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Sounds Of Santana starring Joe Cruz

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MarketFest, Downtown White Bear Lake, White Bear Lake, MN

Thursdays just got a little more fun! Grab a bite to eat from your favorite food vendor or downtown White Bear Lake restaurant, and join us for some fantastic live music! Limited seating available, or you are welcome to bring your own chairs/blankets while you enjoy the best outdoor entertainment summer has to offer!

Guitarist Joe Cruz leads an electrifying seven-piece band as he passionately delivers the all-time favorite hits of Carlos Santana. Groove along with classics including ‘Black Magic Woman’ and ‘Oye Como Va’ as well as radio hits including ‘Smooth’ and ‘Maria Maria.’

Joe Cruz lead vocals, guitar Jennifer Grimm lead, backing vocals Brian Ziemniak keys Jeff Bailey bass Andrew Gillespie percussion Joel Arpin percussion Josh Alfaro drums

Joe Cruz is regarded as one of the most versatile and energetic multi-stringed instrumentalists on the Twin Cities music scene today. Throughout his 30-year career, this passionate musician has been involved with numerous groups and recording projects, developing a vast array of styles. On any given night he can be found playing anything from solo acoustic guitar to screaming electric, swinging with a jazz combo, picking mandolin in a bluegrass band or exploring Latin music on Cuban trés and Puerto Rican cuatro. Also a composer, Joe has an extensive repertoire of original song and instrumental compositions.

Free To The Public

‘Jennifer Grimm Sings Judy Garland’ is an energetic and exciting concert celebrating the music and showmanship of Judy Garland. Join Jennifer and her 11-piece band including 7 horns as she sweetly sails through Judy Garland classics such as ‘You Made Me Love You,’ ‘Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,’ and of course ‘Over the Rainbow.’

Jennifer Grimm voice Kevin Rowe bass Greg Schutte drums Dan Chouinard piano Kyle Tennis guitar Todd Matheson trumpet Gus Lindquist trumpet Dave Graf trombone Larry McCabe trombone John Croarkin baritone sax/flute Scott Johnson alto sax Kenni Holmen tenor sax

Both Grimm and Garland were born in Minnesota to vaudeville families, bringing command and charisma to the stage as only lifelong entertainers can. Although they were born over a half-a-century apart, the sentimental sounds of the Judy Garland era seem to be a perfect fit for Grimm’s well-known versatility and ability to bring powerful vocals to the showstopping numbers as well as an intimate tenderness to Garland’s ballads that will leave a lump in your throat.

Come Hear the Music, Feel the Joy, and Experience ‘Jennifer Grimm Sings Judy Garland.’

“This is way beyond the rainbow with a stellar cast of area musicians. If all you know about Judy is the Wizard of Oz, you need to see this show.” – Andrea Canter

$35-$45

TASTE OF MINNESOTA This two-day smorgasbord of food and fun celebrates everything we love about Minnesota: great music, fabulous food, outdoor family fun, a few surprises and really great people-watching! Come for the food and stay to play! It’s the mid-summer celebration of Minnesota, returning to downtown Minneapolis, creating a vibrant “Mainstreet,” and staying easily accessible by public transit. It’ll be a true Taste sensation in 2024!

Free Admission

From Broadway to the Village

When the artistry of vocalist Jennifer Grimm met the mastery of composer arranger Adi Yeshaya, a new sound was born. Don’t miss this 13-piece jazz orchestra in a night of compositions and new arrangements of jazz and pop favorites.

Composer, arranger and jazz pianist Adi Yeshaya was born and raised in Israel. Graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Adi has been active, both as a musician and educator for nearly four decades. His credentials include arranging and orchestration for many artists, including Prince, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Burt Bacharach, The Swiss Jazzaar jazz festival, and for NBC’s The Voice. As a resident of the Twin Cities, he served as a pianist and musical director for the late Debbie Duncan for nearly three decades until her passing; performed and arranged for the Minnesota Orchestra with conductors Sarah Hicks and Doc Severinsen; and for countless singers and ensembles like Dennis Spears, Gwen Matthews, Bruce Henry, Cookie Coleman, Ginger Commodore, Prudence Johnson, the Guthrie Theater, Jack McDuff, JazzMN Big Band, The Peterson Family and his own big band. Adi has been active as an educator, as well. He taught at the University of Minnesota, McNally Smith College of Music (St. Paul, MN) and Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA).

“Wonderful arrangements.” –Aretha Franklin

AdiYeshaya.com

$25-$35

Internationally Acclaimed Saxophone

Crooners’ Up Front Series: Saxophonist for Prince, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Chaka Khan and many more comes ‘Up Front’ for the first time in his own concert, telling stories from his career and playing the songs that brought him there.

Kenni Holmen, sax

Jennifer Grimm, vocals

Yohannes Tona, bass

Petar Janjic, drums

Kevin Gastonguay, piano

David Feily, guitar

Kenni Holmen is one of the most active recording and touring musicians from the Twin Cities area. Kenni has performed and recorded with many local, national and international artists over his twenty year career. Kenni has performed with Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, T.C. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Donny Osmond, The Rev. Billy Graham Crusade, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Doc Severinson, Garrison Keilor, The Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra just to name a few. Kenni has recorded with Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, Prince, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Ben Sidran, Baby Face, Mandy Moore, and many others. In addition to recording album projects and jingles, Kenni also writes, co-produces and has performed with New Age artist Lorie Line since 1993. This includes a performance at The White House in the fall of 2000. Kenni was voted “Best Tenor Sax Player” by Twin Cities Reader magazine. Kenni is also featured with Prince’s horn section called “The HornHeads” who have toured throughout the United States and Europe since 1992.

“Kenni Holmen is a musical freak of nature” –Vulfpeck

$25-$35

Pride @ Orchestra Hall - Pre-Concert Performance

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Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

Join Jennifer Grimm & Dan Chouinard as they provide pre-concert music @ Orchestra Hall. As the 2023–24 season comes to a close, we’ll have plenty of reasons to celebrate: an extraordinary first season with Thomas Søndergård as our music director and the month-long Pride festivities here in Minneapolis and around the country. In a program close to Thomas’ heart, we invite you to join us for music by composers from the LGBTQ+ community featuring the Minnesota Orchestra return of soloist Francesco Piemontesi and culminating with the fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

SHOWSTOPPERS: PURPLE REIGN a gala dinner party

Thursday, June 13, 2024

THE DEPOT The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel

225 3RD AVENUE SOUTH, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55401

6PM /// COCKTAIL RECEPTION

7:30PM /// DINNER & CABARET ENTERTAINMENT

with performances by Phinehas Bynum, Katherine Fried, Jennifer Grimm, Evan Tyler Wilson, and more!

remarks by Rodolfo Nieto and Sally Wingert Phinehas Bynum Katherine Fried Jennifer Grimm Evan Tyler Wilson Sally Wingert Rodolfo Nieto music direction by Bob Kelly, curated in partnership with Denise Prosek

directed by Justin Lucero

9:30PM /// DESSERTS & FAREWELLS

Expert pianist Rick Carlson & masterful vocalist Jennifer Grimm relax and play together as they make their way through their favorite jazz standards. Requests welcome, chit chat and visiting welcome, cocktailing and other such nonsense also welcome. No Cover Charge - just an easy breezy jazzy hang in the relaxed atmosphere of Maggie’s Lounge @ Crooners Supper Club in Fridley, MN - just north of 694 off Central.

Jazz pianist Tedd Firth, most often seen in the Twin Cities as accompanist to such vocalists as Marilyn Maye, Michael Feinstein and Bernadette Peters, makes his solo debut at Crooners with an evening of solo jazz piano along with some very special guests.

Tedd Firth piano Jennifer Grimm guest vocalist Maud Hixson guest vocalist

Tedd Firth is a musical director, pianist and arranger. As musical director and accompanist he has worked with Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Maye, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barbara Cook, Maureen McGovern, Elaine Paige, Tom Wopat, Leslie Uggams, Joshua Bell, Melissa Errico, Christine Ebersole, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Prince, John Schneider, Betty Buckley, Mary Cleere Haran, Margaret Whiting, Carol Sloane and many others.

Among the jazz musicians he has performed or recorded with are John Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Frank Wess, Mark Whitfield, Red Holloway, Benny Golson and Joe Morello.

As an arranger and orchestrator, Tedd’s work has been performed by all major American symphony orchestras. In 2023, Tedd created the two piano arrangements and full orchestrations for the concert “Two Pianos: Who Could Ask for Anything More?” featuring Michael Feinstein and classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Television appearances include “The Today Show,” “Live From Lincoln Center” and “All My Children.”

$25-$35