Happy New Year! 12.26 – 1.1

December 26, 2018

Well, 2018 is coming to an end, and whether you can’t wait for it to be over, or simply look forward to a fresh start, there are all manner of celebrations taking place. I’m suggesting a few, including some lower-price events, but there’s bound to be a special event in most every restaurant and bar you can shake a stick at. You can also catch some holiday visitors who have put together shows while in town. We’re blessed to have so many cultural offerings in the metro area. Here’s wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year! Remember, Music Lifts Your Spirits!

Jazz

Wednesday, Dec 26

Will Kjeer @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm (?) It’s always fun to see returning students, and how much they’ve learned and grown musically while in school. After spending a number of years attending different schools, pianist Will Kjeer is back for his last holiday vacation as an undergrad. He’ll be joined by Graydon Peterson, bass; and Ben Erlich, drums.

Wednesday – Friday, Dec 26 – 28

Bad Plus @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45), 9pm ($40) The Bad Plus have been having a Christmas stand at the Dakota. Last year makes the last appearance of Ethan Iverson and now the piano chair is held by Orin Evans who has been an integral part of this new conjuration. Rolling Stone called their album “Never Stop II” the number one jazz album of 2018.

Thursday, Dec 27

Steven Hobert Quartet @ Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm ($5) With saxophonist Pete Whitman; bassist Yohannes Tona; and Greg Schutte, drums.  Lots of Steve’s original music as well as music by Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington and Nina Simone.

Friday, Dec 28

58 Belvedere @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10) Guitar master Dean Granros is joined by James Buckley, bass; and Dave Power, drums.

Saturday, Dec 29

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening set by the Jordan Anderson Group: Anderson, piano; Sam Worthington, bass; and Ben Erlich, drums. Featured artist at 8:30pm is SPACE: another band of rising musicians: Jack Courtwright, trombone; Will Schmid, guitar; Patrick Adkins, piano; Alma Engebretson, bass/cello; and Luke Peterson, drums.

Pat Mallinger Quartet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12, $15) Chicago saxophonist Mallinger is one of Saint Paul’s favorite sons who we get to see whenever he’s in town for the holidays. He’ll have backing by Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey, drums. This show is close to selling out as of this writing.

Sunday, Dec 30

Bates, Lewis, & Johnson @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6:30pmJT Bates drums; and Michael Lewis, sax; are 2/3rd of Fat Kid Wednesdays. With the addition of Gordy Johnson on bass, I suspect some standards may be in order, though Johnson, of an older generation, is versatile enough to go wherever the music takes the trio.

Hot Club of Chicago Avenue @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm ($15) Guitarist Sam Miltich, vocalist Charmin Michelle, and clarinetist Tony Baluff combine forces for an evening of swinging’ hot club music.

Hoaxer @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 7pm – 10pm ($10) An exciting band of young Turks, with: Charlie Lincoln, bass; Will Kjeer, piano; Peter Goggin, alto; and Edmund Caitlin, drums.

Monday, Dec 31

Connie Evingson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm, 7:30pm ($40, $85) with 3-course dinner) You can celebrate the arrival of a new year with the cool, yet expressive vocals of Ms Evingson  and still be home have time to go to another party or go home and let other have an exuberant evening.

Sophia Shorai @ The Lexington, Saint Paul.9pm (Tip jar) the Lex is taking reservations for dinner, but I don’t know how they’re handling folks who want to see Sophia, since the Williamsburg Room has couches, tea tables, and a bar (no reservations there). More to the point, Ms Shorai (pianist/vocalist), with her sparkling vocals and ability to convey emotion with a catch in her throat will be accompanied by James Buckley, bass; and Greg Schutte, drums.

New Year’s at the Black Dog, Saint Paul.  5pm – 11:59pm (Tip Jar) It’s a two part celebration beginning with their annual Early, Safe & Sane kid-friendly celebration starting at 5pm, and featuring Todd Harper, keys; Aaron Kerr, cello; Chris Hagedorn, sax; and Eric Courson, drums. Then afterwards, it’s a massive jazz concert to take you to the New Year, with Steve Kenny, trumpet; Dave Brattain, saxes; Will Kjeer, piano; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Pete James Johnson, drums, along with some special guests. Reservations recommended.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, Dec 26

The Eddies on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) This annual post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s show is always fun, thanks to the camaraderie exhibited by the almost-acapella Eddies and their audiences.

Friday, Dec 28

Crankshaft’s Last Stand @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12 Advance, $15 Door) Crankshaft is retiring, so this will be your last chance to hear this punkified, no-holds barred, blues.  He’ll be joined by the Flood Brothers, and Mike Munson, with a special late set from Kent Burnside with special guests, including Harold Tremblay.

Friday, Saturday, Dec 28, 29

Nooky Jones’ 5th Annual Soulful Soiree @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($17 Advance, $20 Door) This very cool sextet blends, soul jazz, and hip-hop into a musical mélange that’s both spicy & soothing. Friday night guests are Mina Moore and DJ Lazerbeek, while Saturday’s guests are Proper-T, and DJ Rowsheen.

Saturday, Dec 29

Vibronauts @ Dusty’s, NE Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Guitar-driven early rock n’ roll & rhythm & blues by a quintet packed into the little green booth.

Sunday, Dec 30

Rich Lewis Big Bad Band @ Whitey’s, 4th & East Hennepin, NE Mpls. 8pm (Tip Jar) Soulful rock n’ roll, as well as original versions of classic soul & Motown, performed by an expanded version of the band.

Monday, Dec 31

Belfast Cowboys @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($85, includes $50 food & drink credit) The large version of this Van Morrison tribute band.

Frogleg @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($22 Advance, $25 Door) Funk, Rock, & Reggae from Frogleg, with guests The People Brothers Band.

PHO @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 8pm ($15 Advance, $20 day of show) If you’re looking for a fun-filled New Year’s PHO, along with Purple Funk Metropois& Radiochurchwill provide it for you.

Harrison Street @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Friendly, front porch blues with power.

JoyAnn Parker @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 10:30pm ($40) Passion, power, and soul from singer/multi-instrumentalist Ms Parker and her bluesy band.

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, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 


Solstice, Festivus, and Christmas: 12.19 – 12.25

December 19, 2018

The Winter Solstice, when we have the shortest amount of daylight is Friday, while Festivus, the made-up holiday from Seinfeld, is Sunday. Christmas, with its message of hope and good will to mankind, is Tuesday. So… there are gigs celebrating each this week, as well as gigs from area musicians who are home for the holidays. This gives you an opportunity to bring guests to some great gigs, or to take some time for yourself in this super-busy season. After all, Music Lifts Your Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, Dec 19

Winter Solstice with The Laura Caviani Trio @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm Caviani is a pianist whose compositions and arrangements are graceful and swinging. Tonight, in anticipation of Friday’s Solstice, she’ll undoubtedly be updating songs from her 1999 holiday CD, Angels We Haven’t Heard, and her 2007 release, Holly, Jolly and Jazzy, with Chris bates, bass; and Dave Schmalenberger, drums.

Thursday, Dec 20

Stone Arch Jazz Band @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm Traditional, New Orleans style jazz from a seven-piece, horn-heavy group – often danceable, always energizing.

Ylvisaker, Lewis, & Bates @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9:30pm ($5) Drummer JT Bates may have stopped booking the Jazz Implosion, but he continues to deliver a satisfying foundation, and occasional lead, formal manner of groups, including this one with versatile guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker, and bassist, saxophonist Michael Lewis.

Friday, Dec 21

Debbie Duncan & Andrew Walesch: It Must be Christmas @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm The Twin Cities jazz maven and piano-playing crooner join up to celebrate the holiday.

John Raymond/Chris Thompson Group @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. ($10) Not only do the holidays mark the return of college students, but of area musicians who now live elsewhere. Case in point – trumpeter John Raymond, now a Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Indiana University. He’ll be joined by Chris Thomson, sax; Thomas Nordland, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; Pete James Johnson, drums.

Saturday, Dec 22

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm: Owen Finch Group. 8:30pm: John Raymond Feels Trio – Raymond, trumpet; Graydon Peterson, bass; Phil Hey, drums.

Anderson, Lincoln, & Epstein @ Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis. 7-9pm (Tip Jar) Boom Island Brewing makes Belgian style beers, Pianist Jordan Anderson, bassist Charlie Lincoln, and drummer Jay Epstein create some fine music.

Sunday, Dec 23

Festivus & Other Twisted Holidays @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Pianist Larry McDonough and his quartet host a Festivus for the Rest of Us. Expect an Airing of Grievances, along with music for Festivus Miracle and Feats of Strength, as well as McDonough’s odd takes on holiday music. .

Monday, Dec 24

No jazz shows as far as I can tell, though you might want to check out Deano & the Dinosaurs at Merlin’s Rest (listed below), whose music often veers into jazz territory.

Tuesday – Friday, Dec 25 – 28

Bad Plus @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45), 9pm ($40) The Bad Plus have been having a Christmas stand at the Dakota. Last year marked the last appearance of pianist Ethan Iverson. Orin Evans now holds the piano chair, andhas become an integral part of the band. Rolling Stone called their album “Never Stop II” the number one jazz album of 2018.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and some roots music.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, Dec 19

Charlie Parr on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Charlie Parr just may be the most authentic roots/blues musician four time. He grew up without a TV, but made up fort by listening to his dad’s collection of records by Charley Patton, Woody Guthrie, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and other artists who form the foundation of America’s music. His truly authentic sound, which evokes the music of itinerant musicians of the 1930s, strikes a major chord with today’s young audiences.

Thursday, Dec 20

Les Nubians @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40), 9pm ($25, $30, $35) This Franco-African duo blends music from around the world with the rhythms and songs of Africa o create a performance that is both musically and visually stunning.

Friday, Dec 21

Blue Yodel No. 8 @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. (Tip Jar) John Whitehead, guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals; John Her, bass, vocals; and Ross Johnson, guitar, harmonica, & vocals: play an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, blues, and swing, from artists ranging from Hank Williams and the Delmore Bros to Jimmy Reed and Bob Wills

Tracy Grammer @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 8pm ($20) Americana/folk artist Tracy Grammer has a pure voice, plays a deft guitar and violin, and excels at storytelling. She’s recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists, both solo and in a duo with the late Dave Carter. Her eleventh CD, Low Tide, was released earlier this year, and is the first ever to feature her original songs. Opening act Dennis Warner may live in Minnesota but he’s a regular road warrior, performing in over 100 cities a year.

Saturday, Dec 22

Wee Willie Walker @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $15) I don’t know if Walker, an original soul man, will be doing any seasonal songs, though I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Back Door Santa along with his usual mix of classic and modern soul.

10th Annual Yuletide Sweater Ball @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12 Advance, $15 Door) Whether you were un-ironically given a Christmas Sweater, or found an ugly one for events such as this, enjoy an evening of progressive bluegrass and old-times music courtesy of The Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins; Barbero; and the Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League.

Sunday, Dec 23

Gang of Mischief @ Neumann’s, Saint Paul. 4pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Paul Mayasich is in the hot seat, Michael Caravale on upright bass, along with Rena Haus, and Papa John Kolstad.

Dee Miller Band: Road to Memphis Fundraiser @ MN Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 2pm ($10?, Donation) Help the Dee Miller Band  et out of town and down to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in January. To entice your attendance and donations, they’ll be joined by Armadillo Jump; Squishy Mud, & Mark Cameron

Monday, December 24

Jewbilee 2018 @ 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis. 7pm door, 7:30 music ($5 advance, $7 Door) There’s an old saying that for Jews, Christmas means Chinese takeout and a trip to the movies. Well, for 14 years now, Deejay Danny Sigelman has created another Christmas Eve tradition for Jews and non-Jews alike who are looking to attend something non-Christmasy – Jewbilee. This year’s edition features the bands Planet Pookey, Challo, The Rivkinz (Revolution drummer Bobby Z & sons), and Andy Cook, as well as Fancy Ray McClooney and other comedians. You don’t have to be a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel to enjoy this show. All are welcome

Monday, Tuesday, December 24, 25

Deano & The Dinosaurs @ Merlin’s Rest, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Not everyone wants (or gets) to spend a whole evening with relatives from near and afar. If you need a break, or simply don’t want to hear any more Christmas music, you’ve got these gigs to attend. Guitarist Deano Mikkelson does his annual show again this year, with two different sets of Dinosaurs. Christmas Eve it’s Joel Shapira, guitar; George Marich, drums; and James Buckley, bass. Christmas night Deano will be joined by Dean Harrington, guitar; Tom Lewis, bass; and Dehl Gallagher, drums. Harmonica master Clint Hoover is expected stop in one or both nights and join in the fun. Note: if you want to order adult beverages, be sure to bring an ID.

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, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 


Holiday Party Time: 12.12 – 12.18

December 12, 2018

Lots of interesting shows from resident artists yhis week, including young musicians home from college for the holidays; an all-star tribute to the recently passed Roy Hargrove, some garage rock holiday celebrations, a bluegrass Christmas, and a dance celebration of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Something I don’t have listed is the musical Marie & Rosetta at Park SquareTheater through December 30. It’s about gospel/swing guitarist Rosetta Tharpe, the Rock n’Roll Hall of Famer who was an early adopter of electric guitar and an inspiration to the Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and most of the early British Blues scene. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in rock history and the guitar. Music Lifts Your Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, Dec 12

Chris Bates Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Bassist Chris Bates‘ original compositions, as performed by: Bates; Bill Bergmann, guitar; Joe Mayo, sax; and Joey Van Phillips, drums.

Wednesday, Thursday, Dec 12, 13

Paris Chansons @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45) While one might expect that this group would perform romantic French songs, they draw from a wider, international repertoire, some of which is quite fast. Julia Kantor, a sultry Ukranian songstress, together with her husband Jacob, from Russia, and Max Cohen, from Morocco, perform jazz standards and other classics in French, Russian, Italian, and other languages.

Thursday, Dec 13

Vocal Night Holiday Celebration @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Vocal night curator Sarah M. Greer, along with pianist Ted Godbout, hosts this informal holiday celebration that’s part open mic, part jam session, part caroling (by all), some circle singing, and general good tidings. With food by Vanessa.

Friday, Dec 14

Maud Hixson & Jason Richards: Let It Snow! @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6pm ($15) Holiday classics and a few song of Steve Lawrence & Edie Gormé, with Rick Carlson on piano.

Jackson Potter & Adam Asturp Double Guitar Quartet @ The Underground Music Cafe, 408 N. 3rd Street, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (Tip Jar) The winter holidays bring college musicians back to town, as with this group appearing at the UMC’s Mpls location. Adam Astrup & Jackson Potter, guitars; Matt McIntyre, bass; and Simon Petrick drums.

Saturday, Dec 15

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm Constellation Band: Ross Nixon, sax; Kelly Blau, guitar; Sid Gasner, bass; Derrin Pinto, drums. At 8:30pm: CD Release for Steve Kenny “Quartets” featuring Steve Kenny Quartet: Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Te Olsen, bass; Miguel Hurtado, drums; and Kenny, Flumpet. Additionally, What Would Monk Do: Billy Peterson, bass; Peter Schimke, piano; Rodney Ruckus, drums, Kenny, Flumpet; with special Guest Brandon Wozniak.

Fat Kid Wednesdays w/ The Dakota Combo @ Barely Bros Records, 783 Raymond Ave, Saint Paul. 4pm – 7pm (Free) You’ll have to stand, but you can peruse the records for gifts to yourself or others. The Dakota Combo is a group of HS students chosen each year by open audition to study with Adam Linz, bassist for the Fat Kids. It will be tight, both in terms of available room and the music.

Sunday, Dec 16

Capri Big Band’s Jazzy Christmas Concert @ The Capri Theater, Minneapolis. 3pm (Free) Holiday sounds from a big, 25-member, brassy, intergenerational band.

Rhythm’s Mama & Le Voyage @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 4pm ($20) Rhythm’s Mama, led by Babatunde Lea explores the African roots of Cuban Music.Members are: Lea, drums and congas; Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Grayson Peterson, bass; Kevin Washington drums; and Taji Malik Hill, percussion. Le Voyage is a Donald Washington project that creates music for the moment – adventurous and satisfying. Members are : Washington, reeds; with Steve Hirsh, drums; Matt Trice, sax; and Richard Studer, bass.

Monday, Dec 17

Jordan Anderson Trio/Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) It’s been a few years since pianist Anderson graduated from high school and The Dakota Combo. He’ll do two sets with two groups. Apparently one group isn’t enough to express his creativity.

JC Sanford Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) This is the last edition of Jazz Implosion. After 20 years of bursting great jazz with this series, JT Bates, perhaps the most versatile drummer in towns calling it quits. Given the success of the series, it’s hard to believe the Icehouse won’t continue to book jazz fro time to time. So, tonight farewell Bates hast the JC Sanford Quartet playin mostly originals from Sanford: Sanford, trombone; Zacc Harris, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and JT Bates, drums.

Tuesday, Dec 18

All-Star TC Tribute to Roy Hargrove @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20, $25) Trumpeter Roy Hargrove recently left town. He was a fairly regular visitor to the Dakota so it makes sense that they’d have a show honoring him. Hargrove’s music encompassed many genres: Afro-Cuban Jazz; Hard Bop; R&B, Hip-Hop, and even Afrobeat. Many of the Twin cities finest artists, including trumpeters Omar Abdulkarim; Adam Meckler; and Solomon Parham, are gathering to celebrate Hargrove and his music. They’ll be joined by Justin Robinson, from the Roy Hargrove Quintet.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and some roots music.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, Dec 12

Matt Arthur & Friends on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Americana and country rock to finish out “hump-day.”

Hula Peppers @ The Schooner, Minneapolis. 8pm (Tip Jar) Experience the charm, low-key humor, and the fine technique of the Peppers as they play music from 78s of the 20s and 30s.

Thursday, Dec 13

Monroe Crossing: A Bluegrass Christmas @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20) With 15 CDs to their name, including two Christmas missives, a passel of honors and awards, and a repertoire that includes traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, classic country, and even a few songs completely outside the genre, Monroe Crossing delivers a Christmas show for bluegrass fans.

Deb Brown & Brian Ziemniak @ 925 Landing, Wayzata. 6-9pm (No Cover) Bluesman Deb Brown & keyboardist Brian Ziemnieak bring the blues yo Wayzata.

Friday, Dec 14

The Castaways @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door) it’s a Garagey Lil’ Holiday Festival @, featuring the fabled Castaways of the big hit Liar Liar and the lesser known Goodbye Babe fame, as well as The Sex Rays, Fret Rattles, Black Widows and more, including Dr. Bob’s Puppet Show, free food from Gandhi Mahal, and beer tastings from Fulton Beer for early arrivals.

Kinda Kinky Holiday Concert & Food Raiser @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. ($??, 1/2 price w/non-perishable food item) I believe this may be the 7th year that the Kinks tribute band has put together a benefit to raise food – this year for The Food Group. As in the past, it will feature vocalists galore including: Curtiss A, Sabrina Crews, Carol Cunnington, Gini Dodds, Alma Engebretson,  Baby Grant Johnson, Cindy Lawson, Molly Maher, Carla Tollefsrud, members of Prairie Fire Lady Choir, and many, many more.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec 14, 15, 16

A Charlie Brown Christmas Played Live and Danced! @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 6:30pm Friday; 1:30 & 4:30pm Saturday; 4:30pm Sunday ($16 Advance/$18 Door, 12 & Under – Free) The animated cartoons of Charles Schultz wouldn’t be half so successful without the playful jazz of Vince Guaraldi. This intriguing project by Rhythmically Speaking Artistic director Erin Liebhard takes the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas, as performed by jazz/surf quartet GST, and adds nine dancers to bring life to the soundtrack. This could be the start of a new Christmas tradition in the Twin Cities.

Saturday, Dec 15

KFAI’s MinneCulture Mixtape Show @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The little station that could has been broadcasting live concerts as part of its MinneCulture project for about ten years. Now, they’ve created a cassette mix-tape –  The Live from Minnesota Mixtape cassette tape represents all-star selections from these sets with acts like Chastity Brown, Charlie Parr, Kitten Forever, The Jayhawks, The Suburbs, Dalmar Yare, Heiruspecs and more. To celebrate the release, a number of acts are performing tonight, including Minneapolis Synth-pop band Pornonono, gospel-soul singer and local Black Lives Matter anthem author Jayanthi Kyle (formerly of Gospel Machine), MC-poet See More Perspective, and others

Sunday, Dec 16

Charanga Tropical @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 5pm – 7pm. ($5) It’s an afternoon Latin Dance Party, as saxophonist/flutist Doug Little leads the band through salsa, rumbas, son, and of course, charangos.

Tim Sparks & Phil Heywood @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) Minnesota, and the Twin cities are known as a nexus of acoustic, finger style guitarists, in part because of these two players. Both have earned National Fingerpicking Championships in the past, and together play duets and solo pieces from Americana, jazz, folk, & blues repertoires.

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, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.


Hear and enjoy. Music: 12.5 – 12.11

December 5, 2018

It seems the flow of visiting artists has slowed this week, at least for the smaller venues that I generally cover. Nevertheless there are a number of interesting, and sometimes holiday-themed shows being done by resident artists. Whether celebrating the holidays or not, remember, Music Lifts Your Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, Dec 5

Really Big Shoe @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. ($10, $5 w/Student ID) Saxophonists Joe Mayo & Clay Pufahl founded this quarter a couple of years ago. Rhythm section: Ted Olson, bass; and Joey Van Phillips, drums.

Thursday, Dec 6

Charmin Michelle @ The Mudd Room, Mendota Heights. 7pm (No over) Try to get a seat within the bar portion of this room to fully appreciate Ms Michelle’s caramel-smooth voice. She’ll have John Della Selva on guitar; and Joe Wiseman, bass; working with her.

Friday, Dec 7

Riverside Swing Holiday Show @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20) Given we’re holiday season, it’s likely that this six piece band with four vocalists won’t bemoan the lack of a dance floor as they play swinging holiday tunes along with others from the 30s and 40s.

Sightless Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. ($10) Cody Steinmann, guitar; Ted Godbout, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Carter Pearson, drums.

Saturday, Dec 8

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) at 7pm, it’s the aptly named Last Minute Quartet, with Steve Kenny on Flumpet, and a band line-up to be announced. At 8:30, Drummer Rodney Ruckus returns to tow with theRuckus Twin Cities Experiment: DeCarlo Jackson, bass, trumpet; Brandon Wozniak, tenor; David Billingly & Jacob Dodd, piano; and Rodney Ruckus, drums and other instruments.

58 Belvedere @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6:30pm (No Cover) Guitarist Dan Granros leads this jazz power trio through originals and group improvisations, with: Pat Keen, bass; and Dave Power, drums.

Sunday, Dec 9

Mary Louise Knutson Trio @ Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. 12:30 – 1:45pm (Free) holiday tunes performed by a sublime trio: Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Gordy Johnson, upright bass; and Phil Hey drums, prior to the afternoon’s choral concert in the hall.

Tormé Sings Tormé @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25) Steve March-Tormé is the son of Mel Tormé, who wrote the holiday chestnut, The Christmas Song. It’s only fitting that he brings a program of holiday songs, as well as stories of his dad, and a few songs from the Great American Songbook to the listening room at Crooners.

Monday, Dec 10

Fuzzy Math @ The Amsterdam Bar& Hall, Saint Paul. 8pm (Free) Largely carol-free evening of jazz from: Mark Vandermyde, keys/compositions; Andrew Scwandt, sax; Haralds Bondaris, drums; and Matt Peterson, bass.

Chris Bates’ Red 5 @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) The nerd in all of us enjoys the fact that this group is named after an X-Wing fighter Star Wars. Members of the band: Bates, bass; JT Bates, drums; Thomas Nordlund, guitar; Steve Kenny, trumpet; Brandon Wozniak, saxes; and JC Sanford, trombone. BTW, next week’s Jazz Implosion will be the last, as JT Bates is stepping down after about 20 years of booking the Monday night series.

Tuesday, Dec 11

Dave Karr & Friends @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 6pm (Free) The monthly Jazz Indeed series at the Hook features octogenarian saxophonist Dave Karr. Given Karr’s prominence in the area’s jazz scene, he’ll undoubtedly have some stellar performers with him.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.

 

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, Dec 5

Big George Jackson on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Big George Jacksonhas a bass voice that can shake the rafters. He plays a mean harmonica as well.

The Pines @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20, $30, $35) Indie Rock and Americana from a group with its roots in Iowa and Minnesota. They’ve received numerous plaudits for their writing, showing a keen eye for detail and atmospherics.

Thursday, Dec 6

Doug Otto @ The Dubliner, Saint Paul. 5-7pm (Tip Jar) Though Otto can be heard regularly at the 331 Club and Dusty’s, he’s performing today in Saint Paul as part of Mikkel Beckman’s weekly gig.

Friday, Dec 7

Prudence Johnson & Dean Magraw @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6pm ($5) These two veterans of the Twin Cities music scene go together like two straws in a coke. They’ve known each other and played together for decades.

3rd Annual Church of Cash Holiday Show @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12 Advance, $15 Door) How did Johnny Cash celebrate the holidays? This excellent tribute band may give us a hint.

Salsa del Soul @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) Salsa del Soul plays much more than salsa. You’ll hear Sons, Pleñas, Cha-chas, Bachatas and more. A DJ opens at 9pm w/Salsa del Soul starting at 10.

Saturday, Dec 8

Paul Cebar @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. ($15 Advance, $20 Door) Milwaukee’s ambassador of danceable sounds brings the rhythms of western Louisiana, the streets of New Orleans, Africa, and the Caribbean (not to forget soul n’ funk) to the Hook with his band Tomorrow Sound.

Renee Austin @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) Austin was a rising star in the blues scene when she lost her voice in 2005. She calls it a miracle that she got it back two years ago. She’s now revved up and singing her soulful blues.

Hot Tuna @ The Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins. 8pm ($42, $75VIP) Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady were founding members of Jefferson Airplane, and formed Hot Tuna as a side project to explore their love of blues. Hot tuna Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rock n’ roll Hall of Fame about two years ago.

Tuesday, Dec 11

Hooked on Hamilton @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. ($30, $35, $40) Vocalist/Actor T. Mychael Rambo has gathered14 veteran and emerging vocalists, along with a 5-piece band to perform songs from the musical Hamilton.

 

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, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 


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