Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Art-A-Whirl (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Art-A-Whirl is a highly anticipated annual event that welcomes local and regional visitors to Northeast Minneapolis to see the art being made in this area and to meet the artists.

As visitors come to see the art over the three-day weekend they also experience the unique and welcoming community of Northeast Minneapolis. At least 600 painters, potters, printmakes, furniture designers, photographers, jewelers, weavers, ironworkers, glass blowers, as well as actors, musicians, jugglers, and other performers will be making the good times happen.

The Bad Plus, known for their jazzy takes on songs by Nirvana, Black Sabbath, The Pixies, David Bowie and Blondie, to name a few, take on their reinvention of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. This Friday and Saturday at the Loring Theater. The Bad Plus consists of pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King, originating from Minneapolis, MN.

Rolling Stone magazine called their combination of jazz, pop, rock and avant garde "about as badass as highbrow gets," while The New York Times said the band is "better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and indie rock."

THE CARS, TONIGHT! - First Avenue Full fledged Cars Reunion, the first collaboration by the four surviving members since 1988. The new CD "Move Like This" is classic sounding CARS with it's guitars and synths, and Ric Ocaseks's robotic vocals. Sold out.


The Twilight Singers, Wed. May 18th, Varsity Theater
Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, Friday, May 20th, Lee's Liquor Lounge
Maceo Parker, Sun, May 22nd, Orchestra Hall
Bruce Cockburn, Mon, May 23rd, Cedar Cultural Center
Burno Mars, Monday, May 23rd, (with Janelle Monae), Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Adele, May 26th, First Avenue
Damon & Naomi, Saturday May 28th, Triple Rock Social Club
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Sat. May 28th, Turf Club
KQRS Rockstock: Styx, Cheap Trick, Lamont Cranston, Sunday, May 29th, Midway Stadium
SOUNDSET May 29th: Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Big Boi, Doomtree, & many others. Cantabury Park.
Chelsea Handler, Sat. June 4th, Target Center.
Iron & Wine, Wednesday, June 8th, First Avenue
Bootsey Collins, Thursday, June 9th, First Avenue
WINSTOCK: Friday, June 10th: Darius Rucker, Gloriana, Rodney Aktins, Troy Olson. Winsted, MN. Sat. June 11th: Montgomery Gentry, Jason Aldean, Oak Ridge Boys, Josh Thompson, James Otto, Joanna Smith.
TAYLOR SWIFT: Tuesday, June 14th, & Wed. June 15th. Xcel Energy Center.
Charlie Musselwhite, Thursday, June 16th, Minnesota Zoo.
Rhianna, Cee Lo Green, Thursday, June 16th, Target Center.
John Fogerty, Friday, June 17th, Mystic Lake Casino.
DEEP PURPLE, Sunday June 19th, Orpheum Theatre.
Motely Crue, Poison, NY Dolls, Friday June 24th, Target Center
Jethro Tull, Sat. June 25th, Orpheum Theater
Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Wed. June 29th, Minnesota Zoo.
THE MONKEES Friday July 1st, Sat. July 2nd, Minnesota Zoo (tickets went on sale March 4th).
Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard, Sat. July 2nd, Orpheum Theater.
Britney Spears, Wed. July 6th, Xcel Energy Center.
Katy Perry, Sat. July 9th, Xcel Energy Center.
U2, Saturday, July 23rd, TCF Bank Stadium
David Sedaris, November 13th, State Theater.

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