Judas Priest, the Roots, and more

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

Formed in Kingston in the early '60s, Toots and the Maytals played a seminal role in the evolution of reggae from ska and rock steady, and are even credited with being the first to use the term, in the 1968 hit "Do the Reggay." Other groups made the same transition, but no one has been able to match the wonderful, gospel- and soul-drenched voice of Toots Hibbert, who seemingly uprooted Memphis and transplanted it somewhere in the vicinity of the Blue Mountains. The Maytals' "Pressure Drop" was among the memorable tunes in the landmark reggae film The Harder They Come, and the group issued a series of essential albums through the 1970s, including Funky Kingston and Reggae Got Soul. Hibbert eventually split with original Maytals Jerry Matthias and Raleigh Gordon, working solo for a time, then reconstituting a new version of the Maytals in the '90s, continuing to exercise his glorious voice and put out solid albums like 2007's Light Your Light. With Wain McFarlane. $43. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason


Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Harriet Island

Sunset Rubdown prepare to rock the Entry with a soak in the hot tub
Sunset Rubdown prepare to rock the Entry with a soak in the hot tub

In the past year Elvis Costello has collaborated with a number of artists ranging from Fall Out Boy to Jenny Lewis, but in taking some time for himself, the legendary singer-songwriter recently released a collection of new songs, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane. The roots-based album sways between folk and country influences, the entire recording sounding perfect for a midsummer's day cookout. Fitting, then, that Costello will be performing at this year's Taste of Minnesota festival with his long-established backing band the Imposters. Now in its 26th year, the Taste is the largest music and food festival in the state, hosting 30-some food vendors and just as many musical acts over the course of four days. Among those performing will be a mixed bag of artists including Staind, Judas Priest, and Bret Michaels—but none is more distinguished than Costello, who has more than 30 studio albums to his credit. $10 (includes $10 in food tickets); free with festival entry between noon and 3 p.m.200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul; 651.266.6400. —Chris DeLine


No Doubt

Xcel Energy Center

Way back before Gwen Stefani was regarded as a trend-setting fashionista, solo pop artist, and fetishist of leashed Japanese women in schoolgirl outfits, she fronted a peppy ska-pop band called No Doubt. Stefani didn't so much sing as launch into flat bleat attacks, but the high-energy songs, tacky accessorizing, and forward-thinking video concepts more than compensated for that failing. No Doubt were fun, you see, in an era when angsty hand-wringing and pathos poses were all the rage—Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Pearl Jam, we're looking at y'all. Then they took a break for the inevitable solo projects and child-sirings and, of course, to give the public a chance to miss 'em. And now—finally, some might say—they're back together to hump the summer touring circuit, get reacquainted, and parlay whatever adoration results into interest for a 2010 studio album. Fingers crossed, over here. With Paramore and Bedouin Soundclash. All ages. $39.50-$80. 7:30 p.m. 175 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651.726.8240. —Ray Cummings

Rosanne Cash

Dakota Jazz Club

If you need a primer on country music, you couldn't find a better source than one of the genre's giants, Johnny Cash. In 1973, concerned that his 18-year-old daughter Rosanne had neglected her country music education, the Man in Black gave her a far-ranging list of 100 essential country songs. Rosanne used her consequent knowledge of that material to forge her own formidable career as a superb singer-songwriter, weaving those traditions with elements of rock and adult pop into a distinct and sophisticated sound. The List will also be the basis (and title) of Rosanne's next album (due in October), her follow-up to 2006's riveting Black Cadillac, which reflected on the rapidly successive deaths of her father, mother, and stepmother. The repertoire will range from the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan, with guest shots from Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy, and Rufus Wainwright. Some of that material will be performed by Cash and her husband, guitarist John Leventhal (who also produced The List), when they appear as a duo at the Dakota. Also expect highlights from Cash's 11 previous albums. $45. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason


Sunset Rubdown

7th St. Entry

There's an unusually rich pool of talented and critically fawned-over bands that have originated in Montreal over the past decade, usually with a single degree of separation between them due to their heavy cross-pollination of band members. Call him the Francophonic Kevin Bacon: At the center of things is multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Spencer Krug. Aside from splitting the leadership role in Wolf Parade with Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs), Krug's main vessel the past few years has become Sunset Rubdown. In addition to recently releasing the lyrically complex Dragonslayer, the band has also arguably become the most complete outlet for Krug. The band harnesses a musical density that gives its songs an immovable backbone of sound—especially in comparison to other past and present projects of Krug's, including Frog Eyes and the venerable supergroup Swan Lake. Which is apparent on Dragonslayer, a record that has already been heralded as one of the best of the year and awarded a 10/10 by the U.K.'s Drowned in Sound. With Elfin Saddle and Witchies. 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chris DeLine


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