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Continued: The Big Gigs: Feb. 22-28

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A savvy young slack key guitarist who studied under the late master Sonny Chillingworth, Makana doesn’t confine himself to traditional Hawaiian music. His most popular song, “We Are the Many,” is a powerful Dylanesque protest number for the 99 percent (Rolling Stone magazine called it “the Occupy anthem”). And he declared his 2008 CD “Different Game” to be “the birth of slack rock.” You probably heard his music on the soundtrack of the George Clooney movie “The Descendants,” and his fans include guitar superstars Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Carlos Santana (for whom he’s opened many shows) and Joe Satriani. (7 p.m. Sun., Dakota Jazz Club, $22.) Surowicz

Acoustic blues charmer Eric Bibb has become an annual visitor to the Dakota, filling the house with intimate, easygoing sets rich in blues and folk history. He usually brings an outstanding if little-known collaborator to play rhythm and engage in guitar duets. But this time, his co-star is just as famous, a superstar in Mali and a big draw across the rest of Africa — Habib Koite, who’s quite an engaging showman himself. The duo’s new CD, “Brothers in Bamako,” mixes blues, African music and folk classics, including fresh renditions of “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad.” (7 & 9 p.m. Tue., Dakota, $25-$35.) Surowicz


According to Bakken Trio cellist Mina Fischer, “Giant gongs and bells from Java forever altered musical history.” In a concert titled “In the Garden of the Gamelan,” the Sumunar Gamelan Society demonstrates how this exotic music influenced Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Violinists Gina Di Bello and Stephanie Arado, violist Sabina Thatcher and cellist Eugena Chang then play Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. American composer Lou Harrison was also fascinated by this music, and is represented by “Philemon and Baukis” for violin and gamelan. (4 p.m. Sun., MacPhail Center, 501 2nd St., Mpls., $15-$25, 612-374-3175, William Randall Beard

One of the most exciting events Zeitgeist presents is its annual “Playing It Close to Home” concerts, which celebrate the wealth of musical creativity found in our own back yard. In addition to this year’s winners of the annual Eric Stokes Song Contest, the program features works by local composer and clarinetist Jeffrey Brooks. Zeitgeist always endeavors to make new music affordable. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St., Suite 200, St. Paul; 2 p.m. Sun., Roseville High School, 1240 W. County Road B2, Roseville. $10, Beard


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