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Continued: The Big Gigs, March 1-7

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  • Last update: February 28, 2013 - 5:18 PM

BLUES/ROOTS

After steady gigs with Windy City giants Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters, John Primer spent 14 fruitful years backing up the recently departed Magic Slim before establishing himself as a worthy urban blues standard bearer with a dozen or so solo albums. Let’s hope he shares a few Magic Slim stories at this gig — enjoy your Chicago bluesmen while ye may, folks. (9 p.m. Fri., Famous Dave’s Uptown, $5.) Surowicz

 

Bring your dancing shoes for a New Orleans-flavored party with the Honey Island Swamp Band, started in San Francisco in 2005 by Katrina-displaced Crescent City musicians. The quintet has been dubbed Bayou Americana for its mix of funky, swampy grooves, Southern-rock soul, jamming instincts and rootsy instrumentation (B-3 organ, mandolin, harmonica, guitar, bass, drums). The band lives up to its sweet moniker. (9 p.m. Sat., Famous Dave’s, $7.) Bream

CHORAL

VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers present a whiff of spring with “English Garden,” a celebration of the music of Percy Grainger. Australian by birth, Grainger lived in England from 1901 to 1914, embodying the elegance and luxury of the Edwardian era. He was a concert pianist as well as a composer, and an avid collector of English folk music. His arrangements gave artistic stature to these charming and whimsical melodies. The chorus is joined by the U of M Concert Wind Ensemble. (8 p.m. Sat., Ted Mann Concert Hall, $10-$40.) William Randall Beard

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