Into the Holidays: 12.2 -12.8

Apologies for the paucity of videos and the short descriptions on some of these. Life events just get in the way sometimes. Anyway, we’re now into the holiday season, which brings us a number of seasonal shows as well as some very special visiting artists. Take some time out from shopping to enjoy live music. It will lift your spirits.


Wednesday, December 2

Ms Ammons at Work

Ms Ammons at Work

Lila’s Jazz Triangle @ Tangiers, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) Vocalist Lila Ammons has been regularly performing at Tangiers for quite a few months, now. Starting tonight, she’ll be performing at an earlier time, the better to cater to an after-work crowd and early risers.

Deconstruction/Reconstruction @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Bassist Anthony Cox curates the first Wednesday of each month at Jazz Central. This month he has a new project with Steve Kenny, Flumpet; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; and Davu Seru, drums and percussion.

Unknown-1Diane Schuur @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35 – $45), 9pm ($25, $35) A two-time Grammy Award Winner, Schuur has collaborated with The Count Basie Orchestra, Barry Mannilow, BB King, Ray charles, and others, in addition to appearing on PBS specials, Sesame Street, and at the White House.

Thursday, December 3

Jeremy Ylvisaker & JT Bates @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm (No Cover) Electric guitar and drum duets.

Charmin Michelle and Rick Carlson @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm (No Cover) Here’s a combination of players that you don’t normally see. Pianist Rick Carlson, with his spare but oh so tasty licks, will be a fine accompanist for Ms Michelle.e56eb083-a78c-43ba-a80f-2aac3a4bfe39

Friday, December 4

The Girls Holiday Show @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25), 9pm ($20). It’s become a holiday tradition. The Dakota stage willed be filled with good natured estrogen, as this dynamic group of women perform holiday favorites in various combinations, creating six part harmonies on occasion. Patty Peterson, Lori Dokken, Judi Donaghy-Vinar, Debbie Duncan, Rachel-Holder-Henning, Erin Scwab

Anthony Walker Group @ Walker West Music Academy, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($15) Saint Paul native Anthony Walker returns to his hometown with his group to perform as part of the 8 O’Clock Jump Series. The pianist’s background in classical, gospel, ragtime, and R&B music has helped establish him as an in demand solo artist, musician, teacher, and producer. He’s shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, and Chaka Khan, among others. He’s appeard on The Today Show, David Letterman and Queen Latifah’s show.

Ted Godbout Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Godbout, piano; Matt Peterson, bass; Peter James-Johnson, drums.

Sunday, December 6

Zacc Harris Trio @ The Riverview Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Harris has been doing this weekly gig for a few years using a rotating cast of players.

Mac Jazz Concert @ Mairs Concert Hall, 130 Macalester Street, Saint Pul. 8pm (Free) Joan Griffith leads Mac Jazz. Though I don’t know if the group is made up of students, faculty, or both, the fact that it’s led by Ms Griffith is enough to make this concert noteworthy.

Tuesday, December 8

The Growlers @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5) Joel Shapira, guitar; Dave Martin, fretless bass; and Pete Hennig, drums.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz PoliceJazz Ink, and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, December 2

Unknown-2Joe & Vicky Price on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 and 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The Iowa proponents of unaffected, lowdown blues are making another swing through Minnesota and the metro area. You can also catch them at Hell’s Kitchen on Friday (5pm) and Harriet Brewing on Saturday (7pm).

John Beach Trio @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($?) Beach, keys; Paul Harper, sax; Kory Badertsher, drums. Special guest Mary Leinfelder, vocals.

Mark Lichteig and Original Soul Revue @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 8pm ($6) You are probably familiar with soulman Lichteig from his weekly appearances with The Combo on Sunday and Monday nights at Bunkers. Tonight he takes center stage, ably backed by The Vicious Licks, a horn and Hammond band, with special guest vocalist Ali Washington.

Rockin’ Pinecones @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5) Get your fill of New Orlean’s R&B, Cajun, and Zydeco music at the New Orleans’ themed basement boité

Thursday, December 3

Mikkel Beckmen and Lonesome Dan Kase @ The Dubliner, Saint Paul. 5pm (tip jar) Washboard percussionist Beckmen is in residence at the Dubliner every Thursday, bringing in various and sundry guests to perform, such as guitarist and singer of classic (30s) sounding blues, Lonesome Dan.

Friday, December 4

An iconic image from the Kerr collection

An iconic image from the Kerr collection

The Rock n’ Roll Photo Show @ Barely Brothers, 783 Raymond Ave, Saint Paul. 5pm – 9pm (Free) A Treasure Trove of hundreds of rock n’ roll publicity photos from the estate of Timothy D. Kerr will be on display and for sale through December. Some of the photos are of early Minnesota rockers like promo photos of early MN Rock bands- Gestures, Underbeats, Gypsy, Castaways, Rave- Ons, Crow, and Stillroven, while others are of jazz musicians, psychedelic bands, black groups, and solo artists. Some posters will be on display as well.

Lowertown Classics #15 @ Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10 Suggested Donation) You don’t have to go to a big concert hall to hear quality classical music. Lowertown Classics is a case in point. Tonight, this intimate gathering will feature music from Bach,Scarlatti, Granados, and others, performed by Nerea Berraondo, mezzo-soprano; Catherine Ramirez, flute, and guitarists Eva Beneke, Maja Radovanlija, and Alex Lubet. Enter through the alley and head to 3rd floor atrium.

New Orleans Suspects @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($15) With the Butanes and Frogleg opening, this will be an evening of New Orleans funk, blues, and more. The Suspects are Mean Willie Green, drums (Neville Brothers); Reggie Scanlan, bass (Radiators); Jake Eckert, guitar (Dirty Dozen); CR Gruver, keys (Funkifry’d); and Kevin Harris, sax (Dirty Dozen).

Dr. Ralph Stanley @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7pm ($50, $60) The 87 year old is a true music original who started performing professionally with his brother Carter in 1946, and becoming one of the most celebrated bluegrass bands in the world. He is so repected that dozens of major artists, from Bob Dylan, to Porter Wagoner have recorded duets with him. Stanley’s grandson Nathan is a rising star in the bluegrass world, and will be a featured player with the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Saturday, December 5

Dee Miller Band @ Schooners’ Tavern, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (tip Jar) w/Jimi Prime Time Smith on guitar. Ms Miller brings her rousing blues to the Southside.

Pat Donahue and the Prairie All-Stars @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($8) Ace fingerpicker Pat Donahue gathers some of his band-mates from The Prairie Home Companion to perform, along with special guest, Butch Thompson.

Friday, Saturday, December 4,5

Jeff Arundel’s 15th Annual Holiday Show @ Aster Cafe, Minneapolis (7pm Friday $10), 318 Cafe, Excelsior. (8pm Saturday $10) Arundel has brought in talent from far and wide to perform at this annual celebration of the holidays: guitarist vocalist AnnKlein of New York City, LA bluesman Doug McLeod; the Willmar Women’s Ensemble; Steel Arundel; and the elder Arundel, ably supported by the Hammsmen.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events,

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