Big gigs for June 13-19: Winstock, OneRepublic , Booker T. and much more

  • Updated: June 12, 2014 - 2:26 PM
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Lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney and lead singer Gary LaVox of Rascal Flatts performed at the Minnesota State Fair in 2012.

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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

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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

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