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August 23, 2004 // UPDATED 3:26 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

'It's OK, love'

My new office is finally wired for work, and, get this, my new telephone picks up Radio K as loudly as it does the voices of the people I'm trying to talk to.

As luck would have it, one of the first people I have to talk to on this horrible machine that is mysteriously linked to local college radio is none other than soulful songstress and international rising star Bebel Gilberto.

"Can you hear that music?" I ask her, trying not to scream into the receiver over some noisy female-fronted pop song.

"Music?" she says. "What music?"

I try to explain, but I can't tell if she understands or thinks I'm crazy.

"It's OK, love," she says in her sultry, gorgeously accented way. "I like to do long interviews myself, but maybe we can talk again sometime, no?"

The daughter of legendary Brazilian performer Jo-o Gilberto, who is credited as the founder of bossa nova, Bebel is recognized as an incredible performer in her own right. She is widely recognized for effortlessly, beautifully melding bossa nova with trip-hop and pop.

But that's not what she wants to me to tell you: "If you write down anything about me, please write down that I am a big, big fan of Prince," Bebel makes me promise.

"He influenced me a lot, his clothes, the way he makes the songs together musically and vocally. I was so excited to be coming to Minneapolis, because, Oh, my god! Prince was born there! That's so cool!"

Bebel says she dreams that some day the enigmatic Purple King will listen to her music. Considering that she's already played with the likes of David Byrne and both "O" and "Rolling Stone" laud her silky vocals, Prince is falling behind the curve if he hasn't tuned into her yet.

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m., Historic Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. S., $27. (651) 989-5151.

Dad and Iron Maiden

When I was 13, my dad managed to score my entire family backstage passes to see W.A.S.P. and Iron Maiden for their World Slavery Tour.

Dad worked for the company that provided the bands' power amps and speakers. He personally worked on their microphones, which looked like stacked silver skulls, a look that's been copied since by a zillion metal and punk bands.

The concert was a defining moment in my burgeoning adolescence. I was geekiest of the junior high geeks, but here I was, backstage at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, watching Iron Maiden's giant mummy being checked for last-minute glitches prior to being wheeled on stage. I was just a few scant feet, like, less than 10, from Blackie Lawless' sweat-covered body.

For the next week at school, I was the cool chick who had been backstage at W.A.S.P. . . . Dad says both concerts were completely lip-synched, but I don't remember that part at all.

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., The Quest, 110 N. 5th St., $16.50. 338-3383.

Free djTRIO concert

Don't forget to catch Christian Marclay (profiled in Skyway News earlier this month) and djTRIO. The ever-talented visual/audio artist is performing for free with two other New York turntablists -- for free!

Monday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Free.

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