Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater on Saturday 8.6

The female pioneer of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly in the mid-'50s, Wanda Jackson dated Elvis while her sultry growl fueled such hits as "Fujiyama Mama" and "Let's Have a Party." Decades of relatively sedate country and gospel followed, but Jackson reconciled with her rock roots at the urging of the likes of Rosie Flores and issued charmers like 2006's I Remember Elvis. But on last winter's high-profile The Party Ain't Over, Jack White nearly swamped Jackson with over-aggressive guitars and horns on '50s standards like "Shakin' All Over" and questionable covers like Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good." Count on Jackson to more than hold her own in concert, however. Speaking of the rehab-prone, son of Steve and namesake of Van Zandt Justin Townes Earle apparently is hale, hearty, and thriving in the wake of his best album to date, Harlem River Blues, which adeptly establishes a distinctive JTE style effortlessly spanning rockabilly, country, folk, R&B, and gospel. All ages. $33. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater on Tuesday 8.9

Mick Jones's Big Audio Dynamite 
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Mick Jones's Big Audio Dynamite is back

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First Avenue

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

After appearing days apart at the zoo last summer, Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys again will be sharing the stage in a reprise of their Brotherhood tour from a few years back. Together, these terrific bands should be among the summer's highlights. For some four decades Los Lobos have been cultivating a uniquely potent American roots sound centered around rock, blues, and traditional Mexican music. Last year's Tin Can Trust ventured into cumbia and norteño when not contemplating hard times exemplified by David Hidalgo's moodily powerful guitar. Los Lonely's Garza brothers continue adding new dimensions to the core elements—bracing three-part harmonies and Henry's searing guitar—of their trademark Texican blues-rock on the new Rockpango. Both lyrics and arrangements are more sophisticated without compromising a playful, all-out rocking spirit that continues to slyly tap psychedelia, Santana, Stevie Ray, and Hendrix. All ages. $52. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952.431.9200. —Rick Mason

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