MUSIC REVIEW | Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit rock sold-out Varsity Theater in Minneapolis

The first dozen or so times I saw Isbell perform with the 400 Unit (the band he typically tours with) — you could say he was a different man than today. Then, on stage between songs, he’d soothe his voice with a gulp or six of Jack Daniels from a bottle the size of my head. He’s now sober and it truly shows in not only his vocal talents, but also in his general demeanor during the show. He’s grown up and his crowd seems to have grown with him somehow, both in size and behavior.This is his third stop in the Twin Cities in the past year and I’ve made sure to attend the others as well. He’s absolutely my favorite singer/songwriter going currently. Continue Reading

PHOTOS | St. Paul’s Festival of Nations kicks off with a “World Class Bash”

On May 3, the 2013 Festival of Nations—Minnesota’s largest multicultural celebration—began at the RiverCentre with a party aptly advertised as a “World Class Bash.”Also see OUR STORIES | Sudanese American Aya ElMileik on her experiences with Festival of Nations (Lolla Mohammed Nur)Coverage of issues and events affecting Central Corridor communities is funded in part by a grant from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative Continue Reading

MUSIC PHOTOS | “Welcome To Minnesota Tour” stops by First Avenue with Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Haphduzn, Carnage and Get Cryphy

On Wednesday, March 5, Atmosphere played at First Avenue in Minneapolis with Haphduzn, Carnage, Brother Ali, and Get Cryphy to open. Haphduzn

Carnage

Brother Ali

Get Cryphy

Atmosphere

 

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MUSIC PHOTOS | ZZ Ward mixes it up at the Varsity Theater

On Friday, February 22 ZZ Ward performed at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.  Martin Harley opened for the bluesy hip-hop Oregonian.Martin Harley ZZ Ward   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

Nuevo Mestizos: Leo Lara at the Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar

On January 23, the theme of the Lowertown Reading Jam series at the Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar in Lowertown St. Paul was “Nuevo Mestizos.” Here, Leo Lara shares his work.Also see performances by Emmanuel Ortiz and Louis Alemayehu.Coverage of issues and events affecting Central Corridor communities is funded in part by a grant from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. Continue Reading