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Continued: Big Gigs: The best Twin Cities concerts Nov. 15-21

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John Legend has captured nine Grammys and lots of women’s hearts with his creamy, dreamy neo-soul. Recently married to Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen, he shows his seductive ways on the new “Love in the Future,” which envelops his unpoetic pillow talk in lush, dramatic sounds. The collection is something of a return to form after the socially conscious, Roots collaboration “Wake Up” and the synth-soaked “Evolver,” but still not as impressive as his first two albums. Opening is R&B personality Tamar Braxton, better known for her TV work (“Braxton Family Values,” “The Real”) than her music. (7:30 p.m. Tue., State Theatre, $44.50-$89.) Bream


Gary Clark Jr. has kept Twin Cities fans waiting for three years. That’s how long it has been since the bluesy guitar slinger from Austin, Texas — dubbed “the chosen one” in a lengthy Rolling Stone profile — wowed the crowd at Clapton’s Crossroads Festival. Since then, he’s jammed with the Stones and made fans as diverse as President Obama, Jay Z and just about everybody who has seen his stellar live act. His mixed-bag Warner Bros. debut album, “Blak & Blu,” only hints at his impressive talent. A bonus for our patience: We’re getting him in a smaller venue than most cities. Read an interview with Clark in Sunday’s Variety section. (8 p.m. Wed., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider


After selling out the Varsity Theater for a two-night stand in June just after the release of their sophomore album, Los Angeles soul-pop party band Fitz & the Tantrums rightfully turn to a bigger room this time around. The location seems like a fair trade for a venue that still offers a dance floor, which is a must given the retro boogie of the band’s breakout hit “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” and the more modernized electro-grind of the new disc, “More Than Just a Dream.” Openers Capital Cities are another fun band of Angelenos with the viral video hit “Safe and Sound.” (7:30 p.m. Thu., Myth, all ages, $25-$28.) Riemenschneider


Selena Gomez is a pop star. Granted, she’s mostly known for her Disney Channel show “Wizards of Waverly Place” and dating Justin Bieber. Her dance-pop is fine for a tween party, but it’s as disposable as used birthday candles. On this year’s “Stars Dance” album, the 21-year-old tried to get a little edgier musically with club-oriented tunes. Emblem 3 opens. (7 p.m. Thu., Target Center, $29.50-$69.50.) Bream


Amy Helm was last seen in town performing with her rock-legend dad, Levon Helm of the Band, who took his final load off and left us all last year. His singer/songwriter daughter has carried on the famous Midnight Ramble jams at the family farm in Woodstock, N.Y., and she’s returning to Minnesota for another fun collaborative affair in a picturesque setting, the Real-Phonic Radio Hour. The show will also feature Minnesota-bred, Montana-based bluegrass/folk singer Martha Scanlan, who has recorded and performed with Amy and Levon, along with Real-Phonic hosts Molly Maher, Erik Koskinen and the stellar house band. (8 p.m. Thu., James J. Hill Reference Library, 80 W. 4th St., St. Paul, $20.) Riemenschneider


The Artists’ Quarter welcomes back a fabled friend, the mighty Lew Tabackin. A terrific tenor saxophonist with a meaty throwback sound yet an intrepid modern style, Tabackin is also one of the best flute players in the history of jazz. The globe-trotting reedman long has been a standout in large ensembles, but he’s often at his most impressive, expansive and commanding in the most intimate of settings — a trio. He’s a sophisticate and a barnburner. Highly recommended. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $20.) Surowicz


Smooth-jazz sax star Steve Cole has been living quietly in the Twin Cities the past few years, teaching music business classes at McNally Smith when he’s not off touring or playing the occasional gig with singer Patty Peterson. Now he has his highest-profile Twin Cities show yet, a release party for his seventh album, “Pulse.” Most of the Peterson Family will be around to help Cole celebrate, along with guitarist Billy Franze and drummer Bobby Vandell. (8 p.m. Sat., Dakota Jazz Club, $20.) Surowicz


Cheesehead octet the Jimmys just won five 2013 Madison Area Music Awards, including Artist of the Year. Madison’s always been a great bar town, so you know keyboardist Jimmy Voegli’s combo can deliver quality party music, as heard on a new concert CD, “HaDaYa Do That Thing LIVE!” The Jimmys’ sound is mostly blues fare of various stripes (Chicago blues, jump blues, boogie), along with a little blue-eyed soul, even a smidgen of groovy jazz. The band’s four-piece horn section is quite a luxury and a lure. (6-10 p.m. Fri., Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice St., St. Paul, 651-207-0000.) Surowicz


When a papal emissary was coming to visit 18th-century Peru, the people compiled a manuscript of all the things they had to offer, in terms of music and folk art, called the “Trujillo de Perú Codex.” This is the basis of Rose Ensemble’s “Portraits of Peru, 1785.” They perform party songs, love songs and rhythmic sacred hymns, joined by a Baroque band, and a wide-ranging collection of South American percussion instruments. This is Peruvian and Bolivian music with Indian and African influences. Projections of the imaginative manuscript illustrations are also featured, along with supertitle translations of the texts. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Augsburg College, Hoversten Chapel, 625 22nd Av. S., Mpls., $10-$25, 651-225-4340, William Randall Beard


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