St. Paul's EXPO Elementary axes music curriculum

(Photo by Andrea Floris published under Creative Commons License)

EXPO Elementary parents are up in arms because their kids won’t be able to take music during the school day next year.

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Diaspora soul man: Trumpeter Steven Bernstein returns to Minneapolis August 6

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Steven Bernstein: What’s not to love about a band with a tuba, trombone, trumpet and drummer?

Steven Bernstein, an accomplished trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, was set to head off to Europe last week, for shows with the sensational New Orleans pianist Henry Butler and their group, the Hot 9. They were booked for the Nice Jazz Festival, in France; and on Sunday, they played the North Sea Jazz Festival, in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Passionate singer is writing the newest Lyriq to her life's song

(Photos courtesy of the artist)

Stardom doesn't come easy.

Behind every so-called overnight success, there's usually a story of long days and even longer nights, disappointments, frustrations and rejections. But the true stars are the ones who rise above, persevere and dig deep within to show the world all they have to offer. Twenty-four year old vocal powerhouse, Lyriq La'Shay is well on her way to stardom and her success won't be a fluke ... she worked for it.

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Musicians bringing New Orleans flavor to the Dakota July 24

(Photo courtesy of Basin Street Records) Davell Crawford

Are you ready to party New Orleans style? Then there’s nothing like the real thing, baby. And since we’re in the midst of some steamy New Orleans like weather here in the Twin Cities, why not mix it up with some equally hot New Orleans music, right?

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Snapshots | Street performer Nathaniel Harris

" I love playing music and I love people -- people bless me and I bless people." -- Nathaniel Harris

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2014 Warped Tour photos

I look forward to Van’s Warped Tour every year and once again it was a blast.

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A night of Austin at the Varsity Theater: Bob Schneider with Dawn & Hawkes

All I knew about Bob Schneider before Friday night was that he was a song writer from Austin whose name sometimes shows up on my Dad’s Sirius Radio and that my friends like him a lot. I was expecting country – and I got a little country, but I also got salsa and rock and dance music and more. I was very impressed. Having a full band helped - and a band that danced as well as they played made it even better. By the end of the night I think we were all dancing like wild people. It was a fun, hot and sweaty night.

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Minneapolis Band Fate's Palette reflects on the challenges (and unexpected rewards) of their first silent film score

The weekend of July 11-13, the Trylon Microcinema’s ongoing 5th Anniversary Silent Film Festival took a turn toward the dark side with the 1922 German Expressionist classic Nosferatu. The film, subtitled “A Symphony of Horror,” tells the story of a young couple named Hutter and Ellen whose lives fall under the shadow of the fearsome vampire Count Orlok. Minneapolis band Fate’s Palette composed and performed an original score for the film, their first-ever foray into film scoring.

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