Dan Wilson

Tonight's cozy gig at the Dakota is one of several smaller-scale shows this week by Dan Wilson, who is advertising his mini-tour of the Twin Cities as a "Staycation." Wilson will present his slick, catchy folk-pop in a variety of settings. On Wednesday, Wilson will venture to Excelsior to play the 318 Café; Thursday's ballads will be presented in the coffee-shop confines of the relocated Acadia Café on the West Bank; and on Friday and Saturday night Wilson will take over the upscale Dakota Jazz Club (joined by Ben Kyle of Americana band Romantica). Regardless of the venue, this week's shows are sure to be intimate, personal affairs--Wilson seems to perform best when he is given plenty of room for meandering, and he enjoys bookending his songs with storytelling and casual candor. Expect lots of solo material, returns to favorite Semisonic songs, and a fair share of surprises. All ages. (Photo by Chris Zakorchemny
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 25. Continues through Sept. 26, 2009

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