Big John Dickerson in 1996 singing at Famous Dave’s Uptown.

Big John Dickerson, Twin Cities blues singer who 'could sell anything,' dies

He was a favorite at Famous Dave's and toured Europe with Blue Chamber and other groups.

The new Har Mar Superstar: sober, engaged and employed by the Postal Service

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Har Mar Superstar
Har Mar Superstar is delivering mail by day, but on record he's still carrying a nighttime party vibe.

Cedar Commissions music series pulled 'in a lot of different directions' in 10th year

March 1
Hassan Shahid called playing the Cedar “a dream,” even without a live audience.
Six emerging artists will debut new music and stories online via the Cedar Cultural Center.
Music
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Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

New music review: Movie soundtrack connects Fred Hampton with Black Lives Matter

HIP-HOPVarious artists, "Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album" (RCA)A movie's message doesn't have to end with the closing credits. Black filmmakers and musicians…
Variety
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Maurice Jacox returns to the Crooners stage on Sunday.

Live and virtual entertainment picks: Lake of 10,000 Streams fest, Cedar Commissions, Swedish Institute, Billie Holliday

'Papier' exhibit and virtual tourFriday: An ongoing exhibit at the American Swedish Institute dazzles with intoxicating shapes and an arresting meeting of high fashion and…
Local
March 3
Scholz

Robert Scholz, composer, arranger and longtime St. Olaf music professor, dies at 81

Robert Scholz had a passion for music, learning to play the piano as a child and developing his voice — a light and clear tenor…
Music
March 1
Papa Charlie’s in Lutsen is selling tables to only 10% its total capacity for the songwriters series in March.

Live music in Minnesota gets a lift at Lutsen ski resort in March

Alan Sparhawk, Dave Simonett, New Standards and more will play the Wednesday night mountainside series with limited capacity.
Variety
February 26
FKA Twigs

6 cool things in music this week include FKA Twigs, Jovonta Patton, Aretha Franklin and Malaco Records

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Menia Buckner of Minneapolis:1 Jovonta Patton, "Patton University." I'm looking forward to…
Variety
February 26

Last week's top Billboard hits

POP/SINGLES Last week1. Drivers License, Olivia Rodrigo12. 34+35, Ariana Grande63. Calling My Phone, Lil Tjay-4. Blinding Lights, The Weeknd35. Up, Cardi B26. Save Your Tears,…
Music
February 25
Sonny Knight

30 essential Black musicians who defined Minnesota's sound

The groundbreaking acts who became Minnesota's ambassadors to the rest of the world, or reshaped things here at home.
Music
February 25
Jason Moran (photo by Clay Patrick McBride)

New music reviews: Shepp, Moran revisit spirituals, jazz standards

jazzArchie Shepp & Jason Moran, "Let My People Go" (Archieball)The same attributes that make pianist Moran one of the most visionary and inventive artists in…
Variety
February 25
John Munson, left, and Dylan Hicks will take part in “Sounds Like Home VI.”JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

Live and virtual entertainment best bets: Johnny Cash tribute, hip-hop dance, the Current's Sounds Like Home fest, Badi Assad

Johnny Cash Birthday TributeFriday: A longtime friend and devoted fan of the Man in Black, Minnesota's own deep-voiced country music legend Sherwin Linton — marking…
Variety
February 25
Peter Ostroushko played for more than 250 episodes of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Peter Ostroushko, virtuoso musician who played with Bob Dylan, Minnesota Orchestra, dies

The Minnesota fiddler/mandolinist suffered a stroke in 2018, derailing his long and celebrated career.
Music
February 24
Gimme a break, Dave! Former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth co-headlined the last pre-pandemic concert at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 24, 2020.

Minnesota's last big arena concert was one year ago today

The loud Xcel Energy Center concert happened to be one that felt like something from 40 years ago.
St. Cloud
February 24
Axel Theimer gave a virtual hug to about 200 CSB/SJU choir alums who contributed to a surprise virtual choir video Tuesday afternoon at St John’s Un

Students serenade retiring Minnesota professor: 'He helped build a university'

A half-century of students paid a virtual pandemic homage while nearly 100 former faculty and students watched via computer.
Variety
February 22
Soprano Anna Christofaro performed with the Bach Society.

Small-scale performance of Bach was balanced and beautiful

REVIEW: Intimate season finale from Bach Society moved from soulful to stirring.
Music
February 22
Luke Jacobs wrote, recorded and filmed the song and video “Cancun” over the icy weekend.

Minnesota-to-Texas expat Luke Jacobs roasts Ted Cruz in new song 'Cancun'

The former Romantica guitarist created the tune and video in Austin over the icy weekend.
Variety
February 19
Day

6 cool things in music this week include Andra Day, Rick Ross, Peter Gabriel and the Coltrane Church

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Robin James of St. Paul:1 Brianna Thomas, "Everybody Knows." This album is…
Variety
February 19

Last week's top Billboard hits

POP/SINGLES Last week1. Drivers License, Olivia Rodrigo12. Up, Cardi B-3. Blinding Lights, The Weeknd34. Save Your Tears, The Weeknd85. Mood, 24kGoldn26. 34+35, Ariana Grande47. Go…
Music
February 18
David Huckfelt found inspiration in the Arizona desert around Tucson for his new album, “Room Enough, Time Enough.”

Native culture and desert air shaped Pines singer David Huckfelt's new album

David Huckfelt enlisted Keith Secola and other Indigenous friends for his desert sessions.
Variety
February 18
Robert Robinson

Entertainment best bets: A tribute to Dr. Dre, virtual Ordway concerts, singer Robert Robinson, Minnesota Opera

Dre DayFriday: A funky Twin Cities tradition that dates to 2002 and the heyday of the Triple Rock, this tribute to hip-hop's most legendary producer…
Music
February 18

New music review: Boy band CNCO covers the right stuff for Latin/pop crossover

latinCNCO, "Deja Vu" (Sony Latin)In 2015, British record executive and reality TV tycoon Simon Cowell had a novel idea. After assembling the beloved English-Irish boy…
Local
February 17

Jerold 'Jerry' Raskin, 'Needle Doctor' to world's vinyl enthusiasts, dies at 62

Vinyl has long been the chosen medium for music lovers drawn to its warm sound, and throughout its rise and fall and rise again, they…