Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish at a New York concert Aug. 10. The band, which last performed in Minnesota 11 years ago, will play Thursday a

'90s hitmakers Hootie and the Blowfish headed to Minnesota State Fair: 'We're back'

Reunited band is headed to the State Fair if not the Hall of Fame.
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Stray Cats strut into Minn. on a reunion buzz: 'Everybody loves it again'

August 16
Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats bring their reunion tour to Treasure Island Casino on Sunday night.
Stray Cats reunite for 40th anniversary tour and first album in 26 years.

Accusations against Domingo divide opera world

August 18
Superstar tenor Plácido Domingo’s future hinges on goodwill and an investigation by the L.A. Opera.
U.S.-Europe split on display as some concerts canceled.
Music
August 19
Belinda Carlisle will be at the State Fair Bandshell on Thursday and Friday.

Belinda Carlisle (not Brandi Carlile) kicks off the State Fair's free bandshell concerts Aug. 22-23

AUG. 22-23 Belinda Carlisle Not to be confused with Aug. 31 grandstand headliner Brandi Carlile — who sometimes hears requests for “Our Lips Are Sealed”…
Music
August 19
Country singer Trace Adkins.

Country triple bill with Adkins, Black and Clark hits the grandstand on Aug. 25

Trace Adkins & Clint Black with Terri Clark Country stars are forever, as this triple bill suggests. “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” winner Adkins had a string…
Music
August 19
Why Don’t We will perform at the Grandstand on Friday, Aug. 23, as part of the Grandstand Concert Series. Photo provided.

Boy band Why Don't We makes a State Fair homecoming Aug. 23

Why Don't WeA nice contrast agewise to many of this year's other grandstand headliners — they could be Daryl Hall's and ZZ Top's grandkids, and…
Music
August 19
Dierks Bentley performed on NBC’s Today show at Rockefeller Plaza.

Country's Dierks Bentley gives a career retrospective at the fair grandstand Aug. 24

Dierks BentleyOn last year's "The Mountain," the country vet left the humor behind and focused on nature, grace and, of course, love, scoring with the…
Music
August 19
Tommy James and the Shondells and Happy Together Tour 2019 will perform at the Grandstand on Monday, Aug. 26. Photo provided.

Tommy James and the Happy Together crew revive the '60s at the State Fair Aug. 26

Tommy James and the Shondells & happy together tourAfter a one-year absence from the fair, Turtles mainstays Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan are back…
Music
August 19
In this July 17, 2014 photo, “Weird Al” Yankovic posed for a portrait in Los Angeles.

'Weird Al' Yankovic brings a full orchestra to the fair Aug. 27

'Weird Al' YankovicHaving already played the fair grandstand a weirdly high number of times, Weird Al is coming back. Lest you still think he's just…
Music
August 19
Daryl Hall & John Oates will perform at the Grandstand on Wednesday, Aug. 28, as part of the Grandstand Concert Series.

Hall & Oates are on a roll at the State Fair grandstand Aug. 28

Daryl Hall & John OatesDespite not scoring a hit since 1990, this duo has been on a roll, thanks to Hall's popular web series "Live…
Music
August 19
Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie says 'Hello' to State Fair grandstand Aug. 30

ø Lionel RichieHe is officially an American music institution. After all, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2017, and last year he wrapped his…
Music
August 19
Brandi Carlile performed Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

Brandi Carlile headlines the Current's Music-on-a-Stick concert Aug. 31

The Current's Music on-a-Stick with Brandi CarlileAfter thrilling with three shows at the State Theatre last fall and then grabbing three Grammys this winter, Americana…
Music
August 19
Hootie & the Blowfish, from left: Dean Felber, Jim (Soni) Sonefeld, Darius Rucker, and Mark Bryan in Virginia Beach, Va., May 29, 2019.

Hootie & the Blowfish comeback tour opens the State Fair grandstand Aug. 22

Hootie & the Blowfish Twenty-five years after releasing the mega-smash "Cracked Rear View" and then becoming a pop-culture punchline, Darius Rucker and the frat-beloved boys…
Music
August 19
ZZ Top and Cheap Trick close out the fair Sept. 2

ZZ Top and Cheap Trick close out the fair Sept. 2

ZZ Top & Cheap TrickBoth of these Rock Hall of Fame bands have been resourceful in recent years about playing bills with other big names.…
Music
August 19
Minnesota star Dessa plays the State Fair band shell Sept. 1-2

Minnesota star Dessa plays the State Fair band shell Sept. 1-2

DessaAfter publishing a memoir and recording a live album with the Minnesota Orchestra over the past year, the Twin Cities hip-hop hero is probably hoping…
Music
August 19
Brian Setzer with Slim Jim Phantom at Treasure Island on Sunday.

Refreshed Stray Cats rock this Minnesota casino on their reunion tour

With a new album and their first tour in 12 years, the MTV favorites thrilled.
Music
August 18
Lil Nas X created a musical phenomenon with his song “Old Town Road.”

Big hit spawns lots of little thefts

There are multiple Old Town Roads across the country, and people can't keep their hands off the street signs.
Music
August 17
“The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club" picnic operetta by Mixed Precipitation.

Best of the Week: Picnic Operetta, Gully Boys, Rod Stewart, Mill City Museum, Ringo Starr, more

Picnicking with Mozart Each summer the Mixed Precipitation company likes tilting operatic convention on its head in its Picnic Operetta, wherein a novel take on…
Duluth
August 16
Jeremy Messersmith is among the local music stars to be featured at the first Wild Waters Music Fest, a single-day concert trying to raise awareness o

Duluth concert aims to drum up support for campaign to stop Twin Metals mine

Music festival highlights ongoing tensions over mining in Minnesota.
Music
August 15
Delbert McClinton

Pick Six: Praise for Delbert McClinton, Woodstock, Tyler Hubbard, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' soundtrack

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Music
August 15
Los Lobos

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Los Lobos, Wild Waters Fest, Reba McEntire & Ringo Starr

The big gigs for Aug. 16-22, also including Dr. Dog & Shakey Graves, BoDeans, Stephen Marley and Jearlyn Steele.
Music
August 15

Ticket alert: Ghostmane, Marc Cohn, Gregory Porter and more

9 a.m. FRIDAY Craig Paquette & the Spartans, Sept. 21 at the Hook & Ladder in Mpls. $10-$15. thehookmpls.com. … Little Man, Sept. 27 at…
Music
August 15
Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon.

New music review: Bon Iver ponders a wider world

POP/ROCK Bon Iver, “i, i” (Jagjaguwar) ”I can hear crying,” Justin Vernon sings on his new album as Bon Iver, and your first thought…
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