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Sharon Jones is sticking to her word. After canceling her 2013 tour and postponing the release of her album last year while she underwent treatment for cancer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will return April 9 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis and their fifth album, “Give the People What They Want,” will be released Jan. 14.
The soul dynamo and her Brooklyn band were scheduled to perform last July at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis but, after the announcement of her cancer in June, all her performances were called off and the August release of the album postponed.
Jones and the Dap-Kings have built a following in the Twin Cities with winning performances at First Avenue, the State Fair, Rock the Garden and the Pantages, among other places.
Tickets for the April concert will go on sale at noon Saturday at the State box office and Ticketmaster outlets.
Hey, at least MGMT didn’t cancel the show and blame “routing logistics.” The psychedelic synth-rock band’s Nov. 18 gig at Roy Wilkins Auditorium is moving across town to First Avenue, a sure sign it wasn’t selling tickets – but inarguably a good move for the fans who are planning to go. First Ave’s capacity is 1,600 people, compared to the Wilkins’ 5,000. The acoustics are about 1,600 times better, too.
All tickets to the Wilkins performance will be honored at First Ave -- and there's still room for more, too. Extra tickets are on sale via the club’s outlets ($29.50). Refunds will also be given at points of purchase if anyone can’t make it to the new location, but concert promoter Jam Productions urged fans to turn them in before Nov. 15 “so someone else will have an opportunity to attend.”
MGMT enjoyed a big coming-out year in 2007 with its debut album, "Oracular Spectacular," which landed the insatiably catchy hits "Kids," "Time to Pretend" and "Electric Feel" and earned the Connecticut duo a best new artist nomination at the Grammys. However, the follow-up album, "Congratulations," was notoriously dull, as was the band's headlining set at Rock the Garden that year. This year's wigged-out eponymous album also earned mixed marks and has failed to land any hit singles.
After calling it a postponement last week, West has apparently changed his tune yet again and outright canceled his concert originally scheduled this past Tuesday at Target Center. The announcement was first on West’s website and has been confirmed by arena representatives, who issued a release saying ticketholders should seek refunds at the point of purchase.
The posting on West’s site says the Minneapolis, Denver, St. Louis, Columbus and Montreal dates and the already twice-postponed Vancouver shows are off due to “routing logistics.” Only his delayed Chicago, Toronto and Detroit concerts will be made up.
Since tours ranging from Econoline-driving indie bands to U2-sized gigantor productions seem to be able to handle the challenges to get from the Twin Cities to Chicago to St. Louis in a day’s time, West seems to be dealing here with more than just “routing logistics.” His tour had already gone through two postponements in its first week and a half before the truck accident last week that damaged his 60-foot LED video screen, which was deemed integral to his performances and thus blamed for all the aforementioned postponements.
A rather thorough check of availability on Ticketmaster the week before the Target Center date -- I was researching for a Sunday cover story that we pulled off the presses last-minute -- showed that ample tickets were available in all sections of the arena, including the general-admission floor and reserved sections close to the stage. West previously canceled two other Twin Cities concert dates in 2007 and 2011.
It’s really starting to feel like we can’t escape you, Miley Cyrus.
After several months of media hoopla/saturation and then the announcement that she will co-headline the KDWB Jingle Ball on Dec. 10, the teen-pop-princess-turned-controversial-twerker has confirmed another concert at Xcel Energy Center on March 10 as part of her own Bangerz Tour.
Tickets for Cyrus’ St. Paul date go on sale Nov. 16 via Ticketmaster or the arena box office. Seemingly a new policy from wealthy tour promoter Live Nation, ticket prices were not named with the show announcement. Some of the other dates on the tour are already listed at Ticketmaster as $39.50-$89.50.
Parents who shelled out $200-$500 to scalpers for tickets to Cyrus’ 2007 date at Target Center -- when she was in her Disney-fed “Hannah Montana” heyday – should hopefully be off the hook this time around, both because of lesser demand and (if they're lucky) the maturation of those former Hannah fans. But if not, they can try the American Express pre-sale that begins Tuesday. There’s also a fanclub-type pre-sale opportunity via a Facebook RSVP page.
Cyrus' album, "Bangerz," has produced two hit singles in the form of "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball," the latter of which is sitting at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The record rode a wave of hype following Cyrus' widely scorned performance with her Jingle Ball partner Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, and appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and the cover of Rolling Stone last month.
Make that eight shows, so far.
Funnyman Dave Chappelle, who famously quit his Comedy Central show in 2005 and has been doing stand-up gigs ever since, will do at least eight performances next week at First Avenue in Minneapolis
Chappelle, who remains hugely popular, has been doing these "pop up" concerts across the country. He last performed in the Twin Cities in Aug. 2012, a show at the State Theatre that was similarly announced at the last minute and that quickly sold out. Capacity for the First Ave shows will be capped at around 500.
The "Chappelle's Show" star was heckled recently in Hartford, Conn., which inspired a colorful reaction from the 40-year-old comic.
At First Avenue, he plans to do shows at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday -- the latter ones were announced after the first few sold out right away. Tickets for those, $55, are currently on sale.