Two friends and I first set foot in The Dakota, the swankiest jazz club and restaurant in Minneapolis, as sophomores. We're seniors now, and well-seasoned travelers of the Twin Cities, but we're pleased to report that the Dakota hasn't lost its magic.
Saturday night the Seward Café was abuzz with locally blended experimental and improvisational music. Earlier last month I saw another show of the same genre at the Seward and my only complaint was a small audience. I think word is getting out. There were more people last night, who braved record cold temperatures to see these guys.
On the way to First Avenue on Friday night to see Run Westy Run, my friend says – please don’t let them have potbellies. I knew what he meant. Looking up on stage is a little like looking in a mirror with a favorite hometown band – you want them to look and sound the same, especially with a band eacyou have seen dozens of times, starting in high school.
Saturday night’s show at First Avenue was sold out! I love to hear that for local bands. The place was packed—but true for nearly every 4onthefloor show I’ve attended, the crowd was friendly and fun. They sounded great and played all of the old and new favorites. People were hopping to older songs such as "Bricklayer" and "Drunk on Tuesday" and singing along to the newer songs off Spirit of Minneapolis released last spring. And they played my favorite "For Pa" and "Magic Trick."
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, locked out by orchestra management, presented a report to the community, “Keeping the Music Alive,” to a standing-room-only crowd of supporters December 9. The meeting included a musical performance and the announcement of a coming “Winter-Spring” concert series.
Two days before the Minnesota Orchestral Association’s annual meeting, the musicians locked out by orchestra management presented their own “Community Report” December 9.
How much of the artist is present in their art? The wall between Will Oldham and Bonnie "Prince" Billy has long been established by the artist himself. Oldham is one to shy away from most media appearances and interviews—and apparently from playing shows in Minneapolis too. Perhaps it's the weather, but it has been nearly five years since his last show in the area. The venue was the Cedar Cultural Center, and its cozy, old ballroom setting could not have been better suited for Oldham's intimate performance.
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