Southern Theater

In what is shaping up to be a remarkable night of collaboration, the Honeydogs' Adam Levy and Heiruspecs' deVon Gray have teamed up with event coordinator Lily Troia and the Southern Theater to launch a unique new series called "The Southern Songbook." Much as the name suggests, the goal of the series is to mine the vintage and oft-overlooked classics of the Great American Songbook and present them amid chatter with local musicians of every stripe. "Instead of creating some kind of corny tribute show, we wanted to get artists talking about their own creative processes, what they know about the masters who wrote this stuff, why the tradition disappeared largely, but also how the Great American Songbook resonates in their own work," Levy writes. The first installment of the series (which will repeat every few months at the Southern) will focus on interpretations of American jazz standards and will feature performances by Mayda, Ill Chemistry, Omaur Bliss, Toki Wright, Janey Winterbauer, Ashleigh Still, and Bethany Larson. Heiruspecs will hold it down all night as the house band, and DJ Jake Rudh will co-host along with Levy. All ages. $22-$25. 7 p.m. 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.340.1725. —Andrea Swensson

Luísa Maita

Cedar Cultural Center

Heiruspecs
courtesy of the band
Heiruspecs

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The Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Hailed as "the new voice of Brazil," São Paulo native Luísa Maita in fact is the latest in a long, impressive line of sultry female Brazilian singers honing samba, bossa nova, and rootsier traditions on the international cutting edge. Like Ceu and Bebel Gilberto (among recent stand-outs), Maita whips up a sophisticated blend of indigenous Brazilian sounds, jazz, Euro alt-pop, and sinuous electronica, at least in part reflecting the teeming, contemporary metropolis that is her hometown. Named after a Tom Jobim song, Maita was singing in advertisements as early as age seven, and lately was featured in a pair of videos promoting Brazil's bid for the 2016 Olympics. She arrives with a quartet for her first North American tour following the release of her debut album, Lero-Lero, a thoroughly alluring charmer that ranges from lilting bossa nova "Amor e Paz" to the sensual "Desencabulada" and the slyly electrifying "Fulaninha," the last mixing simmering baião rhythms with sleek hints of dancehall. The songs, mostly written by Maita, talk about São Paulo's vibrancy in and outside the favelas, the unique Brazilian character, love, and other crossroads in life. The unifying factor is Maita's voice, a tropical, mercurial flow that slips and slides over cunning melodies and sidles among intoxicating rhythms. All ages. $18/$20 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

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