The Musical Vortex. 1.9 – 1.14

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.


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.

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