Lotsa Resident and Two Visiting Musicians: 1/10 – 1.16

January 10, 2018

If they can make it to a gig, so can you

Well, it’s another January week with few visiting artists, but that’s no problem for music lovers, as we have a deep pool of talent in the Twin Cities, no matter what the genre. We do have two visiting musicians in the Blues, Roots, and Other category, including a singer from Hawaii, and a bluesman from Texas. Whatever your taste, bundle up and get out to hear some wonderful music, whether it’s home-grown or from afar. Music lifts your Spirit.

Wednesday, January 10
BZ3 Organ Trio @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 6pm – 9pm  (No Cover, $10 for Guaranteed Seat) If you’re looking for greasy soul jazz that keeps your feet tapping while improvising on jazz and soul tunes, this early evening show is the place to be as Brian Zimniak, Hammond B3; Troy Norton, guitar; and Kevin Washington, drums will deliver the goods.
Framework @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid StudentID) It’s the 20th Anniversary for this band: Chris Olsen, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. Expect tight, interactive, and explosive musical conversations with originals and some surprising covers.

Thursday, January 11
Mary Louise Knutson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15, $20) I probably mention Ms Knutson quite a bit, but she’s such a great pianist, with national airplay, and I feel more folks should know about her. After all, she’s the first call pianist for Doc Severensen when he tours the Midwest, and often accompanies Connie Evingson, among other side(wo)man gigs. She’ll be joined by what might be the Midwest’s premier rhythm section: Gordy Johnson, bass, and Phil Hey, drums. 

Aja Parham Group @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5w/Valid StudentID) Vocalist Aja Parham is a Twin Cities native who’s performed with the Minnesota Opera, Penumbra Theater, and the Ordway, and is equally adept at jazz R&B and Motown. She’ll be joined by Ben Boussieres, guitar; Steven Hobart, piano; and Kenneth Garner, bass.
Andrew Walesch Group @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8 Advance, $10 Door) Walesch has been steadily increasing both his fan base and his reputation as pianist, vocalist and band leader. Tonight he leads a band of highly respected band talented musicians from a slightly older musical generation: Brandon Wozniak, sax; James Buckley, bass; & Dave King, drums. This is a show worthy of staying up late.
Friday, January 12
Joel Shapira Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5w/Valid StudentID) Guitarist Shapira is joined by Pete Whitman, sax; Tom Lewis, bass; and Dave Smalenberger, drums – all talented veterans who are sure to bring excitement and imagination to the basement room. Here’s a track from the group’s album.

Saturday, January 13
Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm: No Room for Squares, with James “Jimmyapolis” Wallace, sax;; Mikkel Romstad, piano; Adam Tucker, bass; and Bill Stieger, drums. 8:30pm: King-Cartwright-Granowski, with Dave King, drums; George Cartwright, saxophones; Josh Granowski, bass.
Saturday, Sunday, January 13, 14
Bryan Nichols & Brandon Wozniak Live Recording @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm Saturday, 7:30pmn Sunday ($10, $12) Two of the Twin Cities adventurous and imaginative musicians – Bryan Nichols, piano; and Brian Wozniak, sax – come together to record an album, and you can be part of the recording. Her is Nichols in a trio setting.

Monday, January 15
Charlie Lincoln @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid StudentID) Another concert from talented college students home on vacation. This is the last appearance for  bassist Lincoln, who has been busy as a member and leader of a number of groups during this holiday season. Tonight he leads a completely new aggregation, with Zosha Warpeha, violin/vocals; Patrick Adkins, piano; and Lincoln’s Berklee School of Music classmates from out of town, Dan Elbert, alto; and Aksel Coe, drums.
Also: The Atlantis Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10)
Tuesday, January 16
Silverback Trio @ Palmer’s, Minneapolis. 9pm (Free) Palmer’s is having Tuesday night jazz featuring young bands. The Silverback Tio is David Hirsch, keyboards, electronics, & sax; Brent Wallace, bass; and Byron Johnson-Blanchard, drums. Their original songs fuse atmospheric electronics with high energy melodies to create 21st Century jazz.

Tuesday, Wednesday, January 16, 17
Pat Donahue Trio @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15, $20) the Grammy-winning champion finger-picker and alum of Prairie Home Companion brings Gary Raynor, another alum of PHC on bass, and Peter Johnson who toured with Manhattan Transfer for four years on drums, and is a percussionist for the Minnesota Sinfonia, to the Dunsmore Room for two nights. Here’s Donahue in a solo setting.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Ink, and Bebopified.
Blues, Roots, Other…
Wednesday, January 10
Mother Banjo on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Award-winning Bluegrassy and old-timey takes on gospel music, from Ellen Stanley & band. Listen in, and head over to th 331 if you like what you hear.

Eric Clapton: Life in Twelve Bars @ The Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12) The film traces his career through The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos and his solo years, telling the stories behind his hits  through archival footage and interviews with his grandmother, former wife Patti Boyd, George Harrison, and others. Since this is a small venue, its’ recommended to make reservations ahead of time.
Also: Wee Willie Walker @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) DownBeat just published a great profile of Walker in its latest issue.
Hula Peppers w/Ukelelezaza @ Schooners Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) See last weeks entries for Ukelelezaza with the Cafe Accordion Orchestra.
Thursday, January 11
Craig Clark Band @ Holihan’s Pub, White Bear Lake. 7pm (Tip Jar) Clark has added his searing guitar to performances with Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Mississippi Mass Choir, James Van Zandt, Big John Dickerson, and more recently, the Dee Miller Band.

Also: The Butanes @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar)
 Joyann Parker Duo @ The Green Lantern, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar)
Friday, January 12
Hamilton Loomis CD Release @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) At sixteen, guitar slinger Loomis met Bo Diddley, who invited him on stage a became his mentor. Loomis learned much from Diddley, and has developed a fine reputation as a blues guitarist. Tonight the Texas native is appearing as part of his tour celebrating his latest, stripped-down CD, Basics, which is his most personal and emotional album to date.

Happy Birthday Janis @ First Avenue, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($20) A celebration of the music of Janis Joplin, featuring full, front-to-back performances of the albums I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and Pearl, plus other Janis gems. With guests Kind Country.
Also: Boom Boom Stevie B & The Knockouts @ Shaws, NE Minneapolis. (9pm (Tip Jar)
Saturday, January 13
Astronomique @ Como Park Conservatory, Saint Paul. 4:30pm – 6:30pm (Free?) This is part of the Conservatory’s Music Under Glass series, taking part in the humid oasis of the conservatory. Astronomique is described as a quartet producing infectious electronic dance beats using psychedelic synths, fuzzed out guitars, and hypnotic vocals.
Larry Long’s American Roots Revue @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) Singer/Songwriter/Troubador Larry Long once again brings a group of artists together to share a stage and each other’s songs. Tonight he has HALEY (Haley Bonar), amazing guitarist Cory Wong, who has been playing and touring nationally and internationally with Vulpeck, as well as his bandmate, bassist/vocalist Antewan Stanley, the Hornheads of Prince fame, and a backing band consisting of Petar Janic, drums; Kevin Gastonguay, keys; and Kevin Macintire, bass – members of Wong’s Green Screen band, and the perennial sideman for the Revue, Joe Savage.
The Badinovs CD Release Party @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($8 Advance/$10 Door) It’s a bit of a throwback night celebrating the rock n’ roll of the 80s, and bringing it into this century. The Badinovs were known as Smart Alex in a previous incarnation, producing one 45 that sells for ridiculous amounts of money on the internet, but now are celebrating a new round of rock n’ roll in their new CD The Big Picture. They’re proud rock n’ rollers who wear their pop rock influences with pride, and will perform a short set as Smart Alex. They are joined by Johnny Rey & the Reaction and Loons in the Attic. Here’s a cut from the new album.

Also: St. Dominic’s Trio @ The Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Original songs from a subset of the Belfast Cowboys.
Monday, January 15
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole W/Shawn Pimental @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) With five Hawaiian Grammys to her name, Kanaka’ole creates songs that are inspired by Hawaiian chant traditions. She has been called the voice of Hawaii’s new generation. Jon Pareles, of the NY Times, wrote, “[She] vaulted through various registers and timbres, from bass to witchy contralto rasp to sweet soprano ([her] “skinny girl’ voice,”[she] said) a traditionalist tour de force.” She’ll be backed by guitarist Shawn Pimental.

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.

Adapting to Winter. Music: 11.12 – 11.18

November 12, 2014

SAMSUNGOkay, so winter is here, said Mr. Obvious. After a few days we’ll adapt our driving and have all of our warm clothes out of storage. Then we’ll be ready to enjoy the rich nightlife of the Twin Cities, no matter what the weather. This week we have the debut (or near debut) of a couple of jazz groups, a couple of CD release parties, a “birthday in blue” from Willie Murphy, and a number of well known visiting artists gracing area stages. Have a good week. Music will lift your spirits, even in winter. Even when there’s lots of snow.


Wednesday, November 12

Corey Healy’s Beautiful Happy Sunshine Deathsquad Experience @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Drummer Healy heads up this aggregation, which will be playing his originals, as well as new arrangements of jazz standards. Members include: Zacc Harris, guitar; Erick Fratzke, bass; Brandon Wozniak, sax; and Jake Baldwin, trumpet.

Thursday, November 13

Joyce Meets Carmen: Joyce Lyons @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm – 9:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Ms Lyons brings along Phil Aaron, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums; as she visits the music of Carmen McCrae in an “intimate conversation.”  Listen to her doing Love Me or Leave Me.

The band is named for a draft horse, originally from France.

The band is named for a draft horse, originally from France.

Le Percheron @ the Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Bassist Adam Linz has a new group, and this is their debut performance. It includes: Cory Healey, drums; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; and Brandon Wozniak, sax. They already have some dates in France for next year.

Friday, November 14

The Gentle Assassins of Sound @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 5:30 – 7:30pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) This is a piano/cello duet between Friday happy hour regular, pianist Todd Harper, and his guest, cellist Aaron Kerr. What makes this a unique cello/piano duet is that one or both of the artists will be playing electric.

Dutz/Wabich Duo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Brad Dutz and Chris Wabich are percussionists with long and varied resumes. Their work can be heard on several TV shows, including King of the Hill and American Idol. Individually, Dutz’s work can be heard on the soundtracks of the Bourne Legacy, and Anchorman, as well as on CDs with Alanis Morrisette, Willie Nelson, and KISS. Wabich has recorded with artistes such as Ludacris, Alex Acuna, and Jeff Hamilton. “Together they use a plethora of percussion instruments to blend improvisation, high art, and comedy. Here’s an example of their inventiveness.

Barbara Meyer/Phil Mattson CD Release @ The Nicollet, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) Vocalist Meyer & pianist Mattson have created a winning combination by recording the music of Harold Arlen. They are celebrating the release of Down and Up With Love: The Music of Harold Arlen, at this dance-friendly coffeehouse that also serves wine and beer.

Saturday, November 15

Mary Louise Knutson & Gary Raynor @ Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 5701 Eden Prairie Rd, Minnetonka. 7pm – 8:30pm (Free) The graceful pianist and Prairie Home Companion bassist collaborate for an art opening.

Travis Anderson Trio @ Normandy Kitchen, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm (No Cover). Anderson, piano; Steve Pikal, bass; Nathan Norman, drums. Fresh interpretations of standards and more – from Chopin to the Mario Brothers. Reservations are recommended, as the Kitchen has a relatively small bar.

Dean Granros Group @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 6pm workshop (free), 7pm performance. ($10) Another in the Jazz at Studio Z series. Guitarist Granros is joined by Zacc Harris, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. Since the mid-60s, Granros has been mixing up genres such as blues, rock n’ roll, classical music, western swing and a host of world musics into his own cauldron of bubbling jazz. He’ll conduct a free master class on blues concepts in contemporary improvisation at 6pm.

Unknown-2Dean Magraw Solo @ Riverview Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 8pm ($15)  Well, I’m listing this under jazz, but Magraw is a guitarist who draws from a number of genres and plays them all equally well, whether Irish, World music, R&B, jazz fusion, or who knows what else. This is a rare opportunity to hear him solo. Plus, you have the opportunity to try some of the Riverview’s many wine flights.

Monday, November 17

Charlie Lincoln Group @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 suggested Donation) Lincoln is the young bassist who has been studying (and occasionally playing) with Eric Kamau Gravatt. Joining him will be a number of other young jazzmen: Ben Beyene, drums; Gavin Brehm, trumpet; Peter Goggin, sax; Levi Schwartzberg, piano; and Sam Stroup, electronics.

Firebell CD Release @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Jacob Park Evans, he of the clean guitar lines, joins forces with Graydon Peterson, bass master; and Jay Epstein, drummer extraordinaire, in Firebell. They’re releasing their first CD and are celebrating tonight.

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 12

Dead Pigeons on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The Pigeons have been around for a few years now, with frontman/songwriter Drew Peterson providing them with sardonic, mordant, and often witty lyrics. Though their instrumentation is old-timey, their approach to music is anything but, as they create rough-hewn music that might, at times, be mistaken for acoustic punk. Drew Peterson, lead singer, songwriter, guitar, banjo; Ryan Douglas Canyon, mandolin and backing vocals; Gretta Hunstiger, fiddle and backing vocals; Andy Carroll and John Reinhart, bass; Daryn Christensen – drums and percussion.

Thursday, November 13

Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows: Foxtrot @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm (Given the venue and the time, I guess you can call this a dinner dance. Ms Lynch  on bass, and her cohoes play music that swings easily. It’s often in a rhythm called the Businessman’s Bounce, which means just about anybody can get up and dance with a partner. Dressed down jazz and pop hits from the 20s – 70s. The Most Excellent Fellows include: Chris Beaty, guitar; Ken Chastain, drums; Michael Nelson, trombone, Greg Lewis, trumpet.

Friday, November 14

Little River Band @ The Medina Ballroom, Hamel. 7:30pm ($29-$49) Well the Little River Band  as sold more than 25 million records, had one gold and two platinum selling albums, and then had six top ten singles between 1978 and 1981, the biggest of which was Reminiscing (#3). Originally from Australia, be warned that the current lineup has no original members, though bassist/vocalist Wayne Nelson has been with the band for all but four years since 1980. Kurt Jorgenson opens.

Love TKO: Tribute to Teddy Pendergrass @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($20, $25 reserved) How many articles of underwear have been discarded while couples have listened to Teddy Pendergrass. The mind boggles. Johnnie Brown will be recreating some of those signature sounds tonight, with Kathleen Johnson singing the music of Etta James for good measure.

Friday, Saturday, November 14, 15

Shawn Colvin @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45-$50) This singer/songwriter won Grammys for Record of the Year and song of the year (Sunny Came Home) in 1998, after winning Best Contemporary Folk Album for her debut album in 1991. Colvin continues to produce folk with a pop influence, and since the turn of this century has been doing a lot of collaborating with folks like Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, James Taylor, and Allison Krauss. Her latest album, All Fall Down, was produced by Buddy Miller and includes contributions from Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, and Jakob Dylan, among others.

Saturday, November 15

It's his birthday!

It’s his birthday!

Willie Murphy w/the Liquor Pigs @ The Eagles Club #34, MInneapoils. 8pm ($?) It’s Willie’s Birthday, so you know he’ll be knocking’ the music out of the park, so to speak. the Liquor Pigs, with their ragged yet rockin’ approach to acoustic rock/blues open. Willie’s friends and fans will be out in force, with bells on and dancing shoes.

Joe & Vicki Price @ The Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5?) The Iowa natives with the deep South blues style are once again visiting our fair cities. Tonight they’re bringing their music to the tap room, where you can drown your sorrows in a variety of beers.

Sunday, November 16

MN Blues Society Road to Memphis Benefit @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 4:30pm  ($10 Suggested Donation) With Lisa Wenger & Bruce McCabe, Jimmi & the Band of Souls, Del Vincents, & More. Every year the Minnesota Blues Society sends a group and a duo to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. This year they are sending Jimmi & the Band of Souls and Brother Sun, Sister Moon, and today are having a fundraiser to help compensate for the bands’ travel expenses.

Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 8pm ($12, $15) Adrenaline-fueled Southern Gothic Swamp boogies from a band that doesn’t do murder ballads, “they do murder boogies” as the publicity for Bloodshot Records states.

Todd Rundgren @ Mill City Nights, Minneapolis. ($40, $42) Rundgren first came to the public’s attention in 1967 or so as a member of Nazz. Then he went solo with his album Runt in 1970 and earned a gold record for the double LP Something/Anything in 1972 and recorded A Wizard: A True Star in 1973, which led to the creation of Utopia, a biggish prig-rock band. He’s continued to record, rather prolifically, but has also been a producer for numerous groups, including the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to the New York Dolls, XTC, Cheap Trick, and Hall & Oates, among others.

John McEuen & John Carter Cash @ The Dakota, MInneapolis. 7pm ($40, $50) Back in the 70s John McCuen and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band pretty much started the interest blue/newgrass/Americana roots genre when they put out Will The Circle Be Unbroken, an homage to the music of Mother Maybelle Carter and family. Cash  as you might guess, is the only progeny of June Carter and Johnny. They’ll be celebrating the music of the Carter Family and Johnny Cash. So, here’s a chance for young (and old) fans of roots music have to see artists with true connections to the genre.

Tuesday, November 18

Malamanya @ Honey, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) 18+ This popular Cuban/Salsa six-piece just began a weekly residency at the basement club under Jitters. Bring your dancing shoes.

Tuesday, Wednesday, November 18, 19

Suzanne Vega @ The Dakota, Minneapoils. 7pm ($35, $45) Whether you call it New folk, Neo-Folk, or Contemporary Folk, Vega is often credited with creating the style in the 80s. Her 1987 album Solitude Standing, reached the top ten in many international markets and produced two hit singles: Luka, and Tom’s Diner, which was originally a cappella, but remade as a 1990 dance track in Britain. After eight album (the latest released this year) Vega remains an impressive storyteller who uses music to get her stories across.

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. Dancers might want to check out the U Wanna Dance Calendar.

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