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Cornbread Harris

Loring Pasta Bar : 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri.

You might've heard of his son -- a man named Jimmy who teamed up with another man named Terry, the rest being R&B history -- but Cornbread Harris is a Twin Cities legend in his own right. Harris is a WWII vet who joined Augie Garcia to record the area's first rock'n'roll record (1955's "Hi Yo... More >>

University R&B, Jazz


Verizon Wireless Center : 6:30 p.m. March 18

With Joan Jett & the Blackhearts More >>

Outstate Rock

Greensky Bluegrass

Mill City Nights : 7:00 p.m. February 28

As their dichotomous earthy/ethereal, vaguely psychedelic name implies, Kalamazoo's Greensky Bluegrass are not your everyday, Flatt & Scruggs-inspired string band. While Lester and Earl certainly lurk amid the quintet's feverish picking, there's a lot more going on. Band members make a point of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Bluegrass

Are You Local? 2015

First Avenue : 7:00 p.m. March 6

The sixth annual Are You Local? quest to find a hot Minnesota act has yielded four finalists: Baby Shel, Sam Cassidy, Moon & Pollution, and the Stress of Her Regard. Yelawolf fans will link up with quick-tongued rapper Baby Shel from Red Lake (up near Bemidji). Shel's machine gun skills are all... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Variety, Rock, Hip-Hop

The Campbell Brothers: John Coltrane's A Love Supreme

Walker Art Center : 8:00 p.m. February 26

To mark the 50th anniversary of saxophonist John Coltrane's groundbreaking masterpiece, A Love Supreme, Lincoln Center and Duke University co-commissioned a new interpretation by the Campbell Brothers, among the leaders of the African-American sacred steel tradition. Sacred steel is based on... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Jazz, Blues


First Avenue : 7:00 p.m. March 8

Tweedy’s double album, Sukierae, is indelibly tied to family. The chief Tweedy is Wilco’s Jeff, who does nearly everything on the album and wrote all 20 songs, linked in various degrees to his wife Sue’s battle with lymphoma. The title is her nickname. Playing drums is their... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Rock

Ashley DuBose (Record Release Show)

Bedlam Theatre Lowertown : 9:00 p.m. March 7

R&B singer Ashley DuBose made music her full-time job during her run on the 2013 season of the NBC singing competition The Voice, and hasn't looked back since. After auditioning on a whim, her dazzling cover of Rihanna's "Diamonds" earned support from all four celebrity judges. Maroon 5's Adam... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Soul

International Reggae All-Stars

Bunker's Music Bar & Grill : 9:00 p.m. every Tue.

Make all the jokes you want about the climate differences between Kingston and Minneapolis, but the cultural ones aren't as hard to reconcile. The aptly dubbed Lynval "Golden Voice" Jackson and his band have been a welcome and frequent presence in Twin Cities clubs for years now, and they're... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Reggae

Get Cryphy!

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month

We may be a few years past the point where crunk and hyphy are the hot-trend hip hop subgenres, but First Ave's recurring "Get Cryphy!" night isn't just a matter of trying to find new life in a couple aging styles by portmanteauing them together. Jimmy2Times¬, Plain Ole Bill, DJ Fundo and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) DJ

David Sanchez Quartet

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant : 9:00 p.m. March 9

Widely praised for his tone, technical mastery, inventiveness and sheer firepower, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez is a key contemporary innovator in fusing jazz with a rich panoply of Latin, Caribbean and African influences. Equally influenced by the musical traditions of his native... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Jazz


Clubhouse Jager : 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

"Retro" is a tricky niche to slot a dance night into. Usually you've got to find yourself an era and a genre, hew towards the hits, and maybe garnish it with an outsized wink, a double-pistol-point and a smirking acknowledgement that you think the past is, well, kinda goofy. But Transmission... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) DJ

New Century Sessions: Peter Himmelman

New Century Theatre : 7:00 p.m. April 12

Minneapolis (Downtown) Rock

Transmission Presents: Computer World (A tribute to Kraftwerk & the synthesizer)

The Varsity Theater : 10:00 p.m. last Wed. of every month

"Retro" is a tricky niche to slot a dance night into. Usually you've got to find yourself an era and a genre, hew towards the hits, and maybe garnish it with an outsized wink, a double-pistol-point and a smirking acknowledgement that you think the past is, well, kinda goofy. But Transmission... More >>

University DJ

Loud at the Library: Zoo Animal

St. Paul Central Library : 6:30 p.m. March 26

St. Paul (Downtown) Rock


Historic State Theatre : 6:30 p.m. April 9

With Kishi Bashi. More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Rock

Twenty Years of Freedom: Featuring Vusi Mahlasela and Hugh Masekela

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. March 7

Both true South African music legends, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela are renowned not only for the ebullient, joyful music they’ve created over their long careers, but also for their roles as beacons of strength and hope during their nation’s bitter struggle with apartheid. First... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) World

The One Love Movement

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. every Thu.

Friday night gets all the love, Wednesday night has its nudge-wink "hump day" cachet and everyone hates Mondays so much that there's no choice but to go out and wash that start-of-the-week ennui away. But what about Thursday, the day of the week where people are most likely to put... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) DJ

The Mavericks

Pantages Theatre : 8:00 p.m. April 4

Minneapolis (Downtown) Alt-Country

Punch Brothers

First Avenue : 7:00 p.m. March 1

After recently polishing his Renaissance man credentials by hosting Prairie Home in place of Garrison Keillor, singer, songwriter, and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile returns with his equally virtuosic picking pals for a full-fledged Punch Brothers performance. Each time out, the brotherly... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Roots

Gov't Mule + John Scofield

Historic State Theatre : 7:00 p.m. February 26

With a cursory glance, Gov't Mule, led by flame-breathing guitarist Warren Hayes, and revered jazz guitarist John Scofield might seem like an odd pairing. But after years with the Allman Brothers Hayes also has a subtle touch, Scofield actually is genuinely eclectic, both have strong blues... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Rock

The Who

Target Center : 7:30 p.m. October 10

Minneapolis (Downtown) Rock

Wayne Krantz

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant : 7:00 p.m. April 3

Minneapolis (Downtown) Jazz


7th St. Entry : 10:00 p.m. March 6

The spacey, electro-tinged shoegaze of London’s 2:54 caught the music world’s attention with their self-titled debut in 2012, garnering them high-profile tours with likeminded buzz bands The xx, Warpaint, and Wild Beasts. And now, the group – led by sisters Colette and Hannah... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Rock

Moon Duo

7th St. Entry : 8:00 p.m. February 28

San Francisco's Moon Duo have kept the spacey fuzz and hypnotic grooves that soaked their first two albums, but they have expanded their sonic scope — as well as their lineup — on their third full-length, Shadow of the Sun. Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sana Yamada have... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Rock

Dr. Mambo's Combo

Bunker's Music Bar & Grill : 9:30 p.m. every Mon., Sun.

1987 was a notable year for Minnesota: the Twins won the World Series, Prince released one of his best albums in Sign 'O' the Times, and St. Louis Park's own Coen Brothers released their first great comedy Raising Arizona. 1987 was also the year that Dr. Mambo's Combo was formed, and it just so... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) R&B
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