The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/19-6/25

Photo by Dominic Neitz
So it's starting to actually feel like June! It's just in time because there's TONS of outdoor events to be had. Saturday marks the 10 Thousand Sounds Festival featuring the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names and more. Sunday Uptown celebrates the recent nice weather with music from The High Notes, L.I.T.A., Genuine Synthetic, the Color Pharmacy and Wish You Defeat. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros make an annual stop at the Cabooze Outdoor Plaza Tuesday. As for indoor events, one of the most anticipated shows this year is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at First Avenue on Monday. 
Wednesday 2.19.2013

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Fitzgerald Theatre

Combining the power of an 11-piece band with the agility of a much smaller unit, the Tedeschi Trucks Band in less than three years has established itself as one of the most formidable contemporary live acts. Of course husband-and-wife guitarists Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi had something of a head start with their own bands before joining forces. But the resulting ensemble is definitely greater than the sum of its parts, sporting an outstanding horn section, fiery rhythm section, and two great guitarists, including slide master Trucks. Moreover, TTB operates like a jazz outfit in the way the musicians interact and improvise. Plus, Tedeschi is a superb vocalist, sometimes reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt, who blends blues, gospel, and rock. TTB, meanwhile, stir up an intoxicating brew of all that plus funk, soul, Southern rock, and swampy R&B. A new studio album, Made Up Mind, is due in August, following up TTB's Grammy-winning debut, Revelator, and last year's double live set Everybody's Talkin'. --Rick Mason
AA, $59-$75, 7:30 PM

Frankmusik with Vandaam
7th Street Entry
Emotional Depth
18+ $8/$10, 8 PM

Mewithoutyou with Rocky Votolato
Triple Rock Social Club
Explosive and Agressive
18+. $15.  8 PM

Ramsey Lewis & Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dakota Jazz Club
Jazz Duo
AA, $25-$60, 7 PM

Thursday 6.20.2013

Deep Blues Festival
 Bayport BBQ, (Thursday-Sunday)

The big news from Bayport is not only the imminent opening of the sixth Deep Blues Festival, but also the startling announcement from festival founder Chris Johnson that this will be the final event in Minnesota. Johnson said last week he'll relocate the 2014 festival to Mississippi -- essentially its spiritual home since deep blues is an outgrowth of Delta and Hill Country blues -- citing a persistent lack of interest locally. "I've brought some amazing talent to the Twin Cities area with these festivals," he says. "Very few seem to appreciate it." That's a real shame, because the Deep Blues Festival has an international following and attracts a rare array of talent fueled by especially virulent passion. Deep blues is raw, wild, and uncompromising. It's outsider stuff often with a punk ethos but also stretching to folk, country, and bluegrass. This year, for instance, among the six bands scheduled each day at the festival are Minnesota's own Charlie Parr, fierce rockers Left Lane Cruiser, gospel/holy roller-laced Reverend Deadeye, country-folk leaning Possessed by Paul James, and Missouri's Hooten Hallers, who aptly call their stuff "rock 'n' roll & hillbilly soul." Guadelupe Pena, meanwhile, aims at Skip James and R.L. Burnside from Andalusia, Spain, while New York's Dead Exs will have Black Diamond Heavies' Van Campbell sitting in on drums. The festival gets under way with a free show Thursday with local rockers Eleganza! and Kings of the Fucking Sea. The full schedule is at --Rick Mason 
Thursday: Free; 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday: $70 per day or $175 for a three-day pass, including all you can eat, 4 PM
Ex Nuns with Big Bad, Kingfisher and Better Bones
Burger Moes
Howling for Wolves
21+, FREE , 6 PM

Radiation City with Crisis Line
7th Street Entry
Modern Electric
18+.  $8/$10, 8 PM

The Maine with A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, and Brighten
The Varsity Theater
Forever Halloween
AA,  $20/$22, 5 PM

Friday 6.21.2013

Alison Scott
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
Jazzy Vocals
$22-$26, 7 PM

Airplanes Guy
AA, $25, 7 PM

Minnesota Zoo Ampitheater
American Made
www.jammincountry.comAA,  $35, 7:30 PM

Cursive with Digital Leather, Deleter
7th Street Entry
Longtime Trio
18+, $15, 8 PM

Moondance Jammin' Country Fest with music by Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Janson, more Fri.; Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, more
Moondance Fairground
Sat.; camping; food and beverage vendors.  
For tickets and info call 1.877.666.6526 or visit
AA, $130/$140, 11-12 AM

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