The Ledge Amphitheater near St. Cloud hosts Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples this summer after Dropkick Murphys helped

Sounds of summer: 15 outdoor concerts to see in Minnesota (and five free options)

New venues like the Ledge and renewed life at older haunts such as Surly and Canterbury Park are meeting the demand in 2022.

'Gathering of the weirdos' festival Caterwaul boasts 52 bands over 4 days in Minneapolis

May 26
Seattle band Sandrider is one of 52 hoping to make a splash at the Caterwaul festival in Minneapolis.
The noisy marathon will be spread between Palmer's and Mortimer's starting Friday.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

May 25
Kraftwerk found the right code for a fun performance at Northrop Auditorium in 2015.
Concert highlights for May 26-June 1 include Kraftwerk, Dierks Bentley, Tierney Sutton, Belle & Sebastian, Freddie Gibbs and even Debbie Gibson.
Music
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Japanese Breakfast

6 cool things in music include Billie Eilish, Japanese Breakfast and Kendrick Lamar

Pick Six shoutouts, too, to Lisa Fischer, "Moulin Rouge" and Art-A-Whirl music.
Minneapolis
May 26
In this Jan. 29, 2018, photo, Prince’s star adorns First Avenue in Minneapolis where the late musician occasionally performed. The Minneapolis City

Prince to be honored with commemorative street sign outside First Avenue

The sign will be unveiled June 7.
Music
May 26
Harry Styles

Review: Harry Styles' third album is summery fun without much personality

"Harry's House" has a distinct sound and sleek vocals but something's missing.
Music
May 26
Kraftwerk found the right code for a fun performance at Northrop Auditorium in 2015.

Our Friday best: Kraftwerk, Cecile McLorin Salvant, 'Moonlit Walk Home,' and the Minnesota Orchestra

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Obituaries
May 25
Carl Bradley

Carl Bradley, Twin Cities R&B musician, dies at 73

Bradley belonged to the first R&B group said to find crossover success with white audiences in the Twin Cities.
Music
May 24
Low Cut Connie singer Adam Weiner, seen here kicking it at Rock the Garden in 2018, canceled at the State Fair last year out of COVID safety.

Minnesota State Fair free stages to feature Jayhawks, Low Cut Connie, Family Stone in 2022

Other acts slated for the Leinie bandshell include Caitlyn Smith, Eddie Montgomery and Dire Straits Legacy.
Music
May 21
Pekka Kuusisto

With a captivating program, Pekka Kuusisto bids farewell to St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

REVIEW: The adventurous violinist is closing out six years as artistic partner.
Variety
May 21
Gary Vaynerchuk, the chief organizer of VeeCon, spoke at U.S. Bank Stadium where the conference is being held this weekend. VeeCon is aimed at buildin

Celebrities, digital token enthusiasts gather in Minneapolis for first NFT convention

U.S. Bank Stadium hosted thousands from around the world hoping for investment opportunity in non-fungible tokens.
Music
May 20
Taylor Swift delivers the commencement address to New York University graduates

6 cool things in music this week include Taylor Swift, Naomi Judd and Common

Pick Six shoutouts, too, to Trombone Shorty, Cricket Blue and Simba Castano
Music
May 20
Ashley and Samuel Solsrud-Beckman danced in Mears Park on a Thursday night in 2017.

St. Paul's free Lowertown Sounds concert series announces 2022 lineup

The New Standards, Heiruspecs, Joyann Parker and Flamin' Oh's dot the all-local schedule, which kicks off June 9 with Monica LaPlante.
Music
May 20
Research by Dylan collector Bill Pagel helped determine that this rare photo of Bob Zimmerman  was shot at the Hillel House at the University of Minne

15 don't-miss exhibits at the Bob Dylan Center also reflect his Minnesota roots

An "Inventing Bob Dylan" exhibit includes a picture of his high school rock band, the Golden Chords. The highlight is an interview with Chords drummer…
Music
May 20
The second floor of the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa contains a wide-ranging interactive display of material from the center’s vast archive.

How does it feel to visit the new Bob Dylan Center? In a word: terrific

An insider's look at the interactive museum exploring Minnesota's music icon.
St. Paul
May 20
Papa Legba Lounge owners Greg and Dolly Agnew photographed in their St. Paul bar.

Papa Legba hoping to create its own cozy vibe on St. Paul's West Side

New lounge honoring jazz and blues greats opens in former Cozy Cantina.
Music
May 20
Alexandra Razskazoff

New Brighton soprano crowned at Met Opera will sing in intimate Minneapolis 'Traviata'

Out of the Box Opera has adapted the Verdi show for small audiences at a downtown hotel on Memorial Day weekend.
Music
May 19
Kendrick Lamar

Review: Kendrick Lamar goes to a therapist and spills his guts on new album

Nuance and metaphor characterize his material about grief, mortality and a trans family member.
Music
May 19
The Sugarhill Gang was originally booked to play the 331 Club’s Art-A-Whirl party in 2020.

Highlights — and 'Delight' — as live music returns to Minneapolis' Art-A-Whirl

Hour-by-hour picks for this weekend, including rap legends Sugarhill Gang.
Music
May 19
PaviElle French on May 10, 2022 at the Landmark Center’s Schubert Club in St. Paul.

Twin Cities singer-composer PaviElle French hopes to 'lift up' young musicians

The singer-composer is reimagining the way Twin Cities arts organizations should collaborate with the next generation.
Variety
May 19
Jessie Buckley in “Men.” (Photo provided by A24)

Our Friday best: Jessie Buckley in 'Men,' Lucius, Pekka Kuusisto and a reimagined 'Firebird'

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Music
May 19
George Lewis (photo by Maurice Weiss)

Renowned composer George Lewis will invite Minneapolis concert to think about change

The forward-minded musician is the focus of a Walker showcase Saturday.
Minneapolis
May 18
Omar “Shooli” Mohamed sat for a portrait Monday in Minneapolis, Minn. The U.S. government wants to deport the local Somali singer to his native co

Minnesota Somali singer fights deportation as he faces death threats in native country

The Minneapolis resident who came to the U.S. as a refugee teenager said he fears militants will kill him if he's deported to Somalia.