Out Of Office: July 2016
Not many girls from north London get as much adulation as Adele. Shy and unassuming for her first album and tour at 19, Adele is now a global phenomenon and seasoned diva who attracts arenas full of adoring fans. Her Adele Live tour 2016 kicks off its North American leg with a two-night run here, then goes on to wow the rest of the country all summer long.
July 5-6, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, 651-726-8240, xcelenergycenter.com
Basilica Block Party
The BBP has become a summer institution because the music is edgy without being too sharp, the location is superb and the weather usually cooperates. Top headliners this year are Death Cab for Cutie and the Fray, but 18 other bands fill out the two-day fest, including American Authors, Phillip Phillips, Gary Clark Jr., Ryan Adams and the Shining, Craig Finn, Andra Day, and Farewell Milwaukee, among many others. Sunscreen and dancing shoes are highly recommended.
July 8-9, Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls., basilicablockparty.org
Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest
Resurgent after a history-making trip to Cuba and a triumphant return to Carnegie Hall, the Minnesota Orchestra has another entertaining Sommerfest lineup in store. This year’s festival features an enticing lineup of guest artists, including piano phenom Zhang Zuo, violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and Minnesota’s belle of Broadway, singer Laura Osnes—as well as familiar names like pianist Andre Watts and long-time Sommerfest artistic director Andrew Litton. As tradition demands, the festival ends with opera—Verdi’s Otello.
July 8-23, Orchestra Hall, Mpls., 612-371-5600, minnesotaorchestra.org
The Palabras Project
Technically, Other Tiger Productions’ The Palabras Project is a stage show, but it’s more accurate to call it an “immersive theater experience,” because the action and music inhabit all four dimensions of Park Square’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage. Inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s play Blood Wedding, the show includes several well-known Latino artists, such as flamenco dancer Susana di Palma, hip-hop artist Maria Isa and songwriter Javier Trejo, plus the masks and puppetry of Gustavo Boada and storytelling of Dario Tangelson.
July 8-17, Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, 651-291-7005, parksquaretheatre.org