It’s the 4th! Music: 7.1-7.7

July 1, 2015

Unknown-2Well, the day got away from me, so this post doesn’t contain videos, but I think anyone reading this can find videos if you want to hear what an artist sounds like. Anyway,  the defining event of the summer is upon us, and with the 4th of July celebration, we find that music, is not as plentiful as during other weeks of the year. Nevertheless, the weekend brings some celebrations that include music and fireworks, and there are a couple of long-term residencies that you can check out.


Wednesday, July 1

Charles Lloyd @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $50), 9pm ($30, $40) If you are a jazz fan, you have to here this master saxophonist at least once in your life. Lloyd’s career goes back to the 60s, when he won many young fans by playing the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Andrew Walesch Quartet @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm (No cover) This young singer/pianist is excellent with both of his instruments. He also understands the need to engage the audience as an entertainer. Tonight he’ll be accompanied by Gary Raynor, bass; Pete Johnson, drums; and special guest Adam Meckler on trumpet.

Vector Families @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Yet another project from bassist Anthony Cox, with Brandon Wozniak, sax; Dean Granros, guitar; Dave King, drums; and Cox on cello and bass.

Thursday, July 2

Travis Anderson Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) It’s another foodie night at the Dakota, with no cover, wine specials, and a terrific band. Anderson, piano; Steve Pikal, bass; and Nathan Norman, drums; give new life to standards

Friday, July 3

Thomas Bruce @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No Cover) Sublime vocals in the cozy lounge of a D’Amico restaurant.

Jay Young’s Lyric Factory @ The icehouse, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12) Bassist Young has been honing his tribute to Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind, & Fire, to create an entertaining, groovin’ and jazzful evening.

Hanson, Roessler, & Anderson @ Sweet 17, 308 Prince Street, Suite 317, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Here’s an under the radar gig if there ever was one. It’s essentially a house concert with Nathan Hanson, sax; Doan Roessler, bass; and Marc Anderson, percussion. It’s a BTOB affair. Doors at 8:30

Saturday, July 4

Big Bands and Fireworks @ City Parks.  Here’s a trio of big bands, each capable of producing their own musical fireworks, providing the entertainment before the holiday fireworks. Whether you live near these towns, or are willing to travel a bit, it’s a musical way to celebrate our country’s Independence Day.

1: St. Croix Jazz Orchestra @ Minnesota Pioneer Park, Stillwater. 7pm (Free) With Andrew Walesch on vocals.

2: Wolverines Big Band @ Excelsior Commons, Excelsior. 7pm – 10pm (Free)  Featuring Judi Vinar, Maude Hixson, and Jason Richards on vocals.

3: Roseville Big Band @ Central Park, Roseville. 7pm – 9pm (Free)

Sunday, July 5

Saints of Swing @ Como Dockside Pavilion, Saint Paul. 7pm – 9pm (Free) Here’s another big band gig, this time it’s lakeside at Como Lake, and the new Como Dockside is right there to serve drinks and food.

Zacc Harris Trio @ The Riverview Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar) There’s a good reason this trio has had a long running residency at the Wine Bar. Harris’ tasteful guitar, along with Pete Hennig’s drumming and Matt Peterson’s bass, provide music that’s just right for drinking the venue’s wide selections of wine and food.

Monday, July 6

Irv Williams CD Release Part @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($7) Irv Williams is 95 and still churning out CDs. This one, Pinnacle, is perhaps his third or fourth since announcing his “retirement” some years back. Always worth seeing. How the man keeps such a gorgeous tone is something every budding young sax player should learn.

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

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, July 1

Midwest Paul Cook on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar)

Thursday, July 2

Butanes @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm (No Cover) Another weekly gig. The Butanes played the New Orleans Jazz Festival with Earl King, and most assuredly have earned the title of the best blues band in the Twin Cities.

The Droppers @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm (No Cover) If you’re a fan of the Meters and Booker T. and the MGs, then you’ll appreciate this instrumental band of Chris Beaty, guitar; Jim Anton, bass; Noah Levy drums; and Tommy Barbarella, organ. They’ve played together in various groups for over 25 years, and are tight!

Friday, July 3

Booker T. Jones @ the Dakota, Mpls. 7pm ($42), 9pm ($35) He had a hit with Green Onions when he was just 16 and he and the MGs were the house band for Stax Records. Many hits followed and many performances, during which their place in the pantheon of rock n’ roll was secured. Nowadays, with the passing of two of the original members of the group, Jones has worked with established rock bands, winning yet another Grammy Potato Hole, his 2010 album with the Drive By Truckers, and for 2012’s The Road From Memphis with The Roots.

Willie Murphy Blues Trio @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm – 11:30pm Murphy returns to the Black Dog, this time with his blues trio in tow.

Sweet Tea @ The Station, White Bear Lake. 9pm (No Cover) Funky blues for your dancing pleasure on the eve of the 4th.

Freewheelin’ First Friday @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5?) Nikki & the Rue-Mates open at 7pm, followed by the Honky-Tonk/Fok/Roots of Wilkinson James at 9pm.

Patty Peterson & Friends w/Melanie Rosales @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) Vocalist Peterson likes to straddle the line between jazz and R&B, as do her friends, which tonight includes Melanie Rosales, which long time Twin Citizens may remember from The Doug Maynard Band of the late 70s.

Saturday, July 4

Armadillo Jump @ Lakeside Park, Hudson, WI. 1:30 – 4:30pm. (Free) Head across the Saint Croix for an afternoon of jump blues and general holiday activity, including a hot dog eating contest, a kids tract pull, food stands, and a beer garden, as well as later entertainment by Ponzi Scheme and Uncle Chunk. No fireworks, though.

Booker T. Jones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($42) One show only tonight, so everyone can get out and see fireworks afterwards.

Sunday, July 5

Phil Heywood @ Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5pm – 7:45pm (Tip Jar) Ace fingerpicking and fine vocals from Heywood provide a comfortable, yet adventurous end to the weekend.

Vinicius Cantuaria @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) This soft-voiced Brazilian brings bossa novas into the 21st Century, imbuing the music of Jobim and Gilberto Gil with hints of electronica while staying decidedly acoustic. He’s collaborated with Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and similar forward thinking musicians, and has

Tuesday, July 7

Church of Cash @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Another foodie night, this one sponsored by the Minnesota Music Coalition, and bringing this quintet’s love of Johnny Cash to the masses.

Mayo, Jacox, and Eckstrand @ The Station, White Bear Lake. 8pm – 11pm (No Cover) Paul Mayasich holds down the guitar chair at the Station (formerly Manitou Station) every Tuesday night, bringing in all sorts of friends to complement his playing. Tonight he has Bobby E. (Eckstrand), an under appreciated guitarist, as well as vocalist extraordinaire Maurice Jacox.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar. Dancers might want to check out the calendar for U Wanna Dance.

Out and About. Music: 7.16 – 7.22

July 16, 2014
Aquatennial Fireworks

Aquatennial Fireworks

Well, the All–Star Game is over, and though temps haven’t been especially high, we do have a semblance of summer. We also have a number of outdoor events taking place throughout the region. Though I’ve included a couple, there will be events at the Aquatennial, and music festivals at the Midtown Global Market, Prior Lake, Chippewa Valley WI, and Canterbury Park, as well as individual performances at area parks and pavilions.



Wednesday, July 16

Sophia Shorai @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) With a voice that is somewhere between playful, seductive, and charming, Sophia can go from originals to the Great American Songbook, to pop songs with ease.

Thursday, July 17

Paula Lammers & Reeves Carey @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Paula and Reeves first sang together on the Minnesota Zephyr some years back, and have performed as a duo from time to time since then. They’ll be joined by Marly Louise Knutson, Chris Bates, and Jay Epstein to perform classic duets from the Great American Songbook.

Courageous Endeavors @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) Another one of the fine young groups that we have here in the Twin Cities: Joe Strachan, piano; Nelson Deveraux, sax; Miguel Hurtado, drums. Brian Courage, bass. Here’s a video of theirs.

Milo Fine @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Part of the Khyber Pass’ weekly series of freely improvised music. Milo Fine: drum set, electronics; E flat clarinet; Philip Mann; Saxes, bass clarinet, drum set; Ryan Reber, soprano sax, cello; Rick Ness, drum set, alto sax, B flat clarinet, multi-toned tenor bugle; and Kevin Cosgrove, electric shelf and wave drum.

Friday, July 18

Zacc Harris’ Tribute to Wes Montgomery @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested donation) Though an imaginative guitarist in his own right, Zacc Harris is particularly effective at evoking the chordal playing of Wes Montgomery. Harris is also an entrepreneurial musician who is always finding a new way  to present himself and his colleagues, who tonight include Richard D. Johnson, keys; Chris Bates, bass; & Adrian Suarez on drums.

Saturday, July 19

Unknown-2Jay Young & the Lyric Factory’s Jazz Tribute to Stevie Wonder & Michael Jackson @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm – 10pm ($10- Suggested Donation) Jay gets out his piccolo bass and is joined by son Ian Young, bass; John Penny, guitars; Kevin Washington, drums, and Scott Fultz on sax. They’ll be joined by a trio of vocalists: Rachel Holder-Hennig, Judi Donaghy Vinar, and Sarah Greer to explore the jazz side of two of the biggest pop stars of the 20th Century.

Monday, July 21

Bryan Nichols Quintet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Though these Jazz Implosion gigs can start and end late, it’s worth it to hear Nichols’ original creations. The imaginative pianist will be joined by James Buckley, bass; Brandon Wozniak, sax; Mike Lewis, sax; and JT Bates on drums.

Tuesday, July 22

Explosion Big Band @ The Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul. 6:30 – 8:30pm (Free) Scott Agster on Trombone, and Doug Haining on sax lead this 17-piece big band in a swinging set of tunes just right for dancing. Lessons at 6:30.

Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Anyone who saw them at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival last month knows what a powerhouse this band has become. Join them for an open rehearsal to hear great music and also get an insight into the creative process for a large 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, July 16

Unknown-3Michael Monroe @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon-1pm (Free) It’s another lunchtime concert at the Landmark Center. Monroe is a singer/songwriter from Grand Marais who has been performing for forty years. He’s a self-taught musician who plays guitar, ukelele and glass and bamboo flutes.

Malamanya @ Como Conservatory, Saint Paul. 6pm – 9pm (Free) Malamanya is an acoustic-driven group that celebrates the traditional rhythms and melodies of Cuban son, salsa, samba, as well as the local music of Central and Latin America. They have garnered a large and enthusiastic fan base. BTW, I’ll be spinning some classic salsa and Cuban tunes before and between their sets, beginning about 5:30pm. Here they are doing an original.

Kent Burnside on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI – 90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club, Tip Jar) Burnside is the grandson of the late RL Burnside, who helped bring the trance-blues music of the Mississippi Hill Country to the attention of the rest of us. Kenthas been in town a number of times and always delivers a blistering set of originals and songs from his grandfather and uncle, Duwayne Burnside.

Thursday, July 17

Paul Metsa & Willie Walker @Shaw’s NE, Minneapolis. 5pm – 7:30pm (No Cover) Willie Walker may have the sweetest soul voice in the nation – certainly the sweetest soul voice in town. He and Metsa on guitar provide acoustic versions of many of your favorite classic soul songs. Plus, Shaw’s has rib and drink specials.

Salsa Del Soul @ Rice Park, Saint Paul. 6pm – 9pm (free) What a way to spend a pleasant summer evening: salsa dancing in Rice Park. If you don’t know how, you can come early and get a dance lesson, or you can just freestyle.

Friday, July 18


100 Years of Cameras & Photography @ MPLS Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street, Minneapolis. 6:30pm – 9:30pm (Free) This is the opening reception for what promises to be a cool exhibit. I’ll be spinning almost 100 years of music, from early jazz to rock n’ roll, soul, disco, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams.

images-2Curtiss A & His Blues Band, w/Lone Wolf @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5 or RRDB Ticket)  It’s a Pre-Party for tomorrow’s big festival. Lone Wolf, a one-man-band, opens at 7pm, playing slide banjo, bass drum, and harmonica in a punkish, bluefish, folkish vein. Curtiss A, of course, is the Dean of Scream, a devotee of Little Richard, John Lennon, Bo Diddley, and assorted early rockers, who sings at about 12 out of 10 on every amp he uses. He also displays a wicked, sometimes rambling, stream-of-concious patter between songs.

Funk on First @ First Avenue, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, 18+) It’s a funk festival with four young bands, each of which has a different approach: New Sound Underground, Black Market Brass, Pho, and Grolar Bears, plus, just to add to the fun, HIpshaker & Worldwide Discotheque deejays. Here’s some music from New Sound Underground.

Saturday, July 19 

Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival @ Lake & Minnehaha, Minneapolis. No7 – 11pm (Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat) ($20) This 4th Annual Festival gets bigger each year as Patrick’s Cabaret, Harriet Brewing, The HUB Bike Co-Op, and the Mosaic Cafe join forces to present over 30 bands on five stages, including bands from Iowa, Texas, and Mississippi. Some of the performers include Sonny Knight & the Lakers; Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders; Kent Burnside, Joe & Vicki Price, Spider John Koerner; Black Diet; Black Market Brass; Nikki & the RueMates; the Dead Pigeons; Molly Maher, and more. After-party at The Eagles Club from 10pm to closing. Whew!

Saturday, July 19

Maurice Jacox @ The Normandy Inn, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) An intimate singer and an intimate band in an intimate setting, though Jacox can sing chill-inducing high notes when he’s got a mind to. It’s a small bar, so call and make reservations if you want to be near the music.

Steve Clarke & the Working Stiffs @ Mendoberri Cafe & Wine Bar, Mendota Heights. 7:30 – 10pm (No Cover) Steve’s swinging sax can boost at R&B song or something much jazzier. At any rate, this relatively small venue with a good wine selection is a fun place to hear him and his mates play.

Monday, Tuesday, July 21, 22

Hot Tuna @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45), 9pm ($35) Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady met as youngsters while growing up in Washington D.C. Years later they would join forces in Jefferson Airplane, for which they were both inducted into the rock n’ roll Hall of Fame. While in the Airplane, they would play the blues and other Americana on the side, and eventually recorded an album. It was so well received, they ended up recording a couple of dozen albums. Fifty years after their first meeting, they are still playing. Here’s a video from a few weeks ago.

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.


Festivals Galore. Music: 7.25 – 7.31

July 25, 2012

Butch Thompson, one of the performers at the Lowertown Roots Festival

It’s going to be a busy week. I’ve been on vacation for the past few days, so forgive me if I don’t have many links for you. Rest assured, however, that a little digging on your part will help you get an idea of the music of some of these performers. We’ve got an amazing Saturday coming up with four different rootsy festivals. We also have some great jazz, from both up and coming artists, as well as veterans, including the amazing James Carter with an organ trio. I can’t wait. Have a good week.


Wednesday, July 25

Body Omara & a Deejay Named Larry @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10:30pm ($6) Body Omara is guitarist Joseph Damman, bassist Tom Reichert, and percussionist Davu Seru. They perform Damman’s original compositions, which evoke the desert blues of Mali, as well as American folk and jazz. Before and between sets, I’ll be spinning world music and jazz that complements their sound.

Miguel Hurtado Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Hurtado is a young drummer who has returned to the Twin Cities after graduating from The Manhattan School of Music. He always surrounds himself with excellent players. Tonight he’ll have Zacc Harris on guitar and Brian Courage on bass.

Thursday, July 26

The X-Tet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($8) Pete Whitman has created a ten-piece group that creates exciting jazz while celebrating the talents of its individual members, from Phil Hey, Gordy Johnson, and Laura Caviani, to Dave Karr and Adam Meckler. I apologize if I often recommend them, but I’m a big fan.

Friday, July 27

Vicky Mountain with James Allen and the Dakota Combo @ Kelly Park, 152nd at Fontino, Apple Valley. A nice combination of musicians, with Vicky swingin’ the vocals, Allen on guitar, and the combo on combo. Don’t be surprised to see Vicky singing with the combo.

Friday, Saturday, July 27, 28

Jay Young. Photo by Andrea Canter

Jay Young & the Lyric Factory: the Music of Herbie Hancock & Earth Wind & Fire @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12) Bassist Young is usually a sideman, but this weekend he’s recruited friends like Kevin Washington on drums and some vocalists from MacNally Smith to straddle the intersection between jazz, funk, and soul. Sounds like a good time.

Saturday, July 28

James Allen and Joel Shapira @ First Course Bistro, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9:30pm (No Cover) Two of the finest acoustic guitarists play jazz for diners. Reservations recommended.

Sunday, July 29

Lucia Newell @ All Saints Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove. 7-9pm  With Joan Griffith, Gordy Johnson, and Mac Santiago. This appears to be the last of the Jazz in July Series at All Saints. They’ve done a nice job of presenting a variety of jazz and close out with a vocalist who is a true treasure in the Twin Cities. Newell can scat, compose, and give new meaning to old songs. Since Joan Griffith is one of her cohorts tonight, I imagine the evening will contain much Brazilian fare. And, as the press release says, Pie will be served.

James Carter Organ Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35), 9pm ($25) Carter is a major talent on all sorts of reed instruments. Technique and imagination combine for thrilling music. Tonight he tackles the soul jazz sounds of an organ trio. It will be scorching. It will be soulful. It will be fun. Here’s a video from a couple of years back.

Monday, July 30

Jazz Implosion @ Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30 & 11:30pm ($5) JT Bates is once again curating the Jazz Implosion, a weekly series that sometimes features new combinations of musicians, such as tonight’s gathering of Brandon Wozniak, sax; Adam Linz, bass; and Eric Kamau Gravatt, drums. Heavy hitters, all.

Tuesday, July 31

Bill Evans New Orleans Jazz Band @ Bennett’s Chop and Rail House, 1305 West 7th Street, Saint Paul. 7pm. (No cover) Chow down on classic steakhouse fare or the hamburger that was recently praised in City Pages, or sit at the bar with a beverage and enjoy Bill Evan’s classic sextet (trombone, trumpet, clarinet, guitar, bass, drums) as they rip through songs from the early days of jazz. It’s a neighborhood spot, with seating for about 50 or 60 for dinner, and reservations for dinner are recommended.

Adam Meckler Orchestra @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (donation) A big band in an intimate room playing arrangements by trumpeter Meckler. Even folks who think they don’t like jazz will have second thoughts after hearing this band.

Roots, Blues, Other…

Wednesday, July 25

Martin Devaney @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul, Noon – 1pm (Free) Devaney is a fine singer-songwriter, with a background that includes classical training, jazz sax, and work with Heiruspecs. He just released The West End, an album with many guest musicians. Ellen Stanley will be the guest host for this show.

Lenny Williams @ The Fine Line, Minneapolis. 7pm. ($25) Williams spent three years as the lead singer for Tower of Power, singing What Is Hip and So Very Hard To Go among others. He then went back to a solo career and made the R&B charts ten times between 1978 and 1981. He’s still out there singing, and breaking hearts.

Adrian Legg @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm. ($20) A guitarist who has been called a wizard and the best acoustic fingerstyler, Legg brings his altered tunings and wry banter to the Dakota stage. Here is his wizardry in all its splendor.

Thursday, July 26

Doug Otto and Papa John Kolstad @ Merlin’s Rest, Minneapolis. 8pm – 11pm. The neighborhood bar on East Lake Street had Papa John create an acoustic blues series. Tonight Papa John has Doug Otto, a terrific singer, who can sound as if it were 1935 and he was out of work. Papa John will be playing his twelve string, so you know this is a special event.

Friday, July 27

Captain Mike @The Hat Trick

Captain Mike & The Totems @ The Hat Trick Lounge, Saint Paul. 9pm. ($7) Captain Mike writes melodic pop tunes that can stick in your ear. The Totems provide the backup he needs. A fun evening.

Saturday, July 28

Lowertown Roots Festival @ Mears Park, Saint Paul. 2:30pm – 10pm  A day of free music with The Barley Jacks, Butch Thompson, Losc Conocidos and Mike Farris. Farris is a rootsy singer who favors gospel music. He’s going to be big, and you can say you saw him when. More information on the festival is available here.

NE Folk Festival@ Grumpy’s NE, Minneapolis. Noon – Close. (Free)  If you’re not heading to downtown Saint Paul you may want to check out this festival of home grown talent, including The Roe Family Singers, Black Audience, Dave Babb, Paul Metsa, and a host of others on two stages. More information can be found here.

Palmfest @ Palmer’s, Minneapolis. 2pm – close (Free) Maybe you want to stay in South Minneapolis. Head over to Palmer’s, everyone’s favorite dive bar, to hear Willie Murphy, the Huckleberrys, Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings, the Knotwells, Cadillac Kostad and more. Whew!

Salute to Bob Dylan @ Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, Saint Louis Park. 6:30pm – 9:30pm (Free) And the festivals just keep on coming. This is the fourth annual event organized by Kevin Odegard, one of the original musicians that played on Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks.” Among the other musicians joining him will be Bobby Z, Matt Fink, Patty Peterson, Lonnie Knight, Scott Sansby, Paul Metsa, Dan Israel, and lots, lots more.

Sunday, July 29

Mark Naftalin: Concert & Conversation @ The Artists Quarter, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($15) Son of a Minneapolis Mayor, Mark Naftalin moved to Chicago to go to school and ended up playing piano in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band during its formative years. Since then he’s teamed up with Mike Bloomfield, led and R&B Revue, and has hosted the Mark Naftalin’s Blues Power Hour on KALW in San Francisco since 1979. He’s been a sideman on over 100 hours. He’ll be joined by Paul Metsa, who will serve as host and “conversation catalyst.” A special evening, indeed.

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