Aretha Franklin, Brother Ali to be at the fair
Published 9:00 am Saturday, May 31, 2014
Living legend Aretha Franklin and a multi-artist bill of Minnesotan acts led by rapper Brother Ali are the latest two shows announced for the Minnesota State Fair’s Grandstand.
The 72-year-old Queen of Soul released her first record in 1956, at the age of 14, and went to sing some of the most memorable R&B hits of the last century, including “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” and “Think.” While she self-released her most recent record, 2011’s “A Woman Falling Out of Love,” Franklin has plans to record a new album for RCA Records with the help of music mogul Clive Davis and producer/writers Don Was (Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Van Morrison) and Babyface (Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton). Tickets for her Aug. 22 Grandstand gig are $45 and went on sale May 31.
Brother Ali heads up 89.3 The Current’s annual “MN Music On-a-Stick” concert Aug. 30. He’ll be joined by hip-hop collective Doomtree, former Husker Du mainman Bob Mould, eco-rockers Cloud Cult, R&B crooner Har Mar Superstar and rootsy favorites the Cactus Blossoms. Additional acts may be added, too. The $30 tickets went on sale May 31.
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Tickets will be available via etix.com and by phone at 800-514-3849. The State Fair’s box office will also open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with regular hours starting June 2. The 2014 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 21 through Sept. 1. One more Grandstand show, on the Fair’s opening night, will be announced soon.