Lots of interesting shows from resident artists yhis week, including young musicians home from college for the holidays; an all-star tribute to the recently passed Roy Hargrove, some garage rock holiday celebrations, a bluegrass Christmas, and a dance celebration of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Something I don’t have listed is the musical Marie & Rosetta at Park SquareTheater through December 30. It’s about gospel/swing guitarist Rosetta Tharpe, the Rock n’Roll Hall of Famer who was an early adopter of electric guitar and an inspiration to the Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and most of the early British Blues scene. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in rock history and the guitar. Music Lifts Your Spirit!
Wednesday, Dec 12
Chris Bates Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Bassist Chris Bates‘ original compositions, as performed by: Bates; Bill Bergmann, guitar; Joe Mayo, sax; and Joey Van Phillips, drums.
Wednesday, Thursday, Dec 12, 13
Paris Chansons @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45) While one might expect that this group would perform romantic French songs, they draw from a wider, international repertoire, some of which is quite fast. Julia Kantor, a sultry Ukranian songstress, together with her husband Jacob, from Russia, and Max Cohen, from Morocco, perform jazz standards and other classics in French, Russian, Italian, and other languages.
Thursday, Dec 13
Vocal Night Holiday Celebration @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Vocal night curator Sarah M. Greer, along with pianist Ted Godbout, hosts this informal holiday celebration that’s part open mic, part jam session, part caroling (by all), some circle singing, and general good tidings. With food by Vanessa.
Friday, Dec 14
Maud Hixson & Jason Richards: Let It Snow! @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6pm ($15) Holiday classics and a few song of Steve Lawrence & Edie Gormé, with Rick Carlson on piano.
Jackson Potter & Adam Asturp Double Guitar Quartet @ The Underground Music Cafe, 408 N. 3rd Street, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (Tip Jar) The winter holidays bring college musicians back to town, as with this group appearing at the UMC’s Mpls location. Adam Astrup & Jackson Potter, guitars; Matt McIntyre, bass; and Simon Petrick drums.
Saturday, Dec 15
Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm Constellation Band: Ross Nixon, sax; Kelly Blau, guitar; Sid Gasner, bass; Derrin Pinto, drums. At 8:30pm: CD Release for Steve Kenny “Quartets” featuring Steve Kenny Quartet: Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Te Olsen, bass; Miguel Hurtado, drums; and Kenny, Flumpet. Additionally, What Would Monk Do: Billy Peterson, bass; Peter Schimke, piano; Rodney Ruckus, drums, Kenny, Flumpet; with special Guest Brandon Wozniak.
Fat Kid Wednesdays w/ The Dakota Combo @ Barely Bros Records, 783 Raymond Ave, Saint Paul. 4pm – 7pm (Free) You’ll have to stand, but you can peruse the records for gifts to yourself or others. The Dakota Combo is a group of HS students chosen each year by open audition to study with Adam Linz, bassist for the Fat Kids. It will be tight, both in terms of available room and the music.
Sunday, Dec 16
Capri Big Band’s Jazzy Christmas Concert @ The Capri Theater, Minneapolis. 3pm (Free) Holiday sounds from a big, 25-member, brassy, intergenerational band.
Rhythm’s Mama & Le Voyage @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 4pm ($20) Rhythm’s Mama, led by Babatunde Lea explores the African roots of Cuban Music.Members are: Lea, drums and congas; Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Grayson Peterson, bass; Kevin Washington drums; and Taji Malik Hill, percussion. Le Voyage is a Donald Washington project that creates music for the moment – adventurous and satisfying. Members are : Washington, reeds; with Steve Hirsh, drums; Matt Trice, sax; and Richard Studer, bass.
Monday, Dec 17
Jordan Anderson Trio/Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) It’s been a few years since pianist Anderson graduated from high school and The Dakota Combo. He’ll do two sets with two groups. Apparently one group isn’t enough to express his creativity.
JC Sanford Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) This is the last edition of Jazz Implosion. After 20 years of bursting great jazz with this series, JT Bates, perhaps the most versatile drummer in towns calling it quits. Given the success of the series, it’s hard to believe the Icehouse won’t continue to book jazz fro time to time. So, tonight farewell Bates hast the JC Sanford Quartet playin mostly originals from Sanford: Sanford, trombone; Zacc Harris, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and JT Bates, drums.
Tuesday, Dec 18
All-Star TC Tribute to Roy Hargrove @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20, $25) Trumpeter Roy Hargrove recently left town. He was a fairly regular visitor to the Dakota so it makes sense that they’d have a show honoring him. Hargrove’s music encompassed many genres: Afro-Cuban Jazz; Hard Bop; R&B, Hip-Hop, and even Afrobeat. Many of the Twin cities finest artists, including trumpeters Omar Abdulkarim; Adam Meckler; and Solomon Parham, are gathering to celebrate Hargrove and his music. They’ll be joined by Justin Robinson, from the Roy Hargrove Quintet.
For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and some roots music.
Blues, Roots, Other…
Wednesday, Dec 12
Matt Arthur & Friends on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Americana and country rock to finish out “hump-day.”
Hula Peppers @ The Schooner, Minneapolis. 8pm (Tip Jar) Experience the charm, low-key humor, and the fine technique of the Peppers as they play music from 78s of the 20s and 30s.
Thursday, Dec 13
Monroe Crossing: A Bluegrass Christmas @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20) With 15 CDs to their name, including two Christmas missives, a passel of honors and awards, and a repertoire that includes traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, classic country, and even a few songs completely outside the genre, Monroe Crossing delivers a Christmas show for bluegrass fans.
Deb Brown & Brian Ziemniak @ 925 Landing, Wayzata. 6-9pm (No Cover) Bluesman Deb Brown & keyboardist Brian Ziemnieak bring the blues yo Wayzata.
Friday, Dec 14
The Castaways @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door) it’s a Garagey Lil’ Holiday Festival @, featuring the fabled Castaways of the big hit Liar Liar and the lesser known Goodbye Babe fame, as well as The Sex Rays, Fret Rattles, Black Widows and more, including Dr. Bob’s Puppet Show, free food from Gandhi Mahal, and beer tastings from Fulton Beer for early arrivals.
Kinda Kinky Holiday Concert & Food Raiser @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. ($??, 1/2 price w/non-perishable food item) I believe this may be the 7th year that the Kinks tribute band has put together a benefit to raise food – this year for The Food Group. As in the past, it will feature vocalists galore including: Curtiss A, Sabrina Crews, Carol Cunnington, Gini Dodds, Alma Engebretson, Baby Grant Johnson, Cindy Lawson, Molly Maher, Carla Tollefsrud, members of Prairie Fire Lady Choir, and many, many more.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec 14, 15, 16
A Charlie Brown Christmas Played Live and Danced! @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 6:30pm Friday; 1:30 & 4:30pm Saturday; 4:30pm Sunday ($16 Advance/$18 Door, 12 & Under – Free) The animated cartoons of Charles Schultz wouldn’t be half so successful without the playful jazz of Vince Guaraldi. This intriguing project by Rhythmically Speaking Artistic director Erin Liebhard takes the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas, as performed by jazz/surf quartet GST, and adds nine dancers to bring life to the soundtrack. This could be the start of a new Christmas tradition in the Twin Cities.
Saturday, Dec 15
KFAI’s MinneCulture Mixtape Show @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The little station that could has been broadcasting live concerts as part of its MinneCulture project for about ten years. Now, they’ve created a cassette mix-tape – The Live from Minnesota Mixtape cassette tape represents all-star selections from these sets with acts like Chastity Brown, Charlie Parr, Kitten Forever, The Jayhawks, The Suburbs, Dalmar Yare, Heiruspecs and more. To celebrate the release, a number of acts are performing tonight, including Minneapolis Synth-pop band Pornonono, gospel-soul singer and local Black Lives Matter anthem author Jayanthi Kyle (formerly of Gospel Machine), MC-poet See More Perspective, and others
Sunday, Dec 16
Charanga Tropical @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 5pm – 7pm. ($5) It’s an afternoon Latin Dance Party, as saxophonist/flutist Doug Little leads the band through salsa, rumbas, son, and of course, charangos.
Tim Sparks & Phil Heywood @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) Minnesota, and the Twin cities are known as a nexus of acoustic, finger style guitarists, in part because of these two players. Both have earned National Fingerpicking Championships in the past, and together play duets and solo pieces from Americana, jazz, folk, & blues repertoires.
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.