Record Store Day

Record Store Day

Next Saturday, April 13th is host to the 12th annual Record Store Day – a day to celebrate music, records and fun. There are record stores all around the metro, as well as outstate MN that are hosting events on April 13th.

Some of the stores such as Hymies will be hosting live music throughout the day.  Or check out a special Record Store Day Bus Crawl to some great locations! You can check out all the stores that are participating here.


A little background on Record Store Day from the Record Store Day website

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. For several years, 60% or more of the Record Store Day Official Release List came from independent labels and distributors. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers.

Jessie James Decker Discount Concert Tickets – State Theatre

Jessie James Decker is coming to State Theatre in Minneapolis next month! The concert is on Thursday, May 2 at 8 pm.

Right now a limited number of main floor tickets are available for $20 each via Groupon! These tickets are normally $55.06 with all of the fees, and with your Groupon you’ll pay NO additional fees.

Jessie James Decker

  • How you know her: as a country music sweetheart who starred on the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On alongside her husband Eric Decker
  • Her musical debut came in 2009 with the release of her self titled album, which was led by the gold-certified single “Wanted.”
  • Her latest: 2018’s girl anthem, “Boots,” is the first new song Jessie’s released since her 2017 album, Southern Girl City Lights, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Order your discount Jessie James Decker tickets HERE.

Exultate Festival Choir and Orchestra – 50% Off Tickets

Any choir nerds in the house? (Raising my hand here!) Right now there are discount tickets available via Goldstar for three upcoming Exultate Festival Choir & Orchestra concerts! Tickets are $10 (50% off), plus service fees for the following three concerts:

Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove on Friday, April 12 at 7 pm

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul on Saturday, April 13 at 7 pm

Annunciation Catholic Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm

Note that students and young people under 30 can get discount tickets through their website, so keep that in mind as you figure out how many tickets you’ll need to purchase through Goldstar.

The monumental Mass in B Minor of Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed by the Exultate Festival Choir and Orchestra. This work, the pinnacle of choral music, was one of the final works written by the great master. The magnificent creation of movement after movement woven together to form the five chief parts of the Mass must be experienced. In addition to the music, Bach’s personal Bible will be on display along with artifacts surrounding his life, his faith and the Mass in B Minor. Your ticket to the concert allows you to view this marvelous exhibit.

Minnesota Orchestra: $20 Tickets for Guests Under 40

Guests under the age of 40 can get $20 tickets to Minnesota Orchestra performances! This special offer is available for select concerts throughout the season, and more concerts are added monthly.

You’ll want to sign up for the #MNOrchMonday email list to receive notification when additional concerts become eligible for the discount, plus other invitations and ticket offers.

To purchase your tickets, select $20under40 for the ticket type when choosing your seats. Your tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid ID showing proof of age (must be 40 years or younger) per two tickets purchased. There is a limit of one pair of $20 tickets per eligible performance.

Current eligible concerts include:

Hillsong United Discount Concert Tickets – Xcel Energy Center

Hillsong United is coming to Xcel Energy Center this summer. The concert is on Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 pm.

Right now a limited number of tickets are available for $40.50 each for sections 107, 108, and 113 via Groupon! These tickets are normally $64.34 with all of the fees, and with your Groupon you’ll pay NO additional fees.

Plus, use the coupon code SAVE through 3/5 to take an extra 20% off, dropping the price to just $32.40!

Hillsong United

  • Known for: uplifting albums that routinely race to the top of the Christian charts
  • Band’s origin: youth ministry group
  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Country of greatest commercial success: Canada
  • Number of live albums before their first studio recording: four
  • Newest releaseWonder

Order your discount Hillsong United tickets HERE.

Gaelic Storm at Varsity Theater Discount Tickets – Just $16!

Get in the Irish spirit a little early and grab discount tickets for Gaelic Storm at Varsity Theater in Minneapolis on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:30 pm. General admission tickets are normally priced at $43.97 (with all of the fees), but right now you can get tickets via Groupon for just $20 each and NO extra fees!

Plus, use the coupon code SAVE to take an extra 20% off, dropping the price to just $16!

This Celtic band seen in “Titanic” blends folk, world music, and traditional Irish sounds on chart-topping albums and during energetic live sets.

  • Genres the longtime band blends: indie folk, world music, and traditional Celtic
  • When you may have first heard (and seen) them: when they set the live soundtrack to a party in steerage, enthusiastically attended by the star-crossed Jack and Rose in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic
  • What that big break did for the band: set them on a worldwide tour that helped them rack up countless fans, soar up the Billboard world music charts, and produce 12 albums
  • What founding member Patrick Murphy says about the band’s fans: “We have earned every single one of our fans, one at a time. . . we’ve become friends with so many of them. When someone at a show tells me they’ve never seen Gaelic Storm before, I say, ‘Welcome to the family.’”



Get your tickets HERE.

Minnesota Orchestra Sensory Friendly Concerts


Our kids have always enjoyed music events, except for large concerts.  They prefer smaller venues, not quite so crazy or loud and typically the lights aren’t flashing.

The Minnesota Orchestra Sensory Friendly Concerts are priced lower than many of the other concerts around town.  Plus the fact that they are sensory friendly, means those that might not enjoy a typical concert, might be able to enjoy of these.

The Sensory-Friendly Concerts are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.

The small ensemble concerts take place in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall; full orchestra concerts are held in the main auditorium.

A few extra steps to make sure that these concerts reach an audience that might not otherwise be there.

Take a look at some of the Minnesota Orchestra Sensory Friendly Concerts and just maybe one of them will fit into your schedule.

Cantus Vocal Ensemble – 50% Off Tickets to Concerts in Stillwater and Edina

I am a HUGE choir nerd. I was in choir all four years of college (at UWEC – “Wisconsin’s Singing University,” thankyouverymuch) and I still absolutely love all things choral music.

I remember seeing Cantus in concert as an undergrad, and right now there are discount tickets available via Goldstar for two upcoming Cantus concerts! Tickets are $16 (50% off), plus service fees for the following two concerts:

Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 pm

Colonial Church of Edina on Thursday, March 21st at 11 am

If these dates don’t work for you, Cantus has other shows available with this same theme, albeit they won’t be at a discount.

“What kind of person do I want to be? How do I find someone to share my life with? What happens when I make mistakes?” When I Grow Up explores the path of self-realization. From childhood through adulthood, Cantus reflects on the cycle of life. Exploring themes of adolescence, companionship, parenthood, masculinity, and morality, When I Grow Up considers how we come who we are.



Pentatonix Discount Concert Tickets – Xcel Energy Center

Pentatonix is coming to Xcel Energy Center this summer with opening act Rachel Platten. The concert is on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 pm.

Right now a limited number of tickets are available for just $25 for 200 Level (reg. $39.75) via Groupon! Plus, use the coupon code PRESIDENT to save an extra 20% through 2/16.


  • How you know them: This three-time Grammy Award-winning a cappella group from Arlington, Texas has released nine albums that have cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.
  • Their hits: They’ve earned platinum certification for “Mary, Did You Know” and “Hallelujah,” as well as gold certification for “Can’t Sleep Love.”
  • Their online presence: Their YouTube channel has more than 15.5 million subscribers, and their videos have amassed more than 3.4 billion views.
  • Their latest albumsPTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1 features a cappella renditions of 11 modern pop hits including Camila Cabello’s “Havana.” The group also released their fourth holiday album, Christmas Is Here!, featuring a cover of “Making Christmas” from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Order your discount Pentatonix tickets HERE.

Free Concert with the Rockin’ Hollywoods (Edina) – Saturday, February 9th

Saturday night is the night to have your dancing shoes on! It’s the annual Free Concert with the Rockin’ Hollywoods at the Braemer Golf Course Clubhouse. This is a free event, and all ages are welcome.

Dance to the music of the 1950s to the 1980s and enjoy a night out as The Rockin’ Hollywoods highlight the fifth-annual Valentine’s Concert Saturday, Feb. 9.

The free event takes place in the Braemar Golf Course Clubhouse, 6364 John Harris Drive. Light snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Whether you have a valentine or not, all ages are invited to drop by anytime between 7 and 9 p.m. for dancing and fun. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“This is a great way for community members to come together to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the City of Edina!” said Susan Tarnowski, General Manager of the Edina Art Center and staff liaison to the Arts & Culture Commission. The Commission sponsors the concert, which has grown in popularity.

The Braemar Golf Course Clubhouse has plenty of space for socializing and dancing, plus lots of free parking.