Summer Days, Summer Nights. Music: 8.1 – 8.7

Night Time is the Right Time

Okay, so I guess you can say we’re halfway through the summer. Hope you’ve been having a good one and have been able to attend some of the many outdoor events that we try to squeeze in here in the Twin Cities. If you’ve not gotten out much, don’t despair. There is more to come, including music at a brewery tap room, some neighborhood celebrations, and more festivals. These are just a few of your music options for the coming week.


Wednesday, Thursday, August 1,2

DeFrancesco, Coryell, and Cobb: A Tribute to Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25)  The Jimmy Smith/Wes Montgoemery recordings of the 60s set a high bar for organ trios. The music was soulful and highly inventive, yet never lost its groove. Joey DeFrancesco was an acolyte of Smith’s. Coryell has his own clean way with the guitar. Joining them is Jimmy Cobb on drums, the last surviving member of the Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” recording. This is as good as it gets.

Peter Schimke Trio @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm (No Cover) Peter is a talented pianist, who can go from swing to latin rhythms at the drop of a beat. Cafe Maude is a neighbohood bistro with inventive food and top-notch cocktails. Tell them you’d like a seat near the music.

Thursday, August 2

Zack Lozier’s Jazz Night @ The Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 9pm (No cover) The Brewpub on Minnehaha just south of Lake has developed an adventurous booking policy in a short time, with music ranging from jazz to folk to rock, country, and the occasional deejay. Trumpeter-about-town Lozier brings his formidible attack to the Tap Room every month with different sidemen. Tonight it’s Adrian Suarez on drums and Chris Bates on bass. Chris is threatening to break out the electronics.

Friday, August 3

Pat Mallinger Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Born and raised in Saint Paul, and living in Chicago, Mallinger has developed into a powerhouse sax player. He’s toured with the orchestras of Cab Calloway and Artie Shaw, and regularly plays with Kurt Elling. Every week for almost twenty years, he and his band Sabertooth have played  the Green Mill in Chi-town, starting at Midnight and going until the wee hours. I did an interview with him a couple of years ago which you can read here.

Saturday, August 4

Jon Pemberton Trio @ Loring Pasta Bar, Minneapolis. 6pm – 8pm. (No Cover) An early evening show featuring composer/trumpeter/pianist Pemberton. Whether he’s interpreting a Lee Morgan piece on trumpet, or a Monk piece on piano, Pemberton is always lyrical, always melodic.

“Serious” musicians.

Atlantis Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12) This tight quartet with serious chops has been “laying in the weeds” lately, as guitarist Zacc Harris put it. Well, they’ve all been busy with other projects but have still found the time to work up some new tunes. See what they’re up to with a visit to the AQ.

Tuesday, August 7

Jazz Implosion @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis 9:30 and 11:30pm ($5) JT Bates is doing the curating, and he puts together interesting combinations of players. Sometimes he doesn’t get it done until the last minute. Nevertheless, I can say that whoever he books for Monday night will provide a satisfying take on 21st Century jazz.

A Note: Pamela Espeland has recently stopped publishing a calendar of upcoming jazz events at Bebopified, though she continues her insightful commentary and interviews. The calendar is a mighty effort, and I thank her for her work on it, since I often used the calendar myself. Happily, Jazz Police will take up the slack with a calendar, in addition to continuing their excellent commentary on jazz in the Twin Cities and elsewhere.  Other blogs that feature jazz commentary for the Twin Cities include the aforementioned Bebopified, and Jazz Ink, which also features previews and interviews, in addition to Andrea Canter’s fine photography.

Roots, Blues, Other….

Wednesday, August 1

Hair Club for Cowboys on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm hour (KFAI – 90.3 & 106.7 FM) and 7pm (331 Club) Free. Jay Peterson is back in town for a visit and he’s gathered some friends to play, including Dan Newton on Accordion, Rusty Jones on bass, Dan Gaarder of Trailer Trash on guitar, and Dehl Gallagher on drums. Jay especially likes Western Swing. Listen on KFAI and then head over to the 331 Club.

Friday, August 3

Musicpalooza w/Mary Cutrufello, Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 5pm – Close.  Also including Mary Elias and the Young Relics, and the Jonards. Don’t know about the other acts, but Cutrufello is a powerful singer with a country bent who is in the midst of a Midwest tour with a full band. Crankshaft does raw blues like no one else in the area.

Saturday, August 4

Past Barfest

Red House Barnfest in Red Wing. 1pm -7:30pm ($30 at the gate) Get in the car and head down to Red Wing for a day of folk and roots music. Performers include: Lucy Kaplansky, Bill Staines, Dean Magraw and John Williams, Drew Nelson, Natalia Zukerman, The High 48s, Black Audience, and Jon Rodine. A family friendly event that’s a perfect way to spend a summer day. For more information, including driving directions, go to:

Seward Co-op 40th Anniversary Party @ East River Flats Park, Minnenapolis. Noon to 8pm. (Free) If you’re not up for a drive to Red Wing, you can help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of one of the oldest co-ops in the area, with over 8,000 members. The line-up includes the family-friendly Bunny Clogs, The Brass Messengers, Malamanya, and Willie Murphy and the Angel-Headed Hipsters. Expect food trucks and more. FMI:

Sunday, August 5

Camile Baudoin & Curt Obeda @ Bayport BBQ, Bayport. 2pm ($15) After 33 years as a member of New Orleans’ Radiators, Baudoin has issued a solo country/folk album, Old Bayou Blues, which features songs from his boyhood on the bayou. He now tours with various sidemen, and often pairs with Twin Cities bluesman Curt Obeda (of the Butanes) when he’s in this area. The Bayport BBQ is a cash-only place that serves the real thing – smoked meat that melts in your mouth along with the classic sides for ‘Q. Here’s a video of their March appearance at the Bayport. Curt is taking vocals on this one.

Jake Manders @ Merlins’ Rest, Minneapolis. 4pm – 6pm (No Cover)  Jake is joined by Mikkel Beckman on washboard and percussion and Gretta Hunstiger on vocals and guitar for an afternoon of folky-rootsy music. Bring an ID if you want adult beverages.

Sunday, Monday, August 5,6

Dan Penn @ The Dakota, MInneapolis. 7pm ($35) With his relaxed demeanor, it’s sometimes hard to believe that Penn was responsible for hits like The Letter,  Cry Like a Baby, I’m Your Puppet, Do Right Woman, not to mention, numerous hits for Aretha Franklin, James Carr, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge Ronnie Milsap, and others. It’s a special night whenever he performs, especially in an intimate, yet elegant setting like The Dakota.

Tuesday, August 7

Ahh, summer at the bandshell

Alison Scott @ The Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 7:30pm. (Free) A talented young pianist/singer performing original, soulful tunes on a beautiful bandshell stage in a park on a lake. Picnic areas close by, sailboats in the background, the occasional plane overhead, and the sound of kids enjoying a swim. This is the summer we love.

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.

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