The big concerts: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week


Thursday June 30

1. The soul of the 60s: The Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness proudly celebrated black music in all its forms. In their early years, the band, which started in 1971 at Macalester College, put on a thematic show hailing the sounds of the 1960s. Although the cast of singers and musicians evolved over the years, the commitment of the Sounds towards the story did not wane. Get ready because here they come with hits from the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sly & the Family Stone and more, complete with period costumes and choreography. (7 and 9 p.m. Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $40-$50, dakotacooks.com)

Also: Idaho blues and bluegrass specialist Eilen Jewell kicks off her return to the road in Minneapolis with Molly Maher (7 p.m. Hook & Ladder open-air, $28-$46); Durry, the rock brother duo from Burnsville, hit Cities 97’s Oake on the Water series (4-7 p.m., PD Pappy’s, Stillwater, free); the Belfast Cowboys are in a tent (7 pm Crooners, $30); Zeppelin tribute band Zeppo play unplugged before a screening of the greatest rock movie of all time (7 p.m. Parkway Theatre, $9-$12; yes, sure, it’s “This Is Spinal Tap”).

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Third Eye Blind is still living a “Semi-Charmed Life” on tour with fellow alt-rock hitmakers Taking Back Sunday (“Make Damn Sure”) and Aussie Hockey Dad (7 p.m. Mystic Lake Casino Amphitheatre, $45-75 $); Somali rapper/singer Sharma Boy wraps up his Twin Cities residency with a local live band for Somali Republic Day (9 p.m., First Avenue, $60); Steve Von Till of California-based metal-punk band Neurosis goes it alone (9 p.m. Turf Club, $20).

Saturday July 2

2. Suldaan Seeraar: He has been recognized by the Somali Glamor Awards and the Somali Museum of Minnesota. Known as “Suldanka Geeska” (The Prince of Africa”), Seeraar has released a series of records of enthralling dance music with a reggae feel but a distinctly Somali sound. His concerts have earned him a following in Africa, Europe and Dubai. Seeraar will make his first U.S. appearance in Minneapolis a day after Somalis celebrate Republic Day. With DJ Flavio and DJ Challo. (8:00 p.m. Target Center, 600 1st A VN, Mpls., $65-$150, axs.com)

Also: Prolific Los Angeles psych-rock veteran Ty Segall is back to premiere his new album, “Hello, Hi” (8 p.m., First Avenue, $28-$30); classic ’70s rock showman Little Man hosts a rowdy outdoor triple bill with the MPLS Silent Treatment and Whiskey Rock ‘n’ Roll Club (7 p.m. Palmer’s Bar, $15); up-and-coming Orange County pop/punk band Greer offers an all-ages concert with Disq (7 p.m. 7th St. Entry, $25).

Sunday July 3

3. ABBA the Concert: Nothing says American independence like a tribute to enduring Swedish hitmakers in a native casino. For its annual pre-4th of Julye outdoor block party, Treasure Island has booked one of ABBA’s top touring bands, aka the Visitors, who actually hail from Sweden and have been there since the 90s. Possible gambling losses aside, the party is a much cheaper alternative to ABBA’s new hologram “reunion” show in London, and it’s accompanied by fireworks. (8 p.m. Treasure Island Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd, Welch, all ages, free, ticasino.com)

4. Whore: After wrapping up another long-awaited Tool tour, enigmatic metal frontman Maynard James Keenan is making up for lost time with his quirky, quirky, Devo-gone-sci-fi band. They overwhelmingly pick up their 2020 album, “Existential Reckoning,” for another production-packed tour that incorporates lots of props, secret agent characters, aliens, and other fun stuff. It’s far from being a tool, and that’s part of the point. Local noise-rap duo Moodie Black, fronted by MN Foodhouse taco wizard Kristen Martinez, open the entire tour. (8:00 p.m. Palace Theatre, 17 W. 7e Place, St. Paul, $50 to $65, axs.com)

5. The Jasper String Quartet: Winners of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, this group is one of America’s most exciting string quartets. Their concert closes the Lakeshore Chamber Music series at White Bear Lake with a quartet by Joseph Haydn and another by contemporary Canadian composer Vivian Fung, whose complete quartets they are preparing to record. There will also be music from George Enescu and series founder Michael Djupstrom, who will join them on piano. (2 p.m. Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Ave., White Bear Lake, $15-$25, lakeshoreplayers.org/concert-series-2021)

6. Hairball at Bayfront: Neither COVID, nor a little blackface controversy, nor the exit of original co-vocalist Bobby Jensen could stop the tradition of the nationally acclaimed Twin Cities hair-metal tribute band performing their usual batch of pyro songs. and Ozzy, Kiss, Poison, etc. in the shadow of the airlift on the eve of the 4th of July. They will be joined this year by “The Voice” finalist Chris Kroeze, Bad Girlfriends and Strange Days. (3:00 p.m. Duluth Bayfront Festival Park, $25-$55, decc.org)

Also: T. Mychal Rambo directs cast members from the Latte Da Theater’s current production of the musical “Twelve Angry Men” to perform songs from the show at a nightclub (7 p.m. Dakota, $20-$30).

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7. Sheryl Raven: She swore her 2019 collaborative album “Threads” (with Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Andra Day, Willie Nelson, St. Vincent et al) would be her last. However, this underrated singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist — she’s a Rock Hall of Famer — has created three new songs for this spring’s documentary, “Sheryl.” While the doc deals with the sexism she faced in the music world, the soothing and delicate ballad “Forever” and the McCartney-esque pop piano piece “Still the Same” are nostalgic reflections on romantic relationships. They fit perfectly into Crow’s long and winding career. Opening is Keb Mo, the Grammy-winning, ever-happy bluesman promoting this year’s “Good To Be.” (7 p.m. Ledge Amphitheater, 1700 Parkway Dr., Waite Park, $59-$150, ticketmaster.com)

8. Zombies: Long before being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, the British psychedelic rock band behind the hazy, harmonious ’60s hits ‘She’s Not There’ and ‘Time of the Season’ have come back strong performing live in the mid-2010s under original co-vocalists Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. On their current Life Is a Merry-Go-Round tour, the lifelong band members play songs from their 2015 album “Still Got That Hunger” and even newer ones alongside the classics, as heard on their new album “Live From Studio Two” recorded at Abbey Road. (8 p.m. First Avenue, 701 1st One VN, Mpls., $40, axs.com)

9. Marcia Ball: A musical force potent enough for Texas and Louisiana to proudly claim as its own, the hard-boogieing, long-tall-cool piano veteran is rolling again, promoting a new album produced by Los Angeles’ Steve Berlin. Lobos, “Shine Bright,” a great insight into his classic blues-on-the-bayou sounds. (7 p.m. Dakota, $40-$50, dakotacooks.com).

Wednesday July 6

10. ND Country Party: This country and camping festival is to North Dakota what Winstock is to Minnesota. This fourth incarnation of the modest but fun four-day festival kicks off with LoCash. The lineup is more in-depth July 7-9 with newer and older Nashville names including Chris Janson, Travis Tritt, Jon Pardi, Deana Carter, Jo Dee Messina, Blackhawk, Colt Ford, Tracy Byrd and Shenandoah. (Morton County Fairgrounds, New Salem, ND, $91 and up, ndcountryfest.com)

Also: Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of arty metal band The Dream Theater, is doing his own thing (7 p.m. on Dakota, $40-$45); gospel singer Daniel James Felton performs for the free Noon Series on campus at U of M (Noon, Northrop Plaza); Chicago-raised “Through the Valley” roots singer Shawn James with Gravedancer (8 p.m. Turf Club, $20-$25); Curtiss A’s bluesy, old-school rock band Dark Click hosts their monthly concert (7:30 p.m. Schooner Tavern, free).

Rob Hubbard contributed to this column.

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