The 21st annual Winstock, the little country festival that could, has landed two arena-level headliners: Rascal Flatts, whose May release “Rewind” is a bit livelier than usual, probably thanks to rock producer Howard Benson, and Toby Keith, still riding high with last year’s “Drinks After Work.” Billy Currington and “The Voice” champ Danielle Bradbery perform Friday before Flatts. On Saturday’s bill along with Keith are Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, must-see newcomer Ashley Monroe and veteran Mel Tillis. (4:30 p.m. Fri. & 12:30 p.m. Sat., Winsted airport, Winsted, Minn., $120, 888-946-7865 or winstockfestival.com) Jon Bream

POP/ROCK

In recent years, veteran B-3 organ star Booker T. Jones has been collaborating with lots of younger hipsters — Drive-by Truckers on his 2011 Grammy-winning “Potato Hole,” the Roots and Sharon Jones on 2012’s “The Road From Memphis” and a parade of guests on last year’s “Sound the Alarm,” including Vintage Trouble, Gary Clark Jr., Estelle, Mayer Hawthorne and Sheila E. Of course, Jones landed in the Rock Hall of Fame with Booker T & the MGs on the impetus of such 1960s instrumental classics as “Green Onions” and “Time Is Tight.” (7 & 9 p.m. Fri., Dakota Jazz Club, $35 & $42.) Jon Bream

 

Call it symmetry. The first rock concert at Northrop Auditorium was the Grateful Dead in 1971. The last before Northrop closed for remodeling was the Dead spinoff band Furthur. So it makes sense that RatDog, led by Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir, is the first rock group to play to the U of M’s remade concert hall. The group — which plays Dead tunes, covers and originals — also features such respected players as bassist Rob Wasserman, guitarist Steve Kimock and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who also plays with Weir in Furthur. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Northrop, $38-$58.) Bream

 

So long as the river doesn’t keep rising, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival will offer another flood of great Minnesota music in its scenic riverfront setting. Friday’s small lineup is big on charm with the two hippest throwback country acts in town, the Cactus Blossoms and Frankie Lee, plus bluesy Winona picker Mike Munson. Saturday goes full bore with hip-hop mavens Sean Anonymous, Greg Grease and Unknown Prophets, Britrocky standouts Two Harbors, Taj Raj, Verskotzi and more. Sunday is mostly about the singer/songwriters, including Dan Israel, Billy Johnson, EMOT, Johnny Rey and Courtney Yasmineh. (7-10 p.m. Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., St. Anthony Main district, Mpls., StoneArchBridgeFestival.com.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

The Black Dog, that lively coffee and wine bar in St. Paul’s Lowertown, celebrates the kickoff of the Green Line light rail with a free outdoor block party. The musical lineup is impressive and diverse, featuring modern jazz from the Zacc Harris and Pete Hennig groups; the Latin dance fare of Salsa del Sol; East European and gypsy sounds, courtesy of Orkestar Bez Ime; the soulful vocals of Maurice Jacox, and homegrown St. Paul pop-rock from The Person and the People. With free rides all day, why not try out that light rail? (2-9 p.m. Sat., 308 Prince St., St. Paul.) Tom Surowicz

Nikki Lane arrives with the imprimatur of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced her just-released sophomore disc, “All or Nothin’.” This sharp Nashville songstress could pass for Kacey Musgraves’ cousin but there are also echoes of Neko Case, Loretta Lynn, 1960s girl groups and even Britpop. Thanks to Auerbach, this promising warbler is traveling in the hipster lane and earning airplay on 89.3 the Current. Opening are Milwaukee’s Hugh Bob and the Hustle, who travel the same road as Lane, and talented Minneapolis alt-country mumbler Frankie Lee. (9 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $12-$14.) Bream

 

Legendary punk guitarist and SST label proprietor Greg Ginn is touring with an even newer version of the newly revived Black Flag, featuring no other members from the hugely influential Los Angeles punk band’s original 1976-86 run. That’s after Ron Reyes’ second short tenure ended mid-gig last year, sparking more of the venomous acrimony that seems to follow Ginn. Skateboarder-turned-band-manager Mike Vallely is now the guy at the mic. Even detractors admit Ginn is an unsung guitar god, but is that enough to raise the Flag? HOR and Cinema Cinema open. (8 p.m. Sun., Triple Rock, $18-$20.) Riemenschneider

 

With last year’s “Heartthrob” album and First Avenue concert, sisters Tegan and Sara served notice that they are leaving behind their mostly acoustic indie-folk style. The Quin twins pulled off the transition to electronic pop with aplomb, landing on the radio with “Closer” and convincing the sell-out First Ave crowd. To be sure, Tegan and Sara included such old faves as “Walking With a Ghost” in concert but now their frothy dance-pop sounds right at home next to Ke$ha, Katy Perry and Robyn. (8 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, sold out.) Bream

 

Ryan Tedder has written and produced hits for Leona Lewis, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and his own group, OneRepublic. In fact, the radio-friendly Colorado Springs band launched a comeback last year with “If I Lose Myself” and the success has continued with this year’s catchy chart-topper “Counting Stars.” That Tedder has added a Mumford & Sons-like artisanal folk vibe to OneRepublic, well, he doesn’t need to apologize for that. Opening are slick Dublin popsters the Script and indie folk-pop group American Authors. (7 p.m. Tue., Target Center, $35-$59.50.) Bream

 

Somewhere in the Minnesota Zoo bylaws it must be written that at least one concert per summer should feature jam bands. Returning to the zoo is moe., the Buffalo jam band touring behind last month’s “No Guts, No Glory,” helmed by hip-hop producer Dave Aron (but without any hip-hop touches). Opening is the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, whose new, less-than-glowing “Phosphorescent Harvest” suggests that the Black Crowes singer yearns to front the Grateful Dead. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Minnesota Zoo, $35 & $47.50.) Bream

 

New Orleans vocal treasure Aaron Neville is known for his classic 1967 hit “Tell It Like It Is,” his funk forays with the Neville Brothers and those Linda Ronstadt duets. On last year’s solo album “My True Story,” he explored the music he grew up on but in his distinctive laid back, fluttery way — “Be My Baby,” “Little Bitty Pretty One,” “This Magic Moment” and “Work With Me, Annie.” Cory Chisel opens. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Minnesota Zoo, $45 & $57.50.) Bream

R&B

Sexy neo-soul singer Maxwell travels to his own rhythms. Eight years passed between his third album and his fourth, “BLACKsummers’night” in 2009, when he toured to auspicious reviews. He hasn’t released anything since but he’s back on the road for a 35-city tour opening Saturday in Milwaukee. (7 p.m. Sun., State Theatre, $35-$125.) Bream

 

Best known as James Brown’s saxophonist and Prince’s sometimes sideman, Maceo Parker interpreted hits by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham and Brown, of course, on his latest album, 2012’s “Soul Classics.” Expect a funky good time with plenty of jazz flair. (7 & 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota, $35-$55.) Bream

ELECTRONIC

Last seen in town getting the party started for Madonna at Xcel Energy Center, Paul Oakenfold is one of the original big names in electronic dance music. This time, the London trance pioneer is playing a relatively small, new room that’s hoping to become Minneapolis’ latest dance palace. It certainly has royalty in this case. He’s out promoting his new album, “Trance Mission.” (10 p.m. Fri., Rev Ultra Lounge, 731 Hennepin Av., Mpls. Sold out.) Riemenschneider

FAMILY

Can you canoe on the little lake at the zoo? More than a few fans might be asking that on Father’s Day when home-turf folk/bluegrass favorites the Okee Dokee Brothers make their Music in the Zoo debut. The Minnesota duo just dropped the follow-up to 2013’s Grammy winner for best children’s music album, “Can You Canoe?,” a hiking-themed collection based on an Appalachian Trail trek titled “Through the Woods.” They couldn’t hike up the show time any earlier, but they are letting ticket holders roam wild in the zoo for free from 3-6 p.m. (7 p.m. Sun., Minnesota Zoo, $20.) Riemenschneider

ACOUSTIC/FOLK

Solo guitar albums frequently struggle to sustain interest. But on rare occasions they can be downright exciting, and Tim Sparks proves it on a delightful, offhandedly dazzling new set. “Chasin’ the Boogie” offers roots Americana at its most intimate, with compelling originals and fresh treatments of hallowed favorites. “Mr. Bojangles,” say hello to a “Wayfaring Stranger.” And hey, there, “Blackbird,” why don’t look you at those clouds you’re passing from “Both Sides Now”? This is largely a return trip to Sparks’ Carolina boyhood roots and points even deeper South, like the stunning “Mississippi Blues” and Roy Orbison’s gentle “Blue Bayou.” A few citified jazz and Tin Pan Alley licks creep through, too. (7-9 p.m. Wed., Icehouse, $10.) Surowicz

 

Brian Wicklund, stellar fiddler of the Barley Jacks, has put together a can’t-miss show for folk violin fans. American Fiddle Masters co-stars Boston’s young Celtic music star Katie McNally, Wisconsin state fiddle champ Shauncey Ali, five-string fiddler Enion Pelta-Tiller from the veteran Colorado band Taarka, and a rhythm section including Ohio’s Paul Kovac on mandolin. These folks have worked with everyone from Bill Monroe and Chet Atkins to Spanish bagpipe star Carlos Nuñez and members of the Grateful Dead. (7 p.m. Thu., Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 N. 4th St., Stillwater, $18-$20, Eventbrite.com; 8 p.m. Fri., St. Croix Festival Theatre, St. Croix Falls, Wis., $21-$26, Festivaltheatre.org) Surowicz

 

ROOTS

If Dad is partial to blues, rockabilly, classic country and other American “roots” music, Father’s Day would be a good time to party on the patio with the Electro Pigs. These fine swine include several past and present Front Porch Swingin’ Liquor Pigs (Randy Webb, Rusty Jones, Jim Tollefsrud), along with blues harmonica ace Tom Burns and the too-seldom-seen Larry Hayes, of original Lamont Cranston renown. (3 p.m. Sun., Floyd’s, 1758 Arboretum Blvd., Victoria. No cover.) Surowicz

CLASSICAL

Operating on the fringes of the Twin Cities jazz scene for many years as leader of the Willie August Project, guitarist Ben Siems has always crafted interesting, sometimes haunting original music. In recent times, he’s returned to his first instrument, the cello. And on the new album “Write Her Name on the Sky,” Siems composes music for a chamber string group in which cello is the dominant voice. Tightly scripted music squarely in the classical tradition, “Write Her Name” is evocative, impressive, at times dreamlike. Siems celebrates its release with a concert featuring: three cellists; violinist Lydia Lui; and old Willie August Project mate Jeremy Hauer on percussion. (7 p.m. Sun., Bryant-Lake Bowl, $6-$12.) Surowicz