Eat. Drink. Music. 11.27 – 12.3

November 27, 2013

Well, I thought readers might enjoy a little levity about Thanksgiving.  I realize that not everyone overeats or even goes shopping on Thanksgiving, which is once more upon us. Gathering with friends and family is a great tradition, and we can even find a way to enjoy meals without meltdowns over politics, religion or lifestyles. Please take note of the Brass Bash at the Amsterdam on Sunday. There will be lots of good music, and the proceeds go to KFAI. Would love to see you there. In the meantime, have a good holiday, and if you get stressed out, take some time to let music lift your spirits. There is certainly plenty of it around.

Jazz…

Wednesday, November 27

Davu Seru Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (donation) Davu Seru, percussion, Josh Granowski, bass; and Park Evans, guitar. Seru is a drummer/percussionist who is equally at home playing straight ahead jazz, free jazz, and desert blues, among others. Park Evans and Josh Granowski are equally versatile.

Phil Hey Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) A long-running quartet that doesn’t seem to appear outside of monthly AQ performances, Phil Hey, drums; Dave Hagedorn, vibes; Tom Lewis, bass; and Phil Aaron, piano. Expect a very high level of performance of tunes by Coletrane, Coleman, Mingus, and more. Here they are a few years ago, doing a standard.

Friday, November 29

Talking Strings @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip jar) Pavel Jany, guitar; Gary Schulte, violin; and Andrew Foreman, bass; playing global jazz – French jazz, bossa novas, gypsy jazz, and more.

Atlantis Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($8) Some late night modern jazz. The Atlantis Quartet has built a strong following in the Twin Cities based on the stellar playing of Zacc Harris, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; Brandon Wozniak, tenor sax; and Pete Hennig, drums.

Friday, Saturday, November 29,30

Pat Mallinger & the Bill Carrothers Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Mallinger (sax) and Carrothers (piano) are Saint Paul talents who have made good and now live in Chicago and Upper Michigan, respectively. When they’re in town, they head to the AQ, where their combined talent makes for a very special show. Here’s Pat hard at work.

Saturday, November 30

George Maurer Group @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12) Maurer may be the most talented Minnesota musician you haven’t heard about, since he resides in Saint Cloud and only sporadically performs in the Twin Cities. He’s a pianist/composer/producer who has collaborated with musicians ranging from Prudence Johnson to Eric Clapton. Tonight he brings a septet, including two horns, to the Dakota. Check out their take on a Beatles tune.

Maryann Sullivan & Dave Martin@ Mendoberri Cafe & Wine Bar, Mendota. 7:30pm – 10:30pm (No Cover) Here’s a low-key way to eat out at a casual restaurant and hear some fine jazz. Vocalist Sullivan and guitarist Martin will be swinging some standards and a holiday tune or two.

Sunday, December 1

KFAI’s Brass Bash @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 6pm ($10 Suggested Donation) This is a benefit I’ve put together for KFAI, featuring three bands with brass instruments. First up at 6:30 is The Jana Nyberg Group. Jana swings and sings with taste, and with the help of husband/trumpeter Adam Meckler, brings new life to bossa novas, jazz chestnuts, and contemporary pop. At 7:30pm it’s Parham, Schimke, Anderson, Boettcher, and Washington. This quintet represents some of the best of Twin Cities Jazz. Solomon Parham, trumpet; Peter Schimke, piano; Kevin Washington, drums; Jeremy Boettcher, bass; and up and coming new guy in town, Tyler Anderson on tenor sax. Suffice to say, the place will be swinging. Then, to close things up at 8:30 or so, we have the Jack Brass Band, whose infectious music encompasses  traditional brass band tunes, jazz standards like  Night in Tunisia and songs by Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Bobby Brown and more. They’ve been together for a dozen years or so and have enough street cred to be featured in New Orleans’ Offbeat Magazine, march in a Mardis Gras Parade, and play for WWOZ.  Here’s the Jana Nyberg Group in the KFAI studios.

Monday, December 2

Joey DeFrancesco Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30)  Today’s Hammond organ giant was playing with Miles Davis as a teenager, and also played with John McLaughlin. Last seen here at the MN Zoo with Dave Sanborn, DeFrancesco will put on a smokin’ show of soul-jazz. Check out his take on a song that’s heavily identified with Sinatra.

Tuesday, December 3

Dean Magraw and Davu Seru @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar) This monthly gig is always impressive, as Magraw on electric guitar, and Seru on drums and percussion use their vast knowledge of jazz, rock, and world musics to create enlightening and inspiring music.

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, November 27

UnknownNikki & the Rue-Mates on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5-ish (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – tip jar)  I’ve been a fan of Nikki’s crystaline voice for years. She’s turned into a fine writer and guitar player as well, ably assisted by Rich Rue on resonator guitar and Jon Larsen on bass. With any luck, she’ll have a drummer along to add some kick to the proceedings.

photoSonny Knight & Lakers and The Rich Lewis Band @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($5) Knight started out in the 60s when he was a teenager, and eventually sang with the legendary Twin Cities band Haze in the 70s. His appearance on the Secret Stash compilation of Twin Cities Soul & Funk has re-energized him and he’s put together a seven-piece horn and organ band to provide some funky backing. They’ve been doing a residency at the Eagles Club for the last month, creating good vibes and building an audience. Tonight’s bash features the Rich Lewis Band, purveyors of funky good times in their own right, albeit with a New Orleans bent to the music. The bash is in the big room, with plenty of space for dancers.

Thursday, November 28

Davina & the Vagabonds @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) Not a lot to do on Thanksgiving night, but if you want something that will appeal across generations, you can’t go wrong with the highly unique, energetic blues, R&B, and jazz of Ms Davina and the highly polished Vagabonds.

Doug Otto & the Getaways @ Ray J’s Northeast, 500 Central Ave, Minneapolis. 9:30pm Doug’s mournful voice is perfect for the old timey roots music that he prefers. The Getaways include Josh Granowski, Alberto Castro Perez, Jr., and Chris Gray.

Friday, November 29

TAKK @ Juxtaposition Arts’ Moja Gallery, 1108 Broadway, Minneapolis. 7pm, performances at 8pm & 9pm (Free) TAKK is a dance project with video installation that looks at relationships through the lens of sports. There promises to be much interactivity during the dance performances.

Dee Miller Band @ Shaw’s, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) The Duchess of the Blues, helping you to dance off the Thanksgiving meal pounds.

The Butanes and the Marbles Acoustic Band @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5 after 8pm) The Marbles Acoustic Band, an octet, start things off with their jam-ish versions of 60s and 70s folk-rock. Then The Butanes come on at 9 to take you down blues alley.

Saturday, November 30

MetsaWalkerPosterPaul Metsa & Willie Walker CD Release Party @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 5pm – 7pm. (No Cover) The other great singer/songwriter to come out of the Iron Range has been playing with soulman Willie Walker for a few years now. The combination of Paul’s sterling guitar playing and Willie’s angelic, yet soulful voice makes for good chemistry and great music. The CD is called Live from Highway 55.

Trashy Little Christmas Show @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($20) It’s a Christmas Tradition. Trailer Trash begins their annual weekly residency bringing musical mayhem

Black Market Brass, Brass Messengers, and Body Omara @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Looking for some Afrobeat, world brass, and desert blues? You will want to be at the Nomad tonight.

Big George Jackson @ The Schooner, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover) Big George has a seemingly bottomless voice that is equal parts scary and comforting. Just right for the Delta-inspired blues that he sings. He has a crack band behind him as well. Here he is.

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.


Twin Cities Music: 10.9 – 10.15

October 9, 2013
Kenny Horst in a happier moment.

Kenny Horst in a happier moment.

As you may have heard, the Twin Cities jazz community was rocked by word that the Artists’ Quarter will be closing at the end of the year. Since a new owner took over the Hamm building, the rent has risen to an untenable level for the small club. Owner/musician Kenny Horst has been working without a salary for a couple of years now, while providing a place for resident and visiting musicians to play. There are comments and condolences all over FaceBook, including a Save the Artists’ Quarter page. The club, which Downbeat Magazine named as one of the best places to hear jazz in the world, is vital to downtown Saint Paul and to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Frankly, I can’t imagine what the building’s owners think they could put in the space, but then, I’m not a realtor. Anyway, if you’ve any interest in jazz, please make sure to visit the club, especially during the week.

As far as other music offerings this week, there’s jazz at Studio Z and the Landmark Center, Peruvian music at Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Tango at the Black Dog, and country pop on Nicollet Mall. Remember, music can lift the soul.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 9

Jake Baldwin Quintet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) The AQ may be closing at the end of the year, but it’s still showcasing some of the best talent around. Consider this group of musicians – none more than a few years out of college, yet they’re tearing it up. Baldwin on trumpet; Joe Strachan, piano; Nelson Devereaux, sax; Miguel Hurtado on drums. Don’t know who is on bass (or is he on third?), but the results will be some mighty fine jazz.

Thursday, October 10

A musical partnership

A musical partnership

Cocktails and Culture @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 5pm – 7pm. (Free)  The Schubert Club celebrates the renovation of a Wurlitzer piano built in 1935 with a performance by pianist Laura Caviani and saxophonist Pete Whitman. Expect songs from the 30s, plus a complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. A fine happy hour, taking place in the second floor galleria.

Hennig, Nichols, & Courage @ the Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) A trio of excellent musicians, perhaps a bit older than Wednesday’s group, but still young, vital, imaginative, and first rate. Pete Hennig, drums; Bryan Nichols, piano; and Brian Courage, bass.

Friday, October 11

Ellen Lease, Pat Moriarty, and Brian Courage @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm – 11pm. (Tip Jar) Ellen Lease on piano and Pat Moriarty on sax have the kind of musical rapport and communication that comes from decades of playing together. You can read Pamela Espeland’s 2010 interview with them here. Brian Courage is a bassist who is relatively new in town, but is showing great versatility and an unerring sense of rhythm. Expect some surprises as they freely improvise.

Friday, Saturday, October 11, 12

Bill Carrothers Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) A Saint Paul native who live in Michigan’s UP, Carrothers is a pianist with a unique, yet thoroughly accessible style that manages to be both bold and sensitive. His resume includes stints with artists ranging from Matt “Guitar” Murphy, to hard bop trombonist Curtis Fuller, to Lee Konitz and Dewey Redman. Though he’s been through town a few times lately, every performance is a revelation.

Saturday, October 12

Frank Enanoza’s October Jazz Concert @ Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet Ave So, Mpls. 6:30pm – 8pm (Free)  Frank Enanoza, guitar; Larry Neumann, sax; and Aimee Petra on vocals will deliver an early evening set of jazz, Latin, and seasonal songs.

Dearie & O’Day @ Jazz at Saint Barney’s, 15600 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth. 7pm.  Maryann Sullivan sings Blossom Dearie, while Vicky Mountain sings Anita O’Day. Dearie had a waif-like voice and sly wit, while O’Day was a swingin’ scattin’ musician, whose instrument happened to be her voice. Sullivan and Mountain will likely share a story or two about them as well.

Unknown-1Optimum Trajectory @ Coffee Grounds, Saint Paul 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar)  Here’s a chance to hear a five-piece jazz band in a non-alchohol setting, though depending on the coffee you drink, you might still get wired. Ira Ademan, saxes; Steve Hilson, trumpet; Jeff Gurney, bass; Garth Anderson, drums; and Tim McNamara guitar.

Jesse Bryan Quartet @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 10:00pm (No Cover)   Jesse will be singing with Dave Hofgren, Guitar: Mike Derrick, Bass; and Eron Woods on Percussion. Nevertheless, you can expect to hear som acoustic swing, standards, gypsy jazz, and even a few originals during the Red Stag’s late night happy hour.

Monday, October 14

Fall of the House of Usher and Chris Bates’ Red5 @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8?) It’s a horn-heavy night as two bands take the stage for the Jazz Implosion tonight. First up is the Fall of the House of User: Chris Cunningham, guitar and compositions; Greg Schutte, drums; Chris Bates, bass; Chris Thompson, Adrian Larkin and Elliot Wachs, on saxes; and Jon Davis on bass clarinet. Then at 11pm, it’s the Red5, with Chris Bates, bass; JT Bates, drums; Zack Lozier, trumpet; and Chris Thomson,  and Nelson Devereaux on sax.

Tuesday, October 15

Explosion Big Band @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Tuesday nights at Jazz Central are big band nights. Doug Haining and Scott Agster have put together an appropriately titled group of musicians for your listening pleasure.

Tuesday, Wednesday, October 15, 16
Unknown-2Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) Though many know Baker from back in the day as the drummer for the supergroup Cream, Baker considers himself a jazz drummer and has also immersed himself in African and world rhythms. He’ll likely have his trademark two bass drums as part of his drumset, and will be joined by Pee Wee Ellis, of James Brown’s JBs, among others. Both nights will likely sell out, so be forewarned.

More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at KBEM and at Jazz Police. Jazz Police also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.

 

Blues, Roots, Other

Thursday, October 10

Katy Vernon Trio @ Piazza on the Mall, 1221 Nicollet, Minneapolis. 5pm – 7pm (Free) A London born, Minneapolis based singer of country-ish pop, Ms Vernon plays ukelele, and writes winning songs. Her trio provides just the right color to reinforce the country side of each tune. She and her trio appeared on Prairie Home Companion just a couple of weeks ago. The Piazza on the Mall is a patio in front of the Presbyterian Church at 12th and Nicollet. Given the warm fall days we’re having, this should be delightful. Here’s a video of her playing and singing solo.

Friday, October 11

Annie Mack Blues Band & Lady J Griot @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm (?)  A couple of “Hip Shaking Honeys” give us the female viewpoint of the Blues. Lady J opens at 6pm and two time MN Road to Memphis winner Mack comes onstage at 7pm.

Chico Chavez & Guayaba Tropical Band @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5)  Peruvian chichas, psychedelic cumbias, and other tropical sounds from the jungles of the Amazon. Not quite the usual Lee’s fare, but only in that the music comes from another country. Get a taste for their music here.

Saturday, October 12

Mezze: Mediterranean Music @ Thai Family Restaurant, 501 University Avenue West, Saint Paul. 7pm – 9pm (No cover)

Music from Spain, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans. The group consists of Miriam Gerberg, accordion, Arabic qanun zither; Rachel Milloy, vocals, percussion, Scott Mateo Davies, flamenco guitar & oud; David Stenshoel, violin; and Stephen Spaise, percussion. A special “Littel Mekong” buffet is available for $7.99

RJ Mischo @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover) The harpmaster returns home for another visit, playing his blues harp with verve and imagination. This time you can see him in the unassuming, not quite divey, Schooner. Though the dance floor is small, the fun quotient will be high. BTW, this is outside the sphere of the Zombie Pub Crawl, so you can enjoy the evening without zombies about, if that’s your choice. Check him out in this video.

Doug Otto & the Getaways @ Dusty’s NE. Minneapolis. 9:30 (Tip Jars)  An evening of roots music with the mournful voice of Doug Otto and his band of pickers, playing in the tiny bar located on Main Street, close to the old brewery.

Sunday, October 12

UnknownBlues Harmonica Bash @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 3pm – 7pm ($10) KFAI’s Harold Tremblay has assembled a group of stellar players of the humble harmonica to display their skills during this fundraiser for KFAI Radio. The afternoon will feature Geoff Starin, known throughout the world as “The Guru,” Steve, “Boom Boom” Vanderharr, Curtis Blake, and Hurricane Harold himself, with special guest, award-winning RJ Mischo. The All-Star band that will provide the backing includes Jeremy Johnson and Dan Schwalbe on guitars; Billy Black, bass; Victor Spann, drums, and Bruce McCabe, piano.

La Vuature @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10 suggested donation)  This visiting group plays Argentine Tango. Founded by Manuel Garcia, who has been playing the Argentine bandoneon since the Golden Age of Tango in Buenos Aires. Garcia plays the the accordion-like instrument of great artists like Anibal Troilo and Astor Piazzolla. The group is now composed of his daughter Cecilia Garcia Gaul on the violin and Luis Castillo on the piano, as well as other musicians. There will undoubtedly be tango dancing.

Monday, October 14

Bella Ruse @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover)  Ethereal folk with pop sensibilities using a variety of instruments and singer Kay Gillette’s youthful voice. Some songs have danceable beats, though dancing may prove difficult at this uptown restaurant with the terrific late night happy hour.

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
 

Music: 5.1 – 5.7

May 1, 2013

images-3I’ve been to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival more than a dozen times since 1980, and as it has gotten larger over the years, and as I’ve gotten older, I cannot help but appreciate the many opportunities we have to see musicians (including many who perform at that festival) in small venues. This week we have some world, Americana, blues and jazz from area musicians, as well as visits from a singular jazz guitarist, a piano player who creates beautiful improvisations, and an up-and-coming soul singer (who btw, was in New Orleans this past weekend). Have a good week.

 Jazz

Wednesday, May 1

Body Omara @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free) Take Desert Blues from Africa. Add a proclivity for improvisation and a knowledge of jazz, and you’ve got a trio that moves the body, mind, and heart. Add in the excellent food and cocktails at Cafe Maude, and you’ll end up with a fun evening.

Boot Camp @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9m ($5) After the successful premier of 7 Psalms, pianist Jeremy Walker’s work for jazz quartet, choir and solo voice, he returns to Saint Paul’s jazz club with his quartet, including Brandon Wozniak, alto; Chris Bates, bass; and Miguel Hurtado, drums.

Wednesday, Thursday, May 1,2

Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers @ The Dakota, Minneapoils. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($35) Frisell is an exemplary jazz guitarist with a unique sound. His often meditative, but never sleepy, approach easily crosses genres, and you might hear him playing country melodies as well haunting takes on soul numbers. He’s played with a wide range of artists, from Ginger Baker to Suzanne Vega to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, seamlessly weaving his singular style into the proceedings. These two nights promise to be evenings of superb sonic explorations, as he is joined by Eyvind Kang on viola and Rudy Royston on drums. Here they are doing an old blues tune.

Thursday, May 2

John Devine & Friends @ Loring Pasta Bar, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No cover)  Hard to know just who will show up to play with John. Doesn’t matter. His saxophone playing and creativity will bring it all together.

Joe Strachan Senior Recital @ Ferguson Hall, Rm 225, UofM, Minneapolis. 7pm. Joe is a piano player who was with the Dakota Combo a few years ago and has been studying at the U. During the last year especially, he’s been playing out and about and is showing that he’s learned his lessons well. He’ll be accompanied by a quartet and be performing music by Henry Threadgill, Billy Strayhorn, Tim Berne, and his own compositions.

Connie Evingson & Phil Mattson @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm (Donation) Connie is simply an outstanding jazz singer, known throughout the nation. Phil has created arrangements for the Manhattan Transfer, the Four Freshmen, and others, and has accompanied artists ranging from Mark Murphy and Bobby McFerrin to Barbara Morrison and Richie Cole. They’ll be joined by bassist Joan Griffith, a talent in her own right, to perform songs from Connie’s latest CD, Sweet Happy Life.

Friday, Saturday, May 3, 4

Bill Carrothers After Hours Trio @ The Artist’s Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Though area native and celebrated pianist Carrothers now lives in Michigan, he’s been making some regular forays to the AQ, and we’re the luckier for that. Critics describe his playing with terms like romantic, melancholic, warm, wistful, seductive, and sensuous. His carefully chosen notes shimmer and sparkle, and his partners in the trio – Billy Peterson on bass; and Kenny Horst on drums, are both inspired and inspiring. Here he is playing solo.

Tuesday, May 7

Dean Magraw & Davu Seru @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip Jar) This monthly gig is a case study in how well musicians can communicate with each other. Magraw on guitar and Seru on percussion create music that fills the room, your brain, and your heart.

More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at KBEM and at Jazz Police. Jazz Police also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Roots, Blues, Other..

Wednesday, May 1

Joe & Vicki Price, w/Jeff Ray & the Stakes @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 7pm. (tip jar) Here’s a double bill that will have the walls shakin’ at the 331 Club. Joe & Vicki are an Iowa couple whose originals often sound like they were penned by a Mississippi bluesman. Jeff Ray & the Stakes, w/Hurricane Harold on harp, take established songs from a variety of sources, and make them into stompin’ blues.  BTW, Joe & Vicki will be on KFAI’s Harold’s House Party, 90.3FM and 106.7FM, during the 5pm hour.

Friday, May 3

Lady J. Griot & the Root Doctors @ The Hat Trick Lounge, Saint Paul. 9pm (No Cover) Lady J is Jacquie Maddix, of KFAI’s Rollin’ & Tumblin’ on Tuesday afternoons. She and the Root Doctors lay out the story of the blues. Lady J uses the lyrics of classic blues to reveal the ancient form of spiritual worship practiced by African slaves on Southern plantations.

High and Mighty @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($?) A nine piece rhythm and blues band, playing music that ranges from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, through Earth Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang, to Mayer Hawthorne and Justin Timberlake. In other words, get out your dancing shoes and take advantage of the large dance floor at MMC.

The Ericksons @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) Haunting, spare melodies, insightful lyrics, and sisterly harmonies abound in this Americana/roots group.

Friday, Saturday, May 3,4

Secret Stash Soul Revue @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25) If you haven’t seen this act yet, and love R&B music, you owe it to yourself. Secret Stash is a local label that specializes in new releases of old vinyl, especially from other countries. Last year, however, they released the Twin Cities Funk N’ Soul, a compilation mining the sounds of the 60s and 70s. The album, and resulting revue featuring some of its artists, were highly acclaimed. Tonight, they’re bringing Sonny Knight, Maurice Jacox, and the Valdons to the stage, along with Chastity Brown, who will add her soulful voice to the mix.

Saturday, May 4

ANCIA Saxophone Quartet @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($10/$5-advance) A concert of contemporary music from Philip Glass (Concerto for Saxophone Quartet – 1995), Fred Sturm (Picasso Cubed, from 2003 — his abstract recasting of Coleman Hawkin’s improvisations) and others. For more info, click here.

Malamanya @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. ($8) It’s Cuatro de Mayo, or another reason to dance to the invigorating, infectious, Cuban sounds of Malamanya. The Deejays of Radio Pocho from KFAI will be on hand to help keep your dancing shoes slipping and sliding during breaks. Speaking of KFAI, here’s Malamanya live in the studio at KFAI.

Tuesday, May 7

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) The “Screamin’ Eagle,” as he is known, was working as a James Brown impersonator in Brooklyn clubs when he was discovered by the folks at Daptone Records. His initial album, No Time For Dreaming, ended up on a lot of best-of lists, and when he played at the Fine Line last year, he tore the place up. Though many of his songs are of medium or slow tempos, his pure emotion will have the Cedar shakin.’

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.


Romance and Dance. Music: 2.13 – 2.19

February 13, 2013
Ten Cents a Dance is a song from the Jazz Ballet. See the listing.

Ten Cents a Dance is a song from the Jazz Ballet. See the listing.

Well, Easter is now forty days away, so we’ve reason to take a breath and appreciate the relative mildness of our winter to date. We can also get out to enjoy resident and visiting artists, as well as a jazz ballet and one more Carnaval celebration. Not to forget Valentine’s Day, for which I’ve listed a couple of low-key shows. There’s lots more than I’ve listed, of course, but you know that.

Jazz

Wednesday, February 13

James Buckley & Bryan Nichols @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Buckley on bass & Nichols on piano will provide the perfect background for dining at the original Cafe Maude. These stellar musicians are highly creative improvisers who keep things interesting and sensitive. Reservations are recommended. Ask for a table near the music.

DownloadedFile-1Boot Camp @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Composer/pianist Jeremy Walker, aka Boot, is joined by Brandon Wozniak, sax; Chris Bates, bass; and Miguel Hurtado, drums. Walker’s beautiful compositions are in good hands with this group.

Wednesday, Thursday, February 13, 14

Stacey Kent @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) Wednesday, 6pm (+ $65 – Valentines Dinner Show), 9:30pm ($25) The New York vocalist from England is really quite a good choice for Valentine’s Day. Her winsome persona belies sophisticated phrasing and a romantic bent that can melt hearts. If you want to see her at the early show on Thursday, you’ll have to buy a six-course dinner, but then what is Valentine’s Day, if not a day to splurge. Here’s a video of Stacey singing in French.

Thursday, February 14

Valentine’s Treat with Lila Ammons & Phil Mattson @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm – 10pm ($10) Light food available. BYOB. As  I may have mentioned, Phil has been partnering with many singers lately, to good effect. Tonight, it’s Lila Ammons, the classically trained vocalist who has moved to jazz and blues. And no wonder, given that Albert Ammons was her grandfather, and Gene Ammons was her uncle.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, February 14, 15, 16, 17

living2-682x1024Jazz Ballet: Lot of Living to Do @ The Southern Theater, Minneapolis. 7:30pm, Thurs – Sat,  2pm Sunday ($25 – $15 for Thursday’s preview) There are many reasons to attend to this production of Collide Theatrical, which follows the lives of 3 women in a brothel in the 30s. For jazz fans, the music will be performed live by three talented musicians: Dan Musselman, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass, and Pete Hennig on drums. Additionally, soulful songstress Katie Gearty will sing the songs used to propel the story forward, including such gems as Ten Cents a Dance, and I Put a Spell on you. A CD of her songs will be available at the show. She’ll be joined as well by vocalist Jared Oxborough. For Dance fans, the chance to see 12 dancers bringing life to a difficult subject is compelling. Finally, this production seeks to raise awareness for “Women are Not for Sale,” a project of the Women’s Foundation that seeks to end trafficking of Minnesota girls. There will be a talkback after the Sunday matinee performance. I had a chance to interview the Director/Choreographer Regina Peluso and Katie Gearty on my show this past Saturday. You can hear the interview here. It starts about 15 minutes into the show.

Friday, Saturday, February 15, 16

Bill Carrothers’ After Hours Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Carrothers returns to his home town for this annual tribute to his friend, the late pianist Bobby Peterson. This is a show that Twin Cities jazz fans eagerly anticipate. Carrothers has been receiving glowing reviews for his sensitive and beautiful piano work on recent CDs. He’ll be joined by Billy Peterson on bass, and Kenny Horst on drums. Here is Carrothers playing solo at the AQ a few years ago.

Saturday, February 16

Pat Moriarty/Ellen Lease Quintet @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10/$5 sutdents) Ellen Lease, piano; Pat Moriarty, alto sax; Phil Hey, drums; Chris Thomsen, tenor and soprano saxes; Jeff Bailey, bass.  2nd floor of the Northwestern Bldg., next to the Farmer’s Market. Pat and Ellen being the optimistic folks they are, recognize that the sun is shining more each day, and that Spring is not too far away, so this is their Farewell to Winter Concert.

DownloadedFileTodd Clouser’s A Love Electric CD Release @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($8) Genre-fusing guitarist Clouser is full of ideas, and he has to get them out. Even with a touring schedule that takes him to the East Coast, Mexico, and Europe, the adventurous guitarist has recorded his third CD in as many years. This time he’s added his vocals to the mix, with results that are a bit more rock than usual, but nevertheless exciting, and intriguing.

More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at KBEM and at Jazz Police. Jazz Police also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, February 13

Phil Heywood on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI – 90.3 & 106.7 FM) 7pm (331 Club – tip jar) As Harold say, “You know the drill.” Tune in to KFAI at about 5pm to hear Phil Heywood do some amazing fingerpickin’ and then head over the 331 to hear him in person.

Thursday, February 14

Music for Lovers by Lovers @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15 single/$25 per couple) A darkened room, and loving couples performing for you. Plus you get a glass of wine and chocolate tasting. The couples are: Andrew Pierzina & Audra Suchy, Joe Cruz & Jennifer Grimm; Billy Larson  & Lisa Wenger, Estibaliz and Tony Price, and Tamara and Phil Barnett. From blues to pop to jazz.

Friday, February 15

Mingo Fishtrap @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) Lots of buzz among the blues fans in town over this gig. Mingo Fishtrap is an 8 piece band from Austin, Texas, that draws upon Chess, Motown, Stax, and Muscle Shoals for its inspiration. Those who have already seen them rave. Here’s a number from them.

Friday, Saturday, February 15, 16

Kelly Hunt @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20) The piano pounder from Kansas City is back with her sass, sensuous voice, and grit. She loves the Dakota, and now has a five-piece touring band, which should be smokin’.

Let the samba dancing begin

Let the samba dancing begin

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, February 15, 16, 17

Carnaval Brasileiro @ Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm Fri, Sat, (21+ $20/door, $15 advance), 2pm Sun ($15/door/$10 advance) Okay, Mardis Gras and Carnaval have passed, but it’s not too late to enjoy the sounds of a 10-piece Brazilian Carnaval Band, Batucada do Norte, Samba Dancers, and Brazilian food and drinks.

Saturday, February 16

Nikki & the Rue-Mates and Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Here’s a two-fer that I find especially appealing. Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold start at 7pm, bringing stomping Hill Country blues with a touch Dylan and the Dead. Nikki & the Rue-Mates take the stage at 9pm with a mix of folk-rock and blues, driven by Nikki’s buoyant voice and Rich Rue’s expressive guitar.

They've got ants in their pants and they need to dance.

They’ve got ants in their pants and they need to dance. The Hotpants Crowd

Hotpants Dance Party @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm – 2am ($5) Rare funk n’ soul. People dancing their hearts out. Generous list of tap beers. Need I say more?

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.


Music, Movies, and More. 10.10 – 10.16

October 10, 2012


It’s a busy weekend coming up, what with a Zombie Pub Crawl and the Saint Paul Art Crawl and the Sound Unseen Festival.   If, like me, you are past dressing up (or is it down) as a Zombie to go from bar to bar there are certainly enough diversions and good music to be had.

Jazz…

Wednesday, October 10

Cellar @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover) Bryan Nichols, Rhodes piano; James Buckley, bass; and Joey Philips, drums. The PR for this says it’s a “fundamentally spiritual music” that “parallels the evolutionary patterns of rock and jazz in great detail.” Given the players, I think it’s going to be good music, whatever you call it.

Red Planet Plays Monk @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Today is the anniversary of the birth of Thelonious Monk, and our favorite musical astronauts (Dean Magraw, guitar, Chris Bates, bass, and Jay Epstein, drums) will be exploring his music.

Thursday, October 11

Illicit Sextet and Zacc Harris Quartet @ The Artists Quarter, Saint Paul. 7pm (Illicit Sextet – Free), 9pm (Zacc Harris Quartet – $5) Here’s a two-fer that’s certainly worth getting out early. The Illicit Sextet is a composer’s collective playing original tunes with an emphasis on hard bop. Paul Harper, sax; Steve Kenny, trumpet; David Roos, guitar; Chris Lomheim, piano; Tom Pieper, bass; and Nathan Norman, drums. Stick around to hear the Zacc Harris Quartet, with Harris on guitar; Bryan Nichols on piano; and Chris and JT Bates on bass and drums. An evening of melodic, invigorating jazz.

Friday, Saturday, October 12, 13

Hoenig using some of his unique ways to get sound from a trap set.

Ari Hoenig Trio featuring Bill Carrothers and Chris Bates @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Hoenig is a drummer known for making drums an integral part of the harmonic structure of a group. Carrothers is a Minnesota born, Michigan based pianist who has won awards in France and Germany, as well as the respect of some of jazz’s greatest musicians. Bassist Chris Bates has proven to be a go-to guy when visiting artists come to town. You’ll note that he’s playing at the AQ for four nights this week.

Saturday, October 13

Atlantis Quartet Workshop and Concert @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 5pm workshop (free), 7pm performance ($10) The 5pm workshop is actually a presentation on Collective Improvisation and Collaborative Composition. The Atlantis Quartet plays 21st Century jazz. They use modern harmonic concepts and rhythms with creative, energizing results.

Sunday, October 14

PipJazz Sunday w/guests Steve Faison and Joshua Jones @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 5pm ($20) Pippi Ardennia brings vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Steve Faison to the stage for her monthly session of “feel good” music. The youth artist is saxophonist Joshua James, a former member of the Dakota Combo. A crackerjack band, including Glenn Swanson, drums; Peter Schimke, piano; Marcus Wise, percussion, Jay Young, bass, and the youngest member of the group (still in high school), Sosha Warpeha on violin.

Sunday, Monday, October 14, 15

Cassandra Wilson @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($60/$50) 9pm ($50/$40) Wilson is a woman with a singular, highly personal singing style. Every song is re-invented and recast, often imbued with the blues, and revealing nuances you didn’t know were there.

Monday, October 15

Zack Lozier @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30 (donation) Zack brings his considerable trumpet skills to the basement hang-out to play with Tanner Taylor, piano, Mac Santiago, drums, and a yet-to-be-named bass player.  It’s a BYO beverage and snack place.

More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at Jazz Police. It also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, October 10

Gaia Groove on KFAI (90.3 and 106.78FM) and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI) and 7pm (331 Club – tip jar) Straight off Prairie Home Companion, this duo is from Italy, where singer Hilary Thavis’ American parents raised her. Whether they’re playing a song by Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, or an original, they are direct, and without artifice. Tune in at 5pm and head over to the 331 Club afterwards. They’ve a few dates in the area over the next week, so look out for them. Check out their original, Facebook Blues:

Thursday, October 11

Paula Cole @ The Daktoa, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) Cole had a top ten hit in 1996 with “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” then went on to place win a Grammy as Best New Artist in 1997, and have “I Don’t Want to Wait” as the opening intro to Dawson’s Creek. Touring with the Lilith Fair established her performing bonafides, and she’s since received another six Grammy nominations.

Wayne the Train Hancock @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($15) Okay guys, it’s time to slick back your hair and get out those cowboy boots, while gals get out their best dancing frocks, as this rockabilly honky-tonker with a taste for western swing and the blues is coming to town. Wayne calls his music Juke Joint Swing, and what better place to hear him than that little ol’ juke joint, Lee’s. Rachel and the Ranch Hand Resistance open.

Friday, October 12

Courtney Yasmineh @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($6)  Yasmineh is an indie/pop singer songwriter and guitarist with an appealing voice and an ear for writing hooks. She’s a hardworking musician and has toured Europe and the US with her band, developing a tight sound that perfectly matches her songs.

Nick Moss @ Famous Dave’s Uptown, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($5) Guitarist Moss plays a lot of Chicago style blues, imbuing his guitartisty with the shimmer of light on stained glass. 

Saturday, October 13

Felonious Bosch @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 5pm – 8pm ($5 suggested donation) After a day of browsing artists’ studios, stop by the Black Dog for a dose of eccentric folk music, often inspired by medieval Europe, but with a punk attitude. Belly dancers are often part of the show. Afterwards, you may want to stay for Sendero Flamenco’s Gathering of Gypsies. Here’s a sample of the music of Felonious Bosch.

Sunday, October 14

MN Blues Society Hall of Fame Induction @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 1pm (donation) This year the annual event is honoring the late Big Walter Smith, the legendary Cornbread Harris, guitarist Dan Schwalbe, and Lamont Cranston’s recording of Tiger in Your Tank, among others. Expect music from Big Walter’s Groove Merchants, with Jimi Prime Time Smith, Cornbread, and Javier & the Innocent Sons.

Sound Unseen presents Charles Bradley: Soul of America @ Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis. 3pm ($10) Bradley is the soul singer who struggled all his life and recently found success at the age of 62. His appearance at the Fine Line last year was a sweaty, electrifying affair. This film documents the months leading up to the release and touring behind his debut album, “No Time for Dreaming.”

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.


Resident and Visiting Artists, Music Ideas for April 11 – 17

April 11, 2012

A couple of note-worthy world music dates, some fun roots music, and a plethora of jazz, including over a dozen jazz events this Saturday. (See the Bebopified Calendar, link below, for more.) We supposedly have the best music scene outside of New York, LA, and Nashville, though I’d question whether Nashville has as much jazz as the Twin Cities.

Speaking of jazz, here’s a heads up. The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education is having a Jazz Brunch fundraiser Sunday, April 22, with guest presenter Grace Kelly, a young saxophonist who recently graduated from Berklee. Tickets are available online. Full disclosure – I’m on the board.

The above photo reminds me that life on the road isn’t easy. Whether our resident musicians are hanging at home for a while, or visiting musicians are in our town, I hope you will get out and enjoy some live music this week.

Jazz

Thursday, April 12

Zack Lozier & the Southside Aces; Louis Armstrong Tribute @ the Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm – 11pm ($5) The Southside Aces play traditional, danceable jazz. Tonight they have trumpeter-about-town Zack Lozier (Jack Brass Band, A Love Electric) to help pay tribute to the music of Louis Armstrong. A night of great music and lotsa fun.

Connie Evingson @ the Lexington, Saint Paul. 6:30 – 10:30pm (No cover) I’m stopping at the Lex with some regularity these days to hear the top-notch musicians that are playing Thursdays and Saturdays. The Williamsburg room is covered in wood, and there’s a great bar where they pay close attention to making classic cocktails. On top of that, you’ve got Connie Evingson tonight. She’s a great interpreter of the American Songbook, and can swing the the Beatles like nobody can.

Friday, April 13

Bryan Nichols & Dean Magraw @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar) Part of the always interesting Friday night series at the Dog. Nichols on keyboard, and Magraw on guitar should make for exciting interplay.

Friday, Saturday, April 13, 14

Bill Carrothers Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12). Carrothers is a sensitive piano player with a unique style. He’s a native-born Twin Citizen currently residing in Michigan’s upper penisula, and has played such prestigious venues as the Village Gate, The Knitting Factory, New Morning (Paris) and the Newport Jazz Festival. He’s played with such luminaries as Joe Beck, Curtis Fuller, Lee Konitz, and Dewey Redman. Last heard here playing with Anthony Cox and Jay Epstein.

Saturday, April 14

The Music of Kari Musil @ Sundline Music Hall, Hamline University, Saint Paul. 2pm – 4pm ($10/$5 for students and seniors). Composer/saxophonist Musil received a grant to compose a concert and CD of original jazz. This is the result, which features the Nova Jazz Orchestra, Leslee McKee on vocals, J. Otis Powell, poet, and Sue Leigh on sax.

Parker Paisley CD Release @ Jazz Central, NE Minneapolis. 9pm (Donation) Park Evans, guitar; Brandon Wozniak, sax; Adam Wozniak, bass; Pete Hennig, drums. The new CD is called “Satori for a Hungry Ghost.” Evans’ clean guitar lines adopt well to jazz, latin, reggae, and other world musics, all of which might make an appearance tonight.

Saturday, Sunday, April 14, 15

Sinatra…Nice and Easy @ The Capri Theater, Minneapolis. 8pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday. ($25) A tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, with the Rick Carlson Trio and Jaxon Richards on vocals.

Sunday, April 15

Pippi Ardennia w/Solomon Parham @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 5pm. ($25/door, $20 Advance) This edition of the PipJazz monthly series features Parham on trumpet, as well a student guest Alex Grothe, a young trumpeter with a future. Using a first rate backing band, Ardennia is an enjoyable, warm singer. Today’s collaborations should be fun.

Tuesday, April 17

Rhonda Laurie and Maryann Sullivan @ The Nicollet Coffeehouse, Minneapolis. 7:30 – 9:30pm. (Tip Jar) The curators of the weekly jazz series at this fine little coffeehouse take to the stage to sing swinging standards.

Framework @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm. ($5) Chris Olson, guitar, Chris Bates, bass, and Jay Epstein, drums. Solid trio. Solid music.

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, Thursday, April 11, 12

Suzanne Vega @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $30) Anyone who was around in the 80s knows “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner,” Vega’s hits which helped to spark a neo-folk revival at the time. I was never a big fan, but was delighted when Vega last played the Dakota in 2009. She was charming, which always helps, but it was her well crafted, insightful songs, most of which were new, which showed why she garnered such a big audience back in the day. This time around, she’s traveling with one other musician, so expect a stripped-down version of her songs.

Thursday April 12

Hipshaker @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm (no cover) Late night dancing to rare soul and funk 45s.

Friday, April 13

The Dollys @ The Crooked Pint Ale House, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) A female vocal trio that sings Americana and the music of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, as well as other female country artists. Great voices, superb harmonies. Hear a couple of tunes on their MySpace page.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) Big Sandy has been playing roots music for over two decades now. I suppose you could call it classic Rock n’ Roll, though it encompasses Western Swing, Rockabilly, and a bit of country. Heck, he’s even been known to thrown in some vocal group harmony stuff. This will bring out swing dancers, and anyone else who wants to cut a rug, to use a term that’s hep, not hip. Elmer and the Thunderjetts open.

Worldwide Discotheque & “Long Live Boogaloo” Record Release @ Clubhouse Jaeger, Minneapolis. 10pm. (No Cover) The Secret Stash folks are releasing a vinyl LP of rare Latin Soul and so are teaming up with WW Discotheque for an evening of funky vinyl worldbeats, with an emphasis on Boogaloo from the NY scene of the 60s. I’ll be joining Deejays, Steely Dan of Kinda Cloudy Radio and Brian Engel of Hipshaker to spin vinyl.

Saturday, April 14

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm. ($35/$30 Advance) Seun is the son of Fela, Afrobeat pioneer, and tonight he’s bringing his father’s old 16 piece band to Minneapolis. Seun builds on his father’s legacy with pulsating, urgent music, filled with brass, percussion, and improvisation. His latest release, “From Africa with Fury,” was produced by Brian Eno is funky as all get-out, and is as intense and relentless as his father’s work, but with Seun’s own voice. It’s a standing-only show, but I expect there will be lots of free-form dancing and boogieing going on.

Brass Band Throwdown & CD Release @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8, $10 w/CD) Jazz, Roots, World music. It’s all here. Mama Digdown’s Brass Band is celebrating a live CD release and they’ve got the Brass Messengers to open for them. Talk about fun!

Monday, April 16

Vieux Farka Toure & Idan Raichel Quartet @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) Two different cultures, two different music traditions. Toure is a master guitarist from Mali, following in the footsteps of his bluesman father, yet also transcending that heritage. He’s collaborated with Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, and John Scofield. Raichel is an Israeli pianist who went triple platinum with his initial release, blending African, Latin American, and other world sounds. Promises to be a sublime evening.

Tuesday, April 17

Jeff Ray & the Stakes @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm. (No Cover) W/Nick Salisbury, bass; Mikkel Beckman, washboard & percussion; and Hurricane Harold, harp. Jeff Ray is a helluva guitar player, with his own take on blues and folk/rock sounds. The Stakes raise ’em and then some. (argh) Really, The Stakes are all well-known blues players around town.

Peter Lang @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm. (No Cover) If you want some righteous fingerpickin’ with your dinner, this is the place to be, since Lang is a master the style known as American Primitivism (Leo Kottke, John Fahey). Just be sure to say you want to be near the music when you make a reservation. Of course, you can just sit at the bar and enjoy one of the Cafe’s signature cocktails.

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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