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The Galaxy Song

Posted Monday, October 16th, 2017 09:26 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:26 PM

Pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space, cause there’s bugger-all down here on Earth…

Where is my mind?

Posted Friday, October 13th, 2017 11:08 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:08 AM

With your feet in the air and your head on the ground…

First night at the Palace

Posted Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 7:02 PM

Anxious to see if the new place lives up to the hype (plus the Pixies)

Where music shows get made

Posted Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 01:42 pm GMT -5 in Business,Concerts,Links,Music at 1:42 PM

http://davidbyrne.com/journal/the-secret-place-where-music-shows-get-made

Bet this one was extra good

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017 10:41 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 10:41 PM

Petty and Nicks @ Hyde Park

This needs to be released

Posted Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 10:30 am GMT -5 in Charities,Concerts,Links,Music at 10:30 AM

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7686186/tom-petty-heartbreakers-all-star-tribute-musicares-grammy-awards-recording-academy

Tom Petty

Posted Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 08:47 am GMT -5 in Music,Personal,Quotes at 8:47 AM

It really is the only true magic I’ve found in this world. Most magic is a trick of some kind. But music is actually a healing thing. It has this power to heal and inspire and to lift you right up…

So much good on this list

Posted Monday, October 2nd, 2017 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 6:33 PM

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/tom-petty-50-greatest-songs-w506653/shadow-of-a-doubt-a-complex-kid-w506710

The Pines @ Rummage

Posted Saturday, September 30th, 2017 09:21 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 9:21 PM

Cold (but nice) new off-season event at the fairgrounds

The Klas Family Rocks

Posted Saturday, September 30th, 2017 08:06 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 8:06 PM

Sitting on the Klas bench at the State Fair Rummage event

Man of Constant Sorrow

Posted Saturday, September 30th, 2017 05:07 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 5:07 PM

http://www.citypages.com/music/man-of-constant-sorrow-charlie-parrs-quiet-battle-to-stay-alive/442806393

Good Old Days

Posted Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 09:05 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:05 AM

In a small club in Minnesota, and the snow outside of First Ave. I just wanted my name in a star…

Feel Good Inc.

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 11:36 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:36 PM

Love forever, love is free. Let’s turn forever, you and me. Windmill, windmill for the land. Is everybody in?

Ready for Gorillaz 

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 08:01 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 8:01 PM

Awesome

Mr. Bad Example

Posted Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 09:21 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:21 AM

I’m very well acquainted with the seven deadly sins, I keep a busy schedule trying to fit them in…

Backstage

Posted Saturday, September 9th, 2017 04:09 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 4:09 PM

So much power

Mudcrutch

Posted Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 01:54 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 1:54 PM

Welcome to hell – population, me…

Baby Come Back

Posted Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 08:27 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:27 AM

All day long, wearing a mask of false bravado, trying to keep up a smile that hides a tear. But as the sun goes down, I get that empty feeling again. How I wish to God that you were here…

Thanks, London Dave

Posted Sunday, August 13th, 2017 05:14 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 5:14 PM

This totally made my day

Celebrate Life

Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2017 02:11 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 2:11 PM

Hazelfest 2017

David Rothenberg

Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2017 01:22 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes,Reading at 1:22 PM

Life is far more interesting than it needs to be, because the forces that guide it are not merely practical…

The greatest living guitarist?

Posted Sunday, July 30th, 2017 11:15 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 11:15 PM

Lightning is right

Sometimes a Fantasy

Posted Saturday, July 29th, 2017 04:16 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Quotes at 4:16 PM

When am I gonna take control, get a hold of my emotions? Why does it only seem to hit me in the middle of the night?

In-seat ordering rocks

Posted Friday, July 28th, 2017 08:12 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Music at 8:12 PM

Dilly Bars, FTW @ Billy Joel

The Twilight Hours at the Cedar

Posted Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 10:45 PM

Here’s one from back in March (the 25th, to be exact), when we headed over to the Cedar Cultural Center to see The Twilight Hours. We’ve been big fans of Matt Wilson and John Munson in all of their various projects and try to catch them when we can. They will be playing down the block at Music in Mears this Thursday, which reminded me I never posted pictures from the Cedar show (pics after the jump).

The Counterfactuals and Fathom Lane opened the show, but we were really there to hear songs off The Twilight Hours new album, Black Beauty. I think they played all but two of the new songs, which was nice to experience for the first time. Not much else to say, other than to highly recommend you make your way down to Mears Park this week for a free sample of this great band.

Here I Am (Reggae edition)

Posted Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 08:40 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:40 PM

Here I am, playing with those memories again. And just when I thought time had set me free, those thoughts of you keep taunting me…

Looking forward to this

Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 10:36 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 10:36 PM

Big River Pizza is cool (#2)

Bruno Mars at T-Mobile Arena

Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music,Travel at 7:29 PM

It seems like forever ago already, but one of the highlights of our Vegas trip last month was a private concert by Bruno Mars at the new T-Mobile Arena that the Golden Knights will call home. The Cisco Live! conference had around 28,000 attendees and most of them tried to squeeze into the arena for the roughly 80 minute set (with no opener and no encore).

We had passes to get in early and were herded to the upper level concourse for free food and drinks. Before the full doors opened, we worked our way down to the arena floor and I got a spot on the end of the front barrier. Bruno and his crew spent more time in the middle of the stage, but it was still a great spot to watch them up close. Conference organizers handed out free hats with flashing lights, so the place was really more electric than it would normally be with a bunch of nerds.

Kid two was more than a little salty that 1) I got to see him first and 2) that I was that close (when Bruno came to my side of the stage, he was literally about four feet away). Ended up taking way more video than usual, just so she could experience it too. No merch for sale and I didn’t get a set list, but it was pretty much what you’d expect. My favorites were the big hits: That’s What I Like, 24K Magic, Just the Way You Are and (of course) Uptown Funk.

Amazing performer, great show (more pics after the jump).


Forgot I took this one

Posted Friday, July 21st, 2017 11:03 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 11:03 PM

The side of the stage had perks

Chester Charles Bennington

Posted Thursday, July 20th, 2017 02:51 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 2:51 PM

Crawling in my skin, these wounds they will not heal. Fear is how I fall, confusing what is real…

Thanks Atmosphere

Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017 08:05 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 8:05 PM

Closed it out right

Guerilla Radio

Posted Thursday, July 13th, 2017 11:22 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:22 PM

It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?

You Can Call Me Al

Posted Saturday, July 8th, 2017 11:12 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:12 PM

A man walks down the street. He says why am I soft in the middle now?

Mostly thumbs up on the arena

Posted Thursday, June 29th, 2017 12:59 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Hockey,Music,Travel at 12:59 PM

Some areas were really nice, but navigation was a bit troublesome 

Ms. Jackson

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017 07:03 pm GMT -5 in Music,Pop Culture,Quotes at 7:03 PM

I don’t like no nasty car, I don’t like nasty food…

Free music everywhere

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 06:51 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 6:51 PM

JazzFest time in Lowertown 

What the hell is this?

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Art,Music,Shopping at 1:27 PM

Not sure if I like Jeremy or the little dude in front

I really miss Bowie

Posted Saturday, June 17th, 2017 11:23 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 11:23 PM

Wonderful tribute show by the amazing Seu Jorge

Let’s Pretend We’re Married

Posted Friday, June 16th, 2017 10:48 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:48 AM

If you think I’m crazy, you’re probably right. But I’m gonna have fun every motherfuckin’ night…

Impossible Germany

Posted Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 09:18 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:18 AM

Nothing more important than to know someone’s listening…

Roll Me Up

Posted Saturday, June 10th, 2017 10:20 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:20 AM

When I get my wings and it’s my time to fly, call my friends and tell them there’s a party, come on by…

Glad Bono reconsidered

Posted Thursday, June 8th, 2017 07:42 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 7:42 PM

Happy to have this one at my office

One Time

Posted Friday, June 2nd, 2017 07:55 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 7:55 AM

I know I’ve got that sway that makes the boys all stay…

Last choir concert eva

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 7:02 PM

MK with the Abba to close out her high school choir career (and she lettered!)

My Adidas

Posted Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 11:27 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:27 AM

…homeboy got fifty pair! Got blue and black, cause I like to chill. And yellow and green, when it’s time to get ill…

Jayhawks at Minnesota Zoo

Posted Monday, May 29th, 2017 10:39 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 10:39 AM

Music at the Zoo is such a great series (and venue). Sue McLean and Associates does a great job booking every year, (usually) keeping prices reasonable for a wide variety of acts to choose from each summer. Last year, the Jayhawks made their Zoo debut on July 1 with a great show that I would’ve missed if not for my friend DGS and his extra ticket.

I don’t remember too many specifics now, so I’ll send you over to Jon Bream’s review at the Star Tribune. I do remember the quirky openers Folk Uke, who sang some great R-rated songs: Shit Makes The Flowers Grow, BJ to a DJ and Motherfucker Got Fucked Up. A few more pics after the jump. You can view the 2017 lineup here (we are going to Robert Cray on July 12).

The little Mozart seems happy

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Music at 3:26 PM

Thanks Studio Phil (and Guitar Center)

Mason Jennings @ Gallery 122

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 01:25 pm GMT -5 in Art,Music at 1:25 PM

Northeast hipster art

So beautiful (and so sad)

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 12:02 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Television,Video at 12:02 PM

Santa Monica

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 09:54 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Quotes at 9:54 AM

With my big black boots and an old suitcase, I do believe I’ll find myself a new place…

Last concert of the year

Posted Friday, May 26th, 2017 11:18 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 11:18 AM

MK playing baritone over on the right

Five Man Electrical Band

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 11:13 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:13 PM

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

On the walls @ Barbette

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 02:52 pm GMT -5 in Art,Food,Music,Quotes at 2:52 PM

Miss you, MCA

Outshined

Posted Thursday, May 18th, 2017 09:06 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:06 AM

…things aren’t looking so good. I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota…

Raspberry Beret

Posted Monday, May 15th, 2017 02:01 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 2:01 PM

She wasn’t too bright, but I could tell when she kissed me, she knew how to get her kicks…

Aerosmith at the Final Four

Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 11:00 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Sports,Travel at 11:00 PM

My job took me to Phoenix for the Final Four college basketball tournament this year (in anticipation of our stadium hosting in 2019), where I learned a lot about the preparation and logistics needed to put on this major event. With the first two semifinal games on Saturday and the finals on Monday night, I was able to sneak away on Sunday, April 1, to attend the Capital One JamFest.

The NCAA puts on a series of concerts over the weekend each year, but this was the only day I could go to the Arizona edition. This turned out great, as that day had the lineup I most wanted to see:

  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  • Blink 182
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Aerosmith

I’ve seen the Night Sweats and Macklemore before, but Aerosmith was on my bucket list (I think Blink 182 skipped my generation – don’t think I knew any of their songs, to be honest). Leon Bridges played the night before and made a quick cameo with Nathaniel Rateliff during S.O.B., which was cool (I’ve seen Leon a few times, but was still sad his set was during the semifinal games).

The local paper has a summary of the day here, which was highlighted by massive crowd control issues at Margaret T. Hance Park. Thankfully my NCAA credential got me in, because there was no way the police were letting in more than 20,000 people. I got there just as Night Sweats took the stage, positioning myself in front of the sound board and large lighting tower. I ended up getting pushed up farther and farther with each act, which included my first close-up encounter with a real mosh pit during the Blink set (waaaaay too intense for my tastes).

The concerts went on for seven and a half hours, which meant I nearly passed out from dehydration by the end. In hindsight, I was glad that I didn’t give up my spot, as watching Steven Tyler from about 15 feet away singing Dream On was a lifetime concert highlight for me (pictures after the jump). The openers sounded great, Blink was almost as energetic as their fan base, Macklemore put on a high-quality set reminiscent of his Minnesota State Fair show, while the Bad Boys of Boston really lived up to my high expectations (hard to believe those guys are all nearly 70).

Charles Barkley and Jim Nantz also made an appearance in between sets, along with about ten million Capital One promotions…


The Eels

Posted Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:19 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:19 PM

Life is hard. And so am I…

Award-winning Juke

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 10:15 pm GMT -5 in Music at 10:15 PM

Clown Lounge @ Turf Club

Back at the Turf Club

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 08:43 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 8:43 PM

Frankie and Friends (plus dinner) – first time here on the green line

Garbage at the Skyway Theater

Posted Saturday, April 29th, 2017 09:08 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 9:08 PM

Digging back into the concert archive from last year, I was extremely happy to finally cross Garbage off the bucket list on July 7, 2016, at the Skyway Theater in downtown Minneapolis. As a graduate of UW-Madison, it always seemed like a fail that I had never seen them live before. And then to have the show at a venue I had never been to before was a double bonus.

The Skyway (capacity just under 2,000) was…interesting. Definitely one of the louder spots in town, we could literally feel the entire building shake when we walked under it from the old Dayton’s parking lot. We never did see it with the house lights up, so I’m not entirely sure how it was set up. I also didn’t go upstairs into the balcony, but Colleen said it had concrete rows to sit on (with no actual seats).

I’ve had a crush on Shirley Manson ever since I heard her on a radio interview way back in the day (that I can now barely remember). The Scottish lead singer thing always seemed like a weird combination for a band from Madison, but it’s worked out well for them. Manson is now 50 (49 when she played this show), but still had huge stage presence and boundless energy. Her vocals sounded wonderful and she honestly seemed happy to be back in Minneapolis. I hadn’t had much of a chance to listen to their new (at the time) album Strange Little Birds before the show, but it’s really grown on me since.

The other reason I was really excited to finally see Garbage was Butch Vig. Unfortunately, the 61-year-old drummer and producer was ill and recovering back in LA (according to Shirley). In addition to playing with Garbage, he’s produced albums for a who’s who of my iTunes library: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Foo Fighters and Muse (among others). The replacement drummer was fine, but if they ever come back again, I’ll go again to try and see Butch.

As for the actual show, here are a couple of reviews I found. Great to hear both the new songs and classics like Only Happy When It Rains, Why Do You Love Me and Sex Is Not the Enemy. A set list from setlist.fm and a few pictures after the jump.

  • Sometimes
  • I Think I’m Paranoid
  • Stupid Girl
  • Special
  • Blood for Poppies
  • The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
  • Empty
  • My Lover’s Box
  • Sex Is Not the Enemy
  • A Stroke of Luck
  • Control
  • #1 Crush
  • Battle in Me
  • Automatic Systematic Habit
  • Bleed Like Me
  • Push It
  • Vow
  • Only Happy When It Rains
  • Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
  • Encore
  • Blackout
  • Why Do You Love Me
  • Even Though Our Love Is Doomed

Tom Petty

Posted Saturday, April 29th, 2017 03:16 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:16 PM

Takin’ my time. I’m slowin’ down a little bit…

Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 11:28 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Friends,Music at 11:28 PM

I’ve run into my friend RW the past two days in a row, which reminded me of the Lauryn Hill concert at First Avenue last September (that I never wrote about). You can read Chris Riemenschneider’s review of the 9/4/2016 concert here, since this is all I really remember from that night:

  • We loved the Fugees and were sad we hadn’t seen any of her other recent visits.
  • It was the most money we’ve ever spent on a First Avenue ticket.
  • We learned RW is a true First Ave VIP and got us one of the tables upstairs.
  • Ms. Hill completely lives up to the diva reputation (and her band probably wanted to kill her by the end of the show).

That cover of Nothing Compares 2 U was amazing, though.

Not sure why all the pictures from this show were so terrible, but here you go…

Double Sigh

Posted Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 06:16 pm GMT -5 in Hockey,Music at 6:16 PM

Hockey is gone; Prince is gone 😢

Right back attcha, Bruno

Posted Thursday, April 20th, 2017 04:14 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Travel at 4:14 PM

24K @ the nerd conference this summer

Peter Gabriel and Sting at Summerfest

Posted Saturday, April 15th, 2017 09:55 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Food,Music,Travel at 9:55 PM

Summerfest in Milwaukee just announced their 2017 lineup, which continues their amazing run of awesome bookings. I still don’t fully understand how they can get such great acts year after year, while charging so little to get in. There must be some serious beer vendor underwriting going on – plus now they are stepping up the other corporate sponsorships to improve the grounds.

While the closing night this year features the outstanding Outlaw Music Festival (with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price), I don’t think we are going to go this year. Reviewing the daily lineups reminded me I never wrote about last year’s finale: Peter Gabriel and Sting on the Rock Paper Scissors tour.

The problem with me forgetting about these posts in the draft folder is that I have a really hard time remembering exactly what happened. Thankfully this Sunday night show from July 10, 2016 was covered by the local newspaper. They also included the setlist I included below (followed by some really bad shots from our waaaaay in the back seats).

After re-reading the review, I do remember that I was really concerned heading in to the show about Sting covering Peter Gabriel songs and vice versa. We’ve seen Sting a number of times, but had never seen Gabriel and didn’t want to get a “fake” cover show. In reality, the show was the best of both worlds and was one of my favorites all year. I don’t recall how much the tickets were, but I know they were expensive and that I intentionally bought seats farther back to limit cost.

The only other things I remember about this trip is that we stayed in the really nice new rooms at the Potawatomi Hotel and we took our first two Uber rides (which also turned out to be our last Uber rides). Didn’t play much at the casino – Milwaukee pricing is a little too rich for my taste. Oh yeah, also made a quick pit stop at the Gritty in Madison…

  • The Rhythm of the Heat (PG)
  • If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (Sting)
  • Digging in the Dirt (PG and Sting)
  • Invisible Sun (PG and Sting)
  • Games Without Frontiers (PG and Sting)
  • Shock the Monkey (PG and Sting)
  • Secret World (PG)
  • Driven to Tears (Sting)
  • Fragile (PG and Sting)
  • Red Rain (PG)
  • Dancing with the Moonlit Knight (Sting)
  • Message in a Bottle (PG and Sting)
  • San Jacinto (PG)
  • Walking in your Footsteps (Sting)
  • Kiss That Frog (PG and Sting)
  • Don’t Give Up (PG)
  • The Hounds of Winter (Sting)
  • Big Time (PG and Sting)
  • Englishman in New York (PG and Sting)
  • Solsbury Hill (PG and Sting)
  • Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (Sting)
  • If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Gabriel)
  • Roxanne (Sting)
  • Love Can Heal (Gabriel)
  • Desert Rose (Sting)
  • In Your Eyes (PG and Sting)
  • Encore
  • Every Breath You Take (PG and Sting)
  • Sledgehammer (PG and Sting)

Tonight in the Main Room

Posted Thursday, April 6th, 2017 07:40 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 7:40 PM

Psychedelic Furs and Robyn Hitchcock @ First Avenue

Dream On

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 01:39 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Quotes at 1:39 AM

Sing with me, just for today. Maybe tomorrow, the good lord will take you away…

Fireworks and palm trees

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 01:29 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Travel at 1:29 AM

What a night in Phoenix 

Windfall

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 12:30 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Quotes at 12:30 AM

Catching an all-night station, somewhere in Louisiana. It sounds like 1963, but for now, it sounds like heaven…

Behind the board

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 12:29 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 12:29 AM

Son Volt @ First Ave with DGS

 

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