The week's 27 best concerts: Aug. 29-Sept. 5

Lil Yachty will perform at Myth on Friday, Sept. 1.

Lil Yachty will perform at Myth on Friday, Sept. 1. Associated Press

Rounding up the week's best concerts in the Twin Cities.

Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dakota, Wednesday 8.30
In 2016 Dr. Lonnie Smith issued his first album on Blue Note in 45 years, Evolution, returning with a flourish to the label where he established his reputation in the ’60s. Smith is a virtuoso magician of the Hammond B-3 organ, a physician of slippery soul-jazz grooves, funky rhythms, and marvelous melodies. Evolution essentially puts Smith’s career in contemporary context. Expanding his usual trio with guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Johnathan Blake, Smith reinvigorates old and new nuggets with a muscled-up band featuring horns and second drummer Joe Dyson. Robert Glasper adds sparkling piano to a furiously funky “Play It Back.” Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano guests on the sultry “Afrodesia,” which he originally played with Smith in the ’70s. Smith returns to the trio format (also the Dakota setup) for fresh takes on the standards “Straight No Chaser” and “My Favorite Things.” 7 p.m. $35-$45. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —Rick Mason

  • INDIGO GIRLS Aug. 30, 7:00 p.m. at Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
  • THE AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR Aug. 30, 7:00 p.m. at Basilica of St. Mary
  • TANYA TUCKER Aug. 30-31, 8:30 p.m. at Leinie Lodge Bandshell

7th St Entry, Thursday 8.31
Los Angeles four-piece Bleached, featuring sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, emerged in the early ’10s as one of the best new California rock groups. Their first three EPs led them to signing with Dead Oceans, the venerable label on which they truly began to thrive with their efficient style: fuzzy, surfy indie rock mostly about loving, missing, and being annoyed with boys. Welcome the Worms, last year’s follow-up to the band’s 2013 full-length debut, Ride Your Heart, was more nuanced and muscular, thanks in part to the production from alt-rock wizard Joe Chicarelli. This March, the band returned with the four-song quickie Can You Deal?, which suggests the brawn of Welcome the Worms is here to stay and featured the added magic of Bloc Party and Mars Volta producer Alex Newport. Thursday’s show at the Entry happens to be Bleached’s last headlining tour stop before they spend two months opening for Against Me! all over the country. The Dirty Nil open. 18+. 7:30 p.m. $14. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

Lil Yachty
Myth, Thursday 8.31
Atlanta native and self-proclaimed “king of the teens” Lil Yachty just turned 20 last week, but he’s already had an irreversible impact on hip-hop by inspiring a debate over whether he’s even hip-hop at all. Influenced by the potent simplicity and DIY spirit of 21st-century game-changers like Soulja Boy, Yachty has few musical things in common with rappers from the previous generation, aside from a vague vocal resemblance to Andre 3000. Yachty’s breakthrough came with the platinum-selling earworm “One Night,” and ever since then, the kid with the beaded red hair has been hard to miss, what with his new debut album, his mixtapes, and additional songs with everyone from Chance the Rapper to Macklemore. Listening to too many of Yachty’s songs at once reveals his over-reliance on certain topics and vocals’ styles (often totally slathered in Auto-Tune), but his best songs are supremely fun and joyous. Though Yachty has bigger songs in the rest of the country, his inevitable performance of his single “Minnesota” will surely set off a giddy and explosive crowd reaction on Thursday. 8 p.m. $29.50-$150. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651-779-6984. —Michael Madden

  • LADY MIDNIGHT Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. at Turf Club
  • USHER Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. at Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
  • TENEIA Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Dent May
7th St. Entry, Friday 9.1
Between his third and fourth albums, Mississippian Dent May loaded up the truck and he moved to Beverly—well, maybe not the Hills, but not far away in the warm Southern California sun, where his clever tunes blossomed into breezy, radiant, palm-tree pop laced with lush Beach Boys spirit. The new one, Across the Multiverse, revels in the buoyant glow of La La Land myth, the music glistening in sheets of diamond-like droplets orchestrated to ensure May’s melodies shine. May’s soaring falsetto surfs ’70s vintage waves with Brian Wilson-like charm, and hints of Randy Newman-style irony surface in the lyrics, which are riddled with uncertainty and melancholy that make his joyous-sounding tunes a bit unsettling. “Hello cruel world,” he sings in the opening song, “are you real or just a dream?” “Looming existential dread” plagues “Dream 4 Me,” and wistfulness hangs like Spanish moss in “90210” as May sheepishly acknowledges his outsider status. Suzie and Devata Daun open. 8 p.m. 18+. $10. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Rick Mason

Henry Butler’s Jambalaya Band
Dakota, Friday 9.1
James Booker may have been the most eccentric of New Orleans’ exceptional, idiosyncratic pianists, but Henry Butler isn’t far off. Butler is an eclectic virtuoso, embracing classical, bop, pop, traditional jazz, Caribbean shimmers, and numerous points in between. One of Butler’s many musical configurations, the Jambalaya Band is an electric blues-oriented quartet that tackles the NOLA canon with punchy élan. Butler leads the way on far-ranging improvisational forays that venture into the quirky crevices of Crescent City standards, yielding unique interpretations whose impressionistic sections blossom into familiar strains. Virtually every tune features a Butler keyboard clinic of classical chords, percussive McCoy Tyner stylings, freaky funk, and ornamental oddities, while his gospel-edged baritone burrows into the lyrics of Allen Toussaint or Earl King. Butler’s had a couple of bouts with cancer recently but is reportedly doing well. $30-$35 at 7 p.m. $25-$30 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —Rick Mason

  • SZA Sept. 1, 7:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • MARK MALLMAN Sept. 1, 8:30 p.m. at Turf Club
  • ANDERS OSBORNE Sept. 1, 7:00 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • COMMUNIST DAUGHTER Sept. 2, 8:00 p.m. at Turf Club
  • THE CURRENT'S MUSIC ON-A-STICK FEATURING PHANTOGRAM Sept. 2, 7:00 p.m. at Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
  • OXBOW Sept. 2, 8:00 p.m. at Skyway Theatre
  • HIPPO CAMPUS Sept. 3-4, 8:30 p.m. at Leinie Lodge Bandshell
  • BEVERLY Sept. 3, 7:00 p.m. at Turf Club

Triple Rock Social Club, Monday 9.4
Eyehategod’s comeback has been a remarkable one. The New Orleans sludge metallers made their impact felt throughout the ’90s, particularly with the mid-decade LPs Take As Needed for Pain (which Rolling Stone recently named one of the 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time) and Dopesick. While deeply rooted in Sabbathian bludgeon, their music reliably demonstrates versatility—sometimes they’ll accelerate to the speed of hardcore, other times they’ll execute a blues-rock power riff with echoes of NOLA’s ancient blues history. 2000’s subpar Confederacy of Ruined Lives would be the last record fans heard from the band for over a decade, but EHG finally returned in 2014 with their self-titled LP, which will go down as the band’s last album to feature drummer Joey LaCaze, who died before it was finished. Evidently, though, aging hasn’t diminished the band’s collective vitality, as the album contains exceeding levels of ferocity. (See: the manic punk of “Framed to the Wall”). Cro-Mags, Hive, and Pyralis open. 8 p.m. 18+. $22-$25. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. —Michael Madden

  • SAM HUNT Sept. 4, 7:00 p.m. at Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
  • THE ROE FAMILY SINGERS Sept. 4, 8:00 p.m. at 331 Club
  • JT'S JAZZ IMPLOSION Sept. 4, 9:00 p.m. at Icehouse
  • BROCKHAMPTON Sept. 5, 6:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • KAKI KING AND DEREK GRIPPER Sept. 5, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • DEAN MAGRAW & DAVU SERU Sept. 5, 7:00 p.m. at Black Dog Cafe