Coffee Break: FAIR!

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Yesterday kicked off the first day of the Minnesota State Fair and the morning crew is prepping for an afternoon broadcast tomorrow with special guests, food tastings, contests, ticket giveaways and a special performance by local band Fraea. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that reference things you might find at the fair?

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday Shirley Manson

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Frankie Valli had a No. 1 hit with 'Grease'; Ottawa declared it 'Paul Anka Day'; Sonny Bono entered politics officially; Blur had their first U.K. No. 1 single; Seal scored a great hit with the help of Batman; and Shirley Manson was born, Today in Music History.

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Paisley Park to open for public tours, starting Oct. 6

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The Bremer Trust, which is managing Prince’s affairs as the late music icon’s estate makes its way through probate court, has announced that it’s partnering with Prince’s family and with the City of Chanhassen to open Paisley Park for public tours. The tours are expected to begin on Oct. 6, with $38.50 as the standard…

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Vote: The Current's Local Music Exchange

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The Current wants to share great Minnesota music with the world, so we've partnered up with Manitoba Music - Winnipeg to swap two bands from each city for the ultimate Local Music Exchange.

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John Gorka talks about 'Before Beginning'

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John Gorka's career-catapulting album, 'I Know,' was released in 1987, but he had actually recorded an earlier version in 1985, which Gorka didn't feel was quite right. Fast-forward to 2016, and Gorka has a different opinion about that earlier session; the older recording has now been released as 'Before Beginning - the Unreleased I Know'. Gorka stopped in to Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about the two albums and to compare versions of a few tunes.

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Music News: Lemmy statue unveiled in L.A.

A statue depicting the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead has been unveiled at Kilmister’s favorite bar: the Rainbow, in West Hollywood. Kilmister’s longtime girlfriend Cheryl Keuleman and Motörhead manager Todd Singerman were among those present for the Wednesday unveiling of the statue by artist Travis Moore. (OC Weekly) A life-sized Lemmy Kilmister statue created by Travis Moore unveiled last night at…

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The joys of Prince – on cassette

“Did you get the tape I sent you? I thought it was better in a song…” – Prince, “One of Your Tears” Almost four months later, and Prince’s passing still doesn’t feel real. We all know he’s gone, and how suddenly it all happened. The star that is coated in gold at First Avenue still…

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Concert to benefit ailing Minnesota music legend Lonnie Knight

This Sunday, the Twin Cities community is gathering to support a Minnesota music legend’s fight against cancer. A concert fundraiser is being held at the Minnesota Music Cafe to support Lonnie Knight’s battle with cancer and to celebrate the talented guitarist. Lonnie Knight first began playing the guitar when he was only 12 years old.…

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Music News: Lizzo to co-host MTV Video Music Awards pre-show

MTV has announced that Lizzo will be one of three co-hosts of the Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday night — along with radio host Charlamagne Tha God and Snapchat celebrity DJ Khaled. (Billboard) SO excited to announce that I'm hosting the @MTV #VMAs2016 pre-show w/ @djkhaled & @cthagod! Mpls tune in! #LizzoVMA — |L I Z…

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Minnesota State Fair

Bill DeVille's 2016 State Fair Music Preview

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The Current's Bill DeVille is a big fan of the Minnesota State Fair, particularly the live music available on the various stages throughout the fairgrounds. Bill recently had a look at the daily rundown of acts around the State Fair, and he's picked some artists you may want to check out during your visit to this year's Fair.

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Music News: Minnesota State Fair declares Prince tribute day

The Minnesota State Fair has announced that Friday, Aug. 26 will be a “Unite in Purple” day paying tribute to Prince. After 5 p.m., stages throughout the fairgrounds will feature Prince tributes, DJ Dudley D will spin tracks for a Prince party in Carousel Park, State Fair landmarks will be lit purple, and a Prince laser show…

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SPAM sushi, and more new foods at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

At The Current, when we talk about “The List,” we mean one of two things: (1) the list of special vinyl releases for Record Store Day, or (2) the list of new foods at the Minnesota State Fair. The latter List is here: a complete rundown of all the new delicacies we’ll be able to…

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The Current Studio Sessions

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Kyle Craft performs in The Current studio

Born and raised in Shreveport, La., singer-songwriter Kyle Craft now lives in Portland, Ore., where his music career began in earnest. 'A lot of things had ended, and I guess I needed a new start,' he says of his move to Portland. That new start resulted in Craft's debut album, 'Dolls of Highland,' and a subsequent tour that brings him to the Turf Club as well as to the studio at The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake.

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Coffee Break: The Great Outdoors

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August 25 is National Park Service Day, and it's a special one this year as it's the 100th anniversary of the service. To celebrate 100 years of national parks, what songs do you want to hear that reference anything that you might find in the great outdoors for today's 9:30 Coffee Break?

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Jeff Tweedy

Former babysitter Little Eva went to No. 1 with 'The Loco-motion'; Bobbie Gentry had a hit with 'Ode to Billy Joe'; Elton John played his first gig in the U.S.; the Knack had their one and only hit; Paul Simon released 'Graceland'; and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was born in Belleville, Ill., Today in Music History.

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