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Sixto Rodriguez was a late 1960s/early ’70s singer/songwriter forgotten everywhere except South Africa, where he became something of a cult hero. A couple of obsessive fans tracked him down in Detroit and brought him to South Africa for a series of concerts that became the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugarman.” The 2012 movie and appearances on Letterman and Leno have created an audience for the 70-year-old, who sounds a bit like Cat Stevens with a protest streak. (7:30 p.m. Wed., Fitzgerald Theater, sold out.) Bream

There’s always something happening on stage when psychedelic freak-pop band Of Montreal comes to town, be it aliens committing mass murder or pigs getting it on. On a short acoustic tour this time around, the wildest of the many wild bands from Athens, Ga., won’t offer its usual live spectacle, but there is plenty going on off-stage. That includes a Kickstarter-funded documentary in the works, plus an album ready for fall release, which frontman Kevin Barnes reportedly wrote during a long stretch of self-imposed isolation. Openers Wild Moccasins are a baby-faced Mamas & Papas-like psychedelic pop quintet from Houston newly signed to New West. (8 p.m. Wed., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $20.) Riemenschneider

A band that would’ve been a good fit for the Girls Got Rhythm Fest, the Detroit Cobras are back on the road pounding out their classic ’60s soul-rock sound, fueled by frontwoman Rachel Nagy’s smoky howl of a voice. The Motor City band hasn’t put out a new record since 2007’s “Tied & True,” but no matter. They have a treasure trove of obscure blues, soul and R&B nuggets. L’Assassins and Blue Ruin open. (9 p.m. Thu., Triple Rock. $15.) Riemenschneider

CHILDREN’S

Like most kids-music acts that stand out from the crowd nowadays, Clementown offers much more than just music. Twin Cities-based spouses and musical partners Kate Lynch and Chris Beaty first made a splash in 2010 creating music to accompany best-selling children’s author/illustrator Calef Brown’s books “Polkabats and Octopus Slacks.” They have since created videos with National Geographic Learning and are reportedly working on a deal with a major book publisher. For the second installment of Icehouse’s new Current-sponsored family series, though, they’re focused on the music, a psychedelic brand of folk-pop with accompanying video work and a kids’ choir as special guests. (11 a.m. Sat., Icehouse, $8, free for 2 and under.) Riemenschneider

JAZZ

New York saxophonist Jerry Weldon is best-known locally as a longtime member of Captain Jack McDuff’s Heatin’ System band, and nationally as a star soloist with Harry Connick Jr.’s superb orchestra. One of the most ebullient, hardest-swinging, dynamic and soulful tenor saxophonists in the country, Weldon is a quick-witted fellow who blows a cornucopia of great sounds. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $20.) Surowicz

Hard to believe that Jane Monheit just released her ninth studio album. “The Heart of the Matter” finds the luxurious voiced New Yorker, 35, in full bloom — a mix of elegant jazz standards, Linda Eder-like Broadway pop and striking interpretations of the Beatles, Randy Newman and “Sesame Street’s” Joe Raposo. As always, she’s technically superb, but her work now feels more mature and lived in. Maybe it’s partly because she’s singing about motherhood, notably on the gorgeous if formal original ballad “Night Night Stars.” (7 & 9 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Dakota, $25-$40.) Bream

BLUES/ROOTS

A well-loved West Bank curmudgeon, Al Haug wore lots of hats over the years: talent booker; DJ for KFAI; record collector; hobby musician; keeper of the jug band flame. So it’s no surprise his memorial celebration will involve a who’s who of West Bank heroes, including Pop Wagner, Willie Murphy, Dakota Dave Hull, Spider John Koerner, Gordon Thorne, Judy Larson, Tom Lieberman, Curtis & Loretta, Tim Sparks, the Fat Chance Jug Band (Al’s old group) and Phil Heywood, who put the lineup together. A fitting farewell. (2 p.m. Sat., Minneapolis Eagles Club, 2507 E. 25th St., Mpls. Free.) Surowicz

For a bluesman, Dave “Cool Breeze” Brown was sure a happy-go-lucky fellow, rarely seen onstage or off without a big smile. The longtime leader of local jump blues greats the Senders and a frequent sideman for such touring stars as Big Jay McNeely and Percy Sledge, Brown’s recent passing at age 58 shocked the local music community, which is turning out in force for a memorial party and family fundraiser. Lynwood Slim, who’s had his own health issues, will appear along with Detroit Don King, the Everett Smithson Band, Mick Sterling, Tommy Burnevik and his mighty Bees Knees Big Band, reuniting for their first show of the millennium, and the Lamont Cranston Band. (6 p.m. Wed., Famous Dave’s Uptown, $10.) Surowicz

CHORAL

Dedicated to the kid at heart, OutLoud!, the small group of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, embarks on a journey back to childhood with “Kiddin’ Around.” More like a cabaret act than a concert, it brings the group’s usual razzle dazzle to such songs as “Somewhere Out There” (from “An American Tail”), “Pure Imagination” (“Willy Wonka”) and many favorites from the Disney vault. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE., Mpls., $29, 612-436-1129, tcgmc.org) William Randall Beard

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  • Rodriguez performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. on Sunday, July 29, 2012. The documentary "Searching For Sugar Man" which opened July 27 in New York and Los Angeles after an acclaimed debut at Sundance, is about the disappearance and re-emergence of Rodriguez. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin) ORG XMIT: RIJG105 ORG XMIT: MIN1305071646590790

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