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 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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Minneapolis resident, Kat Perkins won over the nation as a finalist on The Voice. Over the holidays, Kat spent time with America’s troops in Abu Dhabi and Qatar. This was her fourth trip visiting the troops stationed overseas. She shares her experience with us and treats us to a performance.
The Star Tribune has named gospel singer Robert Robinson, Minnesota’s Master Male Vocalist. Robert has reunited with his mother, Nellie, who is also a singer for a special concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Members from Alive & Kickin'
make up our Rockstar Row this week. We get to see them in action with their performance of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way.”
The Minnesota Dance Theater is celebrating 50 years of performing The Nutcracker, the longest running holiday arts events in Minneapolis. Emily checks out one of the rehearsals to meet some of the talent that goes into the production.
It just wouldn’t be the holidays without a visit from local musician, Phil Thompson
Emily heads to Burnsville to check out the ever-changing Chameleon Circle Theater
. The theater has been around since 1998 but landed in The Ames Center in Burnsville, known as the Black Box. They do around five or six productions a year from classics, to musicals, and even the more edgy.
Emily takes us to Open Eye Figure Theatre
in Minneapolis. It’s not one that you’ve probably heard of but, she finds out why it’s a theater you’ll want to experience a live show at.
The Twin Cities has one of the best theater scenes in the country with many of the well-known theaters right in Minneapolis. Emily is checking out some theaters in the suburbs that are well worth checking out. She heads to Bloomington to the Bloomington Theatre & Center for the Arts.
Holiday Lights Volume 6 features holiday music from Minnesota artists like The Blenders, Phil Thompson, and Nicholas David. Nicholas David is a regular visitor to Twin Cities Live and a finalist on The Voice.
The show, A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol, follows grumpy bar owner Gunnar Johnson from Bunyan Bay, Minnesota who falls into a frozen lake, slips into a coma and is visited by three ghosts who are determined to help him change his way.
We first met Eric Hutchinson at the Twin Cities Live studio back in December of 2008. Since then he has joined us a few more times. Eric is performing tonight in Maplewood but just had to stop here again, first.
The Brooklyn based duo, Oh Honey, is in town to perform at Mill City Nights. The Indie folk-pop duo’s hit, “Be Okay”, is all over the radio. They perform their catchy hit for us.
The Tony Award winning musical, Next to Normal, follows the life of a suburban mom suffering from the effects of bipolar disorder. Aly O’Keefe, Blake Rhiner, and Karen Weber perform one of the numbers from the show.
Jamaican native, Tessanne Chin
, won season five of The Voice, performed for President Obama, and has opened for big names like Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight. Before performing at Mall of America, she joins Twin Cities Live first.
In the 80’s, Minnesota’s own Prince was the hot sound. The band Chase and Ovation
recreates the music of Prince. Chase and Ovation provides the music for our Totally 80’s Party at Grand Casino Hinckley