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Art-A-Whirl, Stone Arch fest announce 2020 backup plans due to virus

April 6
Crowds filled the Minneapolis riverfront last summer for the 25th annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival.
Northeast Minneapolis' popular mid-May marathon will go virtual, while the riverfront festival will bump to September.

Minnesota music queen Molly Maher pivots, finding new outlets and a new album

April 2
After burning out on bar gigs and guitar retail, Molly Maher turned to yoga, nature and a new way of making music, which can be heard on “Follow,”
Minnesota music hero Molly Maher pivots, finding new outlets and a new album.
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11:30am
Screenshot from Low Cut Connie's livestreamed performance.

Musicians learn how to reach their audiences online amid stay-at-home order

Musicians are learning how to reach their audiences directly via the internet during stay-at-home order.
Music
April 6

New music: Childish Gambino speaks to the moment on an impressive new album

POP/ROCK Childish Gambino, “3.15.20” (RCA) Considering that Donald Glover has said “3.15.20” is his final album — and that it’s his first in four…
Music
April 3
Dylan

6 cool things in music this week including Bob Dylan, Mariah Carey, the Who and Brandy Clark

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   Brad Sherman of Edina: 1 The Lickerish Quartet, “Lighthouse Spaceship.”…
Music
April 3
Thousands of fans filled the hill outside Walker Art Center for Rock the Garden in 2018.

June festivals Rock the Garden canceled, Twin Cities Pride postponed

The June 20 music fest at Walker Art Center was canceled, but Pride organizers are only calling their event postponed.
Coronavirus
April 3
Partygoers sat near the “BBP” letters at the 2019 Basilica Block Party as the Jayhawks performed.

Will summer music festivals go on? Twin Cities fans watch and wait

Some have canceled but many, including the Basilica and Moondance parties, still hope to go on.
Music
April 3
A special star was painted inside First Avenue to commemorate the filming and recording of "Purple Rain" there in 1983. There's also an indoor star ma

Radio stations will play 'Purple Rain' in unison at 5 p.m. for First Ave's 50th

Regular players G. Love and Yam Haus will also perform via stream to support the club's benefit fund for workers.
Coronavirus
April 2
Disney
"Elephants" is narrated by Meghan Markle.

Our critics' picks: What to watch, listen to and read at home this week

Our weekly picks to ease your isolation and lift your mood.
Music
April 2

Ticket Alert: Katy Dahl, Celtic Thunder, Frigg and more

8 a.m. FRIDAY Katy Dahl, June 13 at Parkway in Mpls. $10-$15. theparkwaytheater.com. 10 a.m. FRIDAY Celtic Thunder, Nov. 27 at State Theatre. $40-$70. NOON…
Coronavirus
April 2
Joyann Parker performed at the West End theater at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday August 23, 2019. Parker and her band is from Minneapolis, MN and

Virtual live entertainment events to check out this week, from music to improv

Note to readers: With venues across Minnesota closed by the coronavirus pandemic, artists and organizations have turned to the internet to connect with audiences. The…
Music
April 1
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Quarantine cleaning: What to do with all those old CDs collecting dust?

Quarantine cleaning has many music fans wondering what to do with their dusty shelves and bins of plastic music.
Music
April 1
Crooners delays live streaming series but will pay musicians anyway

Crooners delays live streaming series but will pay musicians anyway

With more than $25,000 raised, the Fridley supper club was going to live stream concerts, starting Friday.
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March 31
Musical Mayo Clinic doctors steal the show from Mariah, Elton and Lizzo

Musical Mayo Clinic doctors steal the show from Mariah, Elton and Lizzo

The two orthopedic surgeon's Instagram version of "Imagine" was seen in prime time on "iHeart Living Room Concert for America."
Music
March 31
Mavis Staples, shown at 2019's Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville, has been singing uplifting songs going back to the Staple Singers' 1960s anthem

A happy-but-not-sappy song playlist to stay positive through the quarantine

Our music critic picks 25 great anthems to help you over the long haul.
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March 30
A flag reading "#We Got This Seattle" flutters from the roof of the Space Needle where it was raised a day earlier in response to the coronavirus outb

Choir decided to have rehearsal. Now dozens have COVID-19 and 2 are dead

MOUNT VERNON, WASH. – With the coronavirus quickly spreading in Washington state in early March, leaders of the Skagit Valley Chorale debated whether to…
Music
March 29
MN Varsity Featured Artist Jax Wittenberg records J.S. Bach’s Gavotte I & II, BWV 995 on guitar in a recording studio at Classical MPR’s headquart

Minnesota student musicians compete for a chance to record, be on radio

Student musicians compete for a coveted chance to play as professionals.
Music
March 28
Rapper D.N.I.C. (Dominic Tinnel) performed at Fifth Element's open-mic night in November.

Hip-hop hub Fifth Element in Uptown closing after 21 years

The Rhymesayers crew's renowned record store was shuttered on March 16 and now will not reopen.
Music
March 28
Nirvana, “MTV Unplugged in New York”

Singing the concert cancellation blues? Get your live music fix with these 25 films

With no concerts in town, these movie definitely guarantee a great performance to enjoy.
Music
March 28
First Ave and downtown Minneapolis at dusk.

From Joe Cocker to Lizzo: 50 fun facts for First Avenue's 50th anniversary

As music fans wait for concerts to be rescheduled, here are some things you may not know about the iconic club.
Music
March 27
Fiona Apple

6 cool things in music this week include the Rock Boat, First Avenue, Fiona Apple and David Byrne

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   Lane Christianson of Roseville: 1 The Rock Boat. Imagine sharing…
Music
March 27
Twin Cities celebrity Fancy Ray McCloney at Elsa’s House of Sleep, a client of the TV pitchman/comedian. He’ll have a listening party on his Faceb

It's Fancy Ray McCloney Day in the Twin Cities: 'His shtick is almost like a spell'

Fancy Ray McCloney celebrates his debut album, "The Best Looking Man in Comedy."

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