The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 10/17-19

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All Things Guitar
With Jim Falbo
James J. Hill House
7 p.m., $12/$15.

Beats Antique
With Emancipator, Shpongle
18+., 8 p.m., $30/$35.

Betty Who
With Joywave, Great Good Fine OK
Fine Line Music Cafe
8 p.m., $15-$30.

The Blind Shake Tour Kickoff
With the Hussy, American Cream, Animal Lover,
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $6/$8.

Clementine, Mammoth Indigo, Chalk, Star Magnet
Hexagon Bar
21+, 9 p.m. free.

Connie Evingson & the John Jorgenson Quintet
Dakota Jazz Club
Twin Cites chanteuse extraordinaire Connie Evingson returns to swinging gypsy jazz on her new album, All the Cats Join In. This time she's collaborating with the quintet led by guitar ace, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist John Jorgenson, a co-founder of the Desert Rose Band, later a pioneer of the American gypsy jazz revival. Evingson's voice continues
to be a marvel of sly innuendo, sinuous intrigue, and sleek tonal colors, with ever deepening streaks of sienna and claret. Together, they launch smart, jaunty versions of jazz standards like "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "The Jersey Bounce." Expect a guest appearance by jazz vocal icon Jon Hendricks, trading lyrics with Evingson he wrote for Lester Young's "Tickle Toe." $35 at 7 p.m. $30 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. --RICK MASON

Dean Magraw & Eric Kamau Gravatt
Landmark Center
Fire on the Nile is the new Red House release from guitarist Dean Magraw and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt. Twin Cities native Magraw plays virtually anything from folk to rock to all manner of world music. Philly native and longtime Minnesotan Gravatt has played on the front line of jazz, including notable stints with jazz fusion pioneers Weather Report and pianist McCoy Tyner. After several years of duo gigs, Magraw and Gravatt approached Fire with the same sense of spontaneity, twisting melodic and rhythmic ideas into fantastic configurations echoing bop, free jazz, funk ("Baby Wayne"), blues ("Sleeping Diva"), surf ("Coast Highway'), Celtic (the trad air "My Lagan Love"), and psychedelic rock. The vibe is as fresh as a wintry gust off Superior -- raw, sometimes in your face but with the subtlety of a caress. $18. 8 p.m. (7 p.m. cocktail hour) 75 W. Fifth St., St. Paul; 651-292-3063. --RICK MASON

Into It. Over It
With Tancred, And We Danced, Self-Evident.
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 7:30 p.m., $12/$14.

Marketa Irglova
With Rosi Golan
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $22/$25.

Mill City Nights
18+., 8 p.m., $29.50/$32.

The Rural Alberta Advantage
With July Talk.
First Avenue
18+., 8 p.m., $20.

Sondre Lerche
With Teen
Turf Club
8 p.m., $20.


Angus & Julia Stone:
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $20.

Ani DiFranco
First Avenue
18+., 7 p.m., $40.

Calabrese, L'Assassins (EP release), Fury Things, Leather Sweater, DJs Rambo Salinas & Tom Novak
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $7.

With Dub Thompson.
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+., 8 p.m., $16-$30.

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
8 p.m., $50-$70.

Jason Derulo
With Wallpaper
All ages., 7 p.m., $26.50-$36.50.

Jason Mraz
Historic State Theatre
8 p.m., $25-$75.

King Tuff
7th St. Entry
As King Tuff, garage-rocker Kyle Thomas wields stomping, Stooges-like chords that match the attitude of his lyrical sneers of "Baseball, football: too many rules." He's a low-key beast on guitar, with riffs sounding like measures of solos, and he's willing to experiment lately -- even collaborating with Brooklyn hip-hop producer Harry Fraud. His second album on Sub Pop, Black Moon Spell, is heavier than 2008's Was Dead or 2012's King Tuff -- he even outright titled a song "Headbanger." It also shows patches of graceful, nuanced songwriting, including the sardonic Magnetic Fields nod "I Love You Ugly" and the fluffy indie pop of "Staircase of Diamonds" -- which doesn't end without Thomas clawing in with ample six-string noise. With Cassie Ramone. 18+, $12, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N. Minneapolis; 612-332- 1775. --MICHAEL MADDEN

Sonic Bouquet, Tim Casey & the Martyrs, Spaceheater, Geyser
Hexagon Bar
21+, 9 p.m., free.


Allen Stone
With Bad Rabbits, Tommy & the High Pilots.
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+., 6:30 p.m., $25-$40. , 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100.

With Grizfolk
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
7 p.m., $35.

Beausoleil/Caravan of Thieves
Cedar Cultural Center
Four decades after the Cajun cultural renaissance began, Michael Doucet et amis' Beausoleil is still its heart and soul. They keep standards alive while finding ties between southwest Louisiana and world music. On last year's From Bamako to Carencro, the band covers a pair of tunes from pioneering fiddle icons Dennis McGee and Canray Fontenot,
plus a traditional two-step. Then it goes venturing, to Mali, the Caribbean, and the Apollo Theatre, the last in a mind-bending cover of James Brown's "I'll Go Crazy," complete with Doucet's Cajunized version of Brown's classic yowl and swirling accordion. Gypsy jazz is the foundation of opener Caravan of Thieves' eclectic sound, which combines Beatlesesque pop, freak folk, chamber rock, and punkish fiddle forays. $25/$30, 7:30 p.m., 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. --RICK MASON

Bryan Adams
Historic State Theatre
8 p.m., $33.50-$89.

Molly's Worst Enemy (album release)
With Township, Crab Legs, Infinite Me, Braver, Pierre.
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $8.

Pearl Jam
Xcel Energy Center
Twenty-five or so years in, quintessential Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam has mastered the rare art of turning arenas into intimate settings. Like Springsteen and his E Street Band, Eddie Vedder and PJ built an honest rapport with fans with scorching rockers and soul-baring ballads. PJ is supporting last year's Lightning Bolt, a moody, often haunting album. Within, the band taps sparks of deep fire, while Vedder contemplates mortality and rails against religion. Live, Pearl Jam has been playing three-hour marathons strewn with two- plus decades of nuggets. Vedder has also been doing a mid-show acoustic version
of John Lennon's "Imagine," echoing this summer's antiwar statements, providing updates of baseball playoffs scores, and leading electrifying covers of the Who, Stones, and Neil Young. $69.50, 7:30 p.m. 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-265- 4800. --RICK MASON

With Willie Green + Chuckie Campbell.
Turf Club
8 p.m., $5/$7.

The Airborne Toxic Event
With the Valley Below.
First Avenue
18+., 7 p.m., $19/$22.


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