Music

Michael Franti  

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! 

Kat Perkins from "The Voice"  

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!  

Sister Act: The Musical  

It was a popular movie in the early 90’s. Now, it’s a Broadway show. Sister Act is at the Orpheum Theater. 

Okee Dokee Brothers  

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.

Em’s Adventures: Yodeling  

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!

Singer Songwriter Caitlyn Smith  

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.

The Church Basement Ladies  

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”.

Shrek the Musical   Back To Top

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.

Keri Noble   Back To Top

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.

Timeflies   Back To Top

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. 

Ruben Studdard   Back To Top

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.

Brooklyn Park Teen Meets Demi Lovato   Back To Top

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.

Spring Concerts   Back To Top

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.

Celtic Woman   Back To Top

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

Mamma Mia!   Back To Top

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.

Emily & Nicholas David   Back To Top

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.

Nicolas David & Smile Network   Back To Top

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. 

Home Free Vocal Band   Back To Top

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! 

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee   Back To Top

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!

Striking 12   Back To Top

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.

Christmas Choir Back To Top

The Eagan Women of Note sing carols throughout the show.    

Minnesota Boychoir & Alison Scott   Back To Top

The Minnesota Boychoir and Minnesota musician Alison Scott stopped by for a holiday performance.

The Wizard of Oz Performance   Back To Top

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".

The Wizard of Oz Singers   Back To Top

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.

Katie McMahon   Back To Top

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.

Holiday Lights Live: Zack Dyer   Back To Top

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.

"Clouds" Choir   Back To Top

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.

Holiday Lights Live: Chris Vorrie   Back To Top

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.

Holiday Lights Live: Dez & Taylor   Back To Top

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.

Holiday Lights Live: Jennifer Grimm   Back To Top

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.