El-P, DeVotchKa, Santana, and more

Dakota, Monday 7.9 + Tuesday 7.10

Among the most acclaimed and versatile bassists working today, Victor Wooten has played everything from jazz to bluegrass, along with R&B, funk, rock, and fusions of all of the above. A longtime member of Béla Fleck's avant-everything Flecktones, Wooten has also played with the likes of Stanley Clarke, Branford Marsalis, Dave Matthews, and Bootsy Collins — in addition to leading his own groups and accumulating five Grammys along the way. As a bassist, Wooten is a virtuoso, creating incredible grooves blissfully crisscrossing and mixing up a limitless expanse of genres. These performances will focus mostly, but not exclusively, on new material due for release on two new albums this September. One, Words & Tones, will feature female vocalists on each track, including Me'shell Ndegeocello, Saundra Williams, Divinity Roxx, and Krystal Peterson. The other, Sword & Stone, will feature all-instrumental versions of the same material. His touring band includes a quintet of his usual, multi-tasking associates, who will constantly swap instruments (including horns), plus Peterson doing vocals. $40 at 7 p.m. $30 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Tuesday/7/6

Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

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Cedar Cultural Center, Tuesday 7.10

"Le tout-puissant" means "almighty" en français, and that's not hyperbole in terms of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, a 40-something-year-old sextet of polyrhythmic Afro-funk masters from the West African nation of Benin. The group's sound is a roiling mix of scintillating rhythms, blazing horns, stinging electric guitar, bubbling keyboards, emphatic call-and-response vocals, and grooves wicked enough to make James Brown proud. Rooted in the traditions of Benin's myriad ethnic groups and the rhythms and themes associated with Vodun's deities, the band is also influenced by the Agoudas (descendants of Brazilian slaves who returned to Africa in the late 19th century), Afro-Cuban music, Afrobeat from Fela's Nigeria, plus American soul and R&B. Even ardent fans of the group's original blasts of frenetic funk assumed the project's demise until its sudden resurgence, including its first tour outside Africa in 2009 and a new album, Club Cotonou, last year. $30-$35. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Lissie

Varsity Theater, Tuesday 7.10

Confidently straddling the worlds of adult alternative pop music and West Coast country, Lissie made a big splash in 2010 with her debut album, Catching a Tiger. With a brassy voice reminiscent of Neko Case, Lissie sounded comfortable belting out atop both slinky, rhythmically-oriented pop ("When I'm Alone with You") and sunny '60s girl-group salutes ("Stranger"). Largely in hiding since wrapping up two years of nonstop touring in August 2011, Lissie re-emerges tonight with her band ready to spotlight tunes from her forthcoming sophomore album, set to be recorded this fall and released next spring. 18+, $18, 8 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.604.0222. —Rob Van Alstyne

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