Music

Mark Andrew  

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  

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  

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’  

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

Kat Perkins  

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.

Singer Robert Robinson  

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.

12/19 Rockstar Row  

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.”

Nutcracker Fantasy   Back To Top

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.

Phil Thompson   Back To Top

It just wouldn’t be the holidays without a visit from local musician, Phil Thompson

Chameleon Theatre Circle   Back To Top

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. 

Open Eye Figure Theatre   Back To Top

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. 

Bloomington Theatre & Center for the Arts   Back To Top

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. 

Nicholas David   Back To Top

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.

A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol   Back To Top

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.

Eric Hutchinson   Back To Top

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.

Oh Honey   Back To Top

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.

Next to Normal   Back To Top

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.

Tessanne Chin   Back To Top

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.  

Chase and Ovation   Back To Top

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

Crystal Bowersox   Back To Top

In 2010 on the ninth season of American Idol, Crystal Bowersox became the first female finalist in three years.  She continues to ride the wave of popularity since her stint on American Idol.  She’s currently performing at the Dakota Jazz Club but first she stops here with a performance. 

Phil Vassar   Back To Top

Country superstar, Phil Vassar, has made quite the name for himself in both the singer and songwriting world.  He’s on tour but first he makes a stop in our studio.

Forevermark Diamonds   Back To Top

Diamonds are forever – but not all diamonds are created equal!  RF Moeller explains what makes the Forevermark Diamond stand out. 

Patio’ke Winner Performs   Back To Top

On Saturday, August 23rd, the finalists of our Patio’ke contest presented by Patio Town performed their hearts out for a chance to win a trip for two to Mazatlan, Mexico.  Six finalists performed on our stage with Mockstar, a live karaoke band.

Em’s Adventures: Zoo Keeping   Back To Top

Emily is always up for a new adventure and is usually the first one to try something.  She took Nicholas David, a popular local singer/songwriter, with her to the Minnesota Zoo for this adventure.  The two of them got a little lesson in zoo keeping!

Hounds of Finn   Back To Top

The Hounds of Finn are performing at The Minnesota Irish Fair.  We’re happy to have them back to give us a little taste!

Michael Franti   Back To Top

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"   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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!