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Continued: The Big Gigs for July 19-25: Savages, Merle Haggard, Dr. John and much, much more

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Friends from dinner parties, Steve Martin is a Los Angeles bluegrass banjo picker and Edie Brickell is an introspective New York singer/songwriter. Get them to collaborate on songwriting and you end up with “Love Will Come for You,” a winning collection of sweet, graceful folk music, with banjo (but not bluegrass) accents. Exercising their Texas roots, they explore a baby thrown off a train and other intriguing tales that deliver vivid details and recurring rewards. In concert, the duo will be backed by Martin’s touring ensemble, the Steep Canyon Rangers. Read an interview with the duo in Sunday’s Variety. (7:30 p.m. Mon., State Theatre, $43.50-$83.50.) Bream

One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder is a true bizzer — a guy who will make his way in the music business either as a songwriter, producer or recording artist. OneRepublic is hot again with “Feel Again,” after falling off the map following 2007’s smash “Apologize.” Between OneRepublic hits, Tedder wrote or produced successes for others, including Beyoncé’s “Halo,” Adele’s “Rumour Has It” and Jordin Sparks’ “Battlefield,” among others. Nice résumé. Opening is retro soul man Mayer Hawthorne, whose third album, “Where Does This Door Go,” goes for more of a G-funk and hip-hop vibe, with help from Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar. (7 p.m. Mon., Myth, $43.). Bream

The phrase “multi-talented” certainly applies to Brazil’s Badi Assad. Best known as a dazzling fingerstyle guitarist, Assad is also an outstanding bilingual vocalist, songwriter and percussionist who uses her mouth, clucking tongue and guitar body to add infectious rhythms. While she’s worked with some of the world’s premier modern jazz axmen (Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny) and ably plays classical and traditional Brazilian sounds, Assad mostly makes sophisticated pop — check out her new CD, “Between Love and Luck,” the whole of which can be streamed for free online, for the delectable evidence. (7 p.m. Tue., Dakota Jazz Club, $40.) Tom Surowicz


Just as Motown had its male/female duos, Minneapolis’ own Flyte Tyme Productions put together Twin Cities soul man Alexander O’Neal with Cherrelle, the Detroit singer who made three albums with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. O’Neal and Cherrelle soared with the hit singles “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This.” They make a rare joint appearance in Minneapolis for a little Friday love. (9 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, $20.) Bream

Another act that owes much of its early success to Jam and Lewis, Mint Condition has been enjoying a second career wave in recent years with the charting success of its albums “7…” and last year’s “Music at the Speed of Life.” The modern-edged, classic-toned R&B vets — who first came together as St. Paul Central High students — are performing about as close to home as they can get for the 30th annual Rondo Days Celebration. They’re scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. following performances by Timotha Lanae, A&R, D-Black and more. (11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., Rondo Education Center Field, 560 Concordia Av., St. Paul, free, $50 VIP seats, Riemenschneider


El-P and Killer Mike make a great if unlikely pair. After the former produced the latter’s breakthrough album, “R.A.P. Music,” and then issued his own epic collection, “Cancer 4 Cure,” they hit the road together last summer and had so much fun they’re doing it again. This time, the Brooklyn indie-rap guru and budding Atlanta star have an album they made together, “Run the Jewels,”issued as a free download via and seemingly tailor-made for the summer party vibe. Adding greatly to the festivities are El-P’s fellow Def Jux mate Despot and Das Racist’s Kool AD for openers. (8:30 p.m. Fri., Varsity Theater, $16-$25.) Riemenschneider


In 2008, Merle Haggard had part of a lung removed because of cancer. But he hasn’t slowed down. Since then, he has released two commendable albums and continued to tour regularly. His three most recent shows in the Twin Cities — including ones with Kris Kristofferson in 2012 and ’11 — have been memorable evenings of terrific songwriting, excellent musicianship, impassioned singing and larger-than-life personality. With all due respect to Hank Williams and Willie Nelson, ol’ Merle may have penned the most extraordinary catalog of songs in the history of country music. (8 p.m. Fri., State Theatre, $53.50 & $63.50.) Bream

Like fellow Austin vet Dale Watson, Wayne “The Train” Hancock likes to escape the Texas heat this season and knows there’s a cool crowd of Twin Cities honky-tonk purists to welcome him. Hancock is a Hank Williams sound-alike by nature (or at least by nasal design), and he keeps it old-school by performing with slapping bass instead of drums. He takes a bluesier direction on his new album, “Ride,” but there’s no mistaking the twang. Local country upstarts the Union Suits open. (9 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $15.) Riemenschneider

Junior Brown is the total C&W package. A guitar hero who dazzles and delights with his patented “guit-steel” — playing both rip-roaring honky-tonk and boogie leads and tear-in-your-beer steel-guitar licks — he also writes humorous and great songs, and his burly baritone voice is a glorious throwback to the golden era of Nashville, sounding like a modern-day Ernest Tubb. Yet he’s as likely to quote Hendrix as he is Merle Travis. Brown’s latest CD, “Volume Ten,” is one of his best, and his wife, Tanya Rae, is back in the touring band, playing stellar rhythm guitar — this is one fun couple. (8 p.m. Sat., Dakota Jazz Club, $40.) Surowicz


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