Half a dozen cool music stuff, from two points of view:
Richfield’s Carrie Shaffer:
1 Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Highlights of the three-hour special on HBO included a vocals from Carole King, a scorching performance by LL Cool J and Eminem from “Rock the Bells” and a joyful medley of Go-Go’s. The show ended with Paul McCartney joining the newly inducted Foo Fighters for a rousing “Get Back”.
2 Gully Boys Residence in December. Following their wild opening gig for Hold Steady’s First Avenue, the Gully Boys are launching their four-week Sunday residency at 7th Street Entry on December 4th. .
3 Ruston Kelly, Amsterdam bar and grill. His album, “Search and Destroy,” was easily my favorite of 2020 and this show only solidified that opinion. Kelly and her amazing band brought new songs to life, performed older songs, and released covers that appeal to everyone including “Teenage Dirtbag”, “All Too Well” and “Rainbow Connection”.
Star Tribune reviewer Jon Bream:
1 Silk Sonic, “An Evening with Silk Sonic.” The new super duo Bruno Mars / Anderson.Paak offers a Valentine’s Day to soul music from the early 70s. This plush record culminates on the “Skate” with orchestral emphasis with its classic Sounds of Philadelphia vibe. It is perhaps the best album to date from the Mars derivative.
2 Grammy nominations for Best Children’s Album. After protests against last year’s all-white nominees in this category, the Recording Academy chose five colored finalists this year – 123 Andres, 1 Tribe Collective, Pierce Freelon, Falu and Lucky Diaz. Way to intensify.
3 Kristin Chenoweth and Prince. Speaking on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” she shared details about the first of her two dates with Prince. “I’m here to party like it’s 1999,” she announced. “Wha. Wha,” he replied. He invited her to play on one of the 200 or so guitars on the ground floor of his LA home. She tried on a white one and asked why there were so many stripes on her back. Prince says, “Elvis’ belt buckle.”
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