Del tha Funkee Homosapien
I was hoping that with Rhino Records' release of Del tha Funkee Homosapien's "The Best of" collection, Del (a.k.a. Teren Delvon Jones) would be hitting the road again. Cousin of renowned gangster rapper Ice Cube, Del got his start with Ice Cube's backing band, da Lench Mob.
But besides the fact the two men are related to each other and they're both rappers, and they both dress a whole lot like each other, they don't really have that much in common.
For one thing, Del is funny, and not in that simplistic crotch-grabbing way that so many rappers (and rockers) are, rather, with a conservation of words that is rarely seen in the rap acts that content themselves with throwing in any words that rhyme just to keep the flow going. Every word in Del's music counts, to the point that the lyrics are just as good read from the paper as they are coming through the speakers.
Musically, Del was way ahead of the curve, throwing in groovy, jazzy riffs, and vocal snippets from old movies and TV shows in his tunes as far back as '93.
Sunday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m. The Quest, 110 N. 5th St. $13.50. 338-3383.
Thirty-five-year-old Piotr Anderszewski has been playing the piano since the age of 6 and has enjoyed an international career since 1991. He is widely recognized as one of the most compelling pianists of the times, he's played at most prominent European and American venues, including New York City's Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The Minnesota Orchestra will feature Anderszewski in "Mahler's Seventh," conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. The performance will also include Bartok's "Piano Concerto No. 3."
Minnesota Orchestra Associate Conductor Mischa Santora will direct a preconcert discussion about the performance. Discussions begin an hour before the music starts.
Thursday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, 8 p.m. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall $20-$78. 371-5656.
Rochelle Baltzer contributed the Anderszewski pick.