This week in music: Steve Martin & Edie Brickell to play Minneapolis


Comedian and banjo player Steve Martin brings his talents to Minneapolis Monday night, along with the bluegrass group the Steep Canyon Rangers and singer Edie Brickell.

Fans of both of Martin's talents should get what they want out of the Orpheum Theatre show, which is billed as "An Evening of Music and Comedy."

Martin and company earned high marks during a stop in Pittsburgh earlier this month from Post-Gazette music critic Rosa Colucci, who called the show "a night of great music, fine storytelling, singing and a healthy dose of comedy for comedy for good measure."

In another show earlier this month in State College, Pa., Centre Daily music critic Jonathan F. McVerry lauded Martin for his "hilarious zingers between songs, poking fun at his music, his band and himself."

That wasn't to say Martin wasn't impressive, musically, though.

"Dressed in his trademark white suit, Martin channeled both his impeccable comedic timing and musical mastery alongside the Steep Canyon Rangers."

Both Martin and Brickell talked with the Star Tribune's Jon Bream in a preview of the Orpheum Theatre show.

See a lyric video of "She Had a Child" from Martin and Brickell below.

Also coming in concert to Minnesota this week ...

"The LP Music Tour" hits Target Field in Minneapolis Friday, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Matthew Sweet, the Gear Daddies out of Austin, Minn., and Minneapolis-based rockers Soul Asylum, while Grammy Award-winning vocalist B.J. Thomas plays the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis Saturday.

It's also a busy week for the "Music in the Zoo" series at the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Chris Isaak plays Monday, while Dave Koz & Friends take stage Friday. Legendary Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson plays Sunday, along with former bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks.

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