A Rich Tapestry of Music: 5.9 – 5.15

May 9, 2018

Well, maybe Spring is upon us for a few days, giving us an opportunity to get out without bulky clothes.  This week we have three visiting jazz artists (as well as Tony Bennett at the State on Thursday) and six visiting artists in blues and roots. Of course we also have resident artists such as the Atlantis Quartet and Wee Willie Walker, who are known throughout our nation, as well as in some parts of the world, and others who could be, with the right promotion. All of which makes for a rich tapestry of music for the coming week.   Music Lifts the Spirit!


Wednesday, May 9

Peter Hennig Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Hennig, drummer for the Atlantis Quartet and other groups in town, will have Brian Ziemniak on keys, and Cody McKinney on bass.

Thursday, May 10

Laura Caviani & David Milne @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12-$15) Pianist Laura Caviani is busy these days, having released two Cds with her trio, taking on more responsibility teaching at St. Olaf, and appearing in other projects, such as this collaboration with saxophonist David Milne. Milne is a Professor of Music and director of Jazz Ensembles at the U of WI-River Falls. Here’s Laura with the title song from her latest CD.

Friday, May 11

Nathan Hanson’s Five Times Golden @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Saxophonist Hanson is an adventurous musician who has played in far-flung places from Pittsburg to Slovenia, in addition to playing in numerous Twin Cities venues. He’ll be accompanied by long-time collaborator Doan Roessler on bass, as well as Devon Gray on piano, and Kismat Shrestha, drums. Her;’s Nathan with Dean Roessler.

Saturday, May 12

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Paul Harper’s Chordless Quartet starts things off at 7pm with; Harper, sax; Ted Olsen, bass; Steve Kenny, trumpet; and Pete Hennig, drums. Hennig returns to the stage at 8:30 with The Atlantis Quartet, whose other members include: Chris Bates, bass; Zacc Harris, guitar; and Brandon Wozniak, sax.

The Music of Bill Evans @ Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis. (Tip Jar) The MN Hard Bop Collective is reduced to a trio tonight as Graydon Peterson, bass; and Jesse Simon drums, join with the sensitive, yet swinging pianist Phil Aaron to perform the exquisite compositions of Bill Evans. Here’s Aaron with another classic.

Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) This is the last event of a nine-month monthly residency for Ms Lynch and her Fellows. It’s vintage vocal jazz, with a few old pop tuns thrown in for good measure, delivered in front of a window facing the Minneapolis skyline. Though there is no dance floor as such, a few brave couples will occasionally respond to the groups; swingin’ tunes.

Monday, May 14

Arturo Sandoval @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $45, $50), 9pm ($30, $35, $40) Trumpeter Sandoval was a one-time protege of Dizzy Gillespie and a founding member of the explosive, Grammy winning Cuban group Irakere. He left the group in the early 80s, and moved to Miami in the early 90s. Since then he’s earned 4 Grammys, 6 Billboard Awards, and an Emmy. His brilliance is evident whether performing Latin, Jazz, or Classical music.

World Jazz Collegium @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Guitarist pavel Jany heads up this quartet, which includes John Croarkin, Dan Weston, and Beth Varela, along with special guest, pianist Steven Hobert. They meld elements of different world musics with jazz and classical music.

Tuesday, May 15

Lynne Arriale Trio @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25) Pianist Arriale has a new CD to, her 14th as a leader, and she’ll be celebrating its release with resident musicians Chris Bates on bass and Cory Healy on drums. The CD, “Give Us These Days,”was recorded in the Netherlands with a couple of Dutch musicians, and includes six originals and three arrangements, all of which reflect her sense of wonder and showcase her rich imagination and peerless playing.

Tuesday, Wednesday, May 15, 16

Terrance Blanchard & The E-Collective @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) The last time trumpeter Blanchard & the E Collective was in town, they were recording songs in cities where conflicts have arisen over police shootings of African Americans. They chose the Twin Cities after the death of Philando Castille. Now they’re touring on the April release of Live!, which features seven powerful songs from that tour. They stress that the project condemns all gun violence, whether against profiled persons of color or law enforcement.

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, May 9

Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The onset of Prohibition in 1920 coincided with with the rise of jazz. The GATL celebrates the music of the time with enthusiasm and virtuosity.

Suzanne Vega @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $50, $60) Vocalist Vega  is often credited with starting the folk revival of the 80s. Tonight she’ll be performing both her 1987 album Solitude Standing and her 1992 album 99.9F in full.

Thursday, May 10

The Banjo Hour w/Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door) Eli Hoehn, of Captain Gravitone, will host this two-hour music variety show. Its loosely based on a talk show format, and will include Mother Banjo, banjoists Phil Nusbaum and Tom Nechville, an announcer, several features, and music by the house band.

Friday, May 11

Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12, $15) The Los Angeles – based rockabilly/roots singer and guitarist returns to his favorite Twin Cities venue, where he’ll likely mix in some Western Swing and L.A. doo-wop into his repertoire. The roomy dancefloor will undoubtedly be filled.

Saturday, May 12

New Orleans Suspects, Honey Island Swamp Band @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($25 Advance/$30 Door) If you didn’t make it to the New Orleans Jazz Festival, you can still enjoy the music of that town, with these two groups of outstanding musicians, and special guest Camille Baudoin, formerly of the Radiators. Arrive early, and with a bit more cash, and you can take part in a Crawfish Boil (6-8pm, $45 Advance/$50 Door, includes concert)

The Greatest Generation @ The Ordway, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($28, $38, $48) The Oratorio Society of Minnesota presents the premier of The Greatest Generation: An American Oratorio. This ground-breaking work combines the great popular tunes of the Second World War era with new original compositions and arrangements to craft and pay homage to the American family at war. Songs will include: As Time Goes By, Embraceable You, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and In The Mood

California Honeydrops @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($17 Advance/$20 Door) The CA Honeydrops are celebrating ten years together with the release of their 7th album, the double disc Call It Home: Vol 1&2. The album showcases their deep love and understanding of classic R&B, New Orleans rhythms, Memphis Soul, and the blues. Tad Selzer and I will be doing a phone interview with founder Lech Wierzynski at about 3pm Wednesday, May 8 on The Rockhouse. Tune in live or listen to it on the archives.

Commander Cody @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9:30pm ($25) Back in the early 70s, Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen had a hit with a revival of Hot Rod Lincoln. Using a mix of boogie woogie, rock n’ roll, and country music they revived old barn-burners and sang hippie anthems as well as send ups of familiar themes: Mama Hated Diesels, the Kentucky Hills of Tennessee, and Seeds and Stems (Again). Cody and his current band continue to play foot-stomping, good-time music.

Sunday, May 13

Charanga Tropical @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 5pm ($5) A late afternoon’s worth of Cuban Dance music, so you can dance off you Sunday dinner.

Wee Willie Walker @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 5pm ($?) If you aren’t aware of Walker, see the article  in this past Monday’s Star Tribune.

Monday, May 14

JJ’s Zydeco Paydirt @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($5?, $8?) Get out those dancin’ shoes and enjoy the insistent, “its got a good beat” music from Southern Louisiana. It’s an early start, just right for a “school night.”

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.



Moving the Spirit. Music: 10.30 – 11.5

October 30, 2013

Unknown-2It’s Halloween tomorrow, and if you’ve already done the costume thing, there are some fun shows to attend. Then too, there are fun shows all week long, of which I’m only noting a few. Jazz fans please take special note of the Lynne Arriale show on Sunday. Have a good week. Remember, music lifts the spirit.


Wednesday, October 30

Mountain King @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Brian Courage, Jeremy Boettcher, Graydon Peterson. Three acoustic bassists take on jazz standards. Based on seeing a previous performance, I can say the results are surprisingly more varied than you would expect. But then, given the talent of each of these bassists, that shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me.

Rhonda Laurie @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) For some late night “cool” sounds, it’s hard to beat Ms Laurie’s singing and Robert Bell’s guitar accompaniment.

Thursday, October 31

Lulu’s Playground @ The Stillwater Library, Stillwater. 7pm (Free) Back from a tour of the East Coast, the guys in Lulu’s Playground have been busy writing 17 short compositions to accompany 17 pieces of artwork by Tim Nyberg. Tim’s whimsical paintings are of Circus sideshow characters, so the quirky makeup of Lulu’s Playground may just be a perfect fit: Adam Meckler, trumpet; Steve Hobert, accordion; Cory Grossman, cello, and Ben Abrahamson, guitar. Here’s an example of their sound.

Pete Whitman’s X-Tet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($8) A smallish big band or a largish combo. Doesn’t matter. They produce exciting music, whether performing originals or standards.

Friday, November 1

John Penny, Pippi Ardennia, & Ray Rivera @ Senor Wong’s, Saint Paul. 7pm – 10:30pm. (No Cover?) Though Wong’s may usually feature late night deejays, they’re taking a chance on an early show tonight featuring singer Pippi Ardennia, who has just released Love So Good2, a collection of jazz and jazz R&B that glows with good feeling. Tonight she’ll be accompanied by guitarist John Penny and percussionist Ray Rivera.

Steve KennySteve Kenny’s Group 47 @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) Steve Kenny brings his off-kilter wit, his blazing trumpet, and a trio of like-minded musicians to the Dakota for Late Night. Group 47 includes Will Kjeer, piano; Brian Courage, bass; and Alex Burgess, drums.

Friday, Saturday, November 1, 2 

Dave King Trucking Company @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Dave King, who drums for more bands than you can shake a stick at, recently authored a post on City Pages about the importance of the Artists’ Quarter, which you can read here. In the meantime, catch him at the club with Eric Fratzke, guitar, Adam Linz, bass, and Brandon Wozniak, sax. It’s 21st Century jazz.

Saturday, November 2

Mill City Hot Club @ The Red Stag Supper Club, Minneapolis. 10:30pm (Tip Jar) Late night gypsy jazz from guitarist Dean Harrington, a master of the form, and friends such as Gary Schulte on violin, Matt Peterson on bass; Patrick Harrison on accordion, and Dehl Gallagher on drums. Here’s an example of their work.

Sunday, November 3

Lynne Arriale @ The Dakota, MInneapolis. 7pm ($50) Arriale is an internationally acclaimed pianist with 12 albums as a leader to her credit. Whether she’s playing Monk, the Beatles, or a Mardis Gras Indian tune, Arriale always brings a fresh approach to her playing. Tonight she’ll be accompanied by Gordy Johnson, bass, and Dave Schmalenberger drums. This event is a benefit for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, so there will be an opening set by members of the Dakota Combo. I may be prejudiced, since I chair the foundation, but it will be a great evening of music.

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 30

Bryan Lee @ Shaw’s NE, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover?) Holy cow! The place will be packed with blues fans. The “Braille Blues Daddy” was an institution in New Orleans, playing the Absinthe House five nights a week for 14 years. He’s released 13 albums, was a 2010 Grammy nominee and through it all plays nothin’ but pure blues.

Thursday, October 31

Skeleton Crew @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (Tip Jar)  This New Music ensemble will be performing music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Radiohead and other spooky stuff.

Malamanya Halloween Show @ The Calhoun Building, 711 West Lake St, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10)  The wonderful music of Malamanya, featuring special guest, Viviana Pintado. If you’re looking for Cuban sons and other Latin Dance music as part of your Halloween celebration, then this is the place to be. Special guest vocalist/pianist Viviana Pintado is sure to raise the heat.

Kent Burnside & the New Generation Evening @ Hell’s Kitchen and the Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 6pm (Hell’s Kitchen – No Cover) 9 pm (Harriet Brewing – $7 after 8pm) Jon Manners opens. Burnside at 9pm. Burnside is the grandson of RL Burside and he’ll be bringing his no-hold-barred trance-blues to both Hell’s Kitchen and Harriet Brewing Tap Room tonight. Hell’s Kitchen is the noisier of the two, though that doesn’t mean much in this instance.

Friday, November 1

Del Vincents @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($?)  Old school rock n’ roll and rhythm n’ blues from rockabilly Dan Peterson, bass; ex-Boogiemen Chuck Edwards and Mike Sandell, on rhythm; and John Franken – MN Blues Society’s Sideman of the Year – on guitar. A good way to start your Friday evening.

A much younger troubadour

A much younger troubadour

Paul Metsa’s 75th Birthday Party @ Grumpy’s, 2200 4th St. NE, Minneapolis. 9pm – 11pm (Donation) Hard to believe this troubadour/author/storyteller/music impresario has been on the earth for 3/4 of a century. He’s celebrating in style, with Willie Walker, and all donations will be given to Contented Critters, a no-kill animal shelter where Paul adopted his dog.

Scottie Miller and Jack Klatt & the Swingers @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm (tip Jar) Miller opens at 7pm. Klatt at 9pm. Once again Jackson Buck brings a couple of talented acts to his Freewheelin’ First Friday series. Miller has been spending a lot of time traveling, both with his own band and with Ruthie Foster, for whom his pianistic combination of New Orleans, blues, and boogie woogie is a perfect match. Jack Klatt is a folk-picker/bluesman who knows how to swing, and uses his talents to good effect.

Saturday, November 2

Nikki Matteson & Rich Rue @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Intimate blues and folk-rock from Ms Matteson, a talented singer and guitarist, and Mr Rue, a wizard of the slide guitar.

UnknownNew Orleans Suspects @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9pm ($25) It’s a tribute to Lowell George. With Paul Barriere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat joining the Suspects. Member of this well-oiled band include:  Mean Willie Green, drummer for Neville Bros for 30 years; Reggie Scanlan, bassist for the Radiators; John Eckert, guitarist for Dirty Dozen; Jeff Watkins, saxophonist with Jame Brown for a dozen years; and CR Gruver, keys, a disciple of James Booker and Art Neville.

Sunday, November 3

Lee Fields & The Expressions @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($15) With Sonny Knight & the Lakers opening. Talk about old-school soul! Here we have two artists who first recorded in the 60s. Fields has continued to record and perform, encompassing hard funk, low-down blues, and contemporary soul. His latest album came out of Brooklyn about a year ago, and has been gaining fans and praise ever since. As a fifteen year old in 1965, Knight recorded a 45 that went on to become a revered collectable. He sang with the legendary Haze in the 70s and has had a rebirth as an artists since the release of Twin Cities Funk & Soul on Secret Stash Records.  Here’s Fields:

Monday, Tuesday, November 4, 5

Rimagesickie Lee Jones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($60, $52, $45)  The two-time Grammy Winner is back at the Dakota for two evenings of stories and songs. Last time around Jones proved to be charming and surprising. Her latest album, The Devil You Know, is a take on classic rock covers, and has been well received, as was her previous album.

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.

Another Week of Great Music: 1.30 – 2.5

January 30, 2013

It’s another week of stellar visiting artists (including a five night stint for one of them) and outstanding resident artists, as well as an early Mardis Gras celebration, and a celebration of Muddy & the Wolf that will have blues lovers swooning.


Wednesday, January 30

DownloadedFileChris Lomheim Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Lomheim is a talented, expressive pianist who takes inspiration from Bill Evans, among others. He’s a founding member of the Illicit Sextet, and is an especially sensitive when accompanying vocalists. Always well worth hearing.

Thursday, January 31

Zack Lozier Trio @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Trumpeter Zack Lozier gathers up Steve Pikal on bass and Stephen Hobert and piano to entertain the folks at the Northeast Institution. Zack plays with Doc Severinson’s Band on its Midwest tours, and regularly appears with the Jack Brass Band, the Adam Meckler Orchestra and other top notch bands from the area. Expect a lot of music inspired by Louis Armstrong.

Pete Whitman’s X-Tet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) It’s the last Thursday of the month, so it’s time for the ten piece band that encompasses the veteran 80-something Dave Karr, as well as established players like Dave Hagedorn on vibes, Phil Hey on drums, and Laura Caviani on piano, not to mention energetic newcomers like Adam Meckler on trumpet. Here’s a video of the group from a few years back.

Friday, February 1

Stephen Hobert & Brian Courage @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6:30pm (free) Keyboard Hobert is slowly making himself indispensable to the jazz community in town, showing up in a variety of bands, including some that use his accordion skills. Brian Courage is a bass player who is relatively new to town, and is also proving to be a bassist to call when you need a good foundation for your music. This “dinner hour” show can feature much noise from diners, so try to sit close to easily hear the music.

Friday, Saturday, February 1,2

imagesLynne Arriale @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Pianist Arriale was most recently in town accompanying singer Rondi Charleston, but she’s also appeared on her own at the old Dakota. Arriale has thirteen albums to her credit, in which she displays a joyous imagination, and a love for tunes with good melodies, from Monk to Gershwin, and the Beatles, as well as her own originals. She’ll be accompanied by bassist Adam Linz, with drummers Jay Epstein on Friday and Dave Schmalenberger on Saturday. I did a phone interview with her that aired on my show this past Saturday. You can check it out on the archives, or wait a few days when I’ll be able to transcribe it and put it here.

JoAnn Funk and Jeff Breuske @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar, Saint Paul 7pm – 11pm. (Free) Saturday night people watching can be fun at the Saint Paul Hotel, given the number of weddings and other events that occur there, and Fridays are a bit quieter, but the real reason to stop by is to hear pianist/vocalist Funk and bassist Breuske give life to songs by Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Dan Penn and others.

Saturday, February 2

Benny Weinbeck Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (Free) Weinbeck (piano) along with Gordy Johnson (bass) and Phil Hey (drums) have moved from the Chambers Hotel (now that D’Amico no longer runs the kitchen) to Parma 8200 in Bloomington. Those who don’t live nearby will be well rewarded with a trek to the area immediately SW of 100 & 494, not only with sublime music, but with good food.

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.

Roots, Blues, Other…

Wednesday, February 2

Courtney McClean & the Dirty Curls @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 9pm (Tip jar) Courtney McClean is a banjo player, comedian, and songwriter whose unbelievably dirty lyrics, often laced with four letter words, will cause you to convulse with laughter. Not for the easily shocked. Also: Valley Meadows, and Gus Lynch.

Friday, February 1

Mary Cutrufello and Scottie Miller @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm. (Free) I’m a big fan of both of these artists, and this is a rare chance to see both in an intimate venue. It’s winter, so the Tap Room’s overhead doors are closed, and you need to get there early to avoid standing in line to get in. Scottie “Bone” Miller is an excellent piano player and singer-songwriter, weaving blues, soul, and a bit of New Orleans into his songs. He also happens to be the touring pianist for Grammy nominee and award winning singer Ruthie Foster. Mary Cutrufello has been on the Tonight Show and Austin City Limits (2x) and has toured with The Allmans, Government Mule, and Dale Watson. The Strib declared her “The Biggest Rock Star the Twin Cities doesn’t know.” Scottie starts at 7pm. Mary starts at 9pm.

Hot Pants East @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 10pm (Free) The quartet of deejays that spin rare soul & funk are traveling cross the river to Saint Paul for a monthly gathering at the Amsterdam. The tables in the bar will be moved away for plenty of dancing.

Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, February 1,2,4,6,7

Lucinda Williams @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($60/$50) This gig started out for two nights, and now has expanded to Five, with tickets flying out the door. Williams has a world-weary voice that’s just right for her sometimes rockin’ and always brutally honest songs. I understand that she’ll be playing with one other musician, so expect an intimate evening of Americana. Check out this video.

Saturday, February 2

Bone-tones Reunion for 25th Annual Mardis Gras Dance @ Withrow Ballroom, Withrow. 7pm ($15) What may be the first Twin Cities Cajun band has been brought back for this very special event by the Krewe de Walleye. Doors open at 5:45, and there’ll be food for sale, dance lessons at 6:15, and a costume contest and parade at 9pm. Get out your dancing shoes and let the Bon Temps Rouler!

Saints of Circumstance @ The Whiskey Junction, Minneapolis. 9pm ($?) If you didn’t get to take in the Dark Star Orchestra at First Avenue on Wednesday, here’s a consolation prize that’s pretty worthy in and of itself. The Saints do a great job of channeling the Grateful Dead, and tonight they’ll be tackling the Dead’s songs of winter, including most of the album In the Dark. Though not required, tie-dyed clothing is always appropriate.

Monday, February 4

Blues at the Crossroads featuring James Cotton @ the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm ($36 – $51) The Fabulous Thunderbirds join Blues At The Crossroads 2 as the core band backing greats James CottonBob Margolin, Tinsely Ellis, and Jody Williams. They’re celebrating the blues of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, who were rivals of a sort, but giants and innovators when it came to the blues. James Cotton might be the headliner, but Ellis, Margolin, Williams, and the Fab T-birds are no slouches.

Tuesday, February 5

The inspiration for Suite Judy Blue Eyes, in her younger days.

The inspiration for Suite Judy Blue Eyes, in her younger days.

Judy Collins @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($70) & 9pm ($50) A folk giant (giantess?) Collins scored big with songs like Suzanne, I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today, Both Sides Now, and Someday Soon. She also did a version of Marat/Sade! Along the way she met and made friends with many of the musicians who helped shaped both folk and folk-rock, and she does a superb job of weaving stories into her presentation.

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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