The Big Gigs: July 22-28

  • Updated: July 21, 2011 - 2:30 PM

BoDeans, Trampled by Turtles, U2, Miley Cyrus and more.

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POP/ROCK

Be the first on your block to own a copy of the BoDeans' "Indigo Dreams," due out Tuesday but on sale at the Minnesota Zoo. The recently issued single, "Blowing My Mind," is a Jersey-shore R&B strut that suggests early Springsteen. Could this foreshadow a new direction for the jangly duo from Wisconsin? Opening is Alison Scott, the Twin Cities pianist with potent pipes. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Minnesota Zoo, $34.) Jon Bream

Playing their first big Twin Cities show -- and supposedly their last of the year -- since two ecstatically received First Ave gigs last winter, Duluth-reared, hard-stomping string pickers Trampled by Turtles are taking over Minneapolis' nearest thing to a functioning amphitheater, the Cabooze parking lot. Their songs from last year's record "Palomino," including the Current-backed single "Wait So Long," will loom large for years to come. Roma di Luna and Charlie Parr open. (6 p.m. Sat., Cabooze Plaza. 18 & older. $25.) Riemenschneider

Nobody will confuse it for the big festival in Chicago with the similar name, but Minneapalooza complements the other local block parties with a cool setting outside and inside one of the city's best old theaters and a lineup that's younger and punkier than most. Buzzing electro-rock band Phantom Tails and eclectic folk-rock-opera-makers Fort Wilson Riot headline the outdoor stage, where newbies Don Von & the Solution, the Sex Rays, Greetings Starfighter, Bad 'N Rad, Monks on Monroe and more play. The party then moves inside for gas-masked guitar man Hastings 3000. (3 p.m. Sat., Loring Theater, 1407 Nicollet Av., Mpls. All ages. $10.) Chris Riemenschneider

By now, you've probably heard what to expect at the inaugural concert at TCF Bank Stadium: a construction nightmare, no alcohol, no smoking and, of course, U2. Bono and the boys have only three shows left on their 30-country, 110-concert 360 Tour. So don't be surprise if Irish lads play it a little loose and free under the giant Claw. Given the traffic and parking situation -- see details and more at StarTribune.com/u2 -- plan to arrive early. Plus, you'll get to see Interpol, the Brit-sounding New York rockers. (7 p.m. Sat., University of Minnesota, $30-$250, limited availability.) Bream

Regular Twin Cities visitor Steve Earle may have picked the wrong night -- hello, U2? -- to showcase the world-weary, mortality-obsessed songs on his fine new "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," a companion album to his debut novel of the same name. Both works underscore what music fans have known for a long time: Earle is a master storyteller with a flair for philosophizing, an acute sense of justice and a commitment to rooting for the underdog. His wife, Allison Moorer, joins him. (8 p.m. Sat., Pantages, $42.50 & $52.50.) Bream

After years of turning to big-time oldies but goodies to headline its So the World May Hear Awards Gala in St. Paul, the Starkey Hearing Foundation has enlisted Miley Cyrus. She may not be on the charts this year but she did tour South America, the Philippines and New Zealand. It wasn't long ago that her Disney-promoted character Hannah Montana was the biggest tween phenomenon (till the Jonas Brothers came along). This is one crowd that probably won't care if Miley, all of 18, tries to act like a sexualized adult. Also slated to sing a tune or two are country royalty Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire, rock belter turned "Celebrity Apprentice" Meat Loaf, and movie star turned country singer Kevin Costner. However, the top attraction might be awards recipient Bill Clinton. (6 p.m. Sun., RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. For tickets, call 1-866-354-3254.) Bream

Already familiar to the jam-band nation, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals got a boost last year when she appeared on "VH1's Divas Salute the Troops." Mainstream America discovered that Potter, the pride of Vermont, will rock you with Joplinesque thunder, Heart-like power and Tina Turner swagger. This summer, Potter is expanding her audience even more with the country hit "You and Tequila," a duet with Kenny Chesney. (7:30 p.m. Wed., Minnesota Zoo, $30.) Bream

Unfortunately, J.D. Fortune is still the singer of 1980s Australian hitmakers INXS. He got the job to replace the irreplaceable Michael Hutchence six years ago via a reality TV show, and it appeared to have gone straight to his head at the band's local show soon after. Perhaps the decision by the band's original members to work with the likes of Ben Harper, Rob Thomas and Nikka Costa on their not-too-bad remakes album "Original Sin" humbled Fortune a little. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Mystic Lake Casino. $19-$39.) Riemenschneider

As with INXS, Journey and Foreigner no longer have the lead singer who made them famous -- except Steve Perry and Lou Gramm are still alive. They've been replaced by uncanny soundalikes: Arnel Pineda, discovered on a YouTube video in 2007, and Kelly Hansen, a California journeyman hard-rocker who signed on in 2005. Apparently, fans of these brands, er bands, just don't stop believing. Opening is Night Ranger, whose lead singers Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy are back on board. (7 p.m. Thu., Xcel Energy Center, $29.50-$127.) Bream

GOSPEL

Between his pastoral duties in Grand Rapids, Mich., Dove Award-winning singer Marvin Sapp ("Never Would Have Made It") heads up a benefit for North Side tornado relief and colon cancer awareness with a blend of performers including comedian Shed-G, best known from Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns," contemporary gospel troupe James Grear & Co., the Antioch Christian Center's Divine Ministers of Dance and True Apostolic Children of Grace Choir featuring Tonia Hughes. (7 p.m. Sat., O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine's University, St. Paul. 651-690-6700. $20-$50.) Riemenschneider

COUNTRY

In her fifth decade as a force in country music, Dolly Parton will look back and forward in concert. She is doing everything from her classic "Jolene" and covers of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to bluegrass and a tune from her forthcoming movie with Queen Latifah, "Joyful Noise." Of course, she's also offering material from this summer's "Better Day," another solid, spirited effort. (7:30 p.m. Wed., Mystic Lake Casino. Sold out.) Bream

ROOTS

If you like guitar heroes who are hard to pigeonhole, Chicago's Dan Peters should be on your radar. Combining rockabilly, blues, country, swing, surf, a little arena rock dynamics and more than a bit of jazz flair, Peters is an omnivorous licksmeister who gets plenty of room to shine in his trio, the West Side Winders. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Wilebski's Blues Saloon. $10.) Surowicz

Dreadlocked Mississippi blues/soul singer Grady Champion returns on a grueling 80-day tour in support of his new CD "Dreamin'." His current single, "Weight of the World," a smooth pop-soul ballad with impressive hooks, is slick and devoid of his trademark harmonica. But rest assured that Champion will blow plenty of harp and get gritty in person. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Wilebski's, $10.) Surowicz

R&B

Without much fanfare, but with good food, low door charges and well-traveled talent, there's been a healthy jamming scene at Chanhassen's ambitious restaurant/bar School of the Wise II. Saturday offers a perfect example: excellent guitarist Mark Arneson leads an impromptu group of bar stars, including singer Patty Peterson, her globe-trotting nephew Jason Delaire on sax, all-pro David "Astroboy" Gonzalez on bass and hot young drummer Jay Corkran. Don't be surprised to see Paisley Park and Flyte Tyme vets show up to jam. (8 p.m. Sat., 600 Market St., Chanhassen, 952-949-0000. $3.) Surowicz

JAZZ

Sax man Ronnie Laws and high-flying trumpeter Tom Browne -- two of the more credible stars of 1970s-80s funky "crossover" jazz -- join forces for a club gig. (7 & 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota Jazz Club, $25-$37.) Surowicz

Alto saxophonist and ace composer David Bixler has quite the fun résumé. A Wisconsin native, he's worked with big band legends Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Chico O'Farrill, jammed with Branford Marsalis, backed Bill Clinton at a White House gig, taught at Montclair State and Bowling Green, and released a handful of very interesting, open-minded, small-group modern jazz CDs. He'll head a quartet in a low-cover show that just might be exceptional. (9 p.m. Wed., Artists' Quarter, $5. Surowicz

CLASSICAL

"Summer's lease," said Shakespeare, "hath all too short a date," and the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest is hurtling toward its conclusion. Festival habitués know that some of its finest music-making comes in its chamber programs, for which conductors Andrew Litton and Osmo Vänskä put down their batons and take up their instruments. On the final weekend it's pianist Litton's turn: Together with six of the orchestra's best string players, acting concertmaster Sarah Kwak and principal cello Anthony Ross among them, he'll delve into Brahms' precocious Piano Trio, Op. 8, and César Franck's turbulent Piano Quintet. (11 a.m. Fri., Orchestra Hall. $12-$20.) Larry Fuchsberg

Friday night, Litton leads the orchestra in an all-Mozart evening, capped by the invigorating "Haffner" Symphony (No. 35). Filling out the program are the "Turkish" Concerto, with Gina DiBello, the orchestra's principal second violin, as soloist, and excerpts from "The Abduction From the Harem" and "The Magic Flute," sung by Australian soprano Emma Pearson. (8 p.m. Fri., Orchestra Hall. $19-$49.) Fuchsberg

Pearson returns for Saturday's Sommerfest finale as Sophie in Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier." Litton staged it last fall at the Sydney Opera House, so even though the orchestra is performing the opera strictly in concert (none of the "semi-staging" of past years), Litton's recent experience promises a theatrical evening. And it will be good to hear the lush orchestration of Strauss' bittersweet comedy, which he and librettist Hugo von Hofmannstahl called their "Marriage of Figaro." (7:30 p.m. Sat., Orchestra Hall, $25-$60.) William Randall Beard

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