The view from behind the stage in 2017 during the Music in Mears series, now called Lowertown Sounds.

Free Lowertown Sounds concerts returning to St. Paul's Mears Park in June

Annie Mack, the New Standards, Lady Midnight and Flamin' Ohs are among the acts lined up for the Thursday night series.
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It's time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to clean up its act

May 13
Tina Turner
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St. Paul Chamber Orchestra heads outdoors for its first in-person concerts

May 13
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra played a livestream concert May 8 at Ordway Concert Hall.
The June 3-13 series follows a year of streamed performances by the SPCO.
Variety
May 14
Morello

6 cool things in music this week include the Go-Go's, Tom Morello and Pussy Riot, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye and J. Period

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.CJ Gronner of Richfield:1 The Go-Go's are elected into Rock & Roll…
Variety
May 14
Jamie Barton was accompanied on piano by composer Jake Heggie during Wednesday’s Schubert Club recital, livestreamed from Ordway Concert Hall in St.

Opera star and famed composer join for a warm and intimate evening at St. Paul's Ordway

REVIEW: Vocal star Jamie Barton and noted composer Jake Heggie connect in an Ordway recital.
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May 13
Jolene Kadlec danced with her daughter Harper Kadlec, 5, during a performance by The Johnny Holm band at Summertime by George on June 13, 2018, in St.

St. Cloud's free concert series back on this year

Summertime by George! is celebrating its 10th season with 'all-star cast.'
Variety
May 13
VocalEssence members rehearsed for the Witness program with associate conductor G. Phillip Shoultz III at Bethel College’s Benson Concert Hall in St

Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence continues to bear 'Witness' to Black composers

The Minneapolis choral organization has led the way for three decades.
Music
May 13
Guitar star Cory Wong and the Wongnotes will play First Avenue next February.

The Alan Parsons Project, Jim Gaffigan, Sylvan Esso, Aly & AJ, Needtobreathe and more

10 a.m. FridayThe Ghost of Paul Revere, July 8 at Hook & Ladder in Mpls. $20-$26. eventbrite.com. … Left Lane Cruiser, the Shackletons and Little…
Music
May 13
Miranda Lambert

New music reviews: Mistakes rule for Miranda Lambert and Beba Rexha

CountryJack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall, "The Marfa Tapes" (RCA Nashville)Lambert and her buddies first headed to remote Marfa, Texas, in 2016, and wrote…
Variety
May 13
Scaled-back Twin Cities Jazz Fest will return in June with live and streamed performances

Scaled-back Twin Cities Jazz Fest will return in June with live and streamed performances

More than 10 gigs are slated, including Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling, for Crooners.
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May 12
The Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul.

Owners of St. Paul's Amsterdam Bar fear impact of planned bike lane

Loss of parking could impact bar's bottom line, which affects city, too.
Variety
May 12
John Fogerty

Proud veteran John Fogerty will rock Mystic Lake amphitheater on July 4

Tickets to see the Rock Hall of Famer go on sale Friday.
Music
May 11

Morris Day is cool on two-LP 40th anniversary edition of the Time's debut

The Prince-produced six-song collection will be reissued with a second album of single edits by Warner/Rhino Records.
Variety
May 11
Cory Wong/ Star Tribune photo by Jerry Holt

Cory Wong, Dave Koz will celebrate their new album with livestreamed concert on a houseboat

The Twin Cities guitar star and smooth-jazz sax hero will perform the album in its entirety on June 12 on the St. Croix River.
Variety
May 11
Micky Dolenz, left, and Michael Nesmith finished up Last Train to Clarksville early in their set at the Mystic Showroom Thursday night.    ]  JEFF WHE

Fall concerts coming to Twin Cities include Monkees farewell tour and Alan Parsons

Both blasts from the past are headed to the State Theatre in Minneapolis.
Variety
May 10
Cassie Pilgrim on oboe and Sarah Lewis on cello premiered Viet Cuong’s “Circling Back” Saturday night.

New and old mix in a typically adventurous St. Paul Chamber Orchestra outing

REVIEW: Bach and Mozart bookend works by American composers.
Variety
May 10
Bob Dylan’s  2019 painting, “Sunset, Monument, Valley”.

Miami will host the most comprehensive U.S. exhibit of Bob Dylan's artwork

Opening in November, the show will feature more than 120 paintings, drawings and ironwork.
Music
May 10
Mr. Optimism Jeremy Messersmith, center, celebrating the release of “The Reluctant Graveyard” in 2010 with bandmates (left to right) Andy Thompson

Jeremy Messersmith's 'Graveyard' album is getting a reluctant anniversary reissue

An expanded vinyl edition of the 2010 favorite is now available a year after its 10th anniversary.
Variety
May 10
Prince estate is partnering with Urban Decay on new makeup collection

Prince estate is partnering with Urban Decay on new makeup collection

The 'Live Loud in Color' collection will include his purple hue.
Variety
May 7
Eilish

6 cool things in music this week include Billie Eilish, Dave Pirner, Prince, 'Girls5Eva' and Rhiannon Giddens

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Paul Fletcher, Cities 97 music director:1 Billie Eilish. She just appeared on…
Variety
May 7

Last week's top Billboard hits

POP/SINGLES Last week1. Save Your Tears, The Weeknd62. Leave the Door Open, Silk Sonic23. Peaches, Justin Bieber34. Rapstar, Polo G15. Levitating, Dua Lipa56. Kiss Me…
Variety
May 7
Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber pushes Twin Cities show to next spring but Old Dominion sets a fall date

After postponing shows the last two years, Biebs is slated for May 6, 2022 while Old Dominion heads to Mystic Lake in October.
Music
May 7
Fans cheered Charlie Parr in 2019 at the Turf Club, which has been under repair during lockdown but could now reopen with shows over the summer.

Minnesota music venues and festivals cheer Gov. Walz's looser restrictions

We Fest and Summer Jam will now go on as expected, and club shows could return sooner than expected.