The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 12/19-21

Haerts -- see Saturday!

Haerts -- see Saturday!

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Friday, December 19

Allison Scott's Soulful Christmas 7:30 p.m., $18-$22. Wayzata Community Church

Anonymous Choir With Village of Spaces 10:30 p.m., $5-$10 sliding scale. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

Claudia Schmidt Claudia Schmidt's spectacular multi-octave voice is at once luminous and earthy, as sturdy as an oak while as ethereal as the wind blowing through its leaves, as warm as a crackling fire holding off Midwestern chill. Michigan native Schmidt is again living in our midst. With the release last March of New Whirled Order, Schmidt also returned to St. Paul's Red House label, which issued a series of her recordings beginning in the late '80s. Schmidt's wonderful phrasing and tone adeptly blend folk, jazz and shades of the blues. Add the magical guitar of old pal Dean Magraw (as on NWO) and the results are sublime. There's a strong literary streak in Schmidt's songs, which she says were inspired here by love and fear, both of which she addresses with eloquence and grace. She also conjures a noirish blues on "My Defenses Are Down" and dashes off on a semi-comic oom-pah jaunt on "Strong Woman Has A Bad Day Polka.", 7 p.m., $18 adv/$20 door. -- Rick Mason F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium

Dustin Thomas 8 p.m., $7 adv/$10 door. 7th St. Entry

Heiruspecs With Carnage and the Last Band Standin' 9 p.m., $12-$15. Turf Club

Javier and the Innocent Sons 7 p.m., $5. Harriet Brewing

Jeremy Messersmith With the Cloak Ox 8 p.m., $20. First Avenue

Mrs. With Lovely Dark and Orchyd 10 p.m., Free. 331 Club

Sonny Knight and the Lakers Not only is Minneapolis powerhouse soul and funk vocalist Sonny Knight still around, he's in the midst of a full-fledged career renaissance. Capping off a pretty remarkable year, Knight and his ferociously tight, swaggering band the Lakers will play four shows over two nights at the Dakota, all of which will be recorded for a live album to be released next year. In addition, the Dakota will clear its main floor of chairs and tables for Friday's late show so patrons can take Knight's advice from the final track of the group's debut album, I'm Still Here, and "Get Up and Dance," preferably unencumbered by furniture. Knight, 66, despite spending decades out of the music biz, retains a supple, resilient, classic soul voice that leaps out of the blazing mix ignited by the much younger Lakers. He cut a single as a teenager in 1965, later spent some time with the seminal TC R&B band Haze, but spent years driving trucks, until the funk and soul revival kicked off by the local Secret Stash label brought him back to his rightful spot on stage., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $20-$25. -- Rick Mason Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

The Orange Mighty Trio (Christmas CD Release Show) 7 p.m., $12-$15. The Cedar Cultural Center

Trashy Little Xmas 2014 8 p.m., $20. Lee's Liquor Lounge (Also Saturday)

Saturday, December 20

Chastity Brown Trio With Rachel Ries and the Ericksons 10 p.m., $10. Icehouse

Coax From Chuckanut With Almighty American, Inner Beauty Pageant, and A Model Home Life 8 p.m., Free. Kitty Cat Klub

Emergent With Skywind, Cold Kingdom, and Pathos Ethos 8 p.m., $12-$15. Mill City Nights

HAERTS The Brooklyn-based, German-rooted four-piece HAERTS began under the simpler spells of Americana music before making pop structures their greatest asset. More or less beginning as a group when founding members Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert wrote a song together for a friend's birthday (in lieu of a physical gift), they broke out in 2012 with the bouncy "Wings." Throughout, Fabi's vocals arc alongside thumping pop-rock drumming and gorgeous guitar figures - especially on the stripped-back, Rumours-esque strummer "No One Needs to Know." Still, despite the many Fleetwood Mac comparisons, their self-titled debut has a modern, often synthy sheen that not only shows the durability of their predecessors' sounds, but also the room that younger acts have to put their own spin on them. With Mikky Ekko., 8 p.m., $15. -- Michael Madden 7th St. Entry

Kathy Mattea: Songs and the Season 8 p.m., $25-$96. Orchestra Hall

New Medicine With the Usual Things, La Madness, and Lake Avenue 7:30 p.m., $15-$20. Fine Line Music Cafe

The Singer/Songwriter Series Featuring Mother Banjo, George Scot, Doug Otto, and Nikki Roux 8 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door. Patrick's Cabaret

6th Annual Yuletide Sweater Ball With Pistol Whippin Party Penguins, Sans Souci, Dead Horses, and the Lowest Pair 7 p.m., $10. The Cedar Cultural Center

The Black Eyed Snakes With Southwire and the Lowland Lakers 10:30 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door. Icehouse

The Honeydogs With Taj Raj and Joey Ryan & the Inks 8 p.m., $12-$15. Turf Club

Twin Cities Jazz Sampler Release Party Although always seemingly flying a bit under the general public's radar, the local jazz scene is thriving artistically with multiple players and groups comparable to the best on national and international stages. In fact, local trumpeter Steve Kenny, who put together the disc being celebrated with this show (Twin Cities Jazz Sampler Volume One), argues in the liner notes that this is a golden age of sorts for Twin Cities original jazz. That's quite evident in the 13 bands represented on the disc, including the three that will perform here: Atlantis Quartet, with its eclectic, wonderfully malleable sound; Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio, the AQ bassist's ensemble with longtime scene stalwarts Dave Hagedorn on vibes and drummer Phil Hey; and Kenny's own muscular hard-boppin' Group 47. All culled from recent recordings, the sampler's tracks show off the quality and diversity of the local jazz community, ranging from the big band intrigue of the Adam Meckler Orchestra to the fusion-like dash of Foreign Motion to pianist Chris Lomheim's trio's lyrical introspection., 7:30 p.m., $15. -- Rick Mason Jazz Central

Vaski Holiday Blowout With TWRK, Boombox Cartel, Truancy, and Centrific 9 p.m., $15-$20. First Avenue

Whatever Forever With Rupert Angeleyes, White Boyfriend, and Pather Ray 9 p.m., Free. The Hexagon Bar

Winterblot Tap Takeover & Metal Fest With with Wodensthrone, Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, False, Woman is the Earth, and Nechochwen 5 p.m., $22/$24. Triple Rock Social Club

Sunday, December 21

Bain (Album Release Show) With Ashley Gold and DJ Fourfeet 9 p.m., Free. Icehouse

Bog With More.Is.More., Wizards Are Real, and Dubgun 8 p.m., Free. Triple Rock Social Club

The Dylan Salfer Trio With Black Water Blues Band 6 p.m., $5. 7th Street Entry

Home For The Holidays With Kimberly Brown 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., $16-$26. Fine Line Music Cafe

Jhené Aiko With SZA and the Internet Occupying different spaces within the futurist alternative R&B spectrum, Jhené Aiko, SZA, and the Internet touring together makes a surprising amount of sense. With her recent debut release Souled Out (which ticket-buyers will receive as a free digital download) expanding on the arc of her earlier mixtape material, Aiko's primary competition in the realm of free-floating, forward-thinking soul music are opening for her. SZA's contemplative, spacey melodies and the Internet's cutting-edge groove mentality express distinctive elements of contemporary R&B, and any one of the trio is strong enough to serve as headliner. In tandem with one another, they're sure to bolster each other's performances and add new dimension to the material. 7 p.m., $40. -- Jack Spencer The Skyway Theatre

Karrin Allyson 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $25-$40. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Transcendental Strangers With Driftwood Pyre 8 p.m., Free. Kitty Cat Klub


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