The best Twin Cities concerts this weekend: 8/29-8/31

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Kelly Loverud
Doomtree at MN Music On-A-Stick -- See Sat.

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Friday, August 29

Anna Nalick
The Cedar Cultural Center
$20/$25, 7 PM

Glenn Jones
Fine Line Music Cafe
$20-$30, 7 PM

Feature Cuts
The Loft
18+, $10, 8 PM

Mill City Back-to-School Special
With J.Plaza, Knox, Lyric Marid, Sieed Brown, Sota-Cold, and more
Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar)
18+, $5/$7, 10 PM

Botzy's Birthday Bash with Beasthead, Dre Green, Heavy Petting, and DJ White Bronco
7th St. Entry
18+, $5/$10, 9 PM

Saturday, August 30

MN Music On-A-Stick
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
Bring together Brother Ali and Doomtree -- who are gearing up for the release of their next studio album -- and you've already got the most rap-heavy offering of the entire 2014 State Fair. The rest of the bill is a catch-all of local (or formerly local) talent. Sugar and Hüsker Dü vet Bob Mould is always good for some spiky indie rock that's heavy on the hooks. Har Mar Superstar's got his soulfulness and shirtless contortions. Add the levity and lushness of Cloud Cult and the Cactus Blossoms' authentic country western songcraft, and it's a party that never stays in one place for long. -Reed Fischer
$30, 4 PM

Afrisota: Sounds & Culture of Africa in Minnesota
With Zuluzuluu, Black Market Brass, Mpambara, Titamba, Titi, and more
The Cedar Cultural Center

Hope Country (record release) with the Dust of Men and Hannah Connolly
7th St. Entry
18+, $10, 7 PM

Hilltop Hoods
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+, $15/$30, 8 PM

Michael Shynes with Sonia Rao and Connie Lim
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$10, 8 PM

Sunday, August 31

Marcia Ball
Minnesota State Fair Leinie Lodge Bandshell (also Mon.)
Bayou piano queen Marcia Ball's music should turn the bandshell into a soggy, gator-infested roadhouse somewhere between Austin and New Orleans. Count on the Texas-born, Louisiana-raised Ball igniting a steamy mix of NOLA R&B, blues, honky-tonk, swamp pop, Cajun and zydeco, all radiatin' from her 88s in the spirit of Professor Longhair while her husky twang wraps around lyrics of bluesy regret or boozy revel. Ball and her band likely will preview her new album, The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man, due later in September, her first since 2011's Grammy-nominated Roadside Attractions. All the tunes are originals except for a swaggering cover of Hank Ballard's "He's The One." Ball weaves rollicking tales of love on the carny circuit (the title tune), Crescent City partying (the horn-fueled "Like There's No Tomorrow"), along with fractured accounts of hard times ("The Squeeze Is On," with zydeco accordionist Terrance Simien) and hard luck ("Can't Blame Nobody But Myself," laced with Delbert McClinton's harmonica). All of it's fuel for timeless New Orleans celebratin', even in the far north. Free with fair admittance. -Rick Mason
Free, 3:30 PM & 4:45 PM

Jazz at the Jungle: Connie Evingson & Jon Weber
Jungle Theater
$25, 4 PM & 7:30 PM

The Sex Rays with White Bronco, Pornonono, and Silverback Colony
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $5, 9 PM

Glacier Academy with G-Biz, Charlie Gilb, Jury Nelson, and Jake Duda
Kitty Cat Klub
Free, 9 PM

Storyhill Fest
With Ellis, Connor Garvey, Lucy Kaplansky, Storyhill, Pierce & Grace Pettis, and more
Presbyterian Clearwater Forest Camp (also Fri-Sat)
$140 for three-day pass; 3 PM-10 PM Fri., 9 AM-10 PM Sat-Sun.

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Mike Bougie
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Cloud Cult is "levity"? Inspirational and up lifting sure, but not frivolous. I think there one of the few bands that are able to take on the heaviest of subjects and work through them with you.

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