After a 10-year hiatus as a headlining act, the Dixie Chicks will undertake a world tour that includes an Aug. 27 concert at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.
The Grammy-winning country trio created a controversy in 2003 when, during a concert in London, lead singer Natalie Maines dissed President George W. Bush and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Since then, the Dixie Chicks' popularity has waned even though they collected five Grammys, including album of the year, for 2007's "Taking the Long Way." The trio was last heard from in 2010, opening for the Eagles.
There was no announcement of a new album, but the tour will visit more than 40 cities, starting on June 1 in Cincinnati. Tickets for the State Fair concert, priced at $57 and $67, will be available at 10 a.m. Friday through Etix at etix.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849. They can also be purchased at the State Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday. For details, call 651-288-4427.
Jazzmeia wins Monk jazz award
Jazzmeia Horn won the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Competition Sunday night in Los Angeles after performing the standards "Moanin'" and "Detour Ahead." She'll receive a $25,000 scholarship and recording contract with the Concord Music Group. The evening also featured a gala concert honoring Quincy Jones, who was presented the Monk Institute's humanitarian award by pianist Herbie Hancock. An all-star lineup, including singers Ledisi and Patti Austin, saxophonist Jimmy Heath and guitarist George Benson, performed musical highlights of Jones' career. The concert closed with the entire ensemble performing "We Are the World" as a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Detroit surprise: Celebrity chef Rachael Ray brought her TV show and five-time world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield to a boxing gym in Detroit. Ray and Holyfield, her surprise guest, visited with dozens of children involved in Downtown Boxing Gym's after-school youth program on Sunday during a taping of Ray's show. Holyfield shared stories from the beginning of his boxing career, including his mother's hesitation to let him participate in the sport when he was 8 years old and a coach who told him he could be like Muhammad Ali. Footage from the visit will air Nov. 25 on the Rachael Ray Show's Thanksgiving special.