The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 9/1-9/4

The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 9/1-9/4
Photo by James Stangroom

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Monday, September 1

Salif Keita
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
With an imperial lineage stretching back to the 13th-century founder of the Mali Empire, Salif Keita wasn't supposed to pursue a career in music -- it wasn't considered proper. But he did, and became Afropop royalty. A composer and masterful singer dubbed the Golden Voice of Africa, Keita launched his career with two iconic Malian groups, the Rail Band, whose repertoire was based on traditional Mandinka music, and Les Ambassadeurs, which factored in international pop. As a solo artist, Keita sometimes incorporated major doses of western pop, rock, R&B, and electronics. But his current tour is tagged acoustic (although it isn't exclusively), revisiting classic Keita material with a lean ensemble that emphasizes trad instruments, leaving plenty of room for his fluid, impassioned, sublimely ornamented vocals. -Rick Mason
$50, 7 PM & 9 PM

Marcia Ball
Leinie Lodge Bandshell
Bayou piano queen Marcia Ball's music should turn the bandshell into a soggy, gator-infested roadhouse somewhere between Austin and New Orleans. Count on the Texas-born, Louisiana-raised Ball igniting a steamy mix of NOLA R&B, blues, honky-tonk, swamp pop, Cajun, and zydeco, all radiatin' from her 88s in the spirit of Professor Longhair while her husky twang wraps around lyrics of bluesy regret or boozy revel. Ball and her band likely will preview her new album, The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man, due later in September, her first since 2011's Grammy-nominated Roadside Attractions. All the tunes are originals except for a swaggering cover of Hank Ballard's "He's the One." All of it's fuel for timeless New Orleans celebratin', even in the far north. -Rick Mason
Free with Fair admission; 3:30 PM & 4:45 PM

Journey with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
$48-$58, 7 PM

Washed Out with Small Black
First Avenue
18+, $16/$18, 7:30 PM

Mill City Nights
15+, $18/$20, 7 PM

Tuesday, September 2

Brews for Hounds featuring Pennyroyal
612 Brew
Free, donations requested; 6 PM

France Camp with the Drug Budget and the Social Disaster
7th St. Entry
18+, $5, 8 PM

Ben Cook-Feltz with Robots from the Future and Megonia
Free, 9 PM

JayBee & the Routine
Minnesota Music Cafe
Free, 9:30 PM

Wednesday, September 3

How to Dress Well
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $15, 8 PM

Sylvan Esso with Dosh
First Avenue
18+, $15, 7 PM

Tahne Stillwell with Tom Aydan and Mary Bue
7th St. Entry
18+, $5, 7 PM

Nancy's Raygun with Kitten Forever, the Drug Budget, and Big Girl
Free, 9 PM

Self Evident with SkyAcre and Fallen Empire
Nomad World Pub
Free, 9 PM

Thursday, September 4

The Jayhawks with Rich Mattson
Turf Club (also First Avenue Fri.-Sat.)
Three shows, three albums. The rest of the Jayhawks had the opportunity for a facelift in 1995, after frontman Mark Olson left the band citing frustration with the major label pigpen. Led by Gary Louris, the Minneapolis alt-country band broadened their palette to encompass the likes of psych-pop on 1997's Sound of Lies, played with electronics on 2000's Smile, and ultimately retreated to their rootsiest sounds on 2003's Rainy Day Music. If you look at the records together, the sequence shows a band that knew its strengths -- fluid hooks, pinpoint guitar work, and an inimitable sense of togetherness -- and knew the new directions those strengths could take them. As a reminder to fans, the Jayhawks combed through their archives and reissued all three this summer, also collecting demos, outtakes, and live versions. (A is the cover of Charlie Rich's 1969 "Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs," recorded in Minneapolis during the Smile era.) Featuring most of the '97 touring lineup, this latest tour has been organized to highlight those years, with earlier songs like the riff-based "Waiting for the Sun" and the purely melodic "Blue" regularly being saved for later in the show, if not the encore. -Michael Madden
$35, 7 PM

Chris Strouth's Safe As Houses
New Century Theatre (also Fri.Sat.)
City Pages contributor Chris Strouth creates interdisciplinary art and music under the handle Paris1919. His latest performance piece, titled Safe as Houses, is an ambitious gathering of creatives for the purpose of exploring what security truly means and where to find it, and continuing from where his Antarctica composition left off earlier this year. The Kickstarter-funded multimedia performance turns the New Century Theatre into an enormous dollhouse, and masked dancers are dolls directed by choreographer Deborah Jinza Thayer. With vocals by Blue Sky Blackout's Christian Erickson, Wits' Janey Winterbauer, Mayda and Alan Subola (the Vibro Champs, the Bad Companions), Paris1919's ensemble will score the 40-person, interdisciplinary mélange. -Reed Fischer
$20, 7 PM

Vision the Kid & Tru (CD release)
7th St. Entry
With an understated but tight grasp on the craft, rapper Vision the Kid lends an exploratory approach to a range of subject matter on his sophomore album Somewhere In a Dark City. Teaming up again with producer Tru, the jazz-influenced boom-bap finds Vision writing party records, political and social commentary, and intimate personal experiences with a level of consistency that subtly downplays the ever-shifting flows. The release party for the album reflects his multiple points of influence, including opening sets from EDM producer and vocalist Poison IV, raw tongue-twister rapper Freez, political hip-hop artist Homeless (with producer Big Cats), and a solo set from Medium Zach of Big Quarters. It stands to be a big night with some of the local scene's best and brightest. With host DJ Snuggles. -Jack Spencer
18+, $5/$7, 9 PM

The Cactus Blossoms with Tom Brosseau and Andru Bemis
The Cedar Cultural Center
$12/$15, 7 PM

Thumpers with Devata Daun
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

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