Out Of Office: May 2016
Paul McCartney: One on One Tour
Sir Paul’s Target Field concert in 2014 was a stunning three-hour shower of nostalgia with two encores—so no, even at 73, the man isn’t slowing down. For his One on One Tour, McCartney is playing the relatively intimate Target Center, and he has promised fans a redesigned stage set, along with the usual barrage of crowd-pleasing classics. He’s also hinted that the shows will include a few songs he hasn’t played in concert before. Whatever—Twin Citians love Paul so much that a second show was added to meet demand.
May 4-5, Target Center, Mpls., 612-673-0900, targetcenter.com
Zac Brown Band: Black Out the Sun Tour
The crossover appeal of Zac Brown and company has the beer-and-pickup crowd rubbing shoulders with Dave Matthews devotees, Taylor Swifties, Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffett fans) and just about anyone else who likes a smooth song with a country bounce and the occasional jazzy jam. The band’s Black Out the Sun Tour will be one of the summer’s hottest. Unless you’re a BeyoncÃ© fan, in which case you can catch her May 23 at TCF Bank Stadium.
May 28, Target Field, Mpls., 612-659-4300, minnesota.twins.mlb.com
The only thing predictable about a Live Action Set show is that it’s going to be a smart, engaging, genre-defying affair. The Sparrow explores the possibility of new beginnings inherent in the end of a journey, but how that will look is anyone’s guess. Another interesting facet of this show is that it’s being performed at the Southern Theater, which, after years of financial turmoil, is now re-establishing itself as an important presenter at the low-budget/high-risk end of the artistic spectrum.
May 6-20, Southern Theater, Mpls., 612-326-1811, southerntheater.org
As it has done in the past with Doubt and The Manchurian Candidate, Minnesota Opera is attempting to adapt a popular story—in this case, Stephen King’s The Shining—into a full-blown modern opera. Using King’s 600-page novel as source material (not Stanley Kubrick’s iconic movie version, which King famously hated), the opera’s creative team is shooting for an emotionally intense adaptation that more accurately reflects the spirit of the book. Orchestras do spooky well, though, and the chorus of ghosts that haunts Jack Torrance and the Overlook Hotel has epic fright potential.
May 7-15, The Ordway, St. Paul, 612-333-6669, mnopera.org