Of course, there was a purple hue to Morris Day and the Time's performance last week at the Minnesota Zoo — literally and figuratively. It was their first hometown appearance since the April 21 death of Prince, who created the Time around Day in 1981. At the start of the concert, the zoo's stage featured a purple spotlight shining on a microphone stand with no singer in sight as the Time played snippets of "Party Up" and "1999," two vintage Prince pieces. Day, resplendent in a banana yellow suit with rhinestone trim, came dancing out. "Minneapolis, if you love Prince, make some noise." Later, Day and the Time played part of Prince's "DMSR." It was a most dignified display of Purple pride.
Adele goes to Brit's
Brit's Pub beckoned to Adele. For football, not food. The British pop queen wanted to watch the soccer match between Portugal and Wales (her father's Welsh) in the Euro 2016 semifinals on the telly. So she found her way to the 26-year-old British pub in downtown Minneapolis. Her team fell 2-0. And apparently she didn't fare much better on the food. "Everything was fried," she explained Wednesday at her second concert at Xcel Energy Center. "It was American food!"
The weekend after Prince died in April, the members of the Revolution, his heyday band, gathered in Minneapolis to grieve even though they weren't invited to the memorial service at Paisley Park. They vowed that they would perform in his memory. Now gigs are set for Sept. 2-3 at First Avenue, where Prince and the Revolution famously played in the movie "Purple Rain." The lineup is Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, Dr. Fink and Brownmark with special guests Dez Dickerson and André Cymone, both early Prince sidemen. Tickets, priced at $65 and $99, will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday at First Ave outlets including etix.com and 1-800-514-3849.
Stars for Starkey
Some corporate firings and ensuing litigation apparently slowed the plans for the annual Starkey Hearing Foundation So the World May Hear Gala. Late last week Starkey finally announced the performers for its July 17 fundraiser at St. Paul's RiverCentre: Jay Leno, John Mellencamp, "American Idol" champ Trent Harmon, country duo Maddie & Tae and the rock group American Vampires featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp.
Paging Mr. Louris
It was a tad tardy for a timely CD release party since "Paging Mr. Proust" dropped on April 29. So let's just look at it as the Jayhawks' overdue debut at the Minnesota Zoo last weekend. It seemed as if the hometown Americana heroes viewed it as the last night of this leg of the tour. Because undemonstrative frontman Gary Louris was looser than usual. At one point, he walked across the stage to hug the two women in Folk Uke, the opening act who were singing harmony vocals on a few Jayhawks songs. Then when Jayhawks bassist Marc Perlman switched to guitar and took a long solo on the encore "Bad Time," Louris started acting a little goofy, egging on Perlman. Now if we could just convince Louris, an underappreciated guitarist, to stretch out some more on his solos.
Midtown Global at 10
Midtown Global Market will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday with music, food, dance and, of course, speeches by former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Cultural Wellness Center CEO Atum Azzahir and Allina Health CEO Penny Wheeler. Performers include Aztec dance troupe Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue, jazz duo Joel Shapira and Charmin Michelle, folk music's Roe Family Singers and Rene Thompson leading a free salsa dance class. Go for the great ethnic food, stay for the entertainment.
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