Maybe, just maybe, Spring is here in the Twin Cities. I’m still remembering an April 17 about 25 years ago when we got 17 inches of snow. I’m hoping climate change will at least prevent that from happening again. At any rate, it’s definitely much easier to get out and about and support live music (as well as the occasional dejay, cough cough). I’ve highlighted mostly home grown talent, but then we have many talented artists in our community who are worth supporting. Have a good week.
Thursday, March 28
Rhonda Laurie & Phil Mattson @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Phil Mattson is a busy guy these days, what with the Phil Mattson Singers, recently at the AQ with Richie Cole, his CD with Dorothy Doring, which got a nice write-up on Amazon, and his seeming ability to pop up and accompany vocalists. Tonight he’s playing while Rhonda Laurie, the chanteuse with a slightly smoky voice and swinging sense of rhythm will sing.
Parisota Hot Club @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30 – 9:30pm (Tip Jar) The Parisota Hot Club (Robb Henry, guitar; Jim Chenoweth, bass; and Gary Schulte, violin) brings a taste of Paris and Django Rheinhardt to the Black Dog. Gypsy jazz, as applied to standards old and new.
Friday, March 29
Maude Hixson Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm (No Cover) Maude recently went to the Big Apple to work on a new CD. Perhaps she’ll preview some songs tonight in the lounge of this Italian restaurant. Subtle, nuanced, and ever-so-lovely singing.
Lindsay Pedalty Trio @ The Third Floor, 579 Selby, Saint Paul. 8pm – 10pm (No cover) Pedalty’s voice has just a bit of an edge, which she often uses to give a slyly sardonic reading to standards. She’ll be accompanied on piano by her dad Bruce, a veteran of the Senders, Mojo Buford, and several area big bands, as well as Gary Miller on bass.
Kronick Quartet @ The Hat Trick Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5?) Swing, bebop, and some funky jazz from Richard Kronick, bass; Dennis Landeen, sax; Scott Ives, guitar; and Dehl Gallagher, drums. They’ve been around, play in various cookin’ bands, and should swing the Trick tonight.
Friday, Saturday, March 29, 30
Dave King Trucking Company @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Drummer Dave King brings one of his many groups – Brandon Wozniak, saz; Adam Linz, bass; and Erik Fratzke, guitar to Saint Paul’s basement club once again. The New York Times, in reviewing their recent CD “Good Old Light,” said, “Dave King’s dirty, aggressive, disciplined joy in playing drums conjoins many degrees between swing rhythm and more rigid backbeats.” With a stellar line-up of friends as his band-mates, there is bound to be many exciting moments, as well as King’s offbeat asides.
Saturday, March 30
Brunch w/Sophia Shorai @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 10AM – 1AM. (Free) What a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning, with Sophia Shorai’s voice floating over you while you chow down on pancakes, waffles, or other tasty dishes. She’s been called “honey-voiced,” which is apt, but her voice is also sweet, aching, and even slightly sensuous.
Roots, Blues, Other..
Wednesday, March 27
Jay Lang on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI – 90.3 & 106.7FM) 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Tune in to hear some hill country blues from this Mississippi singer and guitarist, then head over to the 331 Club to catch him in person.
Thursday, March 28
Jenny Dalton @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 9pm (Tip Jar) Twin Citizen Dalton is a singer/songwriter who has been working the national circuit with some success. Her piano-based music can be ethereal, haunting, sometimes danceable, and always beautiful. If you like Tori Amos, Kate Bush, or Florence and the Machine, you will want to hear Jenny. Here’s a video.
Jacob Hanson, Jeremy Hanson, and Frankie Lee @ the Red Stag, Minneapolis. 10pm. (no cover) Lee is an Americana/roots musician who’s been making a name for himself, and attracting folks like JT Bates and Erik Koskinen to play with him. If you didn’t make it to the crowded Icehouse for Lee’s recent CD release party of Middle West, you can catch him tonight in a less crowded, and more low key event with the talented Hanson brothers.
Friday, March 29
Havana Hi-Fi @ The 318 Club, Excelsior. 8pm ($10) Here’s a chance for those of you living in the West Metro to get a shot of Latin rhythms. The Afro-Cuban rhythms of this quintet will set the cozy 318 Club jumpin’. I wouldn’t be surprised if some folks try to squeeze some dancing in between the tables. Plus, the 318 has an imaginative selection of food and beverages.
Beverly McLellan @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($30) This vocal powerhouse will fill the Dakota with her voice and her personality. A finalist on the Voice, McLellan recorded her fifth album with local Grammy winner David Z as producer. Expect songs that range from modern country and folk to soul classics, all done in a personal style. As an added bonus, Mary Cutrufello opens.
Saturday, March 30
The Eddies @ The Hat Trick Lounge, Saint Paul. 8pm – 11pm. ($7) An evening of almost-acapella music featuring the occasional singalong, though you’ll likely not be adding your voice to the classic songs of death and hard life on the seas that this quintet serves up.
Badinovs @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Mike Niles and Pat Olberding used to have an alt-rock band called Smart Alex, which was smart enough to be noticed by many fans of good ol’ rock n’ roll. Now they’ve got the Badinovs, a band that evokes the British Invasion. Dwight Hobbes, of Twin Cities Daily Planet, said of their recent CD “Fess Up,” “…there’s no denying their respect for and ability at—even with modern-day production values—good old fashioned, raw-edged rock ‘n’ roll topped off by just the right touch of polish.” If you’re curious, you can check out their music on Reverbnation.
Tuesday, April 2
Halloween, Alaska @ Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins. 7pm ($24) James Diers, guitar & keys; Jake Hanson, guitar; Bill Shaw, bass; and the ubiquitous Dave King on drums, combine electronics with an indie/alt/pop songwriting ascetic.