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Jon Bream

Reporter | Pop Music
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Since he began covering popular music for the Star Tribune in 1974, Jon Bream has attended more than 7,000 concerts and interviewed the King of Pop, the Queen of Soul and Prince as well as Bob Dylan, U2, three Beatles, four Rolling Stones and all of Maroon 5. He has performed with Alice Cooper, jogged with Willie Nelson and received Taylor Swift's calls from three different cell numbers. He has written books on Prince, Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan. But Jon has yet to satisfy a request of many Star Tribune readers: that he take a music-appreciation class.
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Twin Cities concerts of the week: Regina Spektor at the Palace, Jimi Hendrix tribute at Mystic Lake

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Regina Spektor at the Palace, Jimi Hendrix tribute at Mystic Lake

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Are you cool with stars lip syncing? It might depend on how old you are

Are you cool with stars lip syncing? It might depend on how old you are

Opinions have changed on faking it for concerts and TV. Our critic found a generation gap among stars — and fans.
Review: Miranda Lambert gets into St. Paddy's Day spirit in St. Paul

Review: Miranda Lambert gets into St. Paddy's Day spirit in St. Paul

Divorce and drinking were her topics Friday night at the X.
Review: Ariana Grande's voice glows in the dark

Review: Ariana Grande's voice glows in the dark

The 23-year-old vocal knockout hit the right notes at Xcel Energy Center, but the performance was badly staged.
Okee Dokee Brothers hit Minnesota Zoo and Orchestra Hall this weekend

Okee Dokee Brothers hit Minnesota Zoo and Orchestra Hall this weekend

The Twin Cities band has become big-time contenders in the world of kids' music.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa at the Orpheum, P.O.S. at First Ave

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa at the Orpheum, P.O.S. at First Ave

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
St. Paul's Palace Theatre springs back to life with sold-out show

St. Paul's Palace Theatre springs back to life with sold-out show

The 101-year-old, partly renovated, partly deteriorated Palace Theatre reopened Friday in downtown St. Paul with local hip-hop favorite Atmosphere on the stage.
Prince protege Liv Warfield returns to Minneapolis for Dakota show

Prince protege Liv Warfield returns to Minneapolis for Dakota show

Prince protege Liv Warfield carries on with famous singers from Heart and the Purple universe.
Where to park, where to eat for concerts at downtown St. Paul's Palace Theatre

Where to park, where to eat for concerts at downtown St. Paul's Palace Theatre

Heading to the newly reopened Palace Theatre this weekend? Here are tips for visiting the remodeled theater, which opens with three shows this weekend.
Review: At 70, Patti Smith still shines as a rock 'n' roll original

Review: At 70, Patti Smith still shines as a rock 'n' roll original

Patti Smith brought a sell-out crowd to its feet with the fierce, enduring originality of "Horses."
Meet the Minneapolis mogul behind First Avenue's ever-expanding concert empire

Meet the Minneapolis mogul behind First Avenue's ever-expanding concert empire

Nate Kranz is the force behind First Avenue's music kingdom – including the renovated Palace Theatre.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lake Street Dive at First Ave, Tabah at the Turf Club

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lake Street Dive at First Ave, Tabah at the Turf Club

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Renaissance man Sting returns to rock, and to the Twin Cities

Renaissance man Sting returns to rock, and to the Twin Cities

Sting is set to play his first Twin Cities club concert since 1979.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Jazz darling Maria Schneider comes home with Minn.-inspired 'Thompson Fields'

Jazz darling Maria Schneider comes home with Minn.-inspired 'Thompson Fields'

Jazz composer Maria Schneider returns to perform a Grammy-winning work born in rural Minnesota.
Grammys go crazy for Prince: Tribute took months of planning

Grammys go crazy for Prince: Tribute took months of planning

Bruno Mars sang "Let's Go Crazy" and it started with the Time, the hit-making Minneapolis band Prince put together around singer Morris Day in 1981.
She had them at 'Hello': Adele tops Beyoncé in a Grammy showdown

She had them at 'Hello': Adele tops Beyoncé in a Grammy showdown

Adele topped Beyoncé in a record-setting sweep of the top Grammy Awards.
Who will win big at the Grammys? Our critic weighs in with his predictions

Who will win big at the Grammys? Our critic weighs in with his predictions

Our critic predicts the winners at Sunday's Grammy Awards in the four biggest categories.
Minnesota nominees dish on how much it costs to attend the Grammys

Minnesota nominees dish on how much it costs to attend the Grammys

What local nominees Mint Condition and Okee Dokee Brothers are spending to go to the awards — and what they hope to get out of the trip.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ratt at Treasure Island, Poliça & Spank Rock at First Avenue

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ratt at Treasure Island, Poliça & Spank Rock at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dawes and Ladysmith Black Mambazo play concerts at State Theatre

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dawes and Ladysmith Black Mambazo play concerts at State Theatre

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Who will perform at 2018 Super Bowl? Our critic places his bets

Who will perform at 2018 Super Bowl? Our critic places his bets

It might be too early to predict which teams will be playing in the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis, but it's not too early to speculate on who will be the featured halftime entertainer. Who's your pick?
Review: Cabaret darling McKay sings/tells odd tale of jazz musician Billy Tipton

Review: Cabaret darling McKay sings/tells odd tale of jazz musician Billy Tipton

REVIEW: Nellie McKay's "A Girl Named Bill" is a ton of clever fun.
Singer Nellie McKay brings her gender-swapping show to the Dakota Jazz Club

Singer Nellie McKay brings her gender-swapping show to the Dakota Jazz Club

Cabaret darling Nellie McKay brings her gender-swapping show "A Girl Named Bill" to the Dakota.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: 50 Cent at Myth, Winter Jazz Festival remembers DJ Leigh Kamman

Twin Cities concerts of the week: 50 Cent at Myth, Winter Jazz Festival remembers DJ Leigh Kamman

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Review: Eric Church shows who's the Boss at Target Center

Review: Eric Church shows who's the Boss at Target Center

The country star evoked Bruce Springsteen, taking a page from his marathon concerts.
Soul-baring Danish pop band Lukas Graham needs to mature onstage

Soul-baring Danish pop band Lukas Graham needs to mature onstage

Review: The hitmakers behind "7 Years" charmed a Top-40 crowd at the Myth, despite the frontman's confusing motormouth.
The art of Garfunkel without Simon: He serenades sellout crowd at Pantages

The art of Garfunkel without Simon: He serenades sellout crowd at Pantages

His hair and voice have faded, but the nostalgia still remains.
What's next for Patti LaBelle? Cooking, dancing diva previews Mpls. concert

What's next for Patti LaBelle? Cooking, dancing diva previews Mpls. concert

When Patti LaBelle hits the stage Saturday at the State Theatre, the soul diva will have one attitude and it's not a new one: Please the people.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love at First Avenue, the Lumineers at Target Center

Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love at First Avenue, the Lumineers at Target Center

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Paisley Park vs. Graceland: How do these royal museums compare?

Paisley Park vs. Graceland: How do these royal museums compare?

They're run by the same people, but how do Elvis' Graceland and Prince's Paisley Park stack up?
Pal Deborah Cox channels 'essence of Whitney' for 'Bodyguard' in Minneapolis

Pal Deborah Cox channels 'essence of Whitney' for 'Bodyguard' in Minneapolis

R&B star Deborah Cox will play "The Bodyguard" role of her friend Whitney Houston in a musical coming to the Orpheum.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: David Lowrey returns to Minneapolis with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

Twin Cities concerts of the week: David Lowrey returns to Minneapolis with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Iffy, King and a trippy New Year's Eve with Prof and Big Gigantic

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Iffy, King and a trippy New Year's Eve with Prof and Big Gigantic

Iffy: Ahead of the times in blending psychedelic electronic loops and dance beats into the rock aesthetic in the late-'90s, Iffy is finally making up…
Amid much loss, Beyoncé breathed life into 2016 with 'Lemonade'

Amid much loss, Beyoncé breathed life into 2016 with 'Lemonade'

Queen Bey modeled vitality in a year marked by loss.
Best concerts of the week: Mark Mallman at Icehouse, the Bad Plus at the Dakota

Best concerts of the week: Mark Mallman at Icehouse, the Bad Plus at the Dakota

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Best concerts of the week: Kristin Hersh at Cedar Cultural Center, Lizzo at First Avenue

Best concerts of the week: Kristin Hersh at Cedar Cultural Center, Lizzo at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
They'll be home for Christmas concerts: A guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's favorite acts

They'll be home for Christmas concerts: A guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's favorite acts

Your guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's enduring local acts.
Review: Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde empower each other

Review: Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde empower each other

Hall of Famers rock St. Paul with familiar and obscure songs.
Best concerts of the week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Curtiss A's annual John Lennon Tribute

Best concerts of the week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Curtiss A's annual John Lennon Tribute

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Time's Jesse Johnson returns to First Ave, a venue that 'always felt strange'

Time's Jesse Johnson returns to First Ave, a venue that 'always felt strange'

After stints with the Time and D'Angelo, guitar ace Jesse Johnson returns to First Avenue fronting a power trio.
Best concert of the week: The Pines & Frankie Lee at the Cedar

Best concert of the week: The Pines & Frankie Lee at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Best concerts of the week: Farewell Milwaukee at Turf Club, Ike Reilly Assassination at First Ave

Best concerts of the week: Farewell Milwaukee at Turf Club, Ike Reilly Assassination at First Ave

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Gifts for music lovers: 7 new books to pair with classic albums

Gifts for music lovers: 7 new books to pair with classic albums

What to buy for the audiophile on your shopping list? These new books pair nicely with classic albums.
From 'Letterman' to St. Paul, singer Darlene Love loves Christmas

From 'Letterman' to St. Paul, singer Darlene Love loves Christmas

Hall of Fame singer Darlene Love saw her career rejuvenated by a holiday song that will bring her to St. Paul.
Best concerts of the week: Bank of Horses at State Theatre, Black Market Brass rides good buzz with debut album

Best concerts of the week: Bank of Horses at State Theatre, Black Market Brass rides good buzz with debut album

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Best concerts of the week: Culture Club at Treasure Island, Dilated Peoples & Allan Kingdom at Mill City Nights

Best concerts of the week: Culture Club at Treasure Island, Dilated Peoples & Allan Kingdom at Mill City Nights

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Teen Idol and Minnesota Nice: Critic Jon Bream on 35 years of covering Bobby Vee

Teen Idol and Minnesota Nice: Critic Jon Bream on 35 years of covering Bobby Vee

Rock stars have big attitudes, bad habits and broken marriages. Not so with Bobby Vee.
Starting with Prince, First Ave photographer showed rise of Cities music scene

Starting with Prince, First Ave photographer showed rise of Cities music scene

Daniel Corrigan highlights 35 years of Minnesota music in his new book "Heyday."
Starting with Prince, First Avenue photographer chronicled rise of Twin Cities music scene

Starting with Prince, First Avenue photographer chronicled rise of Twin Cities music scene

Photographer Daniel Corrigan highlights 35 years of Minnesota music in his new book "Heyday."
Starting with Prince, First Avenue photographer chronicled rise of Twin Cities music scene

Starting with Prince, First Avenue photographer chronicled rise of Twin Cities music scene

Photographer Daniel Corrigan highlights 35 years of Minnesota music in his new book "Heyday."
Sheila E salutes Prince with purpose, dignity and spirit at Orchestra Hall

Sheila E salutes Prince with purpose, dignity and spirit at Orchestra Hall

Review: Her tribute Sunday at Orchestra Hall celebrated his commitment to causes.
Grieving Sheila E promises '99.9 percent' Prince songs at Orchestra Hall tribute

Grieving Sheila E promises '99.9 percent' Prince songs at Orchestra Hall tribute

From a tattoo to a tribute concert Sunday in Minneapolis, the drummer is saluting her friend and ex-fiance.
Best concerts of the week: 'I Love the '90s' at Target Center, Sheila E pays tribute to Prince at Orchestra Hall

Best concerts of the week: 'I Love the '90s' at Target Center, Sheila E pays tribute to Prince at Orchestra Hall

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Carrie Underwood in the round, very loud, at Xcel

Carrie Underwood in the round, very loud, at Xcel

Review: There's no such thing as "country simple" at the megastar's rocking Storyteller Tour.
Is Bob Dylan Nobel Prize-worthy? Yes, and his words still deliver a sting

Is Bob Dylan Nobel Prize-worthy? Yes, and his words still deliver a sting

The Minnesota native reinvented songwriting for popular music.
Who's performing at Prince tribute concert in St. Paul?

Who's performing at Prince tribute concert in St. Paul?

How the performers at Thursday's big tribute concert are connected to Prince.
Dylan, McCartney, the Stones and more — Desert Trip is rock heaven

Dylan, McCartney, the Stones and more — Desert Trip is rock heaven

California's Desert Trip set a new standard for rock festivals — at least for well-heeled baby boomers.
Best concerts of the week: Glass Animals at Myth, Sonny Knight & the Lakers at First Avenue

Best concerts of the week: Glass Animals at Myth, Sonny Knight & the Lakers at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Brian Wilson has good vibrations in Orpheum Theatre performance

Brian Wilson has good vibrations in Orpheum Theatre performance

The Beach Boys' guiding light wasn't in great form, but his band was.
Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson dishes on memoir, Mpls. 'Pet Sounds' concert

Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson dishes on memoir, Mpls. 'Pet Sounds' concert

Troubled Beach Boys genius returns with a new book and a re-creation of "Pet Sounds."
Best concerts of the week: Terence Blanchard at the Ordway, more

Best concerts of the week: Terence Blanchard at the Ordway, more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Best concerts of the week: Drive By Truckers at First Avenue and more

Best concerts of the week: Drive By Truckers at First Avenue and more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.

Cedar Cultural Center awarded $500,000 to boost Minnesota residencies for Somali artists

A newly awarded $500,000 grant will enable the Cedar Cultural Center to set up multiweek residencies for Somali artists at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, St.…
Sheila E. to play Prince tribute show Oct. 23 at Orchestra Hall

Sheila E. to play Prince tribute show Oct. 23 at Orchestra Hall

His ex-drummer won't be at the big tribute concert but she'll headline one of her own.
10 pop concerts for fall: Brian Wilson revisits 'Pet Sounds,' Kanye West brings Saint Pablo to St. Paul

10 pop concerts for fall: Brian Wilson revisits 'Pet Sounds,' Kanye West brings Saint Pablo to St. Paul

Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Last time he was in the Twin Cities, adventurous jazz pianist Mehldau collaborated with mandolin master Chris Thile, the new…
For Blake Shelton's first Xcel show, BS + GS = Big Success

For Blake Shelton's first Xcel show, BS + GS = Big Success

REVIEW: His love interest, pop star Gwen Stefani, provided a sweet bonus on the first of his two nights performing this weekend in St. Paul.
Best concerts of the week: Belly at First Avenue, Robert Randolph plays the Cabooze

Best concerts of the week: Belly at First Avenue, Robert Randolph plays the Cabooze

  Echo & the Bunnymen: Now trimmed to the duo of Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, the Liverpudlian post-punk band favorably recalls 1984’s heyday…
Prince tribute show is set for Oct. 13, but at Xcel Center

Prince tribute show is set for Oct. 13, but at Xcel Center

Among those scheduled to perform in St. Paul: Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer and Tori Kelly.
Set to fill Xcel Center (twice) – why Blake Shelton is country music's biggest star

Set to fill Xcel Center (twice) – why Blake Shelton is country music's biggest star

Blake Shelton is the biggest thing in country music right now. And it's not just because he's 6 feet 5. Here are 13 reasons why he has become so gosh darn popular.
No contract, no official info for Prince tribute show at stadium

No contract, no official info for Prince tribute show at stadium

The concert announced for U.S. Bank Stadium is only a month away, but it remains a mystery, frustrating fans around the world.
Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill: Who covered Prince for Minnesota concerts?

Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill: Who covered Prince for Minnesota concerts?

Lots of visiting musicians have paid tribute to Prince by covering his songs. Here's a rundown of some of them.
Best concerts of the week: Bob Mould leads Summit Backyard Bash, double bill featuring NRBQ and Los Straitjackets

Best concerts of the week: Bob Mould leads Summit Backyard Bash, double bill featuring NRBQ and Los Straitjackets

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Bonnie Raitt gets emotional over Minnesota in gracious, spirited concert

Bonnie Raitt gets emotional over Minnesota in gracious, spirited concert

She showed love for Prince and a host of local musicians.
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