Arts & Performance

Charlie Daniels Band

You might know him best for his band’s hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” but Musicians’ Hall of Fame 2009 inductee Charlie Daniels has been a major figure on the country music and Southern rock scenes for more than 50 years. This concert at Medina Entertainment Center is a great chance to see the man himself, along with band members Charlie Hayward, Shannon Wickline, Pat McDonald, Bruce Brown and Chris Wormer playing the music they know so well. 762.478.6661.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra with Special Guest Bruce Henry

The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra is the orchestra in residence at the Wayzata Community Church, but we’d really be missing out if they didn’t get to participate in the church’s Music in Wayzata series, too. In this performance the orchestra is joined by jazz vocalist extraordinaire Bruce Henry, who will sing a selection of traditional spirituals arranged by Paul Gericke. The orchestra also will play Florence Price’s “Symphony No. 1 in E Minor.” 952.473.8877.

Winter Bluegrass Weekend

The Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth is hosting Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old Time Music & Dance. As many as 50 groups will play all kinds of bluegrass, string-band and acoustic music on multiple stages throughout the weekend. Don’t miss Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, this year’s Saturday night headline concert. Workshops, dances, instrument exhibitors and round-the-clock jam sessions can also be expected.800.635.3037.

Eric Burdon and the Animals

Eric Burdon and the Animals have been members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994. Burdon was one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest voices of all time, and now he’s assembled a fresh iteration of his legendary band for a new tour, coming to Medina Entertainment Center for one night only. 763.478.6661.

Wayzata Senior High School Jazz Ensemble

The Wayzata High School Jazz Gold Ensemble will play its final concert of the season, featuring classics like The Rippington’s “Morocco,” Thelonious Monk’s “Straight no Chaser” and more. 763.745.6913.

Northern Pines Harmony Brigade Extreme Quartetting Weekend Rally

The Northern Pines Harmony Brigade had such a good time hosting its Extreme Quartetting weekend here at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West that the group decided to come back.  Participants are partnered randomly with three other singers, then given 10 songs to perform in a competition. Registration includes two nights at the hotel, five meals and the music you’ll use during the competition along with professionally prepared learning tracks. Or come to the public performance showcase on Saturday night. 763.559.6600.

Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra’s 33rd Annual Young People’s Concert Series

As part of the ongoing “Music at Wayzata” concert series, the Wayzata Community Church is hosting the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra’s annual Young People’s concert. In this performance, the winner of the Young Artists’ Competition will play alongside the orchestra. This year’s featured piece is Benjamin Britten’s “Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra,” as heard in Wes Anderson’s 2012 movie Moonrise Kingdom. David Johnson will narrate the enjoyable, educational piece. 952.473.8877.

Jazz Impressions Dinner and Dance

The Plymouth Arts Council has organized a night of food, dancing and great music for the holiday of love. Mintahoe Catering provides the buffet-style dining, and up-and-coming international superstars Davina and the Vagabonds provide the music. The blues/jazz band got itsstart right here in Minnesota, but now bring the unique retro-inspired sound to festivals from Switzerland to Romania to Norway. There will also be a cash bar and even a surprise or two.  763.509.5200.

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