Happy New Year! 12.26 – 1.1

December 26, 2018

Well, 2018 is coming to an end, and whether you can’t wait for it to be over, or simply look forward to a fresh start, there are all manner of celebrations taking place. I’m suggesting a few, including some lower-price events, but there’s bound to be a special event in most every restaurant and bar you can shake a stick at. You can also catch some holiday visitors who have put together shows while in town. We’re blessed to have so many cultural offerings in the metro area. Here’s wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year! Remember, Music Lifts Your Spirits!

Jazz

Wednesday, Dec 26

Will Kjeer @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm (?) It’s always fun to see returning students, and how much they’ve learned and grown musically while in school. After spending a number of years attending different schools, pianist Will Kjeer is back for his last holiday vacation as an undergrad. He’ll be joined by Graydon Peterson, bass; and Ben Erlich, drums.

Wednesday – Friday, Dec 26 – 28

Bad Plus @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45), 9pm ($40) The Bad Plus have been having a Christmas stand at the Dakota. Last year makes the last appearance of Ethan Iverson and now the piano chair is held by Orin Evans who has been an integral part of this new conjuration. Rolling Stone called their album “Never Stop II” the number one jazz album of 2018.

Thursday, Dec 27

Steven Hobert Quartet @ Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm ($5) With saxophonist Pete Whitman; bassist Yohannes Tona; and Greg Schutte, drums.  Lots of Steve’s original music as well as music by Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington and Nina Simone.

Friday, Dec 28

58 Belvedere @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10) Guitar master Dean Granros is joined by James Buckley, bass; and Dave Power, drums.

Saturday, Dec 29

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening set by the Jordan Anderson Group: Anderson, piano; Sam Worthington, bass; and Ben Erlich, drums. Featured artist at 8:30pm is SPACE: another band of rising musicians: Jack Courtwright, trombone; Will Schmid, guitar; Patrick Adkins, piano; Alma Engebretson, bass/cello; and Luke Peterson, drums.

Pat Mallinger Quartet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12, $15) Chicago saxophonist Mallinger is one of Saint Paul’s favorite sons who we get to see whenever he’s in town for the holidays. He’ll have backing by Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey, drums. This show is close to selling out as of this writing.

Sunday, Dec 30

Bates, Lewis, & Johnson @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6:30pmJT Bates drums; and Michael Lewis, sax; are 2/3rd of Fat Kid Wednesdays. With the addition of Gordy Johnson on bass, I suspect some standards may be in order, though Johnson, of an older generation, is versatile enough to go wherever the music takes the trio.

Hot Club of Chicago Avenue @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm ($15) Guitarist Sam Miltich, vocalist Charmin Michelle, and clarinetist Tony Baluff combine forces for an evening of swinging’ hot club music.

Hoaxer @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 7pm – 10pm ($10) An exciting band of young Turks, with: Charlie Lincoln, bass; Will Kjeer, piano; Peter Goggin, alto; and Edmund Caitlin, drums.

Monday, Dec 31

Connie Evingson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm, 7:30pm ($40, $85) with 3-course dinner) You can celebrate the arrival of a new year with the cool, yet expressive vocals of Ms Evingson  and still be home have time to go to another party or go home and let other have an exuberant evening.

Sophia Shorai @ The Lexington, Saint Paul.9pm (Tip jar) the Lex is taking reservations for dinner, but I don’t know how they’re handling folks who want to see Sophia, since the Williamsburg Room has couches, tea tables, and a bar (no reservations there). More to the point, Ms Shorai (pianist/vocalist), with her sparkling vocals and ability to convey emotion with a catch in her throat will be accompanied by James Buckley, bass; and Greg Schutte, drums.

New Year’s at the Black Dog, Saint Paul.  5pm – 11:59pm (Tip Jar) It’s a two part celebration beginning with their annual Early, Safe & Sane kid-friendly celebration starting at 5pm, and featuring Todd Harper, keys; Aaron Kerr, cello; Chris Hagedorn, sax; and Eric Courson, drums. Then afterwards, it’s a massive jazz concert to take you to the New Year, with Steve Kenny, trumpet; Dave Brattain, saxes; Will Kjeer, piano; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Pete James Johnson, drums, along with some special guests. Reservations recommended.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, Dec 26

The Eddies on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) This annual post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s show is always fun, thanks to the camaraderie exhibited by the almost-acapella Eddies and their audiences.

Friday, Dec 28

Crankshaft’s Last Stand @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12 Advance, $15 Door) Crankshaft is retiring, so this will be your last chance to hear this punkified, no-holds barred, blues.  He’ll be joined by the Flood Brothers, and Mike Munson, with a special late set from Kent Burnside with special guests, including Harold Tremblay.

Friday, Saturday, Dec 28, 29

Nooky Jones’ 5th Annual Soulful Soiree @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($17 Advance, $20 Door) This very cool sextet blends, soul jazz, and hip-hop into a musical mélange that’s both spicy & soothing. Friday night guests are Mina Moore and DJ Lazerbeek, while Saturday’s guests are Proper-T, and DJ Rowsheen.

Saturday, Dec 29

Vibronauts @ Dusty’s, NE Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Guitar-driven early rock n’ roll & rhythm & blues by a quintet packed into the little green booth.

Sunday, Dec 30

Rich Lewis Big Bad Band @ Whitey’s, 4th & East Hennepin, NE Mpls. 8pm (Tip Jar) Soulful rock n’ roll, as well as original versions of classic soul & Motown, performed by an expanded version of the band.

Monday, Dec 31

Belfast Cowboys @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($85, includes $50 food & drink credit) The large version of this Van Morrison tribute band.

Frogleg @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($22 Advance, $25 Door) Funk, Rock, & Reggae from Frogleg, with guests The People Brothers Band.

PHO @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 8pm ($15 Advance, $20 day of show) If you’re looking for a fun-filled New Year’s PHO, along with Purple Funk Metropois& Radiochurchwill provide it for you.

Harrison Street @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Friendly, front porch blues with power.

JoyAnn Parker @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 10:30pm ($40) Passion, power, and soul from singer/multi-instrumentalist Ms Parker and her bluesy band.

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.

 


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