Well, there’s a slew of outdoor festivals and events this week, as befitting July, so there’s bound to be some dancing in the streets. We also have visiting artists from Africa, Cuba, and around our nation, as well as some fascinating combinations of jazz musicians to pique your musical interest. This week’s list is a bit longer than usual, but that means it will be a fun week all around. Music lifts the Spirit.
Wednesday, July 12
Lee Engele @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm (Free) Enjoy lunch while listening to vocalist Engele swing her way through standards.
Pat Donahue & Dean Magraw @ Crooners’ Dunmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15, $20) Acoustic guitar magic will unfold as these peerless players take the stage in the intimate Dunsmore Room.
Thursday, July 12
Adam Linz, Goggberg @ Khyber Pass, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) 1st Set: Adam Linz solo bass. 2nd set: Goggberg, which features some young lions ready to roar – Peter Goggin, alto; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Sam Worthington, bass; Edmund Caitlin, drums. Here’s Goggin doing a solo with Hoaxer, another group of young musicians.
Friday, July 13
Peter Kogan Quintet @ Orchestra Hall Atrium, Minneapolis. 6pm – 7:45pm (Free) Jake Baldwin, tpt; Pete Whitman, sax; Phil Aaron, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Peter Kogan, drums; will be performing before the opening of Sommerfest, which will feature six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Josh Granowski’s Special Music @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Bassist Josh Granowski brings a unique group of fine musicians to the basement club: Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, cornet; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; and Davu Seru, drums. Here’s Granowski with a different group.
Saturday, July 14
Saturday Night Jazz @ the Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm JazzInk Youth Showcase, 8:30pm – Babatunde Lea & CHOMBA: Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Will Kjeer, piano; Graydon Peterson bass; Kevin Washington, timbales; Taaji Malik-Hill, bongos/percussion; and Babatunde Lea,drums/congas.
Saturday, Sunday, July 14, 15
Nachito Herrera & His Afro Cuban Jazz Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30,$35) The passionate, explosive pianist has been drawing crowds to the Dakota since his arrival here in 2001. For these shows, he’ll be accompanied by Daymar Calvario, bass; and Edgar Martinez, percussion to examine a rich heritage of Afro Cuban jazz. Here’s a video of Herrera with two other Cuban musicians.
Sunday, July 15
Twin Cities Composer’s Workshop @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($15) This is the inaugural showcase concert by this 17-piece composer’s orchestra. They’ll play new works by Aaron Hedenstrom, Asuka Kakitani, Adam Meckler, Kari Musil, JC Sanford, and Dave Stamps.
Monday, July 16
Davu Seru & the No Territory Band @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) Drummer/Composer Davu Seru has been on a creative tear of late, and has now released a new record, There’s a Hole in the Wall in the Bucket. He and the band are about to make their European debut at Festival Kind of Belou in Treignac, France. The band includes Twin Cities stars Pat O’Keefe, clarinets; Nathan Hanson, saxes; JC Sanford, trombone; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Scott Fultz, baritone sax; and Levi Schwartzberg, vibes.
Tuesday, July 17
Regina Williams w/Sanford Moore: Nina Simone @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Vocalist Williams has performed as an actress and singer on many theater stages in town, from the Ordway, to Penumbra, The Guthrie, and Chanhasssen Dinner Theater, where she recently appeared in Sister Act. Tonight she performs the songs of the great Nina Simone, with piano accompaniment by the excellent Sanford Moore.
Thomas Nordlund Quartet @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 8pm ($7) The Shifting Paradigm Records summer residency continues with guitarist Thomas Nordlund, who released his second album “Miles Left Behind,” in May. He’ll joined by Ben Abrahamson, banjo; Doan Roessler, bass; and Zach Schmidt, drums.
Blues, Roots, Other…
Wednesday, July 11
Miss Myra & the Moonshiners on KFAI (90.3FM) and @ The 331 Club, NE Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 Club, Tip Jar) This gig could also be listed under jazz, given that Miss Myra and her cohorts play hot jazz from the1920s and later. With two horns, bass, drums, and Miss Myra on guitar and vocals, this band has energy to burn, and will bring a smile to your face, and get your toes to tappin’.
Chartreuse String Trio @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm ($8 Advance, $10 Door) Also Saturday, July 15 @ Studio Z, Saint Paul (7pm, $10) The Chartreuse String Trio consists of Violinists Myra Hinrichs of Chicago and Carrie Frey of NYC along with cellist Helen Newby, of San Francisco. They commission new works, and have thrilled audiences across the U.S. and in Norway.
Davell Crawford & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40), 9pm ($25, $30, $35) It’;s a double dose of ‘Nawlins music, as pianist/vocalist Davell Crawford, the “Piano Prince ofNew Orleans,” and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band light up the stage
Thursday, July 12
Dusty Heart and Martin Devaney @ Music in Mears, Mears Park, Saint Paul. 6-10pm (Free) Bring along some chairs, visit the food trucks and beverage vendors, and enjoy an evening of folkish singing/songwriting from Martin Devaney, opening, and the rich vocal harmonies of Barbara Jean and Molly Dean – Dusty Heart
The Ukuladies@ The 331 Club, NE Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Tip Jar) The Ukuladies are two young women, with two ukuleles, and two voices in bright harmony.
Friday, July 13
Erik Koskinen LP Release @ The Hook & Ladder, Mpls. 8pm ($15 Advance, $20 Door) Guitarist/songwriter Koskinen has been called “The best country songwriter in Minnesota” by the Star Tribune. Though Cruising Paradise was first released in 2017 on CD, three new songs have been added for the LP release. Also on the bill are Randy Weeks, who grew up in Windom, but has spent three decades in Los Angeles, where he helped launched the Americana movement, and Iowan singer/songwriter Dave Moore.
Paul Cebar & Tomorrow Sound @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12 Advance, $15 door) Danceable rhythms will abound as Paul and the band’s music brings dancers to the commodious dance floor at Lee’s.
Saturday, July 14
K1 De Ultimate @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25 Advance/$30 Door) With a career that spans 40 years, Nigerian King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, aka K1 De Ultimate is responsible for the the globalization of a number of forms of Fuji Music, a drum-heavy polyrhythmic, and quick-tempoed genre that’s a combination of several musical styles. Marshal has headlined at a number of musical festivals around the world, and will be coming here following an appearance at the Square Roots Festivalin Chicago. You will undoubtedly be sweating after this performance. Here’s the shortest videoI could find.
North American Roots Festival @ MN Waldorf School, 70 County Road B East, Saint Paul. 10:15am – 8pm ($27 adults, $17 children 5-14) This family-friendly event is a fundraiser for Waldorf School. It features eight different acts, from Sarah M. Greer’s Give Get Sistetto gospel powerhouse Robert Robinson, and the headliners, Monroe Crossing. FMI, including a complete schedule, go here.
Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 2pm til… ($20 Advance, $25 Door) This year, the annual indoor/outdoor festival will feature Charlie Parras headliner, along with such area favorites as Davina & the Vagabonds, Willie Murphy, Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders, Big George Jackson, and a host of others, including visiting artists like Kent Burnside, Left Lane Cruiser, and Duluth’s Black Eyed Snakes. FMI, go here.
Sunday July 15
Bastille Day @ Meritage, Saint Paul. 12pm – 6pm (Free) This outdoor event takes place at Landmark Plaza, kitty-corner from Meritage. It’s presented in partnership with Alliance Francais, and will feature music from the Francine Roche Trio, Ghanian drummer Fatawu Sayibu, and the Jack Brass Band. Additionally, there’ll be a wine class at 12:30, five minute French lessons, vintage French cars, and French fare from Meritage.
Mother Banjo Band @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 2pm – 3:30pm. (Free) Have a picnic, take a dip in the lake, and chill out watching planes overhead and while away the afternoon listening to the soulful Americana of Mother Banjo
Bastille Day @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 3pm -10pm (Free) On the Mpls side of the river you can attend this annual festival, featuring Jeremy Messersmith, the Doula Soul Collective, Le Folies Risque, the Brass Messengers, Circus Juventas, and more. They note this is a hot asphalt event, so please leave dogs at home.
Bombino @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($22 Advance/$25 Door) Tuareg desert blues guitarist Bombino practiced guitar as a teenager while working as a herder in the Saharan Desert. Since the release of his first album in 2011, he has received worldwide acclaim. His 2013 release, Nomad, was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Bombino introduced a new style he calls “Tuareggae ‘ on his third album, and then returned to Africa for his latest, Deran. The NY Times called him “The Sultan of Shred.”
Monday, July 16
West Side Story – The Film @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 9pm (free) Whether or not you’ve seen the Guthrie’s version of this iconic musical that’s currently running, or last year’s Ordway’s version, here’s your chance to see the Oscar-winning 1961 film version, whose themes of young love and the acceptance of immigrants still resonates today.
Tuesday, July 17
Saddle Sores @ MN History Center, Saint Paul. 6:30 – 9pm (Free) Enjoy some classic country while overlooking Saint Paul’s Skyline.
For more blues (and some roots) listings, the MN Blues Society has a very useful calendar. For a comprehensive listing of all things Cajun and Zydeco, see the Krewe of Walleye’scalendar.