The Cedar

No matter what your thoughts are about Valentine's Day, it's pretty hard to argue that affairs of the heart have spawned some great songs over the years, many of which have been featured in romantic comedies. If you've ever yearned for an entire performance filled with these songs (but without the cringe-worthy dialogue of the movies themselves), boy does the Cedar have the perfect evening in store for you. Local groups Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles and Big Trouble have paired up (along with vocalists David Campbell of E.L.nO., Brian Just, and Matt Latterell and Aaron Schmidt of the Ashtray Hearts) for a night filled with cover versions of emotionally wrought songs from "Like, 100 Years of Romantic Comedies." It promises to be a fun-filled, spontaneous show filled with unapologetically sentimental music that will either make you forget about how lonely you are or make you happy to have someone by your side. Whatever the state of your heart, music will always be there for you. All ages. $12/$15 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. Erik Thompson

SUNDAY 2.14

28th Annual Battle of the Jug Bands

Cabooze

You're in Big Trouble, missy
Nick Vlcek
You're in Big Trouble, missy

Need a place to hang your hat on Valentine's Day? Well boy howdy, round up the sweetie or find yourself a babysitter and head down for the most romantic jug-band battle you ever did see, with 20—count 'em, 20—bands playing their darnedest to out-pluck their neighbors and kinfolk, all done up in Sunday best. This is the oldest, grandest such event in the Union and even sprung an offshoot yonder Chicago way. It's a good old throw-down hoedown, ladies and gents. And while it's free of charge, don't forget to bring along a hot dish, because it takes spit and sweat and gumption to play that upside-down washtub upright bass and blow that crazy old kazoo. These folks will stomp and clomp and bebomp to high heaven vying for that priceless Holliwood waffle iron. (The iron's of the traveling variety, you hear, and gets passed to the winner each year.) If you miss this, you'll be a laughing stock from here to Cass County. All ages. Free; donations accepted. 12:30 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Jeff Gage

TUESDAY 2.16

BeauSoleil

Dakota Jazz Club

Minnesota is slowly turning more Louisianan all the time, although you couldn't tell by the weather or the food or the drinks or the wildlife or the flora or the language or the Mardi Gras celebrations. Football teams, either. Hell, Minnesota isn't anything like Louisiana except for a few Katrina refugees and the great bands that have crept upriver at an increasing pace in recent years. Such as BeauSoleil—that capital "s" in the middle is still annoying—returning to town just over a month since its last visit, this time at the Dakota. Yeah, so what of it? BeauSoleil is the best contemporary Cajun band, period—and one of the greatest bands of our time, a band impossible to get enough of. Want proof? Listen to Michael Doucet and company doing just two songs: Dewey Balfa's "Parlez-Nous Á Boire" and Michael's Cajunized version of "Louie, Louie." If you're not carousing around the room after two bars of either, check the obits to see if you're listed. BeauSoleil's Alligator Purse was up for a Grammy, but was aced out by Buckwheat Zydeco's Lay Your Burden Down. A close call; the actual award was apparently presented in somebody's closet. Either band on stage would have significantly enlivened one of the lamest Grammy shows since the days of Christopher Cross and Milli Vanilli. See what all those Grammy viewers missed out on. $20-$30. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

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