Well, Spring really is just around the corner, even if the weatherman says we may still have a snowfall or two. After all, it’s time for Saint Patrick’s Day and its attendant parades and celebrations, most of which will take place on Saturday, the 16th. I’ve listed a couple of note. You can find much more by checking out the entertainment pages of your favorite news media. There is other music as well, including an extraordinary show featuring two bass players, and shows by a percussion master, a harpmeister, and a perennial hipster. Have fun.
Wednesday, March 13
Chris Bates and Anthony Cox @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) The good news is, this underground club finally has a license. The bad news is, it doesn’t cover alcohol, so the BYOB policy is no longer condoned. But the presence of alcohol is not the reason for attending, especially tonight, when two stellar bassists will be holding forth. Anthony Cox is nationally known, and has played with some of the country’s biggest names in jazz. Chris Bates has played with a fair share of nationally known artists himself, and is gaining even more recognition for his composing and arranging, as displayed on his CD New Hope with the Chris Bates Red 5. Be prepared for some sublime music as they play duets and solos.
Lulu’s Playground @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) This band’s unique instrumentation (accordion, trumpet, guitar, cello) and genre-crossing ways might cause you to wonder if they’re a jazz band. They are that and more. To paraphrase Duke Ellington, there are only two kinds of music: good music and the rest. Lulu’s Playground belongs in the first category. Here’s a sampler of their music.
Wise, Salovich, & McDonough @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) That’s Marcus Wise, tablas; Mike Salovich, guitar; and Larry McDonough, piano; a trio of creative musicians playing improvised music, aka jazz.
Thursday, March 14
Dan Meinhardt @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Meinhardt is a saxophonist/composer from Chicago who went to Lawrence University with trumpeter Adam Meckler. Meinhardt has released one CD, Gone West, and has had his compositions performed at a number of jazz festivals. Meckler will be on hand, as will Brian Courage, bass, Evan Montgomery, guitar, and Zach Scmidt on drums.
Friday, March 15
Roxy Cruz & Jeremy Walker @ Ingredients Cafe, White Bear Lake. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. If you’re looking for an East Metro spot to hear jazz with your dinner, you can’t go wrong at Ingredients tonight. Talented vocalist Roxy Cruz will be joined by composer/pianist Jeremy Walker, who can provide just the right support.
Friday, Saturday, March 15, 16
Debbie Duncan @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) When Debbie appeared in the Ordway show “Blues in the Night,” the Star Tribune noted that she strikes “the earthy, gut-bucket truth of the blues.” Debbie is equally adept at getting at the truth of jazz, ballads, and whatever else she chooses to sing. Check out her version of I Thought About You.
Saturday, March 16
Kat Edmonson @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20) With a tight voice that’s part waif, part siren, Edmonson has been causing a bit of a sensation, appearing on Austin City Limits, NPR’s All Things Considered and the jazz charts. She re-imagines the Chiffon’s One Fine Day as a 30s blues, Lennon’s Just Like Starting Over as a ballad, and has her own way with standards. Here she is doing Night and Day.
Monday, March 18
Tatsuya Nakatani @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5-$10, suggested cover) Nakatani is an amazing percussionist who utilizes bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, and all sorts of metallic objects to create organic music. A performance at the Rogue Gallery a few years back was mesmerizing. He’ll be joined tonight by two bassists, Adam Linz on and Chris Bates.
Roots, Blues, Other
Flatt Foot Rollers @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm (No Cover) Head over to the rockin’ East Side to catch these purveyors of party-down old school R&B. With a trio of fine vocalists, and a quintet of equally fine musicians, this band will make it hard for you to sit still. Dancing shoes optional.
Thursday, March 14
Hurricane Harold’s Showcase @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul (No Cover) Hurricane Harold, the Hot Harpmeister, brings Bruce McCabe, Paul Mayasich, and John Franken to Neumann’s. Given the talent and the pedigrees of all involved, there should be some musical fireworks taking place on the club’s tiny stage.
Friday, March 15
Paul Geremia and Lonesome Dan Case @ Bayport BBQ, Bayport. 8pm ($10) Rolling Stone called Geremia “one of the finest blues artists,” and the late Dave Van Ronk called him “The best white blues player around.” Paul is touring around a new CD, featuring 30 years of live recordings. Lonesome Dan is the Twin Cities artist who is so good at channeling the sound of bluesmen from the thirties.
Saturday March 16
Harriet Brewing Tap Room Celebration @ Harriet Tap Room, Minneapolis. 3pm – 11pm. Matt Yetter, 3pm; Zack Lozier Trio, 4:30pm; Lehto & Wright, 7pm; Sweet Collens, 9:30pm. From folk to jazz to Irish music. There are only 80 seats, so get there early.
Yodel A-Go-Go @ Minneapolis Photo Center, 2400 2nd St. (North of Broadway), Minneapolis. 7-10pm (Free) It’s a gallery show of photography by Stephen Kistler, with a Western theme. Guests are encouraged to dress in Western wear, while Yodel A-Go-Go will provide some rockabilly and western sounds to entertain you. Who knows? Maybe some folks will be inspired to dance.
Boiled in Lead @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($15) Nobody rocks out the Irish and Celtic reels like Boiled in Lead. They’ve been at it for thirty years now. If you’re going to celebrate the wearin’ o’ the green, this is the place to do it.
Hot Pants @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Now, if you’re not Irish, or have had enough green beer for the day, head over to the Nomad for rare funk and soul. This 45 RPM dance party let’s you get sweaty and work off beer consumption with a vengeance.
Sunday, Monday, March 17, 18
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) Back in the day, Tower of Power posed the question, “What is Hip?” They need only have looked to Dan Hicks to find out. He’s got a keen sense of swing, a self-deprecating sense of humor, and sly insights into love, life, and pop culture. Always a pleasure.