Simon’s 13th album, Stranger to Stranger, is released June 3, and this two-night Orpheum stand will be one of the first in support of the new effort. Though songs on the new album will get a chance to breathe, the legend never leaves his audiences disappointed. How could he? Nobody has a deeper well of hits to draw from, and his devoted, albeit aging, fan base still has plenty of adoration to spare.
June 14-15, Orpheum Theatre, Mpls., 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org
After blanketing Europe, South America and Australia, Florence Welch is bringing her How Beautiful tour back to the U.S. for a flurry of shows into mid-summer. It’s only been a couple of years since her ecstatic but relatively humble show at the Minnesota Zoo, but now F&M is a full-fledged arena act. She’s more energetic and anguished than ever, and when it really gets cranking, her band truly is a remarkable machine.
June 2, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, 651-726-8240, xcelenergycenter.com
Artistic director Joseph Haj’s first original production at the Guthrie’s helm is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical about life on an island military outpost during World War II. The trend in recent years has been to dial back the camp and allow the show’s more serious themes—namely, racism and war—to come through. Haj’s approach remains to be seen, but he has said that those themes are what continue to make the musical relevant today. That, and all those classic songs.
June 18-Aug. 28, Guthrie Theater, Mpls., 612-377-2224, guthrietheater.org
Black Label Movement and Contempo Physical Dance are two of the Twin Cities’ most dynamic and athletic dance companies. The companies join forces here for the first time to present an evening of dance that includes two world premieres. One is a duet between respective artistic directors Carl Flink and Marciano Silva dos Santos; the other is an ensemble piece that combines the considerable skills of both troupes. The program will also include a highlight from each company’s repertoire.
June 17-25, Cowles Center, Mpls., 612-206-3600, thecowlescenter.org