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Aretha Franklin postpones Saturday concert at Treasure Island Casino



While Queen Bey had to wait out a threat of lightning this week before performing at TCF Bank Stadium, the Queen of Soul has postponed her show Saturday at Treasure Island Casino due to illness.

Aretha Franklin has an undisclosed illness. Her agent told Treasure Island officials that a rescheduled date will be announced in the coming weeks and will most likely be in the fall.

Aretha, 74, who last performed in the Twin Cities at the State Fair in 2014, maintains a limited touring schedule, partly because she travels via bus since she reportedly has a fear of flying. She has two concerts scheduled in June, two in July and one in August.

Beyonce, of course, travels by private plane for her 41-concert Formation World Tour of stadiums.

Treasure Island officials said Aretha tickets can be held for the rescheduled concert or refunds are available at place of purchase. 

The Viking Bar reopens this week with music and food on the new menu

A newly updated sign above the old, familiar entrance of the Viking Bar. / Courtesy Amy Britt

A newly updated sign above the old, familiar entrance of the Viking Bar. / Courtesy Amy Britt

The “Gone Fishing” sign is gone. Shuttered for 10 years, the Viking Bar is set to reopen this week with an extensively remodeled interior and a full live music calendar already in place, one that’s true to the Minneapolis West Bank watering hole’s storied roots.

“We’re going to try a little bit of everything, but especially pay attention to the history of this place,” said KFAI-FM “Freewheelin’” host Jackson Buck, who is part of the team lining up acts starting next week.

Housed in a 112-year-old two-story building at 1829 Riverside Av., the Viking was a haven for folk and blues acts in the spirit of the West Bank’s ‘60s/’70s scene, but the city’s smoking ban and other factors led to its closing in 2006. The space was finally taken over by a pair of 30/40-something couples, the Britts and the Johnstons, who have been working on reopening it for a year now.

Part of the extended remodel was installing a kitchen to serve a new locally sourced food menu. The new proprietors also had to jump through the hoops of getting approved for a new liquor license, since the old one had long since expired. They will officially be open for business Wednesday.

What it looked like inside the Viking during remodeling.

What it looked like inside the Viking during remodeling.

The live music starts in full force next week and will include a June 3 gig by Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings and a June 4 set by who else but West Bank vet Willie Murphy, whose weekly Blue Monday gigs were a mainstay there in the ‘90s and early-'00s. Curtiss A’s bluesy band Dark Clik is lined up for a Sunday night residency for the month of June, when the calendar will also include the likes of classic piano man Cornbread Harris, bluesy punks Eleganza, Texas country rocker Mary Cutrufello, rootsy howler Mike Gunther and – for its first pre-ticketed show on June 25 – twang maestro Erik Koskinen.

Buck is overseeing the Viking’s booking duties along with Chris Mozena (from the great Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest and ex-Palmer’s) and Jesse Brodd (Harriet Brewing). He said cover will typically be about $5. The stage was rebuilt but is in the same tucked-away location as before in the 125-capacity room. Some of the other regulars at the old Viking Bar, including Spider John Koerner and the Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs, are also expected to return in the coming months.

“It’s really exciting for those of us who were here before, and hopefully for younger music lovers, too,” Buck said. “They put a lot of work into the place, but they’re staying true to what it was.”

See the bar’s new Facebook page for updates and other info. Here’s the schedule for the first week and a half at the new Viking.

  • Drew Peterson / Siama Matuzungidi
  • Freewheelin’ First Friday: Rena Haus / Steve Kaul & Brass Kings
  • Legends Series: Willie Murphy
  • Sunday Residency: Curtiss A & the Dark Clik
  • Jesse’s Joyrides / Circle of Heat
  • Cornbread Harris
  • KFAI live remote of Sugar Shop (DJ Larry Englund) / The April Fools
  • Mississippi Driftwood
  • Sunday Residency: Curtiss A & the Dark Clik