The Big Gigs: Mason Jennings, Beach Boys, Ruben Studdard

  • Updated: April 3, 2014 - 3:56 PM


You know Mike Love gets around. This winter, he dropped the solo single “Pisces Together,” a salute to George Harrison. This weekend, he brings his version of the Beach Boys — with Bruce Johnston but not Brian Wilson or Al Jardine — to sing “California Girls,” “I Get Around” and all those sunny, contagious classics. He will not, however, get a chance to see his nephew Kevin Love, since the Timberwolves are in Florida this weekend enjoying Beach Boys-type weather. (8 p.m. Fri., Mystic Lake Casino, $47 & $55.) Jon Bream

After making a strong first impression opening Trampled by Turtles’ Midwest dates last month, folksy alt-twang duo the Lowest Pair steps out for a release show behind its stark but potent debut album, “36¢.” The pair in question is local boy Palmer T. Lee, from the far rowdier picking crew Boys n’ the Barrels, and his Olympia, Wash.-reared partner Kendl Winter, who recalls the down-home rural charm of Victoria Williams. Their record was produced by TBT frontman Dave Simonett and boasts the hallowed, boy/girl dynamic of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ rawest work. Palmer’s Bar regulars the Dead Pigeons open. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $10-$12.) Chris Riemenschneider

Punk-rock co-op record store Extreme Noise is celebrating 20 years of keeping it crusty with a three-part anniversary bash this year. Part I hits the Triple Rock this weekend with two nights of mid-’90s nostalgia, bringing together bands featured on 1995’s fabled “No Slow, All Go!” compilation. Friday’s bill stars seminal Minneapolis hardcore band Code 13, Oswald Armageddon, the Quincy Punx, plus a screening of Patti Rhodes’ 1996 documentary “When We Play for Real” about the Twin Cities’ punk scene. Local pop-punk kings Dillinger Four, the Strike, Man Afraid, Threadbare, Dirt Poor, Scooby Don’t, Kung Fools and Bombsite play Saturday. A Memory Lanes parking lot party is slated for June 21-22 and a fall event is in the works. (6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Triple Rock, 18-plus, $15 per night, $25 both.) Michael Rietmulder

Matthew Morrison — Mr. Schue, to you “Glee” watchers — will bring his song-and-dance-man act to Minnesota for a second time. The first time, oddly enough, was opening for New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys at Target Center in 2011. (He is actually a boy-band alum, having been in the long-forgotten LMNT.) This time, the smooth showman will perform with the Minnesota Orchestra, under Sarah Hicks, doing Broadway favorites, standards and, of course, “Sway (Dance With Me)” from “Glee.” (8 p.m. Sat., Orchestra Hall, $30-$95.) Bream

After manning his recent albums himself, Mason Jennings found a great producer in Bo Ramsey for his latest effort, “Always Been.” The Iowa folk/blues guitar vet brought a rugged elegance to the Minneapolis indie-folk star’s latest batch of tunes, which ranged from the sweet, poetic homage “Patti and Robert” to the bleak, confessional “Wilderness.” Jennings returns to one of the most elegant venues in town with his band and a special guest opener, Iris DeMent, the “Prairie Home” favorite and Ramsey/Brown family member who also sang on Jennings’ album. (8 p.m. Sat., State Theatre, $31.50-$36.50.) Riemenschneider

After a decade-long hiatus that finally ended with bassist Cris Kirkwood’s rehabilitation, Arizona-bred twang-punk acid rockers the Meat Puppets sure are making up for lost time. The Kirkwood brothers and drummer Shandon Sahm (son of Sir Doug) have another delightfully scatterbrained new album to promote, “Rat Farm,” and have played a string of memorable Twin Cities gigs in recent years. They seriously have never been better live. Maybe ex-SST labelmate Grant Hart, whom they were calling for last time, will show this weekend. Moistboyz open. (9 p.m. Sat., Cabooze, $15.) Riemenschneider

The timing for Keb’ Mo’s appearance couldn’t be better. The veteran Delta-leaning bluesman has a tasty new album, “BluesAmericana,” ready to drop on April 22. Let’s hope we get a preview of this deeply soulful collection, with the steel-body resonating “The Worst Is Yet to Come,” the electric note-bending “Move,” Jimmy Rogers’ slide-spiked “That’s Alright,” the New Orleans-seasoned, horn-dominated “The Old Me Better” and the soothingly spiritual “For Better or Worse.” This effort is less sunny than some of its predecessors — and that’s a good thing. (7:30 p.m. Mon., Guthrie Theater, $46 & $48.) Bream

On her sophomore album “Head or Heart,” Los Angeles popster Christina Perri continues to walk the line between singer/songwriter and pop powerhouse. In other words, her verses are pure singer/songwriter but her big choruses suggest L.A.’s more famous pop star with a similar surname, Katy Perry. She climbed the charts in 2010 with “Jar of Hearts”; this time the payoff might be a duet with Ed Sheeran, “Be My Forever.” Opening is breathy, vibrato-loving British songstress Birdy, 17, who had a hit with Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” (8 p.m. Tue., Mill City Nights, sold out.) Bream

“Experience Hendrix” is a compelling name for a guitar geeks gathering featuring some fairly big names playing songs made famous by the biggest guitar name of them all. An occasional tour launched by the Jimi Hendrix estate in 2004, this incarnation will feature Minneapolis-launched Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Taj Mahal, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Mato Nanji from Indigenous and Doyle Bramhall II. They’ll be backed by bassist Billy Cox, who played with Hendrix, and drummer Chris Layton, who played with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister, is traveling with the tour, promoting the new Jimi Hendrix postage stamp. (7:30 p.m. Tue., State Theatre, $53.50-$104.) Bream

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