Music for a Holiday Weekend: 7.3 – 7.9

UnknownWell, even though we’ve a four day holiday weekend on tap, there is plenty of music available for those of you who don’t go Up North. Almost every July 4th celebration will have music of some sort. I’ve highlighted the music at two of them. For videos, photos, and a few more links, check out my blog.

In the news: Music lovers are disappointed in the City of Minneapolis for suddenly enforcing some archaic rules about where music can be played and have forced the Riverview Wine Bar from presenting live music. Zacc Harris has the details and how you can help at this FaceBook Page.

Remember, music brings us together.


Wednesday, July 3

Jean-Brice Godet @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8:00pm. (Donation – Tip Jar) Godet is a clarinetist who is particularly skilled on the bass clarinet, that incredibly warm and woody-sounding instrument. Expect flashes of technical brilliance as he pops, squawks, and makes other-worldly sounds interacting freely with Nathan Hansen, sax; Bryan Nichols, keyboards; and Pete Hennig, drums.

Thursday, July 4

Unknown-1Wolverines Big Band 40th Anniversary Concert @ Excelsior Commons, Excelsior. 6pm – 10pm (Free) This holiday concert features the vocals of Arne Fogel, Maude Hixson, and Judi Donaghy Vinar, celebrating the 4th in style. Can it really be 40 years since the band started performing?

Friday, July 5

JoAnn Funk @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm – 10:30pm (No Cover) Now that her “winter gig” at the Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar is over for the summer, you can still catch JoAnn and Jeff Brueske on bass at this Italian restaurant’s small lounge. JoAnn sings and plays piano on a wide variety of material, from Blossom Dearie and Nat King Cole to Leonard Cohen and Dan Penn.

James Buckley Trio @ Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6:30pm (Free) While the noise level of diners can be a bit din-ful, scoring a table in front of the stage will help you appreciate the interaction between Buckley, bass; Bryan Nichols,keys; and JT Bates on drums.

Saturday, July 6

Talking Strings @ Porter & Frye Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm. (No Cover) The Cities may be a little emptier than usual this evening, making it that much easier to get out and hear the outstanding Latin/jazz stylings of Talking Strings: Pavel Jany, guitar; Gary Schulte, violin; and Andrew Foreman, bass. It’s an intimate spot, with booths as well as tables.

Photo by Andrea Canter

Photo by Andrea Canter

Jake Baldwin Quintet @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30pm. ($5) Jake has gathered four other relatively recent post HS grad to form an exciting young quintet. With Nelson Devereau, sax; Cory Grindberg, bass; Joe Strachan, piano; and Miguel Hurtado, drums. If you’ve any interest in the newest generation of jazz musicians, this is the place to check out some of the area’s brightest rising stars.

Sunday, July 7

Beasly’s Big Band @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm – 9pm (Free) Ahh, a Sunday evening next to the lake while the sounds of a big band inspires dancers and toe-tappers alike.

Monday, Tuesday, July 8, 9

Pharaoh Sanders @ the Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30), 9pm ($25) Sanders‘ saxophone playing has garnered accolades from the likes of John Coltrane (with whom he played) and Ornette Coleman, among others. He was part of the free jazz movement of the 60s and 70s, played with Sun Ra, and is equally at home, and equally lyrical playing greasy blues, ballad standards, and modal explorations. Here is is doing a song that was a hit for Johnny Mathis.

Tuesday, July 9

A Chris Olsen Project @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:20pm – 9:30pm (Tip Jar) A quartet of some of the area’s top-notch players. Chris Olson, guitar; Kristin Sponcia, piano & vocals; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Dave Stanoch, drums.

More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at KBEM and at Jazz Police. Jazz Police also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, July 3

Dustin Busch on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 and 106.7FM) and 7pm – 9pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Country Blues and a bit o’ slide guitar from this Iowan who’s been mentored by Dave Moore and Joe & Vicky Price.

Derobe Dance Band & Black Market Brass @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9pm ($6) An evening of Afrobeat fueled funk and dance music. Derobe is an eleven piece outfit led by Cory Wong, guitar, and Eric Foss, drums, both of Secret Stash Records, re-issue label for many African recordings. Black Market Brass is a ten-piece ensemble that uses the music of Fela as inspiration to create its own sound. I’m hearing some of the Daptone groups, like the Budos Band, and Menaham Street Band, in their approach as well. Check out this video of Derobe.

Thursday, July 4

Powderhorn Park Celebration @ Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis. 1pm -10pm (Free) The annual South Minneapolis celebration features lots of music, including Latin American folk music from Alma Andina 3:30 – 4:30); superb picking from guitarist Phil Heywood (6-7pm); and the blues of Detroit Don King 8-9:15). Of course, there will be fireworks at 10pm.

Unknown-3The Butanes @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis. 8pm (Tip jar) Okay, so maybe the idea of watching fireworks isn’t appealing. Listening to musical fireworks can be just as energizing, without the ash fall-out. The Butanes at Shaw’s could be just the thing, not to forget Shaw’s Thursday BBQ specials.

Friday, July 5

Cadillac Kolstad, Liquor Pigs @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm (Tip Jar) Liquor Pigs start at 7pm. Cadillac Kolstad at 9pm. Freewheelin’ Jackson Buck once agains brings a couple of rootsy groups to the Tap Room for a fun-filled evening. Both acts are now part of the West Bank music tradition. The Pigs are a loose group of musicians that create a devil-may-care atmosphere with their songs of drinking and regret. Cadillac takes his musical cues from early rockabillies and Jerry Lee Lewis. He’s a wild man at the piano, and thoroughly entertaining.

Malamanya & Hotpants East @ The Amsterdam, Saint Paul. 8pm (No cover) Start your Friday evening with the hot rhythms of Malamanya, a wellspring of Cuban son, and other Latin sounds. Continue at 10pm with the rare funk & soul sounds of Hotpants East, using hot 45s to fill the dance floor.

Saturday, July 6

LAssassinsPostcardALOHAmedres_opt_zpsf6e3a428Mondo Tiki-A-Go-Go @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) Get out your Hawaiian shirts and retro Tiki-wear for a Hawaiian cook-out and dance party. L’Assassins, that female power rockabilly group, headlines, along with Southside Desire, Kiss or Kill, and DJ Shannon Blowtorch. Bring your dancing shoes, or simply enjoy the sight of swing dancers of various styles struttin’ their stuff on the comodious dance floor.

Sunday, July 7

Zeitgeist @ Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan. 6:30pm. (Free – $5 Suggested Donation) Here’s a way to hear some interesting music whilst strolling through the rolling hillsides of Caponi Art Park.  California composer Hugh Livingston will present  a multi-channel sound installation, along with the live performance of Zeitgeist. As you walk around the park you will experience  birdsongs, wind rushing through the trees, and trickling water from the stream, as well as the sounds of Zeitgeist and the sound installations. Art and nature at the same time.

Monday, July 8

Vieux Farka Toure @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20) The son of late, much acclaimed Ali Farka Toure, this Malian guitarist is taking the connection between Malian music and the blues a step or two further, incorporating elements of reggae, R&B, & funk into the bluesy tones of his native country. With five well-recieved albums to his credit, including Mon Pays, a tribute to his home country, this promises to be a sterling show. Here’s an example of his guitar playing.

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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