Faces & names: Franklin, Brother Ali join State Fair Grandstand lineup
Living legend Aretha Franklin and a multi-artist bill of Minnesotan acts led by rapper Brother Ali are the latest two shows announced for the Minnesota State Fair’s Grandstand.
The 72-year-old Queen of Soul released her first record in 1956, at the age of 14, and went to sing some of the most memorable R&B hits of the last century, including “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” and “Think.” While she self-released her most recent record, 2011’s “A Woman Falling Out of Love,” Franklin has plans to record a new album for RCA Records. Tickets for her Aug. 22 Grandstand gig are $45 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Motown legends the Four Tops (“Baby I Need Your Loving,” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There”) will open for Franklin.
Brother Ali heads up 89.3 The Current’s annual “MN Music On-a-Stick” concert Aug. 30. He’ll be joined by hip-hop collective Doomtree, former Husker Du mainman Bob Mould, eco-rockers Cloud Cult, R&B crooner Har Mar Superstar and rootsy favorites the Cactus Blossoms. Additional acts may be added, too. The $30 tickets go on sale at noon Saturday.
Tickets will be available via etix.com and by phone at (800) 514-3849.