Aside from the fact that we’ve some great weather coming up, and school is almost out, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Whether you rebelled against your father’s music or embraced his musical tastes, your appreciation of music was inspired in part by him. There are many opportunities to acknowledge that this week in the Twin Cities. Here are but a few.
Wednesday, June 13
Lisa Brimmer & High Society @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar) Lisa Brimmer is a smart, assured poet, playwright, and collaborator. She’ll be performing spoken word while Chris Bates, bass; Evan Montgomery, guitar; Greg Schutte, drums, play behind her. Guest shots by Cory Grossman, cello; and Ben Doherty, baritone sax.
Thursday, June 14
Dave Brattain Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Saxophonist Brattain teaches at Wayzata High School and has played with the Cedar Avenue Big Band for 20 years. At a recent Jazz Central appearance with Dave Karr, Brattain was on his game in a big way, throwing notes out in a melodic, thoughtful, yet highly expressive way.
Friday, June 15
Parker Paisley @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) This group is led by Park Evans on guitar, and includes Brandon Wozniak, alto; Brian Wozniak, bass; and Pete Hennig, drums. Their recent album, “Sartori for a Hungry Ghost,” is full of jazz for the 21st Century, with modern beats, a nod or two to hard bop, and a lovely album closer that incorporates the traditional hymn, “O Come Emmanuel.”
CéU @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) Ceu is a Brazilian singer who delivers a new take on the music of her homeland. She delivers breezy, sway-inducing melodies that incorporate electropop, afrobeats, and more into a stunning set. Here’s a video.
Friday, Saturday, June 15, 16
Paul Bollenback @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) The guitarist and composer has played with Jack McDuff, Stanley Turrentine, Joey DeFrancesco, Paul Bley, and David Newman, among others. He can groove with the best of them, and has a particularly beautiful tone on ballads, such as “Everything Must Change.” I did an interview with him back in 2010, which you can read here.
Adam Linz & Tommy O’Donnell @ The Ice House, Minneapolis. 8pm (free) This new venue, located at 2540 Nicollet, is nicely laid out, with a large center stage surrounded by tables. They are having all kinds of music, including jazz on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tonight, bassist Adam Linz and pianist Tommy O’Donnell take the stage. Food looks very interesting (after all, the place was opened by the owners of B’Witched), and they have “shooter cocktails,” which include a shot of alcohol with a little extra, like a bit of juice or bitters.
Saturday, June 16
Lucia Newell & Zacc Harris @ Eat Street Social, Minnenapolis. 2pm – 4pm. This is part of the Social’s Brazilian Afternoon. Located just west of Nicollet on 26th Street, The Eat Street Social has quickly garnered a good reputation for its food and craft cocktails. Newell spent a couple of years in Brazil during her “boho” period, and is uniquely qualified to sing Brazilian songs. Harris is the guitarist about town whose versatility extends to accompanying vocalists in a variety of settings. Sounds like a great way to spend a portion of your Saturday.
Monday, June 18
Laura Caviani @ Jazz Central, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Oddly enough, Jazz Central hasn’t had many female jazz musicians in its lineup, but then again, there isn’t an overabundance of them in town either, so it’s nice to see Caviani in the guest chair. As a pianist and composer, the unassuming Caviani is graceful, lyrical, and imaginative. She leads her own group, makes major contributions to Pete Whitman’s X-Tet, and is a superb accompanist to vocalists such as Lucia Newell and Karrin Allyson.
Monday, Tuesday, June 18, 19
Stanley Clarke/George Duke Project @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($60-$50) & 9pm ($50-$40) Keyboardist Duke was last in town for the Zoo series last summer. You can read my interview with him here Bassist Clarke has visited a couple times, most recently with pianist Hiromi in tow. Both are multi-faceted musicians with long histories playing jazz in various settings. Back in 1984, they worked together as the Clarke/Duke Project and decided to do so once again.
Roots, Blues, Other…
Wednesday, June 13
Cadilac Kolstad @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm. Talk about taking a lunch break. This noontime concert will deliver more energy than a Gatorade & Power Bar combined. Kolstad pounds the piano, throws back his hair, and generally raises the roof with old time rock n’ roll and rockabilly. Considering the roof of the Landmark’s Cortile is four stories up, that’s quite the feat.
RJ Mischo w/Jeremy Johnson on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm – 9pm (331 Club – Tip Jar). Harold Tremblay continues to bring in outstanding musicians for his weekly “House Party.” This time up its the “Super Reverbs,” former Twin Citizen RJ Mischo on harp and vocals, accompanied by the talented Jeremy Johnson on guitar. There’ll be plenty of reverb rockin’ the 331 tonight.
Flatlanders 40th Anniversary @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($31) Without a doubt, the (alt) country gig of the week, as Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Joe Ely perform. The three are highly respected singer/songwriters from Texas, each with his fair share of songs in the alt country songbook. They first formed in the early 70s, and eventually split up, each becoming a cult hero in his own right, and influencing artists such as Uncle Tupelo and The Clash. Early in this century they recorded a song for the Horse Whisperer, and it went so well they reunited and toured, recording 3 albums since then. Here they are on Austin City Limits.
Thursday, June 14
Hipshaker @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm (free) The first of two opportunities to dance to 45s this week. This mid-week late night dance attracts many folks under 30, who have a good time dancing to rare soul and funk.
Friday, June 15
Bryan Lee @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10) If I remember correctly, Lee is originally from Wisconsin, but has lived in New Orleans for decades, playing the JazzFest for 25 years. The “Braille Blues Daddy” has been blind since he was eight, and has played guitar since he was thirteen. He’s got a sharp attack, and a more than serviceable voice, and is back on the road after back surgery in January. Wilebski’s is certainly the place to see him.
Saints of Circumstance @ The Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm (tip jar) The Saints play Grateful Dead music, bringing a trippy vibe to this beer and wine joint at 44th & Nicollet. Good bar food, for those who get the munchies.
Deano and the Dinosaurs @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Here’s the rundown. Dean Mikkelson and Dean Harrington on archtop guitars; Bill Greinke on bass; and Dell Gallagher on drums. Vocalist Mary Leinfelder will sit in for a few tunes. Top notch players doing standards, latin jazz, a bit of blues, and some Django. A bit laid back… maybe. Exciting… definitely.
Saturday, June 16
Flatt Foot Rollers @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) The MMC has been bringing in a number of old school R&B bands of late, just right for getting folks up onto the large dance floor. With their mix of Temptations, Albert King, The Gap Band, and more, the Rollers keep the grooves coming.
Hot Pants 45RPM Dance Party @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($5) Over in the Emerald City, there’ll be a bit of talc on the floor, gaggles of younger men and women twirling about, lots of beer from the bar’s many taps, and trips to the courtyard to cool off after dancing.
Sunday, Monday, June 17,18
The Combo Celebrates 25 years @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) What started out as a Monday night opportunity to play has morphed into an institution of sorts. The group packs them in each Sunday and Monday night, playing old school soul, a bit of funk, and some soulful rock n’ roll. Members of the Combo have played with Mick Sterling, R Factor, The AQ’s Tuesday Night Band, Jesse Johnson, Doug Maynard, Patty Peterson and a host of other Twin Cities luminaries. In fact, drummer Michael Bland was picked up by Prince for a few years, and now plays with Soul Asylum, though he’s on stage here every Sunday and Monday he’s in town. Visiting artists will stop by and sit in for a tune or two. For now, its time to celebrate 25 years of playing.