Weekend Checklist: Andrew Bird, Doomtree Blowout, Foster the People, Jingle Ball

So much good music happening this weekend; here's an overview of the best bets.

Friday 12/2/2011

Waka Flocka Flame
Epic Nightclub
Waka Flocka Flame didn't want to be a rapper when he grew up.
18+, $30 GA, $50 VIP, 10 pm

Beirut with Perfume Genius
First Ave.
Combines elements of indie-rock and world music.
18+, $24 adv, $26 door, 8 pm

The Tribe and Big Cats (EP release) with Art School Girls, Alicia Steele, The Endeavors and hosted by MaLLy
7th Street Entry
Energetic performances.
18+, $7, 9 pm

The Barley Jacks (CD release)
Cedar Cultural Center
Original vocals and jaw-dropping instrumentals.
AA, $15 adv, $18 door, 7 pm

Chris Botti
Orchestra Hall
A demon on the trumpet.
AA, $25-$70, 8 pm

Kelley Hunt
Dakota Jazz Club
A swaggering slab of smokin' blues.
AA, $20, 8 pm

Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses (Album release) with Hastings 3000, The Japhies
Triple Rock Social Club
10 Bones
18+. $7 adv, $10 door, 9 pm

Lucy and Charlie
Hell's Kitchen
A jazz duet that plays old country tunes and jazz numbers in their very own style.
AA, Free, 6 pm

Warrant with Firehouse
Medina Entertainment Center
Cherry pie.
21+, $24-$38, 7 pm

Back Porch Mary with The Rockford Mules
There are two types of people on this earth: those that get Back Porch Mary and those that don't.
18+, $8, 8:30 pm

Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo (CD release) with Grant Cutler, Wizards Are Real, Your Friends and Family
Nomad World Pub

American primitive groove.
21+, $5, 9 pm

The New Standards Holiday Show

Friday 12/2 and Saturday 12/3

Fitzgerald Theater

A holiday tradition at the Fitz.

AA, $32, MPR members get $4 discount, 8 pm

The Desert Vest
Less pop-rock and more alternative-rock.
21+, $5, 9 pm

The Sunny Era with Neal Peterson (CD release), Disaster Bird
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
World fusion musical style.
21+, 9 pm

City Pages, Fifth Element and Push present Get Cryphy
First Ave. Record Room
The most rowdy, get stupid, go dumb, rap dance party in the Twin Cities.
18+, $3 adv, $5 door, 10 pm

Saturday 12/3/2011

Andrew Bird with Haley Bonar
First Ave.
The live setting is where Bird becomes one with his songs.
18+, $30, 6 pm

Avenged Sevenfold
Target Center
Metal rock.
AA, $25-$44.75, 6:30 pm

Phantom Riot featuring Phantom Tails and Fort Wilson Riot with Sexbots
Triple Rock Social Club
A double EP split vinyl release party.
18+, $5, 9 pm

The Brass Messengers (CD release)
Cedar Cultural Center
Turning the entire Cedar into a stage with theatrics.
AA, $12, 7 pm

The Cheap Thrills (CD release) with People Persons, July Fighter, Business Man
Fine Line Music Cafe
21+. $6, 8 pm

DJ Abilities with Sadistik & Kristoff Krane (CD release) and more
Prey for Paralysis
18+, $10, 9 pm

All Tomorrow's Petty with Erik Koshinen, Silverback Colony
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
They like Tom Petty.
21+, 9 pm

Newsom Holiday Expo with Holly Newsom, Joe Newsom, Matt Latterell, Grant Cutler and more
331 Club
A bunch of heart-warming, light-hearted holiday radness.
21+. Free, 10 pm

Ganglians with Friends with Bambi and The Tin Man
7th Street Entry
Choose your own adventure.
18+, $8, 8 pm

Sunday 12/4/2011

Foster the People with Polica
First Ave.
This show has been sold out for months.
18+. $20, 8 pm

Doomtree Blowout VII curated by SIMS with Brother Ali, Astronautalis, One Be Lo
7th Street Entry
The first night to a week of parties.
18+, $10, 8 pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Xcel Energy Center
Not your ordinary orchestra.
AA, $63, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Javier & the Innocent Sons
Hell's Kitchen
Potent roots music.
AA, Free, 10 am

Lillian and The Harveys with Hevy Syrup, Pocket Genius
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Unique in every single way.
AA, $5, 5 pm

Jingle Ball 2011 featuring Kelly Clarkson, Jason Derulo, Gym Class Heroes and more
Target Center
Lots of artists big name in one building.
AA, $26.75-$99.30, 6:30 pm

Chris Koza & Chord and the Fawn
Aster Cafe
Story-telling at its finest.
AA, $5, 8 pm

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