May 3

Listen to local opera singer Barbara Aurora

Barbara Aurora broke into the opera scene in Minnesota in the late 1960s. She went on to star in productions in the Twin Cities and around the country. Here she sings "Libera Me" from Guiseppe Verdi's "Requiem and Red Red Robin" by Harry M Woods.
Music
May 2
The Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians helped usher crowds back to the New Orleans Fairgrounds on Friday for the start of Jazz Fest.

Chili Peppers, the Who help honor lost heroes and time as New Orleans' Jazz Fest returns strong

The joyous and crowded return of the annual event this year hinted at a strong summer for music festivals.
May 2
Famed soprano Denyce Graves is making her directorial debut in a new production of the opera “Carmen” opening May 7 at Ordway Center.

Minnesota Opera launched Denyce Graves to stardom. Now the famed singer returns the favor with her directing debut

She's at the helm of "Carmen," the same work that launched her career 31 years ago.
May 1
Cantus

Review: Minnesota Bach Festival opens with a refreshing program exploring the composer's roots

Concert by Cantus and Bach Society of Minnesota will be repeated Monday and Tuesday.
Music
May 1
Naomi Judd

Remembering Naomi Judd: The mischievous mom

Our music critic got up close and personal with the playful and instinctive country star.
April 30
Conductor Gemma New.

Bursting with energy, New Zealand conductor makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut

Review: While a bit overamped at times, Gemma New ended with an extraordinarily subtle Brahms Piano Concerto.
Music
April 30
H.E.R. performed Friday at the Armory in Minneapolis.

In all her purple glory, R&B star H.E.R. celebrates Minneapolis debut

REVIEW: Oscar- and Grammy-winning Californian impressed with her singing, guitar playing and stage presence.
Music
April 29
Lanue

6 cool things in music include Lanue, Gaelynn Lea and Odesza featuring Bettye LaVette

Pick Six shoutouts, too, to Marissa Mulder, Thumpasaurus and Orquesta Akokan.
Music
April 28
Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt confronts mortality and grown-up love on new album

More than 50 years into her career, the Rock Hall of Famer writes with compassion and grace.
Music
April 28
An Aztec dancer from Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue in the 2016 Aquatennial Torchlight Parade.

Our Friday best: MayDay, Winona's Mid West Music Fest, Mexico's Los Huracanes and more

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Music
April 28
H.E.R. performed at the Grammy Awards April 3.

She sang 'I Can't Breathe' for George Floyd and loves Prince. Finally H.E.R. is coming to Minneapolis

The Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer talks about activism, style and Friday's Twin Cities debut at the Armory.
Music
April 28
Atlanta-raised, Washington D.C.-based composer Carlos Simon will write, along with librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a piece for the Minnesota Orchestra

Spurred by George Floyd's death, Minnesota Orchestra commissions a new work by Black artists

Scheduled to premiere next spring, it's one way orchestras nationwide have responded to the call for change.
Music
April 28
Brian Vanderwerf, center, with keyboardist Charlie Smith and guitarist Jeff Johnson at Eleganza’s rehearsal space in Minneapolis.

Why Minneapolis rock loyalists Eleganza exiled to Mississippi to capture their rowdy energy

Why Minneapolis rock loyalists Eleganza exiled to Mississippi to capture their rowdy energy
Music
April 27
Charli XCX on stage at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York in December.

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

Concert highlights for April 28-May 4 include Charli XCX, Anais Mitchell, the Mid West Music Fest, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Mastodon.
Music
April 27
Marin Alsop will conduct the Minnesota Orchestra in a New Year’s Celebration Dec. 31-Jan. 1. (photo by Adriane White)

Minnesota Orchestra itself will be the star in its first season in years without Osmo Vänskä

Well, he'll be back for one weekend, along with a bunch of other intriguing conductors and composers.
Music
April 26
T Bone Burnett with his “Ionic Original” disc

Bob Dylan disc to be the first in a new high-fidelity format developed by T Bone Burnett

The celebrated producer promises a sound superior to vinyl, CD and streaming.
Music
April 26
Mykola Megits danced with his granddaughter, Nina Megits-Sabir, 8, to a traditional tune by the Ukrainian Village Band during the fundraiser at the Uk

Minneapolis' Ukrainian Village Band emerges from 'the fog of war' with a clear mission

Longtime party starters, they have a new duty since the Russian invasion: To raise money and pride.
Music
April 25
Lizzo performed one of her only shows of 2021 at Treasure Island Casino Amphitheater in September.

Lizzo announces her first Minnesota arena show, as Xcel Center also confirms Maroon 5

The "Truth Hurts" hitmaker will return to her former hometown Oct. 11 touting her new album "Special."
Music
April 25
Spoon got down to business at First Avenue on Sunday after illness forced the band to postpone three days earlier.

Postponed concert lands Spoon back at 'sacred place' First Ave on short notice

The Texas rockers' switch to the club from the Palace Theatre coincided with them getting a star on the wall.
Music
April 25
Matthias Maute is artistic director of the Bach Society of Minnesota. (photo by Bill Blackstone)

Minnesota Bach Festival is back: 5 ways to experience it

The monthlong event marking the Bach Society's 90th anniversary includes 15 concerts April 29-May 28.