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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TC Weekend | Mpls. Aquatennial, Rondo Days, Highland Fest, Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest & more!

Updated 7/18/2014 12:45 p.m.

The All-Star festivities have wrapped up, but the Best Days of Summer are just beginning with the start of the Minneapolis Aquatennial and other big cultural and community festivals in the Twin Cities this weekend. So far the weather forecast looks bright — perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the festivities! See what's on tap below:

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ST. PAUL NOTES | Drumming up community at Kopplin's

More than a dozen drums of all shapes and sizes line the sidewalk on Marshall Avenue outside a storefront. The drummers, too, come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and ages. It's Tuesday night, and time for the weekly drum circle in front of Kopplin's Café (2038 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul).

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Everything clicked: 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival review

“I’m glad we didn’t go to the park. We’re stuck in here together,” Dianne Reeves said at the end of her scorching hot set inside the Amsterdam Bar and Hall on Saturday night, June 28, to close the 16th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival in St.Paul. It’s estimated that 20,000 attended the free festivities taking place at various outdoor and indoor locations.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Basilica Block Party Twentieth Anniversary

Thousands came out this July 11 - 12 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Basilica Block Party.

 

Day 1:

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PHOTOS | Derek & Julianne Hough's "Move Live On Tour" at the Northrup Auditorium

The unexpected success of television show “Dancing with the Stars” has been a launch pad for the careers of

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“There aren’t many opportunities for jocks of color": Radio veteran Derrick Stevens reflects on career at The Current

Photo by Curtis Kennington published under Creative Commons License

Derrick Stevens was born in New York and was ‘weaned’ on radio. It was listening to the late legendary DJ Frankie Crocker (1937-2000), who pioneered the “urban contemporary” music format back in the 1970s that convinced him radio was the place to be.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Sarah McLachlan charms the State Theatre

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Patrick Dunn

Sarah McLachlan’s 25-year career may seem to have stalled a bit of late, with her perhaps being best known at the moment as the artist behind the song which plays along to the world’s most depressing ASPCA commercials, but last night’s performance at the State Theatre was an unforgettable reminder that McLachlan has both the musical chops and the stage presence to put on an amazing live show.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Tourniquet Noise series at Kitty Cat Klub: Good sampling of Noise

(Photo by John Vance)

Last night I went to the first in a series of Noise shows at the Kitty Cat Klub. Every Monday in July, Kevin Cosgrove is gathering a wide assortment of Noise performers in what the City Pages called a revival of Noise. I suspect they are right.

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