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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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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.
Three nights of Revolution: Reflecting on Prince tribute concerts at First Avenue

Three nights of Revolution: Reflecting on Prince tribute concerts at First Avenue

The three-night reunion by Prince's old band, the Revolution, finally found the fun at First Avenue.
Revolution grieves rather than celebrates Prince at First Avenue

Revolution grieves rather than celebrates Prince at First Avenue

REVIEW: There was a big hole in the middle at the first of three reunion concerts by his "Purple Rain" band.
Garrison Keillor gets Gopher-centric for Minnesota State Fair show

Garrison Keillor gets Gopher-centric for Minnesota State Fair show

His grandstand gig was all about Minnesota — and the State Fair.
Best concerts of the week: Weezer at the State Fair, Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

Best concerts of the week: Weezer at the State Fair, Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

  Weezer: With their plethora of goofy, catchy radio hits — from the heavy faves “Buddy Holly” and “Hash Pipe” to the lighter “Island in…
Bonnie Raitt returns to Minnesota, a place she considers her 'second home'

Bonnie Raitt returns to Minnesota, a place she considers her 'second home'

Bonnie Raitt, who made her first album in Minnesota, returns to the State Fair.
Best concerts of the week: Malamanya, Guided by Voices, Minnesota State Fair

Best concerts of the week: Malamanya, Guided by Voices, Minnesota State Fair

Your guide to the Twin Cities's must-see shows this week.
Review: No Disney magic as Jonas, Lovato hit grandstand

Review: No Disney magic as Jonas, Lovato hit grandstand

Review: Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato didn't deliver like they used to.
Review: Don Henley tries life in the country lane

Review: Don Henley tries life in the country lane

His triumphant State Fair concert featured Eagles and solo hits and new material from his "Cass County" album.
Citing 'no proper tribute,' Prince & the Revolution survivors plan 'grieving' gigs

Citing 'no proper tribute,' Prince & the Revolution survivors plan 'grieving' gigs

The members of Prince & the Revolution will grieve with three sold-out First Avenue concerts.
Prince & the Revolution: Who are they, and where are they now?

Prince & the Revolution: Who are they, and where are they now?

What has everyone been doing all these years? We catch up with Wendy, Lisa and other members of the Revolution.
Dez Dickerson and André Cymone: Why these early Prince collaborators joined the Revolution's tribute concerts

Dez Dickerson and André Cymone: Why these early Prince collaborators joined the Revolution's tribute concerts

These early Prince partners talk about their relationship with Prince and their involvement in the Revolution's tribute concerts.
Public tours of Paisley Park to begin in October

Public tours of Paisley Park to begin in October

It may not be like Elvis Presley's Graceland, but Prince's Paisley Park could open as a museum on Oct. 6.
Best concerts of the week: Har Mar Superstar takes the zoo, rare solo show featuring Bad Plus pianist

Best concerts of the week: Har Mar Superstar takes the zoo, rare solo show featuring Bad Plus pianist

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Review: Country star Luke Bryan scores big in first show at U.S. Bank Stadium

Review: Country star Luke Bryan scores big in first show at U.S. Bank Stadium

The Country Music Association's reigning entertainer of the year pandered to the fans with Vikings-worthy cheerleading but entertained with flair.
The Eagles: Why we love them, why we hate them

The Eagles: Why we love them, why we hate them

With surviving singer Don Henley coming to the State Fair, it's time to reassess his bestselling band.
How to master U.S. Bank Stadium: Tips for concertgoers

How to master U.S. Bank Stadium: Tips for concertgoers

Heading to U.S. Bank Stadium for the Luke Bryan or Metallica concerts this week? Here are some tips to help make your experience more satisfying.
Luke Bryan ready to shake it for first concert at U.S. Bank Stadium

Luke Bryan ready to shake it for first concert at U.S. Bank Stadium

Luke Bryan talks about his dance moves and why he's excited to headline the first concert at the new Vikings venue.
Best concerts of the week: Deftones, Gaelynn Lea, plus a '90s explosion featuring Tone Loc, Naughty by Nature and En Vogue

Best concerts of the week: Deftones, Gaelynn Lea, plus a '90s explosion featuring Tone Loc, Naughty by Nature and En Vogue

Your guide to the Twin Cities's must-see shows this week.
For Gwen Stefani, the best antidote for divorce is a hit album

For Gwen Stefani, the best antidote for divorce is a hit album

Gwen Stefani bounces back from divorce with a new album, new tour and new beau.
Charity fundraiser at Lake Minnetonka mansion sealed with a Kiss concert

Charity fundraiser at Lake Minnetonka mansion sealed with a Kiss concert

Minus makeup, the Hall of Fame rockers raised $1 million from a crowd of about 900 at a Lake Minnetonka mansion to fight poverty.
Twenty One Pilots land smoothly in St. Paul

Twenty One Pilots land smoothly in St. Paul

Hard-to-classify duo scores with teen fans at soldout Xcel Center.
Boy George and Culture Club still charm with dance-happy pop-soul at Myth

Boy George and Culture Club still charm with dance-happy pop-soul at Myth

Culture Club triumphed Sunday in its first local concert since 2000.
Why some big stars get big crowds in Twin Cities (and others don't)

Why some big stars get big crowds in Twin Cities (and others don't)

What does it take to command the biggest stages during the Twin Cities' busiest concert season ever?
Boy George dishes on Prince and promises 'gorgeousness' at Twin Cities show

Boy George dishes on Prince and promises 'gorgeousness' at Twin Cities show

Boy George dishes on Prince, Trump and Culture Club's Twin Cities concert this weekend.
Best concerts of the week: Basilica Block Party, Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Frankie Lee and more

Best concerts of the week: Basilica Block Party, Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Frankie Lee and more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
July 6: Adele is everyone's chatty BFF in concert at Xcel

July 6: Adele is everyone's chatty BFF in concert at Xcel

The chatty pop queen talks and sings a great show, the first of two in St. Paul to kick off her North American tour.
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