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Continued: The big gigs for Feb. 7-13

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If it weren’t for NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” the vocalists in Pentatonix might be another bunch of former high school glee-clubbers looking for a choir. But thanks to their inventive a cappella arrangements, the Dallas-launched quintet is coming to a theater near you. Last year’s recording, “PTX Vol. 2,” features a pretty cool Daft Punk medley, treatments of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” and Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love,” plus some creative originals. (7:30 p.m. Wed., State Theatre, $29-$39.) Bream

 

This year there was no Super Bowl halftime show from his basement for Mayer Hawthorne. But he’s just as soulful as Bruno Mars, this year’s halftime star — just with a smaller budget and band. The Michigan-bred, Los Angeles-based singer/rapper/DJ/multi-instrumentalist added more retro-soul flavors on last year’s “Where Does This Door Go.” There’s a little Hall & Oates, some Michael McDonald and even an assist from the ubiquitous Pharrell Williams. Bring your dancing shoes. Opening is Quadron, a soulful Danish duo featuring the alluring vocalist Coco O. (8:30 p.m. Thu., First Avenue, $25.) Bream

WORLD

Last month, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo picked up its fourth Grammy for “Live: Singing for Peace Around the World.” But the mesmerizing a cappella choir — best known for its work on Paul Simon’s landmark “Graceland” — is on tour promoting its 2014 release, “Always With Us,” a tribute to Nellie Shabalala, the late wife of the group’s founder-leader Joseph Shabalala, featuring vocals she recorded more than a decade ago along with the group’s newly recorded voices. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Ordway, $23.) Bream

BLUES

The Butanes are releasing a new album on what would have been their hero Earl King’s 80th birthday, and “12 Frozen Favorites From the Upper Bayou” has an appropriately strong New Orleans flavor. Past Butanes recordings have usually featured great soul singers, but this time leader Curt Obeda ably handles the vocal chores himself, going for salty humor rather than hard-soul high drama on such fun songs as “It’s Not That Bad” and “Ain’t No Doubt,” abetted by backup singers Deb Brown and Aisha Baker, the kick-ass Butanes horn section and Big Bob Scoggin on the rollicking, tongue-in-cheek “Yeah, Right.” (9 p.m. Sat., Famous Dave’s Uptown, $7.) Tom Surowicz

JAZZ

Jon Weber is well-known to Twin Cities audiences through his myriad jazz festival and Artists’ Quarter appearances. With the AQ gone, he happily resurfaces a couple blocks away in the St. Paul Hotel’s much larger and tonier Promenade Ballroom. (7 p.m. Fri., 350 Market St., St. Paul, $5. 651-292-9292.) Surowicz

 

Expect dynamic drumming at a Celebration of Life for Luis Santiago. A percussionist who died from the after-effects of a fall at age 88, he used to regularly play at jam sessions at Jazz Central Studios, where his son, drummer Mac Santiago, is a co-founder and owner. Grandson Javier Santiago, a prodigious pianist who’s staying busy in New York City, is another talented relative who’s well known around town. Luis Santiago helped to pay the rent at Jazz Central, so it’s appropriate that his farewell is in the cozy basement space that has become the most reliable and affordable venue in town for classic big band and cutting-edge small group sounds. (2 p.m. Sun., 407 Central Av. SE., 612-729-1799.) Surowicz

 

A Down Beat critics’ poll winner for 14 years straight, jazz singing sensation Kurt Elling always commands the stage with his mighty baritone, his “hipsemantic” patter in the Lord Buckley tradition, and his anything-but-shy personality. Elling’s touring band includes two stalwart musicians from Chicago, guitarist John McLean and bassist Clark Sommers. (7 & 9 p.m. Thursday, Dakota Jazz Club, $25-$40.) Surowicz

FOLK

“Prairie Home Companion” favorite Adam Granger’s first-ever concert in his St. Anthony Park neighborhood last year was such a success that the guitarist, teacher and witty songwriter is doing it again, this time at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, a beautiful listening space often used for Schubert Club events. But Granger is keeping the same opening act: moonlighting folk band Doc and the Dysorderlies. (8 p.m. Sat., 2129 Commonwealth Av., St. Paul, $15. 651-646-7173.) Surowicz

CLASSICAL

While the Schubert Club’s International Artists Series typically presents a solo recitalist, anticipation is high for Saturday’s concert by Latvian violinist/conductor Gidon Kremer, who brings his 27-member Kremerata Baltica to St. Paul. Kremer, who has won a Grammy and recorded an astounding number of records, is seeking to burnish recognition of Warsaw-born, Soviet-era composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, whose 1948 Concertino, op. 42, is included in the live concert and on a forthcoming ECM disc. The all-20th-century program includes music of Arvo Pärt (Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten), Shostakovich (Violin Sonata, op. 134) and Britten (“Young Apollo”). (7:30 p.m. Sat., $15-$63, Ordway Center, 651-292-3268 or Schubert.org.) Claude Peck





 

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