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Continued: The Big Gigs for April 12-18

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Cuban jazz star Paquito d’Rivera was last seen locally as a guest of the JazzMN Big Band. Now the virtuoso alto saxist returns in a completely different and very intimate setting, concentrating on clarinet and communing with the Assad Brothers, Sergio and Odair, outstanding classical guitarists from Brazil. The trio’s program is called “Dances From the New World,” and features works by fabled composers Astor Piazzolla (Argentina), Ernesto Lecuona (Cuba) and even Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown.” Pan-American sounds to savor. (6 & 8 p.m. Sun., Dakota Jazz Club, $40-$45.) Tom Surowicz


A lot of gifted young Twin Cities musicians get a big thrill when the Doc Severinsen Big Band gets together for a little Midwest tour. The former “Tonight Show” bandleader is taking out his S.E. Shires Co. custom trumpets and trademark garish outfits, with stops at auditoriums in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri — and a nightclub in Minneapolis. (7 & 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota, $40-$60.) Surowicz


Rowdy and rockin’ honky-tonk country is the calling card of Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, who recently opened a show for fellow Michigan native Bob Seger. Morgan has developed a devoted following, thanks to a 2010 Bloodshot Records album and his drinkin’ songs. (9 p.m. Fri., Lee’s Liquor Lounge, $5.) Surowicz


A country superstar in the 1980s, Ricky Skaggs has become a bluegrass mainstay in recent years, capturing eight bluegrass-related Grammys. The mandolin ace, who is a pretty fair fiddler, as well, is bringing his hot-pickin’ bluegrass crew, Kentucky Thunder, for an evening of original and old-time tunes. (7 & 9 p.m. Thu. Dakota $35-$60.) Bream


When he returns to his native Minnesota, soulful harmonica man R.J. Mischo seldom plays just one gig. This time, he has four, most featuring two of the Twin Cities’ finest blues veterans, pianist Bruce McCabe and guitarist/drummer Jeremy Johnson. The fun starts at the historic Schooner Bar in Minneapolis (9 p.m. Sat., no cover), then heads Uptown for a brunch show (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun., Famous Dave’s Uptown, $17 for all you can eat). Wednesday brings a KFAI-sponsored gig, minus McCabe (7 p.m., 331 Club, no cover). Thursday, the harp blaster heads to White Bear (9 p.m., Hollihan’s, 2160 3rd St., White Bear Lake, 651-429-0280, no cover). Surowicz


The Singers have a tradition of annual programs of religious music under the title “My Soul’s Repose.” This year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Francis Poulenc, the chorus performs his ethereal and serene Mass in G Major. Also featured are a work for chorus and trumpet, “To God,” by Dominick Argento, and a set from the Singers’ new album of American music. (8 p.m. Sat., Nativity Catholic Church, 1900 Wellesley Av., St. Paul; 3 p.m. Sun., Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, $10-$30, 651-917-1948, William Randall Beard


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