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Unofficially identified as the Twin Cities Funk & Soul All-Stars as their identity continues to grow, the scene vets who stole the show at the Current’s eighth birthday party last month are back for a longer and probably even livelier set. The group’s core members include stylish Temptations-style harmonizers the Valdons, Maurice Jacox (Willie & the Bees), Willie Walker (coming from his Ordway set with the Butanes), Sonny Knight, Anthony Scott (Band of Thieves) and more. They first got together last fall to celebrate the Secret Stash Records compilation, “Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost Grooves From Minneapolis/St. Paul 1964-1979,” which made the top 10 in our Twin Cities Critics Tally 2012 despite being made up of 40-year-old recordings. Opening is Dérobé Dance Band, a 12-member Afrobeat/funk group also affiliated with Secret Stash. (10 p.m. Fri., Icehouse Minneapolis, $10.) Riemenschneider


The Twin Cities’ own entrant in the great parade of New Orleans-style second-line ensembles, the Jack Brass Band isn’t letting the Minnesota winter prevent them from blowing off some steam on Fat Tuesday. The nine-man team is hosting a Mardi Gras-style bash complete with a crawfish boil and excellent suds from Louisiana’s resilient Abita Brewery. (9 p.m. Tue., Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Free.) Riemenschneider


Sue Ann Carwell, who landed a Warner Bros. contract in the 1980s with the help of Prince’s first manager, recorded for MCA in the ’90s and then became an A-list L.A. backup singer, recording with Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Patti LaBelle, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie and others. Two years ago, Carwell released a blues album, “Blues in My Sunshine,” produced by guitar monster Jesse Johnson of the Time. In her comeback hometown show in 2011, Carwell commanded the stage as she did a little funk, some blues, blues-rock, a version of Neil Young’s “Down By the River,” a cover of Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman” and her new single “Hold Me Tonight.” (7 & 10 p.m. Thu., Fine Line, $25.) Bream


A finalist on “American Idol” in 2010, goldilocks guitarist/singer Casey James can sure play his ax. But his self-titled 2012 album was a meticulously polished and overthought modern-day country record with no clearly defined personality. Still, given his Texas background, James knows his way around barrooms, so this show should be a good fit. (9 p.m. Thu., Cabooze, $12-$15.) Bream


The annual Battle of the Jug Bands won’t be quite the same without charter participant Al Haug, longtime talent booker at the New Riverside Cafe and mainstay of the Fat Chance Jug Band, who passed away this past Sunday after a long battle with cancer. But we can raise a beer in his honor at either the Nomad World Pub on Saturday or the Cabooze on Sunday, where there will be the usual cornucopia of fun bands — some adept, others inept, all high-spirited. Come early if you want to see last year’s champions. Good Samaritans won the Pancake League, and will kick off the Nomad show at 3 p.m. Roe Family Singers were Waffle League champs, and they start the Cabooze festivities at 1 p.m., followed by the always-excellent Boo Bradley, a terrific veteran duo from Madison, Wis., at 1:20 p.m. Best new entrant, judging by name alone? Metallica and the Copyright Infringers. (3-6:40 p.m. Sat., Nomad, $5. 1-7:40 p.m. Sun., Cabooze, $5.) Tom Surowicz


Versatile Memphis sax man Kirk Whalum plays a free community concert titled “The Gospel According to Jazz,” joined by keyboardist John Stoddart. An ordained minister and a Grammy winner for best gospel song in 2011, Whalum is known for his work with Bob James, Quincy Jones, Take 6, Barbra Streisand and especially the late Whitney Houston. It’s Whalum’s signature sax solo on her smash hit, “I Will Always Love You,” and he helped score Houston’s 17-million-selling soundtrack to “The Bodyguard.” (7:30 p.m. Fri., Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Av., Mpls. Free.) Surowicz


Three of the bright lights of Twin Cities jazz commune in the latest Bryan Nichols Trio, as the compelling young pianist is joined by brothers Chris Bates (bass) and J.T. Bates (drums). Nichols has been a McKnight fellow and an American Composers Forum grant winner, he’s played festivals in France and Finland, and he’s been heard on CDs by Gordy Johnson, Kelly Rossum, and Todd Clouser, plus a forthcoming album by Gang Font with jazz and rock switch-hitters Dave King, Greg Norton, and Erik Fratzke. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $10.) Surowicz


It’s been 35 years since Tuck and Patti began performing together and six years since they released an album. But the husband-wife duo promises a new disc in 2013. Their last effort, “I Remember You,” finds singer Patti Cathcart and guitarist Tuck Andress essaying the Great American Songbook in their warm, embracing way. Highlights include the unusually up-tempo “The Very Thought of You” and her scatting and his intricate fingerwork on “A Foggy Day.” (7 p.m. Sun., Dakota Jazz Club, $35.) Bream


Singer Stacey Kent seems like a cool Valentine, but she’s already taken by Jim Tomlinson, her sax-playing husband. The fun couple of international jazz make their annual visit with an eight-album catalog full of appropriate songs — “Comes Love,” “You Go to My Head,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” et al. (7 & 9 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Dakota, $25-$40.) Surowicz

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