Well, this is it.
The weekend we’ve all anticipated and/or dreaded are upon us, and there are way more concerts in town than we could spotlight here. Be sure to follow the links to our calendar to get the full scoop. And check here for some more tips about where to avoid the crowds and still get out to hear music.
Future and Cardi B @ Myth
Future is one of only two guests on Taylor Swift’s Reputation—further proof the rapper/singer has taken Atlanta trap as far as anyone. His takeover began with his 2014 mixtape Monster, and his narcotized flows and melodies have since become ubiquitous. Meanwhile, Bronx rapper Cardi B (who’ll also appear at Diddy’s “Player’s Ball” concert at the Armory on Sunday) has rocketed to superstardom in under a year, her blunt delivery turning seemingly every bar into a quotable. She’s built on the momentum of last year’s inescapable “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” with appearances on recent songs by Bruno Mars and Migos. 9 p.m. $499/$736.70. 3090 Southlawn Dr., St. Paul. More info here.—Michael Madden
Gucci Mane and Young Thug @ Privé Minneapolis
In the late 2000s, Atlanta trap architect Gucci Mane rose from Southern street star to chart-confirmed force thanks to his undeniable authenticity, low-key lyrical inventiveness, and supreme ear for beats. Following a three-year prison stay, he reemerged clear-headed in 2016, showcasing his streamlined flows and songcraft on some of his highest-charting singles and guest appearances yet. Gucci’s musical offspring includes the ATLien Young Thug, an equally potent pop force who most recently scaled the charts with his verse on Camila Cabello’s “Havana.” 21+. 9 p.m. 315 First Ave. N., Minneapolis. More info here.—Michael Madden
New Power Generation @ Dakota Jazz Club
Less iconic but more virtuosic than the Revolution, the New Power Generation were Prince’s studio band on what would turn out to be his last, half-decade run of hit singles, starting with 1991’s “Cream” and “Diamonds and Pearls.” The band’s versatility was also crucial to the success of Prince’s aims to put his own spin on newer styles like new jack swing. These Dakota shows will feature special guests André Cymone and Prince protégé Kip Blackshire. Also Saturday, Feb. 3. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $60-$80. 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. More info here.—Michael Madden
P!nk @ Armory
Having outlasted the Britneys and Christinas she was compared and contrasted with when she first emerged, pop’s resident bad girl is still plenty relevant. In fact, the 38-year-old Pennsylvania native is arguably at the peak of her career—with songwriting contributions from Bleachers’ ubiquitous Jack Antonoff, rising pop star Julia Michaels, and even indie troubadour Tobias Jesso Jr., her seventh and latest album, Beautiful Trauma, posted the biggest first-week sales figures by a female artist since Beyonce’s Lemonade. 9 p.m. $225-$1750. 500 S. 6th St., Minneapolis. More info here.—Michael Madden
Complete Friday concert listings here.
Diet Cig, the Spook School @ Whole Music Club
If you’re looking for pretty much the exact opposite of the big-money hip-hop events at downtown clubs like Privé this weekend, an all ages indie-rock show on the University of Minnesota campus is a pretty decent candidate. On Saturday, Diet Cig, the excellent lo-fi duo of singer/guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, are joined by with fellow indie faves Great Grandpa and Scotland’s the Spook School, who just released the terrific Could It Be Different? $10. 8 p.m. Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis. More info here.—Keith Harris
Dark Energy presents Wingtips @ Kitty Cat Klub
Though the city will be clogged with swanky dance and DJ events this weekend, the bass and beats won’t always come cheap. But venture out to Dinkytown and for $5 you can experience one of the best dance nights in town. Local promoters Dark Energy have made a home at this lush yet homey, velvet-swaddled club, and this nights’ guests, Chicago duo Wingtips, will mesh perfectly with the night’s goth-industrial vibe. $5. 10 p.m. 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis. More info here.—Keith Harris
Complete Saturday concert listings here.
Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz @ Privé Minneapolis
As fans hope his long-awaited Tha Carter V eventually sees the light of day, Lil Wayne is fresh off Dedication 6, a worthy and occasionally brilliant installment of the beat-jacking series that’s as essential to his discography as the Carter albums or Da Drought mixtapes. Wayne was a no-show at a 2017 Target Center show, so fingers crossed that he makes it to this Super Bowl party/concert. His co-headliner, 2 Chainz, is eight months past the best album of his career, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, and responsible for any number of the decade’s most fun and ridiculous rap verses. 21+. $309 and up. 5 p.m. 315 First Ave. N., Minneapolis. More info here.—Michael Madden
Sober Bowl @ Muse Event Center
This is just a guess, but there might be a lot of alcohol consumed in Minneapolis this weekend, especially with many bars open till 4 a.m. But sober visitors who need a little extra reinforcement against the prevailing debauchery can find refuge at this Super Bowl watch party. There’s a great local music lineup—Johnny & Molly Solomon, Mark Mallman, Katy Vernon, and Kurt Jorgenson Band—appearances by sober former pro football players Carl Eller and Ryan Leaf, and, of course, a recovery meeting. $20. 1 p.m. 107 Third Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-345-8344. More info here.—Keith Harris
Complete Sunday concert listings here.