Variety
March 23
Debbie Duncan during a 2018 performance.

Debbie Duncan Legacy Fund gives microgrants to needy Minnesota musicians

Microgrants of $500 honor the Minnesota's always generous First Lady of Song.
Variety
March 22
Julie Albers

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra returns to the virtual stage with 'Lamentations'

REVIEW: "Lamentations" struck a note of sadness after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of concerts last fall.
Music
March 22
Kenny Chesney filled U.S. Bank Stadium in 2018 after many prior tour dates at Target Field.

Kenny Chesney postpones tour again, casting a pall on 2021 summer concerts

The country megastar's June 5 date at U.S. Bank Stadium will be rescheduled in 2022.
Variety
March 21
Lizzo poses in the press room at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

Lizzo puts out call for dancers for upcoming Amazon series

The singer-songwriter is looking for "full figured dancers & models" to star in her upcoming Amazon Studios series,
Variety
March 20
Jean-Yves Thibaudet performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Minnesota Orchestra Friday night at Orchestra Hall.

Minnesota Orchestra strikes a hopeful note as it prepares to bring back audiences

REVIEW: Friday's live broadcast had a palpable sense of anticipation.
Variety
March 19
Jamecia Bennett

Crooners will kick off tent concerts April 23 with Jamecia Bennett

For its second pandemic outdoor series, the Fridley supper club plans some upgrades.
Variety
March 19
Lil Baby

6 cool things in music this week include H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Loretta Lynn, Lil Baby and BTS

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Jim Joyce of Minneapolis:1 H.E.R., "I Can't Breathe" video. H.E.R. winning the…
Variety
March 19
Cynthia Erivo plays Aretha Franklin in "Genius: Aretha." National Geographic

A new miniseries gives Aretha Franklin the R-E-S-P-E-C-T she deserves

In "Genius: Aretha," Cynthia Erivo continues a hot streak with her role as the Queen of Soul.
Variety
March 19
Aretha Franklin performed at the swearing-in ceremony for President Barack Obama in 2009..

7 must-see videos of Aretha Franklin performing live

Sorry, Cynthia Erivo, ain't no way you're a substitute for the real thing. Here are seven unforgettable performances by Aretha Franklin on YouTube. (See this…
Variety
March 19

Last week's top Billboard hits

POP/SINGLES Last week1. What's Next, Drake,-2. Wants And Needs, Drake-3. Lemon Pepper Freestyle, Drake-4. Leave The Door Open, Silk Sonic -5. Drivers License, Olivia Rodrigo16.…
Variety
March 19
At 64, Minnesota music hero Jellybean Johnson makes his solo guitar debut

At 64, Minnesota music hero Jellybean Johnson makes his solo guitar debut

Thanks to the pandemic, the drummer for the Time got a chance to finish something he's wanted to do for a long time.
Music
March 18
Big George Jackson performed in 2019 at the Hook & Ladder's Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest.

'Groove was everything' to Minnesota bluesman Big George Jackson, dead at 71

The Minneapolis native grew up in a blues family and kept the music alive through last year.
Variety
March 18
Andrew Zimmern helps Helen Arends of Willmar, Minn., prepare a meal during the filming of “Family Dinner.”

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Marvel's new series to dinner with Andrew Zimmern, here's what we're tuning into right now.
Variety
March 18
Mick Sterling will sing and tell stories in a livestream from the Dakota on Wednesday.

Five things to do this weekend: Mick Sterling, Shakespeare & Siah Armajani

'A Bridge Divides, A Bridge Transforms'Philosophical artist Siah Armajani was fascinated by how a bridge separates what is above and below, yet brings together what…
Music
March 18
Valerie June

New music reviews: Rootsy Valerie June shoots for 'The Moon and Stars'

POP/ROCKValerie June, "The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers" (Fantasy)At the heart of June's fifth album is a 25-second track called "African Proverb," that's read…
Variety
March 18

Dinosaur Jr. returns to First Avenue

10 A.M. Friday"Under the Canopy" concert series, May 1-July 17 at Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis. thehookmpls.com. … Dinosaur Jr., Sept. 14 at First Avenue…
Variety
March 18
Dwight Jilek conducted members of Magnum Chorum for their livestream this month.Photo by Flight Creative Media

Once viewed as potential 'super spreaders,' Minnesota choirs are emerging again

One more welcome sign of spring:  Minnesota choirs are emerging from hibernation.
Music
March 17
Black Francis (aka Frank Black) later played Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul after the Pixies reunion started in Minneapolis.

Now streaming: Pixies' 2004 reunion kickoff at Fine Line in Minneapolis

A recording of the Boston band's hotly anticipated show has been newly posted to streaming sites.
Coronavirus
March 16
Osmo Vanska conducted a Minnesota Orchestra livestream in September. (Photo by Courtney Perry)

Minnesota Orchestra to resume indoor concerts in June

In-person, indoor concerts will resume in June at about 20% of Orchestra Hall's capacity.
Music
March 16
Davina & the Vagabonds played the inaugural HookStream show at the Hook & Ladder last summer and will return for the Under the Canpoy series.

Hook & Ladder announces Minneapolis' first outdoor music series of 2021

The nonprofit venue's Under the Canopy series will feature local and national acts in its parking lot.