The week's best concerts: Aug. 19-25

Gaby Moreno

Gaby Moreno

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers •  $15 •  7 p.m. Wed. •  The Cedar Cultural Center

IAmDynamite •  $15 •  8 p.m. Wed. Turf Club

Hollow Boys •  $6-$8 •  8 p.m. Wed. •  7th St. Entry

The Dread Crew of Oddwood •  $10-$12 •  8 p.m. Thu. •  Mill City Nights

Christopher Paul Stelling •  $12-$15 •  9:30 p.m. Thu. • Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

Tigress feat. Sarah White • $8-$10 • 9:30 p.m. Thu. • Icehouse

Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra


Out of Santa Cruz, California, Marty O’Reilly plays an electrified resonator guitar and leads an abbreviated orchestra (usually two or three strong). He trades in a quavering, passion-charged variety of the blues that mixes up gnarly roots, Tom Waits-like gritty, inebriated vocals, vintage hot club swing, and twisted chamber jazz. With an apparent background in classical and jazz, O’Reilly, whose freak-folkish vocal delivery is a couple of snake bites away from an apocalyptic preacher’s, became enamored with country blues and old gospel. Jeff Kissell’s rich, thumping double bass and Chris Lynch’s marauding fiddle adds immeasurably to the distinct vibe. The songs on the band’s pretty terrific debut, Praying For Rain, include fractured tales about a three-legged dog and a guy who was “walking on water … dancing on quicksand,” plus a fierce cover of “Smokestack Lightning.” 21+. $7-$10. 10 p.m. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. — RICK MASON

G. Love and Special Sauce • $27-$152 • 5:30 p.m. Fri. • Hilde Performance Center

Busdriver • $10 • 9 p.m. Fri. Nomad World Pub

The Dead Presidents Tour with Meaux Green • $15 • 9 p.m. Fri. • The Loft 

Foo Fighters


Storied post-grunge/arena rock band the Foo Fighters are bringing their energetic, massive-sounding live show to Xcel — yes, even after Dave Grohl suffered that broken leg mid-concert in June. The group’s 2014 album, Sonic Highways, showcases Grohl’s trademark roar and the usual commanding guitars, along with vocal cameos from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Zac Brown (the Zac Brown Band). Recorded in studios all around the country, several of the eight tracks off Sonic Highways should mingle well with old Foo favorites like “DOA,” “Learn to Fly,” Best of You,” and “Everlong.” The Foo Fighters enlisted English group Royal Blood for the Sonic Highways World Tour, introducing the inventive, enthralling duo to stadiums full of new fans. All ages. $35-75. 7 p.m. 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-265-4800. – CECILIA JOHNSON

Chipotle Cultivate Festival


Chipotle’s free Cultivate Festival will hit Minneapolis for the second year in a row, bringing food, music, and a squad of mostly Minnesotan super chefs to Loring Park. From a gastro end, Cultivate will highlight Chipotle’s food-prep culture (no microwaves, freezers, or can openers) and offer free samples from the restaurant’s Asian-style spinoff, ShopHouse. As for the music, five killer bands will perform for the burrito-loving masses. Among them: Hippo Campus, the buzzy local group who just released a new single, “South”; roots artist Anderson East, who’s fresh off a recent Minneapolis show opening for Brandi Carlile; X Ambassadors, who will play from their layered, subtle debut album VHS; and upbeat pop-rockers Atlas Genius. Headlining is Walk the Moon, those jaunty Top 40 rockers behind “Shut Up and Dance” (which is sure to spark a singalong for the ages). All ages. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis. – CECILIA JOHNSON

Brit Floyd • $28-$53 • 8 p.m. Sat. • Northrop

Jonny Lang • $65 • 7 p.m. Sat. • Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater T

Charlie Mars • $20-$25 • 9 p.m. Sat. • Aster Cafe



In the spirit of Camus’ invincible summer before it, the current/dwindling season promises even more block parties! So, Twin Citians, if you need to stand on hot pavement or grass while watching your favorite local bands, check out this weekend’s sonic clambake – Tilia’s Augtoberfest. Not only does Tilia serve up fish one can debone for Instagram-able envy, they also deliver portmanteau-ing music fests. The vowel-rich Augtoberfest arrives again this year to the Linden Hills eatery, simultaneously unleashing the upcoming-season-that-shall-not-be-mentioned’s Bavarian-style seasonal beers. You can also expect live music from local favorites Howler, Two Harbors, Umami, Ryan Traster, and Molly and the Danger Band. Featuring $5 entry and an emphasis on food (Tilia, Café 128, Patisserie, others), Augtoberfest stays more true to the democratic, neighborhood vibes of block parties than other options this summer (alas, there won’t be crayfish). The inclusion of the word “halcyon” in the Facebook invite seems apropos. All ages. $5. 3-8:30 p.m. 2726 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis; 612-354-2806. – CHRISTOPHER VONDRACEK

Gaby Moreno


Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno’s widest-known claim to fame may be co-writing a tune with Vincent Jones that won a contest to be the theme song for TV’s Park and Recreation. But she’s also a rising presence on the international music circuit. Moreno won the Best New Artist award at the 2013 Latin Grammys, collaborated with Latin music heavyweight Ricardo Arjona on the YouTube hit “Fuiste Tú,” and has played high-profile gigs around the globe with the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Ani DiFranco. More significantly, she’s a fabulous singer whose effortless and elastic style includes elements of vintage cabaret, folk, gutty R&B, bluesy rock, soulful pop, and breezy bossa nova. Sometimes she adroitly jams much of it into a single tune, as she does in “No Estoy Tan Mal,” the lead track on 2012’s Postales. “Valle De Magnolias” is catchy blues-funk, while “Ave Que Emigra” is ambling Latin folk-rock. Whatever the context, Moreno seems to have the voice, savvy, chops, and charisma to hit it big. $25. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. – RICK MASON

Country Doctors • $5-$10 • 2 p.m. Sun. • Eagles Club #34

Chuck Leah (Record Release Show) • $5 • 9 p.m. Sun. • Icehouse

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz • $5 • 8 p.m. Sun. • Aster Cafe

Bettye LaVette • $45-$40 • 7 p.m. Mon. • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant T

James Vincent McMorrow • $38 • 7 p.m. Mon. • Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater T

The Vaccines • $17-$20 • 8 p.m. Mon. • Triple Rock Social Club T



The harsh, insinuating melodies and haunting, sinuous rhythms of Tinariwen were born in the Sahara and nurtured on Western electric guitars and blues. The group’s undulating vocals and flinty, drone-like guitar figures twitch and strain, reflecting their unsettled legacy. Tinariwen’s members are Tauregs, traditionally nomadic people who roamed North Africa’s deserts for millennia. Political instability forced Tauregs into exile and refugee camps, which is where Tinariwen was formed. Upheaval in Mali prompted the group to record their latest, Emmaar, in a different desert — California’s Mojave. The LP is a return to emphatically electric, wind-whipped hard desert blues after the primarily acoustic nature of 2011’s Tassili. Opening will be local trio Body Omara, who explore the intersection between jazz and the Saharan blues. All ages. $33-$35. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. – RICK MASON

The Psychedelic Furs •  $26-$28 •  7 p.m. Tue. •  First Avenue

Cyrus Chestnut Trio •  $30 •  7 p.m. Tue. • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant 

Daniel Romano •  $10-$12 •  7:30 p.m. Tue. Turf Club