Local Current Blog

Archives: Review

Morris Day – and Judith Hill – remind Paisley Park what Time it is

Friday night’s show at Paisley Park felt like a family reunion — even if the family’s most famous member, and the host of the gathering, kept himself discreetly tucked out of sight. (Some concertgoers did spot Prince, though I didn’t.) “We go too far back with Prince,” mused Morris Day from onstage. “Too many memories.” Thanking his host, he […]

Read More

Review: Larry Graham rocks Paisley Park with old-school funk

Paisley Park is a like a black hole for time. If you forgot your watch at home, with no cell phones allowed, time moves at its own pace, leaving you unsure of the hour – much like a casino, minus the liquor and cigarette smoke. Last night, the never-ending kaleidoscope projections added to the surreal […]

Read More

With just a piano and a microphone, Prince embraces a new kind of freedom

It wasn’t the wrenching version “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It wasn’t the gleeful sing-along to “Raspberry Beret,” or the Joni Mitchell cover, or the sheer thrill of hearing “Black Sweat” sung over swirling piano. No, the most surprising part of Prince’s “Piano and a Microphone” performance at Paisley Park wasn’t even a song at all — it was […]

Read More

Review and photos: Rhymesayers 20 was an epic celebration at Target Center

Rhymesayers celebrated an astounding two decades of existence as a staunchly independent hip-hop label at Target Center Friday night — proudly showcasing,through a wide range of strong performances, their roots, their steadfastness, and their growth. There were a few notable absences from the label’s history — like Psalm One, Freeway (who was billed but never […]

Read More

‘Beautiful’: Carole King musical appeals to all generations

When I agreed to review Beautiful — The Carole King Musical, I was mostly excited, but a bit uncertain that I was the right person for the task. I was not alive during King’s songwriting heyday with Gerry Goffin, when their compositions climbed the Billboard charts throughout the better part of the 1960s. I was not alive […]

Read More

Review: Minneapolis celebrates Janet Jackson Day at Target Center

I’ve often thought Minneapolis has been oddly reticent to publicly claim its important place in the seminal career of Janet Jackson. Any oversight along those lines was certainly remedied on Sunday night at Target Center, as Jackson’s longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis joined her onstage to welcome Mayor Betsy Hodges, who officially declared it […]

Read More