The best Twin Cities concerts this week: 6/26-7/2

It's the last week of June and Uptown is hopefully back up and running. This weekend marks the Twin Cities Pride Celebration featuring performances from L'Assassins, Wiping Out Thousands, Mayda and much more. Tom Petty reunites with the Heartbreakers at the Target Center Saturday while Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson team up in their new project The Uncluded at the Cedar, Sunday. Lastly, don't forget that The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is taking place Thursday through Sunday all over downtown St. Paul. 

Wednesday 6.26.2013

Fall Out Boy
After showing up with great singles like 2003's Warped Tour favorite "Saturday," Illinois pop-punk band Fall Out Boy connected nationally in '05 with "Sugar, We're Goin Down." They stayed one of our most commercially viable young bands for the next few years on the heels of "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs." By the end of '09, the band was on hiatus after select members chased down other creative ideas -- frontman Patrick Stump with his LP Soul Punk, divisive bassist Pete Wentz as one half of electronic duo Black Cards. FOB returned this year with fifth outing Save Rock and Roll. The thing might boast a confusing lineup of guests -- Big Sean, Courtney Love, Elton John -- but more importantly, there's plenty of melodic color and Stump's capable whine to go around. --Mike Madden
16+, $32-35, 7 PM

Femi Kuti & the Positive Force
Cedar Cultural Center
At age 51, Femi Kuti continues to juggle the immense legacy of his legendary father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died in 1997. His own artistic vision and his father's legacy mesh nicely on Femi's new album, No Place for My Dream. Fela, of course, created Afrobeat, the ferocious blend of funk, jazz, and African elements that was a powerful musical and political force. Fela's brash criticism of political corruption and expediency put him constantly at odds with Nigerian authorities, and Femi, his eldest son, continues to speak out for the oppressed. Femi's lyrics on Dream denounce injustice and economic oppression while encouraging people to action, fueled by the impressively taut, incendiary, horn-stoked, polyrhythmic fury of his 10-piece band, Positive Force. --Rick Mason
AA, $45, 8 PM.

Imaginary Cities with Tiger Vs.
7th Street Entry
Experimental Pop
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Thursday 6.27.2013

Twin Cities Jazz Festival
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival turns 15 this year. Its free outdoor stages in St. Paul's Lowertown are ideally located in a thriving urban scene. There are two Mears Park stages and, on Saturday, two additional stages on Prince Street and at the Union Depot. And counting all the gigs in St. Paul clubs, the fest is an outstanding showcase for the virulent local jazz scene. The many choices range from traditional jazz pianist Butch Thompson to the cutting-edge contemporary jazz of the Atlantis Quartet. There are big bands (JazzMN Orchestra), Latin jazz (Salsa del Soul), Afrobeat (Black Market Brass), Gypsy jazz (Clearwater Hot Club), premier vocalists (Judi Donaghy Vinar), and first-rate student ensembles (Stillwater High School Xtet). The headliners include a pair of exceptional pianists. Cyrus Chestnut, who'll lead his trio (bassist Dezron Douglas, drummer Neal Smith), plays a stylish, lyrical variety of jazz deeply influenced by gospel, blues, classical, and bop. His career has included notable stints with Wynton Marsalis and Betty Carter. Versatile and prolific Kenny Werner has long distinguished himself as a composer and educator in addition to his keyboard work. His trio will include drummer Ari Hoenig and bassist Johannes Weidenmueller. Ariel Pocock is a young pianist and vocalist from the Pacific Northwest who's recording her debut album with heavyweights Larry Grenadier and Eric Harland. Last but certainly not least, highly touted drummer and composer Matt Slocum brings his sophisticated melodic sense back home from New York, touting along rising tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III. The full lineup is at Free outdoor stages. Check individual clubs for admission fees and times --Rick Mason
Communist Daughter with Kevin Bowe & the Okemah Prophets
The Cedar Cultural Center
Lively Local Pop
AA, $12/$15, 7 PM
Making Movies with Bomba de Luz and The Dirty Banks
Triple Rock
Afro Cuban Indie
18+, $6, 8 PM

Country Fest 2013 with Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and more
Country Fest Grounds THURSDAY - SUNDAY
More Info here
AA, $175 four-day pass, 3 PM-12:30 AM Thurs, 11-12:30 AM Fri.-Sat., 12:30 PM-12 AM Sun.

Nude Beach with Frozen Teens and Dead Skull
7th Street Entry
18+, $7, 8 PM

Friday 6.28.2013

Los Angeles rapper Aceyalone already has an impressive résumé, but his latest album, Leanin' on Slick, adds a whole new perspective. His early work with Freestyle Fellowship birthed some of the most explosive styles the underground ever produced, and his subsequent solo work built on that tradition with a distinctly new sound on each record. On his 11th solo album, frequent collaborating producer Minneapolis's own Bionik cooked up an album's worth of hard-hitting, sample-free straight funk that finds Ace behaving like James Brown. He's the bandleader rather than simply rapper over beats. It's a bouncy, fun record that filters Ace's energy into new territory, and this rare Minneapolis show will capture the feel with a full band. Support from Sonny Knight and the Lakers from Secret Stash Records make this a night that funk, soul, and hip-hop fans will all remember vividly. 21+, $10, 11 PM. --Jack Spencer

7th St. Entry
A true Californian through and through, Santa Monica native and deft multi-instrumentalist Zach Yudin has used his band Cayucas' debut album, Big Foot, as a promotional platform for beach-based living. (Deluxe versions of the album come packaged with a beach ball.) Working in the studio alongside ace producer Richard Swift, Yudin created deceptively layered tunes that stick to the sunny side of life. His chilled-out croon touts seasonal flings on "A Summer Thing" and ocean-proximal bliss during "Deep Sea" while blending classic Beach Boys bounce with the quirk-pop leanings of early Shins. While started as a one-man band, Cayucas has morphed post-recording into a full-fledged group and is currently touring the country as a five-piece. With JBM, --Rob van Alstyne

18+, $10, 8 PM

Melissa Etheridge
Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
Smoky Vocals
AA, $70, 7:30 PM

Sheryl Crow
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Legendary Songwriting
18+, $69-$114, 8 PM

The Polyphonic Spree with Harper Simon
Varsity Theater
Two Dozen Army
18+, $17-$30, 7 PM

Cayucas with JBM
7th Street Entry
Flirty Rhythmic Sensibilities
18+, $10, 8 PM

Grown & Sexy Pride with Raja, Iva Handfull, Ray Gunn and more
First Avenue Mainroom
Pride Weekend
18+, $15, 9 PM

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus: We Are Family
Ted Mann Concert Hall FRIDAY/ SATURDAY
Pride Weekend
$25-$43, 8 PM

Uptown Pride Block Party with music by L'Assassins, Chastity Brown, Sick of Sarah, Southside Desire, and more
Bryant Lake Bowl (Outside)
Proceeds benefit OutFront MN.
AA, FREE, 6-10 PM

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