Dreaming of ‘Purple Rain’ on your wedding day? With no live music, First Avenue booking famous stage for private events

The pandemic has forced the iconic Minneapolis music venue to get creative.

MINNEAPOLIS — Whether you dream of a “White Wedding,” or “Purple Rain” on your wedding day, you’ll soon have the rare opportunity to book iconic music venue First Avenue as a wedding venue.

“Lucinda Williams actually got married on stage here,” said First Avenue marketing director Ashley Ryan. “We’ve had a couple of staff get married in the 7th St entry, but normally October, November, even into December, it’s our busiest time of year.”

If booking weddings sounds like selling out, Ryan says that’s the hope. For months, live music venues in Minnesota and most other states have sat in silence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have staff who have worked here for 20-30 years and since mid-March they’ve been out of work,” Ryan said. “So any kind of event that we can do to get people

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Dwayne Johnson’s Wife Lauren Hashian Shares Glimpse Inside Wedding in New Music Video

Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian have been married for a little over a year now, having secretly tied the knot in Hawaii in August 2019. The couple kept their wedding mostly under wraps, wanting their special day to be extremely private. But now, Hashian is giving us a look inside their private ceremony in the newly released music video to her song, “Step Into a Love Like This.”

The music video features an emotional montage of fan-submitted quarantine wedding and engagement moments that celebrate different kinds of people and couples from around the world, including couples who have “stepped into their love” during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Step Into a Love Like This” was first presented privately at Johnson and Hashian’s wedding and wasn’t publicly released until a year later in honor of their one-year anniversary.

“After releasing ‘Step Into a Love Like This’ and sharing our wedding video with the

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Carla Bruni on Music, Style, and Inspiring the Next Generation of Models

The introspective nature of the material may also have something to do with how it was recorded. Bruni began writing at the tail end of 2019, just as the coronavirus pandemic spread across Europe. Recorded shortly after Paris’s COVID-19 lockdown, the record had to be completed in a third of the time she usually has for a project. “I kept writing throughout confinement, and when we came out, I had 16 or 17 songs,” says Bruni. “We went right into the studio, but we had to adapt like everyone else.” As physical performances are a non-starter for the foreseeable future, Bruni is taking her music online with a series of virtual concerts slated for later this year. “Sometimes we can still do small live performances for television or radio sometimes while being very prudent, but as much as we can, we’re trying to go virtual,” she says. The process may

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The Music Center Announces $25 Million Gift from Philanthropists Tina and Jerry Moss to Benefit Programming and Enhance Access to Arts Experiences

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Music Center today announced it received a $25 million gift from Tina and Jerry Moss to benefit new programming initiatives. With this gift, the arts organization will establish an annual, free summer concert, open to all, to be held outdoors on the newly named Jerry Moss Plaza, located at The Music Center; sustain and enhance The Music Center’s commitment to free and low-cost events; and formally launch arts partnerships with community organizations to help uplift artists and their work, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC ) artists. Jerry Moss, a longtime Music Center supporter since 1968, is the legendary music executive who co-founded A&M Records with partner Herb Alpert and guided the careers of major artists, including Quincy Jones, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Sting and Janet Jackson, among countless other music

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Helping kids fall in love with music can help you win a Tesla Model 3

We’ve been loving the Tesla Model 3 for so long that it only seemed natural for us to get you in on the fun too. That’s why we not only want to give you a $40,000 Tesla Model 3, we want to make that winning as quick and easy as possible AND help out an amazing cause. It’s just a full plate of win topped with some extra win and a final dollop of win right on top.

Entering the sweepstakes for this dream machine is about as simple as it comes. All you have to do is fill in the short entry form, hit send and you’re in the drawing for this luxury ride.

Of course, for a grand-scale contest, you won’t be the only entry. And when you’re up against thousands of others to take home a prize this fantastic, you need to take advantage of every opportunity

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Pittance Chamber Music Presents MODERN BEAUTY

The programs will now premiere streaming online in three episodes.

Pittance Chamber Music Presents MODERN BEAUTY

Pittance Chamber Music, which presents the extraordinary musicians who perform in the pit at the Los Angeles Opera, presents Modern Beauty with special guest GRAMMY and EMMY-winning pianist Gloria Cheng.

Recorded during the pandemic, the programs will now premiere streaming online in three episodes, and will include artist and composer interviews with special tributes to Steven Stucky. One of today’s most respected and revered interpreters of contemporary repertoire, Cheng has been lauded in the Washington Post, New York Times and LA Weekly for her “breathtaking”, “exhilarating” and “broadly expressive” performances.

For this program she joins colleagues from the LA Opera Orchestra, bassoonist Judith Farmer, clarinetist Donald Foster and oboist Jennifer Cullinan, in a program of favorite chamber music pieces by composers with whom Cheng has collaborated – among them Billy Childs, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Harbison, Steven Stucky and Gernot Wolfgang,

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The Women Who Invented Video Game Music

Noone is a big deal, video game music is a big deal now, and orchestras are frequently commonplace in big-budget games, but the path to today begins in Japan, in the 1980s, at gaming giants like Capcom, Konami, Taito, Falcom, and so on.

Turn Back Time

It’s in this time, and in these places, where groups of women composers, often some of the earliest sound team hires, laid the harmonic foundation for many of video gaming’s most enduring franchises with their infectious earworms.

Most were recruited fresh from college and set to work at breakneck paces, on hardware and software that at best could be described as crude yet byzantine by modern conventions. Women like Manami Matsumae composed the three-channel melodies and effects for dozens of games and legendary 8-bit heroes like none other than the Blue Bomber himself, Mega Man.

Their work filled living rooms, and their soundtracks

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25 songs by Black women that rocked the music world

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Tory Lanez addresses rapper Megan Thee Stallion on a surprise album. Also out, new Machine Gun Kelly and Carrie Underwood’s first Christmas album.

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Destined to make history as the biggest single of 2020 – still No. 1 after six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 as of this writing – rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” is smart, vulgar, provocative, highly entertaining, and, like so many influential hit songs before it, divisive. 

It’s the sound of two gifted artists in their mid-20s at the pinnacle of the pop world; the sound of two Black women rocking the music biz, a traditionally white male dominated industry that Black women have been successfully infiltrating for the past century.

From the beginning of blues and jazz in the ’20s to where funk transitioned into disco in the ’70s to any number of significant changes in hip-hop and pop

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