In true Prince fashion, the partying won't stop when his Revolution bandmates finish their tribute concerts at First Avenue this weekend. Questlove of the Roots and "The Tonight Show" will DJ for the after-parties on Friday and Saturday night at the club. The parties — scheduled for 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. — will be open to all Revolution ticketholders, and a limited number of extra tickets are on sale now for $10 via First Ave outlets. A well-known Prince fanatic, Questlove planned to spin a Purple tribute set at First Ave in May as the after-party for the Soundset festival, where the Roots played (and slayed). Perhaps still raw from Prince's death a month earlier, he changed his mind and stuck mostly to old-school hip-hop. He half-apologized at the end of his set after spinning only one Prince rarity ("Cloreen Baconskin"), telling the crowd, "It goes without saying I love this city. I'll make it up to you next time with a Prince set." Looks like he's a man of his word.
Love for Lea
If you don't remember Minnesota native Lea Thompson from growing up with her in Rochester, you certainly know her winsome performances in "Back to the Future," "Caroline in the City" and "Dancing With the Stars." Maybe you even saw her dancing on Broadway in "Cabaret." (We'll pass by "Jaws 3-D.") Thompson will be returning to Minnesota for the Twin Cities Film Fest in St. Louis Park to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award and for the Minnesota premiere of one of her finest films. On Sept. 21, TCFF will host a special screening of Thompson's critically acclaimed, much buzzed about but little seen 2011 triumph, "The Trouble With the Truth." The next evening, she will be the guest of honor at the fest's annual gala at the St. Paul Athletic Club, where the official schedule of the 2016 Twin Cities Film Fest will be unveiled, spotlighting more than 100 films to be shown there Oct. 19-29.
With Bonnie Raitt performing on the last day of the Minnesota State Fair, we asked her if she'd play "Been Too Long at the Fair," which she recorded on her 1972 album "Give It Up." "Omigod, what a great idea," she told Artcetera. "I can never be too long at that fair. This is the eighth time we've played there. It's been a very memorable experience each time. I've never not had a blast. It's a sad song to sing outdoors. But I might. We did it on our spring tour." But that was in theaters.
Leaving the track
The last big outdoor music festival of the year will now be the second such event to take over Hall's Island near downtown Minneapolis this year. Festival Palomino — the third annual eclectic rock and roots music fest helmed by Trampled by Turtles — will now be held in the riverfront park on Sept. 17, a change in locations from Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The switch was purportedly due to recent rainstorms in the Shakopee area, which delayed construction of a new festival site inside the horse track. Hall's Island played host to Wilco and Kurt Vile two weeks ago. Nearly everything else about Festival Palomino will stay the same. In addition to Trampled by Turtles — who haven't played in town since last year's festival — the Palomino 2016 lineup includes Dan Auerbach's newish band the Arcs, Andrew Bird, Jake Bugg, Houndmouth, Frightened Rabbit, Margaret Glaspy and many more spread over two main stages and a smaller third stage.
Stop the presses
"Sky Blue Water," a collection of short stories by Minnesota writers, will be recalled by the University of Minnesota Press, and corrected books will be available later this month. The book, edited by Jay Peterson and Collette A. Morgan, was set to have its launch party Sept. 14. But now the press has announced it is pulling the published books from bookstores and postponing the launch party. The problem lies in the book's foreword, written by Kevin Kling, An error was introduced in the editing process, said Emily Hamilton, assistant director of marketing. The paragraph states: "Some believe that the Vikings navigated from the Atlantic Ocean to Minnesota more than a hundred years before Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas." The press "deeply regrets the unintended and incorrect meaning of this phrase," it said in an e-mail. The publisher printed 4,000 copies at a cost of about $4,000. Corrected books are expected to be available by late September, and the launch party will be rescheduled.
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