Although Alexander O'Neal was born and raised in Mississippi, his musical hometown will always be Minneapolis, where in the 1980s he helped forge the Minneapolis Sound as the initial lead singer of the Time and in a subsequent solo career. O'Neal has been based in the U.K. for more than a decade. But just before Christmas a year ago he made a triumphant return to his old haunts and the Dakota, where his performance was recorded by a production team led by former Prince drummer Bobby Z and released as a CD/DVD package appropriately dubbed Live in Minneapolis. With his classic soul voice in prime form, O'Neal croons and growls through a greatest-hits set of romantic ballads and sleek Minneapolis funk, with a couple of yuletide nuggets thrown in for the holidays, most written by the Flyte Tyme team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. This year's to-the-day concert reprise should be equally entertaining and festive.
Thu., Dec. 22, 7 p.m., 2011
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