Visiting Artists Galore: 9.12 – 9.18

September 12, 2018

Nancy Harms – photo by Lisa Venticinque

Well, this week over half of my suggestions are for visiting artists, though two of them have Twin cities roots. That’s not to say that resident musicians should be ignored, since many go on to achieve some national renown, such as Nancy Harms. It’s all good, since Music Lifts the Spirit!


Wednesday, September 12

A Sound Decision @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10/$5 with Student ID) Another of Chris Bates’ new collaborations, featuring: Thomas Nordlund, guitar; Joe Strachan, piano; Kismat Shrestha, drums; Kristy Bergmark, tablas; and Chris Bates on basses.

Thursday, September 13

Marilyn Scott & the West Coast All-Stars @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40) Vocalist Scott has been performing and recording for over four decades, as both leader and collaborator. She’s worked with folks like Spyro Gyra, The Yellowjackets, Tower of Power, Bobby Womack, and Etta James. There’s a good reason her band is called the West Coast All-Stars: she’ll be accompanied by pianist Russell Ferrante, of the Yellowjackets; ex-Yellowjacket Jimmy Haslip on bass; as well as well-traveled musicians guitarist James Harrah and drummer Gary Novak.

Kind Folk CD Release @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($15, $10w/Student ID) Kind Folk is a group of musicians who have all received praise from the NY Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, and other reviewers. Together, they make up Kind Folk: Trumpeter/ fleugelhonist John Raymond, a Twin Cities native; NYC based artists Alex LoRe, alto; Noam Wiesenberg, bass; and Colin Stranahan, drums. Their new CD features mostly original compositions by group members.

Saturday, September 15

Saturday Night Jazz @ the Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm: JazzINK Youth showcase, with Below Zero – Noah Wilhiter, tenor sax; Jacob Rochelle-Share, trombone; August McKinney, piano; Jorgen Linne, bass; Nick Adams, drums. 8:30pm: The Joan Hutton Jazz Project – Joan Hutton & David Milne, woodwinds; Joan Griffith, bass; Laura Caviani, piano; and Jendeen Forberg, drums.

Pete Whitman’s Urban Nature @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door)   This is the opening performance of the Jazz at Studio Z series, tonight featuring saxman Pete Whitman’s new group, and it’s a great one: with Dave Hagedorn, vibes; Chris Lomheim, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey on drums. There will be two sets, as well as a free master class led by Whitman at 6pm. Advance tickets here.

Nancy Harms @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20, $25) Vocalist Harms, who graced the Twin Cities with her music for a few years before moving to NYC, returns with a concert of original music, including songs from SHE, her upcoming album, as well as songs she wrote in Denmark during one of her recent tours.

Sunday, September 16

The Hot Sardines @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 6pm, 8pm ($35, $40, $45) The Hot Sardines mine the “Hot Jazz” tradition with verve and panache. With a four-piece horn section, a sense of humor, energy to burn, occasional French songs, and plenty of bluesy licks, they’re much fun and will leave you wanting more.

Sunday, Monday, September 16, 17

Ethan Iverson & Mark Turner @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm Sunday, 7:30pm Monday ($25, $30) Two pre-eminent jazz musicians collaborate on the intimate stage at the Dunsmore Room. Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson may be best known for his 17 years with The Bad Plus, but also regularly works with jazz masters such as Billy Hart, Tootie Heath, and Ron Carter. Saxophonist Turner moved to NYC after graduating from Berklee in 1990. He quickly became a sought-after collaborator and sideman, and recorded 5 albums as a leader between 1995 and 2001. Though he took time off from recording for parenthood, he still performed and collaborated, returning to recording in 2013. He released the well-received Lathe of Heaven last year, with Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Joe Martin, bass; and Marcus Gilmore, drums.

Monday, September 17

Nelson Devereaux @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm *$10, $5w/Student ID) Saxophonist Nelson Devereaux is a bright light on the Twin Cities music scene, appearing in a number of bands, and leading his own combos as he is tonight, when he’ll be joined by Joe Strachan, piano; Ted Olsen, bass; Miguel Hurtado, drums, and from Long Beach CA, saxophonist Eric Hirschorn.

Tuesday, September 18

Butch Thompson & Dean Magraw @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Just because they play the Vieux with some regularity, doesn’t mean you should put off seeing these two masters tonight. Thompson  on piano and clarinet, and Magraw on guitar are among the finest, and most popular musicians in town.

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, September 12

RJ Mischo on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The “King of the Mighty Good Time” will help you forget your troubles as he sings and plays a mean, mean harp. If you can’t make it to the 331 Club, catch Mischo at Famous Dave’s on Saturday. Here’s a video with Jeremy Johnson on guitar, who will be accompanying Mischo on both drums and guitar.

Jesse Colin Young @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. ($45, $55, $65) “C’mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.”  Hear that song and many others from Young’s 15 solo albums and 40-odd years in music.

Thursday, September 13

David Babb & Mikkel Beckmen Folk It Up@ The Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5pm – 8pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist/singer Babb, of the Front Porch Swinging Liquor Pigs, and washboard percussionist Beckmen, host of Thursday afternoons at the Dubliner and member of numerous bands, will entertain this afternoon.

Friday, September 14

Joyann Parker Band @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Parker is a multi-instrumentalist blues singer whose recent album, Hard to Love, has been well received by reviewers at Blues Magazine, Cashbox, Living Blues, and Downbeat, more signs of her rising star power.

Saturday, September 15

Wanaku @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11am (No Cover) Have brunch and enjoy the melodic, rhythmic, and sensuous/swaying music of guitarist Wanaku, who grownup in KOM, a tribal kingdom in the grassfield highlands of the Adamawa range in West Africa. With dozens of tribes the region, Wanaku was exposed to multi-cultural traditions growing up, from which he draws inspiration, as reflected his songs, sung  in a number of different languages.

Chuck Brodsky @ The Gingko, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($15) Guitarist/singer/songwriter Brodsky has worked as a migrant fruit picker, ice cream truck driver, laborer at an Israeli Kibbutz, bank courier, and street singer. All of which has given him an ability to write songs which have a down to earth, quirky, character filled with keen observations.

Ben Glaros @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) From his 80s days in the new wave Tone Poets, to recent work with Fathom Lane, versatile guitarist Glaros has incorporated influences from Jimi Hendrix and Paul Westerberg, to John Coltrane and Gram Parsons into his work. In 2016 he released three EPs – the power pop Celebrated Summerteenth and two furious punk rockers with his trio Dump Trunk. Glaros is re-emerging after taking over a year time to woodshed and write, and will be performing new songs and new sounds.

Hoven Droven w/Aar Maanta @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($30) To open its Annual Global Roots Festival, the Cedar has brought in one of the Twin Cities favorite Cedar artists – Hoven Droven. This Swedish band melds folk music melodies from Sweden with the energy and intensity of a power pop/heavy metal band. They even recorded an album there, Jumping at the Cedar, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy. Opening is the Cedar’s Resident Artist, Aar Maanta, a Somali singer who makes for a combination just right for the beginning the Cedar’s 30th Season.

Monday, September 17

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $30) Cuban-born Lopez-Nussa is one of a long line of amazing Cuban pianists. He was featured on the album Ninety Miles, with David Sanchez, Christian Scot, and Stefon Harris. He holds a dual citizenship in both Cuba and France, while his latest album, Un Dia Cualqueria, was recorded in the U.S. and includes influences from both our country and his.

Tuesday, Wednesday, September 18, 219

John Oates @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $50, $55) You may know Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer John Oates as half of Hall & Oates, but you probably don’t know of his love for Americana music. He’ll demonstrate his love for the genre with songs from the recently released album Arkansas, backed by The Good Road Band: Russ Paul, pedal steel; Guthrie Trapp, guitar; Steve Mackey, bass; and Josh Day, drums.

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.




Twin Cities Music: 4.15 – 4.22

April 15, 2015
I'm pretty sure they're not filing taxes.

I’m pretty sure they’re not filing taxes.

Well, it’s April 15, time for the annual wringing of hands as taxes are due. There’s no wringing of hands over the lack of music in the Twin Cities, as evidenced by the sample of offerings for the next week. However, since it is tax day, I thought I’d give you a bonus: A video of George Harrison and Eric Clapton doing Taxman.


Wednesday, April 15

Sophia Shorai @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Shorai is often described as honey-voiced with good reason, as her sunny personality comes sweetly through, but she can also create just the right catch in her voice to convey a sense of loss and despair. She’s also an excellent pianist and is fast becoming a good songwriter.

MacNally Smith X-Tet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Pete Whitman leads this big band, and with 17 players, it is a big band of very talented students. Great charts as well.

Century College Big Band @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 7pm (No Cover) Seems like this Century College aggregation is getting out and playing a bit. This organization has been around for decades and has hosted some of the nation’s top talent as guest artists.

Thursday, April 16

Rage Of Achilles @ Orchestra Hall Atrium, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25) Part of the Jazz in the Target Atrium Series, tonight Jeremy Walker, piano; Anthony Cox, bass; and Tim Zhorne, drums, are joined by three vocalists for an original vocal drama composed by Walker and Cox wherein ancient poetry meets classical voice and jazz instrumentation.

Charlie Hunter Trio @ JJ Hill Event Center (Library), Saint Paul. 8pm ($25) This monthly event is usually listed under blues and roots, but tonight they are featuring guitarist Hunter  whose stunning ability on 7 and 8 string guitar let’s him take bass parts as well as rhythm and lead. His career over the last 17 years has resulted in almost 20 albums, recorded for Blue Note, Ropeadope, Concord, and others and he’s worked with folks like Norah Jones and Mos Def. Here’s Hunter in a duo setting, doing Royals.

Friday, April 17

Corey Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Drummer Healey  a well -respected educator, surrounds himself with some of Twin Cities finest: Brandon Wozniak, sax; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Zacc Harris, guitar; and Erik Fratzke, bass.

Donald Washington Quartet @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) Another one of Washington’s monthly appearances at the Black Dog, this time the sax/reedman is accompanied by son Kevin on drums, as well as Brian Roessler, bass; and Eric Jackobson, tuba. It’s often unstructured music, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t engaging.

Javi Santiago Quartet @ Nicollet Cafe, Minneapolis. ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) So, the curators of Friday nights at Jazz Central and Friday nights at the Nicollet tweaked starting times, so after checking out Corey Healy at jazz Central, patrons can cross the river and take in this young quartet, led by pianist Santiago, for a full evening of jazz.

Saturday, April 18

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) Curator Steve Kenny continues to draw upon young and/or new bands as opening acts for Saturday nights. Tonight he has the Lucia Sarmiento Ensemble opening at 7pm. Sarmiento is a sax player from Peru, who is studying at MacNally Smith. Her group was quite impressive at last years Jazz Festival. Then at 8:30 or so, Dean Granros  guitar; Alden Akeda, drums; Ron Evaniuk bass; and Steve Kenny, trumpet take the headline spot for the evening.

Gypsy Mania @ Jazz at St. Barney’s, 15600 Old Rockford Rd, Plymouth. 7pm ($10) The Plymouth Church continues its music series with an evening of acoustic swing, or gypsy jazz, if you will. Returning for the third time is Gypsy Mania  with Gary Schulte, violin; Reynold Philipsek, guitar; Matt Senjem, bass; and Glen Helgeson, guitar, play as if a well-oiled machine. Each has extensive experience with various groups, with each other, and with the genre. Here they are doing an original.

Jay Young’s Lyric Factory @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) Bassist Jay Young has done tribute shows to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Tonight, however, he’s paying tribute to Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind, & Fire. He’ll be helped by Thom West, piano; Ian Young, bass; Kevin Washington,m drums; Ernest Bisong, violin, and vocalists Sarah Greer, Libby Turner Opanga, and Michelle Denise Michaels. I do believe it’s  gonna get funky.

Sunday, April 19

Emily Bear Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25 – $35) This young pianist isn’t even 14, yet Bear was invited to perform at the White House when she was 6 and maser her orchestral debut at 7. She’s more than just a natural talent on the piano, however, as she can easily move from bebop to classical music, and is showing signs of becoming a heavy duty composer as well. Her first album was released in 2013. It was produced by her mentor, Quincy Jones, and peaked at #3 on Billboard’s traditional jazz charts.

Monday, April 20

Peter Shu & Friends @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Pianist Shu was a classically trained prodigy who once he got through college, studied jazz piano with Mary Louise Knutson, Bobby Peterson, and Nachito Herrera. Tonight he’s joined by Gary Arley Denbow II, sax; Kevin Mills, drums; and Tom Lewis, bass.

Tuesday, April 21

John Raymond Quartet @ Eden Prairie High School, Eden Praire. 7pm – 9pm Minnesota native and current New York trumpeter Raymond comes home to conduct clinics during the day at Eden Prairie High School and perform with the school’s jazz ensembles as well as his own quartet.

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, April 15

RJ Mischo on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. f5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Mischo is a former Minnesotan who is in town for his annual visit and a few performances. He’s a powerhouse on blues harp, having received glowing praises for his work throughout the country and in Europe. His latest CD, Everything I Need, features Jeremy Johnson on guitar, and Bruce McCabe on piano. He’ll also be appearing at Holihan’s Thursday, The Schooner Pub on Friday, and at Famous Dave’s brunch on Sunday. Check him out.

Willie Murphy & Dean Magraw @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis.7:30pm (Tip Jar) Murphy does a monthly gig at the Schooner where he brings in a guest and they play together. Tonight it’s Dean Magraw, one of the most versatile guitarists you’ll ever find. Though Magraw doesn’t sing, his guitar work will bring out the best in Murphy.

Exotik-A-Go-Go Record Release @ the Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Get out the sarongs and the flower print shirts! Exotik-A-Go-Go has been bringing their faux island sounds to Psycho Suzie’s Tiki Bar every Friday for a couple of years now, vibes, jungle drums, theremin and birdcalls included. If you remember Quiet Village by Martin Denny, you know what I’m talking about. Anyway, they’ve gone a released a record, that’s right a record, not a CD, and they’re celebrating tonight.

Thursday, April 16

Bettye Lavette @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) The 69 year old soul singer toiled in the trenches for many years, held back by bad management decisions, and let’s face it, an ability to stand up for herself that came across as prickly, at best. However, in the years since the turn of the 21st Century, she has been rejuvenated, releasing a spate of albums that establish her as one of the premier song interpreters of our time. This year’s CD, Worthy, contains songs by Dylan, Lennon & McCartney, Savoy Brown, and Mickey Newbury, among others. Though she celebrated its release at the Cafe Carlye in New York City, she’s come back to the Dakota every year since her first appearance at the club about 10 years ago. Here she is singing something from the album.

Three Band Night @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) 9pm New Shoes – PHC vets Richard Kriehn, mandolin/guitar; Joe Savage, pedal steel; Gary Raynor, bass; Peterson, drums. 10pm Randy Sabien with Triple Fiddles, 11pm the Subterraneans play down home blues, boogie and roots, Randy Sabien, fiddle, Jim Ouska, guitar; Jim Chenoweth, bass; and Andy Dee, slide.

Friday, April 17

Roots/Americana Benefit for KFAI @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7pm doors, 7:30pm music ($10 or more, suggested Donation) It’s a benefit for the little station that could, featuring New Riverside Ramblers, Steve Kaul, the Swamp Poppas, Patty & the buttons, Dave Babb, Tom Lieberman, Jon Rodine, square dancing and much more.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12) Big Sandy is the L.A. based rockabillly/roots singer and guitarist who includes a bit of Western Swing and Doowop in his repertoire. The dancers will be out for the veteran of 25 years, and always attracts dancers, as well he should. Always a satisfying evening. Opening is Fab Tab, featuring Katy Vernon.

Jimmy Thackery @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) The rockin road warrior is back, bending strings and fingers flying down the frets. Thackery spent 15 years with the Nighthawks (and occasionally does reunion shows with them), but since the early 90s has mostly been touring with his trio, the Drivers. Though much of what he plays is blues-rock, he can still deliver the goods on classic blues.

Saturday, April 18

Rock Benefit for KFAI @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7pm Doors, 7:30pm Music ($10 or more, suggested donation) It’s an evening that ranges from 60s rock to punk to electronic and experimental, with The Silverteens, Scaphe, Kinda Kinky, Beebe Gallini and much much more.

Corey Stevens @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) Corey Stevens brings his blues-based rock guitar to the Uptown BBQ. He scored a rock radio hit off his 19956 debut with Blue Drops of Rain, and followed that with another hit, One More Time, in 1997, and is a frequent performer in these parts.

Doug Otto & Hurricane Harold @ The Bayport BBQ, Bayport. 8pm ($10) “Q” and the blues always go together, and like that duo, Hurricane Harold’s harp work and guitarist Otto’s mournful vocals are a natural fit.

Monday, April 20

A Dub/Dead Night @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) JT Bates has come up with a change of pace from the exploratory jazz groups that he often presents for the Jazz Implosion. The first set tonight is Entertainment Rhythm featuring Jacob Hansen, guitar; James Buckley, bass; and JT on drums. They’ll be playing live dub music, followed by Steal Your Face, a band that does covers of the Grateful Dead.

Monday, Tuesday, April 20, 21

Dakhabrakha @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($32 – $42) This Ukrainian group is, in many ways, indescribable. Part circus, part street theater, with ethereal, four-part harmonies creating music that has it’s basis in Ukrainian folk music, but with a delivery that can seem to go from Smokey Robinson to Sun Ra in a heartbeat. Though you may not know the words (they’re in Ukrainian after all), the passion of Dakhabrakha comes through.

Wednesday, April 22

A Night at the Opera @ The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis. 7pm – 8:30pm ($30) If you have any inclinations toward classical compositions and opera, this will be a treat, as Russian baritone Vladislav Sulimsky will be joined by pianist Denis Evsthin to perform popular operatic arias and art songs by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. The museum itself is a lovely place with good acoustics, not to mention extraordinary art. Advance registration required, so I’m including it in this week’s notices.

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.

Spring is in the Air. Music: 3.12 – 3.18

March 12, 2014

Unknown-1Spring is in the air. I don’t know about you, but I want to dance. This week finds us with a plethora of resident artists vying for your attention and goodness knows, we should support our Twin Cities artists as much as possible. We do have a few very interesting visiting artists as well, to bring us a new perspective or two. Given that everyone has their own St. Patrick’s Day traditions, I’ve only mentioned one St. Patrick’s Day event, and that’s not even on St. Patrick’s Day. Get out and enjoy. Music lifts the spirit.


Wednesday, March 12

Boozy Ballads & Temperance Tunes @ Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Drivce, Maplewood. (Free) An educational moment that sounds like lots of fun. Singer Lee Engele, bassist Steve Pikal, and keyboard player Jon de Vaal will be playing music that shows the divide between boisterous bar songs as usually sung in pubs and bars and the songs of the temperance movement, which appealed to family and patriotism.

Mountain King @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) The first bass trio in the Twin Cities was formed last summer and have disproven the old adage that no one listens during a bass solo. Graydon Peterson, Jeremy Boettcher, and Brian Courage

Thursday, March 13

Dorothy Doring and Phil Mattson @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:00pm – 9:00pm  (Donation) Their recent duet album of Ellington and Strayhone composieitons received a good, well-deserved review on the Jazz Times website. Now you can see them in the intimate confines of Jazz Central for vocal night. Here’s a video:

Friday, March 14

Peter Schimke Group @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm ($10 – Suggested Donation) Continuing the Bridge Series, this week featuring Peter Schimke piano; Brandon Wozniak, tenor; Zacc Harris, guitar, Graydon Peterson, bass; and Pete Hennig, drums.

Connie Evingson Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm (No Cover) It’s just Connie’s nuanced voice, Tanner Taylors soulful piano, and Gordy Johnson’s sympathetic bass. Well worth the trip to Bloomington.

Jazz Crew @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 9:30pnm (Donation) This quintet of high school students is appearing as part of Jazz Central’s commitment to provide a performance space for young bands. @ the Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30 ($5) Guitarist Robert Bell, who performs with groups like the Southside Aces and Café Accordion, teams up with singer/songwriter Andriana Lehr to present old and new standards from Ella to Joni to the Smiths.

Saturday, March 15

DVRG Redefined @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10:30pm (No Cover) DeVon Gray, a classically trained pianist, can churn out jazz as easily as the hip hop riffs he’s played with Heiruspecs and Brother Ali, or the blues riffs he’s played behind Chastity Brown. Tonight he’s by himself and trying out something new.

Sunday, March 16

JazzMN Orchestra W/the New York Voices @ Hopkins High Performing Arts Center, Hopkins. 3pm ($34) Like the Manhattan Transfer, the New York Voices are a four part harmony group known for close voicings. The 25 year old group won a Grammy for their 1996 collaboration with the Count Basie Orchestra, so today’s performance with the talented musicians of the JazzMN Orchestra should be terrific. Here’s an acapella performance:

Lindsay Pedalty Trio @ Cannon River Winery, Downtown Cannon Falls. 5pm – 8pm (Free) Pedalty can traverse jazz and pop with equal ease, and together with dad Bruce on keyboards and Gary Miller on bass, will provide a charming afternoon of music while you sample wines.

Cafe Accordion Orchestra @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free) C’est Chic! Dan Newton dons a beret and takes his accordion to France, playing gypsy jazz, French musettes, ballads, and the occasional tango, along with Eric Mohring on mandolin and violin; Erik Lilleston, bass; Robert Bell, guitar; and Joe Steinger, percussion.

Monday, March 17

Joe Strachan: Tribute to Sonny Clark @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) The young pianist has his inspirations right. Clark was a hard bop pianist of note. Strachan surrounds himself with other young, hungry, and talented musicians. Definitely not a St. Paddy’s Day celebration.

Lulu’s Playground & Fat Kid Wednesdays @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm. ($8) The playground kids are at it again with their chamber jazz, odd instrumentation (cello, accordion, guitar, & trumpet) and even have an Irish reel for the evening. FKW brings their combination of out there music and tender ballads to the stage for the second set. Here’s a Fat Kid Wednesdays performance:

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar and the KBEM Calendar, which also features some blues and roots listings. For further commentary of Twin Cities Jazz, go to Jazz Police, Bebopified, and JazzInk.

Blues, Roots, and Other…

Wednesday, March 12

RJ Mischo @ KFAI & The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI – 90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The former Twin Citizen and harp powerhouse is making his annual visit home, playing a bunch of gigs around town. You know how it works by now. Tune in and check him out, and if you like what you hear, head over to the 331 Club.

Friday, March 14

Pearl Brothers @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 9pm (No Cover) Back in the 80s, this quartet put out a groovy little new wave single, I’m the One That Wants You, with a flip side, You Don’t Really Love Me, that had hints of what we now know as Northern Soul. They’re still at it, playing a mix of pop, rock, and soul from the 50s to the 80s, though nowadays they take advantage of their experience and professionalism to play weddings and corporate gigs. You’ll be singing along, and probably dancing between tables.

Friday, Saturday, March 14, 15

Raw Oyster Cult @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($25) Rising from the remains of New Awlins’ Radiators, Raw Oyster Cult features Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin, and Frank Bua, Jr., from that group, as well as Jon Gros, from Papa Grows Funk, and Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Expect some Rad tunes, new songs, and a new spin on older favorites of band members.

Saturday, March 15

Silver Swan Vocal Chamber Ensemble: Choral Music from the Russian Imperial Collection @ The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis.  7pm – 8:30pm ($25 Members/$30 non-members) The five member Silver Swan Vocal Chamber Ensemble will be augmented with three more voices to perform unaccompanied choralal music from the person libraries of the Russian Imperial family. Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition on Imperial Russia. Seating is limited at this wonderful little museum.

Boiled in Lead St. Paddy’s Party @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($15) BiL has been rockin’ out reels and other global dance rhythms for thirty years now. Tonight they’ll deliver a Saint Patrick’s celebration that’s saner, though more rocking, than those attended by many with Kiss Me I’m Irish buttons.

Hot Pants 45 rpm Dance Party:Spring Edition @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) It’s been a while since I’ve posted about this monthly event. In some respects, it’s completely different from the St. Paddy’s Party across the street, though dancing will still rule the evening. Brian and Ben welcome deejay Laurent Reus from France by way of Portugal, to bring you even rarer music than usual.

Sunday, March 16

Jim Ouska and John Iden, w/special guest Paul Mayasich @ Happy Gnome, Saint Paul. 11am – 2pm (Free) Two guitars and a bass. Jim and John have been holding down this spot for years, providing some musical pleasure for brunchers (and those who like a huge selection of beer). Today they’re joined by uber-guitarist Paul Mayasich.

Peter Lang @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 2pm (Free) Presented by the MN Guitar Society. Lang is a Twin cities guitar legend, having been discovered by John Fahey in 1972 and subsequently recording for Fahey’s Takoma label. He’s recorded, toured, and performed with a who’s who of guitar players and performers, and was nominated for a Grammy in 1976. The performing space at Studio Z is a perfect environment for his acoustic playing.

Lady Heat Hot Soul Party @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover) A trio of young women with good taste spinning soul, funk, and other danceable tunes on vinyl.

Tuesday, March 18

L.P. Music @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8 Advance/$10 door)  It’s a Minnesota All-Star group playing improvised funk: Erik Leeds, sax, flute, vocals; Paul Peterson, bass, guitar; Peter Schimke, keys; and Stokely Williams, drums, percussion, & vocals

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots), see the Minnesota Blues Society Calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop events, see the Krewe de Walleye Calendar.

Father’s Day and More – Music Ideas for 6.13 – 6.19

June 13, 2012

Aside from the fact that we’ve some great weather coming up, and school is almost out, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Whether you rebelled against your father’s music or embraced his musical tastes, your appreciation of music was inspired in part by him. There are many opportunities to acknowledge that this week in the Twin Cities. Here are but a few.


Wednesday, June 13

Lisa Brimmer & High Society @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar) Lisa Brimmer is a smart, assured poet, playwright, and collaborator. She’ll be performing spoken word while Chris Bates, bass; Evan Montgomery, guitar; Greg Schutte, drums, play behind her. Guest shots by Cory Grossman, cello; and Ben Doherty, baritone sax.

Thursday, June 14

Dave Brattain Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Saxophonist Brattain teaches at Wayzata High School and has played with the Cedar Avenue Big Band for 20 years. At a recent Jazz Central appearance with Dave Karr, Brattain was on his game in a big way, throwing notes out in a melodic, thoughtful, yet highly expressive way.

Friday, June 15

Parker Paisley @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) This group is led by Park Evans on guitar, and includes Brandon Wozniak, alto; Brian Wozniak, bass; and Pete Hennig, drums. Their recent album, “Sartori for a Hungry Ghost,” is full of jazz for the 21st Century, with modern beats, a nod or two to hard bop, and a lovely album closer that incorporates the traditional hymn, “O Come Emmanuel.”

CéU @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) Ceu is a Brazilian singer who delivers a new take on the music of her homeland. She delivers breezy, sway-inducing melodies that incorporate electropop, afrobeats, and more into a stunning set. Here’s a video.

Friday, Saturday, June 15, 16

Paul Bollenback @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) The guitarist and composer has played with Jack McDuff, Stanley Turrentine, Joey DeFrancesco, Paul Bley, and David Newman, among others. He can groove with the best of them, and has a particularly beautiful tone on ballads, such as “Everything Must Change.” I did an interview with him back in 2010, which you can read here.

Adam Linz & Tommy O’Donnell @ The Ice House, Minneapolis. 8pm (free) This new venue, located at 2540 Nicollet, is nicely laid out, with a large center stage surrounded by tables. They are having all kinds of music, including jazz on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tonight, bassist Adam Linz and pianist Tommy O’Donnell take the stage. Food looks very interesting (after all, the place was opened by the owners of B’Witched), and they have “shooter cocktails,” which include a shot of alcohol with a little extra, like a bit of juice or bitters.

Saturday, June 16

Lucia Newell & Zacc Harris @ Eat Street Social, Minnenapolis. 2pm – 4pm. This is part of the Social’s Brazilian Afternoon. Located just west of Nicollet on 26th Street, The Eat Street Social has quickly garnered a good reputation for its food and craft cocktails. Newell spent a couple of years in Brazil during her “boho” period, and is uniquely qualified to sing Brazilian songs. Harris is the guitarist about town whose versatility extends to accompanying vocalists in a variety of settings. Sounds like a great way to spend a portion of your Saturday.

Monday, June 18

Laura Caviani @ Jazz Central, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Oddly enough, Jazz Central hasn’t had many female jazz musicians in its lineup, but then again, there isn’t an overabundance of them in town either, so it’s nice to see Caviani in the guest chair. As a pianist and composer, the unassuming Caviani is graceful, lyrical, and imaginative. She leads her own group, makes major contributions to Pete Whitman’s X-Tet, and is a superb accompanist to vocalists such as Lucia Newell and Karrin Allyson.

Monday, Tuesday, June 18, 19

Stanley Clarke/George Duke Project @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($60-$50) & 9pm ($50-$40) Keyboardist Duke was last in town for the Zoo series last summer. You can read my interview with him here  Bassist Clarke has visited a couple times, most recently with pianist Hiromi in tow. Both are multi-faceted musicians with  long histories playing jazz in various settings. Back in 1984, they worked together as the Clarke/Duke Project and decided to do so once again.

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, June 13

Cadilac Kolstad @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm. Talk about taking a lunch break. This noontime concert will deliver more energy than a Gatorade & Power Bar combined. Kolstad pounds the piano, throws back his hair, and generally raises the roof with old time rock n’ roll and rockabilly. Considering the roof of the Landmark’s Cortile is four stories up, that’s quite the feat.

RJ Mischo

RJ Mischo w/Jeremy Johnson on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm – 9pm (331 Club – Tip Jar). Harold Tremblay continues to bring in outstanding musicians for his weekly “House Party.” This time up its the “Super Reverbs,” former Twin Citizen RJ Mischo on harp and vocals, accompanied by the talented Jeremy Johnson on guitar. There’ll be plenty of reverb rockin’ the 331 tonight.

Flatlanders 40th Anniversary @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($31) Without a doubt, the (alt) country gig of the week, as Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Joe Ely perform. The three are highly respected singer/songwriters from Texas, each with his fair share of songs in the alt country songbook. They first formed in the early 70s, and eventually split up, each becoming a cult hero in his own right, and influencing artists such as Uncle Tupelo and The Clash. Early in this century they recorded a song for the Horse Whisperer, and it went so well they reunited and toured, recording 3 albums since then. Here they are on Austin City Limits.

Thursday, June 14

Hipshaker @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm (free)  The first of two opportunities to dance to 45s this week. This mid-week late night dance attracts many folks under 30, who have a good time dancing to rare soul and funk.

Friday, June 15

Bryan Lee @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10) If I remember correctly, Lee is originally from Wisconsin, but has lived in New Orleans for decades, playing the JazzFest for 25 years. The “Braille Blues Daddy” has been blind since he was eight, and has played guitar since he was thirteen. He’s got a sharp attack, and a more than serviceable voice, and is back on the road after back surgery in January. Wilebski’s is certainly the place to see him.

Saints of Circumstance @ The Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm (tip jar)  The Saints play Grateful Dead music, bringing a trippy vibe to this beer and wine joint at 44th & Nicollet.  Good bar food, for those who get the munchies.

Deano and the Dinosaurs @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Here’s the rundown. Dean Mikkelson and Dean Harrington on archtop guitars; Bill Greinke on bass; and Dell Gallagher on drums. Vocalist Mary Leinfelder will sit in for a few tunes. Top notch players doing standards, latin jazz, a bit of blues, and some Django. A bit laid back… maybe. Exciting… definitely.

Saturday, June 16

Flatt Foot Rollers @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10)  The MMC has been bringing in a number of old school R&B bands of late, just right for getting folks up onto the large dance floor. With their mix of Temptations, Albert King, The Gap Band, and more, the Rollers keep the grooves coming.

Hot Pants 45RPM Dance Party @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($5) Over in the Emerald City, there’ll be a bit of talc on the floor, gaggles of younger men and women twirling about, lots of beer from the bar’s many taps, and trips to the courtyard to cool off after dancing.

Sunday, Monday, June 17,18

The Combo Celebrates 25 years @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) What started out as a Monday night opportunity to play has morphed into an institution of sorts. The group packs them in each Sunday and Monday night, playing old school soul, a bit of funk, and some soulful rock n’ roll. Members of the Combo have played with Mick Sterling, R Factor, The AQ’s Tuesday Night Band, Jesse Johnson, Doug Maynard, Patty Peterson and a host of other Twin Cities luminaries. In fact, drummer Michael Bland was picked up by Prince for a few years, and now plays with Soul Asylum, though he’s on stage here every Sunday and Monday he’s in town. Visiting artists will stop by and sit in for a tune or two. For now, its time to celebrate 25 years of playing.

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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