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MUSIC PHOTOS | John Mayer reinvented at the Target Center

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Fans celebrated the long overdue return of John Mayer to the Twin Cities as the “Born and Raised World Tour 2013” made a stop at the Target Center on Saturday, November 23rd. Obviously Mayer is not content with sticking to any one specific style as this performance again had a different look and feel from what we’ve seen from him in the past. After disappearing from the scene for a while to recover from throat surgery, the now Montana resident had a new sense of calm about him. The stage set reflected his proclaimed new appreciation of the outdoors with a giant video backdrop creating the illusion of the band performing in various scenic settings. Mayer’s vocal sounded good as ever and he has no problem serving up some wow factor on a Stratocaster.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Elton John plays a legendary show at the Xcel Energy Center

Legendary musician Elton John showed a capacity crowd at the Xcel Energy Center Friday, November 22nd how some things really do im

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Selena Gomez backs her star power at Target Center

It was “kids bring your mom to concert night” as the Stars Dance Tour 2013 made a November 21st stop at Target Center in Minneapolis. The multi-talented Selena Gomez can flip back and forth at will between television and music and is proving to be unstoppable on both fronts. She did not disappoint her young fans in the Twin Cities building excitement with a frenzied Mall of America store appearance before the main concert event at Target Center. Her show is filled with high energy fun and as the tour name suggests, is built around choreographed dance routines. She performs the same set each night, starting out with “Bang Bang Bang” and covering her hits and some material from the much anticipated new album.

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Three questions that need to be answered about The Yard and Ryan Co's Downtown East project

“The Yard”

The proposed $400 million East Downtown corporate Wells Fargo office, housing, retail, parking and park complex being proposed by Ryan Development is chugging along, having just received unanimous support from the Minneapolis Planning Commission. At the center of this project – literally and figuratively – is “The Yard” a two block (likely separated by a county road), 4.2 acre park space that is described on Ryan Co’s website as a “world-class urban park/plaza that serves as the ‘front yard’ to the new stadium”.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Amos Lee shines at the State Theatre

Photos by Patrick Dunn

If you’re a fan of a great singing voice and quality songwriting influenced by folk, bluegrass and soul music, then you are no doubt familiar with the work of Amos Lee. He is a big talent who has built a respectable fan base nationally one gig at a time and seems to really enjoy playing to his strong following here in the Twin Cities. Lee’s November 6th stop at the State Theatre was the second night of his “Mountain of Sorrow, Rivers of Song” tour in support of his fifth studio album of the same name.

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Jonny Lang isn't getting better with age—but then, he doesn't need to

Photo courtesy Jonny Lang

Blues rocker Jonny Lang has leveled off at a quite satisfactory plateau of guitar playing. He hasn't improved much in past years—but, on the other hand, he was always pretty damned good to begin with.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | "Musicians Exit," a poem about the Minnesota Orchestra

Did we know what we had?

Could we recognize what was growing

in our Midwest midst?

Greatness may have caught us

off guard.

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The wreck of the Minnesota Orchestra: How do we improve the communications among arts boards, artists, and audiences?

Photo by JFXie (Creative Commons)

It’s been a pretty depressing week, what with the government shutdown and the resignation of Osmo Vänskä from the Minnesota Orchestra. I have to admit that I haven’t exactly been a ticket-buying supporter of the orchestra. I think the last time I went to actually see a live orchestra concert I was in college. It’s not that I don’t like classical music—I actually can’t explain my lack of enthusiasm, other than there were other things that interested me more. Still, I think it’s a shame that such a revered institution is in such dire straits.

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