Roma di Luna, Heart, Dosh, and more

summer, they had the whole Target Center wound up in a nostalgic frenzy. For tonight's show at Mystic, they've thankfully got the bill all to themselves, and it promises to be one hell of a ride. $49-$75. 8 p.m. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake; 800.262.7799. —Jen Boyles

SUN. 12.19

Roma di Luna Christmas Show

Cedar Cultural Center

Improvisational electro maestro Dosh returns to the Cedar this week
Improvisational electro maestro Dosh returns to the Cedar this week

Location Info


Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Riding high following the release this fall of their fine new album, Then the Morning Came, local alt-folkies Roma di Luna will perform two Christmas shows this year at the Cedar. The 3:30 p.m. family affair will be kid-friendly, with some coloring projects and storytelling before the performance, as well as lots of tolerance for running around and screaming by kids (and maybe bigger folks too). Plus, singer Channy Moon Casselle promises that the band will be on its best behavior. The evening show will be a regular performance with fewer juvenile antics (regular audience excepted), and the sextet "trying to shower down some vitamin D on the audience to beat out the winter blues," Casselle says. The repertoire for both shows will be drawn from Roma's 2009 Christmas EP, which juggled a couple of seasonal originals with Yuletide nuggets and Joni Mitchell's "River." Their moody, understated version of "Silent Night" is a quiet jewel lustrous with Channy's angelic voice. "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" is a gentle Appalachian lullaby, while "Blue Christmas" is a country saunter laced with a twangy guitar interlude. The band's also working up more seasonal delights along with some brand new originals. All ages. $10/$12 at the door. 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

MON. 12.20

Ronnie Spector

Dakota Jazz Club

For nearly five decades, it simply hasn't been Christmas until the sweet and sultry, siren-like voice of Ronnie Spector rolls out of the speakers with her now-iconic versions of such Yuletide nuggets as "Sleigh Ride," "Frosty the Snowman," and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Ronnie's group, the Ronettes (2007 Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees), recorded those holiday baubles with famed (now infamous) producer Phil Spector for his A Christmas Gift for You album in 1963, when his trademark Wall of Sound was in full flower. Aside from Christmas, the Ronettes were and remain profoundly influential, just beginning with the likes of Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, the Ramones, Amy Winehouse, and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their hits included "Baby I Love You" and "Walking in the Rain," both produced by Phil Spector, along with "Be My Baby," the still-thrilling 1963 single that's near perfection. Meanwhile, the bee-hived erstwhile Veronica Bennett practically secreted attitude, earning her latter-day citations as rock's original bad girl. Her short marriage to Phil Spector was unfortunate at best, but she retains the Spector name and has periodically resurfaced over the years, always at Christmas. This year she has a new EP out, Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever. Which it isn't, if only in comparison to her grand legacy, but it is sufficiently delightful to shake your tinsel, her voice wonderfully undiminished, and the title track in particular approaching the magic of those '60s sessions. A few days after appearing on Letterman, Ronnie and her band pull into the Dakota for a pair of Christmastime shows that should be considered cherished gifts of the season. $45-$65. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. Also Sunday —Rick Mason

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