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  • Hip-hop event raising cash for needy Indians
    Local hip-hop groups are gathering in Minneapolis on Saturday to raise money to help American Indians who are homeless or have substance abuse problems.October 6, 2012
  • Former conductor will lead lockout concert
    Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday announced that former music director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will conduct them in what they call a season opening concert on Oct. 18.October 5, 2012
  • In his hands: Babatunde Lea channels African drumming traditions
    Babatunde Lea likes to tell people that, as a child of an African-American family that loved Afro-Caribbean music, he knew how to dance the mambo and cha-cha-cha before he could walk.October 5, 2012
  • Norwegian choir coming to ND, Minn.
    A community youth choir from Grand Forks' sister city in Norway is coming to North Dakota.October 1, 2012
  • Lockout set to take effect for Minn. Orchestra
    The Minnesota Orchestra planned to lock out its musicians at midnight Sunday. The move came after a last-ditch meeting to reach a contract deal failed, and management declined to extend the current contract while continuing negotiations.September 30, 2012
  • Minn. Orchestra musicians seek arbitration
    Musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra on Sunday offered binding arbitration as a way to avoid a lockout in their contract dispute with orchestra management.September 30, 2012
  • Labor talks at SPCO apparently fruitless
    Contract talks between musicians and management at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra broke up for the day on Saturday, apparently without an agreement.September 22, 2012
  • The Current explores the music of Eau Claire
    Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is just one of many artists to come out of the vibrant Eau Claire music scene, which is the subject of a special edition of The Local Show on our sister station The Current this Sunday. DJ David Campbell discussed the show with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.September 21, 2012
  • Preview of the new Bob Dylan album
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer previews the new Bob Dylan album, Tempest.September 11, 2012
  • 11th annual Selby Avenue JazzFest brings music, pride
    The Selby Avenue JazzFest takes place tomorrow in St. Paul featuring a variety of jazz music styles throughout the day and into the evening. The festival, in its 11th year, has helped revitalize Selby Avenue -- a once troubled area that has undergone an economic transformation in recent years.September 7, 2012
  • Twin Cities composer brings big band sound to 21st century
    The rich improvisational heritage of big band music in its heyday lives on in today's bands under the direction of composers and leaders who know how to fuse tradition with contemporary styles. Among them is a Twin Cities trumpeter who aims to bring the music into the 21st century.July 31, 2012
  • Remembering Amy Winehouse, a year after her death
    Singer Amy Winehouse's father says it's tough dealing with the loss of his daughter, but he's happy she is having a helpful impact on the world through the foundation named after her.July 23, 2012
  • Honey-Do: Woody Guthrie songs
    Today would have been Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. The Current is celebrating with songs by Mr. Guthrie, with some covers ... and other fun stuff thrown in.July 14, 2012
  • Woody Guthrie and the Troubador Tradition
    Woody Guthrie inspired many young musicians to follow be a wandering musician with a message. For The Current's coffee break on July 13, we asked for artists following in the troubadour tradition.July 13, 2012
  • John Raymond trumpets joyful noise, praise in debut CD
    For a long time, jazz held a reputation as "the devil's music," but many of the faithful have come to recognize that musicians can be divinely inspired. Among the contemporary musicians to express spirituality through jazz is John Raymond, who performs this weekend in St. Paul.July 13, 2012

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