COYLE — Sofia Talvik, the Swedish “North Sea Siren” of Folk-Americana music, will play a matinee show at Concerts in the Woods in Coyle at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The concert will be at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center at 923 Hazel Point Road in Coyle.
Admission is by donation only; the suggested donation is $20.
Talvik’s music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage but her long 16-month, 37-state tour, through the United States in a RV has moved her music closer to the Americana tradition, organizers said.
Living like a musical nomad, moving from place to place, slowly but steadily building her audience through heartfelt and personal performances, she got to experience the USA in a way few people do, she said, adding that the people she met opened their homes and hearts to her and some of them even made it into her songs.
Talvik’s debut album “Blue Moon” was released in 2005, followed by “Street of Dreams,” which featured a duet with indie pop icon Bernard Butler from British band Suede.
Talvik released her album “Jonestown,” named after the tragic 1978 event in Jonestown, Guyana, 2008, and was the first Swedish female artist to play the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago that same year.
A veteran performer with nine full-length albums, including the brand-new “Center of the Universe”, as well as numerous EP’s and singles in her discography, Talvik’s U.S. tour wraps up in Arizona on Oct. 15.
For more information, see https://coyleconcerts.com/upcomingshows/ or call 360-765-3449.
LONDON: Over the past five years, Jordanian Palestinian architect, artist and cultural producer Abeer Seikaly has been working closely with Bedouin women of the Howeitat tribe in Al-Jafr within Jordan’s Badia desert landscape to incorporate their knowledge of ancient styles of weaving into her designs.
She has described the women as the “silent architects” behind “Beit Al-Sha’ar” — literally “House of Hair” or Bedouin tent — and regards the gradual loss of their traditional craftsmanship knowledge and heritage as a “waste of valuable economic potential.”
She used the yarns woven on their traditional ground looms to create a structure that has a modern aesthetic with clear cultural and historical ties to the region. The mobile pavilion, named “Terroir” which translates as “land” or “earth,” celebrates Bedouin heritage and lineage. It is rollable, easy to set up, dismantle and transport and ideal as a place for respite or community events.
She noted: “Technologies of handcraft, merged with the digital processes of today, can bring fluidity to contemporary architectural and design practices. This combination can create intricate connections among systems and deepen our understanding of how material, geometry, and structural form interact and influence each other, as well as how they adapt to the environment.”
For Seikaly the link with her heritage goes deep. One of her most treasured possessions is a Bedouin rug handwoven by her great-grandmother which is characteristic — through its colors and pattern — of the town of Madaba in Jordan.
She explained to Arab News that increasingly she asks herself in relation to her work: “How do you use shelter as a catalyst in order to allow communities to thrive?” The project, she said, has been beneficial in terms of providing the women with a source of income and showing how ancient crafts and techniques can work within contemporary design.
Alongside her collaboration with the Bedouin collective, Seikaly is also continuing to work on an innovative refugee shelter. The lightweight structure is “able to withstand varying climatic conditions, integrate water collection, harness renewable energy (the structure absorbs solar energy, transforming it into electric energy stored in special batteries) and allows for controlled ventilation, providing many of the comforts of a dignified contemporary life,” she said.
She has just been granted a patent in the UK where many of the engineers she works with are based and has also applied for a patent in the US.
She wants to bring fresh thinking to what is an increasingly severe global humanitarian crisis. The goal is to find approaches that work in harmony with natural resources, long-established ways of living and the industrialized world.
POCATELLO — The Second Annual Idaho Foodbank Festival will be fun for the whole family, organizers say. The community is invited to come to Lookout Point in old town Pocatello Saturday night for some food, music and a worthwhile cause.
The organizers of the music festival hope to bring awareness to food insecurity and give people a chance to bid farewell to summer. Donations stay in southeast Idaho and will help many families in need.
Kia Shaw, the manager for the eastern branch of the Idaho Foodbank, says food scarcity is a real threat in southeast Idaho. About 8.4% of the population experiences food insecurity, she says.
“(People) are seeing their neighbors visiting pantries more frequently and a higher rate of neighbors needing assistance,” says Shaw.
The food bank works with over 140 partner service agencies that serve over 57,000 Idahoans a month, on average.
David Bowman, the keyboard player with the Aaron Ball Band, initially came up with the festival last year and helped bring the vision to life. He helped organize numerous local bands for the festival, which raised over $4,400.
Bowman has been working hard since June to bring in new local bands, and hopes to exceed last year’s donations.
The consensus among all the bands participating is that the smaller venues like Lookout Point are where they like performing the most. Smaller communities have more fun and are always ready to party, they say.
Jared Smith, the drummer and manager of the Aaron Ball Band, is encouraging people to attend.
“Five dollars for an awesome concert with Dalton & Thompson, Opskamatrists, and the Aaron Ball Band and you can help save a person from hunger. How could helping out your community be any easier or funner?” Smith said.
The music festival will also have food trucks from the area, including Grandma’s Pantry, Angel’s Tacos and Southern Corn Dog Co. The Elk’s Lodge will be selling beer and donating a portion of the proceeds to the food bank.
There will be alcohol-free areas for families where they can still have fun and listen to the bands play.
Phil Meador Toyota and Bannock Storage and RV are sponsoring this year’s event. They are offering $1,000 to match funds raised during the festival.
The festival is happening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged.
The food bank is always looking for help at its warehouse. If you would like to volunteer, visit its website or call the office at (208) 233-8811.
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Greta Van Fleet is a band that was made to play in arenas.
Since its formation in Frankenmuth just over a decade ago, the Grammy Award-winning quartet’s aesthetic has hit a time-defying sweet spot unifying classic and contemporary rock conventions. GVF is at once throwback and current as fit for Lollapalooza as it would have been for the revered rock ‘n’ roll palaces of the late 60s.
And its music is meant to be played in big spaces — such as Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Friday night, Sept. 8.
With a crowd of nearly 14,000 it was GVF’s biggest show to date in its home state — and its first in the metro area since 2018, when it played three shows just down the street at the Fox Theatre. (Nearby concerts slated for Ypsilanti and Flint last year were each canceled, twice.) That sense of occasion was not lost on the band, now based in Nashville; frontman Josh Kiszka, one of GVF’s three brothers, sang a line from John Denver’s “Back Home Again” early in the show, and during the encore he noted that, “I can’t begin to express how absolutely significant tonight is…This town is unparalleled in so many ways.”
During the two-hour and 15-minute show he also recalled the band visiting Kid Rock backstage during his venue-opening run in September of 2017. Kiszka remembered expressing admiration for Rock’s pyrotechnics, at which point he told the fledgling group that, “When you can’t sing, you blow s*** up.”
Although Kiszka demonstrated the Valhallian power of his own pipes throughout Friday’s show. GVF followed Rock’s edict as well; the 14-song set was loaded with copious columns of fire and dramatic explosions. It was Rock Spectacle in capital letters, up to and including frontman Kiszka’s five outfit changes — drawn from the sci-fi/fantasy worlds of Thor’s Asgard and “Stargate’s” Abydos — side ramps that took the band members into the general admission front of the arena floor and an omnipresent (and sometimes distracting) camera drone that flitted around the band as it played.
There was also a second stage at the back of the venue where GVF played a three-song acoustic set that included a partial cover of “Unchained Melody” by just Kiszka with younger brother Sam on piano and a soaring rendition of “Black Smoke Rising” — after which Josh Kiszka returned to the main stage on the shoulders of a security guard, handing flowers to fans as he passed by.
Unapologetically indulgent and at points even excessive (“This is a rock ‘n’ roll show,” Josh Kiszka pronounced before “Highway Tune”), it was a kind of musical communion that the younger fans at Little Caesars — a good many of whom sported glittery GVFalike outfits and carried Pride flags in support of Josh’s recent coming-out — had not yet been experienced and that their older siblings and parents could appreciate from their own youths.
And all concerned certainly appreciated the advanced musicianship GVF displayed, which included epic, extended renditions of “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)” and “The Archer” led by Jake Kiszka’s guitar heroics, on display during every song and also featured during an extended late-show instrumental improvisation just before “Sacred the Thread.”
Sam Kiszka on bass and keyboards and drummer Danny Wagner had spotlight time, too, and the night’s set list focused on GVF’s latest album, “Starcatcher,” with eight songs. And the first encore, the anthemic “Light My Love,” was a moving display of Pride solidarity as Josh Kiszka wailed the song to the rafters.
“Farewell For Now” brought things to a ferocious close — and likely had the Little Caesars crowd primed for GVF’s next trip back home.
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In less than a day, Megan Thee Stallion will return to the music industry with her highly-anticipated new single. Titled “Bongos,” the track sees her reuniting with fellow rapper Cardi B in a play to score another big hit. How the tune performs commercially is yet to be seen, but this song in particular likely means a lot to Stallion.
“Bongos” marks Stallion’s first single release since wrapping the drama surrounding her assault by musician Tory Lanez. The singer and rapper was convicted of shooting Stallion in the foot following a party in the Hollywood Hills in 2020. In 2022, he was found guilty of the violent crime, and in August of this year, he was officially sentenced to a decade in prison.
Stallion has been through a lot during this entire process. In addition to being shot, she was forced to testify against Lanez and endure a deluge of online hate from fans of the now-sentenced musician. During the trial, Stallion was emotional during her time on the stand, saying, “I don’t wanna be on this Earth,” and, “I wish he woulda shot and killed me if I knew I would go through this torture.”
Since the trial, Stallion has remained relatively quiet when it comes to new music. In an interview with InStyle, the rapper said that “Fans can expect new music when I’m in a better place. Right now, I’m focused on healing.” She added that “The music and entertainment industry can be a grind, so it’s important to take time off and avoid burning out.”
With “Bongos,” Stallion is testing the waters to see how the public will react to new music. Her name has been in the media lately much more because of this trial instead of because of her art. Will the masses rush to support the Grammy winner and her latest drop in even larger numbers than before, following the tribulations she’s been through? Or, will the opposite be true, and will she face an unfair uphill battle to rid herself of this trauma?
How “Bongos” performs depends on a number of factors, but all the attention she’s received, both negative and positive, will surely play a role in the tune’s ascent up the charts.
When Cardi and Stallion first worked together several years ago, their joint tune “WAP” was a massive success. The tune debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, bringing both artists back to the summit on the most competitive songs chart in America. Whether “Bongos” will repeat that success, or come even close, will be seen in the coming weeks, but this track surely means a lot to Stallion especially, as it is her first step back into doing what she loves following a grueling and trying time in her life.
As chairman and CEO of Mugar Enterprises Inc., Mr. Mugar oversaw a sprawling, privately held empire comprising real estate holdings, retail businesses, performance venues, and other investment- and arts-oriented enterprises.
Beginning in 1982, he served as principal owner of WNEV-TV (Channel 7, now WHDH-TV), then the local CBS network affiliate, for more than a decade. As executive producer of the July Fourth Esplanade show, he almost single-handedly transformed the event from a parochial celebration into a star-spangled extravaganza seen by millions on national television.
A scion of an Armenian American family that built the Star Market grocery chain, Mr. Mugar belonged to an elite group of donors whose wealth and influence reached into virtually all aspects of public life, from college libraries and concert halls to hospitals and shopping malls.
In Greater Boston alone, the Mugar family name is affixed to the Museum of Science’s Omni Mugar Theater, Boston University’s Mugar Memorial Library, Northeastern University’s Mugar Life Sciences Building, and Mugar Hall at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Diplomacy.
Other institutions substantially benefiting from Mr. Mugar’s largesse include the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Cape Cod Hospital. In 2012, he created a separate foundation dedicated to helping individuals through what he called “random acts of kindness.”
“He was a Bostonian through and through, continually finding ways to give back to the community he loved,” Mr. Mugar’s children said in a statement. “He was humble and generous. Quietly doing good for others and always leading with his heart. The many gifts he gave to civic and cultural organizations across the city and the state were most often given in recognition and honor of his parents, our grandparents.”
Beyond the holiday Pops concert, Mr. Mugar helped fund the city’s Family Fireworks show on First Night on New Year’s Eve and was a major investor in its live music scene, partnering with Live Nation’s Don Law to own and operate the Boston Opera House, Paradise Rock Club, and the House of Blues.
For years, Mr. Mugar ranked among Massachusetts’s richest citizens, with a net worth pegged at $600 million or more.
“I want to do things that will affect the people in New England especially,” he once observed, “and I like to do things that are nonexclusionary, so that they’re available to everyone.”
Exhibit A was his long association with the Independence Day concert.
For many years, the Mugar family had helped underwrite the event, first organized in 1929 by Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler. As a teenager, David Mugar befriended Fiedler, the two sharing a passion for racing to active fire scenes: fellow hobbyists known as “sparks.”
In 1973, with the July Fourth concerts attracting sparse crowds, Mr. Mugar proposed adding fireworks and cannon fire to Tchaikovsky’s majestic “1812 Overture,” a favorite piece of music. Fiedler agreed.
The next year, Mr. Mugar began serving as executive director. His first production drew a record 75,000 attendees. Two years later, 400,000 showed up for America’s Bicentennial celebration, thus seating Boston near the head of the nation’s party table.
No one was more delighted by all those dazzling bombs bursting in air than Mr. Mugar, a former licensed pyrotechnician and accomplished amateur photographer.
Although he never had a direct role in launching the fiery spectacle, Mr. Mugar helped test new fireworks from time to time — back when they were ignited by railroad flares, not computerized firing programs. He also worked on safety regulations that are still being followed.
“His single-minded devotion to our iconic Fourth of July celebration was inspiring, and no one was more responsible for the creation and the preservation of the event than David,” Pops maestro Keith Lockhart said in a statement Wednesday. “His passion for our Independence Day celebration was unparalleled, and meeting him backstage after the fireworks for a handshake and a hearty ‘Keith, you did good!’ was the ultimate capstone on the evening for me.”
For decades, Mr. Mugar personally funded the event, spending $1 million or more.
Mr. Mugar produced his last July Fourth show in 2016. The event is now produced by Boston 4 Productions under management by the Boston Pops.
“He never took for granted the opportunity that was given to him by his father and his mother, and he viewed himself as having an enormous responsibility to give back as a result of that,” his son Jonathan said in an interview Wednesday.
David Graves Mugar was born on April 27, 1939, and grew up in Belmont, one of two children of Stephen P. Mugar and Marian Graves. His father’s roots were Armenian, his mother’s of Yankee stock.
He attended the Cambridge School of Weston and Babson College but flunked out of the latter, having devoted much of his time to running his first business venture, a check-cashing agency. He later took courses in Cornell University’s food administration program.
It was Sarkis Mugar, Stephen’s father, who purchased and ran the family’s original Star Market, located in Watertown, in 1916, a year after it opened. A second store opened in Newton in 1932.
The chain began adding roughly one store per year until the postwar building boom and advent of the suburban shopping mall accelerated its growth. By the mid-’60s, the chain, under Stephen Mugar’s management, comprised 35 stores plus the Brigham’s ice cream plant and retail shops.
Mr. Mugar apprenticed in the business as a meat cutter and store manager. In 1964, his father sold the family’s interest to a Chicago company and founded Mugar Enterprises, focused mainly on developing shopping malls and hotels. David Mugar began running the company in 1982 following his father’s death.
That same year, after waging a protracted legal battle with WNAC-TV owner RKO General, he became majority owner and CEO of New England Television, fulfilling his dream of running a local network affiliate. (A separate dream, to own a stake in the Red Sox, failed to materialize when a proposed deal with a group of minority owners fell through in early 1983.)
The 1980s and ‘90s overlapped with Boston’s Golden Age of TV news as the city’s three network affiliates — including WBZ (Channel 4, owned by Westinghouse) and WCVB (Channel 5, a Hearst property) — competed fiercely for ratings, ad dollars, and bragging rights. Local news anchors commanded hefty salaries and celebrity status.
Not every owner turned a comfortable profit, though. Despite Mr. Mugar and his partners investing heavily in the newsroom arms race, their station stayed mired in third place in the ratings. As financial pressures mounted, shareholder fights erupted. A particularly ugly one broke out in 1991 involving minority owner Robert Kraft. In exercising a $25 million buyout option, Kraft put Mr. Mugar in a financial bind, triggering a bitter public feud between the two men.
In 1993, mounting debt service and slumping ratings persuaded Mr. Mugar to sell the enterprise to Ed Ansin of Miami-based Sunbeam Co. for a reported $215 million. Channel 7 later affiliated with NBC and is now an independent station.
After the sale, Mr. Mugar admitted to the Globe that competing against the likes of Westinghouse and Hearst had been challenging: a “cutthroat business,” he called it.
Yet his most stinging criticism was reserved for the lawyers, bankers, and insurance companies that he felt profited unduly from his ownership struggles. Their actions along with staff cuts and layoffs he had been obliged to make bothered him deeply.
“That hurt me personally because I knew so many of the people,” he said.
Mr. Mugar was married twice, to Martha Sillen and Rosemary Love. Both marriages ended in divorce. He leaves three children from his first marriage, Jonathan, a Hollywood writer, producer, and actor, Peter, a basketball coach at Caltech in Pasadena, and Jennifer Mugar, a philanthropist; his sister Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid; five grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Carolynn Cartelli.
A service will be announced in the days ahead.
“He meant everything to me and all of us children,” Jonathan said Wednesday. “I think that the older we got, and the more our relationships evolved over the years, we grew to appreciate more and more facets of my father. And he was an incredible guide throughout our lives.”
In 1998, Boston’s Embankment Road, near Beacon Hill, was renamed David. G. Mugar Way in honor of his long association, personal and financial, with the July 4th show.
A member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, he also served as a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Science, and WGBH Educational Foundation.
Notwithstanding his lofty profile as a businessman-philanthropist, Mr. Mugar remained an intensely private man, according to friends, largely avoiding public functions and turning down offers of honorary degrees and such.
Mr. Mugar himself often said his closest friends and personal heroes were not fellow A-listers but firefighters and other working-class people.
“Our Dad used the opportunity he was given to think imaginatively, act honestly, and make a difference to those most in need,” his children said in their statement. “That is a legacy we will work hard to preserve. We love you Dad, and we will miss you.”
According to Steve MacDonald, a retired Boston Fire Department spokesman and longtime friend, people often expressed surprise about his own connection to someone of Mr. Mugar’s stature.
“But that’s just who David was,” MacDonald said. “He was friends with regular people. He drove a Ford or a Kia. And he was more comfortable around people who didn’t want something from him.”
By the same token, MacDonald said, Mr. Mugar was not shy about soliciting fellow VIPs to support such pet causes as the Vendome Hotel Fire Memorial, which honors nine Boston firefighters who perished in the 1972 blaze. It was dedicated at a 2016 ceremony from which Mr. Mugar made a point of having his own name omitted, despite having played an outsized role in the memorial’s construction.
“When all is said and done, David would try to help people any way he could,” MacDonald said. “He was an unassuming and very generous man.”
Bryan Marquard of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
ASTANA – Kazakhconcert state musical organization named after Roza Baglanova will host the second Alem Saz International Music Festival from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, reported the organization’s press office.
Distinguished artists from Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, Spain and Türkiye will come together in Astana to showcase their talents to both residents and visitors.
With a mission to unify, preserve, and promote national cultures, the festival unites many nations through creative collaborations among artists. The event strengthens friendly ties between nations and promotes international cooperation in the arts, fostering respect for diverse countries’ historical and cultural heritage.
In 2022, the festival marked the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s establishment of diplomatic relations with 76 countries, attracting an audience of 13,500.
Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alem Saz is set to continue its success this fall with a lineup of new concerts, a fair, artist-led master classes, film screenings, and exhibitions.
By any measure, it was a blockbuster summer for arena and stadium concerts, with numerous sold-out shows, skyrocketing ticket prices and new attendance records set by Taylor Swift at U.S. Bank Stadium and Pink at Target Field.
Things are settling down some this fall, but there is still a lineup packed with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and more recent acts like the Jonas Brothers and the 1975.
Listed ticket prices are subject to change and do not include VIP or other premium packages.
Here’s a look at the highlights of the biggest Twin Cities concerts.
Sept. 14: Eric Clapton, the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will play his first local concert in 14 years with blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan as his opening act. Clapton began performing as a teenager. In 1963, he joined the Yardbirds, a British band that played Chicago-style blues. He left the group two years later, after their single “For Your Love” became a chart success. He then joined the power trio Cream and then Blind Faith with Steve Winwood, with whom he shared the stage when he last played the X in June 2009. After joining yet another band, Derek and the Dominos, Clapton embarked on a solo career that earned him 18 Grammy Awards and second place, behind Jimi Hendrix, on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time list. In recent years, Clapton has earned headlines as an outspoken anti-vaxxer, going so far as to release a pair of singles with Van Morrison about the subject, “Stand and Deliver” and “This Has Gotta Stop.” 7:30 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $346-$46; xcelenergycenter.com.
Sept. 15: Rapper/actor/entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his multi-platinum debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” with an extensive world tour. Raised by his grandparents, Jackson boxed and sold drugs as a teenager. His 1994 arrest inspired his stage name, a metaphor for change. Two years later, he met Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay, who taught him how to write songs. He landed a deal with Columbia Records and recorded the album “Power of the Dollar.” But after Jackson was attacked and shot nine times outside his grandmother’s home in 2000, the label dropped Jackson and left the record unreleased. Once he recovered from his wounds, he released the mixtape “Guess Who’s Back,” which got noticed by Eminem, who helped him land a new major label deal. Jackson’s official debut album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” became a worldwide smash and launched a series of hits including “In Da Club,” “21 Questions” and “P.I.M.P.” Jackson has spent most of his time in the last dozen years focused on numerous non-musical pursuits, including television and film production, footwear, apparel, fragrances, liquor, video games and book publishing. Busta Rhymes and Jeremih open. 7 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $124.50-$54.50; xcelenergycenter.com.
Oct. 3: Peter Gabriel rose to prominence in the ’70s as the lead singer of the prog-rock band Genesis and earned a reputation as a showman thanks to his elaborate on-stage costumes and theatrics. During the tour for the group’s sixth album, 1974’s “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,” Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis. He re-emerged in 1977 with his self-titled solo debut, the first of four consecutive albums without a proper title. His early hits include “Solsbury Hill,” “Games Without Frontiers” and “Shock the Monkey,” his first to make the Top 40 in America. In 1986, he released “So,” the most commercially successful album of his career. Thanks in part to heavy play for his videos on MTV, “So” topped the charts and produced the singles “Sledgehammer,” “In Your Eyes,” “Big Time” and the Kate Bush duet “Don’t Give Up.” After spending a year on the road in support of “So,” Gabriel has taken a much more leisurely approach to his career. He has since released a pair of new studio efforts in 1992 and 2003, a 2010 covers album, a 2011 collection of orchestral re-recordings and several soundtracks. Gabriel’s impending new album “i/o” was initially planned for release in 2004 and, a year later, he told Rolling Stone he had a pool of 150 songs in various stages of completion. There’s no word when “i/o” will come out, but Gabriel has been releasing a new single on the full moon of each month this year. 7 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $300-$65; xcelenergycenter.com.
Oct. 14: A native of rural Georgia, Luke Bryan moved to Nashville after graduating from Georgia Southern University in 1999. He found his first success as a songwriter, penning hits for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. That led to a recording deal with Capitol Nashville and a gold-selling debut single, “All My Friends Say,” in 2007. But Bryan’s career really took off with 2009’s “Do I.” In the time since, 25 of the 29 singles he has released landed in the Top 5, with 10 hitting No. 1. Bryan has been named Entertainer of the Year five times combined from the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association. Locally, Bryan claims a large audience. In 2015, he played TCF Bank Stadium and was the first musical act to headline U.S. Bank Stadium the following year. Bryan became the first artist to headline all three stadiums in the metro in 2018 when he played Target Field. Combined, those three concerts drew a total of nearly 125,000 fans. Chayce Beckham, Conner Smith, Hailey Whitters and DJ Rock are also on the bill. 7 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $194.50-$164.50; xcelenergycenter.com.
Oct. 26: British pop band the 1975 are making their local arena debut. Lead singer Matty Healy and his bandmates first performed together while they were teenagers, with Healy citing Talking Heads, My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Michael Jackson as musical influences. The band’s 2013 self-titled debut topped the charts in England and went platinum in the States. Each one of the 1975’s subsequent five albums hit No. 1 in England and the Top 10 here. Their biggest hits include “Chocolate,” “Love Me,” “Somebody Else,” “Love It If We Made It,” “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not with You)” and “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know).” The 1975 is known for heavy touring and the band has played the Twin Cities eight times, including pairs of gigs at St. Paul’s Roy Wilkins Auditorium and the Armory in downtown Minneapolis. Their current world tour has sold more than 500,000 tickets across four continents. 7:30 p.m.; Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls.; $109-$39; 888-929-7849 or targetcenter.com.
Oct. 27-28: After Queen’s vocalist Freddie Mercury died in 1991 from complications of AIDS, surviving members Brian May (guitar), Roger Taylor (drums) and John Deacon (bass) staged a memorial concert at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 72,000 fans. Deacon retired from the group soon after, but May and Taylor kept Queen going through various archival record releases, one-off concert appearances with guest vocalists and a 2005 tour with Paul Rodgers up front. Three years later, Queen performed “We Are the Champions” on the season finale of “American Idol” with finalists Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, whose vocals earned plenty of comparisons to Mercury. In 2012, Lambert performed his first full concerts with Queen, which led to a series of world tours. While Queen’s biggest hits — “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Under Pressure” among them — have remained staples of rock radio and major sporting events, Queen picked up a new generation of fans with the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which won four Oscars, including best actor for Rami Malek. 8 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $955.35-$279.98; xcelenergycenter.com.
Oct. 31: Tool emerged from Los Angeles in the early ’90s with a dark, brooding and brutal sound as well as an unusually sophisticated visual presentation for the band’s videos and album art. Heavy touring, including Lollapalooza stints in 1992 and 1993, helped the band’s 1993 debut album “Undertow” go gold in five months. That fame allowed Tool to forge their own path in the music industry. They’ve released just five albums in the past three decades. The deluxe version of their most recent one, 2019’s “Fear Inoculum,” came with a full 4-inch HD screen with original video material, a small speaker and 36-page book. In concert, the group does not use live video and lead singer Maynard James Keenan spends most of the show in the shadows at the back of the stage near drummer Danny Carey. They’ve played more than a dozen shows in and around the metro, most recently hitting Target Center in March 2022. 7:30 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $120-$70; xcelenergycenter.com.
Nov. 10: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks are sharing the bill for the fall’s sole stadium show. Joel was inspired to pursue music after seeing the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He scored his first hit in 1973 with “Piano Man” and went on to rule radio with a long string of smashes, including “Just the Way You Are,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Only the Good Die Young,” “You May Be Right,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Tell Her About It,” “Uptown Girl,” “Keeping the Faith” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” He stopped releasing pop albums after 1993’s “River of Dreams.” Nicks began her solo career in 1981, when Fleetwood Mac was on a hiatus. Her debut album “Bella Donna” spawned the hit duets “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty) and “Leather and Lace” (with Don Henley) as well as what became her signature song, “Edge of Seventeen.” Her sophomore record “The Wild Heart” included the single “Stand Back,” which features an uncredited Prince on synthesizer. 6:30 p.m.; U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Mpls.; $349.50-$249.50; usbankstadium.com.
Nov. 13: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith will hit the road this fall for what they’re calling a farewell tour. Formed in Boston in 1970, Aerosmith scored a series of hits that remain radio staples to this day, including “Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way” and “Dream On.” But by the 1980s, drug addiction and clashing personalities nearly led to the end of the group. After several members went through rehab, Aerosmith made a stunning comeback, becoming MTV darlings and selling even more records the second time around. Aerosmith’s 2001 album “Just Push Play” failed to live up to its predecessors in terms of sales, as did 2004’s collection of blues covers, “Honkin’ on Bobo.” The group released their 15th and final album, “Music from Another Dimension,” in 2012. In 2015, band members began publicly discussing a final tour and a 2017 European outing was billed as their farewell. More recently, Aerosmith played an extended Las Vegas residency as well as the first Twin Cities Summer Jam in 2019. The Black Crowes open. 7 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $590-$174.95; xcelenergycenter.com.
Nov. 17-18: Classic rockers the Eagles are saying goodbye, yet again, with a farewell tour. One of the biggest bands of the ’70s, the Eagles performed what they said would be their final concerts together in 2015. Band member Glenn Frey died the following year, seemingly putting an end to the group. But in 2017, Don Henley — the sole founding member remaining in the band — hired country star Vince Gill and Frey’s son Deacon to join a new version of the Eagles alongside guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmit. They have since mounted several successful tours with local stops in 2018 and 2021. The group’s 1976 compilation “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)” and “Hotel California” stand among the best-selling album in history. The Eagles won six Grammy Awards, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016. Steely Dan opens. 7:30 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; only platinum and VIP tickets available; xcelenergycenter.com.
Nov. 19: Siblings Kevin, Joe and Nick formed the Jonas Brothers in 2005 and rose to fame two years later when they signed a deal with Disney’s Hollywood Records. After making a guest appearance on Miley Cyrus’ Disney Channel show “Hannah Montana,” they hit the road with Cyrus as her opening act. Soon after, they began headlining arenas on their own. After releasing four albums, the trio canceled what was to be their fifth record together and a planned 2013 tour, citing a “deep rift within the band” over “creative differences.” In February 2019, the Jonas Brothers announced they had reunited and released a new single, “Sucker,” which entered the Billboard charts at No. 1. They’ve since released “The Album” and are back on the road for a tour where they’re playing every song from five of their albums. Fans should expect to hear the full show after the JoBros played a truncated version at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. 7 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $169.95-$44.95; xcelenergycenter.com.