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Sam Smith, Reba McEntire, and Rod Stewart come to Minnesota


An outdoor concert at Mystic Lake Amphitheater.
Mystic Amphitheater

photo By KT Tunstall-Darin Kamnetz

Reba McEntire


With more than 95 million records sold worldwide, Reba McEntire is known as “the Queen of Country,” and with her 16 number-one albums, it’s easy to hear why. Sit back at the Mystic Amphitheater in Prior Lake and listen to classics like “Fancy,” “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” and “Going Out Like That,” along with songs and covers from her first gospel album “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope,” which won a Grammy Award in 2018 for Best Roots Gospel Album. Tickets for the concert can be purchased here.

Rod Stewart (with Cyndi Lauper)


British pop singer and songwriter Rod Stewart seduced the ’70s with his bluesy, sensual take on rock. On Wednesday, he takes the stage at Xcel Energy Center with special guest and pop icon Cyndi Lauper. With more that 100 million records sold worldwide, Stewart is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. Enjoy classics like “Maggie May,” “Reason to Believe,” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” featuring DNCE, a funk-pop group fronted by Nick Jonas. Stewart will release a new studio album, “Blood Red Roses,” on September 28. Tickets for the concert can be purchased here.

Sam Smith


Pop and soul singer Sam Smith has graced the radio with his massive voice since 2014 with singles “Lay Me Down,” “I’m Not the Only One,” and “Stay with Me.” His debut album won him four of his six Grammy nominations. His sophomore album, “The Thrill of It All,” debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 and includes lead single “Too Good at Goodbyes.” Indie rocker Beth Ditto opens for Smith during the second leg of his tour, which begins at Xcel Energy Center. Tickets for the concert can be purchased here.

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