MUSIC REVIEW | Journey and Joan Jett electrify the Minnesota State Fair

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

The Minnesota State Fair was given an explosive final farewell to the 2014 Grandstand Concert Series as Journey and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts came together for an amazing rock sound that electrified the myriad masses out of their food comas and on to their feet.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Local heavy hitters come out at MN Music On-A-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair

Photos by Ann Treacy

MN Music On-A-Stick on Saturday, Aug. 30was a celebration of the great variety and quality of local music we have in Minnesota. Hosted by The Current, one of the most astute observations came from Mark Wheat when he noted that all but one of these bands (Bob Mould) has emerged since The Current went on air in 2005. The Current has been a force to promote local bands–from Americana to Hip Hop and we saw it all on stage.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Turf Club reopens with Erik Koskinen, Frankie Lee, Dead Man Winter and Cactus Blossoms

Photos by Ann Treacy

Everyone in St Paul breathed a sigh of returned cool Thursday night when the Turf Club reopened after a summer of renovations. It was a sold out show featuring Dead Man Winter, Frankie Lee, Erik Koskinen and a surprise appearance from The Cactus Blossoms, which wasn't a shock but sure was pleasant. Much as I like all four bands, the club was the star last night.

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Sincerely, Mac Irv: Hoops legend's new success in music

(Courtesy of the artist) Mac Irv

It didn't happen on purpose but the game of basketball's comparison to the music hustle became a central theme when I spoke with emerging hip-hop artist Lawrence "Mac Irv" McKenzie.

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TC Weekend | Ring in Labor Day weekend with community gatherings, the MN State fair and more!

Where has the time gone? The kids are going back to school, football preseason is off and running, and Labor Day weekend is here, marking the traditional end of summer. According to AAA, an estimated 35 million people will hit the road this holiday weekend. If you’re planning to stay in town, we found a few events to mix in between the BBQs, picnics, and other Labor Day weekend fun. See what’s on tap below.

Let us know how you will spend the holiday weekend by sending your photos and comments to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic or the name of the event, and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or use the email address above.


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MUSIC REVIEW | Run Westy Run: A fitting tribute at Triple Rock Social Club

The Run Westy Run gig at the Triple Rock Social Club was bittersweet. The show was great. The band was on their game. They played for two and a half hours. But someone was missing.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Jeff Bridges brings true grit to the Pantages Theatre

Photo courtesy Jeff Bridges (from another live performance).

Jeff Bridges and The Abiders entertained Midwest fans Sunday evening at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. The band plays bluesy country rock that’s a little bit laid back and a little bit riff raff while infusing a whole lot of sincerity and some touching, soulful stories. There weren’t any particularly magical musical moments on stage, but Bridges’ shout-outs to his many friends, touring colleagues, and past collaborators sure made him seem like one of the kindest and happiest dudes on the planet. A couple of surfing references and some nods to his acting education let us know he was from LA-la-land, but a peace of mind and comfort in his own, good-lookin’-skin, gave a grounded, super down-to-earth-guy impression.

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MUSIC REVIEW | DigiFest goes viral at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

Photos By: 
Jeff Rutherford

It was hard to tell if it was thunder in the sky or the cheering of thousands of teens at the DigiFest Minnesota concert at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Sunday. It was both. The occasional rain downpours never dampened the thundering cheering of fans devoted to beloved YouTube and Vine personalities gathered in one place.

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Local musician connects with young audience using personal experiences

(Photo courtesy of Mike Dreams)

“Hey, what’s up man it’s Mike Dreams,” are the words spoken to a young reporter at 5:04 pm on a Monday night. After giving thanks for the time, we turned what was supposed to be a brief interview with local artist Mike Dreams, into an hour-and-a-half long conversation with the man Michael Hannah.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Josh Turner Wraps up Music in the Zoo 2014

The 2014 Music in the Zoo Series wrapped up Saturday, August 23rd with a performance from Josh Turner that proved to be one of the best this

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