Backstage at The Sound of Music  

The Sounds of Music at the Ordway Theater is full of all of your favorite songs from the popular story line. But if you think you’re going to see everything from the movie in the stage show, think again. This production has new songs, songs sung by different people and plenty of other live magic you can’t see in a movie. Emily takes us backstage to meet the young actors that play the Von Trapp Family. Plus, she gets the scoop on what makes this show so special from the director himself.

Steven C. Anderson  

Saint Paul resident Steven C. Anderson has sold more than two million records and has performed with another multi-platinum group, Mannheim Steamroller. Steven will play a free Christmas concert at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on Thursday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. It is free to attend and seating is general admission. 

Phil Thompson  

Minnesota musicians have been coming together and creating a special holiday album for the last six years. Every year the album has sold out and they have raised almost $400,000 for Minnesota non-profits.  The man behind the album, Phil Thompson puts us in the holiday spirit with Carol of the Bells.

Nicholas David  

Musician Nicholas David is a gem. The Saint Paul resident was a finalist on “The Voice” and has since used his voice to support worthy organizations. On Sunday, December 6th, Nicholas will perform a holiday concert at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul. Tickets are available online.


“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” tells the story of singer/songwriter Carole King using the music she wrote with her then-husband. Some of her biggest hits like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “You’ve Got a Friend” are reborn on stage which presents a fascinating look at this famous artist as well as the history of popular music. The star of “Beautiful”, Abby Mueller, stopped by the studio to perform “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”.

Pop Rocks  

The cover band, Pop Rocks, entertains!

Dancing the Night Away  

Not only do you want to look good at a concert, you want to have all the right moves too.  Trey Barber from Larkin Dance Studio showed Steve and Elizabeth some moves they can pull out at the show! 

Entertainment at Grand Casino   Back To Top

Back in 1998, both Grand Casino Hinckley and Mille Lacs opened their entertainment complexes.  That made them one of the first large scale entertainment hot spots in east central Minnesota.

10/16 Host Chat   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live ROCKS! at Grand Casino Hinckley!  Pop Rocks is providing musical entertainment all hour as we celebrate everything rock & roll!

The Little Mermaid   Back To Top

Disney’s The Little Mermaid had everyone singing the catchy songs.  Now you can see the show in a brand new way.  It’s on stage at the Orpheum Theatre.  Kelli Hanson was curious to find out how it’s all done…under the sea.

Good Company: Groth Music   Back To Top

Twin Cities musicians know all about Groth Music.  It’s been the go-to spot since the late 1930’s.  Emily takes us inside the Bloomington music store where she finds out about their connection to the Minnesota Vikings. 

Patio’ke Winner   Back To Top

On Saturday, the 5 Eyewitness News Building at the fair was rocking for our Patio’ke Finals presented by Patio Town.  The six finalists who qualified over the summer at our Patio’ke events stepped on the stage to belt it out with the help of Hurricane Karaoke. 

The Willis Clan   Back To Top

The family band, The Willis Clan, has appeared on America’s Got Talent, they have their own series on TLC, and you can see them perform at the Minnesota State Fair Leinie Lodge Bandshell.  We are happy to have them join us on our stage! 

Eric Hutchinson   Back To Top

Singer Eric Hutchinson has been a visitor to Twin Cities Live several times.  He’s back in town opening for Kelly Clarkson at the Xcel Energy Center and we couldn’t pass up inviting him back to TCL!

Once   Back To Top

The musical, Once, won eight Tony Awards, including best musical.  The original song, Falling Slowly, won an Academy Award in the movie version.  Stuart Ward and

Drop the Mic   Back To Top

Downtown Minneapolis will be busting some moves this weekend.  Pro dancers will groove to blues, hip-hop, Latin and even classical music at the Cowles Center.  Curio Dance: Drop the Mic! Co-operation! runs through Sunday, June 21st.

Charlie Mars   Back To Top

The Mississippi native loves Minnesota so much that he actually wrote a song about it, titled, “Minnesota”.  He is performing at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis but performs for us first.

"Peter Pan" at Children's Theatre Company   Back To Top

Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis is the only theatre for young people to win a Tony award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. They were also named the number one children's theatre by Time Magazine. TCL's Emily Engberg headed on-stage with actors from their latest production, "Peter Pan", to get a lesson on becoming a pirate.

Charles Esten   Back To Top

Fans of ABC’s Nashville, love Chip Esten in the role of Deacon.  He is in town touring with ABC’s Nashville in Concert.  We are excited he made a stop at Twin Cities Live first!

Happy Days A New Musical   Back To Top

Between 1974 to 1984, families gathered around the television to watch Happy Days on ABC.  It’s time to gather up your family and friends once again!  Happy Days A New Musical is at The New Century Theatre in Minneapolis.  The show follows Richie, the Fonz, and the rest of the gang as they try to save their favorite hangout, Arnold’s, from demolition.

Jacquie Lee   Back To Top

Season five runner up of The Voice, Jacquie Lee, is performing at The Northrop on the U of M campus, but first she makes a stop at Twin Cities Live.

Annie   Back To Top

Nine year old, Issie Swickle, is living a dream come true.  She is playing the lead role in the national production of the Tony Award winning musical, Annie.  Issie explains what it is like to play such an iconic role.

Mark Andrew   Back To Top

American Idol contestant, Mark Andrew, was recently voted off but we could not be more proud of this Minnesota native!  Mark ran into Steve in the L.A. Airport a few weeks ago and promised to stop by and tell us about his experience.

Beauty & the Beast   Back To Top

The national tour of Beauty and the Beast is back!  It’s playing at the Orpheum through March 15th.  Emily Jewell who plays Mrs. Potts on stage performs the title song.

Portland Cello Project   Back To Top

The Portland Cello Project takes a modern approach to the classical instrument, the cello.  Instead of Bach or Beethoven, prepare to hear Kanye West or Taylor Swift!  They have over one thousand songs (both expected and unexpected) in their repertoire.

Alive & Kickin’   Back To Top

Alive & Kickin is a group of seniors that explore the worlds of rock and roll, pop, Motown, and more singing throughout the cities.  They are teaming up with local artists for, Duets, a fundraiser concert at the Varsity Theater.  For more information, click here