MUSIC REVIEW | Rodrigo y Gabriela tear up the State Theatre

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Tom Baker

The world-renowned acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela entered the stage of the State Theatre on August 15 fiercely as the crowd roared continuously. Their tour and new album 9 Dead Alive is a throwback to when they began as street musicians. The audience became willing passengers on a musical voyage; when a song ended, they gasped for another.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo a must-see at the Weesner Family Amphitheater

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Patrick Dunn

One could not have asked for a more perfect evening for an outdoor concert than the one people enjoyed on August 13 at the Weesner Family Amphitheater as Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo brought their amazing classic rock sound to the Minnesota Zoo.

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Treehouse Records a staple of the Twin Cities

It smells like the 1980s: a little bit stale tobacco smoke, a little bit unwashed dog. This is appropriate, I guess, because this same record store with a different name (Oarfolkjokeopus, a very different name) was the high tide point of the Minneapolis music scene during a time when the Minneapolis music scene was the high tide point of the American music industry, and that time was called the 1980s. Old vinyl has its own smell anyway, but all the vinyl in this store is not old, and all the musical wares are not vinyl. Still, that’s what it’s known for, Treehouse Records: used vinyl. There are also new releases, and some used CDs and you can buy tickets to First Avenue shows and occasionally there is live music in the store. Mark Trehus, the owner, used to be the manager of Oarfolkjokeopus, and he bought the business, but not the name, in 2001. Trehus also used to own a record label with the same name, Treehouse Records, in the 1980s and 90s, but it is no more. Just the record store, ticking along at the corner of 26th and Lyndale, a corner where Trehus has been doing business for 28 years.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Ziggy Marley at the Weesner Family Amphitheater

Photos by Patrick Dunn

The 2014 Music in the Zoo Series is winding down with some of the strongest acts of the Season.

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Music in Mears, Irish Fair and Lowertown Guitar Fest: St. Paul picks up momentum with concerts and festivals

I will stand by St Paul in good times and bad–but I have to admit it’s easier and more fun to stand by her with a beer in hand and music blaring and that’s what I did all weekend. I didn’t leave the city once and I was able to walk and/or take the train to most of the festivities, which started Thursday night.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Rod Stewart and Carlos Santana combine forces at the Xcel Energy Center

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Patrick Dunn

The first word that springs to mind when trying to describe last night’s Rod Stewart/Santana concert at the Xcel Energy Center is simply “old.”

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Rock ‘n’ Read: New program improves reading through singing

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Amina Scott looked intently at the karaoke screen on her school bus as she softly sang “Major Pain,” one of her favorite songs about a puppy. At another part of the bus, other kids sang about fish sticks and cupcakes. But this wasn’t typical karaoke; these kids are working to improve their reading skills.

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Reach at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Reach, presented by Nautilus Music-Theater at the Rarig Xperimental, is a buffet of new music, sung by some of the Twin Cities' best singer-actors. I never miss the Nautilus collaborations at the Fringe. While I enjoy the frantic energy of the "fringier" musicals, it was nice to hear a show where intonation wasn't optional. Presented as an anthology of five vignettes, some pieces have a self-contained story and some are excerpts from a larger work. But all loosely share the universal theme of aspiration.

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CV | Riverfront Fest shows off Sheridan Memorial Park

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Sheridan Memorial Park, a new park that recently opened on the upper Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis, hosted the second annual Riverfront Fest on August 1. The event, a project of the Mississippi River Partnership, aims to create awareness of the importance of the river in Minneapolis. For many attendees, it was their first look at the park, which features a veteran's memorial created by artist Robert Smart. The project was a collaboration between a group of World War II veterans, the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

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