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Continued: Big Gigs: Best concerts in Twin Cities, Oct. 11-17

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The Locked and Reloaded Tour is a smart package — Miranda Lambert, who keeps cleaning up at country awards shows, and Dierks Bentley, a spirited country star who took a little detour into bluegrass in 2010. She’s a pistol, who, when wronged, fights back with “Kerosene” and “Gunpowder and Lead.” But she’s a poignant balladeer, too, as evidenced on her award-sweeping “The House That Built Me.” High-energy Bentley scored big in the ballad department in 2011 with “Home” (co-written by Minneapolitan Dan Wilson), one of his 10 No. 1 tunes. With Chris Stapleton and Jukebox Mafia. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Xcel Energy Center, $29.75-$54.75.) Bream


This could be your last chance to see one of the nation’s great jazz pianists at one of the nation’s great jazz bars. The often brilliant Bill Carrothers grew up in Minnesota but now lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and tours the globe, playing fabled U.S. venues (Village Vanguard, Green Mill) and giant European festivals. Yet his home away from home remains the Artists’ Quarter, the black-walled, dimly lit, musician-run jazz oasis in downtown St. Paul that will sadly be closing its doors at the end of December. As Janis famously sang, get it while you can. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $15.) Tom Surowicz

Once voted the rock star least likely to survive the 1960s, cantankerous Ginger Baker is still going strong. The 74-year-old Cream and Blind Faith drum god is now playing his first musical love, jazz, albeit heavily flavored by his many visits to Africa. The subject of the recent no-holds-barred documentary “Beware of Mr. Baker” re-established his jazz cred with the splendid 1994 trio release “Go Back Home,” co-starring Bill Frisell and Charlie Haden. Now he’s touring with another great lineup dubbed Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion that’s heavy on the polyrhythms. The potent ensemble features jazz and funk great Pee Wee Ellis on tenor sax, excellent bassist Alec Dankworth and mighty African percussionist Abass Doodoo. (7 p.m. Tue.-Wed., Dakota Jazz Club, $45.) Surowicz


Reliably good West Coast bluesman James Armstrong is a charmer with many strengths. He’s a fine lead and rhythm guitarist, a stellar slide player, a crafty songwriter, a soulful vocalist with a casual delivery, and a live performer who seems completely comfortable on stage. Whether he’s bemoaning his fate on “Pennies and Picks,” or reveling in his job by singing a joyous number like “Mr. B’s,” Armstrong is a hard guy not to like. (9 p.m. Fri., Famous Dave’s Uptown, $5.) Surowicz


Clarinetist David Krakauer, an American superstar renowned in classical music, klezmer, jazz and hip-hop, joins Bakken Trio for its fall program. “Laughter Through Tears …,” based on Jewish myths and folk tunes, features Copland’s piano trio “Vitebsk: Study of a Jewish Theme,” Shostakovich’s Fourth String Quartet — banned until after his death because of its Jewish tunes — and Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind,” a musical exploration of suffering and its transcendence. (4 p.m. Sun., MacPhail Center, 501 2nd St., Mpls., $20-$25, 612-374-3175, William Randall Beard


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