Music Notes

Ah, the 1980s. New Wave, pop metal, MTV and the Top 40. Forget tracking likes and shares on social media to understand a slice of a target audience. When something was a hit, the whole country knew it — whether or not everyone liked it. Educational publisher Scholastic, for one, had mid-80s kids all figured […]

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Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld April 12, 2013 Mill City Nights, Minneapolis It was just last week in this space that I regaled my gratitude for the invention of the Storytellers concert format where musicians strip their songs down to the raw basics and tell the stories behind them. No more powerfully could that have possibly […]

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  Take this opportunity to cross one item off your bucket list — Mike Nesmith is on tour. Fortunately, the intimate and historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., found its way to his spring 2013 tour dates list. This reviewer was not the only person in the crowd thrilled about the opportunity, however. One […]

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Click on the image of Andy Powell above to see all 65 photos from Wishbone Ash‘s recent gig at The Iridium. Awesome photography as always by Arnie Goodman.

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Frank Hannon Gypsy Highway Six-String Soldiers release date Sept. 7, with Mike Araiza, Jeff Sandoval, et. al. and guests Dickey Betts, Pat Travers, Dave Meniketti and Rick Derringer April 28, 2012, Mankato, Minnesota, Buster’s Bar August 4, 2012, Rochester, Minnesota, Wicked Moose Bar & Grill A lot of bands make claim to being the hardest […]

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  Tesla Live in Mankato, Minnesota July 28, 2012  Ah, so what if the majority of Tesla’s 90-minute show was RePlugged Live? Those “perfect summer night in a park” rock shows often are the “mainstream crowd-pleaser” type shows. It’s the little out-of-the way shows tacked on to the tour around the crowd-pleasers that bring out […]

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July 7, 2012, marked a sort of musical homecoming for me when I saw The Honeydogs performing at The Bridge Festival in Duluth, Minnesota’s Bayfront Park. It was some 16 years ago (July 5, 1996) when I first saw The Honeydogs perform in St. Paul at Grand Old Day, on an event that also featured […]

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Southern rock music legends 38 Special took the stage June 28, 2012, at Duluth, Minnesota’s Clyde Iron, for a memorable night of classic tunes and a good old fashioned outdoor party. The current lineup features founding members Donnie Van Zant (vocals, guitar) and Don Barnes (vocals, guitar), along with longtime bassist Larry Junstrom, Danny Chauncey (guitars, […]

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Roger Hodgson – Live at Grand Casino Hinckley, MN, March 2, 2012 The first concert I ever attended was in 1978 at the old Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a trifecta of musical talent featuring a young Eddie Money, Steve Miller Band and The Eagles. It was the first of dozens of concerts […]

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  New York, NY (January 30, 2012) – Roger Hodgson, the legendary voice of Supertramp, will embark on his Breakfast in America Tour next month, kicking off with two sold out shows at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, CA. Fans the world over have been thrilled with Hodgson’s unforgettable songs such as “Breakfast in […]

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