In 2009 Michael Franti’s
hit, Say Hey…I Love You, got everyone’s toes tapping with his fun upbeat sound. His latest album, All People, is now topping the charts with the hit, I’m Alive. Michael is in town for the Basilica Block Party
but stops by to perform for us first!
Minneapolis resident Kat Perkins had three judges from the NBC hit show The Voice fighting to be her coach. Her decision to pick Adam Levine propelled her all the way to the top five!
It was a popular movie in the early 90’s. Now, it’s a Broadway show. Sister Act is at the Orpheum Theater.
The Okee Dokee Brothers
won a grammy for Best Children’s Album last year. They have a new album out that Justin and Joe went on an adventure to write.
Recently, Emily took an adventure to Disney World to preview the brand new Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride the officially opens on May 28th. When she returned, she was pretty surprised to learn that the voice behind all of the yodeling that she heard on the ride was actually done by a guy in Minnesota!
Cannon Falls native Caitlyn Smith has made a name for herself in the music world in Nashville. She wrote a hit song for the hit show, Nashville, on ABC and that is not the first time she’s written a hit.
Many Minnesotan’s have spent a lot of time in church basements but probably none more than The Church Basement Ladies. They have been entertaining audiences for years. They are back with one last performance, “The Last Potluck Supper”.
The musical Shrek opened at the Children’s Theatre Company last week and runs through June 15. The big green ogre is played by Reed Sigmund, who’s been with the Children’s Theatre Company for over 14 seasons. Shrek performs “It’s a Big Bright Beautiful World” for us.
Musician Keri Noble has a new album out called, Soter Place to Land. She is planning a release concert for the album at the Varsity Theater on May 1st. Keri stops by with a preview performance from the album.
Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick, known as Timeflies
, has been called “musical masterminds” by Vanity Fair. Their YouTube videos of pop song covers have millions of hits and their EP made it to number one on iTunes before they even signed to a label.
Ten years ago, Ruben Studdard won season 2 of American Idol. Since then he has performed on Broadway, is a Grammy nominee, and is has released his sixth studio album called, Unconditional Love.
Last year, Jessie Hotchkiss from Brooklyn Park entered in ACUVUE's
"One Day Starts Today" contest, a program that inspires people with the help of celebrity mentors. Jessie was one of two winners, which meant meeting pop vocalist Demi Lovato. She went to Los Angeles for the Teen Choice Awards, played with Demi's band, and spent time with the star before her show at the Xcel Energy Center. Emily tagged along for the experience as well.
Dez from KS95 definitely has a pulse on the music scene in the Twin Cities. She shares concerts you'll want to check out along with tips on when to buy.
What better to kick off St. Patrick’s Day with some Irish music? Celtic Woman first appeared on public television for a one night concert. Since then, they have turned into a global sensation. Mairead Nesbitt and Susan McFadden, two members of the four woman group, give us a little taste of what you’ll enjoy at their concert at the Xcel on St. Patrick’s Day
The smash hit Mamma Mia returns to the Orpheum Theater for the seventh time. Stars of the show, Chelsea Williams and Chris Stevens, give us a taste of the musical made up with a mix of Abba’s songs.
Singer Songwriter, Nicholas David, has a surprise for everyone and he brought Emily in on it! She’s at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul to fill us in on what is going on.
On February 9th
, the Smile Network
will be holding a benefit at the Fine Line Café. You’ll see a half hour special “On the Road with Jason Davis” where Jason and musician Nicholas David went on a mission with the Smile Network to Mexico.
Before winning the a capella competition show, The Sing-Off, Home Free Vocal Band
spent their time performing at fairs and schools around the Midwest. Now, they’ve got a packed touring schedule and a hit album!
It’s a Tony Award winning musical that pits six students and the audience against each other to win a spelling bee. Actual audience members are invited onstage to compete during the show!
One of the most popular suburban theaters is the Bloomington Civic Theatre. Their current show is Striking 12, an adaptation of the classic story, The Little Match Girl. Dominique Wooten, accompanied by James Barnett, gives us a performance from the show.
In the new version of The Wizard of Oz production at the Ordway, you’ll hear all of the classics from the movie being sung. New songs were written as well for this production. Jacquelyn Piro Donovan who plays the Wicked Witch performs one of the new songs for us, "Red Shoes Blues".
In spite of how wildly popular the movie The Wizard of Oz is, it wasn’t a box office blockbuster upon its release. It was, however, nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
As the original lead vocalist for Riverdance, Minneapolis resident Katie McMahon’s voice has been heard by millions around the world. She has performed for Bill Clinton and Bono and has made five solo albums during her 20 year career.
Zack Dyer is one of the local artists who will perform at the Holiday Lights Live
concert at the Pantages Theatre this Sunday, December 8th
Stillwater teen, Zach Sobiech, was introduced to us in 2012 when Ryan and Shannon from KS95 met him at the KS95 For Kids Radiothon. The radiothon raises money for Gillette’s Specialty Healthcare Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Zach was just one of the kids battling this disease.
Chris Vorrie is one of the local artists who will perform at the Holiday Lights Live
concert at the Pantages Theatre this Sunday, December 8th
KS95’s and the voice of Twin Cities Live, Dez, and her husband Taylor are part of the Holiday Lights Live
concert at Pantages Theatre this Sunday, December 8th
. Dez and Taylor perform Christmas Baby Please Come Home for us.
Over a dozen local artists will take the stage at Pantages Theatre for Holiday Lights Live
! The show is in partnership with Holiday Lights in the Park
, a drive through light display at Lake Phalen that runs through January 1st