Spring in Your Step: 3.29 – 4.4

March 29, 2017

Greetings music lovers;

It’s another week with a wide variety of choices for those of us who like to go out and hear music. We have a number of visiting artists from NYC, Ukraine, and points in between, as well as a Brazilian dance night, a Latin music matinee, some chamber music, and more… Lots of opportunities to let music lift our spirits.

Jazz

Wednesday, March 29

Jeremy Walker Songtet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Pianist/composer/arranger Jeremy Walker has a penchant for creating interesting musical projects, whether it’s the nine-piece NowNet, the choral/jazz combo piece 7 Psalms, or his own compositions for small groups. Now he has The Songtet, dedicated to performing great songs, whether written by Ellingotn, Dylan, The Gershwins, Cole Porter, or walker himself. Tonight, Walker is adding vocalist Jason Harms to his  trio with Tim Zhorne, drums; and Chris Bates, bass. Harms, incidentally, took part in the performances of 7 Psalms.

Vanessa Trouble w/Charlie Caranicas @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm, 9pm ($20, $45 w/Dinner) NYC-based, Winona-raoised vocalist Vanessa Trouble is visiting, along with trumpeter Charlie Caranicas  another MN native now living in NYC. Trouble’s voice is airy and supple, just right for vintage swing and jazz, as she performs songs like I’m Beginning to See the Light, That Old Devil Moon, and Mambo Italiano. She and Caranicas, who plays with her regularly, will be joined by NYC guitarist Steve Salermo, and the Twin Cities’ own Graydon Peterson on bass.

Steven Hobert Solo Piano @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Student ID) Pianist Hobert has really been coming into his own lately, finding like-minded musicians that complement his ethereal, often beautiful, spontaneous, and searching style. Tonight that style comes into full play as he performs solo, drawing on works by Mingus, Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, and Eddie Harris in addition to his own work.

Thursday, March 30

Thursday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Tonights show features a number of well-traveled Twin Cities musicians performing as Collosus: Park Evans  guitar; Clay Pufahl, saxes; Chris Bates, bass; and Joey Van Phillips, drums.

Dorothy Doring @ The Mudd Room, 1352 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota Heights. 7pm (No Cover) The Mudd Room is a new venue for weekend music, located in the basement of Lucky 13. The soulful and engaging Ms Doring is there tonight.

Friday, March 31

Patty Peterson & Andrew Walesch @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 reserved table) The most visible member of the Peterson Family musical clan brings her mix of jazz and R&B to the big room at Crooners, where Patty and her band be joined by special guest Andrew Walesch on piano and vocals.

Graydon Peterson Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5w/Student ID) Bassist Peterson is an A-list player here in the Twin Cities, just as likely to be accompanying a vocalist as playing with a Latin Band, Big Band, or combo. Tonight he’ll be featuring his own compositions as he is joined by Adam Meckler, trumpet; Joe Strachan, piano; and Adrian Suarez, drums.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 31, April 1,2

Fogel, Eckes, & Hixson @ Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington. 7:30 (Fri, Sat), 2pm (Sun) The Show is called Teamwork: Great Songwriting Teams of Broadway and Hollywood. Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson  along with special guest Jennifer Eckes  explore the songs from Broadway and the movies, with an emphasis on legendary songwriting duos to guide them. Think Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cahn & Van Heusen, Sondheim and Styne, and more…

Saturday, April 1

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar)  7:00pm Opening Set : Common Space – Eric Graham Organ/keys, Dylan Nelson – Guitar, Thomas Strommen – Saxophone, Alex Burgess – Drums. 8:30pm ATLANTIS QUARTET – Zacc Harris – Guitar, Chris Bates – Bass, Brandon Wozniak – Saxophones, Pete Hennig – Drums

Monday, April 3

Acme Jazz Company @ Crooner’s Lounge & Restaurant, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 reserved tables) Though it has a somewhat generic name, this 19-piece big band is anything but generic, with a big repertoire of original arrangements and songs, and crack musicians, including vocalist Arne Fogel.

Greg Ward Quintet + ReichFest @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($12) When Steve Reich, the 80 year old minimalist, died last October, quite a few celebrations of his music were held around the world. Now it’s time for the Twin Cities to celebrate. Cody McKinney and JT Bates have put together a program of Steve Reich’s music featuring Twin Cities musicians for every Monday night in April. Things will start off tonight with the Greg Ward Quintet, then Pete Hennig and Cody McKinney will perform Clapping Music, from 1972, followed by Pat O’Keefe performing New York Counterpoint from 1985.

Tuesday, April 4

Rio Nido @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($25, $50w/Dinner) Prudence Johnson, Tim Sparks, and Tom Lieberman first formed Rio Nido in the 70s, put out a few albums, and then developed their own separate careers. They recently reunited and are doing a few shows a year. I believe this might be their first time in the Dunsmore Room, a perfect place to hear their harmonies.

Freddy Cole @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $40) Having Nat King Cole as an older brother can make it difficult to escape his shadow, especially when voices have the same timbre. Nevertheless, Freddy Cole has found his own voice: elegant, but deeper, and with a rasp that sets him apart. Cole is a master vocalist and fine piano player, and among the top tier of male jazz singers in this country.

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, March 29

Dan Israel, Mikkel Beckmen on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Singer/songwriter Dan Israel has been plying his craft for over two decades, using sharp, incisive writing to comment on his own foibles and insecurities, including the breakup of his 16 year marriage. His writing has wide appeal, with his albums gaining fans throughout the States and in Europe. Tonight he’s accompanied by that percussionist-about-town Mikkel Beckmen. Tune it at about 5pm and then head over to the 331 Club.

Loudon Wainwright III @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40) Younger readers may only know Wainwright as the father of acclaimed singer songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainright, but the older folk among us remember him as an early recipient of the title of “the next Bob Dylan.” He likely didn’t appreciate the title, which was somewhat misleading, as Wainwrights broad humor didn’t exactly fit that mold. His humor did win him a best selling song with Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road back in 1972. Since then he’s kept churning out well-received albums, and spread his wings to acting, with a recurring role in TVs Mash, and appearances in films and other TV shows. He’s also been writing for a number of film scores, including the hit movie Knocked Up.

Dieselfitters @ Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Get yer honky-tonk and rockabilly fix right here, with this group led by the imaginative and fleet fingered guitarist Clay Williams.

Thursday, March 30

Battle of the Blues Bands @ Famous Daves, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) This week’s battle pits Paul Barry & the Acetones; The Blues Driver Band; The Assumptions; and the Harrison Street Band against each other. Listeners win.

Superfriends of Soul @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 reserved table) Cate Fiero leads a varied cast of singers and musicians through the Great American Soulbook.

Nip n’ Tuck & the Sleepers @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) Formed back in 1976, this trio was influenced by artists like Todd Rundgren and the Raspberries, gaining much love from area critics and fans. Gary Rue, guitar, vocals; Jeff Willkomm, bass, vocals; and Tilly, drums, vocals; have played with many original rock n’ rollers from the 50s and 60s from Gene Pitney and Lou Christy to the Coasters and Marvelettes. Nip n’ Tuck was among bands that were “this close” but didn’t close the deal for one music industry reason or another. Now they’ve dusted off old tunes and are back. The Sleepers play British Invasion music from the likes of the Animals, Zombies, and Yardbirds, as well as a few things from the Fab Four.

Claudettes @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10)  Pull Closer to Me: The Claudettes, Live in the Piano Room, is the first release documenting the band’s new lineup (pianist/founder Johnny Iguana, singer Berit Ulseth, drummer Matt Torre and bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn). You’ll hear material from the 7-song EP, as well as other tunes that reflect the bands absorption of piano based Chicago blues, burlesque, 60s pop-soul, and vaudeville.

Thursday – Sunday, March 30 – April 2

Merce Cunningham’s Common Time @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Thursday: 5:30 and 8pm, Fri-Sun: 1:30 and 4pm (Free) Here’s a unique dance experience, as Walker’s Perlman Gallery is filled with movement and sound as dancers from the final Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform Events. Cunningham’s unique choreographic form is made for performances in unconventional spaces. These 30-minute sequences provide the audience with a rare opportunity to see Cunningham’s choreography exploring space, time, and movement. Arranged and staged by former MCDC dancer Andrea Weber, these 30-minute sequences drawn from four decades of Cunningham’s work offer a rare chance to experience firsthand his signature explorations of space, time, and movement. Dancers from the Final Merce Cunningham Company will perform to music by a fantastic line up of local artists including folks like Douglas Ewart, Michelle Kinney, Joe Strachan and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin will perform their own compositions to accompany this program, based on John Cage’s improvisational parameters for Cunningham Events. Capacity is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, March 31

Adam Levy’s Joga Bola & Friends @ the Hook & Ladder Theater & Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7 Advance/$10 Door) Joga Bola is a new Brazilian project led by Adam Levy, featuring musicians from the Afro-Cuban, jazz, Brazilian, and R&B scenes in town:  Mina Moore, Karen Quiroz, Lucia Sarmiento, Andrew Gillespie, Tim O’Keefe, Jeff Bailey, Charlie Peterson. Their sound is inspired by 1960’s & 1970’s samba, funk, soul, and psychedelia from Brazil.Their debut at Cedar Cultural Center some weeks back was great fun. The Guayaba All Stars Orchestra was created and founded by Master Peruvian Percussionist/Drummer Chico Chavez. They are the first local band to perform psychedelic Peruvian cumbia (a.k.a. chicha). Guayaba is a totally fresh dancing music experience featuring authentic Latino Dance flavors – psychedelic cumbia chicha, salsa, cumbia, bachata, merengue, and tropical grooves from all LatinAmerica. Angie Citlali is a passionate singer-songwriter, often writing social and political lyrics. Being from Chicago and Mexico, she often fuses these two worlds into her empowering music.

Coco Montoya @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $30), 9:30pm ($20, $25) The reviews for shows by Coco Montoya inevitably include adjectives like “blistering,” “hot,” “fiery,” “passionate,” and similar terms. The man is a monster player on the blues-rock scene, having learned to play from his mentor Albert Collins. Like Albert King, the southpaw plays left-handed and upside down. Five years with Collins was followed by ten years with John Mayall, after which Montoya went solo in 1993. He’s been a road warrior ever since, with numerous Blues Award nominations, and a strong following around the world.

Saturday, April 1

Saturday Salon: April Foolery @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 3pm ($20) With an easygoing air and a quick wit, soprano Maria Jette hosts a different combination of performers and repertoire each Saturday afternoon in the Dunsmore Room, giving listeners a chance to hear chamber music in a delightful setting with only 80 seats. Today, to celebrate April 1st, she’s presenting James Ramlet, bass vocals; and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano; performing Songs for the Cruelest Month.

April Fools @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) Of course, this band has to play on April 1st. This talented group plays a wide spectrum of music, from straight-up country to Brit-pop, blue-eyed soul, and more. Besides Drake, the band includes Clay Williams, guitar; Scott Hreha, bass; and Ben Kaplan, drums.

Sunday, April 2

Charanga Tropical @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 3pm – 5pm (No Cover) Charanga Tropical is one of the few U.S., groups working in the danzon style, though they incorporate salsa and their own compositions as well. They are the only U.S. group to play at the Danzon festival in Havana. This matinee performance is just right for folks who want to practice their salsa dancing and charangas, while being early enough to get sufficient rest for working on Monday morning.

Dakhabraka @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45) It is very difficult to describe the wonderful weirdness of this world music quartet from Ukraine. Yes, they sing in Ukrainian and Russian, but their songs at times sound like Frank Zappa, and at other times have hints of Smokey Robinson, using an accordion, cello, and variety of percussion instruments, not to forget their vocal harmonies, on-stage presence, and costumes,

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.


A Harvest of Music: 9.17 – 9.23

September 17, 2014

It’s a busy week ahead, with jazz, blues, and roots for most every taste. Thanks to the Arts Midwest conference that’s in town, there’s an unusual number of visiting artists for us to choose among. And for those of you who love world music, not to mention R&B, jazz, Cajun,  folk, and more, please note that KFAI is having its Fall Pledge Drive. Unknown-2You may have read how they are facing a financial squeeze and that this is an especially important pledge drive. I ask you to help us raise $70,000 (or more) from 1000 donors. I’d really appreciate it if you would make a pledge (ph: 612-375-9030, web: kfai.org) for my show Rhythm and Grooves on Saturday, September 20, from 10:30am – Noon. Thank you.

Remember, music is good for your body and soul.

Jazz

Wednesday, September 17

Kevin Gastonguay, Jana Nyberg Group, & Mississippi @ Calhoun Square, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free) Three bands whose members collectively cross a number of generations. All are talented, and well worth the time of any jazz-loving music fan.

Graydon Peterson Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Bassist Peterson leads this group through originals: Adam Meckler, trumpet; VincentRose, guitar; Adrian Suarez, drums. Here’s a video that starts out charming and quickly becomes exciting.

Thursday, September 18

Katia Cardenas @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10) Cardenas was raised in a musical family. Both her mom and dad perfumed with many of the major funk and soul bands of the 70s and 80s, so she’s been surrounded by music all her life. Though she’s been a vocalist in theater, cabaret, and more, Cardenas is now returning to jazz. Check her out.

Pippi's Facebook Photo

Pippi’s Facebook Photo

Pippi Ardennia @ The Bedlam Theater, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8:30pm ($5) Pippi is stepping out from her concert series, and here’s a great place to hear her with a crack band: Brian Neilsen, keys; Billy Peterson, bass; and Glen Swanson, drums.

The Drexel Project @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm.  A collaboration between Chicago and Twin Cities musicians, which had its genesis when Bryan Nichols was studying and playing in Chi-town. Kurt Schweitz, bass; Bryan Nichols, keys;  Brandon Wozniak, sax;  Andre Beasley, drums; Andre Trim, guitar; Candace Washburn, vocals.

Friday, September 19

Monk in Motion @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) After last week’s two-guitar Friday night, Zacc Harris is back with another guitarist: Park Evans. They’ll be joined by Brandon Wozniak and Scott Fultz on saxophones; as well as Matt Peterson on bass and Cory Healy on drums, for a piano-less evening of music by Thelonious Monk.

Connie Evingson Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm – 10:30pm (No Cover) Connie needs no introduction to Twin Cities audiences. She was/is a member of Moore by Four, and has shown an immense talent for interpreting songs, whether they’re from The Great American Songbook, the Beatles, or Django Rheinhardt. Here she is singing a song that’s long been one of my favorites, albeit with a large combo.

Saturday, September 20

Mary Louise Knutson Trio @ Jazz at St. Barney’s, Plymouth. 7pm ($10) Long before she started regularly touring with Doc Severinson, Knutson was known hereabouts as a pianist with taste and imagination. She’ll be appearing with Geoff Brennan, bass; Greg Schutte, drums. Knutson

JoAnn Funk @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar, Saint Paul. 6pm – 9pm (Free) Pianist Joann Funk and bassist Jeff Brueske are back at the lobby bar on Saturdays until November, when they’ll add Fridays to their schedule. Funk plays and sings jazz standards, the Great American Songbook, as well as music from such diverse artists as Dan Penn, Blossom Dearie, and Nat King Cole. Sophisticated fare, well suited to entertaining the hotel’s guests and a number of regulars. Their usual time is 7:30 – 11pm, but tonight’s show is earlier due to a private party taking place in the lobby.

Judi Donaghy Vinar and the Wolverines Trio @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) Donaghy Vinar has been singing professionally for a few decades, now, working with folks like Janis Siegel, Rhiannon, Garrison Keillor, YoYo MA, and on more than 30 CDs, including two of her own. She’s also sung with the Wolverines Orchestra, so this gig with the trio should be quite delightful. Just remember to sit in front of the stage, since the Kitchen can get quite noisy. Here she is swingin’ with the big band.

Steve Hobert CD Release @ The Friends Meeting House, 1725 Grand Ave, Minneapolis. 6:30pm – 8:30pm Hobert is the highly expressionistic young pianist who has played with Lulu’s Playground (accordion), the Adam Meckler Orchestra, Zack Lozier, and in numerous other groups around town, including his own. Tonight he’s celebrating the release of Ocean Eyes, a solo piano outing in which he let’s inspiration take him down a number of pleasant avenues.  To give you an idea, here’s a bit of improvisation from him.

Monday, September 22

Larry McDonough Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) McDonough is a pianist whose impressionistic compositions are often soothing and inspiring. Monday nights at Jazz Central are given over to letting musicians experiment, so this should be fun.

Horst, Peterson, Schimke, & Whitman @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8) Kenny Horst on drums and Billy Peterson on bass are long time rhythm mates; Peter Schimke on piano; and Pete Whitman on sax more than fill out this band of veterans.

Tuesday, September 23

Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Exciting, rhythmic big band music. This is usually a bit of a rehearsal, so it’s a good way to understand how bands put their music together.

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, September 17

At a previous House Party gig

At a previous House Party gig

Rena Haus Trio on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM) and 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Ms Haus comes down to the cities from her farm every once in a while to regale us with songs about farming, mechanics, chickens, big business, and more.

Nellie McKay & The Turtle Island String Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 6:30pm ($40, $45), 8:30pm ($30, $35)  McKay is the delightfully quirky jazz/cabaret singer/songwriter  who always surprises with her witty, often insightful songs and highly individual interpretations of other’s songs. The Grammy winning Turtle Island String Quartet was the first chamber music ensemble to go beyond the music of dead white Europeans. Taken together, this promises to be a fun-filled, entertaining evening. Note the early start times. Here’s a video of the collaboration along with some commentary.

Thursday, September 18

Red Baraat  @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 6pm ($30) A Brooklyn octet that combines Bollywood and North Indian rhythms with jazz, go-go, and funk rhythms to deliver the drive and energy of a New Orleans brass band. Sounds raucous, to say the least. Again, there is an early start time. Here’s an example of their joyous noise.

Lee Fields & the Expressions @ the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($18) While he was part of the original soul explosion of the late 60s (he first record in ’69) Fields isn’t content with simply rehashing the sound. He and the Expressions take it forward, while retaining its authenticity. Check out the way he brings out the inherent soulfulness of JJ Cale’s Magnolia, below.  Black Diet opens. They are best described as a soul garage band. Think Memphis meets Soma Records.

Augie Meyers at the Real-Phonic Radio Hour @ James J Hill Library, Saint Paul. 8pm ($25)  You first heard Meyers as part of the Sir Douglas Quintet. The somewhat cheesy sound of his Vox Continental keyboard helped propel She’s About a Mover and Mendocino up the charts, was was then echoed in the music of a number of British Invasion groups. He continued to tour and record with Doug Sahm, and  recorded with Bob Dylan and the Grammy Award winning Texas Tornados as well. The Broke-Down Dollys open. Here’s Augie on the squeezebox.

Global Get Down Soiree@ the Dakota, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12) Two more groups with an international outlook fill out the evening at the Dakota. Emel Mathlouthi is a singer/composer/guitarist from Tunisia who now lives in France. One of her songs was sung in the streets of Tunis during the Arab Spring. The second group appearing at this late show is the Tsuumi sound System, an eight-piece modern folk band from Finland.

Friday, September 19

Dee Miller Band @ Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, Saint Paul. 6pm ($?) Another early evening blues show for people of a certain age, or anyone who likes the blues. In addition to featuring guitarist Jimi Primetime Smith as a regular member of the band, Miller will have special guest singer Shawne Baccari.

Sena Ehrhardt CD Release @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) Ehrhardt is gaining lots of praise from the blues press as a dynamic, incendiary performer, opening concerts for the likes of Rober Cray, Dickey Betts, BB King, and Greg Allman. Her new release is entitled Live My Life, and is produced by David Z, who has worked with a plethora of artists from Prince to Jonny Lang. She’ll be featuring guests Bruce McCabe & Jimi Prime Time Smith

Matuto @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10:30pm ($15) If you can imagine North American folk songs set to the rhythms of Northern Brazil, then you have a good idea of what Matuto sounds like. As part of this presentation, DJ don Cuco of New York will be spinning a variety of Latin and African rhythms. Here’s a video that previews some of their music.

Saturday, September 20

Art & Artists Celebration feat. Cafe Accordion & Pee Wee Dread @ Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia. 10am – 9pm ($5 parking) This all day event is an opening reception of sorts for two new sculptures. There’s music, theater, pedal-powered spin art (and other family art), guided tours, and a chance for people to create their own sand molds for an iron pour ($25 for a 6” mold, $40 for an 8” mold).  The day ends with a performance iron pour of the North Star and eight other stars. Besides CAO and Pee Wee, the days music will include the electric hillbilly of Scalded Hounds, and rock from Platypus. For more information, go to: http://www.franconia.org/artandartists.html

The Freewheelin’ House Party @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 2pm – 10pm It’s a Pledge Drive Party for the little station that could, which actually needs your help. Performers include Steve maul & Mikkel Beckmen, Crankshaft, Javier & the Innocent Sons, The Liquor Pigs, Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold, The Farmhouse Band, and Adam Kiesling of pert Near Snadstone.

Willie Murphie & Band @ The Schooner Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm ($?) Murphy describes the Schooner as REAL, “not a ferny bar full of TVs and loud sonic wallpaper.” This unassuming place filled with regulars and music lovers has just the right atmosphere for Murphy’s music, which often reflect everyday problems and concerns. Rock n’ Roll, R&B, and Blues for everyman, served up with way more skill and soul than might be expected in the Schooner’s modest confines.

Sunday, September 21

Adieu Summer Concert @ Como Lake Pavillion, Saint Paul. 3pm – 6:30pm  ($10) This annual multicultural family event celebrates the end of our short summers by bringing together a number of bands performing music from around the world. Today features sambas, flamenco, Bossa Novas, African drumming and dance, and World Jazz:   A Touch of Spain, The World Jazz Collegium, The Voice of Culture West African Drum and Dance troupe, and host band, Ticket to Brasil. Here is Ticket to Brasil at last year’s concert.

Living Colour @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($50, $60) During the 90s, Living Colour was among the first bands to blend genres, fusing rock, punk, funk, and jazz on their way to winning several Grammys, including one for Hard Rock Performance. Y(ou may want to make use of the free ear plugs available at the club’s entrance.) The opening act is Ill Chemistry, area duo of Desdamona and Carnage the Executioner. Between Desdamona’s soulful vocals both rapping and singing, and Carnage’s extraordinary beat box abilities, you can expect a Old School Hip-Hop sound addressing today’s world. Here’s a video with almost 10 millions views.

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.

 

 

 


Twin Cities Talent (Mostly). Music: 10.23 – 10.29

October 23, 2013
It's the time of the season

It’s the time of the season

As Autumn’s colors brighten and fade, we have the luxury of many venues offering the fine talents of Twin Cities Artists. There are a few visiting artists this week, but mostly in larger venues. By the way, you may notice I’ve been listing many events at the Artists’ Quarter. Their announcement that they may have to close at the end of the year has brought some sense of dismay to many jazz fans. I know the Mayor’s office is working to come up with a plan, and other jazz fans are as well. In the meantime, visit the club – it can only help –  especially on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, when very talented Twin City musicians are featured. So much for a soap box. Have a good week, and remember that music lifts the soul.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 23

UnknownGraydon Peterson Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) One of the first-call bassists in the Twin Cities, Peterson is also proving to be a fine composer and arranger. He’s put together this unique quartet to share his music: Vinnie Rose, guitar, Adam Meckler, trumpet, Adrian Suarez, drums.

Thursday, October 24

Pippi Ardennia CD Release Listening Party @ Faces, Saint Paul. 6:30 – 9:30pm (No cover) Pippi Ardennia is the joyful singer who puts her her signature on jazz and R&B tunes while being  backed by many of the Twin Cities best on her new CD, Love So Good 2. While the acoustics of the performance space in Faces leaves something to be desired, Pippi is having a listening party in a separate room. You can hear my October 19 interview with her on the KFAI archives at: http://kfai.org/rhythmandgrooves

Davu Seru & Friends @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm. Seru’s an imaginative time-keeper and percussionist, and he’s got some highly inventive friends: With Marc Anderson, percussion; Scott Fultz and Nathan Hanson, saxes; and Brian Roessler, bass.

Chris Lomheim Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Lomheim may be a devotee of pianist Bill Evans, but he’s his own man when it comes to creating melodic and sensitive solos, whether he’s accompanying a vocalist or leading his own trio, as he is tonight.

Friday, October 25

Gypsy Mania @ The 318 Club, Excelsior. 8pm ($10) Folks in the Western burbs can hear some great gypsy jazz while enjoying the beer, wine, and food offerings of the 40-seat 318 Club. You’d be hard pressed to find any Twin Cities artists who can swing the music of Django Rheinhart and others as well as Glen Helgeson, guitar; Gary Schulte, violin; Reynold Phillipsek, guitar; Jeff Brueske, bass.

Friday, Saturday, October 25, 26

Eric Kamau Gravatt & Source Code @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12) You’d be paying at least $25 and have a two-drink minimum to hear Gravatt in other clubs around the country. In stints with Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, and Joe Henderson, he’s shown himself to be a monster drummer, capable of nuance and thunder. Source Code includes a quartet of highly talented musicians: Dave Graf, trombone; Solomon Parham, trumpet; Dean Magraw, guitar; and Ron Evanuik, bass. Here’s an earlier version of the group.

Saturday, October 26

Unknown-1JoAnn Funk Trio @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar, Saint Paul 7pm – 11pm (No Cover) JoAnn and bassist Jeff Brueske are joined by Nathan Norman on drums for a special night of jazz. JoAnn’s winsome and airy voice does justice to songs by Nat King Cole, Dan Penn, Blossom Dearie, and others.

Benny Weinbeck Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No Cover) Weinbeck on piano, Gordy Johnson on bass, and Phil Hey on drums provide classy, swingin’ jazz to the Italian restaurant lounge.

Monday, October 28

Trirose @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) A late night happy hour, and the jazz of Vinnie Rose, guitar; Jeremy Boettcher, bass; and Adrian Suarez, on drums. They’ll deliver classic jazz standards, contemporary pop, and originals, while you try the wine and appetizers of Barbette.

Tuesday, October 29

imagesRick Carlson @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm (No Cover) With the taste and timing of Count Basie, and a hat full of musical ideas, Carlson in a pianist that’s in demand around the Twin Cities. I don’t know if he’ll be solo or have a bassist and drummer, but whatever he plays, you will enjoy.

Adam Meckler Orchestra @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Modern big-band jazz, under the direction of trumpeter Meckler, who creates originals and arrangements that showcase the best of this band.

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, October 23

Unknown-2HIlary Thavis & Jim Ouska on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapoils. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar).  Thavis is a Minnesota-born, Italy-based blues singer, who has previously appeared on Harold’s House Party with her husband and musical partner as Gaia Groove. Ouska is a talented guitarist who is equally at home in jazz, blues, and acoustic music. Check them out during the 5 o’clock hour at 90.3 or 106.7 FM and then head over to the 331 Club to hear them in person.

Thursday, October 24

And the Professors CD Release @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. ($12) 7:30pm You may have read about Adam Levy’s latest project, an organic band of both rockers and classical string players, in the Star Tribune. The project has been a three-year collaboration, with Levy and the group drawing inspiration from Charles Ives, Randy Newman, and Beck, among others. Joining Levy’s band tonight are: Joey Van Phillips, Aby Wolf, deVon Gray), Bethany Larson, and members of the MN Opera. Opening are Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton, and Farewell Continental. Here’s an example of how they fully integrate strings into their performance.

Fode Bangoura @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm (Donation) A rare turn from jazz to world music for Jazz Central, though jazz drummers will no doubt be in attendance.  Bangoura is one of the world’s  greatest djembe drummers – that’s the goblet shaped drum played with the hands. Although he tours internationally, Bangoura is relatively unknown in the Twin Cities, where he currently lives. He’ll be appearing with Guinean drummers FaraTolno and Mandjou Mara, and Fode’s teenage son Fara, who is already a virtuosic drummer.

Chic Gamine @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) A female quartet that uses three-part backing harmonies over 21st century melodies and lyrics, accompanied only accompanied by percussion, for the most part. Sometimes girl-group, sometimes gospel, often intoxicating. Here’s an example.

Friday, October 25

Unknown-3RAMM Band @ Manitou Station, White Bear Lake. 9pm (No Cover) Guitarist Paul Mayasich heads up this trio, with Paul Iden, bass; and Hye Pockets Robertson on drums. RAMM stands for Real American Made Music, as the band interprets Motown, R&B, funk, Americana, rock n’ roll, and blues.

Nikki & the Ruemates @ Dusty’s Bar, NE Minneapoils. 9:30pm (tip jar) This hole-in-the-wall provides a friendly setting for Nikki & her pals, as they play original blues, folk-rock, and the occasional psychedelic number. Jon Larson on bass, and Rich Rue on slide guitar, provide the perfect foundation for Nikki’s guitar and beautifully formed vocals. Check them out.

Hipshaker @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) This rare soul/funk 45rpm dance party is going strong. Get there early if you want to stake out a place to hang. Get there late if you want to watch scads of folk dancing themselves into a frenzy.

Saturday, October 26

Lowertown Boos Crawl and Costume Contest @ various Lowertown venues, Saint Paul. 7pm – Midnight. For $20 bucks you get a passport for a different drink at each of the participating Lowertown venues – Black Dog, Bulldog, Hat Trick, Senor Wong, Barrio, Golden’s Deli, and The Gopher Bar. There will be various costume contests and entertainment, including Gnarl’s chamber/jamband/jazz at The Black Dog, DJ Del Phinius at Senor Wong, and Scrapegoat’s folk-rock at the Hat Trick. Complete info at: http://blackdogstpaul.com/events/news-175.shtm

John Beach Trio @ Merlin’s Rest, Minneapolis. 8:30pm – Midnight. (Tip Jar) Beach has been a mainstay of the West Bank Blues and R&B scene for over fifty years. He’s played piano with Bonnie Raitt, Willie & the Bees, the Mill City Hearts, Three Bedroom Rambler, and Blackburn Beach and at numerous jams and private functions, including the wedding reception for Liz and I. Though this is a trio gig, John has lots of friends, and who knows who may drop by and sit in.

Mama Digdown’s Brass Band @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) It’s a brass band night headlined by the Madison octet. They’ll be joined by the Kidd Jordan Second Line, and the Sousaphonic Five. Oh, and they will be free barbecue from 612 ‘Cue. Here’s a video of Mama Digdown playing for an Obama rally.

Tuesday, October 29

Courtney McClean & the Dirty Curls @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) X-rated bluegrass comedy, with songs about young boyfriends and ladyparts, all delivered with a smile and a wink by potty-mouthed McClean. With the Beavers and Daphne Lee Martin.

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.


Adventures in Music: 1.16 – 1.2

January 16, 2013

winter_music_flow_with_musical_notes_iphone_case_speckcase-p176057165499024637bharf_325It’s quite a week here in the Twin Cities. The announcement that Prince will be at the 300-seat Dakota for three nights has caused quite a stir and sold out in 45 minutes. However, there’s more than enough music in town to satisfy many tastes, including a couple of visiting blues artists on Friday, some jazz that ranges from traditional to contemporary to free, a few festival-type events and Jose Feliciano on Tuesday. And it’s only the third week of the year!

Jazz

Wednesday, January 16

Graydon Peterson Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) After years of being known as a versatile bass player, called upon to work in a variety of both area and touring groups, Peterson is stepping up as a leader, performing his own very modern compositions. Other members of the group are Adam Meckler, trumpet; Vinnie Rose, guitar; and Adrian Suarez, drums. Check out this video.

Thursday, January 17

Youngsters and Veterans @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. Suihkonen, Hunton, & Wildenauer, 7pm (Free) This is part of the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Young Artists Series. Joe Suihkonen, trumpet; Emerson Hunton, drums; and Sam Wildenauer, bass; are recent graduates of South High. Suihkonen and Hunton are studying at Oberlin Conservatory, while Wildenauer is taking a twist on the old fashioned route – playing with veterans, but veterans in the free jazz orbit in town. There will be originals as well as some band favorites from Ornette Coleman and others. Followed by the Brian Grivna Quartet at 9pm ($5) Saxophonist Grivna played with Buddy Rich for two years, appearing on a number of albums and television shows. It’s always a treat to hear him play.

Leader Charlie DeVore

Charlie DeVore

St Peter Stompers @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 10pm (Free) A late night excursion into New Orleans-style jazz. That is, the kind of music where the lead horn solos while other horns play around the solo and each other. In print it may sound like it’s noisy and confusing, but in reality, this polyphonic approach provides a happy sound. The Stompers include: Chuck DeVore, leader and Tenor Saxophone; Joy Judge, Trombone; Jason Berg, Drums; Eddie Sekula, Stand-Up Bass; Dave Wilkening, Guitar; and Milo Grika, Cornet.

Friday, January 18
Dorothy Doring. photo by Andrea Canter

Dorothy Doring. photo by Andrea Canter

Dorothy Doring & Phil Mattson CD Release Party @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Vocalist Doring and pianist Mattson have created a delightful, charming album entitled “Compositions of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.”  You can catch my January 5th radio interview with the two of them and a couple of tracks from the CD here. It starts at about 60 or 65 minutes into the show.

Saturday, January 19

Lila Ammons Quintet @ Honey, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm ($8) Here’s an early start to your Saturday evening. Though classically trained, Ammons spends much of her time touring Europe and singing jazz, and jazz-oriented blues. You can read an interview I did with her here.

Snowblind @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) This is a collective of six fine young musicians who write original music and take their cues from Blue Note recordings as well as Monk, and Ellington. The group consists of Scott Agster, trombone; Shihad Sen, sax; Adam Rosmiller, trumpet, Graydon Peterson, bass; and Reid Kennedy, drums. You’ll be tapping your feet and bopping your head to their groovalicious sounds.

Monday, January 21

Embezzler and Merciless Ghost @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($5) JT Bates continues to program adventurous jazz for the Monday night Jazz Implosion series. Tonight it’s Embezzler (JT, drums; Adam Linz, bass; Paul Metzger, guitar) performing free-ish, though accessible music, while Merciless Ghost (George Cartwright, sax; Josh Granowski, bass; Davu Seru, drums) will create music that is in turns emotional and beautiful. Here is a video of Merciless Ghost.

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, January 16

String Theory @ 318 Cafe, Excelsior. 8pm – 10pm ($6) There CD, “What’s the Matter With Captain Gravitone?” is a genre-crossing excursion full of original delights. On it, the trio uses two guitars, a banjo, and vocals, String Theory evokes 70s folk -rock, a bit of jazz, and blues, while using a variety of rhythms. They’re also inclined to play music by Miles Davis, Django Rheinhardt, and the Zombies. It’s a small room, so you may want to make reservations (952-401-7902).

Friday, January 18

Daddy Mack @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm ($?) Here’s a chance to hear down-home, back o’ the alley blues from Memphis. Each member of Daddy Mack’s quartet has played in the legendary Fieldstones. Daddy Mack’s guitar strikes and slashes, while his voice rumbles with authority. Watch his band playing the Great Recession Blues.

images-2Lucky Peterson @ Famous Dave’s, Uptown Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) What? Two visiting bluesers on one night? Thankfully, the timing is right so fans get get to hear both. Peterson has quite the pedigree. He was five years old when Willie Dixon took a liking to him and had him playing on The Tonight Show and Ed Sullivan. As a teen he played French horn in his school’s orchestra, and then started playing keyboards and guitar for Etta James, Little Milton, and Bobby Blue Bland. Since then, he’s recorded fourteen albums as a leader, one of which, 2010’s You Can Always Turn Around, won Best Blues Album from Grand Prix du Disque and was nominated for Best Acoustic Album in the Blues Music Awards.

Cash Only: Tribute to the Man in Black @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9pm ($15/$12 Advance) A tribute to the one country artist that almost everyone likes, but then, he was more than country. It’ll be a honky tonkin, rockin’ evening of Cash’s music, performed by Cash’s friend and torch carrier Sherwin Linton, as well as Trailer Trash, Erik Koskinen, the White Iron Band, and more.

Saturday, January 19

Harriet Brewing Second Anniversary Bash @ Nuevo Rodeo, Minneapolis. 6pm – 1AM ($14 advance/$20 door) The folks at Harriet Brewing are doing a good job of booking area talent, and tonight they’re going all out to celebrate their anniversary. Postina kicks things off at 7pm, followed by the Brass Kings at 8:45, and Malamanya at 10:30. Across the street in the brewery’s Tap Room, there is free music, with Daddy Squeeze, Kris Koza and others starting at 3pm.

DownloadedFile-1STAX Tribute @ Pepito’s Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12) A nine-piece horn-driven band and three vocalists recreate the soulful sounds that emanated from STAX records during the 60s and 70s. Expect hits like Soul Man, In the Midnight Hour, Green Onions, Walkin’ the Dog, the Theme from Shaft, Respect Yourself, and much, much more.

Sunday, January 20

Road to Memphis Fundraiser @ Whiskey Junction, Minneapolis. 3pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The folks at the Minnesota Blues Society are once again working to bring some of the area’s finest blues musicians to a wider audience – that of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where festival organizers from around the world gather, not to mention blues fans from around the world. To get you to support this effort, Good Time Willy (w/John Franken), Papa John Kolstad, Hurricane Harold, and Javier and the Innocent Sons will perform.  This year’s Minnesota entrants – Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders and Kildahl and Vonderharr will also perform. A definite treat for blues lovers.

Tuesday, January 22

images-4Jose Feliciano @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45 – $70), 9pm ($35 – $60) If all you know of Feliciano is his version of Light My Fire (which is pretty awesome), then you’re missing a lot. He’s an 8 time Grammy winner and often hailed as one of the world’s greatest guitar player. He’s played with the London Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and Carlos Santana, and has 45 Gold albums to his credit.

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.


Dancegiving. Music for 11.21- 11.27

November 21, 2012

How did Thanksgiving get here so quickly?  Well, there’s much going on, though Thursday is a little light, as might be expected. There’s plenty of opportunities to dance off the calories over the weekend, so whether you’re having Turkey, Duck, Turducken, or Veggies, have a good Thanksgiving.

Jazz

Wednesday, Nov 21

Body Omara @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7:30pm. (Free) This trio – Joseph Damman guitar; Tom Reichert, bass; and Davu Seru on percussion – create original music that evokes the desert blues of Mali, and includes some elements of American folk and jazz music. The south Minneapolis neighborhood bistro provides the flavors and cocktails that will help you get your weekend started.

Friday, Saturday, November 23, 24

Zacc Harris Group @ Cafe Maude at Loring, Minneapolis. 9pm (no cover)  The ever-busy guitarist Zacc Harris brings his group to the Loring Park neighborhood bar. With Bryan Nichols on piano; and Chris and JT Bates on bass and drums. While some of his other groups are more collaborative in nature, this group performs Harris’ tunes, along with a tasty standard or two. Here’s a taste of what they sound (and look) like.

Dave King Trucking Company @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Drummer Dave King is in enough groups to have his own festival, which actually occurred at the Walker a year or so ago. This group was created especially for that event, and it’s proven to be more than a one-off effort. With Brandon Wozniak, sax; Adam Linz, bass; and Erik Fratzke, guitar. They recently released a CD which got positive reviews in the New York Times.

Saturday, November 24

Tony London @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($5?) London is a talented singer who reminds me of some of the classic baritones of the 50s. He can swing like Sinatra, and handle a ballad like Vic Damone. I expect that the excellent dance floor at the Eagles Club will be filled.

Monday, November 26

Graydon Peterson Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($5) JT’s Jazz Implosion brings Graydon and his group to the fore. Peterson is known as a stellar bassist, and provides a firm foundation for a number of groups around town. Tonight he’s leading his own group, playing his own songs. Other members of the group are Adam Meckler, trumpet; Vinnie Rose, guitar; and Adrian Suarez, drums.

Monday, Tuesday, November 26, 27

Karrin Allyson @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) The pianist/vocalist has a bakers dozen of well-received albums to her credit. Her warm voice and subtle ways with a melody have won her fans around the world and a couple of grammy nominations, to boot. She lived in the Twin Cities for a while in the nineties, and it’s always a pleasure to have her back.

Tuesday, November 27

Adam Meckler Orchestra @ Jazz Central, Minneapoils 8:30pm (Donation) Exciting music for a large band – 17 members, including some of the area’s finest players. Meckler is proving to be as talented at composition and arranging as he is on the trumpet.

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, Nov 21

Nikki & Rue-Mates @ KFAI & 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM) and 7pm (331 Club – tip jar) Clarion-voiced Nikki, along with her talented band-mates play their annual pre-Thanksgiving gig. Listen at 5pm and head over to the 331 Club.

Thursday, Nov 22

Davina & Vagabonds @ the Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) Even if you’re sitting down, you will likely work off some calories listening to Davina and the guys. Her mixture of classic New Orleans Jazz, Blues, and roots will have you hoopin’ hollerin’ and jumpin’ in your seats. A few folks might even find room to dance.

Deano & The Dinosaurs @ Merlin’s Rest, Minneapolis. 8:30 – Midnight (Tip jar) Guitarists Dean Mikkelson leads this aggregation, featuring fellow guitarist Dean Harrington, bassist Matt Senjum, and Del Gallagher on drums. Tasty music for the end of a taste-filled day. Bring an ID if you want to drink alcohol.

Friday, November 23

Hipshaker @ the Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Now you can really dance some calories off as Tarik Thornton and Mark Trehus guest, spinning funk and soul 45s along with DJ Brian.

An Evening with Ben Kyle & Romantica @ The Ritz Theater, NE Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($12) Kyle is the leader of the alt-countryish Romantica. He and the band earned high praise for the 2007 album, America, which showcased Kyle’s writing. Now Kyle has written some songs about his own demons, and the challenges of having a family and a music career. The album was just released, and to celebrate, Kyle is bringing members of the band (who all appeared on some portion of the album) and a few friends to the Ritz.

Saturday, November 24

Paul at a Reading

Paul Metsa CD Release @ Electric Fetus and Palmers, Minneapolis. 2pm – 3pm (Fetus) 9pm (Palmers – $3) This Iron Ranger/Twin Citizen is a bar-band veteran who has been there and done that, from sharing the stage with Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, to campaigning with Paul Wellstone, and wrote about it in his memoir, Blue Guitar Highway. Now he’s releasing a 30 track retrospective entitled Blues, Ballads, and Broadsides. He’ll be reading and playing at the Fetus, and then will be joined by some of his musical friends at Palmers.

Greg Carr & the Mixmaster @ The Third Floor, 579 Selby, Saint Paul. 8pm – 11pm. (no cover) Greg has this amazing vintage deejay setup, wherein the Mixmaster has two turntables and three tone-arms. He’ll be spinning 78s, including a bunch of vintage Brazilian music, while you and your friends can partake of ten different tap beers, cocktails, and wine, along with some chocolate.

Hot Pants @ The Nomad Club, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Another night of dancing to rare funk and soul 45s.

City on the Make @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11pm ($5) Here’s a group that doesn’t fit into an easy category. Vocalist Mike Massey is more a growler than a singer, and he declaims their songs with a measured ferociousness. The music ranges from blues to rock to hip-hop, and the way the band feeds off each other gives an improvisatory feel to some of their numbers.

Sunday, November 25

Malamanya @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm (Free) Actually, the doors open at 9pm. Music will likely begin around 10pm. Latin dance music that will move even those with two left feet.

Monday, November 26

Jenny Dalton @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. (Free) There are three artists on the bill, but Dalton is the only one I know, and I’m not sure when she sings. Nevertheless, her ethereal vocals are worth waiting for. She’s recently released an EP called Blood Folk, that’s inspired by living a simpler life in a small town.

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.


A Whirlwind of Music and More: 5.16 – 5.22

May 16, 2012

This weekend you can explore the art studios, bars, and restaurants of NE Minneapolis.

This week we have a couple of sidemen stepping out as leaders of their own groups, and a number of outstanding visiting artists in jazz, blues, and roots, not to mention an art crawl that’s crawling with music, and a play with music.

Jazz

Wednesday, May 16

Babatunde Lea w/Zacc Harris @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm (No cover) Lea is an Afr0-Cuban and World percussionist of many instruments who has played with Harris in the past to great success. As usual at this neighborhood restaurant, reservations are recommended for dinner.

Graydon Peterson Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Peterson provides a steady bass for a variety of groups and singers around town, though lately he’s been coming up with his own compositions, many of which have odd time signatures and beautiful melodies. Consequently, to play his songs he’s put together a quartet which includes Adam Meckler on trumpet, Vinnie Rose on guitar, and Adam Suarez on drums.

Thursday, May 17

Snowblind @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Snowblind is a musical collective that works so well because they’re committed to rehearsing and common musical goals. Members include Scott Agster, trombone; Shihad Sen, sax; Adam Rosmiller, trumpet, Graydon Peterson, bass; and Reid Kennedy, drums. Expect standards from Ellington, Monk, and Blakey, as well as Afro-Cuban and groove-oriented material.

Friday, May 18

Fratzke, Hanson, Roessler, Hennig, & Leggett @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar) Though it’s not a law firm, expect this group to steadfastly defend the principles of improvisation and the use of imagination in music. Erik Fratzke plays bass with Happy Apple and guitar with Zebulon Pike. Hanson on sax and Roessler on bass are members of the Fantastic Merlins and curate the biweekly jazz series at the Black Dog. Peter Hennig is a Black Dog regular who also plays drums with the Atlantis Quartet and other bands around town, not to mention playing banjo with his own group. Peter Leggett drums with Heiruspecs and other bands about town.

Saturday, May 19

Rhonda Laurie @ Jazz at St. Barney’s, Plymouth. 7pm ($10, $7 – TCJS Members, $5 – Students) This is the last concert of this year’s series at St. Barnabas Church, 15600 Old Rockford Road in Plymouth. Rhonda will be accompanied by pianist Phil Mattson in a program called Uncommon Standards, featuring songs by Ellington, Gershwin, Arlen, Monk, Mandel, Mercer, Gillespie, Bart, LeGrand, Wilder, Ivan Lins and Blossom Dearie and others

Reynold Phillipsek “Last Summer” CD Release @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm – 11pm ($10 – includes a copy of the CD) Phillipsek continues his exploration of jazz and gypsy jazz styles. He can be subtle, as when accompanying vocalists, or he can be dazzling, though he doesn’t overdo it. Phillipsek will be accompanied by Matt Senjem on bass, and the outstanding violinist, Gary Schulte. Plus, you get a great view of downtown Minneapolis.

On a recent tour with Doc Severinson

Zack Lozier Quintet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Whether trumpeter Lozier is playing with the Jack Brass Band, the Southside Aces, Havana Hi-Fi, Doc Severinson, Deodatos or any other band, you can expect stellar playing that’s exciting and imaginative. He’s the leader tonight, exploring the music of Lee Morgan, among others, with Brandon Wozniak on sax; Bryan Nichols on piano; Billy Peterson on bass; and Kenny Horst on drums, all of whom are worthy of leading their own groups.

Sunday, Monday, May 20, 21

Ramsey Lewis Electric Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($65 – $40) The 77 year old NEA Jazz Master had his first hits with funky, hand clappin’ versions of the pop hits, “The In Crowd’ and “Hang on Sloopy” back in the mid-sixties. He’s received three Grammys and seven gold records since then, and had a monster hit with the album “Sun Goddess” in 1974. Lewis revisits some of the Sun Goddess tunes on his newest CD, and will be bringing a quintet to the Dakota to show us where he’s at these days.

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, May 16

Paul Geremia on KFAI’s House Party (5pm) and @ The 331 Club, Minnneapolis.  331 Club – 7pm – 9pm. (tip jar). You probably know the drill by now. Tune in to 90.3 or 106.7 FM to hear the artist, then head over to the 331 Club for a 7pm performance. Geremia plays acoustic, mostly pre-war, blues, with the occasional well-crafted original. He’s been playing this stuff for so long, that he completely inhabits it. Geremia is and internationally acclaimed musician, with his most recent album out on Saint Paul’s Red House Records.  If you like the blues at all, or if you simply like honest performances, you will want to check him out. Here’s a video.

Friday, May 18

Scottie Miller Band @ School II Bistro, Chanhanssen. 8pm ($7) Scottie’s piano playing has jump-started many a party and night out. With his Professor Longhair licks and triplett pounding rock n’ roll, Scottie will have you moving and groovin’ as they say.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues, Minneapolis. 9pm ($6) Lil’ Ed comes by his high-energy slide guitar playing almost naturally – his uncle and mentor was JB Hutto, one of the first-generation slide players out of Chicago. Ed and his band of 20 years deliver full tilt, raucous bues. His playing is contagious, and his moves – from deep back bends to toe-walks, are hugely entertaining. Check out this video.

Saturday, May 19

Hurricane Harold’s All-Star Blues Revue @ The Blue Fox Bar & Grill, Arden Hills. 9pm (No cover) This a Minnesota Blues Society gig celebrating the Fox as a new society sponsor. Hurricane Harold got his nickname for his ferocious attack on harp. He’s joined by guitarists Dave “Cool Breeze” Brown and Mark “Good Time Willy” Williams, as well as the rhythm section of Alan Kirk, and Chris Johnson.

Hotpants 45rpm Dance Parties @ Art-A-Whirl and The Nomad, Minneapolis. 5-8pm (Art-A-Whirl: Free), 9pm – 2am (Nomad: $5) The Hotpants crew will be spinning rare soul & funk during Art-A-Whirl at the Hill Valley Boutique, 33rd & Central Ave NE, then move to their normal monthly throw-down at the Nomad.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 18, 19, 20

Northeast Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl. Art-A-Whirl  has nothing to do with Spin Art, and everything to do with actual artists who have studios throughout NE Minneapolis. The three day shopping/meandering spree also has many bands playing at the outdoor stages of The 331 Club, Psycho Suzi’s, Grumpy’s NE, Anchor Fish & Chips, the Sample room, and Stanley’s during the weekend. Expect a few food trucks and even a trolly for those who are using adult beverages to cool off. More information is available at: http://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl and at the websites for the individual music venues.

John Sayles’ Honeydripper @ Old Arizona Theatre, 2821 Nicollet Ave, Mpls. 7:30pm ($10/$15 suggested donation)  Twin Cities playwright Judy Cooper Lyle has adapted the John Sayles film to the stage for this theater presentation. While I haven’t seen it, the story of a failing blues club in the 50s pinning it’s hope on a young impersonator of a big star is intriguing, to say the least. And the premise rings true. Back then, it wasn’t unusual for two or three versions of Guitar Slim, for instance, to be playing at the same time in different parts of the South.

Sunday, May 20

Curtis Blake & Greazy Gravy @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 7pm. Harmonica Curtis Blake blows a mean harp in front of this down n’ dirty danceable blues band.

Spider John Koerner @ Palmer’s Bar, Minneapolis. 8pm. Catch a legend in his natural habitat – the last vestige of the legendary West Bank of old. Koerner’s disarming way with traditional folk tunes, together with his originals and groan-inducing jokes, are the perfect accompaniment to the bar’s strong drinks.

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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