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Melissa Manchester at Dakota, November 26-27


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Pop music icon Melissa Manchester is in her fourth decade of working at the top of her field, and is still finding new ways to entertain people. After achieving great success as a pop singer in the late 1970s, Manchester has remained active in songwriting, film composing, and theater work. She has stayed so thoroughly relevant in the music world that she recently received The Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts, and still packs performing arts centers across the country for her performances.

Manchester grew up “in the system” in New York: her father was a bassoonist for the Metropolitan Opera, and saw fit to surround young Melissa with the classics. Upon graduating from the High School for the Performing Arts , she worked the Greenwich Village scene as a solo pianist/singer, where she was found by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow. She worked as a backup singer for both before embarking on a solo career.

A frequent visitor to the top of the Billboard charts in the mid-1970s (“Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “You Should Hear How She Talks About You”), Manchester was also active in the songwriting field (“Whenever I Call You Friend,” co-written with Kenny Loggins). She won a Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist, and had two movie themes nominated for Academy Awards in the same year (1980, “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise”).

Melissa Manchester’s latest recording, 2015’s You Gotta Love the Life, celebrates 40 years of making music. The album offers a variety of songs performed with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Keb’ Mo’, Dionne Warwick, Dave Koz, and Joe Sample, in one of his last recordings.

It is rare for someone so well versed in so many facets of the entertainment industry to grace the Dakota stage. This show will certainly be special.
Melissa Manchester at Dakota, November 26-27
Click here for tickets! Pop music icon Melissa Manchester is in her fourth decade of working at the top of her field, and is still finding new ways to entertain people. After achieving great success as a pop singer in the late 1970s, Manchester has remained active in songwriting, film composing,...

Melissa Manchester at Dakota, November 26-27


Click here for tickets!

Pop music icon Melissa Manchester is in her fourth decade of working at the top of her field, and is still finding new ways to entertain people. After achieving great success as a pop singer in the late 1970s, Manchester has remained active in songwriting, film composing, and theater work. She has stayed so thoroughly relevant in the music world that she recently received The Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts, and still packs performing arts centers across the country for her performances.

Manchester grew up “in the system” in New York: her father was a bassoonist for the Metropolitan Opera, and saw fit to surround young Melissa with the classics. Upon graduating from the High School for the Performing Arts , she worked the Greenwich Village scene as a solo pianist/singer, where she was found by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow. She worked as a backup singer for both before embarking on a solo career.

A frequent visitor to the top of the Billboard charts in the mid-1970s (“Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “You Should Hear How She Talks About You”), Manchester was also active in the songwriting field (“Whenever I Call You Friend,” co-written with Kenny Loggins). She won a Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist, and had two movie themes nominated for Academy Awards in the same year (1980, “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise”).

Melissa Manchester’s latest recording, 2015’s You Gotta Love the Life, celebrates 40 years of making music. The album offers a variety of songs performed with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Keb’ Mo’, Dionne Warwick, Dave Koz, and Joe Sample, in one of his last recordings.

It is rare for someone so well versed in so many facets of the entertainment industry to grace the Dakota stage. This show will certainly be special.
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Rock & Roll Christmas Show at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres November 30 - December 3 & December 6 - 10


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Get ready to crank your holiday spirit all the way up! Returning for the third time to our holiday series is this hugely popular rockin’ event. This production will surprise and thoroughly delight, and don’t be deceived; this isn’t a send-up to the '50s and '60s, but rather it’s a multi-media, musical extravaganza mixing rock hits of the '70s to today with hilarious stories and parodies favorite yuletide songs as you’ve never heard them before. Join an 8-piece all-star cast of musicians as they uniquely rock their way through Christmas classics in the most imaginative way possible delivering as much fun as Santa himself! For example, hear the blending of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” set to Peter Frampton’s “Show Me The Way!” Each song is funnier and yes, even more cleverly done than the one before it!
Matinees and earlier Sunday evening shows available!
Dinner is served two hours prior to show start-time.
Rock & Roll Christmas Show at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres November 30 - December 3 & December 6 - 10
Get your dinner and show tickets here! Get ready to crank your holiday spirit all the way up! Returning for the third time to our holiday series is this hugely popular rockin’ event. This production will surprise and thoroughly delight, and don’t be deceived; this isn’t a send-up...

Rock & Roll Christmas Show at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres November 30 - December 3 & December 6 - 10


Get your dinner and show tickets here!
Get ready to crank your holiday spirit all the way up! Returning for the third time to our holiday series is this hugely popular rockin’ event. This production will surprise and thoroughly delight, and don’t be deceived; this isn’t a send-up to the '50s and '60s, but rather it’s a multi-media, musical extravaganza mixing rock hits of the '70s to today with hilarious stories and parodies favorite yuletide songs as you’ve never heard them before. Join an 8-piece all-star cast of musicians as they uniquely rock their way through Christmas classics in the most imaginative way possible delivering as much fun as Santa himself! For example, hear the blending of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” set to Peter Frampton’s “Show Me The Way!” Each song is funnier and yes, even more cleverly done than the one before it!
Matinees and earlier Sunday evening shows available!
Dinner is served two hours prior to show start-time.
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Downtown White Bear Lake, Winter Fest, December


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Calling all kids...the big man is coming!  Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2

Photos with Santa

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides 






Downtown White Bear Lake, Winter Fest, December
Click here for all Downtown White Bear Lake events Calling all kids...the big man is coming!  Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2 Photos with Santa Horse Drawn Trolley Rides 

Downtown White Bear Lake, Winter Fest, December


Click here for all Downtown White Bear Lake events

Calling all kids...the big man is coming!  Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2

Photos with Santa

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides 






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MSRA Back to the 50’s June 22-24,2018


BACK TO THE 50’s was voted the #1 “BEST CAR SHOW” in 2016 AND 2017!
in the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest!

MSRA “BACK TO THE 50’s”



MSRA Back to the 50’s June 22-24,2018
BACK TO THE 50’s was voted the #1 “BEST CAR SHOW” in 2016 AND 2017! in the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest! MSRA “BACK TO THE 50’s”

MSRA Back to the 50’s June 22-24,2018


BACK TO THE 50’s was voted the #1 “BEST CAR SHOW” in 2016 AND 2017!
in the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest!

MSRA “BACK TO THE 50’s”



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Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in the Twin Cities


Holiday dinner volunteering is an experience you'll both cherish.

LBFE now has volunteer opportunities available for Christmas Eve Day dinner with our elder friends. Roles include kitchen assistance, dining room set-up, serving, elder escort and driving, meal delivery, greeting and more. But hurry -- openings are first-come, first-serve!  Thanksgiving dinner positions have been filled!

SIGN UP FOR CHRISTMAS EVE DAY NOW

LEARN ABOUT OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life. 






 
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in the Twin Cities
Holiday dinner volunteering is an experience you'll both cherish. LBFE now has volunteer opportunities available for Christmas Eve Day dinner with our elder friends. Roles include kitchen assistance, dining room set-up, serving, elder escort and driving, meal delivery, greeting and more. But...

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in the Twin Cities


Holiday dinner volunteering is an experience you'll both cherish.

LBFE now has volunteer opportunities available for Christmas Eve Day dinner with our elder friends. Roles include kitchen assistance, dining room set-up, serving, elder escort and driving, meal delivery, greeting and more. But hurry -- openings are first-come, first-serve!  Thanksgiving dinner positions have been filled!

SIGN UP FOR CHRISTMAS EVE DAY NOW

LEARN ABOUT OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life. 






 
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Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund


The mission of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund is to support the cancer community in Minnesota by funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the cancer community’s needs.

Click here to learn more or donate!
Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund
The mission of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund is to support the cancer community in Minnesota by funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the cancer community’s needs. Click here to learn more or donate!

Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund


The mission of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund is to support the cancer community in Minnesota by funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the cancer community’s needs.

Click here to learn more or donate!
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Tower of Power at Dakota, November 20-22


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Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of “Urban Soul Music” to audiences around the world. The band’s horn driven sound is unclassifiably cool, and they feature one of the funkiest rhythm sections alive. Amazingly, 5 of the ten current members of the band are founding members, something unheard of from most 40 year old bands.

Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60’s. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the “San Francisco Sound.” Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power’s big break was just around the corner.

After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower was signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and their first album, “East Bay Grease,” was recorded. All of the compositions were original tunes written by Castillo and Kupka. Their next album, “Bump City,” was recorded on the Warner Brothers label, and this led to a string of hits and memorable albums that include many of the songs that TOP fans come out in force to hear, even to this day. Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA.

Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Tower is truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of TOP.

Tower celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008 at a very special reunion show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. In addition to the ten current members of the band, another 20 musicians and vocalists that at one time held a position with the band appeared with them. The show was filmed and is available on DVD. Of the ten current members, Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Stephen Kupka, and David Garibaldi are four of the band’s founding members. Their dedication to the music, their creative writing, and their original vision still guides Tower of Power.

Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include their 40th Anniversary Concert Blu Ray recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and “Hipper Than Hip” a remstered gem that was tucked away in the Warner Brothers vault since 1974. Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages. We hope you enjoy this website, which will be growing and evolving continually to include more band history, information on alumni members, and regular updates on Tower of Power.
Tower of Power at Dakota, November 20-22
Click here for tickets! Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of “Urban Soul Music” to audiences around the world. The band’s horn driven sound is unclassifiably cool, and they feature one of the funkiest rhythm sections alive. Amazingly, 5 of the ten curr...

Tower of Power at Dakota, November 20-22


Click here for tickets!

Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of “Urban Soul Music” to audiences around the world. The band’s horn driven sound is unclassifiably cool, and they feature one of the funkiest rhythm sections alive. Amazingly, 5 of the ten current members of the band are founding members, something unheard of from most 40 year old bands.

Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60’s. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the “San Francisco Sound.” Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power’s big break was just around the corner.

After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower was signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and their first album, “East Bay Grease,” was recorded. All of the compositions were original tunes written by Castillo and Kupka. Their next album, “Bump City,” was recorded on the Warner Brothers label, and this led to a string of hits and memorable albums that include many of the songs that TOP fans come out in force to hear, even to this day. Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA.

Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Tower is truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of TOP.

Tower celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008 at a very special reunion show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. In addition to the ten current members of the band, another 20 musicians and vocalists that at one time held a position with the band appeared with them. The show was filmed and is available on DVD. Of the ten current members, Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Stephen Kupka, and David Garibaldi are four of the band’s founding members. Their dedication to the music, their creative writing, and their original vision still guides Tower of Power.

Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include their 40th Anniversary Concert Blu Ray recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and “Hipper Than Hip” a remstered gem that was tucked away in the Warner Brothers vault since 1974. Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages. We hope you enjoy this website, which will be growing and evolving continually to include more band history, information on alumni members, and regular updates on Tower of Power.