These days will return, in the meantime, warm up with hot music.
I’m currently on vacation in a warmer clime. Hence the shortened preview this week. However, if I were here, I’d certainly be attending a number of these events, as they will warm your hearts and spirits. So, stay warm. Thanks for your support.
Thursday, January 30 Adam Levy’s Rose Room @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) Guitarist Levy has been branching out from his rock roots of late, and this project is intriguing. He and his bandmates, including Ashleigh Still on vocals, are playing golden age jazz from the 20th Century including swinging versions of the Great American Song book, bossa novas, and even a bit of Western Swing.
Friday, January 31 Irv Williams and Peter Schimke @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 4:30 – 6pm. You can’t find better happy hour music in the country than that supplied by Irv Williams on sax and Peter Schimke on piano.
Friday, Saturday, January 31, February 1
Keys Please @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) This is an annual celebration of the piano, featuring Carie Thomas, Todd Harper, and Paul Cantrell as they play music from diverse genres. tonight they’ll be joined by flautist Julie Johnson, another musician who eschews labels to forge a sound that uses classical, folk, pop, and jazz influences.
Saturday, February 1 Benny Weinbeck Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm. Weinbeck on piano, Gordy Johnson on bass, and Phil Hey on drums doing much much more than providing ambience for this lounge. Their playing is superb, as you will find out if you attend.
Sunday, February 2 Ahmed & the Creators @ Tryggs, Minneapolis. 10am. The Creators perform as either a trio or sextet. I suspect the trio, including Jimmy Wallace on sax, will be playing classic jazz, and hard bop, while you build your own bloody marys.
Harriet Brewing 3rd Anniversary Show @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) Their annual celebration has outgrown the Tap Room and surrounding environs, so Harriet Brewing is bring music (and their beers) to the Cedar. The night will feature roots/bluegrass music from the likes of Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades, Sans Souci Quartet, Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins, and I Like You.
Willie Murphy @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($5?) Willie is bringing the Angel Headed Hipters back to the Eagles Club for another night of dancing.
U.K. Tribute Night @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) For the Brit-philes among you, as well as anybody else interested in fun music, here’s a night of British music from a number of decades as practiced by Rude Girl (Female Clash band); Kinda Kinky (Kinks); and Blue Mondays (New Order tribute).
SovCzech @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Modern interpretations of Czech and Slovakian music from a six piece band. Here’s a link to a video that will show what they do.
Saturday, February 1 Maurice Jacox Band @ Holihans, White Bear Lake. 8pm (No Cover) Maurice is working in many different bands these days, from the Twin Cities Funk & Soul Revue to Nachito Herrera, The Butanes Soul Revue, and an appearance with the New Standards. Here he has his own group, and will no doubt be mining his funk and R&B roots for the small, yet fun confines of Holihans.
For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the Minnesota Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.