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Continued: Big Gigs: A guide to Twin Cities music, Feb. 14-20

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Performing at the Entry in October right after releasing their full-length debut, Lucius charmed an audience of local tastemakers who knew of the Brooklyn quintet mainly through the company they keep: They were signed to Tony Margherita Management (Wilco’s team) and then to Mom + Pop Records (Metric, Poliça). The band is led by two vocalists, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who dress alike and sing and sway in unison next to an energetic stand-up drummer, Dan Molad. Sounds gimmicky, but their record “Wildewoman” is proof of their serious ’60s girl-group cool and Carole King-like pop sophistication. (8 p.m. Thu., Cedar Cultural Center, sold out.) Riemenschneider


It’s been 10 years since Big & Rich burst onto the scene with “Horse of a Different Color” and the classic “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” The on-again duo is self-releasing its forthcoming fifth album, “Gravity,” which promises to be a return to the vibe of their debut. The new single, “Look at You,” sounds sweet and romantic, but it’s about a regretful guy gazing at his ex — as is everyone else in the bar. With Cowboy Troy. (8 p.m. Sat., Mystic Lake, $55-$69.) Bream


There’s a growing Canadian First Nation hip-hop scene that blends rap music with indigenous roots and issues, and A Tribe Called Red is one of its biggest purveyors. The Ottawa trio incorporates pow-wow-style drums and chants in their hard-banging rap songs just as cleverly as it co-opted the name of a certain legendary ’90s rap trio. It’s performing with two Minnesota American Indian hip-hop acts: Red Lake Reservation crew Rez Rap and Dave Chappelle favorite Tall Paul. Read a profile of Tall Paul and fellow native rapper Chase Manhattan in Sunday’s Variety section. (9 p.m. Sat., Triple Rock, $12-$14.) Riemenschneider


Now based in Tennessee and soon to release another terrific album, “Memphis Grease,” John Nemeth makes new soul and blues that sound like rare gems unearthed from a 1960s or 1970s vault. He’s an excellent songwriter and prodigious harp soloist, but it’s his vocal command that sets Nemeth apart. On the forthcoming disc, backed by the Bo-Keys featuring Al Green’s old drummer, Howard Grimes, he even tackles Roy Orbison’s tour de force, “Crying,” and gets every ounce of its pathos and power. (9 p.m. Sat., Famous Dave’s Uptown, $5.) Surowicz


Acoustic blues charmer Eric Bibb and Texas “roots” all-pro Ruthie Foster have been collaborating for quite a while. She was a guest on Bibb’s 2004 album, “Friends,” and co-wrote the signature song (“Troubadour”) from his follow-up, “A Ship Called Love.” Foster might have sore arms from carrying home trophies in 2013, including best female blues artist at the Living Blues Awards, best female vocalist at the Austin Music Awards, and the Koko Taylor Award at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. (7 & 9:30 p.m. Mon., Dakota Jazz Club, $30-$42.) Surowicz


If you want to check out the cream of the younger generation of jazz players in the Twin Cities, Saturday’s Shifting Paradigm Records “launch party” is the place to be. The new co-op label, specializing in music downloads but also promising new CDs as well as some impressive old ones, gathers the Zacc Harris Group (5 p.m. Sat.); Bryan Nichols Quintet (6 p.m.); Atlantis Quartet (7 p.m.); Fat Kid Wednesdays (8 p.m); and the Graydon Peterson Quartet (9 p.m., Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St., St. Paul, $10, 651-755-1600.) Tom Surowicz


Gregory Porter’s first record for the legendary Blue Note label, “Liquid Spirit,” just won the Grammy for best jazz vocal album, but at heart this singer/songwriter is a deep-voiced, thoughtful soul man who recalls Bill Withers. His Minneapolis debut Sunday is a don’t-miss gig. Read an interview with him in Saturday’s Variety section. (7 p.m. Sun., Dakota Jazz Club, $37-$42.) Tim Campbell


“Guitar Passions” was a 2011 album by former Twin Citian Sharon Isbin, one of the more esteemed players on the international classical scene, and now it’s a mini-fest featuring Isbin and two of her guest stars on that disc: tapping technique pioneer Stanley Jordan, who’s never less than amazing, and Brazilian standout Romero Lubambo, who’s recorded with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Yo-Yo Ma, and is equally skilled at sambas or straight-ahead jazz. (7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Dakota Jazz Club, $45-$65.) Surowicz


After a powerful performance of Schumann’s Cello Concerto last spring with the SPCO, cellist Steven Isserlis is back to help celebrate the return of the Minnesota Orchestra. He plays Elgar’s final major work, his elegiac and contemplative Cello Concerto (1919). The other work on the program is Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” featuring the Women of the Minnesota Chorale (in the Holst). Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $20-$80, 612-371-5656, or William Randall Beard

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