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With the Minnesota Orchestral Association's annual meeting set for Dec. 11, the locked-out musicians are getting out their version of the past year a couple of days earlier. The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will hold a public meeting next Monday, Dec. 9, at the downtown Hilton, which sits across from Orchestra Hall.
The Musicians say they will unveil a new mission statement "that they will work to fulfill in the years going forward, with or without the Minnesota Orchestral Association."
The Musicians have formed a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $300,000 since August.
The meeting Monday will be at 10:30 in the Duluth Room of the Hilton, at 1001 Marquette Av. S., Mpls.
Garrison Keillor/ Star Tribune photo by Tom Wallace
Garrison Keillor will bring his “A Prairie Home Companion” to his home base, the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, for seven shows in January, February and March.
Guests will include Rhonda Vincent, Paula Poundstone, Hilary Thavis and Mike Compton & Joe Newberry.
After being on tour in Texas, Tennessee and elsewhere, PHC will be broadcast live from the Fitzgerald on Jan. 17 and 25, Feb. 1 and March 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Tickets, priced from $32 to $48, will go on sale at noon Wednesday through Ticketmaster outlets (including 1-800-745-3000) and at the Fitzgerald box office.
Doomtree’s ninth annual Blowout marathon keeps growing, this time with the addition of a movie night. On Wednesday, Dec. 11 – the night before the first of four Blowout concerts – those happy hip-hoppers will host a virtual viewing party for their documentary, “Team the Best Team.”
Fans can stream or download the movie ($2.99), and starting at 9 p.m. the members of Doomtree themselves will all press “play” at the same time and begin chiming in via Twitter to talk about the film. Yes, sort of like the commentary extras on a DVD, but in this case the commentary will be live. Hashtag: #BlowoutEve.
Issued last year on DVD and directed by the crew’s friend Chris Hadland, “Team the Best Team” captures the crew on their 2012 tour behind the “No Kings” album, including a stop at Lollapalooza in Chicago and a literally washed-out gig at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. While the documentary shows off the good and the bad of the road life, Doomtree also issued a new video for the song of the same name made up of footage from the film. At least in the video, it looks like no group has more fun being together on the road (see below).
All of Doomtree’s Blowout concerts are sold out save for the last one, Sunday night at First Ave.
In what we’re guessing will be his first-ever appearance in the Twin Cities, Texas’ back-from-the-brink cosmic rock legend Roky Erickson of 13th Floor Elevators notoriety is finally set to perform at First Avenue on Feb. 3 with fellow Austin rockers the Black Angels as his backing band. Tickets ($20) are already on sale at First Ave outlets.
As the earth-rumbling howler and otherworldly lyricist in the Elevators and later the Aliens, Erickson pioneered psychedelic rock in the mid-‘60s and went on to influence the likes of R.E.M. to Jack White with such songs as “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” “I Walked With a Zombie” and “Reverberation.”
As was well chronicled in the documentary “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” though, Erickson was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1968 and suffered years of mistreatment during a decade-long prison stay after being busted with a single joint. He became a recluse through the ‘80s and ‘90s as his mental-health issues persisted, in which time he was the subject of a rather stellar tribute/benefit album, “Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye,” featuring R.E.M., ZZ Top, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Doug Sahm and the Butthole Surfers.
By 2005, though, Erickson’s mental state took something of a miraculous turnaround, and he began performing again with such hometown backers as the Meat Puppets and Okkervil River, the latter of whom recorded a 2010 album with him, “True Love Casts Out All Evil.” He and the Black Angels have also recorded a new record, “Indigo Meadow.”
As someone who has seen Erickson perform in recent years and in the years he was very bad off – including a few well-intentioned Austin gigs where he stood on stage with his arms crossed and wouldn’t sing – I can verify this is a true comeback story. Don’t miss this one. Here's a video for proof.
Sales of her latest album aren’t exactly golden and her “Saturday Night Live” performance was widely panned, but Lady Gaga is still expected to do monstrous ticket sales for her May 20 date at Xcel Energy Center and the 24 other dates of her newly announced ARTPOP Ball Tour. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. for $37, $51.50, $87 and $202 via Ticketmaster or the arena box office. Pre-sale access to tickets will be offered via her fanclub site Littlemonsters.com from Dec. 10-12 and via Citiprivatepass.com (for Citi credit card users) starting Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.
The tour kicks off two weeks prior to St. Paul in Fort Lauderdale on May 4. It also includes a May 22 date at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg – with a day off in between, which leaves an open date for a second Xcel Center gig to be added if ticket sales prove strong.
If album sales are an indicator, though, Gaga may have a hard time selling out a two-night at the X like she did in 2010 on her Monster Ball Tour. Gaga’s latest album, “ARTPOP,” debuted at No. 1 in Billboard two weeks ago with around 258,000 U.S. copies sold the first week, but that was down significantly from the 1.1 million first week sales of her 2011 album, “Fame Monster.” The album has already slipped to No. 2 while Eminem’s record regained No. 1.
Of course, artists tour to promote records, and few tour the way Gaga does. The Monster Ball shows were a true spectacle with a flaming piano, giant diamond ice princess dress and all sorts of glam décor and ambisexual dancers who would make even Madonna smile. The production scheme of her new tour has not yet been revealed.