Norah Jones has been touring steadily in support of last year’s Day Breaks album, but lately she hasn’t even been playing the album’s title track, and has been mixing up her set lists to include all kinds of little gems, including a nifty cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows.” Day Breaks itself is a moody, piano-laced album reminiscent of her jazz-inflected early work—you know, the stuff that made her a household name. Opening act: The Candles.
June 3, Northrop Auditorium, Mpls., 612-624-2345, northrop.umn.edu
Big, brassy musicals get all the attention, but it’s worth remembering that the form can tell smaller, more intimate stories too. The central character in Fly by Night is a sandwich-shop worker in love with two sisters at the same time, but the show itself is really about a web of relationships affected by the infamous Northeast blackout of 1965, which cut power for 13 hours to 30 million people on a cold November night—just long enough for folks to wonder if the power was ever going to come back on.
June 10-July 23, Jungle Theater, Mpls., 612-822-7063, jungletheater.com
It’s a shame that fame in the classical music world is doled out so disproportionately. But when you see Yo Yo Ma play in concert, it’s not hard to understand why he’s so popular. His passion for the music borders on dangerous abandon (most cello players don’t shred their bows this way), yet every stroke of his bow is suffused with musical intelligence. The combination is hypnotic, as anyone who gets to see him with the Minnesota Orchestra will learn.
June 13, Orchestra Hall, Mpls., 612-371-5600, minnesotaorchestra.org
When the Moody Blues released Days of Future Passed in 1967, who among them could have guessed they’d be singing “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” in venues around the world half a century later? Yet here they are (most of them, anyway), performing the album live, in its entirety, with a complete orchestra. And that’s just the second half of the show! Boomers who can’t get enough 1960s nostalgia can also check out King Crimson (June 26) at the State.
June 27, Orpheum Theatre, Mpls., 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org