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Continued: Big gigs for March 21-27: St. Vincent, Suburbs and more

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A 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Chicago mainstay Otis Clay demonstrates his love for classic 1970s soul on last year’s “Truth Is.” There are echoes of Philly soul, Memphis’ Hi sound, Muscle Shoals, the gospel-soul of the Staple Singers and even Barry White. But somehow Clay, 72, makes the music his own. He is featured in a new movie, “Take Me to the River,” an intergenerational look at the music of Memphis, where he recorded his 1972 hit “Trying to Live My Life Without You”; his album of the same name, recorded with the Hi Records team, was recently reissued by Fat Possum. (7 & 9 p.m. Sat., Dakota, $25-$35.) Bream

Formerly half of Floetry, R&B siren Marsha Ambrosius made her solo debut with 2011’s “Late Nights and Early Mornings,” a sumptuous collection of glossy neo-soul slow jams. She’s since been a featured vocalist on recordings by Kanye West, Tyga, Taleb Kweli and the Robert Glasper Experiment. The British-bred Philadelphia resident is now working on her second solo effort, “Friends and Lovers,” (9 p.m. Sun., Fine Line, $18-$20.) Bream


Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars bring their reggae-spiked Afro groove back to the friendly confines of Minneapolis’ West Bank. Their fourth album, “Libation,” recorded at a Vermont farmhouse, is a return to the acoustic sound of their debut, recorded around a campfire in a refugee camp in Guinea. Drawing on the traditional sounds of highlife, maringa and palm wine styles, the All Stars, who occasionally sing in English, have a joyous spirit that is infectious. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Cedar Cultural Center, $20-$22.) Bream


Never mind that Randy Houser sure sounds like Ronnie Dunn, especially on last year’s hit “How Country Feels.” The rising country star from Mississippi is making a name for himself with that hit and two radio-friendly follow-ups, “Runnin’ Out of Midnight” and “Goodnight Kiss.” He’s already moving up the ladder on the club scene, with help from openers Minnesota’s own Maiden Dixie, featuring the vocals of Channing Himes, and Will Hoge, the Americana singer whose “Strong” is featured on ads for Chevy trucks. (8 p.m. Sun. Myth, $25.) Bream


The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra features Latin American composers in its Chamber Music series this weekend. Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s “Mariel” for Cello and Marimba, written in remembrance of a friend who loved the music of Brazil, frames two works by Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos, who melds Brazilian folk music and the European classical tradition in his “Bachianas brasileiras” No. 6 for Flute and Bassoon and “Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle)” for Flute and Cello. Also on the program is music of Mendelssohn and Dvořák, including Dvořák’s “American” Quartet. (8 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sun. $5-$10. Music Room at SPCO Center, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul. 651-291-1144, William Randall Beard

The renowned Miró Quartet, now in its 18th year, returns to the Music in the Park series with a program that includes Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6, known for its novel final movement, “La malinconia (Melancholy),” and Schubert’s Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden,” one of the masterpieces of the genre. Sandwiched between is a work by 20th-century French composer Henri Dutilleux, “Ainsi la Nuit (Thus the night).” Next weekend, the quartet performs in concert with the SPCO. (4 p.m. Sun., St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Av., St. Paul, $20-$24, 651-292-3268, Beard


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