The most prominent and arguably finest Irish roots band of their generation, the Chieftains not only made their mark as staunch traditionalists, they're mavericks who roam the globe collaborating with artists wherever there's a thread of Celtic culture—or not—from Galicia to Nashville, East L.A., China, and now even outer space. So as the band celebrate their half-century mark, it's appropriate that their new Voice of Ages album features a new array of collaborations with a younger generation of up-and-comers, ranging from Bon Iver and the Decemberists to the Civil Wars, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Imelda May. Plus, astronaut Cady Coleman plays flute and tin whistle with the boys from the International Space Station. This, in part, is what keeps the Chieftains fresh and vital after all these years: impeccable musicianship, an impish sense of humor, solid traditional grounding, and a questing curiosity that yields fascinating musical juxtapositions. Fiddler Sean Keane is not traveling with the group. But assorted musicians and dancers will be on hand to help Paddy Moloney, Matt Molloy, and Kevin Conneff rouse everyone's Celtic spirit. $30-$55. 7 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656.
Sun., March 4, 7 p.m., 2012