Ending a very superstitious 27-year lull between Twin Cities performances, Stevie Wonder will finally return for a March 29 show at Target Center.
The concert is part of his "Songs in the Key of Life" tour, in which he performs a live adaptation of his landmark 1976 double-LP, which Rolling Stone ranked No. 57 on its list of rock's 500 greatest albums. Tickets go on sale Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. for $39.50-$149.50 through AXS.com, 1-888-9-AXS-TIX or the arena's box office. The Detroit-bred Motown star and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 64, was last seen in town in 1988 at St. Paul's long-defunct RiverFest.
Also last seen on the St. Paul waterfront headlining 2012's River's Edge Festival (defunct after one year), the Dave Matthews Band included a July 1 indoor date at Xcel Energy Center on its mostly outdoor summer tour. Those tickets are expected on sale Feb. 13.
Carey to open Las Vegas shows
Mariah Carey is heading to Sin City.
Caesars Palace announced Thursday that the 44-year-old pop icon would open a series of shows May 16 at The Colosseum in Las Vegas. Carey has announced 18 performances, so far.
The show, dubbed "MARIAH CAREY #1s," will feature the singer performing her 18 No. 1 singles, which include "We Belong Together," ''Hero" and "Vision of Love." She is one of the all-time bestselling acts in music. The announcement came after a so-so year for the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning star. Her latest album, "Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse," was a commercial flop and she was criticized for her vocal performance during her recent tour.
Carey is following in the steps of Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Shania Twain, who have performed their worldwide hits at Vegas residences. Tickets for Carey's show — on sale now — range from $55 to $250. She will perform nine shows in May and nine shows in June.
Honored: "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt has been named Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Pratt also co-stars on NBC's "Parks & Recreation" with Amy Poehler, who was named as Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year last week. Jason Hellerstein, president of the student group, says, "We vehemently deny that the members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals are obsessed with Parks & Recreation." The announcement says Pratt became "a bona fide Hollywood heavyweight" in the past year. Pratt will receive his pudding pot Feb. 6 following a parade through Harvard Square and a roast. Poehler will be honored Jan. 29. Last year's winners were Helen Mirren and Neil Patrick Harris.