Cedar Cultural Center

A white guy from Minneapolis, huh? But it's not what you think—Peter Himmelman doesn't do hip hop (yet). He's a veritable Jack-of-all-(other)-genres, though, so it's not surprising that Himmelman is double-billed this weekend at the Cedar Cultural Center, with a traditional Saturday-night set followed by a family-friendly show on Sunday morning. Through his career, his style has ranged from rock to reggae to blues to new wave, and he's picked up nominations for both Emmys and Grammys along the way. But for all his many hats, Himmelman retains a stable, continuous quality in all of his songs—no matter their classification—anchored by reflective lyrics and throaty vocals. As such, the genre jumping doesn't seem a schizophrenic pursuit of style; rather, his acoustic diversity is a multi-faceted expression of a single aesthetic. Who knows—maybe he'll have a 2009 Rhymesayers debut after all. $25/$28 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. Max Ross

 

TUESDAY 12.23

Roma di Luna Holiday Special

Cedar Cultural Center

Get your new-old-fashioned Christmas groove on, courtesy of arcane night music purveyors Roma di Luna. This year proved a momentous one for folk duo Alexei and Channy Moon Caselle. They dropped their second full-length disc, Casting the Bones, featuring the hauntingly plaintive "The Romance of Wolves." And recently the couple welcomed into their euphonious household their first child. The show will be Roma di Luna's first post-labor gig, and will feature a full backup band, a couple of newly penned songs, and a smattering of holiday standards. If you want to catch the band, catch them now—the new parents likely won't gig again before spring. As an added incentive, snuggle up to the hearthside voice of acoustic soulstress Chastity Brown, one of Minneapolis's dearest untapped musical resources. $10/$12 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Will McClain

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