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Continued: Big Gigs: Best concerts in the Twin Cities Oct. 18-24

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Tributes abound on Dakota Dave Hull’s beautiful new all-original two-CD set, “Under the North Star.” One disc is solo guitar, opening with “Geremia’s Wobble,” in honor of fellow traveler Paul Geremia, and featuring “Extempore Rag,” for the fondly remembered West Bank folk club, and “Snaker’s Gone,” for the late Dave Ray. The other disc has a jazzy all-star cast including Butch Thompson, Patrick Harison, Joan Griffith, Jim ten Bensel, and Hull’s right-hand woman, Kari Larson. It sports “The Hink,” for Bill Hinkley, “Kirby Puckett’s Rag,” and “Cam Waters’ Adieu,” honoring three more departed Minnesota favorites. Harison opens this celebration and Butch Thompson guests. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Celtic Junction, 836 N. Prior Av., St. Paul. $12-$15.) Tom Surowicz

At the folkie-star-studded Al Haug memorial concert earlier this year, fingerstyle guitar master Phil Heywood all but stole the show with a brilliant, funny, loving tribute song to the crusty departed West Bank music maven. This gig will be more low-key — just six strings, plus the occasional anecdote. (8 p.m. Sat., Riverview Cafe, 3753 42nd Av. S, Mpls. $13.) Surowicz

JAZZ

Foreign Motion brings together four players from different backgrounds, all in their 20s. The group is led by prolific guitarist, composer and Secret Stash Records co-founder Cory Wong. Bassist Yohannes Tona came to us from Ethiopia, drummer Petar Janjic was born and raised in Serbia, while pianist Kevin Gastonguay hails from slightly less exotic Burnsville. Their debut album, “In Flight,” offers high-grade jazz of the old-school fusion variety. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $15.) Surowicz

Always an effervescent presence on the Twin Cities scene, trumpeter/composer Kelly Rossum, now director of jazz studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., reassem­bles his talent-packed quartet for a night at his old haunt, MacPhail Center for Music. He’s bringing a guest,Virginia Tech professor Annie Stephens, to showcase “the unique qualities of the classical marimba” on a set of his compositions. (8 p.m. Sat., 501 S. 2nd St., Mpls. $15-$25. 612-767-5250.) Surowicz

CLASSICAL

One of the highlights of last season was an all-Bach concert by Minnesota Chorale and the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, conducted by the chorale’s artistic director, Kathy Saltzman Romey, a renowned Bach authority. It was music that spoke to the soul and enlivened the spirit. The same forces reunite for “Bach to the Future,” joined by the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, the chorale’s Children’s Ensemble and Voices of Experience, its senior chorus. This is another family-friendly program that connects the mastery of Bach with the music of our time. (3 p.m. Sun., Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 W. Roselawn Av., Roseville, freewill offering. www.mnchorale.org) William Randall Beard





 

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