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Justin Timberlake is coming to the X in February/ Associated Press photo by Joel Ryan
Twin Cities music fans will have to wait until next year to see Justin Timberlake here – Feb. 9 at Xcel Energy Center, to be exact – but some big middle-of-the-road pop names are coming in the meantime:
Diana Ross Aug. 28 at the Orpheum Theatre, Michael Buble Sept 11 at the X and Josh Groban Oct. 19 at Target Center.
Tickets for Miss Ross, priced from $45 to $129, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the State Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets and hennepintheatretrust.org.
Groban tickets, priced from $49.50 to $99.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at axs.com, livenation.com, targetcenter.com and Target Center.
No ticket details have been announced for Buble, whose St. Paul concert will be the second on the U.S. leg of his tour.
No ticket information has been announced for Timberlake and what will be the second to last show on his arena tour.
Metallica did it. Britney Spears and U2, too. Def Leppard might’ve been the first to popularize it. And now comes Josh Groban, who will perform “in-the-round” at Target Center on Oct. 19 as part of his cleverly named In the Round Tour. Classical music’s favorite pop star – or pop music’s favorite classical dude – will erect a stage in the middle of the arena that provides a 360-view onto the audience.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $99.50, $69.50 and $49.50. You can buy them at Target Center’s Box Office, online at TargetCenter.com, AXS.com; www.livenation.com, or call 888.9.AXS.TIX. There should be plenty of room for the big circular stage: Groban’s show in town drew a modest 7,000 fans to Target Center in 2011.
As is often the Twins’ game plan, it’s the little things that add up to make winning games. The team is adding a little extra fun to its Wednesday outings this year to win over fans in the form of the Midwest Music Series, wherein local bands will perform a mini-concert before each game from a balcony in left field (below the Budweiser Party Deck), and then they will drop in music here and there throughout.
The series was put together by the team with the Pohlad-owned Twins broadcasting station KTWIN 96.3 FM, which is also hosting a contest to win the final slot in the series on Aug. 28. Bands can submit a song and short bio to: The Sound Factor / Midwest Music Showcase, 96.3 K-TWIN, 420 North 5th Street, Suite 150, Minneapolis, MN 55401; or via email at Contest@KTWIN.com.
Of the bands who already won slots, the date to circle is clearly the July 3 pairing of P.O.S. with the Yankees. Who needs fireworks?! The 4onthefloor kicks off the series at the May 15 day game after already performing at Target Field last year, as did Trampled by Turtles, who return Aug. 14. Here's a little video clip from TBT's appearance last year. By a wonderful coincidence, Wednesdays also happen to be Dollar-a-Dog Day at the ballpark again this year. Here’s the full schedule:
MAY 15: The 4onthefloor (12:10 p.m. vs. White Sox)
MAY 29: GB Leighton (7:10 p.m. vs. Brewers)
JUNE 12: Jack Knife & the Sharps (7:10 p.m. vs. Phillies)
JUNE 19: Hitchville (7:10 p.m. vs. White Sox)
JULY 3: P.O.S. (7:10 p.m. vs. Yankees)
JULY 31: Rocket Club (7: 10 p.m. vs. Royals)
AUG. 14: Trampled by Turtles (12:10 p.m. vs. Indians)
AUG. 28: Sound Factor contest winner (7:10 p.m. vs. Royals)
Next weekend’s pair of hometown gigs by Nicholas David Mrozinski at First Avenue have turned into a bona-fide reunion for last season’s contestants from NBC’s “The Voice.”
The St. Paul-based hippie-soul bellower just announced that Terry McDermott -- the Scotsman who took No. 2 over Nicholas’s third-place finish on the show -- will join him at Saturday’s gig alongside No. 4 finalist Trevin Hunte. Friday’s lineup will spotlight earlier cast-offs Melanie Martinez and Todd Kessler, both of whom will then stay around and sing on Saturday, too. Kessler was the guy who lost to Nicholas in the battle rounds when they dueted through Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone.” Hunte was the big teddy-bear-looking, R&B-singing fella from New York who shared many a hug with Nicholas near the end of Season 3.
Interestingly, Nicholas isn’t flying in these one-time competitors to help drive ticket sales for the concerts, his first full hometown gigs since TV fame came his way last fall. Friday’s show sold out right away, and Saturday is well on its way (click here for ticket info, $15). He’s also giving some of his local cohorts a chance to play First Ave with him, including Desdamona and Alex Rossi both nights, plus Heatbox on Friday and Teague Alexy on Saturday. One name conspicuously not on either lineup is Cassadee Pope, the winner of Season 3 – who, ironically, has performed at First Avenue before when she was in the emo band Hey Monday.
Prince’s spring West Coast tour of clubs and theaters will now bring him to east of the Mississippi River – to the Myth in Maplewood, for two shows on May 25. He will be performing with his backup band, 3rdEyeGirl.
Tickets for the performances, at 8 and 11:30 p.m., will cost a royal $259 (about the same as his gigs out west). They go on sale Saturday at noon via etix.com, mythlive.com and the Myth box office. For info, call 651-779-6984.
Prince warmed up for this tour with six shows over three nights in January at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. With room for 300, the Dakota is tiny compared to the Myth, which can accommodate about 3,200.