Jackie Renzetti


Bygone days with Cadillac Kolstad

As a young boy, Cadillac Kolstad’s father snuck him into bars on the West Bank of Minneapolis to give him his first exposure to live music.    Now an established musician, Kolstad brings his

Culture Compass: Psych rock, family strife and mountains

Friday: Temples The British rock group will be bringing their psychedelic tunes to the Mainroom during their U.S. tour, which ends at Bonnaroo. They released the album, “Sun Structures,” in 2014 and have done scads of touring since then. Just a little over a year ago, they stopped by Minnesota for a show at the Turf Club, which had to be moved to the Mainroom. This time around, they are joined by Fever the Ghost, Chatham Rise and DJ Jake Rudh.

The Last Revel to Play Cedar Cultural Center

As a college freshman in 2007, Lee Henke tracked down the music resonating through his dorm’s hall and found guitarist Ryan Acker, his future bandmate.     The two have been playing music together ever since and started the Last Revel with Vincenzio Donatelle in 2011.

Gear Daddies return to Mainroom

The Gear Daddies seized the hearts of Minnesotans in the 1980s.    The Austin-based country-rock band, which features Randy Broughten, Nick Ciola, Billy Dankert and Martin Zellar, parted ways in 1992 but reunited for a couple of shows in the late ’90s.

Tender Meat to play 7th Street Entry

When Andy Fritz isn’t laboring away in the library for his computer engineering degree at the University of Minnesota, he plays in the electronic duo Tender Meat with Jon Coe.    Fritz and Coe started the band during their senior year of high school at

A cardboard galaxy

Bent over a paint-splattered table, Justin Spooner and Peter Lincoln Rusk weighed whether to paint a space diamond or a DNA helix on their cardboard space computer.   

Web of Sunsets to play First Ave

Whether it’s helping each other with parallel parking or taking turns fronting the band, Minneapolis band Web of Sunsets maintains a team player attitude.    Sara Bischoff, Chris Rose and Sarah Nienaber started the band in 2012.

Pageantry with a purpose

Around the clock, Jordan Crosser is making people feel amazing. Whether it be with a crown on their head or simple compliment, the University of Minnesota student is giving back. Of her many jobs, she directs Minnesota’s Miss Amazing pageant, which celebrates the abilities of girls with special needs and awards people based on self-improvement. This month, Crosser will be awarded the University’s President’s Student Leadership and Service Award after gaining a thick portfolio of service work.

Two-named troubadour

  Whether he’s hand-drawing posters for gigs or cutting hair for his day job, Jake Tousignant is working toward a career as a musician. The country-folk singer-songwriter moved to Minneapolis from his hometown of Iron Mountain, Mich., in February 2015. After parking cars as a valet, he began working at Sudz Salon in April. Aside from his day job, Tousignant performs music as Jake Allan.

From concrete to tiny park

Soon, the concrete in front of Weisman Art Museum will be transformed into a grassy oasis.    Starting