U of M Students Get Warm Welcome With Free Concert Tickets

Haley Bonar

Students at the University of Minnesota will get a warm welcome back for the new school year with free concert tickets courtesy of 89.3, The Current radio station, which operates from the University of St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis.

Haley Bonar and John Mark Nelson will perform live at the Northrop Auditorium tonight at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7. General admission is $10 but bring a UMN student ID and get two free tickets to the show. U of M students will receive a promo code in their email to get the free tickets actually.

Bob Dylan to Play at Orpheum Theater

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan will play the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis on November 4, according to Eventful, an event finder website. The show starts at 8 pm according to the site. No other information was made available about the show.

Tickets will go on sale November 6 for this Minnesota legend who grew up on the Iron Range. Dylan will also play Nov. 5 and 6 according to other online sources.


Lawbreakers with Flame Squad Crew in Twin Cities Performance

The boys and girls from Flame Squad joined the stage with fellows from Lawbreakers. Check out the Facebook photos:


Featured Video: Left Lane Cruiser at Ambassadors Blues Fest in Saint Peter

Left Lane Cruiser, a modern blues and jam band, played at both Minnesota Square Park and the Flame Bar in Saint Peter, Minnesota over the summer. Cold, windy and rainy weather kept the participation lower than usual this year. There are normally thousands that gather in the park. August Schell and other local vendors sold goods to park festival-goers. See the below video for a glimpse of the park and the band.

Violinist Emily Saathoff Chosen as Concertmaster to Lead Mankato Symphony

Emily Saathoff

The Mankato Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that violinist Emily Saathoff has been selected as our new concertmaster after a statewide talent search. The concertmaster is a very important role. She is the first violinist who leads the orchestra; she decides how passages are played, tunes the orchestra at the beginning of a performance, and welcomes the conductor to the stage. The concertmaster plays all violin solos unless they are played by a guest artist. Saathoff was selected through a rigorous audition process and replaces longtime concertmaster Lydia Miller.


Mankato Hip Hop Artist Joey Bones Teams up with Bobby Faerber for New "Fingertips of God" Music Video

Mankato Hip Hop artist and known freestyler Joey Bones has teamed up with Bobby Faerber on the official music video for "Fingertips of God", a single by Bones.

Bones and Faerber shot the video in Mankato and scenes from the shoot are surreal and flow well with the overall vibe of the video. Hip hop's roots are in the streets, which was portrayed well in the video, with scenes of local people from local neighborhoods around Mankato and North Mankato.

Plunderfest Pics Highlight a Unique MN Event

PlunderFest 2014, Photos Courtesy Ben Burkman, Lakeville.

PlunderFest 2014 went off without a hitch in the Twin Cities this past week. The pirate-themed art and music festival is held every July at El Rancho Manana in Richmond, MN. Hippies, metal kids, Gypsies, Irishmen (and women), hip-hoppers, ravers, adrenaline junkies, parents and children attend this diverse event. According to their Facebook page:

City Center Partnership Announces Alive After 5 Musical Line-Up

Alive After Five is a Mankato City Center Partnership

MANKATO, Minn. – July 24, 2014 – The City Center Partnership is pleased to announce Alive After 5 presented by Schell’s Brewery. This free music event happening every Thursday night in August is designed to help City Center employees and the greater Mankato community enjoy live music outdoors in the City Center. In its 6th year the event will feature 50’s style swing music by, Holy Rocka Rollaz, New Orleans style jazz/blues band, Davina and the Vagabonds, hometown new country sensation, Chad Pfeifer and the Midwest’s best Johnny Cash tribute band, Church of Cash.

Dilated Peoples Rhymesayers Record Release in August

In case you didn't know it, California-based classic/conscious rap all stars, Dilated Peoples are signed to Rhymesayers and are set to release a new record in August.

The title of the new record is "Directors of Photography" and it will be coming August 12, according to their official Twitter page.


Sweet Adelines Sing to The Lord

Sweet Adelines Sing to The Lord

The Minnesota Valley Chorus continues a long tradition of raising their voices in 4-part harmony in area churches. They grace congregations with their beautiful harmonies on three Sundays each summer, singing at five or six worship services each Sunday. Parishioners in Mankato, North Mankato, Janesville, Waseca, and St. Peter delight in hearing spiritual music performed a cappella (voices without instrumental accompaniment).