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Sunday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m.
The Weepies

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Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years.

In 2014, Deb beat cancer, and The Weepies recorded the best album of their career. Coming back from the edge sharpened their skills and focus. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers. The couple was unable to travel while Deb was in treatment, so they worked at home, inviting guest musicians to record remotely wherever each musician happened to be, resulting in an unlikely superstar backing band. Players from across the spectrum jumped in, including: Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello), Gerry Leonard (David Bowie), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Oliver Kraus (Sia) and Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), as well as veteran Weepies compatriots Frank Lenz, Eli Thomson, Jon Flaugher, Meg Toohey, and Whynot Jansveld, plus a horn section from New Orleans. Nettwerk will release SIRENS on April 28, 2015.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $32.50 and $28.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Saturday, June 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Cary Elwes
New York Times bestselling author and actor Cary Elwes (“Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, “Twister”, “Bram Stroker's Dracula”, “Saw”) is best known for his role as 'Westley' in one of Hollywood's most popular and successful films to cross generations, “The Princess Bride”, dubbed "one of the greatest love stories ever old," and ranked by the Writer's Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays ever produced. Elwes brings this classic, timeless fairy tale to life again for the first time in his New York Times bestselling memoir “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride” from Simon & Schuster. Up next, Elwes can be seen in films “Sugar Mountain” with Jason Momoa and “The Greens are Gone” with Catherine Keener. In his free time, Elwes devotes his philanthropic efforts to Mercy Corps.

Kat Edmonson’s critically acclaimed album, “The Big Picture”, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart, and #2 on the Total Jazz Chart. NPR’s First Listen says “she’s a savvy student of 60’s film soundtracks, jazz-pop stylists and Brill Building songcraft.” “The Big Picture” is Edmonson’s label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney). This album follows her 2012 release, “Way Down Low”, which The New York Times hailed as “fresh as a spring bouquet” and The Boston Globe called “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and was featured on several major year-end “Best of 2012” lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances” and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.” Texas native Edmonson grew up in Houston and sang in the local club scene in Austin for several years before self-releasing “Take To The Sky” in 2009.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45.00 for reserved seating and $29.00 for general admission. Members of the Wits Social Club receive a 10% discount. Save $5.00 per ticket when you buy a season package. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Monday, July 13th at 8:30pm
Morrissey

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Morrissey’s solo career began in 1988, after the dissolution of The Smiths, with the release of Viva Hate. His influence on music and culture has continued to grow through the release of 10 globally acclaimed studio albums – including the recent release World Peace is None of Your Business – plus an array of singles, rarities collections and live recordings. He is renowned as one of the world’s most legendary and influential performing artists of all time. The Independent famously wrote that "most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime" and Pitchfork regards him as "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture.”

Joining Morrissey on tour will be his longtime band, including Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Mando Lopez (bass), Matthew Walker (drums) and Gustavo Manzur (keyboards).

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $85.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, July 18th at 8:00pm
Paula Poundstone

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Thirty-two years ago, Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country – stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less elegantly: “I peed my pants.”

While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, the thing that separates her from the pack of comics working today, and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike, is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd. Poundstone says: “No two shows I do are the same. It's not that I don't repeat material. I do. My shows, when they're good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party: when you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves. Then, someone says, “Tell that story you used to tell,” and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $33.50 and $30.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Monday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Zoltan Maga
Zoltan Maga: From Budapest with Love


Live in concert, enjoy the flair and passion of Zoltán Mága, Hungary's foremost violin virtuoso! Experience fiery music and Hungarian folk dance brought to life by a cast of hand-picked singers, costumed ballroom dancers and chamber orchestra. From heart-warming ballads, beautiful waltzes and beloved arias to the furious speeds of Zoltán's Gypsy band, let these performers dazzle you with their masterful virtuosity. If you loved his PBS TV special, Zoltán Mága: From Budapest with Love, then you'll love the charm of this vibrant live concert celebrating the infectious energy of Hungary's music and dance!

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $68.00, $53.00, and $33.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio receive a discount of $3.00. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Monday, November 2nd at 8:00pm
Milk Carton Kids

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Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have announced the release of their third album, Monterey, out on May 19th. A refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called “folk revival,” an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids and their new album. The two years since the release of their last album, The Ash & Clay, have been significant ones for the group. In addition to a Grammy-Award nomination for Best Folk Album, The Milk Carton Kids won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014. Their featured performances and interviews in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers’ concert documentary, “Another Day/Another Time,” brought the band its widest audience and their 55-city North American tour last year sold out months in advance. Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo’s importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them. Yet while some of the band’s many accolades reference a specific genre, the duo quickly transcends those tags with clear inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern “alternative.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 1st at noon through the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office. Tickets are $33.50 and $30.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Tickets for all Fitzgerald Theater events are available to the general public in person at The Fitzgerald Theater box office. Minnesota Public Radio members may also purchase tickets for selected events by calling 651-290-1200 during our regular business hours (Tuesday through Friday, noon - 5:00 p.m.). Phone orders are subject to a processing fee.

Tickets are also available through the eTix at 1-800-514-3849 or online at www.etix.com. eTix phone hours are: Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket to enter a performance. Out of respect to all patrons and broadcasts being recorded, children under 4 will not be admitted to performances that are not designed for children. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

The Fitzgerald Theater is entirely smoke free. There are no designated smoking areas in the theater or within 10 feet of the theater entrance. This ban includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.

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