Summer Songs: 8.8 – 8.14

August 8, 2018

When you play blues in the Sahara Desert

This week’s music highlights include visiting artists from Italy, NYC, Memphis and Mali, as well as some relatively rare performances by some resident artists, and a couple of tributes. We are lucky to live in an area with so many talented artists. Music lifts the Spirit!

Jazz
Wednesday, August 8

World Jazz Collegium @ Minnehaha Falls Park, Minneapolis. 7pm – 8:30pm (Free) Here’s a group that doesn’t play in the Twin Cities very often, so it’s a treat to be able to hear their blend of various world musics and jazz, especially in such a nice outdoor setting. Members are: Pavel Jany, guitar; John Croarkin, sax & flute; Dan Weston, bass; and Beth Varela, drums.

Days of Wine & Roses @ Crooners’ Dunmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15 – $20) Jennifer Eckes & Arne Fogel tackle Broadway, Hollywood, and Pop Music of the 60s, from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Barbara Streisand, with musical direction by Rick Carlson.

Wednesday, Thursday, August 8,9

Victor Wooten Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40) 9:30pm ($25, $30, $35) Bassist Wooten is a five-time Grammy winner, known for his solo work and as a member of Bela Fleck &the Flecktones. He’ll be joined by Bob Franceschini, sax; and David Chambers, drums.

Thursday, August 9

SongSister Sampler @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5w/valid Student ID) Dorothy During, Connie Dussl, & Vicky Mountain will be performing their best songs from three different shows of theirs: “Gettin’ Sentimental,” ” Girl Groups to Golden Ladies,” and their “Holiday Show.” They’ll be recording and videotaping the show, and will be accompanied by pianist Jennifer Parker, who may join them on some numbers.

Friday, August 10

Jana Nyberg 5 @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Ms Nyberg, a fine flautist and singer, will be accompanied by Adam Meckler, trumpet; Sean Turner, piano; Kenny Watson Jr, bass; and Kevin Washington, drums. Here she is with a different configuration.

Omar Abdulkarim Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10) Here’a a line-up of great talents: Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Peter Schimke, piano; Anthony Cox, bass; and Rodney Ruckus, drums.

Friday, Saturday, August 10, 11

Bobby Lyle’s Summer Jam @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Keyboard player Lyle is a native Minneapolitan, returning home once again after previously successful gigs at Crooners, though this time he’ll be in the big room. The award-winning, platinum-selling artist will be accompanied by Danny Kusz, sax; Billy Peterson, bass; and Lyle’s fellow Houstonian, Patrick Williams on drums.

Saturday, August 11

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. (Tip Jar) JazzINK Youth showcase at 7pm: The August McKinney Octet: McKinney, piano; Carter Pearson, drums; Rodney ruckus, bass; Jackson Wheeler, guitar; Eli Zukor-Zimmerman, tenor; Sophia Kickhofel, alto; Leighton Tuenge, trumpet; and Eric Thrane, trombone. Then it’s Central Standard Time at 8:30, with Special Guest Rodney Ruckus, drums, Will Kjeer, piano; Dave Brattain, saxes; Steve Kenny, trumpet; Graydon Peterson, bass.

Monday, August 13

Music of John Abercrombie @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/valid student ID) Will Schmid, guitar; Patrick Adkins, piano; Tyler Wagner, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums; pay tribute to the great guitarist.

Tuesday, August 14

Music of Lester Young @ Crooners’ Dunmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) Saxophonist Dave Karr and guitarist Sam Miltich, along with some of their friends, will explore the music of The Prez, whose work with Billie Holiday and the Count Basie Band resulted in his being called one of the most influential saxophonist of all time.

Chris Olsen @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7:30-9:30pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Olsen is the guy many guitar students take time to see and/or study with. He’s solo tonight.

For more listings, KBEM has a calendar of jazz and some roots music. Jazz Police features commentary, reviews, and previews jazz in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, August 8

Harrison Street on KFAI’s House Party and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI – 90.3FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Singer Erin McCawley has a strong, inviting voice that fits in well with the other members of Harrison Street: Tony Houle, guitar; Robb Stearns, bass; and Bill Whelan, drums. Tune into hear em’ and head to the 331 Club to see em’.

Hula Peppers @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Music from the 20s and 30s, along with some Hawaiian string band music, served up with a dash of humor and plenty of talent.

Thursday, August 9

Dany Franchi @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($5 Advance, $8 Door) This emerging blues guitarist from Italy has already been playing in major festivals around the world. His chart-climbing new release, Problem Child, was produced by Anson Funderburgh, with help from members of both Robert Cray’s and Jimmie Vaughn’s bands.

Friday, August 10

Fathom Lane, Interlake, and Maple & Beech @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10 Advance/$12 door) With three critically acclaimed albums to their credit, Fathom Lane, led by Michael Ferrier, has created a sound with touches of Gram Parson, the Velvet Underground and Tom Petty coursing through Ferrier’s songs. Members of Fathom Lane are: Ferrier, vocals, guitar, Rhodes, and percussion; Ashleigh Still, vocals and piano; Matt Patrick, electric guitar; Shane Akers, lap steel and dobro; Paul Boblett, bass; and Alex Young, drums and percussion. Opening acts are Interlake, which “takes its sound from the rush of NYC, the open roads of the Midwest, and the sunny coast of LA” and Maple & Beech, a 7-piece art-pop band.

Jaedyn James & The Hunger, w/Planet Pooky @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 9PM ($10) With a powerful voice, a take-no-prisoners attitude, and a tight, 8-piece band, Jaedyn James tears up a stage with contemporary R&B. Planet Pooky opens.

Saturday, August 11

Blues, Brew, & BBQs @ Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Plymouth. 3:30pm – 10pm ($12 Advance, $18 Door) Music starting at 4pm with the Mooseknuckle Brothers; Miss Myra & the Moonshiners; Harrison Street; and the Alex Rossi Band. FMI, go here.

Pacific Island Night @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm (Free) The evening starts with the music of the Lau Hawaiian Collective performing traditional music of Hawaii, then at 8:30, the animated new classic Moana will be screened.

Katy Vernon Band @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) The ukelelist/songwriter/singer is known as a “singer of sad songs on a happy instrument,” but after a couple of trips to England, where Vernon was born and grew up, a happier tone has crept into her music, tho she isn’t abandoning old fan favorites. She’ll be accompanied by her band: Clay Williams, guitar; Simon Husbands, keys; Reed Pagel, bass; and Chris McAtee, drums.

Sunday, August 12

William Bell @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 6pm ($45, $55, $60), 8:30pm ($35, $45, $50) Singer and songwriter Bell is an original soul man who wrote Born Under A Bad Sign for Albert King many years ago, as well as his own recordings of songs like You Don’t Miss Your Water, the top 20 Everybody Loves a WinnerI Forgot to Be Your Lover (later covered by Billy Idol), and the Christmastime favorite, Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday, among others. He won a 2017 Grammy for his fine album, This Is Where I Live.

Tuesday, August 14

Janiva Magness @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $30) Roots singer and songwriter Janiva Magness has released 14 albums since the early 90s, earning kudos as the BB King Entertainer of the Year, seven Blues Music Awards, and a 2017 Grammy nomination. She’s been lauded by Betty LaVette and Mavis Staples, as well as The Chicago Sun-Times, the Wall Street Journal, and a host of blues magazines.

Tinariwen w/Astralblak @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($35 Advance, $40 Door) While these desert blues artists were busy criss-crossing the globe to over 160 concerts in the past few years, the borders of Mali, where they grew up amongst goat herds and camels, was closed. As a result, Tinariwen’s latest album, Elwan, was recorded in California with a bit of help from some rockers while still retaining their signature sound. Afro-futurist/acid-jazz group Astrlblak opens.

For more blues (and some roots), the MN Blues Society has a comprehensive calendar. For all things Cajun and Zydeco, check out the calendar of the Krewe de Walleye


August Already: 8.1 – 8.7

August 1, 2018

The Harriet Band shell is always a sweet place for music.

As Captain Obvious would say, “It’s August!”  Don’t worry. We still have many outdoor music events taking place besides those I’ve listed for this week. We also have a CD release party, two visiting guitar masters, as well as two guitar masters from the area, Cajun music from Louisiana, an Early Music festival and a tent revival of sorts (in a jazz club) featuring gospel greats The Blind Boys of Alabama.  Music lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, August 1

Matt Trice/Steve Hirsh Duo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8;30pm ($10, $5w/validstudent ID) Drummer Steve Hirsh is a founder of the free-jazz group Le Voyage. Saxophonist Matt Trice was mentored by Pete Whitman and was a member of the last class to receive a B.M. in performance from McNally Smith before it closed. They’ll be joined by bassist Pat keen for the second set.

Judi Vinar & Rick Carlson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12) This show is titled The Great Melodies, and with Vinar on vocals and Carlson on piano, they should indeed be great.

Thursday, August 2

Will Kjeer Quintet @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) Kjeer, piano; Brandon Wozniak, tenor sax; Adam Meckler, trumpet; Graydon Peterson, bass; Miguel Hurtado, drums. Pianist Kjeer may still be studying in college, but he’s already talented enough to head up a group of veterans from the TC jazz scene. This is part of the All Originals JazzSeries, highlighting resident ensembles playing their own compositions.

Aerosol Pike @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9:30pm ($5) Free improvisation from a trio formed in late 2007 by Philip Mann and Ryan Reber, along with their longtime friend and collaborator, Rick Ness.

Friday, August 3

Hoaxer, Bruce Acosta Organ Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10) It’s an evening of young, emerging artists as two groups of college-age musicians take the stage. At 7pm it’s the Bruce Acosta Trio with: Acosta, guitar; Abeb Stafford, organ; and Ben Erlich, drums. At 8:30 – Hoaxer: Will Kjeer, piano; Peter Goggin, alto; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Edmund Catlin, drums.

Saturday, August 4

Maurice Jacox Trio @ The Normandy Kitchen, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) This classic cocktail lounge will reverberate with vocalist/saxophonist Jacox’s mix of Jazz, Blues, and R&B. He’ll be accompanied by Thomas West, piano; and Robb Stupka, drums.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (TipJar) At 7pm: Northing, with: Aaron Hedenstrom, alto; Mara Syman, alto; Nick Syman, trombone; Josh Becker, Bass Trombone; Pete James Johnson, drums. 8:30pm: The Zacc Harris Group: Harris, guitar; Bryan Nichols, piano; Chris bates, bass; Pete James Johnson, drums.

MN Hard Bop Collective @ Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) This time around, drummer Jesse Simon and his band take on the compositions of African American trumpeters. Besides Simon, the band includes: Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Jeff Rinnear, trombone; Jordan Anderson, piano; and Ted Olsen, bass.

Sunday, August 5

Sarah M. Greer CD Release Party @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm ($15) Ms Greer is releasing her debut CD, “What the Music Says, Do.” It reveals Greer as a singular talent at writing, singing, and arranging, as shown in songs whose subjects range from hope and inspiration to love and social consciousness. She’ll be joined by Anthony Cox, bass; Steven Hobert, piano; and Nathan J. Greer, drums; as well as guests Dean Magraw, guitar; and vocalists Jayanthi Kyle and Mankwe Ndosi of the Give Get Sistet, all of whom appear on the CD.

Monday, August 6

Brian Handeland @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/valid student ID) Brian Handeland plays sax, clarinet, and flute in bands that range from The JazzMN Orchestra and The Twin cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, to the Brass Barn Polka Band and Machinery Hill. Tonight he plays music of his own choosing, followed by the weekly Monday Night jam session.

Tuesday, August 7

Nels Cline 4 @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 7pm ($35 Table, $30 Bar), 9pm ($30 Table, $25 Bar) Guitar enthusiasts will be checking out Cline and band mate Julian Lage, with whom he recorded the two-guitar album Roomin 2014. The album was so well received that they put together this free-wheeling quartet with Scott Colley, bass; and Tom Rainey, drums. Rolling Stone listed Cline, who is also the leader of Wilco, as one of “100 Greatest Guitarists.”

For more listings, KBEM has a calendar of jazz and roots events, while the Jazz Police features commentary, reviews, and previews of jazz in the Twin cities and beyond.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, August 1

Lonesome Dan Case on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI -90.3FM), 7pm(3321 Club – Tip Jar) Guitarist/vocalist Dan Case heard artists like Reverend Gary Davis and Robert Johnson on the radio when he was a teenager, and the budding guitarist was hooked. Since then he’s immersed himself in country blues, to the point where his singing and playing sound as if he’s a blues troubadour of long ago.

Paul Thorn & Blind Boys of Alabama @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $52, $60), 9pm ($35, $42, $50) Paul Thorn, a singer/songwriter, raconteur, and the son of a Southern preacher-man, is touring in support of his old-school gospel recording, Don’t Let The Devil Ride. He describes its blend of soul, rock, & gospel as being “like taking a six-pack to church.” Besides his rock band, Paul will be accompanied by the Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama. No wonder he calls the show Mission Temple Fireworks Revival.

Thursday, August 2

The Best of Second City @ the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($30, $38) The long-running satirical comedy/sketch troupe that was a launching pad for the likes of Tina Fey, Steven Colbert, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more brings the best sketches from its history to the Cedar.

Jillian Rae, Brian Just @ Music in Mears, Mears Park, Saint Paul. 6:30pm (Free) Classically trained violinist Jillian Rae is the go-to musician for many bands looking to sweeten, or add some old-time flavor to their sounds. The vocalist/composer also leads her own quartet in an amalgam of pop/rock/roots. Brian Justopens, which is fitting, since Rae once played in his psych/pop quintet.

Friday, August 3

Rich Lewis Band @ Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free) Guitarist/singer Lewis was a founding member of the fabled Explodo Boysback in the 70s. Today he and his cohorts – the number of which vary from gig to gig – play originals, old-school R&B, and even some classic rock, though often in a more R&B-ish way.

Gina Forsyth & The Mid-City Aces @ Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20) Doors at 7pm, Dance Lesson at 7:15pm. This New Orleans trio performs the traditional Cajun music as found in Lafayette, LA. Members are: Cameron Dupuy, The Accordion king of New Orleans; his father Michael Dupuy, guitar; and Forsyth, fiddle& vocals.

Friday, Saturday, August 3,4

Shelby J @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $50, $60) You’ve likely seen Shelby J with Prince during his outstanding 2007 Super Bowl half-time show. Since then, she and her neo-soul band have toured with Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Santana, Larry Graham, and others.

Saturday, August 4

Twin Cities Early Music Festival Concerts @ Saint Paul Conservatory Music Concert Hall, 1524 Summit Ave, Saint Paul. 6:30pm,  8pm ($20 adult, $10 Student for 1 ticket, $35 Adult, $125 Student for 2 concert tickets) There will be two concerts tonight in the former church near Snelling Avenue. The first, at 6:30pm, features Dance Music of the French Courts, performed by the Twin Cities Early Music Collective, while the second, at 8pm features French Music from Medieval to Baroque, as performed by Ensemble Spezzatura. For more information, about these performances and others in this series, go to; https://www.tcearlymusic.org

Belfast Cowboys @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Free) A large rock band playing the music of Van Morrison and others, while sailboats glide by in the distance and planes fly overhead.

Sunday, August 5

Natania & Ticket to Brazil @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 5:30 – 7pm (Free) Hot Sambas, Cool Bossa Novas, Brazilian Jazz, and you, enjoying a picnic and a warm summer night.

Tuesday, August 7

Curt Obeda & Camille Baudoin @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Twin Cities bluesman Curt Obeda and New Orleans guitarist/singer Camille Baudoin (ex-Radiators) were friends long before Baudoin decided to move to Minnesota after the Radiators broke up. You can tell by their easy camaraderie and musical communication.

For more blues (and some roots), The MN Blues Society has a fairly comprehensive calendar. For all things Cajun and Zydeco, check out the calendar of the Krewe de Walleye.


Talent Abounds: 7.25 – 7.31

July 25, 2018

Alma Andina, appearing at the Cedar

This week’s music offerings once again include jazz from emerging talents on summer vacation from college, as well as some intriguing presentations from jazz veterans. We also have some visiting artists presenting world music, a couple of rockers, and two veteran soul men to touch our emotions and shake our hips. Music lifts the Spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, July 5

Will Kjeer Trio @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul 8pm ($6) Pianist Will Kjeer is making the most of his summer vacation, playing around town in various groups including Hoaxer, which he co-founded, and Group 47, as well as leading his own trio, as he does tonight, with Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Ben Erlich, drums.

Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson: Skyscaper Wits @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) The warm, intimate vocals of Ms Hixson  and the ever-tasteful piano stylings of Rick Carlson combine to bring us the wittiest writers of the Great American Songbook: Lorenz Hart; Dorothy Fields; Noel Coward; Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Cole Porter; and others. They’ve performed this program in London, Manhattan, and Portland, OR, and now we get to hear it.

Thursday, July 26

Fred Steele: Baritone 201@ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. &;30pm ($25, $30) Actor/singer/producer Fred Steele will give us a bit of baritone history by singing songs made famous by baritones from Broadway to Las Vegas, including material from Harry Belafonte, Harry Connick Jr, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, & others.

Chrisette Bany @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis.8pm ($10) Back when Crooners had open jam sessions, vocalist Bany’s appearance at the mic caused Larry Dunsmore, the late co-founder of the club to declare, “Discovering your talent is rather akin to seeing a new comet for the first time.”

Riverdog @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5-$10)  Leo Remke-Rochard, electronics; Jack Dzig, drums. Remke-Rochard  was surrounded by music growing up, especially free improvisation, so his appearance at this boundary bending venue seems only natural.

Friday, July 27

Django Festival All-Stars @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40), 9pm ($25, $30, $35) High energy “hot jazz” from some of Europe’s most talented oerformers of the genre, including guitarist/violinist Dorado Schmitt and his sons Samson and Amati.

Peter Goggin’s Glass Bead Games @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30 ($10) Here we have some college-age talented musicians playing with a resident master on the drums: Goggin, alto; Jordan Anderson, piano; Sam Worthington, bass; Phil Hey, drums

Saturday, July 28

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul, MN. (Tip Jar) Opening at 7pm: The Joan Hutton Trio with Matt Peterson on bass.  Hutton plays sax and clarinet, and is a member of the Ancia Quartetas well as an educator and composer. At 8:30, The Aaron Hedenstrom Big Band, 16 pieces strong, featuring a strong generational cross-section of resident musicians.

Monday, July 30

Depths, George Marich Trio @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) JT Bates is the curator of the Monday Night’s Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse, presenting forward looking groups such as tonight.  1st Set is from Depths: Cole Pulice, sax; Noah Ophoven-Baldwin cornet; Adam Zahler, electric guitar. 2nd Set by the George Marich Trio: George Marich, drums; Ted Godbout, piano; Josh Granowski, bass.

Tuesday, July 31

Katia Cardenas Video Release @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm – 8:30pm ($8 Advance/$10 Door) Vocalist Katia Cardenas grew up in a musical family and learned to integrate both jazz and R&B in her performances. Tonight she’s celebrating the release of her music video for There Will Never Be Another You, the Harry Warrner song that’s a staple of her repertoire. Besides showing the video, she’ll be performing with her finely tuned, stellar band: Ted Godbout, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Beth Varela, drums, as well as backing vocalists Sheridan Zuther and Andrina Brogden.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.  For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, July 25

Kashimana @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm (Free) Singer/songwriter Kashimana was born in Nigeria and moved to Kenya with her family when she was 8, where she lived until coming to the Twin Cities to go to college. She has a warm presence and sings catchy, simple songs in a soulful voice.

Medicinal Purposes on the House Party (KFAI, 90,3FM) and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 Club, Tip Jar) This Iowa Duo knows that music heals. Cowgirl Pearl Breitbach and Scott Kerry Guthrie have each been in many other groups, but now they create originals as well as original arrangements. Of course, you can listen to them before deciding whether to attend their performance at the 331 Club.

Thursday, July 26

Lee Fields & The Expressions @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 7pm Doors. ($20 Advance/$25 Door) This is the Under-The-Radar gig of the week, since original soul man Fields has received minimal airplay here in town. Fields has been plying his craft since 1969, touring with folks like Kool & the Gang, OV Wright, and Darrell Banks, as well as releasing dozens of singles, and most recently, a quartet of albums that have taken him and The Expressions to sold-out shows around the world. Between Fields’s sandpapery-yet tender voice, and the Expressions tight musicianship, you get a sound that encompasses the music of Sax, Fame, Motown, and Atlantic Records, yet copies none of them.

Friday, July 27

Johnny Rey & The Reaction CD Release @ The Hook& Ladder, Minneapolis.7:30pm ($8 Advance/$12 Door) As a founding member of Flamingo, which became the Flamin’ Oh’s, Rey has been a fixture of the Twin Cities rock scene for four decades. He’s got a new CD, “Modern Age,” and is celebrating its release tonight, with guests Little Man, and The Carnegies. 

Alma Andina Album Release @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($13 Advance, $15 Door) As ten-year veterans of the area’s music scene, Alma Andina’s members come from throughout Latin America. They play a variety of Latin dance music, as well as modern Andean music using pan flutes and other traditional instruments. They’re releasing a new album tonight, and will be joined by Los Rolling Ruanasof Bogota, Columbia, whose intriguing goal is to put rural back in rock n’ roll.

Saturday, July 28

Rich Mattson & the Northstars @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($8 Advance, $10 Door) Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Rich Mattson is known for his work with the Glenrustles, Ol’ Yeller, and The Tisdales, though nowadays the “human jukebox,” as he’s known, is leading the Northstars. Also on the bill is Superior Siren, an all-female outfit whose eerie folk melodies might tempt sailors on Lake Superior, and Dirty Frames, a three-guitar, rockin’ quintet.

Boom Boom Stevie V & The Knockouts @ The Basement Bar, Minneapolis. 8:30pm – 11pm (No Cover) Master harp slinger Steve Vonderharr and the Knockouts bring the blues to the bar in the basement of NOLO in the North Loop.

Monday, July 30

DakhaBrakha @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45) This Ukrainian quartet plays world music with many influences, though they might also be characterized as a circus of oddness.

Tuesday, July 31

Femi Kuti & Positive Force @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($50 Advance/$55 Door) Sweat-inducing, modern Afrobeat from a son of Fela, the guy who invented the genre.

Willie West @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) West has performed with the late-era Meters, and has recorded with Allen Toussaint. Now, he lives here in Minnesota, and we get to hear his sweet, soulful voice.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 


Free Music and More: 7.18 – 7.24

July 18, 2018

The Lowertown Blues& Funk Fest is this weekend

It’s another week full of free music events, as well as exciting gigs from both visiting and resident artists. Note that the Aquatennial celebration goes from Wednesday to Saturday, though, as far as I can tell, there are no music events.  So… let’s get to it.  Music lifts the Spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, July 18

Pete Whitman: New Boundaries @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm 9$10, $5w/valid student ID) Saxophonist Whitman brings Chris Lomheim, piano; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Phii Hey, drums, to the basement club.

Thursday, July 19

Michelle Kinney and What Have We Here @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) Original improvisatory music from cellist Michelle Kinney  as performed by Laura Harada, violin; Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, Cornet; Pat O’Keefe, reeds; Adam Zahiler, voice, guitar, piano, recorders; and Greg Schutte, drums, with special guests Ivan Cunningham, alto sax; and Chris Cunningham, guitars.

Davu Seru & Donald Washington @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Exploratory, improvisational music from two masters of the form.

Friday, July 20

LA Buckner’s “Big Home” @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/valid student ID) Jacob Dodd, piano; Darnell Davis, keys/aux; Yonathan Bekure, bass; and LA Buckner, drums.

Saturday, July 21

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul.7pm (Tip Jar) opening set by Opus 11, with Walter Croll, viola; Dylan Nelson, guitar; Clark Thaldorf, bass; and Craig Hara, drums, playing original compositions. At 8:30, it’s Eric Siereveld’s Organic Quartet: Siereveld, trumpet & fluegelhorn; Brandon Wozniak, tenor; Zacc Harris, guitar; Kevin Gastonguay, B3 organ; and Pete James Johnson, drums.

Sam Miltich Quintet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Highly regarded guitarist Miltich explores the music of Bill Evans and Theloniuos Monk with his new group: Chris Lomheim, piano; Pete Whitman, sax; Steve Pikal, bass; and Trevor Hainig, drums.Here’s a video of Miltich playing a standard with Charmin Michelle. He takes about 2 minutes to introduce the song.

Sunday, July 22

Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson: Silver Screen Songs @Saint Albert the Great Church, 2836 33rd Ave S, Minneapolis. 1pm ($20) This is the third of four summer Sundays in which fine vocalist Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson deliver melodies sung and danced by Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Doris Day, and others.

Monday, July 23

Adam Meckler Quintet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($7) Trumpeter and composer/arranger about town Adam Meckler brings his fine quintet to the basement boîte. Members are:  Meckler, trumpet; Aaron Hedenstrom, saxes; Zacc Harris, guitar; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Greg Schutte, drums.

Greg Ward Trio, Nick’s Cousins @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($12) 1st set: Chicago-based tip featuring Greg Ward, alto sax; Dennis Carroll, bass; Greg Arty, drums. 2nd set: Nick’s Cousins: Matty Harris, sax; Eric Carranza, guitar; Roxy Schulze, bass; and Kismet Shrestha, Drums

Tuesday, July 24

John Pizzarelli @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $45), 9pm ($25, $35) His stories are as charming as his guitar playing is “madly creative,” as the LA Times called it. Pizzarelli is renowned around the world for his jazz guitartistly, and makes good use of the Great American Songbook, as well as Paul McCartney’s compositions. His latest project celebrates Sinatra’s album with Jobim.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, July 18

Pigs Lite on The House Party (KFAI, 90.3FM), and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Randy Webb and Dave Rabb of the Front Porch Swinging Liquor Pigs are joined by percussionist Tony Paul on Friday nights at Palmer’s. They make a rare, mid-week appearance tonight.

Jenny & the Mexicats @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($32, $37, $42) Cumbias, salsas, and other Mexican-oriented music (along with some songs in English) delivered with swing by a quartet led by a Spanish-speaking Brit who plays trumpet as well as sings. All delivered with a bit of cheekiness.

Wednesday, Thursday, July 18, 19

Cantus Summer Chamber Series @ American Swedish Institute, Wed, July 18, 7pm; Thursday, July19 @ The Museum of Russian Art, 7pm ($20 Adults, $10 Children for both performances) The eight-man ensemble presents Songs My Mother Taught Me: folk songs  that are an integral part of the American experience and our cultural heritage.

Thursday, July 19

Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders @ Music in Mears, Mears Park Saint Paul. 6:30pm (Free) High energy, “punkish” blues to enjoy within the lovely Mears Park. Opening by Tom, Dick, and Harry.

Mini Music Fest @ The Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10 pm ($20, SCM & MPR Members, $25 Non-Members) Fourteen, count ‘em, 14 bands, performing on 5 stages, including such acts as Ben Cook-FeitzJames Rene of School for GirlsJaedyn James & the Hunger, Toussaint Morrison, and Nooky Jones. They are part of this Social Science event, as it’s called. You get music that ranges from rock to hip-hop, folk, and funk, while being surrounded by dinosaurs and other exhibits. FMI go here.

Thursday July19 – Sunday July 22

Marc Norberg’s book, Black & White Blues.

Black & White Blues by Marc Norberg @ Show Gallery Lowertown, 364 N. Sibley Street, Saint Paul. (Free) The Minnesota Museum of Art is presenting this show in conjunction with the Lowertown Blues and Funk Fest, featuring thirty of photographer Marc Norberg’s marvelous portraits of blues artists who played in the Twin Cities (mostly at Wilebski’s) between 1982 and 1995. There’s an opening reception on Thursday from 6-9pm, with a cash bar and live music by Erik Christenson at 7pm.

Friday, July 20

Reneé Austin @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15 Advance, $20 Door) Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Austin calls her mix of R&B, Soul, and Gospel influences “roadhouse soul.” She’s a six-time Minnesota Music Award winner, and a nominee for the WC Handy Award, thanks in part to a wide vocal range.

Friday, Saturday, July 20, 21

Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest @ Mears Park, Saint Paul.4:30 – 10pm Friday, Noon – 10pm Saturday (Free). Friday’s headliners are The Ohio Players  preceded by Free & Easy and High & Mighty. Saturday brings Scottie Miller, Chubby Carrier, rising bluesman Toronzo Cannon, and others to the stage before the two-fisted piano pounder, Long Tall Marcia Ball headlines at 8:30pm.

Sunday, July 22

Graham Parker, Belfast Cowboys @ Brit’s Pub, Minneapolis. 6pm (No Cover) It’s Fredstock at Brits, celebrating 90 year old Sir Freddie Manton, and Brits is bringing back British rock Legend Graham Parker for a solo show at 6, though he may be joined for a couple of songs by members of the Belfast Cowboys, who take the stage at 8pm. Arrive at 3pm, and you can catch the Actors Theater doing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). It all takes place at the Pub’s rooftop garden.

Monday, July 23

Paul Barry & the Acetones @ The Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis.7:30pm (Free) There’ll be dancing in front of the stage as Master harp blower Paul Barry & band deliver sharp West Coast and Chicago Blues.

Tuesday, July 24

Ipso Facto @ MN History Center, Saint Paul. 6:30pm (Free) Get into Jamaican riddims while enjoying an early summer evening overlooking downtown Saint Paul.

Wednesday, July 25

Kashimana @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm (Free) Singer/songwriter Kashimana was born in Nigeria and moved to Kenya with her family when she was 8, where she lived until coming to the Twin Cities to go to college. She has a warm presence and sings catchy, simple songs in a soulful voice

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 

 


Dancin’ in the Streets: 7.11 – 7.17

July 11, 2018

Summer’s here and the time is right…

Well, there’s a slew of outdoor festivals and events this week, as befitting July, so there’s bound to be some dancing in the streets. We also have visiting artists from Africa, Cuba, and around our nation, as well as some fascinating combinations of jazz musicians to pique your musical interest. This week’s list is a bit longer than usual, but that means it will be a fun week all around. Music lifts the Spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, July 12

Lee Engele @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm (Free) Enjoy lunch while listening to vocalist Engele swing her way through standards.

Pat Donahue & Dean Magraw @ Crooners’ Dunmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15, $20) Acoustic guitar magic will unfold as these peerless players take the stage in the intimate Dunsmore Room.

Thursday, July 12

Adam Linz, Goggberg @ Khyber Pass, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) 1st Set: Adam Linz solo bass. 2nd set: Goggberg, which features some young lions ready to roar – Peter Goggin, alto;  Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Sam Worthington, bass; Edmund Caitlin, drums. Here’s Goggin doing a solo with Hoaxer, another group of young musicians.

Friday, July 13

Peter Kogan Quintet @ Orchestra Hall Atrium, Minneapolis. 6pm – 7:45pm (Free) Jake Baldwin, tpt; Pete Whitman, sax; Phil Aaron, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Peter Kogan,  drums; will be performing before the opening of Sommerfest, which will feature six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Josh Granowski’s Special Music @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Bassist Josh Granowski brings a unique group of fine musicians to the basement club: Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, cornet; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; and Davu Seru, drums. Here’s Granowski with a different group.

Saturday, July 14

Saturday Night Jazz @ the Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm JazzInk Youth Showcase, 8:30pm – Babatunde Lea & CHOMBA: Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Will Kjeer, piano; Graydon Peterson bass; Kevin Washington, timbales; Taaji Malik-Hill, bongos/percussion; and Babatunde Lea,drums/congas.

Saturday, Sunday, July 14, 15

Nachito Herrera & His Afro Cuban Jazz Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30,$35) The passionate, explosive pianist has been drawing crowds to the Dakota since his arrival here in 2001. For these shows, he’ll be accompanied by Daymar Calvario, bass; and Edgar Martinez, percussion to examine a rich heritage of Afro Cuban jazz. Here’s a video of Herrera with two other Cuban musicians.

Sunday, July 15

Twin Cities Composer’s Workshop @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($15) This is the inaugural showcase concert by this 17-piece composer’s orchestra. They’ll play new works by Aaron Hedenstrom, Asuka Kakitani, Adam Meckler, Kari Musil, JC Sanford, and Dave Stamps.

Monday, July 16

Davu Seru & the No Territory Band @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10)  Drummer/Composer Davu Seru has been on a creative tear of late, and has now released a new record, There’s a Hole in the Wall in the Bucket. He and the band are about to make their European debut at Festival Kind of Belou in Treignac, France. The band includes Twin Cities stars Pat O’Keefe, clarinets; Nathan Hanson, saxes; JC Sanford, trombone; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Scott Fultz, baritone sax; and Levi Schwartzberg, vibes.

Tuesday, July 17

Regina Williams w/Sanford Moore: Nina Simone @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Vocalist Williams has performed as an actress and singer on many theater stages in town, from the Ordway, to Penumbra, The Guthrie, and Chanhasssen Dinner Theater, where she recently appeared in Sister Act. Tonight she performs the songs of the great Nina Simone, with piano accompaniment by the excellent Sanford Moore.

Thomas Nordlund Quartet @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 8pm ($7) The Shifting Paradigm Records summer residency continues with guitarist Thomas Nordlund, who released his second album “Miles Left Behind,” in May. He’ll joined by Ben Abrahamson, banjo; Doan Roessler, bass; and Zach Schmidt, drums.

For more listings, KBEM has a a calendar of jazz and roots events, while The Jazz Police features commentary, reviews, and previews of jazz in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, July 11

Miss Myra & the Moonshiners on KFAI (90.3FM) and @ The 331 Club, NE Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 Club, Tip Jar) This gig could also be listed under jazz, given that Miss Myra and her cohorts play hot jazz from the1920s and later. With two horns, bass, drums, and Miss Myra on guitar and vocals, this band has energy to burn, and will bring a smile to your face, and get your toes to tappin’.

Chartreuse String Trio @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm ($8 Advance, $10 Door) Also Saturday, July 15 @ Studio Z, Saint Paul (7pm, $10) The Chartreuse String Trio consists of Violinists Myra Hinrichs of Chicago and Carrie Frey of NYC along with cellist Helen Newby, of San Francisco. They commission new works, and have thrilled audiences across the U.S. and in Norway.

Davell Crawford & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40), 9pm ($25, $30, $35) It’;s a double dose of ‘Nawlins music, as pianist/vocalist Davell Crawford, the “Piano Prince ofNew Orleans,” and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band light up the stage

Thursday, July 12

Dusty Heart and Martin Devaney @ Music in Mears, Mears Park, Saint Paul. 6-10pm (Free) Bring along some chairs, visit the food trucks and beverage vendors, and enjoy an evening of folkish singing/songwriting from Martin Devaney, opening, and the rich vocal harmonies of Barbara Jean and Molly Dean – Dusty Heart

The Ukuladies@ The 331 Club, NE Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Tip Jar) The Ukuladies are two young women, with two ukuleles, and two voices in bright harmony.

Friday, July 13

Erik Koskinen LP Release @ The Hook & Ladder, Mpls. 8pm ($15 Advance, $20 Door) Guitarist/songwriter Koskinen has been called “The best country songwriter in Minnesota” by the Star Tribune. Though Cruising Paradise was first released in 2017 on CD, three new songs have been added for the LP release. Also on the bill are Randy Weeks, who grew up in Windom, but has spent three decades in Los Angeles, where he helped launched the Americana movement, and Iowan singer/songwriter Dave Moore.

Paul Cebar & Tomorrow Sound @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12 Advance, $15 door) Danceable rhythms will abound as Paul and the band’s music brings dancers to the commodious dance floor at Lee’s.

Saturday, July 14

K1 De Ultimate @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25 Advance/$30 Door) With a career that spans 40 years, Nigerian King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, aka K1 De Ultimate  is responsible for the the globalization of a number of forms of Fuji Music, a drum-heavy polyrhythmic, and quick-tempoed genre that’s a combination of several musical styles. Marshal has headlined at a number of musical festivals around the world, and will be coming here following an appearance at the Square Roots Festivalin Chicago. You will undoubtedly be sweating after this performance. Here’s the shortest videoI could find.

North American Roots Festival @ MN Waldorf School, 70 County Road B East, Saint Paul. 10:15am – 8pm ($27 adults, $17 children 5-14) This family-friendly event is a fundraiser for Waldorf School. It features eight different acts, from Sarah M. Greer’s Give Get Sistetto gospel powerhouse Robert  Robinson, and the headliners, Monroe Crossing. FMI, including a complete schedule, go here.

Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 2pm til… ($20 Advance, $25 Door) This year, the annual indoor/outdoor festival will feature Charlie Parras headliner, along with such area favorites as Davina & the Vagabonds, Willie Murphy, Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders, Big George Jackson, and a host of others, including visiting artists like Kent Burnside, Left Lane Cruiser, and Duluth’s Black Eyed Snakes. FMI, go here.

Sunday July 15

Bastille Day @ Meritage, Saint Paul. 12pm – 6pm (Free) This outdoor event takes place at Landmark Plaza, kitty-corner from Meritage. It’s presented in partnership with Alliance Francais, and will feature music from the Francine Roche Trio, Ghanian drummer Fatawu Sayibu, and the Jack Brass Band. Additionally, there’ll be a wine class at 12:30, five minute French lessons, vintage French cars, and French fare from Meritage.

Mother Banjo Band @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 2pm – 3:30pm. (Free) Have a picnic, take a dip in the lake, and chill out watching planes overhead and while away the afternoon listening to the soulful Americana of Mother Banjo

Bastille Day @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 3pm -10pm (Free) On the Mpls side of the river you can attend this annual festival, featuring Jeremy Messersmith, the Doula Soul CollectiveLe Folies Risque, the Brass Messengers, Circus Juventas, and more. They note this is a hot asphalt event, so please leave dogs at home.

Bombino @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($22 Advance/$25 Door) Tuareg desert blues guitarist Bombino practiced guitar as a teenager while working as a herder in the Saharan Desert. Since the release of his first album in 2011, he has received worldwide acclaim. His 2013 release, Nomad, was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Bombino introduced a new style he calls “Tuareggae ‘ on his third album, and then returned to Africa for his latest, Deran. The NY Times called him “The Sultan of Shred.”

Monday, July 16

West Side Story – The Film @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 9pm (free) Whether or not you’ve seen the Guthrie’s version of this iconic musical that’s currently running, or last year’s Ordway’s version, here’s your chance to see the Oscar-winning 1961 film version, whose themes of young love and the acceptance of immigrants still resonates today.

Tuesday, July 17

Saddle Sores @ MN History Center, Saint Paul. 6:30 – 9pm (Free) Enjoy some classic country while overlooking Saint Paul’s Skyline.

For more blues (and some roots) listings, the MN Blues Society has a very useful calendar. For a comprehensive listing of all things Cajun and Zydeco, see the Krewe of Walleye’scalendar.

 

 


American Music: 7.4 – 7.10

July 4, 2018

Happy 4thof July! Traditional fireworks may not be happening in Saint Paul, and rain (or the threat of it) may keep you from attending other celebrations, but there are plenty of musical explosions coming to stages in our Twin Cities. We’ve got some young lions of jazz at play, as well as respected veterans, and visitors from Chicago, New Orleans, and Idaho. Have a safe and happy 4th, as well as the rest of the week. Music lifts the Spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, July 4

Adkins/Lincoln/Marich @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/valid student ID) Most folks may be celebrating the 4th with outdoor celebrations & fireworks, but fireworks of a musical kind will be going on at Jazz Central, as a trio of young lions – Patrick Adkins, piano; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and George Marich, drums – take the stage.

Thursday, July 5 

Bernadette Brownrigg Spray w/Owen Finch @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5w/Valid Student ID) Brownrigg Spray is a 17year old vocalist with the esteemed Roseville HS jazz combo and ensemble. She’s participatedm in the MacPhail Jazz camp a couple of times now, and has already appeared at Crooner’s, the Black Dog, and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival as a member of the Dakota Foundation’s Experience Jazz Combo. She’ll be accompanied by young pianist Owen Finch.

Friday, July 6

Omar Abdulkarim Group @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid Student ID) Talented trumpeter Omar Abdulkarim has been increasingly gigging around town, performing both as a sideman, and as a leader, as he is tonight, with: Peter Schimke, piano; Billy Peterson, bass; and Rodney Ruckus, drums. Here he is with a trio.

Gin & Jazz Outdoors @ Day Block Brewing, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm (Free) The parking lot behind Day Bock will be filled with the sounds of the 8-piece brass band Brass & Bodyworks.

Saturday, July 7

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm: KBT Trio, with Will Kjeer, piano; Alex Burgess, drums, and Adam Tucker, bass. 8:30pm: No Room for Squares: Dale Alexander, piano; James Wallace, tenor; Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Adam Tucker, bass; and Bill Steiger, drums.

Sunday, July 8

Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra w/Charmin Michelle @ Cinema Ballroom, Saint Paul. 7pm ($12, $8 students) There’s a free dance lesson at 6:15, so you can be prepared to dance to the big band sounds of O’Hagan, swinging vocalist Charmin Michelle, and their cohorts. Here they are with guest pianist Clinton Clark.

Monday, July 9

Joyce Lyons: Jerome Kern @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12, $15) As a singer and actress, Lyons has played the Emcee in Cabaret in Denver, performed onstage in NYC, and even performed for the Supreme Court, in addition to working with Joe Beck, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Jay Leonhart. Tonight she performs the songs of Jerome Kern in the intimate Dunsmore Room. Here she is at the Metropolitan Room in NYC.

Tuesday, July 10

Lucia Newell Quartet @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $12) Vocalist Lucia Newell has a warm, expressive voice. Her extended sojourn in Brazil during her younger days forms the basis for this evening’s Songs of Summer & Brazil. She’ll be accompanied by A-list musicians Phil Aaron, piano; Gordy Johnson, bass; and Phil Hey, drums.

Atlantis Quartet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($7) Since its inception in 2006, The Atlantis Quartet’s blend of complexity, accessibility, and originality has made them one of the most popular jazz groups in town, receiving both area and national praise along the way. Zacc Harris, guitar; Brandon Wozniak, sax; Chris bates, bass; and Peter Hennig, drums; are all highly skilled, inventive, and inspired in their pursuit of 21st Century jazz..

Wednesday, July 11

Lee Engele @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm (Free) Enjoy lunch while listening to vocalist Engele swing her way through standards.

For more listings, KBEM has a a calendar of jazz and roots events, while The Jazz Police features commentary, reviews, and previews of jazz in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Blues, Roots, & Other…

Wednesday, July 4

Doug Otto & Hurricane Harold on KFAI (90.3FM) and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis.5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Before you head out for fireworks, catch this blues duo on the radio and at the 331 Club.

Daddy Squeeze: Hankerin’ for Fats @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 6pm – 9pm (Free) Accordionist Dan Newton plays and sings the songs of both Hank Williams and Fats Domino.

Curtiss A & Dark Click @ Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Rocker and vocal force of nature Curtiss A explores the blues

Thursday, July 5 

Eilen Jewell @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $30) She’s known as “The Queen of the Minor Key,” thanks to the bluesy Americana songs she writes and performs. Though her voice is relatively small, Jewell uses it effectively on country, folk, and rockabilly tunes, whether they’re original, or her own versions of songs by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Loretta Lynn, or Memphis Minnie.

Bobby E & Friends @ Dusty’s, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Bobby Has lots of friends, from Americana vocalist Kathy Mother, to drummer Erin woods, his band mates in Exotica A Go Go, and Maurice Jacox, so it’s hard to say who’ll be at this gig. His latest CD, Buzz Cauldron, is a fine slice of guitar tunes done with Eron Woods on drums, Tom Cravens on electric guitar, and Bobby on acoustic.

Friday, July 6

Mary Bue & Katy Vernon @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm – 11pm ($8) It’s another singer/songwriter night at The Aster, as guitarist Mary Bue, who’s recorded seven albums, and ukelelist Katy Vernon  who’s just returned from her second tour of the UK, take the stage with the Mpls skyline as a backdrop.

Saturday, July 7

Jarrod Lawson Band @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20, $25) Vocalist/pianist Lawson has a voice that’s a perfect vehicle for the songs of such soul stars as Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, and Donny Hathaway, and brings a contemporary touch to his own songs.

Claudettes @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15 Advance/$20 Door) The Claudettes were at the Dakota in May, and now they’re bringing their piano-based high-energy blues across the river to Saint Paul. Founder Johnny Iguana came by his piano-pounding proclivities playing with Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and other proponents of Chicago blues. Vocalist Beth Ulseth complements his playing on both rockin’ tunes and ballads.

Tuesday, July 10

Soul Tight Committee @ MN History Center, Saint Paul.6;:30pm – 9pm. Once again the History /center is presenting live bands on Tuesday nights during the Summer. It’s called Bands on the Boulevardand will feature music of the 60s to coincide with their 1968 Exhibit. Tonight it’s the Soul Tight Committee, an R&B horn band that’s loved by dancers.

Tuesday, Wednesday, July 10, 11

Davell Crawford & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40), 9pm ($25, $30, $35) It’;s a double dose of ‘Nawlins music, as pianist/vocalist Davell Crawford, the “Piano Prince ofNew Orleans,” and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band light up the stage.

Wednesday, July 11

Tim Sparks & Phil Heywood @ Northrup Plaza, UofM Campus, Minneapolis. (Free) Grab a lunch and picnic on the plaza as two fingerpicking guitar champions play for your picnic.

For more blues (and some roots) listings, the MN Blues Society has a very useful calendar. For a comprehensive listing of all things Cajun and Zydeco, see the Krewe of Walleye’s calendar.


Residents and Visitors: 6.27 – 7.3

June 27, 2018

Third World, visiting the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday

This week we’re being visited by artists from NYC, L.A., New Orleans, and Jamaica, as well as being treated to music from young musicians returning from college for the summer, and of course, a variety of talented Twin Cities artists. Music lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, June 27

Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Vocalist Jordan was in her early teens when she heard a Charlie Parker record and decided to sing jazz for the rest of her life. She’s now 89, and continues to sing, with a unique ability to improvise lyrics. See my article in the Star Tribune.

Elijah Michael @ the Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7:30pm – 10pm (Free) Young guitarist Elijah Michael is joined by Sean Turner, piano; Tony Axtell, bass; and Michael Pilhofer, drums.

Also: 

Violinist/Vocalist Zosha Warpeha @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/valid student ID)

Thursday, June 28

Aja Parham @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20, $5 w/valid student ID) Being both a mother and educator, vocalist Parham doesn’t get out to sing as much as she (or her fans) would like. She’s performed with the Minnesota Opera, Penumbra Theater, and the Ordway, as well as alongside saxophonists James Carter and Wessell Anderson, and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.

John Saint Pelvyn & Matt Rahaim @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Hindustani vocalist Matt Rahaim and guitarist & theraminist John Saint-Pelvyn will each perform a solo set before performing a duet.

Friday, June 29

King Cartwright Granowski @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening set at 7pm by Improvisational Invitational: Steve Kenny, tpt; Scott Fultz, bari; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Chris Hepola, drums. KCG at 8:30pm is: Dave King  drums; George Cartwright, saxes; and Josh Granowski, bass. Sounds like an evening of adventurous music.

Saturday, June 30

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Fuzzy Math at 7pm: Mark Vandemyde, keys; Joe Mayo, sax; Curtis Lucky, trumpet; Eric Graham, bass; Harald Bondaris, drums. At 8:30pm it;’s The Pat Moriarty/Ellen Lease Quartet: Moriarty, saxes; lease, piano; Chris Bates, bass; Pete Hennig, drums.  Here are Moriartyand Lease with a different quartet.

Still Dreaming: Redman, Miles, Colley & Blade @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $45), 9pm ($35, $40) Still Dreamingis a quartet of some of today’s best players: Joshua Redman sax; Ron Miles, trumpet; Scott Colley, bass; and Brian Blade, drums. These highly imaginative players will interpret the music of the Old and New Dreams Quartet of the 70s and 80s, a highly regarded quartet of Ornette Coleman alumni, including Joshua’s dad, Dewey Redman. In addition to Ornette Coleman compositions, the group will also play originals.

Sunday, July 1

Zosha Warpeha & Dean Magraw  @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 2pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Magraw is a musical chameleon who can play Irish music, jazz fusion, R&B, or duos with Claudia Schmidt (see Friday under Blues,Roots, below) and Warpeha, a young lioness on violin and vocals.

Monday, July 2

Nick Videen Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Nick Videen, alto sax, started in the Twin cites jazz scene of the 90s, and is now based in NYC, where he’s toured and/or recorded with Beyonce and other R&B stars. He’s the co-founder of the Grammy-winning horn section The Superpower Horns. Videen will be joined by Bryan Nichols, keys; Jeremy Boettcher, bass; and Pete James Johnson, drums.

Monday, Tuesday, July 2, 3

Thomasina Petrus: Lady Day @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $30) Coming off weeks of an often-sold out performance of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Petrus reprises her uncanny ability to sound like Billie Holiday a la 1959’s Lady in Satin, singing songs from the show with the excellent backup of the show’s musicians; Thomas West, piano; Ron Evanuik, bass; and Kevin Washington, drums.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

 

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 27

JulyDa @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon- 1pm (Free) Have some music with your lunch, at least if you’re working in downtown Saint Paul. Julyda is the husband-wife duo of Julida Alter, voice and cello; and Sean Alter, guitar, bass, and percussion. Their pop-rock songs are stress-free, just the thing for a mid-day respite from work.

The 44s on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The 44s are a Los Angeles-based, award-winning blues band that plays muscular, tough blues. It’s no wonder they’re often referred to as Los Angeles’ best blues band. Our own Javier Matos has often played with them, so don’t be surprised if he shows up for a song or two.

Vinicius Cantuaria @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Cantuaria will bring his subtle, soothing, “post-electronica acoustic” approach to Brazilian songs to downtown Minneapolis. Anyone who’s been seduced by Brazilian music will want to be there.

Also:

Continental Ballet Company @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 5:30-6:30pm (Free)

The April Fools: Groovin in the Garden  @ The Como Park Conservatory, Saint Paul 6pm-8pm (Free)

Thursday, June 28

Maria Jette w/Sonja Thomson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) Soprano Maria Jette can sing opera, art songs, and songs from the Great American Songbook with equal ease. Her charm and quick wit only add to the pleasure of her singing. She’ll be accompanied by pianist Sonja Thomson in this benefit for the Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Peter Himmelman @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) From his early days with Shangoya, where he contributed a couple of songs and rock guitar to island rhythms, through Sussman Lawrence and its over-the-top live shows, to a solo career that’s included film & TV scores, Himmelman has always written with honesty and true emotion.

Also:

New Primitives @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7-9pm (Free)

TC Jammers @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($5)

Friday, June 29 

From Bach to Beatbox @ Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. 7pm (Doors at 6pm), 9pm (Doors at 9pm) ($14 Advance/ $16 Door) Here’s an intriguing gig, dedicated to the 18th Century rock star of improvisation – JS Bach. Beat-boxing virtuoso Terrell Woods, classical folk duo The OK Factor, and keyboardist Samuel Rosenstone will examine the links between different genres and styles.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) With Big Sam’s Funky Nation,The Dakota continues its policy of booking lots of New Orleans’ fine musicians. Trombonist/vocalist Big Sam Williams leads this quintet through ”Noladelic Powerfunk,” a heady blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Their recently-released Songs in the Key of Funk, Vol. 1, has echoes of classic 80s funksters like The Dazz Band, Zapp, Parliament/Funkadelic, and others.

PaviElle @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $12) A powerful R&B singer, PaviElle was voted Best R&B Vocalist 0f 2015 by City Pages. She’s also won an Upper Midwest Emmy, as well as a Sage award. She performs soul music for the millennial generation, though those of us of a certain age will find much to like in her singing, songwriting, and arrangements of others’ songs.

Claudia Schmidt  & Dean Magraw @ Ginko Coffeehouse, Saint Paul. ($20) Schmidt & Magraw have been performing together in both duo and group settings for many years, making for easy communication between the two, whether performing folk or jazz tunes.

Also:

Malamanya @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door)

Dream on Nilsson: A Tribute to Harry Nilsson @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12 Advance/$18 Door)

Saturday, June 30

Johnny Rawls @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $12) This journeyman soul singer’s 2008 release, Red Cadillac, was #1 on the Living Blues chart. His 2009 release Ace of Spades, reached #4, and was in the top 20 for three months, earning him a Blues Foundation award for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year.  Rawls is a professional who may just have some folks dancing in the table-filled lounge.

Third World @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($28 Advance, $30 Door) Third Worldhas been around for 43 years, delivering crossover Reggae hits using a mix of elements from R&B, funk, pop, and rock, and getting 10 Grammy nominations in the process. Opening is our own ska champions, The Skruffians.

Also: 

Willie Murphy @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($?)

Tuesday, July 3

Ticket to Brazil @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($8 Advance/$10 Door) Bossa Novas and Brazilian Jazz from guitarist Pavel Jany and his cohorts, who have released four albums and played a number of national and international jazz events. Of special note is Brazilian vocalist Natania Kamin, who sings with the band and is currently living in Saint Paul.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 


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