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After a dozen years, Beyond Ballroom, the Twin Cities-based dance company that brought such moves as the foxtrot, the cha cha and the tango from the competitive arena into the world of concert dance, is calling it quits.
The founders of the company have decided to fold up shop after the 2015 season, which includes upcoming performances at the Cowles Center for Dance in Minneapolis.
“It’s time,” said Deane Michael, founding executive and artist director. “The founders are all moving in different directions — some are coaching, some are doing other things. Now is a good time to put a bow on the time we’ve had.”
Beyond Ballroom was started by seven highly decorated ballroom dancers in 2003.
“Coincidentally, we were all retiring from competition around the same time but we were not done with ballroom yet,” said Michael. “We looked around and said, ‘What’s next?’”
It was a shoe-string operation, with a budget of just $50,000. But what it lacked in resources, it made up for in passion and dedication.
Company members used their skills to craft and present dances that tell stories at venues such as the State Theater, The Fitzgerald and Orchestra Hall. "Murder at the Green Lantern Saloon," for example, was about the mob underworld of St. Paul.
Beyond Ballroom is best known for its ballroom retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale.” It also regularly performed “Red Ridinghood Suite,” which will be on the program at the Cowles Center, Feb. 13-22.
Time to start brushing up on your air-drumming technique again, Rush fans. Neil Peart and the guys are coming back to Xcel Energy Center on May 12 as only the third stop on their 40th anniversary tour. Tickets go on sale Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. for $48.50-$128.50 through Ticketmaster and the arena box office.
With no new album to promote, the Canadian trio is promising to pull tracks from throughout its 40-year discography for the 34-city R40 Live Tour, which kicks off May 8 in Tulsa, Okla. Technically, the band is marking its 41st anniversary in 2015, since its debut album landed in 1974, but Rush fans aren’t the type to quibble over facts and numbers. Ha! Just kidding.
Rush’s last time in the Twin Cities was a 2012 concert at Target Center behind its last album, “Clockwork Angels.”
A country stadium show has been been announced for the Twin Cities, and for once, it doesn't involve Kenny Chesney.
Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will play TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis June 20.
Bryan, who last performed in the Twin Cities in March 2014 at Xcel Energy Center, announced his tour plans for the rest of the year, which include his first foray into Europe and seven U.S. stadium shows on his Kick Up the Dust Tour. Thomas Rhett also will join him at TCF Bank and the other stadium concerts.
No ticket information has been announced for the show.
Bryan will also play May 8 in Grand Forks, N.D. and May 9 in Sioux Falls, S.D. but Florida Georgia Line is not on those dates.
It will be the first country stadium show in the metro in this century not featuring Chesney. TCF Bank Stadium has been the site of big concerts by U2 and Imagine Dragons as well as smaller shows by Iggy Azalea and Atmosphere.
Chesney, meanwhile, will be returning to Target Field July 18-19 with Jason Aldean. The concerts will be his third and fourth at the Twins stadium in four years.
Walker Art Center’s big, 89.3 the Current co-sponsored summer music fest Rock the Garden will be a two-day event for the second year in a row. The Walker just announced the dates for the 2015 installment, June 20-21, and promised to announce the lineup of performers on March 31. Tickets will go on sale April 2 for Walker and Minnesota Public Radio members, and to everyone else April 7.
Thanks in part to the addition of the second day, last year’s lineup with Spoon and De La Soul for headliners was the first time in several years the tickets didn’t sell out right away. Organizers were nonetheless happy with the results, since the additional day of music amounts to an additional day of revenue over the same set-up costs whether it’s a one-day or two-day event.
A majority of last year’s 11,000-per-day tickets were sold as single-day tickets rather than two-day passes, which also opens up more chances to bring in new members with the added ticket availability. Both the Walker and Current are non-profit organizations use the rock fest as both a fundraiser and a memberhip-generator. Get more info on becoming a Walker member here, or an MPR member here.
“The key word here is still ‘benefit,’ ” Doug Benidt, the Walker’s assistant curator of performing arts, said last year about making it a two-day event. “Doing it this way is for the greater benefit of both organizations.”
Two concerts for nostalgia-seeking Generation X-ers were announced by Xcel Energy Center this morning.
MÖTLEY CRÜE (Aug. 5): They really mean it this time. The Crüe will return to Xcel Energy Center on Aug. 5 on what it’s calling the “last leg” of its final tour. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office for $20-$125, same price range as the band’s other final show there in November. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper will once again be the opener.
That November show (reviewed here) made up for a decade of mostly lackluster Crüe shows in the Twin Cities with an inordinate amount of fire, musically and literally speaking. The band kicked off its final tour last spring and will keep going through 2015, with their final final show scheduled on New Year’s Eve at Staples Center in their native Los Angeles.
A big show for Twin Cities metal fans of a more modern, less hairspray-covered ilk, Atlanta’s thrashing prog-rock favorites Mastodon also just announced another date at Myth in Maplewood on April 16 with ‘90s crunch-rock vets Clutch as a co-headliner. Those tickets also go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through AXS.com for $29.50. The Myth gig is the first date on the so-called Missing Link Tour, which will also feature Seattle’s Big Business for an opening band.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK (May 20): The '80s boy band is still hanging tough after rebounded to arena status with a 2008 comeback tour and will once again play the X on May 20, this time with a pair of classic R&B/hip-hop acts for openers, Nelly and the two surviving members of TLC. Dubbed the Main Event Tour, the shows will have a couple different pre-sale ticket offers starting Friday. Tickets for the St. Paul date go on sale Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office for $29.50-$91.50.
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