At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>
Jimmy Cliff First Avenue, Minneapolis Thursday, September 19, 2013 The legendary Jimmy Cliff made a most triumphant return after 25 years to the First Avenue stage last night. It a late-summer evening filled with joy, incredible music and a thorough history as he told the story via Jamaican music a ... More >>
Many musical rivers to cross in these coming days. Jimmy Cliff at First Avenue on Thursday will be a featured part of it. This week in the Twin Cities begins with The Eagles at the Target Center while Iron & Wine plays across the street at First Avenue. Thursday, Portland-based Typhoon makes an ... More >>
Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>
Rock the Garden may be sold out, but there's still plenty of music that can be heard outdoors this weekend with the Stone Arch Bridge Festival returning after not possibly happening. Jimmy Cliff will be rocking the MN Zoo while up-and-coming Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers bring their Americana flavo ... More >>
The intimate amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo is far and away one of the most idyllic outdoor music venues in the Twin Cities area. And each summer, the Music In The Zoo series gives music lovers of all types up-close, engaging performances from both established acts and alternative bands on ... More >>
By Craig HlavatyBruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce."The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If y ... More >>
You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that nearly every building gets used as a music venue during the annual music festival. And starting Thursday, writers and photographers from the music blogs of the Village Voice Media empire plan to go to as many of them as we possi ... More >>
Twin Cities soul and reggae fans are blessed whenever Frederick "Toots" Hibbert brings his party to town. At 65, Toots still delivers his action packed deluge of roots reggae hits from "Sweet and Dandy," "Do the Reggae," "Time Tough," and "Monkey Man," all the while revving up his band and tu ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPaul SimonMay 3, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAn eight-piece band poured onto the First Avenue stage. An over-capacity crowd gushed down the stairs, over the rails, and pooled in the floor. And then, there he was, lifting a guitar around his neck and giving a "hi-how-are ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPaul SimonMay 2, 2011Minneapolis Convention Center, MinneapolisFor fans of Paul Simon, Monday night's show at the Minneapolis Convention Center couldn't have been more satiating. The man knows how to put on a show, and delivered a two-hour set that expertly wove new songs alo ... More >>
Last weekend was nuts. Our photographers were out in full force throughout the weekend, capturing shots of everything from Melissa Etheridge at the O'Shaughnessy to the wild art parade in Riverside Park to Chromeo at First Avenue. Here's a rundown of the concert photography we've posted on our si ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenJimmy CliffAugust 7, 2010Minnesota Zoo Weesner AmphitheaterJimmy Cliff didn't let the heat (or his age) slow him down in an electrified performance of protest music, songs of hope and a stellar delivery of his most well known songs from one of the most popular reggae records ... More >>
Concert promoter Sue McLean has leaked the initial lineup for this summer's Music in the Zoo series, and there are quite a few great names on the list. Joan Baez, Levon Helm, Carolina Chocolate Drops... be still, our fluttering hearts. See the whole lineup below, with more updates (include ticket ... More >>
A sampling of what made (re)collecting the old faves so fun, and frustrating, in the aughts.
Coming alive with Ashlee Simpson, Brother and Sister, Soweto Gospel Choir
They can quote the Constitution and sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Their ancestors hail from Virginia. Meet the Twin Cities' newest African immigrants.
My Posse Don't Do Homework: Samuel L. Jackson in 187.