August Already: 8.1 – 8.7

August 1, 2018

The Harriet Band shell is always a sweet place for music.

As Captain Obvious would say, “It’s August!”  Don’t worry. We still have many outdoor music events taking place besides those I’ve listed for this week. We also have a CD release party, two visiting guitar masters, as well as two guitar masters from the area, Cajun music from Louisiana, an Early Music festival and a tent revival of sorts (in a jazz club) featuring gospel greats The Blind Boys of Alabama.  Music lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, August 1

Matt Trice/Steve Hirsh Duo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8;30pm ($10, $5w/validstudent ID) Drummer Steve Hirsh is a founder of the free-jazz group Le Voyage. Saxophonist Matt Trice was mentored by Pete Whitman and was a member of the last class to receive a B.M. in performance from McNally Smith before it closed. They’ll be joined by bassist Pat keen for the second set.

Judi Vinar & Rick Carlson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12) This show is titled The Great Melodies, and with Vinar on vocals and Carlson on piano, they should indeed be great.

Thursday, August 2

Will Kjeer Quintet @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) Kjeer, piano; Brandon Wozniak, tenor sax; Adam Meckler, trumpet; Graydon Peterson, bass; Miguel Hurtado, drums. Pianist Kjeer may still be studying in college, but he’s already talented enough to head up a group of veterans from the TC jazz scene. This is part of the All Originals JazzSeries, highlighting resident ensembles playing their own compositions.

Aerosol Pike @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9:30pm ($5) Free improvisation from a trio formed in late 2007 by Philip Mann and Ryan Reber, along with their longtime friend and collaborator, Rick Ness.

Friday, August 3

Hoaxer, Bruce Acosta Organ Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10) It’s an evening of young, emerging artists as two groups of college-age musicians take the stage. At 7pm it’s the Bruce Acosta Trio with: Acosta, guitar; Abeb Stafford, organ; and Ben Erlich, drums. At 8:30 – Hoaxer: Will Kjeer, piano; Peter Goggin, alto; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Edmund Catlin, drums.

Saturday, August 4

Maurice Jacox Trio @ The Normandy Kitchen, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) This classic cocktail lounge will reverberate with vocalist/saxophonist Jacox’s mix of Jazz, Blues, and R&B. He’ll be accompanied by Thomas West, piano; and Robb Stupka, drums.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (TipJar) At 7pm: Northing, with: Aaron Hedenstrom, alto; Mara Syman, alto; Nick Syman, trombone; Josh Becker, Bass Trombone; Pete James Johnson, drums. 8:30pm: The Zacc Harris Group: Harris, guitar; Bryan Nichols, piano; Chris bates, bass; Pete James Johnson, drums.

MN Hard Bop Collective @ Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) This time around, drummer Jesse Simon and his band take on the compositions of African American trumpeters. Besides Simon, the band includes: Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Jeff Rinnear, trombone; Jordan Anderson, piano; and Ted Olsen, bass.

Sunday, August 5

Sarah M. Greer CD Release Party @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm ($15) Ms Greer is releasing her debut CD, “What the Music Says, Do.” It reveals Greer as a singular talent at writing, singing, and arranging, as shown in songs whose subjects range from hope and inspiration to love and social consciousness. She’ll be joined by Anthony Cox, bass; Steven Hobert, piano; and Nathan J. Greer, drums; as well as guests Dean Magraw, guitar; and vocalists Jayanthi Kyle and Mankwe Ndosi of the Give Get Sistet, all of whom appear on the CD.

Monday, August 6

Brian Handeland @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/valid student ID) Brian Handeland plays sax, clarinet, and flute in bands that range from The JazzMN Orchestra and The Twin cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, to the Brass Barn Polka Band and Machinery Hill. Tonight he plays music of his own choosing, followed by the weekly Monday Night jam session.

Tuesday, August 7

Nels Cline 4 @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 7pm ($35 Table, $30 Bar), 9pm ($30 Table, $25 Bar) Guitar enthusiasts will be checking out Cline and band mate Julian Lage, with whom he recorded the two-guitar album Roomin 2014. The album was so well received that they put together this free-wheeling quartet with Scott Colley, bass; and Tom Rainey, drums. Rolling Stone listed Cline, who is also the leader of Wilco, as one of “100 Greatest Guitarists.”

For more listings, KBEM has a calendar of jazz and roots events, while the Jazz Police features commentary, reviews, and previews of jazz in the Twin cities and beyond.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, August 1

Lonesome Dan Case on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI -90.3FM), 7pm(3321 Club – Tip Jar) Guitarist/vocalist Dan Case heard artists like Reverend Gary Davis and Robert Johnson on the radio when he was a teenager, and the budding guitarist was hooked. Since then he’s immersed himself in country blues, to the point where his singing and playing sound as if he’s a blues troubadour of long ago.

Paul Thorn & Blind Boys of Alabama @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $52, $60), 9pm ($35, $42, $50) Paul Thorn, a singer/songwriter, raconteur, and the son of a Southern preacher-man, is touring in support of his old-school gospel recording, Don’t Let The Devil Ride. He describes its blend of soul, rock, & gospel as being “like taking a six-pack to church.” Besides his rock band, Paul will be accompanied by the Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama. No wonder he calls the show Mission Temple Fireworks Revival.

Thursday, August 2

The Best of Second City @ the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($30, $38) The long-running satirical comedy/sketch troupe that was a launching pad for the likes of Tina Fey, Steven Colbert, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more brings the best sketches from its history to the Cedar.

Jillian Rae, Brian Just @ Music in Mears, Mears Park, Saint Paul. 6:30pm (Free) Classically trained violinist Jillian Rae is the go-to musician for many bands looking to sweeten, or add some old-time flavor to their sounds. The vocalist/composer also leads her own quartet in an amalgam of pop/rock/roots. Brian Justopens, which is fitting, since Rae once played in his psych/pop quintet.

Friday, August 3

Rich Lewis Band @ Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free) Guitarist/singer Lewis was a founding member of the fabled Explodo Boysback in the 70s. Today he and his cohorts – the number of which vary from gig to gig – play originals, old-school R&B, and even some classic rock, though often in a more R&B-ish way.

Gina Forsyth & The Mid-City Aces @ Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20) Doors at 7pm, Dance Lesson at 7:15pm. This New Orleans trio performs the traditional Cajun music as found in Lafayette, LA. Members are: Cameron Dupuy, The Accordion king of New Orleans; his father Michael Dupuy, guitar; and Forsyth, fiddle& vocals.

Friday, Saturday, August 3,4

Shelby J @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $50, $60) You’ve likely seen Shelby J with Prince during his outstanding 2007 Super Bowl half-time show. Since then, she and her neo-soul band have toured with Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Santana, Larry Graham, and others.

Saturday, August 4

Twin Cities Early Music Festival Concerts @ Saint Paul Conservatory Music Concert Hall, 1524 Summit Ave, Saint Paul. 6:30pm,  8pm ($20 adult, $10 Student for 1 ticket, $35 Adult, $125 Student for 2 concert tickets) There will be two concerts tonight in the former church near Snelling Avenue. The first, at 6:30pm, features Dance Music of the French Courts, performed by the Twin Cities Early Music Collective, while the second, at 8pm features French Music from Medieval to Baroque, as performed by Ensemble Spezzatura. For more information, about these performances and others in this series, go to; https://www.tcearlymusic.org

Belfast Cowboys @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Free) A large rock band playing the music of Van Morrison and others, while sailboats glide by in the distance and planes fly overhead.

Sunday, August 5

Natania & Ticket to Brazil @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 5:30 – 7pm (Free) Hot Sambas, Cool Bossa Novas, Brazilian Jazz, and you, enjoying a picnic and a warm summer night.

Tuesday, August 7

Curt Obeda & Camille Baudoin @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Twin Cities bluesman Curt Obeda and New Orleans guitarist/singer Camille Baudoin (ex-Radiators) were friends long before Baudoin decided to move to Minnesota after the Radiators broke up. You can tell by their easy camaraderie and musical communication.

For more blues (and some roots), The MN Blues Society has a fairly comprehensive calendar. For all things Cajun and Zydeco, check out the calendar of the Krewe de Walleye.


Around the World, Around the Block: 6.6 – 6.12

June 6, 2018

We’ve plenty of great music coming at us during the coming week, so much so that I had a hard time winnowing the list to a manageable level. You can hear great jazz from visiting and resident artists, as well as music from around the world and around the block. As a bonus, there’s a classic rock n’ roll film at the Heights Theater. Music lifts the Spirit!

Larry


Jazz

Wednesday, June 6

Teri Roiger @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) This is the kind of music that the Dunsmore Room was made for. Roiger is a Hudson Valley-based vocalist who epitomizes jazz singing. Her phrasing is laid-back, and often just a tad behind the beat, sometimes evoking Abbey Lincoln, while maintaining Roiger’s own identity. But then, her 2012 tribute to Lincoln, Dear Abbey, was well received throughout jazz fandom, as was her 2017 tribute to Billie Holiday. She’ll be accompanied by husband John Menegon, bass; and area stalwarts with whom she’s played before: Phil Aaron, piano; and Phil Hey, drums.

Moriarty/Lease/Seru @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Saxophonist Pat Moriarty and pianist Ellen Lease have long been musical and marital partners, resulting in seamless musical communication during their improvising. They are able to incorporate other musicians, such as the highly talented drummer Davu Seru, easily into their spontaneous compositions.

Thursday, June 7

Sarah M Greer @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Vocalist Greer can be heard in a number of configurations, including teaching, community sings, and with other singers. Tonight she’s accompanied by uber guitarist Dean Magraw, which will make for some mesmerizing moments.

Friday, June 8

Jana Nyberg Group @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) She may be the mom of an infant and a tot, but this singer has been keeping her chops up and will charm you with her vibrant and charming interpretations of jazz and pop tunes. The icing on this cake is her crackerjack band, led by hubby/trumpeter Adam Meckler.

Ruckus @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Ruckus is a group led by the exciting young drummer Rodney Ruckus, who lived here in town a couple of years before heading out to Frisco, where he’s become well-established. Now he’s on a tour that will take him to NYC, Paris, and London. Tonight he’ll have Javi Santiago (who’s played quite a few gigs with Ruckus) on piano; Graydon Peterson on bass; and Jonathan Greenstein, from NY & Wisconsin, on sax. Opening at 7pm is the Carter Pearson Quartet.

Friday, Saturday, June 8, 9

Peterson Family @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20 -$30) They’re called Minnesota’s First family of Music for good reason. Among them they have over 100 Gold and Platinum records, and have played with Prince, Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller, and countless other musical luminaries. You’ll hear Patty Peterson, vocals, St. Paul Peterson, bass, keys, guitar, and vocals; Billy Peterson, bass; Linda Peterson, keys and vocals; and Jason Peterson Delaire,. sax and keys. ,

Saturday, June 9

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) At 7pm The Lila Ammons Quartet opens, w/Ted Godbout, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Nathan Norman, drums. 8:30pm – It’s The Ruckus. See Friday’s entry for Jazz Central, and add Aaron Janik, trumpet, to the line-up.

Mary Louise Knutson Trio @ Jazz at St. Barney’s,15600 Old Rockford Rd, Plymouth. 7pm – 8:15 ($10 adults, $5 students One of April’s big snowstorm’s shut down their original concert, so Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey, drums; are appearing tonight. seating at tables, and free snacks, lemonade, and coffee.

 

Sunday, June 10

Capri Big Band @Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8:30 (Free) Enjoy this intergenerational band while sipping on beverages or eating victuals from the Spring Cafe.

Monday, June 11

Stevie Kenny’s Group 47 @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12)  Steve Kenny, trumpet; Thomas Strommen, sax; Will Kjeer, piano; Adam Tucker, bass; and Alex Burgess, drums. Now that some of the group’s members are home from school, mentor & bandleader Steve Kenny has them booked for a four-city tour through Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, including two national jazz festivals. Give them a send-off tonight.

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, June 6

Ray Barnard  & Friends on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Guitarist Barnard led the well-received Copperheads, recording three albums with the group. He’s been a sideman for folks like Bill Geezy, Molly Maher, and Erik Koskinen. His friends for this gig include Mikkel Beckman on percussion, and Nick Salisbury on bass.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) In the early days of his career, slide guitar master would work the crowd into a frenzy and then jump into the crowd. Don’t know ifs he still does that, but there’s no doubt he’ll still work the crowd into a frenzy with his endless boogie. Ken Valdez opens at this fundraiser for the Lowertown Blues Festival later this summer.

Makoomba @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis.7:30pm ($18) Afro-fusion and traditional Tonga rhythms from Zimbabwe that will have the standing room audience dancing in wild abandon. Marimba Bullies open.

Thursday, June 7

Hard Day’s Night @ The Heights Theater, Columbia Heights. 7:30pm ($10) The ground-breaking film that was supposed to be a quickie thing turned out to be lots of fun and a big hit. All kinds of performances from the Fab Four, as well as many jokes about Paul’s grandpa, who is a “clean old man.”

Forro With Samba Meu @ Brazil Art Twin Cities, 110716th Avenue SE, Minneapolis. 7pm-8:30pm (Free, Though Donations Warmly Welcomed) Samba Meu is a trio that explores acoustic Brazilian roots and pop. They’re embarking on a Forro project. Forro is a genre that comes from NE Brazil and incorporates a number of rhythms, some of which are akin to the blues, as Harpist extraordinaire Charlie Musselwhite has pointed out. Tonight’s concert will include accordion, rabeca (fiddle), and lots of percussion.

Friday, June 8

The Changeups & Gambler’s Daughter @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($7) Gambler’s Daughter is a band as well as the musical persona of leader Jesse Roquet, whose parents were musicians during the exploding folk scene of the 60s. A background traipsing along with her parents from gig to gig has resulted in poetic songwriting that embraces soul, blues, folk, and rock n’ roll. They’ll open at 9pm, followed at 10pm by The Changeups, an Americana band formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Alicia Kay, soon joined by guitarist Jimmy Baker. Expect country and rock with some indie, pop, blues, and folk to make things interesting. Here’s a short clip of Gambler’s Daughter.

Saturday, June 9

The Committee @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($??) Old school R&B from Maurice Jacox, Aisha Baker, and Deb Brown, backed by a 7-piece horn band.

Sunday, June 10

Russian Fireworks: A Musical Celebration @ The Russian Museum of Art, Minneapolis. 6:15 Doors, 7pm Music. ($30, $25 TMORA Members) Shostkovich, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and more, from Olga Orlosvkaya, soprano; Ben Odhner, violin; Silver Ainomae, cello; and Denis Evstuhin, piano. Cash bar prior to and during intermission.

Ivan Lins @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $50) Pianist Lins is a Latin Grammy winner and one of Brazil’s most celebrated artists. His songs have been recorded hundreds of times, by such stellar artists as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Barbra Streisand, George Benson, and others.

Monday, June 11

Huntertones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20, $25) This horn-driven six-piece band creates smart, muti-genre music, pulling from sources as diverse as Stephen Foster, Brian Wilson, and George Benson. Individual members have collaborated with bands such as Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ed Sheehan, Snarky Puppy, Ricky Martin, Red Barat, and more.

Joe Fingers @ Dunn Brothers on Grand, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) A national champion finger-picker with a pleasant voice at a neighborhood coffeehouse. Really? Really!

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.


Inside and Outside – Music: 6.3 – 6.9

June 3, 2015
The stage at Dixie's on Grand

The stage at Dixie’s on Grand

Let the Festival season begin in earnest. This Sunday will feature Grand Old Day, with a variety of artists performing on a number of different stages, as well as a smaller big band festival in Eden Prairie. If not, there is still plenty of great music to enjoy, including visiting artists from England, and some appearances by resident artists who don’t perform too often. Lots of reasons to enjoy music: It lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, June 3

Southside Big Band @ Como Dockside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8:30pm (Free) It may shower this evening, but that needn’t stop you from enjoying some big band music under the pavilion at Como Park. Plus, you can always step inside to the new dockside and order food and drinks.

Greer & Penny @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The fine vocalist Sarah Greer teams up with equally fine guitarist John Penny for some great tunes. Here’s Sarah doing a gospel number.

Friday, June 5

Manzara & Reeve @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Julian Manzara on electric guitar and Robert Reeve on trumpet and flugelhorn, make for an unusual duet. They have been performing jazz standards around town for a couple of years now.

Katie Gearty @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No Cover) Katie takes a break from her R&B vocalizing with Mick Sterling’s Irresistables, Adam Levy’s Hooker’s $ Blow, and Vital Organ to sing jazz and more at the Bloomington lounge/restaurant.

Paul Harper’s Show & Tell @ the Nicollet Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) You may know Harper from his performances with the Illicit Sextet, Charmin & Shapira, or Ginger Commodore. Tonight the saxophonist is joined by Mike Cramer, guitar; Charlie Riddle, bass; Nathan Norman, drums.

Dean Sorenson Sextet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Sorenson  trombone; Steve Kenny, trumpet; David Milne, tenor; Chris Lomheim, piano; Phil Hey, drums. Sorenson teaches at the U and has played with the Minnesota Orchestra, JazzMN, and the Latin Sounds Orchestra. His supporting band consists of first call players on the Twin Cities jazz scene.

Saturday, June 6

King enjoying himself

King enjoying himself

Dave King’s PBR Street Gang @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10) Hoo boy, this group only plays a few times a year, so this is a great occasion to catch some of the Twin Cities’ finest players. Dean Granros, guitar; Dave King  drums; Brandon Wozniak, sax; and Anthony Cox, bass and cello.

 

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) It’s another double bill of powerhouse jazz at Lowertown’s community meeting place. Opening at 7pm is bassist Ted Olsen and his Group. Then at 8:30pm it’s the Five: Dave Karr, sax; Steve Kenny, trumpet; Mikkel Romstad, piano; Ryan Hays, bass; and Kenny Horst, drums. The members of this inter-generational group range in age from 20s to 80s, making for some exciting music.

Sunday, June 7

The bones of the Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

The bones of the Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

25th Annual Festival of Jazz on the Praire @ Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie. 2pm – 9pm (Free) A cornucopia of big bands, just the thing for a Sunday afternoon.  2pm: Just Friends Big Band; 3pm: Acme Jazz Company; 4pm: Ben in the River Big Band; 5pm: Good News Big Band; 6pm: River City Jazz Orchestra; 7pm: Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

Monday, June 8

Paul Mazzacano & the Mazz Jazz Juggernaut @ Town Green Amphitheater, Maple Grove. 8 – 10pm (Free) Mazzacano is a percussionist/drummer arranger composer, and educator, whose credits range from the Dorseys and Charlie Barnett to Roy Eldridge, Liberace, Elvis Presley, Broadway productions and staff work for both CBS and NBC networks. Not sure of the Juggernaut, but judging by the name, and the fact that Mazzacano has composed of number of pieces for orchestra, it could be a large, and exciting, group.

Eric Wangensteen @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) This trumpeter has toured with Bette Midler, released four CDs played in over 20 countries. Though a graduate of the UofM at Duluth, you may not know of hims, since he spends his winters playing in Uruguay, recently playing with paquito D’Rivera for three years at the Uruguay International Jazz Festival.

Chris Bates’ Good Vibes Trio @ the Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Here is a group that always has a good time on stage. Their level of communication with each other is just about telepathic. Bates, bass; Dave hagedorn, vibes; Phil Hey, drums.

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, June 3

Andy Cohen on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Cohen is a virtuoso guitar player and folklorist from Memphis who mines a number of different blues traditions, and has gained fans throughout the country, including many of this area’s fingerpickers. He’s also a great storyteller, having written about many of his musical heroes, and toured with old masters such as Martin, Bogan, & Armstrong, Rev. Gary Davis, and Honeyboy Edwards. It’s a treat to have him stop in town.

Thursday, June 4

World Party @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40) Well crafted pop from a band which has been around since their 1986 hit Ship of Fools.  Frontman Karl Wallinger experienced an aneurysm in 2001, but after some rehabilitation and hard work is back. Critics all seem to agree that Wallinger manages to be a lyrical as some of our best songwriters, such as The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Dylan.

Claudia Schmidt & Dean Magraw @ The Gingko Coffeehouse, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($20 + tax) It’s a birthday celebration for the celebrated folk/jazz singer Ms Schmidt  and once again, she has the supple guitar of Dean Magraw for support. It’s always fun when these two long-time compadres get together. For example:

Friday, June 5

Steve Clarke & the Working Stiffs @ Mendota Square, The Village of Mendota Heights. 6pm (Free) Clarke is one of those saxophonists that most R&B bands welcome to sit in and add some punch to proceedings. He and the Working Stiffs play dance music from the 30s to the 50s, including things from Count Basie, Billie Holliday, Bill Haley, and Elvis.

Graham Parker & The Rumour @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($55 – $65) In the late 70s, Parker broke out of the pub rock scene in England, combining the energy and spark of punk rock with his love for American R&B. Two of his albums with the Rumour are in Rolling Stones’ Top 100 Albums of all time from 1987. Parker favorite Lowell Thompson opens.

Lonseome Dan Case and The Dieselfitters @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) Lonesome Dan, the picture of a 30s itinerant guitar player, opens. The Dieselfitters are purveyors of rockabilly, roots rock, and honky tonk music: Clay Williams, guitar/vocals; Dan Peterson, bass/vocals; and Mike Sandell, drums.

Pop Wagner & the Dumpy Jug Bumpers @ Palmer’s, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) It’s an old-timer evening at the West Bank dive bar. The Bumpers will perform Jug band music. Pop Wagner will perform old cowboy music, as well as some country and pop tunes, and then they’ll perform together.

Saturday, June 6

Charlie Lawson & the Natural Born Lovers @ Barely Brothers Records, Saint Paul. 2pm (Free) Mike and Spencer, the “barely brothers” are once again enticing record buyers into their store with some free music, this time by long time Twin Cities guitarist/vocalist Lawson and his band.

Grateful Red @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. (Free) This horn-driven funk/rock/pop band will provide the backdrop for your picnic in the area just north of the bandshell, or you can get closer and sit on benches and simply enjoy the music (dancing may occur).

Hurricane Harold’s All Star Blues Revue @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Harpist Harold gathers up a few of his very talented friends for an evening of rompin’ stompin’ blues.

Jarrod Lawson @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9pm ($25/$20 Advance) “The Hottest New Talent to hit soul music in at least ten years.” That’s what some English magazines have said about blue-eyed soulster Lawson  whose debut at Ronnie Scott’s was sold out and then broadcast on a live web stream. He’ll be playing with some of the Petersons – St. Paul on bass, Ricky on keys, and JP DeLaire on sax, as well as other special guests

Sunday, June 7

Music @ Grand Old Day, Saint Paul. 12:30 – 4:30pm (Free) You can kick off summer and experience a variety of bands at the Midwest’s biggest one day festival. Highlights include Charlie Parr (12PM) and Erik Koskinen (2:15pm) at Dixie’s on Grand; The Cactus Blossoms (12:30pm) and Crankshaft (2pm) at Walgreens;  and country party guy Tim Sigler at the Wild Onion at 3pm. There are other bands as well, and if you want to listen while enjoying adult beverages in the Festival Gardens adjoining each stage you’ll need a wristband ($8).

Cooker John @ Como Dockside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 3pm (Free) Guitarist and folk/blues musician Cooker John learned to pick from Artie Traum back in 60s New York. Since then he’s been in a variety of bands around the country, but has performed solo (sometimes with an accompanist) since 1990.

Monday, June 8

Hunker’d Down Blues Band @ Rice Park, Saint Paul. Noon (Free) It’s Blue Monday at Rice Park, but that doesn’t mean you have to be blue. Take a break and enjoy this five-piece while chowing down on lunch.

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.


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