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Continued: Big Gigs for July 12-18: Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, One Direction, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, more

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When tickets went on sale more than a year ago for One Direction, who knew that this would be the Summer of the Boy Band? Yes, in the next few weeks, the Twin Cities will see not only 1D — the still immensely popular mop-topped British-Irish pop quintet that has mastered vocal harmonies but reportedly not unison choreography — but their distant rivals, the Wanted, and old-school boy-bands New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. Teenage dreams may die, but tween crushes never do. Earplugs are recommended. (7:30 p.m. Thu. Target Center, sold out.) Bream


For avid 93X-FM listeners, Godsmack is bordering on classic-band status, a reputation buoyed locally by such memorable performances at the last X-Fest at Midway Stadium in 2011 and repeat visits to the Cadott Rock Fest. The brawny Boston crunch kings are staying indoors this time, playing one of only 10 summer dates here as they prepare to record their first album since 2010’s “The Oracle.” (7:30 p.m. Thu., Myth, all ages, $42.) Riemenschneider


“Friends,” the 2011 album by two-handed “tapping” guitar marvel Stanley Jordan, was a star-studded affair with contributions from Regina Carter, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton and others. When Jordan returns to the Dakota he’ll be all by himself, but seeing him play solo is like seeing at least two musicians in one body, as he simultaneously plays melody and chords, or guitar and piano — there’s never been anyone quite like him. Lately, he’s been discovered by the jam band crowd, thanks to guest concert work with the Dave Matthews Band, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. (7 p.m. Thu., Dakota Jazz Club, $30.) Surowicz


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