Warming Up With Music: 1.29 – 2.4

January 30, 2014
These days will return, in the meantime, warm up with hot music.

These days will return, in the meantime, warm up with hot music.

I’m currently on vacation in a warmer clime. Hence the shortened preview this week. However, if I were here, I’d certainly be attending a number of these events, as they will warm your hearts and spirits. So, stay warm.  Thanks for your support.

Jazz

Thursday, January 30
Adam Levy’s Rose Room @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) Guitarist Levy has been branching out from his rock roots of late, and this project is intriguing. He and his bandmates, including Ashleigh Still on vocals,  are playing golden age jazz from the 20th Century including swinging versions of the Great American Song book, bossa novas, and even a bit of Western Swing.
Friday, January 31
Irv Williams and Peter Schimke @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 4:30 – 6pm. You can’t find better happy hour music in the country than that supplied by Irv Williams on sax and Peter Schimke on piano.
Friday, Saturday, January 31, February 1
Keys Please @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) This is an annual celebration of the piano, featuring Carie Thomas, Todd Harper, and Paul Cantrell as they play music from diverse genres. tonight they’ll be joined by flautist Julie Johnson, another musician who eschews labels to forge a sound that uses classical, folk, pop, and jazz influences.
Saturday, February 1
Benny Weinbeck Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm. Weinbeck on piano, Gordy Johnson on bass, and Phil Hey on drums doing much much more than providing ambience for this lounge. Their playing is superb, as you will find out if you attend.
Sunday, February 2
Ahmed & the Creators @ Tryggs, Minneapolis. 10am. The Creators perform as either a trio or sextet. I suspect the trio, including Jimmy Wallace on sax, will be playing classic jazz, and hard bop, while you build your own bloody marys.
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…

Friday, January 31
Harriet Brewing 3rd Anniversary Show @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) Their annual celebration has outgrown the Tap Room and surrounding environs, so Harriet Brewing is bring music (and their beers) to the Cedar. The night will feature roots/bluegrass music from the likes of  Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades, Sans Souci Quartet, Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins, and I Like You.
Willie Murphy @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($5?) Willie is bringing the Angel Headed Hipters back to the Eagles Club for another night of dancing.
U.K. Tribute Night @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) For the Brit-philes among you, as well as anybody else interested in fun music, here’s a night of British music from a number of decades as practiced by Rude Girl (Female Clash band); Kinda Kinky (Kinks); and Blue Mondays (New Order tribute).
SovCzech @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Modern interpretations of Czech and Slovakian music from a six piece band. Here’s a link to a video that will show what they do.

Saturday, February 1
Maurice Jacox Band @ Holihans, White Bear Lake. 8pm (No Cover) Maurice is working in many different bands these days, from the Twin Cities Funk & Soul Revue to Nachito Herrera, The Butanes Soul Revue, and an appearance with the New Standards. Here he has his own group, and will no doubt be mining his funk and R&B roots for the small, yet fun confines of Holihans.

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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1.22 – 1.28

January 22, 2014
You can stay home and listen to music, but better yet, you can get out and listen to it live.

You can stay home and listen to music, but better yet, you can get out and listen to it live.

I didn’t get to post last week because I had a computer problem – a black screen – on Wednesday morning, when I was about to post. I bought a new computer, took a few days and some hours on the phone to transfer information, and am now up and running, so let’s get to it. Though the Artists’ Quarter is shuttered, we’ve still got some venues presenting jazz of all kinds, though I worry about groups like Snowblind and the Illicit Sextet finding regular gigs. This week there are worthwhile performances at Jazz Central, Studio Z, and the Icehouse, among others. Blues and roots gigs also provide plenty of distraction and uplift for your spirits. Have a good week.

Jazz

Wednesday, January 22

Firebell @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Park Evans is a tasteful, and often exciting guitarist who has shown his skills in jazz, rock, and reggae settings; Graydon Peterson is a stalwart on bass; and Jay Epstein is the well-dressed veteran on drums.

Jimmy Wallace @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 10pm (No cover) Wallace plays tenor sax with a rich tone and some funky asides. Figures, since he’s been a sax player about town since at least the heyday of Twin Cities Funk back in the 70s.

Thursday, January 23

Michael Janisch’s Purpose Built Quintet @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm  ($15) Bassist/producer Michael Janish is originally from Wisconsin, though he’s been living in New York and Europe for the last fifteen years. Tonight he’ll be performing his original music with an all-star NYC quintet: guitarist Matthew Stevens (Christian Scott, Dr. Lonnie Smith): alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius (Lionel Loueke, Carl Allen); trumpeter Philip Dizack (Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield); and the legendary drummer Clarece Penn (Michael Brecker, Gonzalo Rubalcaba). They’ll be playing music from Janish’s critically acclaimed albums Purpose Built and Banned in London. A free workshop will take place at 6pm. Here’s a promo video for his latest album. While it doesn’t feature tonight’s quartet, you can get an idea of what Janisch does.

Friday, January 24

UnknownKatie Gearty Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10;30pm (No Cover) Katie has a soulful voice and a sure sense of timing. She’ll put these skills to good use in this somewhat intimate suburban lounge with a great bar menu.

Saturday, January 25

Zacc Harris Trio @ Merlin’s Rest, Minneapolis. 8:30pm – Midnight (Tip Jar) Here’s a chance to catch Zacc and friends outside of their Sunday night gig at the Riverview. Sit close to hear the music, as it can get noisy. And make sure to bring an ID if you want an adult beverage.

Saturday, Sunday, January 25, 26

Century College Jazz Festival with Butch Miles @ Century College, White Bear Lake. 8pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday ($20 – adults, $10 – Students) The Century College Jazz Ensemble will be goosed along by drummer Butch Miles, who has played with Count Basie, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, Mel Torme, and others. He’s also an educator and is currently on the faculty of Texas State University. Charmin and Shapira perform in the lobby one hour before the performance. Here’s a video overview of the career of Butch Miles.

Monday, January 27

Unknown-1Fat Kid Wednesdays @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Mike Lewis, sax; Adam Linz, bass; and JT Bates on drums are favorites of French jazz fans. They’re also favorites of a substantial number of Twin Cities jazz fans, who supported them through a weekly gig at the Clown Lounge for what – 17 years or so. Now, of course, JT is curating the Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse, and though FKW isn’t playing every week, it’s a pleasure to be able to hear them on a semi-regular basis.

UnknownSteve Kenny Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (donation) Lately, in addition to playing with the Illicit Sextet, trumpeter Kenny has been leading Group 47, a quintet that features a number of young cats. Which is a roundabout way of saying I’m not sure who will be on this gig, though it’s likely to be the house band (Tanner Taylor, Mac Santiago, & bass). Given Kenny’s talent, and the talent of those with whom he works, I’m sure it will be an evening of outstanding music.

Tuesday, January 28

Tom McDermott w/Patty & the Buttons @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($7) This is a combination that’s worked so well the Dakota is bringing it back. McDermott may be the finest, if not among the finest, piano player in New Orleans. He was a member of the Dukes of Dixieland, founded the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band, and has written for the theater and TV. Patty & the Buttons are a fun-loving Twin Cities aggregation, playing music that would be right at home in a 30s speakeasy or 40s nightclub. The combination of McDermott & the Buttons is sure to have folks clapping, and even  dancing, with glee.  Here’s McDermott doing Tipitina.

Jason Weisman @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm (No Cover) Weisman is a saxophone player and vocalist who favors crooners. He is busy with a number of bands in the Twin Cities, including Steeling Dan, the Jazztronauts, and his own quartet and quintet.

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, January 22

Unknown-2Pat Donahue and the Prairie Band @ KFAI and the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI) 7pm – 9pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Pat, the lead guitarist from Prairie Home Companion is an accomplished musician in his own right, with compositions recorded by Chet Atkins and Kenny Rogers, a 2005 Grammy, a number of Minnesota Music Awards, and the 1983 Finger-Picking Guitar Championship. He’ll have members of the Prairie Band with him tonight.

Thursday, January 23

Papa John Kolstad @ Merlin’s Rest, Minneapolis. 8pm (tip Jar) Papa John returns for one of his Blues nights at Merlins. Don’t know who his guest will be but it’s always a fun night, even though the neighborhood pub can get noisy at times.

Friday, January 24

Benefit for Victims of New Year’s Day Fire @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 6pm ($20) Performers include: Spider John Koerner; The Brass Messengers; Martin Devaney; Southside Desire; Phil Heywood; Jon Rodine; Augsburg JIVE (Augsburg student ensemble); DJ Go Getta with SYAV (Somali Youth Against Violence) and more.

images-1Hipshaker Dance Party @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Hipshaker is right. Deejays Brian, Greg, and George keep the dance floor filled as they play rare soul and funk 45s. Get there relatively early to stake out a spot.

Flatt Foot Rollers @ School II Bistro, Chanhassen. 8pm (No cover?) For those of you in the Southwest suburbs or thereabouts, here’s a chance to get out your dancing shoes for this group that plays old school R&B, including harmony vocals.

Saturday, January 25

Hurricane Harold’s Blues Revue @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 9pm (tip jar) Harold Tremblay has become a powerhouse of a harp player, and a blues/roots lynchpin of sorts, connecting with all kinds of players through his weekly radio show where he books an act to play live on the air every week. Consequently, when he puts together a band, revue, or show, you know it will have some of the best talent available. Here’s one version of the Blues Revue.

Sunday, Monday, January 26, 27

Mambo’s Combo @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) Though they’ve been at it for 20 years or so, the Combo never fails to entertain. Dancers fill the floor for old school R&B, and a few new songs as well. It doesn’t hurt that guests, including visiting artists, sit in.

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.


The Musical Vortex. 1.9 – 1.14

January 9, 2014

UnknownMy ISP had some problems yesterday, hence the late posting. Anyway, let’s not talk about the weather. Let’s look at the vortex of music that’s inhabiting our twin towns this week. From Gamelan music to big bands, there’s something for many, if not everyone. Have a good week. Remember, music lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Unknown-1Wednesday, Thursday, January 8,9

Bobby Caldwell @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($36 – $42), 9pm ($30 – $36) Caldwell is an R&B/Jazz crooner/songwriter will be right at home on the Dakota’s stage. He’s written songs for Chicago, Boz Scaggs, and Al Jarreau, among others.  His own big hit, “What You Won’t Do for Love,” has been sampled by hundreds, and covered by artists such as Roberta Flack and Michael Bolton.

Friday, January 10

Arne Fogel @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm (No Cover) The Italian restaurant with a cozy lounge is just right for this crooner.  He’ll be accompanied by Rick Carlson on piano and Keith Boyles on bass.

Saturday, January 11

Chris Lomheim & James Buckley @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6:30pm – 9:00pm (No Cover) Chris on piano and James on upright bass will provide a soundtrack for your dining at the Icehouse. Just be sure to ask for a table close to the stage, as it can get noisy from diners enjoying themselves.

Adam Meckler Orchestra @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10, under 12 – Free) Trumpeter/bandleader Adam Meckler brings his 18 piece band a3023302558_2to the cozy confines of Studio Z. This is a modern big band – think Maria Schneider, rather than Ellington or Basie, but that doesn’t mean it can’t swing. This is a band full of cats, performing exciting music. There is a free workshop at 6pm, during which Meckler will talk about the evolution of writing for a big band.

Sunday, January 12

Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra featuring Charmin Michelle @ The Cinema Ballroom, 1560 Saint Clair, Saint Paul. 7pm – 10pm ($12) This is a regular gig for this big band, and its most often attended by folks who want to fox trot, cha cha, two step, and lindy. Bring your own dancing shoes and get there by 6:15 to take in a free dance class beforehand.

Monday, January 13

Zack Lozier @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Zack’s trumpet playing has graced a number of bands, from Davina & the Vagabonds and the Jack Brass Band to Salsabrosa, Havana Hi-Fi, Chris Bates Red5, and the Doc Severinsen Big Band. It’s always a pleasure to see him out front. Don’t know if he’ll be playing with one of his trios or with the Jazz Central house band, but either way it’s sure to be fun.

David Grisman & the Folk Jazz Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, ($40, $45), 9pm ($30, $35) Grisman is a mandolinist/composer/producer who first came to prominence in Greenwich Village in the 60s. Since then he’s won five Grammys for his recordings, and has collaborated and played with folks ranging from Jerry Garcia to Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, and  Stephane Grappelli. He’ll be joined by guitarist Jim Hurst and bassist Samson Grisman to explore the common roots of folk and jazz. Here they are doing their thing.

Tuesday, January 14

Chris Olson Project @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Chris is an imaginative and sensitive guitarist who recently finished up a gig at the Park Square Theater playing the music of Ira Gershwin, including a lovely duet with Ari Hoptman as Ira. The Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog is a monthly gig and features a special guest or two each month. Show up to find out.

Cedar Avenue Big Band @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) The CABB is over 25 years old and still going strong, thanks to its talented members and great arrangements.

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, January 8

Zoe Keating @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($25) Here’s an interesting example of how the DIY ethic in recording has spread. Keating is a cellist who works with a foot-controlled laptop to create layered, haunting compositions. She has been successful enough to sell 60,000 albums without the help of a record company. Keating has also worked with artists ranging from Dan Hicks and Thomas Dolby to Tears for Fears and DJ Shadow, in addition to providing music to film, tv, and dance projects. Opening is David Gerald Sutton, who plays five-string electric violin. He also uses technology, most notably foot pedals, to create layered soundscapes.  Here’s a video of Keating.

Thursday, January 9

International Novelty Gamelan @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul 5pm – 7pm (Free) Part of the Cocktails with Culture series held by the Schubert Club, this event is being called New Music for Tuned Percussion. If you’ve never heard the soft sounds of a gamelan, here’s your chance. Drinks are available for purchase.

Friday, January 10

Dee Miller Band w/Jimi Prime Time Smith @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm. The early evening time is just right for folks of a certain age who want to get down, but need their sleep. Dee and the boys will provide the bluesy dance tunes. Jimi will spice them up. It’s up to you to dance.

Saturday, January 11

Nikki Matteson & Rich Rue @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Nikki’s clarion vocals and Rich’s hot guitar licks are just the thing to warm up your evening.

Big George Jackson @ Holihan’s Pub, White Bear Lake.8pm (No Cover) With a booming voice that will rattle a rain barrel, Big George’s blues will shake your bones.

Flamin’ Ohs @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) The Oh’s were part of the flowering of Twin Town punk & new wave back in the late seventies and early eighties. The Strib called their music “East Coast street anthems coupled with midwestern optimism and enthusiasm.” Their video of I Remember Romance received heavy airplay on the new music channel – MTV. In ’97, after an absence of ten years, they returned to performing, but don’t play out very much, so this is a good chance to catch them. Here they are doing a David Bowie/Brian Eno song.

Savanna & the Saviors @  Bryant Lake  Bowl, Minneapolis. 10pm ($5) Savanna and the guys are an R&B-ish, jazz-ish soulful quartet, wherein Savanna sings grooving originals that aren’t afraid to rock out.  Al Church opens.

Sunday, January 12

Road to Memphis Fundraiser @ Whiskey Junction, Minneapolis. 2pm – 6pm  The annual fundraiser to send twin cities artists to the International Blues Competition in Memphis. Today’s event features Annie Mack, Tampa Spatz, Papa John Kolstad, Hurricane Harold, Crankshaft, Kit Kildahl, Steve Vonerharr, Curtis Marlatt, and the IBC All-Star Band.

Tiempo Libre @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) This Grammy-nominated septet will have the Dakota audience dancing in the aisles, if not in their seats, as they set the stage on fire with Cuban rhythms, including the “Timba,” an irresistible mix of Latin Jazz and Cuban Son.  They’ve appeared at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Tonight Show and other high profile venues and festivals.

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.


Happy New Year. Music: 1.1 – 1.7

January 1, 2014

UnknownAnother day, another year. We have some fun things to look forward to as we start a new year. Maybe we can even carry out a resolution or two. An easy one would be to get out and see more music, supporting the musicians and venues that add so much to the vitality of our area. Remember that music lifts your spirits. Have a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year.

Jazz

Wednesday, January 1

UnknownDebbie Duncan @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) If you’re one of those folks who didn’t stay out late to celebrate the New Year, you can welcome it in style with the inimitable Ms Duncan. No one is quite like Debbie. She can sing a lovely ballad, scat a jazz standard, and sass up a risque blues. Be sure to ask for a table close to the stage, as it can get noisy at the Kitchen.

Friday, January 3

Fuzzy Math @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 10:30pm (No Cover) Imaginative contemporary jazz. Leader/composer Mark Vanderhyden shows a bit of Latin and world music influences in his compositions, swinging things quite nicely.

Saturday, January 4

Joel Shapira Trio @ Loring Pasta Bar, Minneapolis. 6pm (No Cover) The quiet, unassuming guitar player can show off classical chops when the occasion calls for it, but it’s with acoustic jazz that he’s make his mark in town. This is another place where you’ll want to be close to the stage.

John Devine @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 10:30pm (No Cover) Saxophonist Devine has been active in the Twin Cities since the early 80s. Along with cellist Michelle Kinny, he formed Imp Ork in 1986. A large ensemble with anywhere from 10 to 30 members, they worked with guest artists like Butch Morris, Julius Hemphill, and Don Cherry. Devine has won awards, fellowships, and commissions from foundations, and has played with R&B bands and classical ensembles, but it’s as a jazz player that he shines. He’s well known for his twice weekly solo gigs at the Loring Pasta Bar, but you can never tell who will show up to play with Devine.

Sunday, January 5

UnknownLarry Coryell Power Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30), 9pm ($22) Coryell’s resume includes founding the jazz fusion group 11th House as well as working with Gary Burton and Jack Bruce and sessions with Charles Mingus, Gary Burton, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, and John McLaughlin. Tonight, he brings his considerable chops to town with the help of Paul Wertico on drums and Larry Gray on bass.

Monday, Tuesday January 6,7

Roberta Gambarini @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) Italian born, Ms Gambarini has been thrilling audiences with her singing since arriving in New York in 1998. She was befriended by artists like James Moody and Hank Jones, who called her the best singer to come along in 60 years. Gambarini has a supple voice, which she uses to scat with ease and swing like crazy. I didn an interview with her when she was last here almost three years ago. You can read it here. Here she is scattin’ away with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and Roy Hargrove.

Monday, January 6

Dave Karr, Courageous Endeavors @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) On Monday nights, the exuberant Icehouse quiets down somewhat, as (mostly youngish) jazz fans gather to hear the acts curated by drummer JT Bates. The first Monday of the month always features elder saxman Dave Karr, though you wouldn’t guess his age from the vitality of his playing or the beauty of his tone. Tonight he’s playing with JT and bassman Adam Linz. They’ll be followed by Brian Courage, who has become an in-demand bassist since arriving in town, and his group of young players, including Miguel Hurtado, drums; Joe Strachan, piano; and Nelson Devereaux on sax. It’s a late night hang, but definitely worth it.

Tuesday, January 7

Bill Simonsen Big Band @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Trumpeter Simonsen has had a long career playing in all kinds of bands, backing visiting artists, composing, and collaborating with artists from around the world.  He’ll be bringing 17 musicians to the underground confines of Jazz Central to play his music and his arrangements. It’s exciting stuff.

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, January 1

Eddies on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 – Tip Jar) The wags of the Eddies are calling it the “hair of the dog” show, which is appropriate. If you didn’t get enough frivolity last night, or perhaps want to recover from too much frivolity, then the almost-acapella quintet might be just what you need. Tune in to Harold’s House party at 90.3 or 106.7FM during the five o’clock hour to get a taste, then head to the 331 Club for a full serving of sea chanties, old folk songs, and occasional offerings of almost ancient rock n’ roll.

Curtiss A does Hank Williams @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10) Today marks 60 years since Hank Williams died in a car accident on the way to a gig. Curtiss A first did a Hank Williams tribute back in May. It was so well received he’s reprising it to commemorate the anniversary, bringing in a number of musician friends that he’s accumulated over thirty-odd year career in Twin Cities rock n’ roll.

Thursday, January 2

The Droppers @ The Icehouse, Minnapolis. 9pm ($5) R&B instrumentals (both originals and covers of Booker T, the Meters, etc.) from Chris Beaty, guitar; Tommy Barbarella, keys; Jim Anton, bass; and noah Levy on drums.

Mr. Rowles @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($5?) Swamp poppy, N’orleansy, cajunny music that will have you wishing you’re wearing dancing shoes instead of winter galoshes.

Friday, January 3

Hotpants East @ The Amsterdam, Saint Paul. 9pm (No Cover) It’s the East Metro version of the rare soul & funk 45 rpm dance party, held in the front bar of the Amsterdam, with fewer people, but the same joyous vibe.

imagesBarton’s Hallow @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) A young six-piece bluegrass, gospel, and acoustic music group. Though young is the operative word here (16 – 20 years old), they won the talent show at the 2011 MBOTMA music festival. Reservations are recommended, as the intimate room can fill up fast.

Stoked beyond Boredom w/The 99ers and The 221s @ The Hat Trick, Saint Paul. 9pm (No Cover) A night of pop punk, power rockabilly, surf and more in the “Iron Range bar” in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Listen to Godzilla’s a Punk, by the 99ers, which gives you an insight into their humor.

Friday, Saturday, January 3,4

Nachito Herrera Orchestra @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25) This is not your usual Nachito gig, as he’ll reportedly be bringing anywhere from ten to thirty musicians to the Dakota stage over the course of the evening. He’s been touring with the National Symphony of Cuba, and will be playing some classical pieces as well as the Cuban and Latin Jazz that’s made him such a favorite both here and throughout the country. Here’s a clip of Nachito with the symphony performing Rhapsody in Blue.

Saturday, January 4

Courtney Yasmineh @ the 318 Cafe, Wayzata. 8pm ($8) The talented, comely, and rockin’ Ms Yasmineh will be performing an evening of acoustic music featuring violin, mandolin, stripped-down percussion and Courtney herself on acoustic guitar.

Soul Tight Committee @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) Old school R&B, Soul, n’ Funk, delivered by an eleven-piece band. Guaranteed to provide the kind of rhythms that will have you dancing, whether you’re in your chair or on the dance floor.

Sunday, January 5

Cactus Blossoms Brunch @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11AM – 1pm (No Cover) Brotherly harmonies doing classic country tunes and originals that fit right along side them. This gig is just the two of them. Here they are performing a fan favorite.

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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