MUSIC REVIEW | Rush rocks hard at the Xcel Center

It wouldn’t take a detective of Holmesian skill to immediately notice upon entrance to Xcel that Rush draws a die-hard crowd. Even ignoring overhearing a gentleman letting a total stranger know that he has been to “every Rush show since I was 14, and I’m 52 now,” it was clear by the sheer amount of Rush merch that the majority of those in attendance were rocking that this was really not anyone’s first rodeo. These folks knew exactly what they were into. Any by God, were they ready. Aside from the upper level, who can be forgiven for not standing because that can be quite a vertigo-inducing situation, there was not a fan in attendance who wasn’t on their feet from the time that curtain rose to the time that show finished. Continue Reading

MUSIC PHOTOS | Girl Germs at Turf Club

Girl Germs performed its second installment at the Turf Club on Saturday, January 10.Coverage of issues and events that affect Central Corridor neighborhoods and communities is funded in part by a grant from Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. Continue Reading

MUSIC PHOTOS | Mayda at New Century Sessions

The New Century Sessions on October 29 opened with Mu Daiko, an innovative Japanese-style taiko drumming ensemble based in the Twin Cities. The ensemble plays new compositions, and infuses traditional melodies into its ever-expanding repertoire. Different members of the ensemble performed with Mayda for a few songs throughout the evening.A Korean adoptee raised in Minnesota, Mayda is a young, yet seasoned, multi-instrumentalist, artist and producer. Her music has been featured on Jersey Shore, in Korean Reebok commercials and on Showtime and MTV. Mayda’s slick, expansive, and evolving pop sound fuses R&B, pared-down acoustic struts, full-band funkadelic blasts, electronic beats and synth flourishes. This was a CD release show for her latest Busy Signals.New Century Sessions and the The Lowertown Line partnered to film this event with TPT. Continue Reading

MUSIC PHOTOS | Bruce McCabe documentary premiere at the Metropolitan Ballroom

Bruce McCabe is a local musician who has played with and written songs for Lamont Cranston, Hoopsnakes, Johnny Lang and his own band the Rich Poor Men. McCabe has fought two brain tumors and is now in remission. His family launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary that consists of interviews done with several of his friends in the industry, some great music, and stories told by Bruce himself. On Thursday, June 19 was the VIP celebration to premiere the documentary at the Metropolitan Ballroom. Jack Knife and the Sharps opened the evening, followed by the film and ended the night with Bruce McCabe and the Rich Poor Man. 
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The OLL Blast is an annual fundraiser benefit concert presented by Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) Catholic School in Mound. In its eighth year, the Blast has been able to provide much needed financial support for OLL’s technology and language programs.The event is held each Spring on the OLL school grounds. Local fans and die-hards venture out to experience both regional and national acts. This years’ lineup includes a return engagement for the BoDeans as well as support acts, Martin Zellar and The Days Between.OLL has been honored to bring such a fun event to the greater Mound community. Past Blast lineups have featured Soul Asylum, Gin Blossoms, Semisonic and Night Ranger. Continue Reading

MUSIC PHOTOS | Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at the Cedar Cultural Center

On Thursday, April 3, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars played at the Cedar Cultural Center.Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.Read more about their backstory on their website.Coverage of issues and events that affect Central Corridor neighborhoods and communities is funded in part by a grant from Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. Continue Reading