The Big Gigs for 6/21-27

  • Updated: June 21, 2013 - 9:05 AM
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Not to be confused with a blues fest where every act wants to be Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Deep Blues Fest is built on roughneck, gritty, raw, rural Delta blues and loaded with a wide array of adventurous pickers and punky bands. Friday’s opening lineup along includes everything from opener Charlie Parr’s resonator blues-folk and Purgatory Hill’s cigar-box smoke to Indiana duo Left Lane Cruiser’s noisy grind. Other performers through the weekend include Spanish bluesman Guadalupe Plata, Mark “Porkchop” Holder, the Dead Exs and many more. (4-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Bayport BBQ, 328 5th Av. N., Bayport, $70-$175, BayportBBQ.com.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

Marianas Trench is a Vancouver band that cleans up at the Junos (Canada’s Grammys) and MuchMusic Video Awards (Canada’s MTV Awards). Listen to the quartet’s three albums and you’ll think it’s the Fall Out Boy of Canada. Opening are Denver’s Air Dubai, Ghost Town and Protector. (7 p.m. Fri. Varsity, $20-$125.) Jon Bream

 

Like mosquitoes, the BoDeans are back for their annual summer invasion. Despite the departure of Sammy Llanas in 2011, Austin, Texas-based rocker Kurt Neumann continues to lead Milwaukee’s best-known band, which fans insist still parties hard with different harmonies. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Minnesota Zoo, $35-$47.50.) Bream

 

Having sung on recent albums by the Roots and Robert Glasper, Philadelphia neo-soul man Bilal wears his influences on his sleeve on this year’s “A Love Surreal.” “Longing and Waiting” seduces with a Princely vibe. “Winning Hand” plays a Steely Dan trump card. “Right at the Core” is an airy, romantic duet with Minneapolis native Paris Strothers. Bilal’s free-form, jazzy-soul excursion should appeal to fans of Frank Ocean. (8 & 10 p.m. Fri., Dakota Jazz Club, $30-$35.) Bream

 

The Goondas still put on wild and bruising shows, but the bluesy Twin Cities punks have gotten a little more serious on their second full-length. “Dog Show” was recorded at Terrarium with producer Jacques Wait (Pink Mink, Off With Their Heads) adding a little extra oomph and sinister power to such snaky, raw Stooges-sounding tracks as “Lip” and “Autorotica.” Wily singer Brendan Green’s warped, vaguely threatening words are more front and center, even if he’s still sometimes hanging off the house P.A. on stage. Driftwood Pyre and Red Daughters open their release party. (10 p.m. Fri., Turf Club, $6.) Riemenschneider

 

A downtown parking lot, a couple of touring bands, four local acts, plus a few beer stands and food trucks. That’s the no-duh formula offered by City Pages’ inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds Fest. Washington, D.C.-reared headliners the Walkmen have been a mixed bag playing live since their howling 2004 classic “The Rat,” but they were outstanding last year behind their elegant, bright album “Heaven.” Free Energy always sparks a lively dance party with its ’70s-branded, cowbell-enhanced riff-rock and sunny pop harmonies. Greg Grease, Strange Names and Prissy Clerks round out the lineup. The Chalice will host. (4-10 p.m. Sat., 8th St. & Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $20.) Riemenschneider

 

Highly entertaining, enriching and expanded to a quintet, the Carolina Chocolate Drops will offer lessons in minstrel music, old-time fiddle tunes, post-WWI blues, Gaelic fiddling and the like. Good talkers as well as pickers and singers, the Grammy winners also deliver a striking reworking of the Blu Cantrell R&B triumph “Hit ’Em Up Style.” (7:30 p.m. Sat., Minnesota Zoo, $30 & $42.50.) Bream

 

After seven years of steady indie ascension, Portugal. The Man is making the big leap. The Alaska-rooted, psychedelic pop-rock band’s new album, “Evil Friends,” was issued on Atlantic Records and produced by Danger Mouse. It’s decidedly more grandiose and accessible without sounding slick, and its tunes sounded as bright and shimmery as the sun when the band previewed the record at Coachella in April with a horn section in tow. Buzzing New York openers Guards are fronted by former Willowz leader Richie Follin, brother of Cults singer Madeline Follin. (9 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $22-$24.) Riemenschneider

 

Another fun hodgepodge of local musicians teaming up for a terrible reason: The Shelter From the Storm concert benefits the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s efforts to stop sex trafficking. Fresh from breaking in an electrifying new band to go with an upcoming album, indie singer Haley Bonar headlines the event, which also features harmonious trad-country revivalists the Cactus Blossoms and front-porch-swinging, jug-blowing folk favorites the Roe Family Singers. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Amsterdam Bar & Hall, $15-$18.) Riemenschneider

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