The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/1-1/7

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Happy 2014! While most will take New Year's Day off, bars and some venues will be open in the evening including Curtiss A's tribute to Hank Williams at the Dakota. Friday night the Turf Club will be hosting And the Professors, and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will be at the Cedar. The Blind Shake will continue the Blowout tradition at the Triple Rock Saturday while the Big Pink pay tribute to The Band's final concert also known as The Last Waltz. And if there wasn't ample opportunity to dance yourself clean, hit First Ave on Saturday night for a Bassgasm preview featuring DJs Reid Speed (above) and Sandra Collins.

Wednesday 1.1.2014

Curtiss A's Tribute to Hank Williams
Dakota
The Dean of Scream (a.k.a. Curt Almsted) has been doing his John Lennon tribute on the anniversary of the Beatle's murder for more than three decades. He'll start off the fresh year with something that may become a new annual rite: honoring Hank Williams with a little help from some honky tonkin' friends on the anniversary of the country legend's untimely demise at age 29 in 1953. If anyone can convincingly make the stretch from Strawberry Fields to the banks of the old Pontchartrain, it's the redoubtable Curtiss A. Joining Curt along this lost highway will be guitarists Frankie Lee, Dale Strength, and Sprague Hollander; bassist Bill Grenke; Randy Broughton on pedal steel; fiddler Dave Boquist; and vocalist Jim Boquist -- a sufficiently large ensemble so that nobody should be lonesome enough to cry.  --Rick Mason
All Ages, $10. 7 PM

Thursday 1.2.2014

Ultra Bide with Gay Witch Abortion and Ex Nuns
7th Street Entry
Japanese Punk
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

William Within, Farewell Milkwaukee and Fairfax, AK
Turf Club
Electric Folk
21+, $5, 8 PM

Friday 1.3.2014

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank with the May North, Luke Warm & the Cool Hands
Cedar Cultural Center
Backwoods Melody
All Ages, $10/$12, 7 PM

And the Professors with Batteryboy and Har Di Har
Turf Club
Sparkling Pop
21+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Bring on the New Year: Kasper EP Release Party with Cosmo, Nick Twist, Ryan C and Everest
7th Street Entry
Driving and Soulful
18+, $5/$7, 9 PM

Flyentology with Hater Greg, Quadrillion Jackson, Wyld Lyf, Palladium, CFANS and Alex Winner
First Avenue
DJ Dance Night
18+, $5, 10 PM
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