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.
"A Christmas Story: The Musical" is playing at the Ordway through December 28th. And Twin Cities Live has a deal for you for tickets to many of those performances!
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
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.
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.
Diamonds are forever – but not all diamonds are created equal! RF Moeller
explains what makes the Forevermark Diamond stand out.
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.
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!
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.