The best Twin Cities concerts this weekend: 8/29-8/31
Doomtree at MN Music On-A-Stick -- See Sat.
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Friday, August 29
Anna Nalick The Cedar Cultural Center $20/$25, 7 PM
Glenn Jones Fine Line Music Cafe $20-$30, 7 PM
Feature Cuts The Loft 18+, $10, 8 PM
Mill City Back-to-School Special With J.Plaza, Knox, Lyric Marid, Sieed Brown, Sota-Cold, and more Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar) 18+, $5/$7, 10 PM
Botzy's Birthday Bash with Beasthead, Dre Green, Heavy Petting, and DJ White Bronco 7th St. Entry 18+, $5/$10, 9 PM
Saturday, August 30
MN Music On-A-Stick Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Bring together Brother Ali and Doomtree -- who are gearing up for the release of their next studio album -- and you've already got the most rap-heavy offering of the entire 2014 State Fair. The rest of the bill is a catch-all of local (or formerly local) talent. Sugar and Hüsker Dü vet Bob Mould is always good for some spiky indie rock that's heavy on the hooks. Har Mar Superstar's got his soulfulness and shirtless contortions. Add the levity and lushness of Cloud Cult and the Cactus Blossoms' authentic country western songcraft, and it's a party that never stays in one place for long. -Reed Fischer $30, 4 PM
Afrisota: Sounds & Culture of Africa in Minnesota With Zuluzuluu, Black Market Brass, Mpambara, Titamba, Titi, and more The Cedar Cultural Center
Hope Country (record release) with the Dust of Men and Hannah Connolly 7th St. Entry 18+, $10, 7 PM
Hilltop Hoods Fine Line Music Cafe 18+, $15/$30, 8 PM
Michael Shynes with Sonia Rao and Connie Lim Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $10, 8 PM
Sunday, August 31
Marcia Ball Minnesota State Fair Leinie Lodge Bandshell (also Mon.) 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." Ball weaves rollicking tales of love on the carny circuit (the title tune), Crescent City partying (the horn-fueled "Like There's No Tomorrow"), along with fractured accounts of hard times ("The Squeeze Is On," with zydeco accordionist Terrance Simien) and hard luck ("Can't Blame Nobody But Myself," laced with Delbert McClinton's harmonica). All of it's fuel for timeless New Orleans celebratin', even in the far north. Free with fair admittance. -Rick Mason Free, 3:30 PM & 4:45 PM
Jazz at the Jungle: Connie Evingson & Jon Weber Jungle Theater $25, 4 PM & 7:30 PM
The Sex Rays with White Bronco, Pornonono, and Silverback Colony Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $5, 9 PM
Glacier Academy with G-Biz, Charlie Gilb, Jury Nelson, and Jake Duda Kitty Cat Klub Free, 9 PM
Storyhill Fest With Ellis, Connor Garvey, Lucy Kaplansky, Storyhill, Pierce & Grace Pettis, and more Presbyterian Clearwater Forest Camp (also Fri-Sat) $140 for three-day pass; 3 PM-10 PM Fri., 9 AM-10 PM Sat-Sun.
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