Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater on Friday 6.17

Florence and the Machine finally make their long-awaited live debut in Minnesota at the comfortable outdoor confines of the Minnesota Zoo. While the swelling buzz (and numerous ensuing accolades) bestowed on frontwoman Florence Welch has grown wildly since the release of her spirited debut, Lungs, way back in 2009, she has, until now, consistently skipped our area, which is clearly packed with fans who have been waiting patiently to see her perform (causing the show to sell out quickly). Welch's songs are heartfelt and whimsical, driven by her buoyant spirit and a stellar backing band that can grow to seven members strong during some shows. No matter how long we've had to wait to hear them, Florence and the Machine's soaring anthems are bound to sound sweet under the summer stars on a (hopefully) tranquil June evening in Minnesota. With Hanni El Khatib. All ages. $55-$67.50. 7 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. Erik Thompson

Musiq Soulchild

Epic on Sunday 6.19

Neo-soul in a world gone pop, Philadelphia's Musiq Soulchild steps up the tempo and hooks a bit on his new, sixth album, MusiqInTheMagiq, but not too ostentatiously. His feel for lush harmony, complex chording, and memorably conversational woo-pitching has grown so strong that angling for a comeback only seems to have focused him. "Yes" might be his finest song yet: a romantic promise from one grown partner to another that some questions will always have the same answer. 21+. $25-$60. 9 p.m. 110 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis; 612.332.3742. —Peter S. Scholtes

Hiromi: The Trio Project

Dakota Jazz Club on Monday 6.20 and Tuesday 6.21

There are no vocals on sensational Japanese pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara's new album, Voice. Yet Voice speaks eloquently of the phenomenon unleashed when the irrepressible Hiromi emerged on the jazz scene in 2003. She's a technical wizard who can dive into any historical jazz style at will, but loves to mash them up with flying bits of classical, pop, and fusion for a delightfully unpredictable, endlessly inventive sound. Hiromi has played solo, with high-caliber mentors like Chick Corea, with an electric band, and now in a trio format with guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips (both with extensive, eclectic résumés). Hiromi's intent on Voice is to express a wide range of emotions musically, and she does, with overflowing, contagious spirit. Drummer Steve Smith will sub for Phillips at the Dakota. $35 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

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