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Continued: Big Gigs: The best Twin Cities concerts Oct. 4-10

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Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter Vinicius Cantuária is a quiet master of bossa and samba, and probably the best living interpreter of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s wonderful songbook. Cantuária has worked with Bill Frisell and many of New York’s downtown bright lights, including Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne, so his albums often have experimental/modernist flourishes. But in person, his sound is usually intimate and deliciously warm. (7 p.m. Tue., Dakota, $30.) Surowicz


There are wedding and bar bands that know the ’60s soul catalog but nobody does it better than the versatile and deeply talented Sounds of Blackness. The Grammy-winning Twin Cities choir has been saluting the ’60s for decades, with a taste of Motown, Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and others. Sing-alongs are allowed, dancing is expected. (6 & 8 p.m. Sun., Dakota, $30-$45.) Bream


Well-known in the Twin Cities as Lil’ Slim, Shawn Holt is now using the name on his driver’s license and fronting the Teardrops, the wonderful no-nonsense blues band that his late father, Magic Slim (real name: Morris Holt), commanded for many decades. On his debut album, “Daddy Told Me,” he does a pretty good chip-off-the-old-block job of it, laying down those industrial strength shuffles that brought the elder Slim deserved world fame. With all the Teardrops on hand, Holt will boogie the night away and show you how to “Get Your Business Straight” even if you’re a “Mean Little Woman.” (9 p.m. Sat., Famous Dave’s Uptown, $5.) Surowicz


Jamey Johnson recorded two outstanding throwbacks to vintage Nashville in the ’00s that had critics gushing and calling him the new Waylon Jennings. Then last fall, this rugged outlaw took a right turn and recorded a terrific tribute to the late, great songwriter Hank Cochran, with a slew of stars including George Strait, Alison Krauss, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Opening is Johnson’s Nashville buddy Chris Hennessee. (8:30 p.m. Fri., Medina, $32-$37.) Bream 

As much as we love Curtiss A’s annual John Lennon tribute, we were hootin,’ hollerin’ and occasionally cryin’ in our beer at his first Hank Williams tribute in May at the Dakota. For three sets, Curt and his crackerjack crew of local twang masters saluted this stellar country catalog, while educating listeners with pertinent and obscure background information. And, of course, Curt seasoned things with his inimitable humor and some spiffy Western wear. This show is part of foodie night at the Dakota. (7 p.m. Mon., Dakota, free.) Bream 

New-ish country station BUZ’N came up with a creative idea for a concert: Girls With Guitars, featuring Sheryl Crow, who just released her first country album with such Nashville knockouts as “Drinking” and “Waterproof Mascara,” along with “Dancing With the Stars” champ Kellie Pickler, clever Pistol Annies singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe, coed harmonizers Gloriana and sassy newcomer Maggie Rose. The event is a benefit for Park Nicollet’s Jane Brattain Breast Center. Read an interview with Monroe in Sunday’s Variety. (7 p.m. Tue., Mill City Nights, tickets given away on BUZ’N, 102.9 FM.) Bream


The Atlantis Quartet is one of the Twin Cities’ most potent groups, jazz or otherwise — would you expect anything less from a band named after a mythic ancient utopia? Their new album, “Expansions,” is full of arresting originals, nearly all by drummer Pete Hennig and guitarist Zacc Harris, while bassist Chris Bates contributes a reprise of his gorgeous, moody ballad, “Hidden Place.” Rounded out by Brandon Wozniak’s tough, expressive tenor saxophone, “Expansions” is rocked-up, serene, hard-swinging and avant-leaning, by turns, with lots to savor and no missteps. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $12.) Surowicz


A jazz and classical switch-hitter, Kenny Drew Jr. is nearly as likely to play Mozart as Monk or Mingus, though as guest artist for the JazzMN Orchestra season opener, he’ll certainly stick to 20th century all-American sounds, and no doubt show off his bluesy, forceful drive. Drew is in fine form on his latest trio album, “Coral Sea,”echoing Bill Evans more than usual. Supple singer Connie Evingson also will perform on a few tunes. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Hopkins High School, 2400 Lindbergh Dr.., Minnetonka. $34-$28. or 1-800-838-3006.) Surowicz


For the opening of the new Accordo season, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra concertmasters Steven Copes and Erin Keefe and the SPCO’s principal viola and cello, Maiya Papach and Ronald Thomas, are joined by Hsin-Yun Huang, one of the leading violists of her generation. The program includes Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, K. 516, one of his masterful late quintets, and Brahms’ String Quintet in G major, Opus 111. The next evening, audiences can explore the quintets with the musicians over drinks. (7:30 Mon., Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Av. S., Mpls., $25-$12; 6:30 p.m. Tue., Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3268, William Randall Beard


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