Melissa Etheridge has sold 25 million albums worldwide to a fan base that continues to grow with each new release. Her newest, "Lucky," is one more example of how this singer just keeps getting better, combining the bawdy rocker that Etheridge was with the more mature romantic soul-searcher that she's become.
Recently, one of her fans bid nearly $12,000 at a recent charity auction for the chance to sit and eat lunch with her. No word on what the two of them had to eat, but I'm betting it wasn't something out of the soup and salad bar.
Friday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Historic Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave. S. $43-$78. 339-7007.
Rock for a good cause
Here's a cause that's both close to home and easy enough for even me to understand. First Avenue is holding a benefit to take some of the financial strain off local record label owner Brett Johnson of Blue Worm Records.
Johnson was diagnosed with Stage III Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma a couple years ago. And although he's apparently recovering as well as one can expect, he's dealing with some hefty medical bills -- which is where this benefit comes in.
Local luminaries joining in to fill the bill of this cancer-debt benefit include beloved peppy punkers Dillinger Four, the Dames and Devilinside.
Saturday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 338-8388.