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Continued: The Big Gigs: June 14-20

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The little blues festival that could, the Santiago Shakedown is headlined as usual by the Lamont Cranston Band, with Bruce McCabe in tow (10:30 p.m. to midnight). They’ll be preceded by lively Wisconsin horn band the Jimmys (8:30 to 10 p.m.), led by keyboardist Jimmy Voegli and featuring ex-Georgia Satellites drummer Mauro Magellan. Lending extra credibility to the 11th annual event is the presence of one of the best blues songwriters on the West Coast, guitarist James Armstrong (6:30-8 p.m), whose latest album, “Blues at the Border,” was a national critics’ favorite. There will also be several indoor sets from the Inside Straight Blues Band, who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. (2:30 p.m to 1 a.m. Sat., Bailey Ray’s, 2120 165th Av., Santiago, Minn. 763-856-8900. $20.) Surowicz

What could be better than seeing a “Papa” on Father’s Day? Seeing a band of Sorry Muthas at the same time. Papa John Kolstad celebrates the reissue of his fine old 1971 LP “Mill City Blues,” and since it co-starred the late Soupy Schindler and the rest of the Sorry Muthas, he’s reuniting the surviving members: singer Judy Larson, dobro master Cal Hand and washtub bassist Bob Stelnicki, who’s coming in from Chicago for the show. They’ll be joined by lifelong pal Rod Bellville on mandolin, plus Gary Schulte (violin) and Bill Smith (harmonica). Toss in second-generation blues kid Cadillac Kolstad on piano, plus a gallery of vintage photos from Jerry Mathiason’s archives, and you’ve got an instant West Bank history lesson. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Cedar Cultural Center, $12-$15.) Surowicz

One of the world’s best roots-rock guitarists, a great songwriter, pretty darn good singer and a most entertaining fellow, Bill Kirchen has household-name-worthy talent, but only cult-artist status. Which means you can still see the “King of Dieselbilly” in friendly little joints like Lee’s Liquor Lounge, say hello between sets and congratulate him on the new album, “Seeds and Stems.” Crank­shaft opens. (9 p.m. Thu., Lee’s, $15.) Surowicz


The Garifuna Collective might have closed up shop after the shocking death in 2008 of its charismatic leader, Andy Palacio, felled by a heart attack at 47. But the group from Belize, which created a world music sensation with its debut disc, “Watina,” has soldiered on with the recent album “Ayo,” a resilient, groovy, somewhat more modern expression of Garifuna culture, a subtle update of the soulful sounds of black Central Americans. “Ayo” means “goodbye” and the album — sure to appear on many “best of” lists — features tributes to Palacio and another departed member, Justo Miranda, yet it’s ultimately upbeat. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Cedar Cultural Center, $20-$25.) Surowicz


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