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Continued: The Big Gigs for March 29-April 4

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Back when P.O.S. still had pimples and Atmosphere's career was just pimple-sized, the Micranots put out the first great album of Twin Cities hip-hop, 2000’s “Obelisk Movements.” Issued via New York label Subversive, the record was reissued Tuesday on Rhymesayers, including a first-ever digital release. To celebrate, its creators I Self Devine and Kool Akiem will muster the intensity and spark of their twenty-something selves — which they never really lost — to perform it front to back at their first official reunion show in 10 years. As for other performers, “surprise guests” is all that’s listed. (10 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $10.) Riemenschneider



You’d think a band called Dave King’s Trucking Company would be road warriors, barnstorming the nation’s nightclubs. But while part-time member Chris Speed is based in New York City, they mostly play in the Twin Cities. There will be no Speed, but plenty of propulsive motion, when the quartet version — Brandon Wozniak (tenor sax), Erik Fratzke (guitar) Adam Linz (bass) and King (drums, compositions) — pulls into St. Paul. King’s songwriting is often very fine, his drumming justly renowned, and his wacky storytelling between songs? Well, that’s improv of another sort, no less unique and sometimes as giddy. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $15.) Surowicz

They are virtuosos on their instruments, giants in their respective fields, adored figures who fill concert halls. Now Chick Corea and Bela Fleck are teaming up for a rare evening of improvisation. Both have played the tiny Dakota before. I’ve seen Fleck, the banjo master who works in many styles, cross-pollinate with the Marcus Roberts Trio (at the Dakota) and with bassist Edgar Meyer (at the old Guthrie) and produce remarkable evenings of new and unexpected music. With piano master Corea, it will be more magic — with no smoke or mirrors. Minneapolis is the eighth of nine cities on their duo tour. (7 & 9 p.m. Mon., Dakota $50-$100.) Bream



A protégé of Bernard Allison, Belgrade-bred Ana Popovic is one of Europe’s hottest blues stars. Now based in the Netherlands, she’s visited the top of the U.S. blues charts, toured with Solomon Burke, shared stages with B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and will introduce her new nine-piece funk machine, Mo’ Better Love, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Her 2011 album, “Unconditional,” asserted that Popovic, 36, has become a true triple threat, equally convincing as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. (9 p.m. Fri., Famous Dave’s, $7.) Bream



The TV show “Kids Incorporated” proved to be a breeding ground for future stars, including Fergie, Martika, Jennifer Love Hewitt, busy actor Eric Balfour and R&B singer/songwriter Rahsaan Patterson. A neo-soul critics’ favorite, Patterson has scored only modest chart success but makes the kind of ambitious albums that cults are built upon, while collaborating with some interesting folks (Jody Watley, Van Hunt, gospel great Andrae Crouch). It’s a good sign that his more recent recordings (“Bluephoria” and “Wines & Spirits”) are obviously his best, and Patterson is known for spirited live shows. (7 p.m. Thu., Dakota Jazz Club, $40.) Surowicz


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