Local Current Blog

January 20, 2015

José James channels Billie Holiday at a moving performance in Rochester

A two-pronged celebration, jazz and hip-hop artist José James’s performance at the Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall in Rochester on Jan. 17 commemorated both The Current’s tenth anniversary and the centennial of Billie Holiday—born in Philadelphia on April 7, 1915. James was introduced by Mark Wheat, who noted the artist’s “own way of approaching jazz” before […]

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Billy Idol brings his Rebel Yell to the Turf Club

Well, that was surreal. If there was one word uttered more than any others after Billy Idol’s six-song acoustic set with Steve Stevens at the Turf Club on Monday night, it was just that: Surreal. Surreal to see such a household name in such a tiny club. Surreal to watch Idol’s sinewy body prowl around […]

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Suicide Commandos rock the Turf Club with Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, and Mayor Chris Coleman

Two legendary local rock groups came together on Friday to celebrate The Current’s 10th anniversary and a shared 10″ record release—joined by none other than “the most rock ‘n’ roll mayor west of New York.” Those were St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s words, at least, when he proclaimed Friday, Jan. 16 to be 89.3 The Current Day in the […]

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