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Continued: Big Gigs: A guide to Twin Cities concerts Feb. 28-March 6

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A big to-do for activity-starved, culture-feeding parents every winter, 89.3 the Current’s Rock the Cradle boasts a strong lineup led by 2012 Grammy winners the Okee Dokee Brothers, previewing their new mountain-hiker album; chant-rap duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo; Gustafer Yellowgold, the sun dweller who split for the Minnesota woods; sisterly indie-folk duo the Ericksons, plus the usual dance-floor-shredding, drum-banging extracurriculars that keep MIA staffers on edge all day. (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children’s Theatre, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls., Free.) Riemenschneider

FOLK

Collaborators for 40 years, “Prairie Home Companion” favorites Adam Granger and Pop Wagner team again for “Happy Landings,” a generous collection of folk, blues and country favorites — including classics from the catalogs of Reverend Gary Davis, Merle Travis, the Carter Family and Grandpa Jones — that closes with a smile-inducing tribute to the late Bill Hinkley. It’s the next best thing to having Pop and Adam pickin’ and croonin’ in your living room. (7 p.m. Sun., Celtic Junction, 836 N. Prior Av., St. Paul, $12-$15, 651-330-4685.) Tom Surowicz

WORLD

The young Irish musicians of FullSet are creating a stir on both sides of the pond, and one listen to such rousing instrumental tracks as “The Glen Road to Carrick” will show you why. But they can also do a tender ballad from our neck of the planet — check out their gentle reprise of Bill Staines’ gem “Roseville Fair,” with flutist/singer Teresa Horgan. The HiBs (pronounced “High Bees”), featuring Jode and Kate Dowling, open. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, $18-$20.) Surowicz

Two years short of their 30th anniversary, New York’s Klezmatics have always had a great sense of musical adventure (mixing avant-garde jazz with Eastern European Jewish music) and a great sense of humor (their albums include “Rhythm and Jews” and the gospelly “Brother Moses Smote the Water”). They still feature co-founders Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer and multi-instrumentalist, and trumpeter/keyboardist Frank London, who has played with everyone from Mel Torme to LL Cool J. (7 p.m. Sun., Dakota, $35.). Bream

JAZZ

When Manhattan Transfer had two subs for their holiday show at the Pantages, reports weren’t so favorable. With this Grammy-winning vocal quartet, it’s about the vocal blend. Tim Hauser is back after spinal surgery, but Cheryl Bentyne is still undergoing cancer treatment, so Katie Campbell — who has worked with Bobby McFerrin, Josh Groban and Sheryl Crow — will sit in. (7 & 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota Jazz Club, $40-$60.) Bream

CLASSICAL

Sarah Hicks, principal conductor for pops and presentations, gets her first Minnesota Orchestra gig since the recent troubles were settled. She will lead the band in “West Side Story,” playing Leonard Bernstein’s gorgeous score as the film version (with instrumental parts stripped out) plays on a big screen. This has become a popular gambit for orchestras across the country. Minnesota performed Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” and “The Wizard of Oz” a few years ago. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Orchestra Hall, $26-$84, 612-371-5656 or minnesota orchestra.org) Graydon Royce

 









 

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