Lovers and Music: 2.8 – 2.15

February 8, 2017
Clearly thinking: Valentines Day - Meh!

Clearly thinking: Valentines Day – Meh!

Well, Valentine’s Day is upon us, and I only have a few things for those of you who have yet to make reservations for the evening. Of course, maybe, like a grumpy cat, you’re not celebrating this year, which is fine. Anyhow, we still have good music to enjoy during the week. Music lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, February 8

Schmidt, Magraw & Nichols @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($15, $40 w/Dinner) Though Claudia Schmidt has amassed a great following during her four decades as a singer/songwriter, and charming storyteller, she has primarily worked as a folk singer. However, she would often include a standard or two in her concerts, and has successfully stepped out as a jazz singer on a number of occasions. She’s worked with guitarist Dean Magraw many times, but this is the first time in over ten years that she has worked with pianist Bryan Nichols as well as Magraw. Here are Claudia and Dean doing a folky number.

Bates, Nordlund, & Sanborn @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Student ID) It’s another evening where bassist Chris Bates brings together some musicians for a night of fine jazz, including both originals from the group, and jazz standards. JT Bates may add his drums to the mix.

Thursday, February 9

Thursday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Tonight’s featured act is the Phil Hey Quartet, with Hey on drums; and Phil Aaron, piano; Dave Hagedorn, vibes: and Chris Bates, bass. This is a swinging group of veterans who have played together for years, attacking the music of Ornette Coleman, Chick Corea, and others with verve and panache.

Rachel Holder & The Wolverines @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30 (No Cover) Vocalist Holder was studying classical music at the U when she heard a jazz performance and switched to McNally Smith, where she studied with Judi Donaghy Vinar, Debbie Duncan, and Pete Whitman, among others. About ten years later, she now teaches at McNally as well as at Macalester, and gigs around town, as a soloist and featured singer with folks like Bruce Henry, the George Mauer Group, Vital Organ, The Girls, and others. With a supple voice that’s a bit throaty and sensuous, she’ll be accompanied by the always swinging Wolverines Trio: Rick Carlson, piano; Steve Pikal, bass; and Jendeen Forburg, drums. Here she is with George Mauer.

Katia Cardenas @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis ($10, $5 w/Student ID) Cardenas is an energetic, hard working vocalist whose debut CD, I’ll Be Seeing You, has been well-received, with much airplay on KBEM. She has a natural, soulful sound, that she uses to great affect on jazz standards and the occasional pop/R&B number by Amy Winehouse or Beyonce.

Friday, February 10

Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) This isn’t your father’s (or grandfather’s) big band experience. Johnson creates modern day mixes that cross genres. Johnson attended Saint John’s University and settled in Saint Cloud, where he started his career with Tonic Sol-fa, the vocal quintet that’s sold two million records. He’s still an active member of that group, but decided to bring a new approach to big band music, honoring folks like Frank Sinatra, while acknowledging Michael Buble, and performing songs from across the music spectrum. Here’s an example.

Saturday, February 11

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) It’s UW Eau Claire Jazz night, with an opening set at 7pm by the UW Eau Claire Jazz Combo 1, and the Michael Shults Quintet at 8:30pm. Shults, a saxophonist who teaches at Eau Claire, will be joined by Aaron Hedenstrom, sax, who did his undergraduate work at Eau Claire; as well as  Chris Bates, bass; Javier Santiago, piano, and a drummer TBA.  Here’s a slightly different version of the quintet.

Sunday, February 12

Cole Mahlum Jam @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 4pm – 6pm ($5) Get your dose of Hammond B3 music as guitarist Cole Mahlum leads a jam session.

Monday, February 13

Acme Jazz Company @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) It’s the Acme Company’s monthly gig, bringing you big band music and the vocals of Arne Fogel.

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, February 8

Doug Otto & the Getaways on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Mournful, down home sounds from Doug and the guys, performing music that ranges from originals, to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Buddy Guy, and Robert Johnson. Here’s a video from their residency at the late Nyes.

Thursday, February 9

Anda Union @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20 Advance/$25 Door) Formed in 2000, Anda Union is a ten-piece band of Mongolians who come from differing ethnic nomadic cultures of Mongolia. They bring together a wide range of musical instruments and vocal styles (including throat singing) from tribal and music traditions throughout Inner Mongolia, finding their inspiration in old and almost forgotten songs.

Quirkestra @ The Black Dog Cafe, Saint Paul 8pm (Tip Jar)  A five-piece band playing a blend of Americana, 60s R&B, Reggae, Swing, & Jazz.

Lonesome Dan Case @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Ahh, with his trademark fedora and fleet guitar, Lonesome Dan is a man who evokes the blues of the 30s blues and wraps them in the trials and tribulations of modern day society.

Friday, February 10

Paul Cebar & Tomorrow Sound @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($10??) Gifted songwriting, rhythms that span New Orleans, Chicago, Africa, and the Caribbean, and a rhythm section that will have the soles of your dancing shoes light up from friction. Milwaukee guitarist/songwriter/singer Paul Cebar has not only earned a rabid following, but has managed to keep it over the last three decades.

The Pachanga Society, with Dan Newton @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($18 Advance/$20 Door) The Pachanga Society  alls from the Saint Cloud area, and has been in existence for 15 years. Tonight, they present “Crossing Borders: An (im)migration story in words, images, and Woody Guthrie songs.” Using searing guitar, haunting wooden flute and pan-flutes, charango, Cuban tres, keyboards, bass and tight, world-beat percussion, they have built a repertoire that includes classic songs from all over the Caribbean and Latin America, new arrangements of some Rock and Country standards, and a good, steady dose of original compositions.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Daves, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) Lil’ Ed  s an electrifying, raucous slide guitarist who learned from one of the best – his uncle Homesick James. You’ll be hard pressed to find any blues guitarist who will fire you up so much with his stage presence.

Joyann Parker & Annie Mack @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) So, we’ve got Joyann Parker and Annie Mack on the bill. They are two of the area’s fine female blues performers for one night. Both are equally at home writing their own material as they are singing classic blues and R&B.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, February 10, 11, 12

Be My Nasty Valentine @ Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 Advance, $15 Door) Here’s a non-traditional look at Valentine’s Day, as this show is subtitled Songs of Love and Liberation. As described, Mistress Ginger is “gonna sing and dance her way into your hears and inter your pant, saving the world while she’s at it.” Mistress Ginger will be accompanied by Lori Dokken, piano; Dustin Jensen, drums; and Noah Welter, on bass. Here is Mistress Ginger with the Wolverines Trio.

Saturday, February 11

Cate Fierro Sings Sade @ The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 8pm ($15 Advance, $20 Door) The show is actually titled “Stronger Than Pride: The Passionate Songs of Sade.” It was about a year ago that Fierro, an in-demand soul singer around town, debuted her tribute to Nigerian-born English singer Sade to much acclaim. She’ll be doing 22 songs from Sade’s catalog, spanning the albums Diamond Life (1984) to Lover’s Rock (2000), and using her soulful voice to good effect on the slow-burn intensity of Sade’s numbers. Here she is, tackling a standard.

Soul Tight Committee @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7, includes a free drink) Old, Old School R&B from a ten-piece horn band for those who simply want to dance.

The Eddies @ The Dubliner, Saint Paul. 7:30 – 10:30pm (Tip Jar) The weather on Saturday is supposed to be relatively mild, just right for getting out to hear songs of life, love, death, and work. Now a quartet, the Eddies are a friendly, charming group of men who sing songs they remember, from old ballads of walking among cemeteries, to Bob Marley, and Sympathy for the Devil. Sometimes they even change up a word or two in order to make a mild political statement, but whatever they sing, they end the night walking through the bar and toasting all who are present.

Sunday, February 12

35th Annual Battle of the Jug Bands @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. Doors: 12:30pm. Ends 8pm ($5 Suggested Donation) It’s the annual battle for the coveted Holliwood Waffle and Pancake Irons, that is, if they don’t get hijacked by dastardly losers. The rules are plain. Kitchen instruments, so to speak, and no rehearsals. An intriguing or funny name helps, but is no guarantee.  Proceeds are donated to the Dave Ray/Bill Hinkley Memroial Fund. Though it’s not a very good video, this 2013 performance will give you an idea of what occurs.

Kelly Hunt @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25 – $30) It would be easy to call Kelly Hunt a boogie-woogie piano player, but that wouldn’t begin to encompass her gifts. Even the record charts list her in multiple genres – blues, Americana, and Adult Alternative, among others. Hunt is a piano-pounder, for sure, but this powerful singer will entrance and delight with her stories, all the while keeping your kiester moving as she lays out a ferocious beat with her left hand.

Monday, February 13

Maceo Parker @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35 – $50), 9pm ($25 – $40) Saxophonist Maceo Parke  was just another hard-working sideman in James Brown’s band until Brown said “Maceo, I Want You to Blow” during I Got You (I Feel Good). Since then, his name has become synonymous with funk, though he is also a skilled jazzman. Back in 2011 I managed to get an interview with him which you can read here.

Tuesday, February 14

Michael Monroe @ The 318 Cafe, Excelsior. 7pm ($20)  Monroe is a charming singer/songwriter who has been performing for forty years, charming audiences with his wit and songwriting. He’s a self-taught musician who plays guitar, ukelele, and glass bamboo flutes who can be as romantic as necessary for this day.

Third Annual Valentine’s Day Variety Show @ O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, Saint Paul. 7pm ($29 – w/various discounts) Storyteller extraordinaire Kevin Kling, brings together some musical friends for an evening of “dynamic duos, tender trios, and oh solo-me-ohs” on love. Musical friends include Dan Chouinard, Bradley Greenwald, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Claudia Schmidt and Dane Stauffer, along with special guest writer/director Ali Selim, known for the movie Sweet Land.  Here’s an example of Kling’s storytelling abilities.

Music for Lovers @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $65 Dinner Show) This annual event put together by Lisa Wenger and Billy Larson has been presented at a number of venues around town, though I don’t think the option of a 3-Course Dinner has been offered before. Celebrate the date with Lisa Wenger + Billy Larsobn; Deb Brown + Brian Z; Sena Ehrhardt + Cole Allen; Jennifer Grimm + Joe Cruz; and Tamara Barnett + Phil Barnett. Don’t have any videos of the couples, but here’s one of Lisa Wenger.

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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A Full Week: 9.28 – 10.4

September 28, 2016

imagesIt’s another jam-packed week of music, including shows that I haven’t listed because they’re sold out. Whether you’re looking for straight ahead jazz, something more adventurous, the blues, roots, or even theatrical dance, there’s something in the Twin Cities for you this week. Don’t get too excited about Eric Burdon or John Mayall, however, since those shows at the Dakota are sold out. Music lifts the spirit

Jazz

Wednesday, September 28

Linda Peterson @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6pm (No Cover) Linda Peterson is a vocalist and pianist; a daughter of the Peterson clan who spent much of a lifetime successfully singing her way into the hearts of Southern Californians. She’s been back in town for a few years now, performing with her siblings and doing the occasional solo show. Listen for some of her clever songwriting.

Arne Fogel @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm (No Cover) It’s a given that Fogel  the pre-eminent crooner of the Twin Cities, appears at Crooners. He’s there monthly with the Acme Jazz Company, but tonight, the spotlight is his, with some help from the swinging Rick Carlson on piano; Keith Thomas Boyles on bass; and Jendeen Forberg on drums.

Peter Hennig @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm  ($10, $5 w/Student ID) The talented and in-demand drummer Pete Hennig will lead a quartet consisting of: Brandon Wozniak- Saxophone; Cody Mckinney-Bass; and Brian Ziemniak, piano.

Thursday, September 29

Thursday Night Jazz: Rodney Ruckus @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Drummer Rodney Ruckus is once again bringing in a guest artist to play with him for a few gigs. Tonight it’s Lito Hernandez, an internationally known saxophonist who is currently from Santa Barbara CA. Also joining Ruckus will be Abebi Stafford, piano; and Ron Evanuik, bass. If you can’t make it to the Reverie, the group will be at the Black Dog on Saturday.

Nicole Carey w/Doug Rohde @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm  ($10, $5 w/Student ID) Vocalist Carey is a cabaret artist and actor known for her smooth delivery. She and pianist Doug Rohde will be performing a variety of songs from folks ranging from Cole Porter and Carole King to Billy Joel and Eva Cassidy.

The Tiptons Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($10 Advance, $12 Door)  The Tiptons  re an internationally renowned all-female saxophone quartet with drums co-founded by Amy Denio in 1988, and have played many festivals worldwide including as North Sea Jazz Festival and TAKTLOS, in Zurich, Switzerland.  The members are based in Seattle, New York, and Eau Claire, WI (Sue Orfield). Their name honors Billy Tipton, a saxophonist and pianist in the late 20th Century, who was born a woman, but lived her entire adult life as a man. Their genre-busting sound ranges from micro-Big Band to Gospel, Bluegrass to Balkan, whimsical Jazz to Nocturnal Funk to Free Jazz.

Twin Cities Seven @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 8:30pm (No Cover) Seven swinging musicians doing standards, led by saxophonist Doug Haining. Plus, featuring the vocals of Maryann Sullivan, she of the soothing voice, whether on the radio or on stage.

Friday, September 30

Patty and the Buttons @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Swing and sway the accordion way. Patty plays button accordion, and with the Buttons providing backing on bass, guitar; and clarinet, they delve into dance songs from the 20s and 30s. Traditional jazz from New Orleans, Gypsy melodies, ragtime, and blues are mixed into a danceable evening.

All Originals Jazz @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. ($10) 7pm It an evening of bands that have mallet players.  The evening begins with – Quo Vadis, featuring: Gary Shulte, violin & viola; Greg Byers, cello, upright bass; Steve Kimmel, mallets, piano, & percussion. At 8:30pm – Davu Seru’s No Territory Band takes the stage, with: Tyler Cessor, tenor; Cole Pulce, baritone sax; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; and Davu Seru, drums, percussion.

Saturday, October 1

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening set by the Julius Manzara Quartet, with: Drew Stinson, bass; Levi Schwartzberg on keys (rather than his usual vibes); Dan May, drums, and Manzara on guitar. 8:30 set by Rodney Ruckus and his group (see Thursday listing, above)

Terrence Blanchard with the JazzMN Orchestra @ The Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul. 7pm ($42 – $52) The season’s opening concert for JazzMN is a winner. Born in New Orleans, 5 time Grammy Winner Blanchard  came to prominence in the 80s, playing trumpet with Lionel Hampton, and then as a member of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. He’s become known for his soundtrack work with Spike Lee, composing the scores for all of Lee’s films since 1991, including the haunting score for When the Levee Breaks, a documentary about the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. He and the JazzMN Orchestra will be doing works by Basie, Gil Evans, and a Wynton Marsalis arrangement of A Love Supreme. Additionally, Connie Evingson will be paying tribute to Toots Thielman and Shirley Horn.

Tuesday, October 4

Claudia Schmidt & Laura Caviani @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($10, $35w/Dinner) So… tonight we have a unique pairing of artists. Claudia Schmidt is the storytelling, folk singer/songwriter who has successfully delved into jazz on a number of occasions. Laura Caviani is melodic pianist and composer who plays with her a number of groups including her own trio and the X-Tet, as well as being Karryn Allyson’s go-to pianist when she plays here.

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

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, September 28

Joe Capoccia & Derek McSwain on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) This duo from the state of Washington is making their debut in the Twin Cities. They play guitar/mando duets with power and drive, creating sweet vocal harmonies on bluegrass/old-time songs, nice originals, and edgy covers.

Karla Bonoff @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $40) Bonoff is best known as a songwriter, but she is also noted for her hit recording of Personally, which became a #19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the summer of 1982.Though she didn’t write that one, others that she’s written have been recoded by Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Wynona Judd, and Lynn Anderson.

Leon Bridges @ The Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($35 – $45) While Bridges’ style has been called retro soul, that’s a bit unfair. Though there’s no doubt that gospel and soul influences play a big part in his sound, the singer/songwriter looks at life through a contemporary lens. His debut album, Coming Home, reached number 6 in the charts last year. The demo version of the song was released on SoundCloud and brought him to the attention of record companies. The fully produced version became a viral hit when it was released on Spotify, and was used in a commercial for the IPhone 6. It’s too band that he’s already catapulted to theaters, as his intimate style would certainly work well in nightclubs.

Thursday, September 29

Cafe Accordion Orchestra CD Release @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) If you’ve been following this fun band for any time during it’s 22 year existence, you probably know this is their 10th album, hence the name CAO 10. It’s full of the usual mix waltzes, swing, and Latin tunes mining the music of France, Brazil, and Columbia, and includes some Dan Newton originals as well. Though the Dakota isn’t set up for dancing, I’m sure a few folk will find some space to do so.

Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2

Jawaahir Dance Company: Shoma @ The Lab Theater, 700 North 1st Street, Minneapolis. 8pm (Thurs, Fri, Sat), 2pm (Sat, Sun) $30, $50) This is described as a Storytelling Dance Theater Journey, set during a bridal henna party in Saudi Arabia. It’s an extravaganza, with 25 actors/dancers and 7 musicians, sure to appeal to your imagination.

Friday, September 30

Paul Cebar @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($???) A number of Paul’s Twin Cities fans have been following Paul Cebar for 20 years or more, and perhaps might welcome an early show, but really, once you hear him and his band, The Fine Rude Thing, you’ll understand why folks of a certain age turn up to join younger fans at late shows. Definitely, definitely bring dancing shoes.

Charles Walker Band @ The Bedlam Lowertown, Saint Paul. 6pm – 9pm ($8) Saxophonist/Vocalist Charles Walker studied at the UW Eau Claire Jazz program, and was a stand up and improvisational comedian. He and his band, including vocalist/conguero Porsche Carmon, create neo-funk, inviting comparisons to Prince, James Brown, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Other members of the band are: Nathan P, guitar; Brian Kennedy, bass; and Josh McHatten, drums.

Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($6, $9) The former Patrick’s Cabaret has been slightly remodeled, allowing for more people in the audience, which is good, because Crankshaft and his colleagues will bring folks in to hear their high energy, stripped down blues.

Octoberfest with the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 8pm – 11pm (Tip jar?) The band that held down a weekly spot at the late, lamented Nye’s will be filling the Black Dog with polkas and other musical delights from Europe. Meantime, the Black Dog will be offering beer specials, pretzels, and Bavarian delights.

Saturday, October 1

Steve Katz @ the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, Minnetonka. 7:30pm – 10:pm ($20) Formerly of The Blues Project, founding member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, and producer of Lou Reed’s live album, Rock and Roll AnimalSteve Katz has written a memoir entitled Blood, Sweat and My Rock n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? Tonight he presents a combination of blues, folk, spoken work, and Steve’s own highly regarded songs. It’s being called a living memoir of one of the most fascinating periods in the history of American music.

Front Porch Swingin’ Liquor Pigs w/Cooker John @ The Viking Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Gather round for songs about drinking and other rock n’ roll topics as the loosey goosey, always fun Front Porch Swingin’ Liquor Pigs (the full band) return to their old haunt. Cooker John will be ending the night, starting about 11:30.

Saturday, Sunday, October 1,2

Cabaret Fest @ Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Avenue So, Minneapolis. Spotlight: 5-9pm Saturday, ($15); Workshop & Soiree, 2-6pm Sunday, ($15) ($25 for both days) The Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network (TCCAN) is a volunteer group of professional singers, accompanists, and directors who are creating a cabaret scene in the Twin Cities. Saturday will feature over 20 singers, each taking 10 minutes to sing songs and tell stories, while the workshop on Sunday will concentrate on what it takes to create and present a cabaret performance. Singers such as Dorothy Doring, Vicky Mountain, and Rhonda Laurie will be taking part.

Sunday, October 2

Corpse Reviver @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 3 – 5:30pm (Tip Jar) Mikkel Beckmen, percussion; Jillian Rae, fiddle, and Adam Riesling, guitar and banjo, are Corpse Reviver  They have been holding down this afternoon gig for quite a few years now. They play music from the Bible of folkies: The Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. It’s a gig that’s as rootsy as you can get.

Monday, October 3

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($20 advance/$25 door)  This seven piece band and dancer are from Salento, located on the heel of Italy’s boot, in Puglia. They are considered the leading exponents in a new wave of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy’s Pizzica musical and dance traditions for today’s global audience. They play the traditional dance music of Salento called pizzicato, or taranta. It’s high energy music, full of passion and almost trance-inducing. Opening is Firefly Forest, Steven Hobert’s whimsical world music/folk group.

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.


Inside and Outside – Music: 6.3 – 6.9

June 3, 2015
The stage at Dixie's on Grand

The stage at Dixie’s on Grand

Let the Festival season begin in earnest. This Sunday will feature Grand Old Day, with a variety of artists performing on a number of different stages, as well as a smaller big band festival in Eden Prairie. If not, there is still plenty of great music to enjoy, including visiting artists from England, and some appearances by resident artists who don’t perform too often. Lots of reasons to enjoy music: It lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, June 3

Southside Big Band @ Como Dockside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8:30pm (Free) It may shower this evening, but that needn’t stop you from enjoying some big band music under the pavilion at Como Park. Plus, you can always step inside to the new dockside and order food and drinks.

Greer & Penny @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The fine vocalist Sarah Greer teams up with equally fine guitarist John Penny for some great tunes. Here’s Sarah doing a gospel number.

Friday, June 5

Manzara & Reeve @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Julian Manzara on electric guitar and Robert Reeve on trumpet and flugelhorn, make for an unusual duet. They have been performing jazz standards around town for a couple of years now.

Katie Gearty @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No Cover) Katie takes a break from her R&B vocalizing with Mick Sterling’s Irresistables, Adam Levy’s Hooker’s $ Blow, and Vital Organ to sing jazz and more at the Bloomington lounge/restaurant.

Paul Harper’s Show & Tell @ the Nicollet Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) You may know Harper from his performances with the Illicit Sextet, Charmin & Shapira, or Ginger Commodore. Tonight the saxophonist is joined by Mike Cramer, guitar; Charlie Riddle, bass; Nathan Norman, drums.

Dean Sorenson Sextet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Sorenson  trombone; Steve Kenny, trumpet; David Milne, tenor; Chris Lomheim, piano; Phil Hey, drums. Sorenson teaches at the U and has played with the Minnesota Orchestra, JazzMN, and the Latin Sounds Orchestra. His supporting band consists of first call players on the Twin Cities jazz scene.

Saturday, June 6

King enjoying himself

King enjoying himself

Dave King’s PBR Street Gang @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10) Hoo boy, this group only plays a few times a year, so this is a great occasion to catch some of the Twin Cities’ finest players. Dean Granros, guitar; Dave King  drums; Brandon Wozniak, sax; and Anthony Cox, bass and cello.

 

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) It’s another double bill of powerhouse jazz at Lowertown’s community meeting place. Opening at 7pm is bassist Ted Olsen and his Group. Then at 8:30pm it’s the Five: Dave Karr, sax; Steve Kenny, trumpet; Mikkel Romstad, piano; Ryan Hays, bass; and Kenny Horst, drums. The members of this inter-generational group range in age from 20s to 80s, making for some exciting music.

Sunday, June 7

The bones of the Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

The bones of the Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

25th Annual Festival of Jazz on the Praire @ Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie. 2pm – 9pm (Free) A cornucopia of big bands, just the thing for a Sunday afternoon.  2pm: Just Friends Big Band; 3pm: Acme Jazz Company; 4pm: Ben in the River Big Band; 5pm: Good News Big Band; 6pm: River City Jazz Orchestra; 7pm: Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

Monday, June 8

Paul Mazzacano & the Mazz Jazz Juggernaut @ Town Green Amphitheater, Maple Grove. 8 – 10pm (Free) Mazzacano is a percussionist/drummer arranger composer, and educator, whose credits range from the Dorseys and Charlie Barnett to Roy Eldridge, Liberace, Elvis Presley, Broadway productions and staff work for both CBS and NBC networks. Not sure of the Juggernaut, but judging by the name, and the fact that Mazzacano has composed of number of pieces for orchestra, it could be a large, and exciting, group.

Eric Wangensteen @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) This trumpeter has toured with Bette Midler, released four CDs played in over 20 countries. Though a graduate of the UofM at Duluth, you may not know of hims, since he spends his winters playing in Uruguay, recently playing with paquito D’Rivera for three years at the Uruguay International Jazz Festival.

Chris Bates’ Good Vibes Trio @ the Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Here is a group that always has a good time on stage. Their level of communication with each other is just about telepathic. Bates, bass; Dave hagedorn, vibes; Phil Hey, drums.

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

Blues, Roots, Other….

Wednesday, June 3

Andy Cohen on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Cohen is a virtuoso guitar player and folklorist from Memphis who mines a number of different blues traditions, and has gained fans throughout the country, including many of this area’s fingerpickers. He’s also a great storyteller, having written about many of his musical heroes, and toured with old masters such as Martin, Bogan, & Armstrong, Rev. Gary Davis, and Honeyboy Edwards. It’s a treat to have him stop in town.

Thursday, June 4

World Party @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40) Well crafted pop from a band which has been around since their 1986 hit Ship of Fools.  Frontman Karl Wallinger experienced an aneurysm in 2001, but after some rehabilitation and hard work is back. Critics all seem to agree that Wallinger manages to be a lyrical as some of our best songwriters, such as The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Dylan.

Claudia Schmidt & Dean Magraw @ The Gingko Coffeehouse, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($20 + tax) It’s a birthday celebration for the celebrated folk/jazz singer Ms Schmidt  and once again, she has the supple guitar of Dean Magraw for support. It’s always fun when these two long-time compadres get together. For example:

Friday, June 5

Steve Clarke & the Working Stiffs @ Mendota Square, The Village of Mendota Heights. 6pm (Free) Clarke is one of those saxophonists that most R&B bands welcome to sit in and add some punch to proceedings. He and the Working Stiffs play dance music from the 30s to the 50s, including things from Count Basie, Billie Holliday, Bill Haley, and Elvis.

Graham Parker & The Rumour @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($55 – $65) In the late 70s, Parker broke out of the pub rock scene in England, combining the energy and spark of punk rock with his love for American R&B. Two of his albums with the Rumour are in Rolling Stones’ Top 100 Albums of all time from 1987. Parker favorite Lowell Thompson opens.

Lonseome Dan Case and The Dieselfitters @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) Lonesome Dan, the picture of a 30s itinerant guitar player, opens. The Dieselfitters are purveyors of rockabilly, roots rock, and honky tonk music: Clay Williams, guitar/vocals; Dan Peterson, bass/vocals; and Mike Sandell, drums.

Pop Wagner & the Dumpy Jug Bumpers @ Palmer’s, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) It’s an old-timer evening at the West Bank dive bar. The Bumpers will perform Jug band music. Pop Wagner will perform old cowboy music, as well as some country and pop tunes, and then they’ll perform together.

Saturday, June 6

Charlie Lawson & the Natural Born Lovers @ Barely Brothers Records, Saint Paul. 2pm (Free) Mike and Spencer, the “barely brothers” are once again enticing record buyers into their store with some free music, this time by long time Twin Cities guitarist/vocalist Lawson and his band.

Grateful Red @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. (Free) This horn-driven funk/rock/pop band will provide the backdrop for your picnic in the area just north of the bandshell, or you can get closer and sit on benches and simply enjoy the music (dancing may occur).

Hurricane Harold’s All Star Blues Revue @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Harpist Harold gathers up a few of his very talented friends for an evening of rompin’ stompin’ blues.

Jarrod Lawson @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9pm ($25/$20 Advance) “The Hottest New Talent to hit soul music in at least ten years.” That’s what some English magazines have said about blue-eyed soulster Lawson  whose debut at Ronnie Scott’s was sold out and then broadcast on a live web stream. He’ll be playing with some of the Petersons – St. Paul on bass, Ricky on keys, and JP DeLaire on sax, as well as other special guests

Sunday, June 7

Music @ Grand Old Day, Saint Paul. 12:30 – 4:30pm (Free) You can kick off summer and experience a variety of bands at the Midwest’s biggest one day festival. Highlights include Charlie Parr (12PM) and Erik Koskinen (2:15pm) at Dixie’s on Grand; The Cactus Blossoms (12:30pm) and Crankshaft (2pm) at Walgreens;  and country party guy Tim Sigler at the Wild Onion at 3pm. There are other bands as well, and if you want to listen while enjoying adult beverages in the Festival Gardens adjoining each stage you’ll need a wristband ($8).

Cooker John @ Como Dockside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 3pm (Free) Guitarist and folk/blues musician Cooker John learned to pick from Artie Traum back in 60s New York. Since then he’s been in a variety of bands around the country, but has performed solo (sometimes with an accompanist) since 1990.

Monday, June 8

Hunker’d Down Blues Band @ Rice Park, Saint Paul. Noon (Free) It’s Blue Monday at Rice Park, but that doesn’t mean you have to be blue. Take a break and enjoy this five-piece while chowing down on lunch.

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 calendar for U Wanna Dance.


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

March 26, 2014

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

Jazz…

Wednesday, March 26

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

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

Thursday, March 27

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

Friday, March 28

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

Saturday, March 29

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

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

Sunday, March 30

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

Monday, March 31

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

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

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

 

Blues, Roots, and Other…

Wednesday, March 26

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

Thursday, March 27

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

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

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

Friday, March 28

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

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

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

Saturday, March 29

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

Sunday, March 30

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

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

Monday, March 31

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

Tuesday, April 1

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

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

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

 

 


Out and About: Music for March 28 – April 3

March 28, 2012

Another good week to be out and about in the Twin Cities. We’ve got some fine visiting artists, including the legendary Van Dyke Parks, JaLaLa, a trio of female jazz vocalists, and a Grammy-winning zydeco performer. Plus, we have a number of very interesting resident artists at work this week.

Jazz

Wednesday, March 28

Radio Joe & the JazzBos @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm. ($5) Joe Demko on vocals & guitar, Bruce Wintervold, vibes; Keith Boyles, bass; Tony Guscetti, drums. This is an all-ages swing dance party, though the club has a bar, for which of course, you will need an ID. Bonus: Nice dance floor!

Brian Grivna Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) A rare club appearance by Grivna, whose alto playing is melodic, imaginative, and swinging. He’s played with Buddy Rich, and has played in the orchestras of many local performing venues, such as the Guthrie, the MN Orchestra and others.

Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm. (No Cover) Clouser has discovered that the sound of his group, featuring electric guitar and trumpet, has lots of appeal, especially to a younger audience. His latest CD, “20th Century Folk Songs” has a broad interpretation of folk songs, so don’t let the title fool you. This is energetic jazz.

Thursday, March 29

John Raymond Quintet CD Release @ The Dakota, Minnneapolis. 7pm ($10) Even as a high school student, trumpeter Raymond had a great sound and played in interesting bands. He left the Twin Cities for New York a few years ago after graduating from the music program at Eau Claire. Now, after gigging in New York, Raymond’s released an album entitled “Strength and Song,” co-produced by trumpet great Jon Faddis. It’s a contemporary, accessible, and filled with strong songs, if you’ll pardon the puny pun.

Pete Whitman’s X-Tet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul.  9pm ($5) If it’s the last Thursday of the month, than saxman Whitman and nine of his talented musician friends are holding court at the AQ. Just because it’s a monthly gig don’t ignore it and say you’ll go another time. The power and artistry of this group is one to behold.

Friday, March 30

Merciless Ghost @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul 8pm (Tip Jar) The ‘Dog continues its booking of all kinds of music. Tonight they feature George Cartwright, Josh Granowski, and Davu Seru listening intently to each other as they improvise original music.

Friday, Saturday, March 30, 31

Good Life @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) The name is new, but the players are among the best of Twin City jazzers. What we have is two (or maybe two and a half) generations of players: Brandon Wozniak, alto; Peter Schimke, piano; Billy Peterson, bass; and Kenny Horst, drums.

Saturday, March 31

Ticket to Brasil @ The Loring Pasta Bar, Minneapolis. 6pm (No cover) Are your hips twitching? Do they want to sway? Are you longing for some sensuous music? Ticket to Brasil will meet your needs, at least til about 9pm. At 10pm a Salsa Deejay takes over and the crowds spill out onto the street.

Sophia Shorai @ The Lexington, Saint Paul. 6:30pm (No cover – $20 minimum per person at a table) Though Shorai has been effective in any room where I’ve seen her, the wood-paneled walls and clubby atmosphere of the Lex’s Williambridge Room seem perfectly suited to the sweet seductiveness of her voice. Taking a table is worth the minimum, as the bar area gets a bit chatty at times. Hear Sophia on her MySpace page.


JazZen @ The Hat Trick Lounge
, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) A group built around the flute work of Bob Fantauzzo, who works with various wooden flutes from Native American cultures and around the world. Though the sound of wooden flutes can inspire meditative and soothing moments, JazZen inserts twists and turns via percussion, and electric cello.

Sunday, April 1

JaLaLa @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40) Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse, and Lauren Kinham in close harmony. Siegel is a member of Manhattan Transfer. Masse was a founding member of the group. Kinham is a member of New York Voices. Sounds heavenly. The video hardly begins to show their talent.

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.

Roots, Blues, Other

Wednesday, March 28

Tou Saiko Lee & his O.G. (Original Grandma) @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm. The Saint Paul Almanac presents an event for those interested in the spoken work and in cross-cultural understanding. Tou Saiko Lee is a Hmong Rap/Spoken Word artist. His grandmother noted that his rapping has similarities to traditional Hmong poetry, and so for the last year or two, they have occasionally collaborated. Tonight they headline the Lowertown Reading Jam, curated by Lee, entitled “Stories from the OGs: Honoring the Original Generation.” Other participants include b-girl Chilli, black/Anishinabe poet Louis Alemayehu, and Somali artist Abdifatah Farah Ali.

Thursday, Friday, March 29, 30

Claudia Schmidt CD Release Party @ Open Eye Figure Theater, 506 East 24th St, Minneapolis. 7:30 pm ($20) Red House Records is releasing  “Bend in the River” a collection of music culled from five of Schmidt’s albums for the label. Dean Magraw (guitar) and Marc Anderson (percussion) will be on hand to help out. Though she started out as a folk singer (I recall interviewing her in 1987), Schmidt is equally effective singing jazz and blues.

Friday, March 30

Chubby Carrier @ Famous Dave’s, Uptown Minneapolis. 9pm ($15/$20) Do ya have any zydeco shoes? You’ll need ’em to keep up with the insistent, chugging sounds of Carrier, a Grammy-Winning, third generation purveyor of two-steps, waltzes, and funky zydeco.

STAX Tribute @ The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm. ($12 – $40) A night of music featuring a six-piece horn-driven band led by Jimi “Prime Time” Smith, and some of the best soul singers in the Twin Cities area. If you’re a fan of Booker T, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, The Staples, et al, this is right up your alley.

Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul.  8pm ($10) Swaggerin’ straight-up blues from the Reverend, featuring his stinging guitar, along with some smokin’ sax, and hot harp. The Swamp Kings bring some Louisiana sounds to the opening.

Saturday, March 31

L’Assassins Record Release and Pajama Party @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($6) Get yer pomade out, those pointy dancin’ shoes, and your cat clothes, cuz KFAI’s Freewheelin’ is presenting  a night of red hot music from this female rockabilly band and more. With the Reckless Ones and Violent Shifters.

This ain't Frankie & Annette's Pajama Party.

Pajamas have been called for, which should make this a very colorful evening, and perhaps reveal more tatoos than usual. Tatters, the retro/vintage clothing store will have some pjs available for those whose wardrobe isn’t sufficiently colorful for the event.

Hookers $ Blow @ Crooked Pint Ale House, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Yeah, it’s a cover band, but that’s the point. Dance grooves from the 60s and 70s R&B, performed by a veritable who’s who of performers from bands around town.

dVRG @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 10:30pm (No Cover) R&B and soul flavored songs from dVRG on keys and vocals, Jacob Hanson on guitar, and Joey Van Phillips on drums. Devon Gray (dVRG) is the pianist for Heiruspecs, does jazz gigs, and collaborates with folks from throughout the Twin Cities music community, so you’ll never no who will drop by.

Monday, April 2

Robb Henry Trio @ The Red Stag,NE Minneapolis.  9pm. (No Cover) Henry, guitar; Jim Chenoweth bass; and Ben Kaplan, drums, play a blend of instrumental originals with a melange of influences, from psychedelic Brit-rock, to Henry Mancini, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

Monday, Tuesday, April 2, 3

Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) Gospel-infused blues, folk and R&B from this pair. Foster will be appearing with a band, as she has in the past. Thorn will be solo. Both come from a Gospel tradition, though they aren’t bound by it, and both and are great storytellers. A pretty special evening.

Tuesday, April 3

Parks and the head Beach Boy, many years ago.

Van Dyke Parks @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($25) Parks has been a composer, arranger, producer, musician, author and actor for about 50 years. He is best known as Brian Wilson’s co-conspirator, writing lyrics for the Beach Boys’ “Smile,” and for his landmark solo albums “Song Cycle” and “Discover America.” Younger fans may know him from his orchestral arrangements on Joanna Newsom’s “Ys” LP, though he’s also worked with artists ranging from Toad the Wet Sprocket, to Silverchair, to Phil Ochs, the Byrds, and Bonnie Raitt. From 6pm to 7:30pm he’ll do an in-store appearance at Treehouse Records on 26th & Lyndale, where he’ll talk a bit and sign records, etc., before heading to the Cedar to perform.

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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