Band Stand

35 concerts to soundtrack your summer.

June 12

The Jayhawks

Their Midwestern stolidity and an affinity for SoCal country rock (circa vintage Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and Buffalo Springfield) make for a sturdy guitars-drums-vocals mesh; it rarely thrills or disappoints, instead demonstrating an admirably high degree of quality control. The departure of Mark Olson hasn't wounded the band's sonic integrity, either; the Jayhawks' tunes still amble amiably and occasionally swell into full-blown rock songs. Their last series of local gigs at First Avenue had them closing with a cover of "Ode to Billy Joe," and I expect they'll honor the Walker's artistic heritage with a similarly surprising gesture at this outdoor gig. With Hothead Swing Band. $20/$10 for Walker members. 6 p.m. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Pl., Mpls.; 375-7622. (Britt Robson)

June 16

John Fogerty

For all but a blessed few middle-aged musicians, there comes a time when you change your style or become an anachronism. Fogerty is one of those rare rockers who is looming larger with time--his last record deservedly captured a Grammy, and his unmistakable guitar riffs and vocal yowl still quicken the pulse of fans wedded to the sound of tunes that simultaneously seem old, new, borrowed, and blue. As if his live shows weren't inspired enough, he's touring behind Premonition, a new concert CD featuring songs that range from old staples such as "Fortunate Son" and "Bad Moon Rising" to '80s comeback material like "Centerfield" to last year's chart-topper, "Blueboy." As souvenirs go, it's probably better than a T-shirt, and won't fade with age. $20.50-$30.50 plus Ticketmaster fees. 7:30 p.m. Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Mpls.; 989-5151. (Robson)

June 16-August 19

Northrop Summer Music Series

The good folks at Northrop have put together another smashing summer of midweek concerts. This year's highlights include the exuberant Gypsy Klezmer Band (6/22); excellent local bop 'n' groove neotraditionalists Motion Poets (7/1); local guitar whiz Dean Magraw; Irish musician Paddy O'Brien (6/24); Greek maestros Callie and Her Palikaria (7/10); and the bop-influenced funk players Triplicate. Free. All events start at noon. Northrop Memorial Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Mpls.; 624-2345. (Jon Dolan)

June 17-18

Ray Barretto

One of the most recorded musicians of all time, Barretto has sharpened his game in recent years with the formation of his sextet New World Spirit, a Cubop ensemble with a dynamic flair for different moods and tempi that can only develop from big ears, open hearts, and long hours together. On their latest Blue Note CD, Contact!, they take Juan Tizol's classic "Caravan" from a canter to a crawl and back again, spritz up Michel Legrand's Summer of '42 theme, and strut through a series of salsa-driven numbers that neatly balances the sax and trumpet in the front line with a redoubtable rhythm section that includes Barretto's Chano Pozo-inflected congas, master percussionist Ray Vega, and drummer Vince Cherico. $20 at 7:30 p.m./$15 at 10 p.m. Dakota Bar & Grill, 1021 E. Bandana Blvd., St. Paul; 642-1442. (Dolan)

June 19


Swedish art-poppers Komeda render their erudite take on what they call "boogie-woogie rock 'n' roll" as if they had read about it in Foucault. Or Wittgenstein, whom they reference openly on their just-released What Makes It Go? And I'm guessing at least two band members can read him, possibly in more than one language (ah, the wonders of socialized education!). So, if their musical amalgam of Stereolab, Talking Heads, and the What do I do with this ass and these limbs?-funk of early Pere Ubu seems intellectual or precious, then come see it live, where these skilled players elongate their already oblong grooves and tweak their hooky melodies to rock as assuredly as any American college band. Ivy are comely cocktail-poppers whose pop world historic smartly makes room to incorporate the Jam and Motown. $8/$10 at the door. 5 p.m. First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls.; 338-8388. (Dolan)

June 20

Josh Wink

The Chuck Berry of the 303 bass synthesizer, Wink is one of the most talented producers and DJs in underground dance music: His singular style defines the acid-techno genre. His shape-shifting, propulsive tracks are both playful and powerful, and several of them--notably "Higher State of Consciousness" and "Are You There?"--are classics. Wink's last few local appearances (both at warehouse raves) were frustrating events; due to noise complaints, police turned down the sound, and this great live DJ didn't get the volume he deserved. This club appearance will be more satisfying, and more than worth the price of admission. Bring earplugs--you'll need them. 18 and up. Call for price and time. Ground Zero, 15 N.E. Fourth St., Mpls.; 378-5115. (Michaelangelo Matos)

June 21

Los Lobos

This erstwhile barrio bar band has proven it can do anything: Norteño ballads, blazing rockers, hurdy-gurdy pop, mystical narratives, and shimmering anthems that can give you goosebumps. It's a distinctive porridge that critic Robert Christgau aptly defines as "Chicano R&B," which is to say that their roots will always be showing--and thank God for that. I'm partial to David Hidalgo's splendid, economical guitar lines and doleful tenor vocals, but live, accordionist/vocalist Cesar Rosas commands the stage with good-natured charisma. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy this music. The show includes guest Jeb Loy Nichols. $25.50 plus Ticketmaster fees. 7:30 p.m. Weesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 989-5151. (Dolan)

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