Moving the Spirit. Music: 10.30 – 11.5

Unknown-2It’s Halloween tomorrow, and if you’ve already done the costume thing, there are some fun shows to attend. Then too, there are fun shows all week long, of which I’m only noting a few. Jazz fans please take special note of the Lynne Arriale show on Sunday. Have a good week. Remember, music lifts the spirit.


Wednesday, October 30

Mountain King @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Brian Courage, Jeremy Boettcher, Graydon Peterson. Three acoustic bassists take on jazz standards. Based on seeing a previous performance, I can say the results are surprisingly more varied than you would expect. But then, given the talent of each of these bassists, that shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me.

Rhonda Laurie @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) For some late night “cool” sounds, it’s hard to beat Ms Laurie’s singing and Robert Bell’s guitar accompaniment.

Thursday, October 31

Lulu’s Playground @ The Stillwater Library, Stillwater. 7pm (Free) Back from a tour of the East Coast, the guys in Lulu’s Playground have been busy writing 17 short compositions to accompany 17 pieces of artwork by Tim Nyberg. Tim’s whimsical paintings are of Circus sideshow characters, so the quirky makeup of Lulu’s Playground may just be a perfect fit: Adam Meckler, trumpet; Steve Hobert, accordion; Cory Grossman, cello, and Ben Abrahamson, guitar. Here’s an example of their sound.

Pete Whitman’s X-Tet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($8) A smallish big band or a largish combo. Doesn’t matter. They produce exciting music, whether performing originals or standards.

Friday, November 1

John Penny, Pippi Ardennia, & Ray Rivera @ Senor Wong’s, Saint Paul. 7pm – 10:30pm. (No Cover?) Though Wong’s may usually feature late night deejays, they’re taking a chance on an early show tonight featuring singer Pippi Ardennia, who has just released Love So Good2, a collection of jazz and jazz R&B that glows with good feeling. Tonight she’ll be accompanied by guitarist John Penny and percussionist Ray Rivera.

Steve KennySteve Kenny’s Group 47 @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) Steve Kenny brings his off-kilter wit, his blazing trumpet, and a trio of like-minded musicians to the Dakota for Late Night. Group 47 includes Will Kjeer, piano; Brian Courage, bass; and Alex Burgess, drums.

Friday, Saturday, November 1, 2 

Dave King Trucking Company @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Dave King, who drums for more bands than you can shake a stick at, recently authored a post on City Pages about the importance of the Artists’ Quarter, which you can read here. In the meantime, catch him at the club with Eric Fratzke, guitar, Adam Linz, bass, and Brandon Wozniak, sax. It’s 21st Century jazz.

Saturday, November 2

Mill City Hot Club @ The Red Stag Supper Club, Minneapolis. 10:30pm (Tip Jar) Late night gypsy jazz from guitarist Dean Harrington, a master of the form, and friends such as Gary Schulte on violin, Matt Peterson on bass; Patrick Harrison on accordion, and Dehl Gallagher on drums. Here’s an example of their work.

Sunday, November 3

Lynne Arriale @ The Dakota, MInneapolis. 7pm ($50) Arriale is an internationally acclaimed pianist with 12 albums as a leader to her credit. Whether she’s playing Monk, the Beatles, or a Mardis Gras Indian tune, Arriale always brings a fresh approach to her playing. Tonight she’ll be accompanied by Gordy Johnson, bass, and Dave Schmalenberger drums. This event is a benefit for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, so there will be an opening set by members of the Dakota Combo. I may be prejudiced, since I chair the foundation, but it will be a great evening of music.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, October 30

Bryan Lee @ Shaw’s NE, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover?) Holy cow! The place will be packed with blues fans. The “Braille Blues Daddy” was an institution in New Orleans, playing the Absinthe House five nights a week for 14 years. He’s released 13 albums, was a 2010 Grammy nominee and through it all plays nothin’ but pure blues.

Thursday, October 31

Skeleton Crew @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (Tip Jar)  This New Music ensemble will be performing music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Radiohead and other spooky stuff.

Malamanya Halloween Show @ The Calhoun Building, 711 West Lake St, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10)  The wonderful music of Malamanya, featuring special guest, Viviana Pintado. If you’re looking for Cuban sons and other Latin Dance music as part of your Halloween celebration, then this is the place to be. Special guest vocalist/pianist Viviana Pintado is sure to raise the heat.

Kent Burnside & the New Generation Evening @ Hell’s Kitchen and the Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 6pm (Hell’s Kitchen – No Cover) 9 pm (Harriet Brewing – $7 after 8pm) Jon Manners opens. Burnside at 9pm. Burnside is the grandson of RL Burside and he’ll be bringing his no-hold-barred trance-blues to both Hell’s Kitchen and Harriet Brewing Tap Room tonight. Hell’s Kitchen is the noisier of the two, though that doesn’t mean much in this instance.

Friday, November 1

Del Vincents @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($?)  Old school rock n’ roll and rhythm n’ blues from rockabilly Dan Peterson, bass; ex-Boogiemen Chuck Edwards and Mike Sandell, on rhythm; and John Franken – MN Blues Society’s Sideman of the Year – on guitar. A good way to start your Friday evening.

A much younger troubadour

A much younger troubadour

Paul Metsa’s 75th Birthday Party @ Grumpy’s, 2200 4th St. NE, Minneapolis. 9pm – 11pm (Donation) Hard to believe this troubadour/author/storyteller/music impresario has been on the earth for 3/4 of a century. He’s celebrating in style, with Willie Walker, and all donations will be given to Contented Critters, a no-kill animal shelter where Paul adopted his dog.

Scottie Miller and Jack Klatt & the Swingers @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm (tip Jar) Miller opens at 7pm. Klatt at 9pm. Once again Jackson Buck brings a couple of talented acts to his Freewheelin’ First Friday series. Miller has been spending a lot of time traveling, both with his own band and with Ruthie Foster, for whom his pianistic combination of New Orleans, blues, and boogie woogie is a perfect match. Jack Klatt is a folk-picker/bluesman who knows how to swing, and uses his talents to good effect.

Saturday, November 2

Nikki Matteson & Rich Rue @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Intimate blues and folk-rock from Ms Matteson, a talented singer and guitarist, and Mr Rue, a wizard of the slide guitar.

UnknownNew Orleans Suspects @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9pm ($25) It’s a tribute to Lowell George. With Paul Barriere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat joining the Suspects. Member of this well-oiled band include:  Mean Willie Green, drummer for Neville Bros for 30 years; Reggie Scanlan, bassist for the Radiators; John Eckert, guitarist for Dirty Dozen; Jeff Watkins, saxophonist with Jame Brown for a dozen years; and CR Gruver, keys, a disciple of James Booker and Art Neville.

Sunday, November 3

Lee Fields & The Expressions @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($15) With Sonny Knight & the Lakers opening. Talk about old-school soul! Here we have two artists who first recorded in the 60s. Fields has continued to record and perform, encompassing hard funk, low-down blues, and contemporary soul. His latest album came out of Brooklyn about a year ago, and has been gaining fans and praise ever since. As a fifteen year old in 1965, Knight recorded a 45 that went on to become a revered collectable. He sang with the legendary Haze in the 70s and has had a rebirth as an artists since the release of Twin Cities Funk & Soul on Secret Stash Records.  Here’s Fields:

Monday, Tuesday, November 4, 5

Rimagesickie Lee Jones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($60, $52, $45)  The two-time Grammy Winner is back at the Dakota for two evenings of stories and songs. Last time around Jones proved to be charming and surprising. Her latest album, The Devil You Know, is a take on classic rock covers, and has been well received, as was her previous album.

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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