The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/1-1/7

The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/1-1/7
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Happy 2014! While most will take New Year's Day off, bars and some venues will be open in the evening including Curtiss A's tribute to Hank Williams at the Dakota. Friday night the Turf Club will be hosting And the Professors, and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will be at the Cedar. The Blind Shake will continue the Blowout tradition at the Triple Rock Saturday while the Big Pink pay tribute to The Band's final concert also known as The Last Waltz. And if there wasn't ample opportunity to dance yourself clean, hit First Ave on Saturday night for a Bassgasm preview featuring DJs Reid Speed (above) and Sandra Collins.

Wednesday 1.1.2014

Curtiss A's Tribute to Hank Williams
The Dean of Scream (a.k.a. Curt Almsted) has been doing his John Lennon tribute on the anniversary of the Beatle's murder for more than three decades. He'll start off the fresh year with something that may become a new annual rite: honoring Hank Williams with a little help from some honky tonkin' friends on the anniversary of the country legend's untimely demise at age 29 in 1953. If anyone can convincingly make the stretch from Strawberry Fields to the banks of the old Pontchartrain, it's the redoubtable Curtiss A. Joining Curt along this lost highway will be guitarists Frankie Lee, Dale Strength, and Sprague Hollander; bassist Bill Grenke; Randy Broughton on pedal steel; fiddler Dave Boquist; and vocalist Jim Boquist -- a sufficiently large ensemble so that nobody should be lonesome enough to cry.  --Rick Mason
All Ages, $10. 7 PM

Thursday 1.2.2014

Ultra Bide with Gay Witch Abortion and Ex Nuns
7th Street Entry
Japanese Punk
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

William Within, Farewell Milkwaukee and Fairfax, AK
Turf Club
Electric Folk
21+, $5, 8 PM

Friday 1.3.2014

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank with the May North, Luke Warm & the Cool Hands
Cedar Cultural Center
Backwoods Melody
All Ages, $10/$12, 7 PM

And the Professors with Batteryboy and Har Di Har
Turf Club
Sparkling Pop
21+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Bring on the New Year: Kasper EP Release Party with Cosmo, Nick Twist, Ryan C and Everest
7th Street Entry
Driving and Soulful
18+, $5/$7, 9 PM

Flyentology with Hater Greg, Quadrillion Jackson, Wyld Lyf, Palladium, CFANS and Alex Winner
First Avenue
DJ Dance Night
18+, $5, 10 PM
Saturday 1.4.2014

Big Pink with Belfast Cowboys
Tribute to The Last Waltz
18+, $12/$15, 9 PM

The Karma Kicks CD Release with The Drug Budget and The Smashing Adams
Turf Club
Jam Collective
21+, $5, 8 PM

Blind Shake, STNNNG and Wildwing
Triple Rock
Roaring Rock
18+, $8/$10, 9 PM

Reid Speed / Sandra Collins
First Avenue
Dubbed "The #1 Queens of Dancefloor Destruction," Bassgasm 8 veterans Reid Speed and Sandra Collins return to First Avenue for the first weekend of 2014. As we wait for the biggest electronic dance music party in town's next installment later in the year, this should be a mind-blowing way to kill some time with two stages running. With Speed's focus on dubstep and bass music and Collins's trance expertise, the night is geared for a cross-generational crowd. With Alien Brain Food, Bunnymob, Woody McBride, Centrific, DJ Rype, Lady Sparx, the Muse, Girl E, Modest, 1234, Mustang Sally, And the Mighty, K Drive, MC Obliquity, Hyde, Brace, MC Arion Lee, and more. --Reed Fischer
18+, $12/$15, 7 PM

K. Raydio & Psymun Release Show with Pho, Ackryte and D'Allen White
7th Street Entry
Funk and Soul
18+, $5/$7, 8 PM

Sunday 1.5.2013

Larry Coryell Power Trio
Guitar virtuoso Larry Coryell established his reputation in the late '60s and '70s as a ferocious pioneer of jazz-rock fusion, using his already monster technique to carve out scintillating electric realms somewhere between bop and psychedelia, sprinkled with blues and country. Four decades and some 80 albums later, Coryell has covered an astounding array of territory, an eclectic journey that's roamed from acoustic picking to Indian ragas to Stravinsky to Brazil and most spots in between. Now Coryell's back with his periodic colleagues in the Power Trio, bassist Larry Gray and drummer Paul Wertico. They should mine a rich jazz vein that may flirt with avant-garde, touch on the Beatles, and be laced with samba.  --Rick Mason
$30 at 7 PM, $22 at 9 PM

Winterset, Nataniel Talbot and Josh Schaap
7th Street Entry
Folk Rock
18+, $5, 7 PM

Monday 1.6.2014

Roberta Gambarini
Dakota MONDAY 1.6 + TUESDAY 1.7
Born and raised in Torino, Italy, Roberta Gambarini dazzled the jazz world soon after she hit the states with her terrific voice, earning enthusiastic comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae. She's a wonderful scat singer and has all the requisite tonal, phrasing, and interpretive tools for greatness. Hank Jones and James Moody were among her early mentors. Over her first few albums, she garnered a Grammy nomination and proved adept at knockout versions of jazz standards as well as adapting pop tunes. Gambarini hasn't been heard from much since 2009's So in Love, but apparently has recently issued a new album in Japan, where she has a strong following. Whatever she's been up to, Gambarini is an acquaintance well worth renewing.  --Rick Mason
$35, 7 PM & 10 PM

Tuesday 1.7.2014

P!nk with New Politics
Target Center
Top 40 Pop
All Ages, $39.50-$125, 8 PM

Ghostmouth with The Fontanelles and Hotelecaster
7th Street Entry
Jangle Pop
18+, $5, 8 PM

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