This week in music: Sheryl Crow at Glamorama, Lt. Dan Band benefit, more

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Sheryl Crow plays Minnesota this week for the third time since May (and she's coming back again in August for the Minnesota State Fair), and despite what you might be speculating, Crow doesn't have a time-share or boyfriend in the Twin Cities.

That's what the rocker-turned-country artist told the Star Tribune's Jon Bream Saturday in a quick call ahead of Macy's Glamorama: Fashion in a New Light gig, set for Friday (along with Cirque du Soleil) at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.

“Chicago and Minneapolis are two of my favorite cities,” Crow explained to Bream of her frequent visits here. She did, however, date Minnesota filmmaker Joe Blake in the mid-1990s. Crow is also planning to play Glamorama in Chicago, too.

Crow impressed music critic Tricia Woolfenden of M Live during the musician's June tour stop in Grand Rapids, Mich., saying she played all her hits ("All I Wanna Do," "Soak Up the Sun," "If It Makes You Happy"), along with a mix of songs from her country album that's due in September.

"Because she's a consummate professional and a gracious performer, these well-worn hits are fun and they get the audience moving," Woolfenden wrote. "But Crow seemed most energized and on fire when tearing into the new track from her forthcoming country album, 'Feels Like Home.'"

She also displayed the rock and country mix at her Mystic Lake Casino show in Prior Lake at the beginning of the month, and Bream noted in his Star Tribune review that there are signs that she is ready to go the country route, and signs that she is not.

Also coming in concert to Minnesota this week:

ABBA: The Concert plays the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis Saturday. The tribute show is a live, two-hour musical extravaganza celebrating the legendary Swedish pop band.

The Minnesota Zoo's "Music in the Zoo" concert series continues this week at the Weesner Family Amphitheatre in Apple Valley, featuring John Hiatt and the Combo & Steve Earle Thursday, and the John Butler Trio on Sunday.

The Lt. Dan Band, headed by actor and musician Gary Sinise, plays the Pantages Theatre Sunday. The show is a benefit for retired Marine Cpl. Mark Litynski, a Minnesota soldier who lost both of his legs and most of his left arm in an IED blast in Afghanistan on Nov. 19, 2010. The show is helping to raise funds for a "Smart House" for Litynski.

The homes are also built through the efforts of the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation -- which raises funds to build specially designed homes for our nation’s veterans.

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