comScore

The week's best concerts: Aug. 3-9

Did somebody say "Lizzo, our very own exploding major-label superstar, will top the 13th annual Pizza Luce Block Party"?

Did somebody say "Lizzo, our very own exploding major-label superstar, will top the 13th annual Pizza Luce Block Party"? Star Tribune

Rounding up the week's biggest gigs in the Twin Cities. 

Sasha Masakowski
Dakota Jazz Club, Wednesday 8.3
Vocalist Sasha Masakowski is one of the fresh faces of New Orleans jazz, digging deep into the city’s legacy while pushing contemporary boundaries. The Sidewalk Strutters, the band she’ll bring upriver, showcases her at her most traditional, with a repertoire dominated by early-20th-century pop and jazz. Her other projects focus on modern jazz, world music, and art rock. The twentysomething Masakowski is the daughter of music educators Ulrike, a classical pianist, and Steve, guitarist with premier NOLA prog-jazz ensemble Astral Project. She has a sleek, supple, naturally effervescent voice, which can be light and flirtatious, but also paint with a broad palette of musical colors, skipping and scatting through myriad nuances of phrasing and expression. The Strutters, including brother Martin on bass, conjure a lively mix of Crescent City trad jazz, Jazz Age pop, and hot club sizzle. Highlights on 2015’s Old Green River include highly distinctive spiritual nugget “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and NOLA staple “St. James Infirmary.” 7 p.m. 17-$22. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. — Rick Mason

  • WILD ADRIATIC Aug 3 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • SISTER SPARROW AND THE DIRTY BIRDS Aug 3 8 p.m. at Turf Club
  • AMETHYST Aug 3 8 p.m. at Vieux Carre

Ray LaMontagne
State Theatre, Thursday 8.4
Ray LaMontagne has always built his music on a foundation of timeless songwriting skills and, from there, a penchant for nuanced production that makes for optimal headphones listening. His earlier stuff best showcased his gruff Van Morrison-esque voice and romantic lyrical sentiments, though those core elements were surrounded with sweeping arrangements of horns, strings, and more. In recent years, the enviably bearded singer-songwriter’s sound has taken on a kaleidoscopic classic-rock feel, thanks in part to two big-name producers: Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who produced 2014’s Supernova, and My Morning Jacket leader Jim James, who took on this year’s Ouroborus, LaMontagne’s sixth LP. The latter record is full of charred riffs and atmospheric psychedelia, and, divided into two parts, it’s deliberately structured to play as a full-album experience. That intent is clear right from the start, first sweeping the listener up with eight-and-a-half-minute opener “Homecoming.” 7:30 p.m. $69-$83.50. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. — Michael Madden

  • THE RECORD SUMMER Aug 4 7:30 p.m. at Turf Club
  • BOB LOG III Aug 4 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • SEAN HAYES Aug 4 7:00 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center

August Music & Movies
Lake Harriet Bandshell, Friday 8.5
After hours of filling ashtrays and hurling whiskey tumblers into walls, the City Pages Lineup Theme Analysis Division arrived at a conclusion: This year’s August Music & Movies series is all about summer camp! The free summertime tradition is back for another year, and sets from local music favorites are indeed leading into screenings of classic camp films. Friday’s kickoff will have kiddie-rap heroes Koo Koo Kanga Roo paired with 1995 fat-camp caper Heavyweights, which was co-written by a young Judd Apatow. August 12 will see blazing choral collective Prairie Fire Lady Choir precede 1989 bougie girl scout romp Troop Beverly Hills, starring fleeting leading lady Shelley Long and future indie rockstar Jenny Lewis. August 19 will feature Chastity Brown, the soulful folkie who's currently opening Ani DeFranco's tour, leading into Wes Anderson's 2012 outdoorsy coming-of-age masterpiece Moonrise Kingdom. August 26 will combine the brotherly throwback country harmonies of the Cactus Blossoms with the pro-marriage hijinks of The Parent Trap, though it's unclear if we're talkin' 1961 Hayley Mills vehicle or 1998 Lindsay Lohan remake. Pro tip: Sneaking in beer is easy, fun, and good for the economy. All ages. 7:30 music; 9 p.m. film. Free. 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis. — Jay Boller

  • BATTLE OF THE GARAGES VOL. 2: FEATURING THE PANDORAS Aug 5 8 p.m. at James Ballentine VFW Post 246
  • HONNE with JONES Aug 5 8 p.m. at Triple Rock Social Club
  • FOR LOVE AND ROCK 'N' ROLL: MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE WOMEN OF ROCK Aug 5 8 p.m. at First Avenue

White Lung
Triple Rock Social Club, Saturday 8.6
Vancouver punks White Lung first emerged with hardcore rippers in the tradition of ’80s bands like Black Flag. But that was merely the embryonic phase of a group that have shown continued evolution in their songwriting without relinquishing their initial fury. With the band’s penchant for sub-two-minute songs, you can listen to all four of their albums in an hour and a half. That’s not to say their onslaught — made up of Mish Barber-Way’s vocals, Kenneth William’s blazing guitar assault, and a rhythm section bolstered by Anne-Marie Vassilou’s drumming — is without color or big choruses. White Lung have taken noticeable steps forward with their last two albums, which is due in part to Barber-Way’s increased confidence as a singer. 2014’s Deep Fantasy became their most acclaimed album yet upon its release. And with this year’s Paradise, they stepped things up again, whether via grungy stompers (“Hungry”) or affecting power balladry (“Below”). With Greys. 18+. 9 p.m. $12-$14. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. — Michael Madden

Pizza Luce Block Party
Pizza Luce, Saturday 8.6
If we’re to believe the neck-craned denizens of the American Astronomical Society, we’re still a month and a half away from summer’s end. And that can only mean one singular, specific thing: the busiest stretch of block party season! Lizzo, our very own exploding major-label superstar, will top the 13th annual Pizza Luce Block Party outside Luce’s downtown Minneapolis location. MN Mean-advocating rap/beatbox vet Carnage the Executioner is slated to perform, as are reunited ’80s/’90s psych-rock faves Run Westy Run, Are You Local? 2016 champions Holidae, and buzzy young grunge-punks Bruise Violet. Also performing are Sean Anonymous, Charlie Parr, Megan Hamilton, Marah in the Mainsail, and School of Rock. And make no mistake: There will be pizza. All ages. Noon. Free. 119 N. Fourth St., Minneapolis; 612- 333-7359. — Jay Boller

  • LOWERTOWN GUITAR FESTIVAL Aug 6 1 p.m. at Vieux Carre
  • KRAFTSKIVA! 2016 Aug 6 5 p.m. at The Bachelor Farmer
  • FLIP PHONE XXL: SHORT SHORTS Aug 6 9 p.m. at First Avenue

Corinne Bailey Rae 
First Avenue, Sunday 8.7
Six years between major albums have brought far brighter skies for English soul-pop singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae. While 2010’s The Sea emerged from the tragic death of her husband, May’s The Heart Speaks in Whispers is flooded with positivity and encouragement, promising sunlight even for the brokenhearted. Between LPs, Rae issued an EP of love song covers (Prince, Bob Marley, Paul McCartney), and the subsequent Whispers is a shimmering beacon of hope for the afflicted. This dewy-spring-morning vibe succeeds because Rae’s lyrics acknowledge she’s seen the dark side. Plus, Rae’s gorgeous voice shines in multiple dimensions, sliding between wistfulness and joy on “Caramel,” twitching and soaring on “Horse Print Dress,” and evoking Billie Holiday’s brittle majesty on “Night.” Her sly musical experimentation includes breezy arrangements drifting among neo-soul, Princely funk, jazz, and synth-pop, along with touches of psychedelia, folk, and samba. 18+. 7:30 p.m. $31-$36. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. — Rick Mason

Borough Block Party
Borough, Sunday 8.7
A cover band headlining a block party might seem like some podunk, small-time shit at first glance, but Chase & Ovation’s slot at the fourth annual Borough Block Party is a big deal. As the only Prince-sanctioned tribute to the Purple One, Chase & Ovation are the closest thing to Prince we have left. Frontman Tommy Chase and his flamboyant, skillful cohorts will offer what will surely be an emotional homage to The Artist. “There’s only one Prince and there only ever will be,” Chase told City Pages back in May. “To mention myself in the same conversation as him, I find that impossible.” Your ticket also gets you live performances by Private Oates, Viva Knievel, and International Reggae All-Stars. A host of high-end munchies will be available from Borough and their buddies at Parlor, Coup d’état, and Marche. All ages. Noon. $6-$9. 730 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-354-3135. — Jerard Fagerberg  

  • GWEN STEFANI Aug 7 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center
  • THE BEACH BOYS Aug 7 7 p.m. at Historic State Theatre
  • GUTHRIE BROWN Aug 7th 7 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • GRACE POTTER Aug 8 7 p.m. at Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
  • THE KOMINAS Aug 8 7 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • KRISTIN DIABLE Aug 8 7 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • BROODS Aug 9 6 p.m. at First Avenue
  • SAM OUTLAW Aug 9 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • ESTAIRE GODINEZ AND FRIENDS Aug 9 7 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant