Dre Day, Bassgasm, and more

Orpheum Theatre

These two legends need no introduction. For over five decades, B.B. King and Buddy Guy have been among the most revered blues musicians, their influences extending far beyond the genre. King's sophisticated, uptown style—relying on his impassioned voice and the saccharine tones of his beloved guitar, Lucille—earned him the broadest-reaching appeal of any blues singer and an unequivocal place in the annals of American music. Guy, with his high-energy guitar slinging, histrionic singing, and explosive, sometimes Jekyll-and-Hyde performances, was long overlooked beyond a devoted group of followers including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. It was only fairly recently, with a string of Grammys beginning in the early '90s, that he also earned the recognition his work deserves. Now both elder statesmen, King and Guy making this appearance together offers a rare chance to see two giants from an increasingly scarce, and all the more precious, generation. $58.50-$78.50. 8 p.m. 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Jeff Gage


Rickie Lee Jones

Fitzgerald Theater

Wild Beasts know why the caged band sings
Tom Beard
Wild Beasts know why the caged band sings

Location Info


7th St. Entry

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1327

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

It turns out the Duchess of Coolsville reigns over turf far more diverse than the boho ghetto she initially roamed with Chuck E. In a career now spanning 30 years, Jones has been among only a handful of artists who have consistently defied expectations, following her muse in an intriguingly convoluted path from cool jazz to noir pop to standards to vintage R&B and, lately, to excoriating Bushies and quoting Jesus (but in an anti-evangelical context). Her singular trek continues on last fall's Balm in Gilead, an exquisite collection of intensely personal songs with an intimate feel that doesn't prevent them from shape-shifting among vivid pastiches of blues, gospel, country, jazz, and R&B. Opening with "Wild Child," a dose of gossamer R&B addressed to her about-to-turn-21 daughter, Balm in Gilead (the title taken from an African-American spiritual) moves into the soulful, horn-licked "Old Enough" (a vocal duet with Ben Harper), and the aching country lament "Remember Me" (Alison Krauss's weepy fiddle echoing a bittersweet duet between Jones and the late, much-missed Vic Chesnutt). Jones evokes Billie Holiday alongside John Reynolds's mellow, Django-esque guitar on "The Moon Is Made of Gold," a charming jazz ballad written by her father in the early '50s. Wistfulness also envelops the atmospheric "His Jeweled Floor" (Victoria Williams joining Jones and Chesnutt) and "Eucalyptus Trail" (elegantly etched by Bill Frisell's distinctive guitar). It's a sneakily powerful album, its myriad threads coalescing around Jones's wild vision. $34-$42. 7:30 p.m. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651.290.1220. —Rick Mason


Taken By Trees and El Perro del Mar

The Cedar

Seeking exotic sounds to add to the atmospheric Scandinavian alt-pop of her solo project Taken By Trees, former Concretes singer Victoria Bergsman made a perilous journey to Lahore, Pakistan, to collaborate with local Sufi musicians. The resulting synthesis, East of Eden, matches her languid melodies and fellow Swede Andreas Soderstrom's sparsely elegant, conspiratorial guitar work with tabla-induced Pakistani rhythms, serpentine flutes, keening vocals, and assorted street sounds. Bergsman's whispery but resolute vocals etch enigmatic original lyrics, as well as covering an effervescent version of Animal Collective's "My Girls" (gender bent into "My Boys"). Fellow Swede Sarah Assbring, who goes by El Perro Del Mar on stage, also fashions a Nordic brand of atmospheric pop, but hers is informed by the likes of Brian Wilson. Her latest, Love Is Not Pop, displays an infusion of relatively hushed techno pop and subtle dance rhythms, thanks to the influence of collaborator Rasmus Hägg. But El Perro's warm, organic vibe remains, while Assbring's ethereal voice waxes—mostly painfully—about love. $12/$15 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

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