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Summit Backyard Bash

Summit Brewery, Saturday 9.8

The Summit Backyard Bash celebrates the 26th anniversary of the venerable St. Paul brewery with a day filled with music from a superb all-local lineup and great beer. The rambunctious hip-hop collective Doomtree will headline the Summit Backyard Bash, and will surely set the place off with their energetic beats and rhymes — along with plenty of material from P.O.S.'s highly anticipated fourth album, We Don't Even Live Here. Emerging local indie trio Now, Now are set to share tracks from their brilliant new record, Threads. Add the captivating art-pop quartet Halloween, Alaska, the rousing indie folk of Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, and the pulsing, electro-clash rock of Heartbeats. Hotpants DJs will kick off the event, and will also provide between-set beats to keep the party going. Fifty percent of all ticket sales go directly to the Minnesota Music Coalition, a nonprofit service organization dedicated to supporting Minnesota's independent music community. 21+, $14-20,11 p.m. 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul; 612.326.6343.Erik Thompson

Wednesday/9/5

Mount Eerie

CO Exhibitions, Wednesday 9.5

In 2004, Phil Elvrum decided to start making music as Mount Eerie while retiring his old band moniker, the Microphones. And while there is sense of inscrutability inherent in both projects, Elvrum has definitely blossomed as the sole musical mastermind of Mount Eerie. His somewhat sporadic output has come in fitful creative bursts as of late. Elvrum has two albums this year on his own record label, P.W. Elverum and Sun, with the hypnotic, moody pulse of Clear Moon released in May, and Ocean Roar just now seeing the light of day. It's clearly a fruitful period for Elvrum, and he's graciously bringing Mount Eerie on the road for a few special shows. At this performance, the talented folks at LandLand and Burlesque will have the walls of CO Exhibitions covered with their screenprinted concert posters, featuring a brand new Mount Eerie poster created just for the occasion. With Les Ourses, Myrrh, and Jim & the French Vanilla. All ages, $10.50-$12, 7.30 p.m. 1101 Stinson Blvd., Minneapolis; 612.379.4151. —erik Thompson

Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival

Mears Park, Thursday 9.6 + Friday 9.7 + Saturday 9.8

The sixth annual Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival has planned three days of free music in lovely Mears Park. The festival marks the launch of the fall performance season for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, and the Schubert Club, and presents a unique, tasteful blend of music for fans of all ages. Other than the sure-to-be-stirring performances by the aforementioned classical groups, the highlight of this year's Concrete and Grass Festival is the closing set from the Jayhawks' Gary Louris. In addition to the music, there will be food, wine, and beer provided from the exceptional restaurants in the Lowertown Entertainment District, as well as popular food trucks spread throughout the park. With Dosh, All Eyes, the Butanes with Willie Walker, Mississippi Peace, the Copper Street Brass Quintet, and Jack Brass Band. Free, 7 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Mears Park, St. Paul; concreteandgrass.com. —Erik Thompson

Jerry Douglas

Dakota Jazz Club, Thursday 9.6

An avalanche of awards and accolades testify to Jerry Douglas's undisputed status as the world's greatest dobro player. Along with 13 Grammys, multiple country and Americana recognitions, and thousands of recording sessions with everyone from Ray Charles to Elvis Costello to the Chieftains, Douglas has been a key member of groundbreaking groups like the Country Gentlemen, J. D. Crowe & the New South, and, recently, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Traveler, his 14th solo album, shows off Douglas's wide eclecticism with a slew of heavyweight guests. Juggling sparkling dobro and equally evocative lap steel guitar, Douglas offers a languid, bluesy version of Chris Kenner's New Orleans classic "Something You Got" with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, and a bristling Crescent City horn section; sings lively blues harmonies with Del McCoury on Leadbelly's "On a Monday" while his slide guitar slithers; seamlessly fuses Paul Simon's "American Tune" and Chick Corea's "Spain" into a strikingly poignant instrumental; and tears off on "So Here We Are," an original jazzgrass southern rocker with bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Omar Hakim. The latter accomplished pair will back Douglas here. $50 at 7 p.m. $40 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.5299. —Rick Mason

Why?

Cedar Cultural Center, Saturday 9.8

Arguably indie-rock's number one oddball, Yoni Wolf's been cranking out unclassifiable, genre-hopping tunes under the Why? moniker for more than a decade. Inappropriately lumped in with the backpack-rap crowd due to his association with the Anticon label, Wolf's not likely to be mistaken for your everyday MC anytime soon. His vocal delivery darts among rambling spoken-word pieces, the occasional rapid rhyme, and skewed tenor singing. A pair of albums recorded in Minneapolis with members of the Twin Cities own Fog, 2008's Alopecia and 2009's Eskimo Snow, were an artistic breakthrough. At last Wolf's warped lyricism found equally riveting musical backing courtesy of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink instrumentation pairing quirky percussive tricks with hooky guitar figures. A proper follow-up, Mumps, Etc., will drop in October. In the meantime the band has hit up fans with the Sod in the Seed EP, arguably its poppiest effort yet. New tracks like "For Someone" are lazy-eyed sunny-keyboard summer jams that show Wolf and his bandmates playing it straight musically even as he continues to cloak romantic longing in quirky wordplay ("I'm waiting on the beach like a slow sucking leach for someone/Is it you?"). With Doseone, Serengeti, and Jel (DJ set). All ages, $15, 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.2674.Rob van Alstyne

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