Jazz duo JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske are in their seventh season (September through May) of playing the St. Paul Hotel's Lobby Bar. Friday night, they will mark the release of a new CD, appropriately titled "Jazz in the Lobby Bar." With Funk on piano and vocals and Brueske handling the bass, the pair tackle classics from Harold Arlen ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow"), Mose Allison ("Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing") and Cole Porter ("I Get a Kick Out of You"). The show will also feature three guests who played on the album: Richard Kriehn (violin, mandolin), Nathan Norman (drums) and Pete Whitman (saxophone).
Bob Mould took a shining to noisy local trio Fury Things last year and has invited them to open for him here several times.
They have repaid that debt with a new three-song EP that includes a cover of "New Day Rising" from Mould's first band, Husker Du. Fury Things is giving away the EP, on CD, Friday night at the Turf Club. They are sharing the bill with Split Single, the band featuring Mould's bassist Jason Narducy.
Monday night, the Turf hosts Minnepsych Fest, a four-band bill of likeminded psychedelic rock bands. Locals Flavor Crystals and Magic Castle warm the stage for Chui Wan (Beijing, China) and Holy Wave (Austin, Texas). DJ Loud Panda (aka Ricky Maymi from Brian Jonestown Massacre) will spin between sets.
Downtown St. Paul's Amsterdam Bar and Hall has quietly become the go-to spot for the touring metal bands that once called the now-closed Station 4 home. Brazil's Sepultura headlines Wednesday as part of their 30th anniversary tour. The packed bill also features Destruction, Arsis, Boris the Blade and Micawber. The Amsterdam's got a similar gig booked June 1 with Deicide, Entombed A.D., Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate and Svart Crown.
The legendary Jay's Longhorn Bar will be remembered Saturday night at First Avenue. The venue was at the center of the burgeoning local punk movement in the late '70s and early '80s and served as the home for dozens of local bands (Husker Du, the Replacements) and touring acts (the Police, Blondie). Supergroup the Sub-Commandos features members of the Suburbs, Suicide Commandos and the Wallets and will headline the bill that also features Wisconsin's Yipes!, the Batson brothers' Hypstrz, Flamingo (the original version of the Flamin' Oh's) and the New Spooks featuring Curtiss A.
While the Minnesota Orchestra spends the weekend on a historical trip to Cuba, there are some further cultural boundaries being crossed right here in the Twin Cities. The legendary Chilean ensemble Inti-Illimani and Colombia's Los Llaneros share the bill Sunday at the Cedar Cultural Center. The concert will feature students from Minneapolis' Blake School and proceeds benefit Inti-Illimani's project to fund a charter school in one of the poorest parts of Santiago.
For the third year, Icehouse hosts a tribute to the quirky British pop band XTC on Wednesday, with proceeds benefiting the Pay It Forward Cancer Fund at North Memorial Hospital. Nearly two dozen vocalists (including John Munson, Michael Ferrier, Jon Herchert, Courtney McLean and Aby Wolf) will be backed by another 14 local musicians (Noah Levy, Jon Hunt, Terry Eason and Matt Kirkwold among them).
The Real-Phonic Radio Hour closes its season Thursday at the James J. Hill Reference Library. Once described as the "anti-Prairie Home Companion," the live concert hosted by Thom Middlebrook is presented in the style of a radio show and edited into a monthly podcast. This week's guests include Nashville guitarist/drummer Jim Oblon (whose day job is playing drums for Paul Simon) and Dutch singer/songwriter Stevie Ann (described by Queen's Brian May as a "beautiful, fabulous young singer"). See realphonic.com for further details.