Orchestra Hall, Friday 4.6

Trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator, and cultural dynamo Irvin Mayfield may include on his lengthy résumé jazz artistic director of the Minnesota Orchestra, but his heart belongs to New Orleans. Formidable Crescent City guests joining Mayfield and his quintet include iconic singer Aaron Neville, whose remarkable, fluttery vocals have been integral to New Orleans music since the '50s; master percussionist Bill Summers, who played with Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and with Mayfield co-founded the Latin saturated Los Hombres Calientes; and drummer/vibraphonist Jason Marsalis. TV journalist Soledad O'Brien will serve as host. The evening's repertoire will be largely drawn from the compilation CD accompanying Mayfield's lavishly illustrated book of the same name, a deeply personal rumination on the city and its music, featuring a striking cover portrait by famed jazz photographer Herman Leonard. The music, drawn from various Mayfield projects, runs the New Orleans gamut from Mardi Gras Indian stuff to jazz, gospel, funk, blues, the piano tradition, and raucous brass bands. $25-55, 8 p.m., 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656. —Rick Mason

Heiruspecs' Third Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Show

Turf Club, Saturday 4.7

Das Racist: Postmodern rap saviors?
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Das Racist: Postmodern rap saviors?

St. Paul hip-hop collective Heiruspecs still remember where they came from, and keep giving back to the students of their alma mater, St. Paul Central High School. All the proceeds from these two performances at the Turf Club go to the Heiruspecs Scholarship Fund to benefit SPCHS students who have an active interest in the arts. The fund was created in 2010 in a partnership between the group and the Saint Central High School Foundation, which has since given out over $6,000 in scholarships to Central students pursuing higher education. In addition to Heiruspecs, there will also be performances from Audio Perm, Meta, the Deaf, and many more, including some special guests at the late show. $10-$12, all ages at 5 p.m., 21+ at 9 p.m., 1601 University Ave, St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —ERik Thompson

Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps / Retribution Gospel Choir

First Avenue Mainroom, Saturday 4.7

After selling out First Avenue for the release party of Little Wind in September, and opening for Dawes's New Year's Eve gigs, Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps hit the road for a lengthy U.S. tour that brings them back to First Avenue on Saturday night. While the band's heartfelt, countrified folk-rock can only be strengthened by the added experience, Caroline and co. didn't really need much improving in the first place. Duluth's Retribution Gospel Choir should add some volatile punch to the bill, as Alan Sparhawk frequently works out some gritty guitar riffs with RGC that he doesn't get to unload in his subdued other band, Low. 18+. $12. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Erik Thompson

White Rabbits

Triple Rock Social Club, Saturday 4.7

Already labeled Spoon's promising kid brother based on the prickly, highly danceable post-punk found on their 2007 debut, White Rabbits further welcomed the comparison by enlisting Spoon frontman Britt Daniel to produce their follow-up, 2009's It's Frightening. On the freshly released Milk Famous, however, the NYC sextet appear to have finally stepped out fully from behind the sizable shadow of their primary influence. A dark and warped listen, Milk Famous manages to cuddle up to cacophony without giving up the groove, with distorted keyboard textures and haphazard guitar riffs finding a tightly rhythmic counterpoint in the smooth performances of the band's dual percussionists. Even with their embrace of the strange, White Rabbits still traffic in imminently danceable tuneage. With Gull, 18+, $14, 8 p.m., 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Rob Van Alstyne

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