Cedar Cultural Center

What's generally considered traditional Hawaiian music is actually a mix of influences from outside the islands, brought by sailors, immigrants, and missionaries from East and West, mingling with Polynesian chants and percussion. The resulting blend is distinctly Hawaiian, however, and as alluring as the spectacular natural landscape which it often evokes. Slack key guitar, a style that originated in the early 19th century when native Hawaiians created innovative tunings on guitars brought by Mexican cowboys, has become emblematic of the islands since the cultural renaissance of the 1970s, of which all three of these Hawaii "treasures" were part. George Kahumoku Jr. and Dennis Kamakahi are slack key masters. Kahumoku is a multidisciplinary artist and the main force behind a weekly slack key concert series in Maui that has spawned a succession of Grammy-winning live albums. Kamakahi, with a particularly rich, resonant voice, is a prolific songwriter responsible for many contemporary Hawaiian standards. Joining them will be Richard Ho'opi'i, who performed as the Ho'op'i Brothers with his now-retired brother Sol. He is a master of a traditional soaring falsetto singing style called leo ki'eki'e, and accompanies himself on ukulele. All ages. $20/$25. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason


Katy Perry

First Avenue

Indefatigable local rapper Muja Messiah

Julian Murray
Indefatigable local rapper Muja Messiah

At last month's Brit Awards, Katy Perry beat out Beyoncé, Pink, and Santigold to capture the award for International Female Solo Artist. She accepted it in humble fashion, bashfully wishing thanks to a laundry list of names before explaining that, due to being quite ill, she wasn't planning on appearing at the show. Contrasting such an abashed public persona are public tiffs with other singers, a controversy over a picture of Perry fashionably brandishing a knife, and performances wearing excessively vibrant get-ups. But such a balance is part of what's so attractive about the singer; at any given moment she can be an over-the-top pop star, or a soft-spoken songwriter gently performing with her guitar. On top of it all, Perry writes much of her own music and can honestly carry a tune without ridiculous enhancements, making her a musician who has the potential for of maintaining an exciting career for years to come. With the Daylights. 15+. $18. 6:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chris DeLine

A.C. Newman

400 Bar

The assertion that individual and ensemble careers often differ seems so self-evident that it might as well go without saying. But what of Canadian indie-rocker A.C. Newman, and the band he co-fronts, the New Pornographers? A democratic, ever-expanding lineup has served to neuter the joltingly virile power-pop the Pornographers showcased on their debut, Mass Romantic, into something limpid over the course of several studio albums. Newman's own work, meanwhile—2004's The Slow Wonder and this year's formidable Get Guilty (both on Matador)—has been consistent in its unabashed, melodic purity, drawing upon late-20th-century songcraft while staying true to its creator's idiosyncratic tendency to cobble together obtuse linguistic non sequiturs fused to synth and guitar hooks you'll catch yourself humming along to in the shower without quite realizing it. With all due respect to part-time Pornographer/alt-country doyenne Neko Case, if you have to catch one Newman-related set this year, make it this one. With the Broken West. 18+. $12/$14 at the door. 8 p.m. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.332.2903. —Ray Cummings

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