Residencies, Weekly Features, and Visiting Artists. Music: 3.26 – 4.1

UnknownWe’re heading into April and hopefully will soon see some flowers blooming. Meanwhile, this week features a number of low-key, but definitely enjoyable weekly gigs, including a couple of residencies, as well as  visiting artists that may not have hit your radar. Get out and enjoy what our Cities have to offer. Music has the power to lift your spirit.


Wednesday, March 26

Claudia Schmidt @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) Schmidt has long been a favorite of Twin Citizens. Whether exploring folk music, jazz, or gospel, her love and enjoyment of the music is contagious. She’s got a new album New Whirled Order, coming out on Red House, featuring master guitarist Dean Magraw, who will be among the musicians backing her tonight.

Dan Musselman Collective @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Dan is a sensitive piano player with depth to his playing. He’ll be playing with some talented young cats: Andrew Bergmann on bass, and Zach Schmidt on percussion.

Thursday, March 27

Reynold Phillipsek w/guest Maryann Sullivan @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 suggested donation) Phillipsek will be playing guitar and singing standards as well as his own compositions. Sullivan will join him to sing during the second set.

Friday, March 28

The Bridge Series @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm ($10 – Suggested Donation) This week features the Babatunde Lea Trio, with Zacc Harris, guitar; and Chris Bates on bass accompanying the percussion/drum master. Lea, with fifty years experience, has played or recorded with folks like Pharaoh Sanders, Leon Thomas, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, and Richie Cole, among others. This should be an exciting gig. Here he is with the addition of a piano player.

Saturday, March 29

Benny Weinbeck Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No cover) Head down to the area just SE of Highway 100 & 494 to catch Weinbeck on piano, with Gordy Johnson on bass and Phil Hey on drums. Tasty music that’s matched by the food and drink.

Unknown-1Kronick Quartet @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Bassist Ricard Kronick leads Dennis Landeen, sax; Scott Ives, guitar; and Dehl Gallagher, drums; through tightly arranged jazz standards and originals.

Sunday, March 30

Century Jazz Ensemble @ Jethro’s Char-House, 3140 Century Ave N, Mahtomedi. 3pm (No Cover) Big Band jazz for a Sunday afternoon, provided by a 26 year old group that’s toured China and South America, and has brought in and worked with national artists such as Conte Candoli, Terry Gibbs, Tom Harrell, and Clark Terry.

Monday, March 31

Valve Meets Slide @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 suggested Donation) The last time Brad Bellows (valve trombone) and Dave Graf (slide trombone) did this gig it was at the Artists’ Quarter. Two Trombones, a bass and drums make for an evening of beautifully burnished sounds.

Joe Strachan and Josh Granowski @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) A couple of young lions on piano (Strachan) and bass (Granowski) during a great late night happy hour.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar and the KBEM Calendar, which also features some blues and roots listings. For further commentary of Twin Cities Jazz, go to Jazz Police, Bebopified, and JazzInk.


Blues, Roots, and Other…

Wednesday, March 26

Jason Dixon Line on KFAI & @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Fans of the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule will want to check out this sextet playing gritty classic rock, blues, country, and originals. Jake Manders follows at 9pm.

Thursday, March 27

Mikkel Beckman w/Nikki Roux & Rich Rue of Nikki & the Rue-mates @ Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5pm – 7pm (tip Jar) Mikkel has been hosting these Thursday get-togethers since the early Fall. This week he features the crystalline voice of Nikki Roux (nee Matteson) and the slide guitar of Rich Rue. Always fun, with a back porch vibe.

Unknown-2Rockin’ Pinecones @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. ($5?) Get your fix of music from the bayou, whether it’s Cajun, Zydeco, or Swamp Pop. The Pinecones will get you up on the great dance floor at the Eagles Club, which is always easy on the dancin’ feet.

Everly Brothers Tribute @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9:00pm ($5) Too many performers to list, though the music of the Everlys is the real draw. With their sweet, brotherly harmonies, and combination of acoustic and electric guitars, you could say they were country rock before there was country rock. This should be fun.

Friday, March 28

Dee Miller Band w/Jimi “Prime Time” Smith @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($?) She will, She will, rock you. Dee sings the blues with fervor, and I expect this will be a full bore show, especially with “Prime Time” adding some fret-full guitar. Here she is.

Davina & the Vagabonds @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) The hardest working woman in the Twin Cities is back from another tour, ready to tear it up at Famous Dave’s. Experience the joyful, New Orleans flavored sounds of Davina and the guys in a place where you can get BBQ and dance. Just in case you don’t know what they sound like, check out this video.

Matt Yetter @ Ward 6, 858 Payne Ave, Saint Paul. 9:30 (Free – tip jar?) It’s only recently that I’ve noticed this great little gastropub on Saint Paul’s East Side is having music on Friday Nights. Tonight they’ve got bluesman Matt Yetter, whose way with a slide guitar and harp will have you boppin’ your head and tappin’ your feet while you enjoy one of the restaurant’s signature adult milk shakes.

Saturday, March 29

Otis Clay @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) It’s been about four years since Clay was in town, and I have to say I’ve missed his raspy, soulful voice. Though he’s from Chicago, Clay is a passionate deep soul singer in the tradition of such Southern masters as OV Wright and Solomon Burke, pleading, extolling, and generally using tension and release to great effect. He’s touring behind a great sounding new CD, Love Is, which celebrates the vicissitudes and joys of love. Here he is doing one of his signature songs.

Sunday, March 30

Harrison’s Jukebox @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 5pm (No Cover) So what kind of music did George Harrison like? Here’s a bunch of musicians that want to answer that question: Curtiss A; KYX; Gini Dodds; Johnney Rey, and Jody Hanks, among others. It will be a rockin’ night.

Alejandro Escovedo @ the Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($22.50 – $45) The Texan from a musical family (his brothers are Coke & Pete Escovedo, and niece is Sheila E.) started out in punk rock bands, graduated to the alt county band Rank & File, and released his first solo album in 1992. Since then, wide-spread commercial success has eluded the singer/songwriter/roots rocker, though he’s been lauded in the NY Times and played on syndicated shows like Little Stevie’s Underground Garage. Escovedo can be seen and heard singing We Used To Be Friends in the new Veronica Mars movie.

Monday, March 31

Willie Murphy & Tom Hunter Blooz Jam @ Richfield American Legion, 65th & Portland, Richfield.  7:30pm (Tip Jar) Willie and Tom will be jammin’ and you never can tell who will show up, though rest assured, it will be fun.

Tuesday, April 1

Dead Pigeons @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm (tip Jar) This is a weekly gig for the rootsy, newgrassy quintet, who will be joined for April Fool’s Day by wild bluesman Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders

International Reggae All-Stars @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($6) The area’s best gather for this weekly celebration of ryddim.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots), see the Minnesota Blues Society Calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop events, see the Krewe de Walleye Calendar.



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