OK, you know you've made it when even the Pope likes you. Not only has 21-year-old Josh Groban performed for thousands of fans around the world in regular concert settings, he's also performed for the Nobel Peace Prize committee at the 2002 awards ceremony and at the Vatican (where JP II lives, in case you've forgotten).
The dreamy crooner's had so much music featured in films and TV at this point that even if you've never bought one of his records or downloaded him onto your iPod (which is the word of the day, by the way), if you watch anything on TV besides the Weather Channel, you've probably heard him.
W, Feb 23, 8 p.m. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. $36-75-$66.75 673-0900, www.targetcenter.com
Good time out
What a great week for jazz! On top of the Metheny show, the amazingly entertaining and charismatic pianist Bill Charlap will be coming through town for a series of four performances. Drawing heavily on the groundwork laid out by such composers as Leonard Bernstein - Charlap recently released "Somewhere: Songs of Leonard Bernstein" - and Charles Strouse, Charlap's work is heavy on the side of melody, and it's romantic, evocative and catchy as all get-out. Along with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums (the Washingtons are unrelated), the Bill Charlap Trio is one act you do not want to miss.
Su-M, Feb 27-28, 7 & 9 p.m. Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall $25-$30, 332-1010, www.dakotacooks.com