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Continued: The Big Gigs for 6/21-27

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This year, rapper B.o.B. has appeared on records by T.I., Lecrae, Big Boi, Funkmaster Flex and Young Dro, among others. But he hasn’t dropped his long-promised third album, “Underground Luxury.” Maybe we will get a preview, along with “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes,” the hits that made him famous. (8 p.m. Fri., Myth, $25.) Bream

One of the weirdest, wildest, scariest — and best — groups in hip-hop history, the Geto Boys have made rare reunions in various forms over the past decade but are finally doing a full-blown outing with all three core members, Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D. The Houston trio’s early-’90s albums made a lot of East and West Coast gangsta rappers look like pussycats. Nowadays, they’re remembered for the minor hits “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” “Six Feet Deep” and “Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta,” the latter unforgettably featured in the copy-machine-bashing scene of “Office Space.” Locals Haphduzn and Empire Status open. (9 p.m. Sun., Fine Line, $25-$30.) Riemenschneider

JAZZ

The Mississippi Jazz Connection is an excellent, seldom-seen band that brings together four bright lights of creative local music: saxophonist Pete Whitman, pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Jeff Bailey and drummer Kevin Washington. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $10.) Tom Surowicz

 

Does Butch Thompson sound better indoors or outdoors, with a full band or playing solos and duets? Find out this week as Minnesota’s ragtime and stride keyboard master plays two very different gigs. First, he serves as “bandleader and guest speaker,”chronicling Mendota’s surprisingly rich jazz history and playing clarinet and piano with cornetist Charlie DeVore, drummer Tom Andrews, bassist Steve Pikal and singer Lee Engele. (6-8 p.m. Sat., Sibley House, 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Mendota, 651-452-1596. $10.) Then he'll help kick the Twin Cities Jazz Festival into gear, sharing an all-piano evening with Jon Weber, the casually amazing New Yorker who can play any standard in any key or tempo, and in virtually any jazz style. (8:30 p.m. Thu., Artists’ Quarter.) Surowicz

 

Never one to be pigeonholed, sax titan David Murray comes to town with raspy-voiced soul Grammy winner Macy Gray — one of two singers on his new album “Be My Monster Love,” along with hot new jazz baritone Gregory Porter. Other contributors include SFJAZZ poet laureate Ishmael Reed, British crime novelist Robert Wilson, West Coast avant great Bobby Bradford and legendary Last Poets rapper Abiodun Oyewele. The album also debuts Murray’s excellent new Infinity Quartet — Marc Cary (piano and organ), Nasheet Waits (drums) and Jaribu Shahid (bass) — which will presumably be together forever and a day. Read an interview in Sunday's Star Tribune. (7 & 9 p.m. Sun.-Mon., Dakota, $40-$55.) Surowicz

WORLD

Nigerian Afrobeat bandleader Femi Kuti is mostly playing giant festivals this summer. The Cedar Cultural Center is easily the most intimate venue on his itinerary. At 50, Fela’s oldest son is no youngster anymore, but he is a strong singer, an able songwriter and a funky firebrand in person. (8 p.m. Wed., Cedar Cultural Center, $45.) Surowicz

ACOUSTIC

To celebrate International Accordion Awareness Month (who knew?), six Minnesota squeezebox artists are getting together “to showcase the breadth and scope of the accordion repertoire.” Expect jazz, gypsy music, polkas, tangos, cumbias, blues, roots-rock, waltzes, French musette, Cajun and zydeco when Dan Newton, Dee Langley, Mark Stillman, Patrick Harison, Bob Walser and Bob Barnes play unaccompanied, and undiluted. (7-9 p.m. Mon., Republic, 221 Cedar Av. S., 612-338-6146. No cover.) Surowicz



 

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