New, Obscure, and Established venues – Music Suggestions for January 18th to the 24th

January 18, 2012

Rhythm and Roots will be heard at the James J. Hill Library this week.

It is heartening to see music being performed in venues that aren’t known for presenting music, like the James J. Hill Library (See Jan 19 listing under Roots). This week’s venues range from said historic  library, to a new club, small restaurants and coffee shops, a classic jazz joint, a classy restaurant/club, a high school, and a couple of small bars that feature a variety of musical genres.  We’ve a CD release by a jazz group and a vinyl LP re-release of a 60s soul singer. In between, you can hear from veteran musicians of all stripes as well as some talented musicians of high school age. Please support those who perform live music wherever they may appear.


Wednesday, January 18

Parker Paisley CD Release @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm. (no cover) Park Evans, guitar; Brandon Wozniak, sax; Adam Wozniak, bass; Pete Hennig, drums. Quite the line-up here. Though Evans moved here to study classical guitar and composition, his musicality has landed him in about eight or nine different groups ranging from jazz to rock to world music. Expect modern jazz, with a bit of reggae, latin and other world  influences. Reservations are recommended if you want dinner.

Phil Hey, Tanner Taylor, James Buckley @ The Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis. 9pm – 11pm (No cover). Drummer Phil Hey is the veteran of the group, though pianist Tanner Taylor and bassist James Buckley both have impressive resumes of their own. I suspect that musical fireworks will ensue.

Thursday, Jan 19

7th Annual South High Singer Showcase @ South High School, 3131 19th Ave South, Minneapolis. 5pm dinner ($20 w/show) 7pm show ($8). South High has an excellent jazz program, though its vocal program usually concentrates on theatrical and pop singing. This year singer Rhonda Laurie has been working with some of the young performers as shown at left.  Tonight’s program will showcase 5 or 6 singers each performing a song with the Jazz Ensemble. Connie Evingson will then join the Ensemble and  sing a few songs as well.

Snowblind @ The Artists Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm. ($5) With a three-horn frontline of Shilad Sen, sax; Adam Rossmiller, trumpet; and Scott Agster, trombone; together with Graydon Peterson on bass, and Reid Kennedy on drums, Snowblind produces a sound as full-bodied as a California Cabernet, while their grooves, improvisation, and rhythmic excitement provide some memorable spice.

Friday, Jan  20

Katie Gearty & Nichola Miller @ The Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 Washington, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) It’s a two-chanteuse night at the spacious Crooked Pint (with room to dance) on Washington. As singers, Katie and Nichola are not your sweet naive things. They sing songs for grownups and have the chops to put most any song in its place. Plus, they’re backed by the Tanner Taylor Trio. A fun date. Here’s a video of Nichola at the Farmer’s Market last summer.

 Saturday, Jan 21

Kenny Lewis & the Barflyz @ The Artists Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Guitarist/bassist/vocalist Kenny Lewis was a touring member, producer, and writer for the Steve Miller Band since 1982. Other credits include working with folks like BB King, Dave Mason, Boz Scaggs, and Brian Wilson, among others. Wouldn’t be surprised if former bandmate Billy Peterson is part of this group.

Sunday, Jan 22

No Room For Squares Benefit for Ann Cirelli @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 5pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Ann Cirelli (wife of drummer Bill Steiger) is recovering from Meningitis and facing a lifetime of disability. Hence this fundraiser to help with expenses. No Room for Squares is an impressive group, featuring the powerful Sue Orfield on sax; supreme bassist Billy Peterson; lyrical Chris Lomheim, piano; inventive Steve Kenny, trumpet; and Stieger on drums. You’ll have a fun evening and be helping someone out at the same time.

Tuesday, Jan 24

Maryann Sullivan @ The Nicollet Coffeehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm. (tip jar). The swingin’ Ms Sullivan is host of a couple of shows on KBEM and a fine singer in her own right. No doubt she’ll be backed by a combo that makes it easy for dancers to take advantage of the roomy wooden floor of The Nicollet.

For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink. For a comprehensive listing of Jazz in the Twin Cities, go to the KBEM Calendar, here.

Roots, Blues, Other

Wednesday, January 18

Molly Maher & Erik Koskinen @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($4)  Moving a couple of blocks from Nye’s where she held down a residency for many years, Molly & Erik now perform in this intimate, comfortable space overlooking the downtown skyline. There is now a small cover charge. Well worth it to hear their soulful Americana.

Thursday, Jan 19

Paul Cebar and Dana Thompson @ The James J. Hill Library, downtown Saint Paul. 8pm. ($25) This is part of a roots music series put on by Real-Phonic Radio. It’s a great family-friendly event that’s broadcast live on the internet and then podcast. Cebar and his group are purveyors of genre-bending dance music, with influences from the Caribbean, Africa, 60s and 70s soul, and who knows what else. Singer/Songwriter Thompson has been in a number of bands, including the Strawdogs and Hot Head fiasco, been named Best Female Vocalist by City Pages, and has toured with her own band in support of her critically acclaimed album, Ox.

Friday, Jan 20

Mike Fugazzi & Friends @ The Hat Trick Lounge. 9pm ($7). Fugazzi is a rock harpist with a blues bent and a mission – to play hard, but with imagination. He’ll have you kicking up your heels. The intimate obscure Hat Trick is just the place for him to kick up the jams.

Saturday, Jan 21

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20) Jump/Swing/Retro Blues from San Francisco. Though her album covers make good use of Smith‘s “charms” the fact is she has a good voice and a cookin’ seven-piece band backing her up. In fact, Smith’s last album, “Everybody’s Talkin’ Bout Miss Thing” received 4.5 stars in Downbeat.

Mickey Murray @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis 8pm ($15). A soul singer who had a million seller in 1968 with Otis Redding’s “Shout Bamalama,” Murray was signed to King Records, ostensibly to replace the departing James Brown. His debut LP, “People Are Together,” hardly made it to the shelves, as a result of King being sold, and the title track being deemed too racially sensitive by black deejays in the South. Now, local crate diggers Secret Stash Records are re-releasing the LP and celebrating with this show. Deejays Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn from the Current will open.

Sunday, Jan 22

Get Out of Town Fundraiser @ the Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 3pm    Good Time Willy, Boom Boom Steve, John Franken, Davina & Vagabonds, Scottie Miller, Papa John Kolstad, Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold, Javier & the Innocent Sons, Annie Mack, and more.  The Minnesota Blues Society has put together this show to raise funds to send bands to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Sunday, Monday, Jan 22, 23

Meshell Ndgeocello @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40) Meshells been nominated for a Grammy 10 times. Her bass playing and mix of jazz, funk, and African roots music, combined with personal and political lyrics is energetic, to say the least. She’s a musical explorer who can be in your face (If That’s Your Boyfriend, He Wasn’t Last Night), or take a quieter approach, as on her latest album, “Weather.” Give a listen.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues events, see the Minnesota Blues Society calendar.

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