Jon Bream | Star Tribune
Reporter | Pop Music

Since he began covering popular music for the Star Tribune in 1974, Jon Bream has attended more than 7,000 concerts and interviewed the King of Pop, the Queen of Soul and Prince as well as Bob Dylan, U2, three Beatles, four Rolling Stones and all of Maroon 5. He has performed with Alice Cooper, jogged with Willie Nelson and received Taylor Swift's calls from three different cell numbers. He has written books on Prince, Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan. But Jon has yet to satisfy a request of many Star Tribune readers: that he take a music-appreciation class.


10 reasons you should see Bob Dylan in St. Paul

Bob Dylan doesn't sound like Bob Dylan anymore. But here's why you should go to his concert anyway.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Paul Weller, Zombie Pub Crawl, Imagine Dragons, the War on Drugs

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.


A critic remembers 'reluctant rock star' Tom Petty

Petty was a terrific songwriter, superb bandleader and serious appreciator of music.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias, Rodriguez, Chris Stapleton

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.


The Mavericks celebrate 'Brand New Day' with Minneapolis concert

America's greatest dance band is in town to tout a new album and a PBS documentary on Cuba.


R&B-pop sensation the Weeknd underwhelms in front of 14,000 fans at Xcel

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Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Weeknd, Jimmy Webb, Glass Animals, Black Sabbath tributes

Also spotlights on Wynton Marsalis, Black Uhuru, SurlyFest, Joseph, Lavender Country, Dale Watson and more.


New Standards, Nellie McKay stage musical tribute to 'strange life' of Peggy Lee

Four singers and the New Standards will salute her with a musical biography at the Guthrie.


Prince's personal photographer releases new book of rare images

Steve Parke shares photos and stories of his 14 years working with the Purple One.


U2 inspires nostalgia and excitement at the same time

Review: Although the concert contained goosebump moments, it still wasn't as grand as the band's truly great 2011 performance.