Rod Stewart at Xcel Energy Center – Discount Tickets

Rod Stewart with special guest Cyndi Lauper is coming to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul August 15th and right now you can order discount tickets starting at $59!

With two of the most distinctive voices in music, Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper have each racked up tons of culture-changing hit songs, not to mention sustaining long-lasting and varied careers that’ve taken them through almost every genre there is — from pop to rock to jazz to country to Broadway to the Great American Songbook. So make sure you’re at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul when these consummate entertainers hit the stage.

With his signature growl, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Stewart has amassed sales of more than 200 million albums worldwide, along with countless chart-topping hits and industry accolades — including two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lauper, meanwhile, is three-quarters of her way to an EGOT — with two Grammys, an Emmy and a Tony under her belt. First breaking through in the ’80s with pop classics like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Time After Time,” Lauper blew Broadway away with the hit musical Kinky Boots in 2013.

Find discount tickets HERE.

Silverwood OnStage

The best part about summer, there’s so many great outdoor events and activities to enjoy.  The Silverwood OnStage is a free concert event taking place on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.  The Three Rivers Park District’s Silverwood Park is located in St. Anthony and has a beautiful outdoor stage area.

Wednesdays | 6:30–9 PM

June 13  Michael Monroe
June 20  Nooky Jones
June 27  26 BATS!

July 11  The High 48s
July 18  Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade
July 25  Malamanya

August 1  Sarah Morris
August 8  Annie Mack Band
August 15  Your Friend, Lydia Liza
August 22  Salsa del Soul
August 29  Kiss the Tiger

In case of rain, concerts will be moved into the visitor center.

Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie

The Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie takes place tomorrow June 10th from 2-8pm at the Staring Lake Park Amphitheater in Eden Prairie. 

We just learned about the event, so I apologize for the short notice.  There are events we learn about quite far out in advance and others, even if we learn about them the day before we still share.  Some like to plan far out while others are more spur of the moment. 

The Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie is a free event, no admission.  During the time of of the Jazz Festival you can also enjoy the Ribfest, held at the same time, and a fundraiser for the Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Noon Rotary. 

Performance Schedule
2 p.m.  Bend in the River Big Band
3 p.m.  Just Friends Big Band
4 p.m.  Good News Big Band
5 p.m.  River City Jazz Orchestra
6 p.m.  ACME Jazz Co.
7 p.m.  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

Woodbury’s Central Park Indoor Amphitheater Performances

Many of our communities offer some fabulous free or inexpensive entertainment options.  Some are geared towards kids while other events are more for adults. Woodbury’s Central Park Indoor Amphitheater Performances offer something for everyone.  Check out the upcoming calendar here on their website.

  • April 22nd 2pm:  Joe Meyer Smooth Sensation
  • May 6th 2pm:  So. Wash. Co Community Band
  • May 10th  7pm:  Saint Ambrose Varsity Band
  • May 20th  2pm:  The Zingray’s

Do you have a favorite community venue you would to share with others?  We enjoy checking out what other towns in MN have to offer as well as share with our readers.  Please let us know so we can pass on the information.  Supporting our communities makes them thrive.


Frozen Apple Concert Series featuring The Riverside Hitmen

The last of the 2018 Frozen Apple Concert Series is this Saturday evening (March 10th).  This concert series takes place in Apple Valley at the Valleywood Golf Course Clubhouse.

The Riverside Hitmen will be live, playing all the hits from the ’50’s through today.  The concert is free, and if you would like food or drinks, they will be available for purchase.  The concert is from 6-9, put it on the calendar to get out and enjoy some free music.  


Taiko Tuesday at The O’Shaughnessy

Next Tuesday, March 6th is Taiko Tuesday at The O’Shaughnessy.  If you’ve never been to a Taiko performance now is your chance. This is a free event, however reservations are required since seating is limited.

TAIKO TUESDAY concerts promise loud, energetic performances that combine music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. “So many people I meet have no idea what taiko drumming is, or that we have such a vibrant local taiko community. These concerts are free – an easy opportunity for people and families to give it a try. Also, there is something revolutionary and fierce when you see a stage full of women playing taiko. We are going to blow people away!” says Jennifer Weir, TAM’s Executive Director.

Free Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Family Concert

Now’s the time to introduce the kids to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  There are two Free Family Concerts, both on the 24th of February, at the Ted Mann Concert Hall.

If you aren’t quite sure if your kids would be interested, I can assure you this is very kid friendly!  You can see a sneak peek video here on their website.  Reserve your free tickets here on their website. 

My Journey, My Music is a bilingual adventure for the whole family! Join our time traveling narrator on her quest to inspire 14-year-old Rafael Carolina who will one day become the greatest composer in the world, but right now is side tracked by video games and teenage angst. Centered around the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra this special adventure includes shadow puppetry by artist Moonear Khar, audience participation, and special guests like Edvard Grieg, William Grant Still and a flying cow named Bessie. Presented in partnership with Other Tiger Productions this is a story not to be missed! Written by Kilroy listed playwright Jessica Huang and featuring Ivey Award winning actor Ricardo Vázquez.

Big Turn Music Fest

If you love music, the Big Turn Music Fest is an event you don’t want to miss.  Taking place February 16-17 at 18 different venues in Red Wing.  With 100 musicians/bands scheduled the festival offers a wide range of amazingly talented artists.  Check out the full lineup and schedule here on the event website.

Ticket prices range from $25 for a single day pass in advance, all the way up to VIP 2 day passes for $60.

 A 2 day city wide event building community through music in downtown Red Wing, MN. With top musicians from around the area / region, it’s going to be an incredible experience you’re not going to want to miss. Pack up your parka and get ready for some good music.

MIA February Family Day: Rock the Cradle Music Event


The MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) Family Day for February, is the annual Rock the Cradle event.  Rock the Cradle is an event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture.  The event is sponsored by the Current radio station, and geared for kids 8 and under.  A completely free event that takes place throughout MIA and the adjoining Minneapolis Children’s Theatre.  The fun day will begin at 11 and goes until 5.

The Current’s annual free, no ticket required Rock the Cradle event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture returns Sunday, February 11 to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. Take in story time with author, Nancy Carlson, enjoy a Pop Up Classical performance from Chione, in addition to annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco and Pop Up Story Time with The Current’s DJs plus live music from Bato Bato!, Brian Just, DJ Keezy, Andy Cook and friends.

Free Concert with the Rockin’ Hollywoods

Saturday night is the night to have your dancing shoes on.  The annual Free Concert with the Rockin’ Hollywoods at the Braemer Golf Course Clubhouse.  A free event and all ages are welcome.

Music in Edina presents the 4th Annual Valentine‘s Concert with the Rockin’ Hollywoods

Saturday February 10, 2018
7-9 p.m.
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
Braemar Clubhouse, 6364 John Harris Drive, Edina, MN 55439

Join us as Music in Edina presents the Rockin’ Hollywoods for the 4th annual Valentines Celebration. A night of dancing and a musical journey from the 1950’s through the 1980’s.

All ages are welcome! Admission is free, though donations are graciously accepted. Light snacks and a beer and wine cash bar will be available.