weather permitting.

The project is part of the MIA's 100th birthday celebration. The reproductions will appear about May 1 and will be moved to new sites at the middle of the month. The first round will feature the following pictures at these locations:

Rembrandt's "Lucretia" at Bobby and Steve's Auto World. As there are several Bobby and Steve's in Minneapolis, the promise of a "Lucretia" sighting is perhaps an enticement to visit them all in hopes of spying her. One of the MIA's most famous pictures, "Lucretia" depicts a Roman noblewoman committing suicide to salvage her honor after having been raped.

Monet's "Grainstack, Sun in the Mist," at U.S. Bank, 2420 Hennepin Av. in Uptown. Shimmering with sunny pinks at sundown, the picture features a huge muffin-shaped stack of wheat in a French meadow.

Van Gogh's "Olive Trees," at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall in downtown MInneapolis.  A typically turbulent Van Gogh image, "Olive Trees" shows gnarled and twisted trees sweltering in the midday sun.

Chaim Soutine's "Carcass of Beef," at Kramarczuk's Deli, 215 E. Hennepin in Northeast Minneapolis. One of the more inspired pairings of art and enterprise, this places the Russian-born artist's expressively brutal image of a flayed carcass at a meatmarket famous for delicious sausage and other Eastern European delicacies linked to its founder's Ukrainian heritage.

The reproductions will be moved later to the Wedge Table, Loring Park, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Strip Club Meat & Fish. Check out other MIA birthday surprises at the museum's birthday website.

Basilica Block Party 2015 blessed with Wilco, Weezer, Isbell and the Fun guy

Posted by: Tim Campbell under Music, Concert news Updated: April 24, 2015 - 10:51 AM
Last seen headlining a show in town at the State Theatre in 2011, Jeff Tweedy and Wilco will top off the July 11 lineup at the Basilica Block Party. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Last seen headlining a show in town at the State Theatre in 2011, Jeff Tweedy and Wilco will top off the July 11 lineup at the Basilica Block Party. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

The W’s win at the Basilica Block Party this summer: Weezer will headline the July 10 lineup for the 21st annual rocking church fundraiser, and Wilco will top off July 11. Radio sponsor Cities 97 announced the full 2015 schedule on air Thursday afternoon with a few more familiar names, pleasant surprises and up-and-coming newcomers.

Joining Weezer on the Friday night bill will be Nate Ruess of the “We Are Young” hitmaking band .fun; Basilica regulars O.A.R. and Mat Kearney; ‘90s alt-rocker Matthew Sweet and Twin Cities-bred Warped Tour stalwarts Motion City Soundtrack.

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo at Bonnaroo in 2010. / AP Photo, Jeff Christensen

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo at Bonnaroo in 2010. / AP Photo, Jeff Christensen

Wilco will be joined on Saturday night by a couple of fellow Americana music favorites, Jason Isbell and Jenny Lewis; plus party favorites Fitz & the Tantrums; “Cool Kids”-singing pop upstarts Echosmith and newcomers Fly Golden Eagle and Rachel Platten.

Tickets for the block party go on sale next Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. through eTix.com, 1-800-514-3849 or Electric Fetus record stores. Prices are the same as last year: $50 for a one-day ticket, or $90 for a two-day pass. Cities 97’s Frequent Listeners Club will offer a limited number of pre-sale tickets starting Thursday at 10 a.m. for $45/$80.

All told, this is one of the strongest of recent BBP lineups. Weezer is a good middle-of-the-road, familiar favorite with a summery vibe that went over well when the nerd-rock heroes previously played the block party in 2010. And Ruess, O.A.R. and Kearney are the kind of milquetoast pop-rock acts that are the bread-and-butter of Cities 97 and Basilica faithfuls.

Saturday’s show, on the other hand, should bring in quite a lot of music lovers who may have sworn off the event and/or who usually favor the competing Rock the Garden. Wilco’s large diehard fan base will go see the ever-evolving Chicago sextet anywhere -- and hasn’t gotten to see them in town since an opening set with Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium in 2013. Ex-Drive-by Truckers member Isbell has been steadily wowing and building up his crowds locally since the release of his acclaimed personal opus “Southeastern” in 2013 (his new album will be out by then). Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Lewis also made an especially strong showing last year behind her latest record “The Voyageur.” Meanwhile, younger Top 40-centric fans might turn out for Echosmith, and BBP’s regular audience always falls for Fitz & the Tantrums’ party-starting soul-pop songs.

Jenny Lewis / By Audumn de Wilde

Jenny Lewis / By Audumn de Wilde

BBP organizers are late to the party when it comes the busy summer concert fray, though, following announcements for Rock the Garden, the new Eaux Claires festival, the Rolling Stones, One Direction, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and lots more. None of those aforementioned events are sold out, which might be a sign of fans hitting concert overload. To be fair, though, Def Leppard did manage to sell out its State Fair grandstand gig already.

Here’s the breakdown of the Basilica Block Party schedule:

Friday, July 10

  • Sun Country Airlines Stage: Weezer / Nate Ruess / Motion City Soundtrack
  • PreferredOne Stage: O.A.R. / Mat Kearney / Matthew Sweet
  • Vita.mn Stage: Zoo Animal, Rupert Angeleyes, TYTE JEFF

Saturday, July 11

  • Sun Country Airlines Stage: Wilco / Jason Isbell / Jenny Lewis / Fly Golden Eagle
  • PreferredOne Stage: Fitz and the Tantrums / Echosmith / Rachel Platten
  • Vita.mn Stage: American Scarecrows / Southside Desire / TBD

Twins' 2015 Midwest Music Series to feature Magnolias, Charlie Parr, Flamin' Oh's

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Concert news, Minnesota musicians Updated: April 23, 2015 - 2:02 PM
Locally beloved pop-rockers the Magnolias kick off the Twins' Midwest Music Series next Wednesday. / Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune file

Locally beloved pop-rockers the Magnolias kick off the Twins' Midwest Music Series next Wednesday. / Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune file

Whether or not things are looking up on the field, at least you’ll still be able to look up and see some great Minnesota bands performing over the field at Twins games this year thanks to the third annual Midwest Music Showcase. Pohlad-owned station Go 96.3 FM co-curated this year’s series and announced the performers today, with highlights including next week’s kick-off set by pop-punk vets the Magnolias, plus Charlie Parr, the Flamin’ Oh's, Vaski, the White Iron Band and Black Diet.


The shows take place at every Wednesday home game through Sept. 23. Each act plays a short set before the game on a veranda overlooking left field, and then they slide in songs here and there between innings. Click here for our feature on the series from 2013. Here’s the full schedule:

  • April 29: The Magnolias (12:10 p.m., vs. Detroit)
  • May 6: White Iron Band (7:10 p.m., Oakland)
  • May 27: Vaski (12:10 p.m., Boston)
  • June 10: Black Diet (7:10 p.m., Kansas City)
  • June 17: Boom Box Cartel (7:10 p.m., St. Louis)
  • June 24: Crankshaft (12:10 p.m., Chicago White Sox)
  • July 8: Flamin' Oh's (12:10 p.m., Baltimore)
  • July 29: Alex Rossi/Root City (12:10 p.m., Pittsburgh)
  • Aug. 12: The Dirty Banks (7:10 p.m., Texas)
  • Sept. 2: Charlie Parr (7:10 p.m., White Sox)
  • Sept. 16: Ken Valdez (7:10 p.m., Detroit)
  • Sept. 23: The Stress of Her Regard (7:10 p.m., Cleveland)

KARE comes out on top for regional Murrow awards

Posted by: Neal Justin under Local TV and radio Updated: April 23, 2015 - 12:00 PM

KARE, the Twin Cities NBC affiliate, led all local contenders when winners of regional Murrow Awards were announced Thursday.

KARE posted victories in six categories, including the most prestigious: overall excellence.

KMSP and KSTP also were cited.

On the radio side, WCCO-AM was honored for overall excellence, one of three categories they captured. MPR received four awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been handing out these awards since 1971 as a way to recognize the very best in electronic journalism.

Local broadcasters compete with stations across the state, as well as South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Recepients of national Murrow Awards will be announced in June.


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