The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/10-7/16

Grace Potter, duh.
Dawes continues with the second of his two-night set at First Avenue, while The Oh Hellos play to a sold out crowd next door, and Bob Dylan holds court at Midway. Kenny Chesney plays a concert at Target Feild Friday and First Avenue will be hosting the after party. One of the biggest events of the weekend is without a doubt, the Basilica Block Party. Featuring acts like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Father John Misty, Mayer Hawthorne, Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Raphael Saadiq and more on the lineup, why wouldn't anyone want to sneak a listen? 

Wednesday 7.10.2013

Cedar Cultural Center
A troupe of dancers and musicians based in Addis Ababa, Fendika delve into a wide array of traditional material from throughout Ethiopia. This promises to be a roots-centric show featuring the core group: two dancers, a female singer, and musicians playing kebero (a two-headed Ethiopian drum), masenqo (a single-stringed fiddle) and krar (a five or six-stringed lyre). Fendika's founder and leader, Melaku Belay, is a master of many trad Ethiopian dance styles, but particularly eskista, which involves frenetic movements of isolated body parts. Eskista is said to be the inspiration for the Harlem Shake, and was performed by Beyoncé in her video for "Run the World (Girls)." The far more spare music of this ensemble is nonetheless rhythmically energetic with undulating, sinuous melodies accompanying spectacular dance moves. --Rick Mason
 $20, 7:30 PM

Dawes with Shovels & Rope and Paul Spring
First Avenue Mainroom 
When Dawes's debut, North Hills was released in 2009, it was as if an artifact from the golden days of Southern California folk-rock had been unearthed in Laurel Canyon. The quartet's sharply rambling guitars, close vocal harmonies, hazy grooves, and literate, purposeful lyrics suggested a strong affinity for the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne. By the time it got around to album three, the band began to chafe a little at the retro references and so left L.A. and producer Jonathan Wilson for North Carolina and Jacquire King of Kings of Leon and Norah Jones fame. So April's Stories Don't End doesn't quite have the dusty, sepia-toned ambiance of the first two, but the SoCal vibe persists, especially Taylor Goldsmith's almost uncanny similarities to Browne, both in his vocal mannerisms and in his reflective, finely observed, adeptly crafted lyrics. --Rick Mason 18+, SOLD OUT, 7:30 PM

Bob Dylan's AmericanaramA tour
With Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Richard Thompson
Midway Stadium
Folk to the extreme
Sold Out

Channels with Step Rockets
Ambient and Emotional 
18+, $5, 10 PM

The Oh Hellos with Andy Elwell
7th Street Entry
Music Making Siblings
18+,  $10 SOLD OUT, 7:30 PM

Thursday 7.11.2013

Killto Kill with Prissy Clerks and Fury Things
Kitty Cat Klub
Melodic Dissonance 
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Mystikal with The Level Heads
Gruff Vocals
18+, $20/$25, 10 PM

Killstreak album release with Chantz Erolin, Rich Garvey, Psymun, Z, John Daniel and Botzy
7th Street Entry
Local Hip Hop Duo
18+, $5/$7, 8 PM

Friday 7.12.2013

Five Iron Frenzy with Triple Stitch
Mill City Nights
Ska Reunited
16+, $20/$25, 8 PM

Gramma's Boyfriend with IS/IS
Get Crazy
21+, $7, 11 PM

Parallels with Danger Dust and Park Place Xenia
7th Street Entry
Synth-Pop Trio
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Kenny Chesney
Target Field
Country Rock
AA, $32-$253, 5 PM

Kenny Chesney Afterparty feat: Hitchville
First Avenue Mainroom
Country Super Group
18+, $5, 9 PM

Basilica Block Party: With Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Father John Misty, Mayer Hawthorne, Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Raphael Saadiq and more
Basilica of St. Mary Lawn
More info here
AA, $60-100, 5 PM

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