MUSIC REVIEW | International Novelty Gamelan record release at Icehouse

Photos by Ann Treacy

Gamelan is a collection of traditional Javanese musical instruments. They are as beautiful to watch as they are to hear. There are gold colored gongs, metallophones, drums and hybrid drum-cymbals and bowed instruments. They are set up with ornate frames.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Stevie Wonder a marvel at the Target Center

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

The very moment that Stevie Wonder was lead out to the stage by India Arie, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Moon and Pollution rise over Icehouse

Photos by Ann Treacy

I spent too much time on the way home from Icehouse explaining that Moon and Pollution was electronica, but nothing like EDM, not as pounding and impersonal. I’ll stand by electronica but electronic pop is probably a more apt description.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Gregg Allman timeless at the Pantages Theatre

Photo courtesy Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman and his eight piece traveling band, in the midst of a spring tour, played to a sold-out house at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Pantages Theatre on March 27. The storied bluesy-rock icon still wears his hair long and his tattoos proudly. He looks great and his signature voice still resonates with a tender clarity that welcomes you while his rasp makes you ache. As a founding member of the legendary "The Allman Brothers" band, he's been writing and performing for 50 years—give or take a few-but his talent, and contribution to music history, is timeless.

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PREVIEW | Safe Hands Animal Rescue benefit concert: Music is stepping up for the dogs

If you like music and dogs I might have a fun date for you. Musicians from both the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera are performing at a fundraiser for Safe Hands Animal Rescue on April 12 at 3:00 pm at Colonial Church in Edina.

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ART REVIEW | Don't miss "In Which ____ and Others Discover the End Performance"

I love the idea of mashing up visual art, music and dance. Just last month I enjoyed a similar show (Stripe Tease) at the Walker. So I was thrilled to get walk-up tickets to the first of the Final Performances of In Which ____ and Others Discover the End Performance. I brought my favorite 10-year old date.

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Wine, women and song with Tina Schlieske, Molly Maher and Katy Vernon

What could bring a parochial St Paulite to Anoka? Wine, Women and Song at the Lyric Arts, a one-night celebration of Minnesota women singers featuring Tina Schlieske, Molly Maher and Katy Vernon.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Dreaming with the Cactus Blossoms at the Electric Fetus

You know how you keep local music supported for generations? Have venues that are open for intergenerational audiences. Tuesday night my favorite 10 year old and I hopped over to the Electric Fetus to see the Cactus Blossoms. She was thrilled because as she pointed out – she never gets to see them!

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MUSIC REVIEW | World beats with Corey Harris, Paul Metzger and Erik Koskinen on Real Phonic at James J Hill

My favorite regular gig went worldly this month as Real Phonic at the James J Hill Reference Library hosted a group of eclectic artists. Headlining was Corey Harris who seems to have toes in places around the globe. He was born in Denver, busked in New Orleans, lived in West Africa and soaked up sounds wherever he went.

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