Blues, roots, and all that jazz: 9.27 – 10.3

September 27, 2017

Well, I have found that I’m missing something in my life by not writing about who is appearing in town. I receive so much energy from music, that even writing about it is helpful, as is the good thoughts and vibes of friends and readers of this blog. So… I’m going to try to go back to a weekly blog. As James Brown declared in Get Up Offa That Thing, I’m Back! I hope to keep my descriptions short, and perhaps list fewer events. I’m not including videos at this time. We’ll see how it all goes. In the meantime, here’s some ideas for the next week


Thursday, Sept 28

Mary Louise Knutson & Gordy Johnson @ Lexington’s Williamsburg Room, Saint Paul. 7pm – 11:30pm (No Cover) Businessmen, politicians, and Saint Paul Socialites have been meeting at the Lex for years. It now features jazz duos and trios on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Knutson’s warm and inventive piano playing will be accompanied by Gordy Johnson on bass.

Mari Harris & Bruce A. Henry @ Jazz Central, Minnapolis. 8pm ($10, $5w/Student ID) Mari Harris is an award-winning singer/songrwriter, actress, and Speaker who has been often been seen performing with Pippi Ardennia. Bruce Henry is the former Twin Citizen who now lives in Chicago and has performed on five continents.

Friday, Sept 29

Jazz Alley Ella-Bration @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Jazz Alley is the group name for three fine vocalists – Maryann Sullivan, Sarah Greer, and Katia Cardenas – who will join forces with pianist Lori Dokken to celebrate the music of Ella Fitzgerald, whose centennial anniversary is this year.

Saturday, Sept 30

No Room For Squares @ Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis. 7pm (Tip Jar) This is the Boom Island debut of this quintet, which was a hit at this years Twin Cities Jazz Festival. It includes veterans of the Twin Cities jazz scene including Jimmie (Jimmyapolis) Wallace, sax; Jon Pemberton, trumpet; Mikkel Romstad, piano; and Adam Tucker, bass

Mama Digdown’s Brass Band @ Vieux Carré,  Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) The New Orleans-themed Vieux is the perfect place for this heavyweight Brass Band from Madison who have managed to gain acceptance in New Orleans while incorporating both traditional brass band music and contemporary tunes into their playlist.

Leigh Kammen Classic Originals @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The Leigh Kamman Legacy Project and Pianist/vocalist Larry McDonough have teamed up for this special presentation on Tony Bennett, Bill Evans, and Leigh Kamman. McDonough and his trio will perform a set of the music of Bennett & Evans, followed by audio interviews of Kamman with Bennett and Evans. Afterwards there will be a second set of originals by the trio. Joining McDonough are Richard Terrill, saxes and poetry; and bassist Greg Stinson

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Tonights performances are by Trio 280: Joel Shapira, guitar; Erin Woods, drums; and Wes Roulle, organ, followed at 8:30 by the JC Sanford Quartet: Sanford, trombone; Zacc Harris, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and JT Bates, drums.

Saturday, Sunday, Sept 30, Oct 1

Bacharach: All Saxed Up @ The Capri Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm Saturday, 3PM Sunday ($25) Vocalist Patty Peterson and Cookie Coleman are joined by saxophonist Kathy Jensen, bassist Tony Axtell, and pianist Mary Louise Knutson to perform the music of Burt Bacarach.

Sunday, Oct 1

Zacc Harris Trio @ Riverview Wine Bar, Minneapolis. Sundays, 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar) Zacc Harris, guitar; Matt Peterson, bass; and Pete Hennig, drums, have now been appearing at the Riverview on a weekly basis for 10 years. It’s  the longest running weekly jazz gig in the Twin Cities, but that doesn’t mean you should put off going to hear the trio. During the month of October, the band is celebrating by giving away copies of a limited release CD recorded live at the Riverview in earlier this year to customers during the month. This is always a fun, enjoyable gig.

Tuesday, October 3

Pat Mallinger & Bill Carrothers @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($15) Two musicians who grew up and starting playing in the Twin Cities many years ago return for this inspired outing. Mallinger on sax, and Carrothers on piano seem to be returning to the cities a bit more than they have in the past, inspired, I’m sure by the warm, enthusiastic reception they get at the Dunsmore Listening Room.

Larry McDonough Quartet CD Release @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10) The CD is entitled “Alice in Stonehenge and other AcoustElectric Adventures” and features the quartet: Larry McDonough, piano, compositions, and vocals; Richard Terrill, saxes and original poetry; Greg Stinson, bass; and Dean White, drums, with special guest, Steve Kenny, flumpet. The title tracks of the 2 volume CD (one is acoustic, the other is electric) are mash-ups of McDonough’s take on Bill Evans’ “Alice in Wonderland” and his re-arrangement of Spinal Tap’s “Stonehenge.”

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, as comprehensive calendar of jazz events as you’ll find

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, Sept 27

Junior Watson and Mitch Kashmar on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar)  “Left Coast” Blues from Harpist Mitch Kaschmar, who’s been around for a few decades, but didn’t make a splash until his 2005 debut, Nickels and Dimes, on Delta Groove Records. Since then he’s delivered a few more solid albums featuring his sometimes overdriven harp, courtesy of Little Walter’s influence, along with the fleet fingering and flexibility that he learned from William Clarke.  Junior Watson is a fine guitarist with whom Twin Citizens may be more familiar, as he’s visited us numerous times and in the past has played with the late Lynwood Slim. However, it’s ten years since the two have played in MN, so expect a hearty party. Tune in and head to the 331 Club if you like what you hear. If you can’t make it tonight, you’ve got another chance on Friday (see below).

Salsa del Soul @ Dayblock Brewing, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12) This nine-piece band plays music from through the Latin regions of the Caribbean. With songs that range from Cha-Chas, to Timba, and of course, Salsa, they bring out lots and lots of dancers

Thursday, Sept 28

Black Uhuru @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minnapolis. 8pm ($25 Advance/$30 Door) Derrick “Duckie” Simpson the “Gong Gong Gullie” is the founder and leader for reggae’s Black Uhuru, and though other members of the trio have come and gone, he has managed to keep the group, and it’s distinctive sound, going for almost 50 years now. Aside from Bob Marley, Black Uhuru has the highest record sales in reggae, with14 full length albums, 7 instrumental dub albums, and 4 live albums

DL Cajun Band @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($5) With Louisiana Rhythms no longer broadcasting on KFAI, local fans of Southwest Louisiana music have to depend on liver performances by resident and visiting artists. Tonight such fans can spin, twirl, and two-step to Twin Cities favorites, the DL Cajun Band, purveyors of traditional Cajun music: Dough Lohman, guitar; Shawn Glidden, accordion; Marie Stier, fiddle; and Dawn Doering, triangle & snare.

Friday, September 29

Mitch Kashmar & Junior Watson @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm ($10) As long as they’re here, Kashmar & Watson are playing a few other gigs in the area, including this one at Wilebski’s.  Opening is the Paul Barry Blues Band with Lila Ammons.

Saturday, Sept 30

Annie Mack @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) Vocalist Annie Mack has been tearing up the blues scene in town for a number of years, singing with other bands as well as her own. She is, however, more than a blues singer, as Living Blues Magazine put it, “In a blues world overrun with bad-mama posturing on one hand and hoochie-mama silliness on the other, it’s refreshing to hear a lyricist with deeper ideas on her mind.” Opening is the genre-bending duo The Salt Vine, featuring Jen Bluhm on vocals and ukelele; and Charles Jolly on guitar.

Mungion & Soap @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door) Chicago-based jam band Mungion plays highly danceable rock. Minneapolis’ own Soap melds psychedelic funk (is there such a thing?) with danceable rock. Think in terms of a combination of Led Zeppelin and P.Funk.

Silvertones @ Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) When I just want to dance to songs of the 60s, I go out to hear the Silvertones, who are equally at home playing the music of The Ronettes as they are the music of Steppenwolf.

Sunday, Oct 1

Corpse Reviver @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 3pm – 5pm (Tip Jar) With the advent of Autumn, the members of Corpse Reviver once again take the afternoon stage at the 331 Club to play music from the classic Harry Smith Anthology of Folk Music. Members include: Mikkel Beckman, percussion; Jillian Rae, fiddle, and oftentimes, special guests.

Sunday, Monday, Oct 1,2

The Combo @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) Be prepared to dance as the Combo (aka Mambo’s Combo) brings the groove to the North Loop. They’ve been playing this weekly gig for 30 years, covering rhythmic rock and R&B tunes with panache and grit. Visiting and resident musicians will often sit in for a tune or two.

In the meantime you can find a fairly comprehensive list of links to venues that present Jazz, Blues, & Roots at this page on my website: Be aware that venues change their music policies often enough that it’s hard to stay current. For a quick look at what’s happening around town check out: The Minnesota Blues Society: and the City Pages Concert Calendar:

The Long View: Music for 9.11 – 9.18 and beyond, to 9.29

September 11, 2013
Off on vacation

Off on vacation

Lots of good jazz and roots music taking place this week and in upcoming weeks. I’ve briefly listed some events beyond the next week, since I will be taking a vacation and only have sporadic access to e-mail and the interweb, so you won’t be hearing from me until October 3rd. Until then, take advantage of the offerings we have in this town. After all music can lift the soul.


Wednesday, September 11

Trumpet Summit @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25)   Wow, four trumpeters from different eras come together for an evening that trumpets the trumpet, so to speak. Featuring Randy Brecker, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Jeremy Pelt, and Leon Jordan, Jr. Brecker is a Grammy winner who has been on hundreds of recordings, from Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra, to Steely Dan, Parliament-Funkadelic, and the Brecker Brothers. Henderson has worked with Art Blakey, Charles Earland, and the Herbie Hancock Sextet. Pelt has been with the Mingus Big Band, and played with Bobby Blue bland, Cedar Walton, and Ravi Coltrane, among others. Leon Jordan plays on the cutting edge of modern music, having graduated from the University of the Arts in 2009.

Mansur Scott & The Harlem Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) Note the early start time. This New York vocalist/percussionist is known as the Jazz Mayor of Harlem. His approach to singing is blues-based but at the same time spare and reserved. He’s performed all over NYC, and of late, Europe. He’s currently touring behind his debut album, Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered, reviewed here. The Harlem Quartet is  Carlson Holmes, piano; Wayne Bachelor, bass; and Mark Johnson, drums, with guest soloists Paul Zouner on trombone, and Kiemens Piem on sax. Here’s a video of Scott singing an Abbey Lincoln song to give you an idea of his thoughtful way with a lyric.

Friday, September 13

Retro Swing Sister @ The Village, Mendota Heights. 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Free) This outdoor performance is part of the Village’s Crazy Days event. Rhonda Laurie & Maryann Sullivan will be joined by Robert Bell, guitar; Doug Haining, sax; Matt Peterson, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. Do a little swing dancing in-between shopping at the Village Shops, or instead of shopping.

Merciless Ghost @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8-11pm (tip jar) Freely improvised music with George Cartwright, sax; Josh Granowski, bass; and Davu Seru, drums/percussion.

Friday, Saturday, September 13, 14

images-2Locally Damaging Winds @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12) Ahh, the trombone, it rarely gets respect, but I’d say that anyone seeing this four trombone group at work would come away with new respect for the instrument and those who play it. Featuring Pete Enblom, Wade Clark, Brad Bellows, and Dave Graf on trombones, with Bryan Nichols, piano; Tom Pieper, bass; and Mac Santiago, drums.

Open Door Music #1 @ The Ritz Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15-$25) This is billed as “A Conducted Improvisation and Free Style Music Festivl Celebrating the Legacy of Butch Morris.” Morris was a cornetist who originated Conduction, a type of free improvisation that was nevertheless structured, which he conducted with hand gestures and a baton. This two-night stand will feature a number of freely improvising groups. Friday night will feature the IMP Ork and the Minnesota Premier of Black Feburary: a documentary on Butch Morris. Saturday features the Improvestra, Cherry Spoon Collective, and Coloring Time.  Here’s the Cherry Spoon Collective at an open rehearsal.

Saturday, September 14

Selby Avenue Jazz Festival @ Selby & Milton, Saint Paul. Noon – 9pm. (Free) This family-friendly event is always fun. Lots of food and other vendors and a lineup that includes neighborhood musicians as well as visiting musicians: Dick & Jane’s Brass Band; The Lex-Hamm Community Band; Yohannes Tona; and headliners  Damon L. Brown, and Marcus Johnson. Complete information can be found here.

Franconia Sculpture Park Jazz Festival, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia. Noon – 6pm (Free, $5 parking) Two fine instrumental groups – Trio Pika (Adam Linz, Phil Hey, Bryan Nichols), and Atlantis Quartet, and three vocalists: Sophia Shorai, Lucia Newell, and  Debbie Duncan. Located 3 miles west of Taylors Falls on Highway 8. Pack a picnic, or buy food and beverages there.

Monday, September 16

Doc Severinsen Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($60 – $40), 9pm ($50 – $30) Not exactly adventurous music, but powerful, and boy, does Doc know how to swing. His band includes a number of Minnesota musicians, including Mary Louise Knutson on piano.

…And in Jazz for the next couple of weeks:

Wednesday, September 18

Dave Brattain Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Mainstream jazz from a fine saxophonist.

Thursday, September 19

Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35), 9pm ($25) Modern jazz from the son of John Coltrane.

Dave Karr Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) The eighty-something Karr can still blow the sax like anybody’s business.

Thursday – Sunday, September 19 – 22, and September 26-29 

PerformancePage-913x1024Belmont Hotel @ The Southern Theater, Minneapolis. Sundays, 3pm, other performances, 7:30pm ($40 opening night -the 20th, $27, $19 for seniors) This is a jazz/dance/singing performance starring Katie Geary and up and coming recording artist Cameron Wright. A live band with horns will provide the music, with choreography by Regina Peluso. More information can be found at:

Friday, Saturday, September 20, 21

Diane Witherspoon @ the Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($?) Shirley Witherspoon’s sister returns from California to sing for us during this two night stand.

Tuesday, September 24

Adam Meckler Orchestra @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Modern Big Band Jazz.

Thursday, September 26

Pete Whitman’s X-Tet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) A smallish big band that cooks

Friday, September 27

Lila Ammons CD Release @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 10pm ($?) Her new album is The Nearness of You, in which she tackles standards, blues, and bossas with ease, showcasing her considerable way with a lyric. The title song shines a light on her tasteful way with a melody, while her quiet urgency reveals the emotional center of the Billie Holiday tune, Don’t Explain.

Friday, Saturday, September 27, 28

Dean Magraw’s Red Planet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10?) You can’t find a more versatile, imaginative guitarist in town than Dean Magraw.

Saturday, Sunday, September 28, 29

Dave Holland Prism @ The Dakota, Minneapolis 7pm ($40). 9pm ($30) Holland’s latest project, this time featuring Craig Taborn, piano; Kevin Eubanks, guitar; and Eric Harland, drums.

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, Sep 11

Crankshaft on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 and 106.7FM) and 7pm (331 Club – tip Jar) Crankshaft is an original: he attacks his guitar like a crocodile grabs a zebra; he’s funny, which is often reflected in his songs; and he exudes high energy. Imagine, if you will, the energy of punk rock going into blues, country, and good ol’ rock and role. He plays as one-man band and also has a trio – the Gear Grinders. Not sure who will turn up, but you can surely find out on the radio show. PS: Word has it a big fan will be celebrating her birthday this evening as well, so there will undoubtedly be additional whooping, hollering, and dancing.

Patti Lupone As Evita

Patti Lupone As Evita

Thursday, Friday, Sep 12, 13

Patti LuPone @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($70 – $45), 9pm ($60-$35) Here we have some Broadway/cabaret singing from LuPone, who has been in countless Broadway shows, and won two Tonys. She’s best know for her roles as Eva Peron in “Evita,” Fantine, in the original London cast of “Les Miserables,” and Mama Rose in Gypsy.

Friday, September 13

Portland Cello Project @ Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave So, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Free-Will Offering) Here’s an intriguing event. The seven-cello strong PCP, as they’re known to fans, will be playing Beck, Bach, and Brubeck at this Southside Church. They’ll play songs from Beck Hanson’s SongReader, a sheet-music-only release, as well as compositions from JS Bach and Dave Brubeck. You can see them playing Take Five at:

Joe and Vicki Price @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 9-11pm (Tip Jar) Joe and Vicki have rightly gathered a big following here in the Twin Cities with their stripped down, trance-meets-delta style of blues. Not the kind of music you’d expect from a couple living in rural Iowa.

The Selecter @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7pm doors, 8pm music ($25) Back in the 80s, a group of English bands started a ska revival and recorded for 2-Tone records. The Selecter was one of them and they’re back, with two well-recieved albums: 2011’s Made in Britain and 2013’s String Theory, and are featuring Pauline Black, the queen of ska. Cleveland’s Pinstrips open. Get a taste of their enthusiastic approach with this video.

Saturday, September 14

West Bank Benefit for Charmaine Bird @ Palmer’s, Minneapolis. 2pm – 9pm. Truth be told, I don’t know Charmaine, but many musicians apparently do. And what musicians! John Beach leads off at 3pm, followed by Spider John Koerner at 4pm, Willie Murphy at 5pm, Pop Wagner and Dakota Dave Hull at 6pm, and the Liquor Pigs at 7pm.

images-3Commander Cody @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25) You don’t have to be Lost in the Ozone Again, driving a Hot Rod Lincoln, or be Down to Seeds & Stems Again to enjoy the rockin’ country/roots excursions of Commander Cody. It’s rowdy, often funny, roadhouse music, and though the Dakota may be a bit more polished than the usual venues for this band, that won’t stop anyone from having fun.

Red Dog @ the Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8-11pm (Tip jar) This country/folk trio consists of musicians who have played around the Twin Cities for many, many years, going all the way back to the West Bank Trackers and the Bluegills.

Sunday, September 15

Patty & the Buttons & the Cactus Blossoms @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No cover) Here you have two groups with strong followings. Patty & the Buttons play acoustic swing, New Orleans, jazz, ragtime, and the blues. The Cactus Blossoms play originals that sound like vintage country. A toe-tappin’ evening. Bolder listeners may even squeeze in a dance or two in the aisles.

Monday, September 16

Corpse Reviver CD Release, with Charlie Parr @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($12) Corpse Reviver plays the music found on the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. They are Mikkel Beckman, percussion, Jillian Rae, fiddle, and Adam Kiesling, guitar and banjo. They’re celebrating the release of their first album: Volume One: I’ll be Rested When the Roll is Called. Fine musicians all, and they’ll have Charlie Parr opening. Here they are doing the title song.

…And in Blues and Roots for the next couple of weeks:

Wednesday, September 18

Krar Collective @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free, while tickets last) Ethiopian music  – contemporary, yet rooted in tradition.

Aurora Celtic Band @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30 – 9:30pm. (Tip Jar) Edgy Irish music from a touring band.

Thursday, September 19

Jimmy Cliff @ First Avenue, Minneapolis. 9pm ($30) The Reggae master will undoubtedly light up the place.

Friday, September 20

Paul Cebar @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm ($10) Dance, Dance, Dance.

Meg Hutchinson @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 8pm ($15) Part of Red House Live series.

Vasen @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) Folk-rockish trio from Sweden

Saturday, September 21

Hot Pants 6th Anniversary @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Dance to rare funk n’ soul 45s.

Philips Phonograph @ The Red Stag Supper Club, Minneapolis. 10pm (No cover) An indie folk band that mixes things up a bit by including keyboards and trumpet along with the usual instrumentation. With Eric Phillips, vocals, guitar, banjo; Kurt Larson, Keys, vocals; Lauren Vetsch, Trumpet, Glock; and Matthew Thomas, drums, shaker, and tambourine

Sunday, September 22

Tim Sparks & Phil Heywood @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) Two masters of the acoustic guitar.

Monday, Tuesday, September 23, 24

Bettye LaVette @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) As soulful as it gets. She’ll wring you out.

Wednesday, September 25

Rena Haus Trio on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 Club – tip jar) Original blues and roots

Debo Band and Christine Salem @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free) Ethiopian dance music and a singer from Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. Part of the Global Roots Festival

Thursday, September 26

Willie Walker & Scottie Miller @ Holihan’s Pub, White Bear Lake. 8pm (No Cover) Interesting pairing of two terrific musicians who, as far as I know, have not appeared together before: Walker on vocals, and Miller on piano & vocals, backed by Bobby Schnitzer, guitar; Larry Wiegard, bass; and Scott Sansby, drums.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, September 26, 27, 28

Zeitgeist’s New Music Harvest @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm each night. ($10, Thurs, Fri; $20, Sat Fundraiser). New Chamber Music from near and far.

Friday, September 27

North Mississippi All-Stars, and Lightnin’ Malcolm @ the Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9pm ($17) Deep, Deep Blues from the South, with a pair of acts that feature the high energy that goes over well with the young crowd.

Saturday, September 28

Rauchfest @ Harriet Brewing, Minneapolis. 1pm – 10pm. ($15) W/ Derobe Dance Band, Molly Maher, Boys “n the Barrels, and more. Lotsa music, fresh beer, and food trucks.

Sunday, September 29

Frigg @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($20) Hot, Nordic folk-rock.

Monday, September 30

Dan Penn w/Bobby Emmons @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) Soulful songwriter and composer of hits for Aretha, James Carr, and more. I’m really sorry I’m missing this one, as Penn has proven to be a great storyteller, as a performer, and as a songwriter.

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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