Regina Marie Williams sings Nina Simone
May 28 | 7pm
A phenomenal actor and world-class vocalist, Regina consistently wows critics and leaves audiences enthralled, staying in high demand. This lady of the stage leaves cataracts of applause in her wake at such nationally renowned venues as The Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre and The Dakota. On May 28th, she takes on the catalog of Nina Simone, a musician unafraid to sing lyrics that cut right to the truth. From the iconic “I Put a Spell on You” to “Feelin’ Good” to the protest songs “Four Women” and “Mississippi Goddam,” her music was a personal and political exploration branded in the kiln of the Civil Rights Movement.
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
May 29 | 7pm
The Rascals are considered the best ‘blue-eyed soul’ group to come out of the 1960s, as well as one of the groups with the most record sales. Felix Cavaliere formed the ‘Young Rascals’ with Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati, and Gene Cornish. They caught the attention of promoter/manager Sid Bernstein with their high-energy set at Long Island’s elite club, Barge. Signed to Atlantic Records, and now called The Rascals, the mega hit “Good Lovin’” struck No. 1 in February 1966. They followed suit with a string of hits like “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “Groovin’(No. 1 in 1967), “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got to Be Free” (No. 1 in 1968).
June 13-14 | 7 & 9pm
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 26 years since Dulfer rose to fame with her high-profile collaborations with Dave Stewart (the worldwide number 1 smash “Lily was here”) and of course the legendary Prince, whose tongue-in-cheek recommendation (“When I want sax, I call Candy”) in the ‘Partyman’ video made the world sit up and notice the young, glamorous and talented sax player at his side. Whether she and her band play the biggest festival stages around the world, or an intimate jazz club around the corner in Amsterdam, her fans know that her concert is always the hottest ticket in town!
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
June 19 | 7pm
Four-time Juno Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada, soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett once again brings the soul of Cuba to the hearts of Canadian music-lovers. Along with her new and exquisite all-female sextet, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, she will reveal the band’s fresh sound!
The New Standards
July 21 & 22 | 7 & 9pm
The three core members of The New Standards all come from illustrious Twin Cities bands. Chan Poling founded the seminal Punk/New Wave band The Suburbs. John Munson was an original member of Trip Shakespeare and the chart-topping Semisonic. And Steve Roehm started on drums in the Texas punk outfit Billygoat and the avant-jazz Electropolis. Whatever your favorite incarnation of TNS, don’t miss them when next they come to your town.
November 9 | 7pm
Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Rush displayed then, as he does today, an uncanny knack for finding wonderful songs, and writing his own – many of which have become classics re-interpreted by new generations.