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Continued: Big Gigs for May 16-22: Lady Gaga, Haim, Rodriguez and more

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The duo of Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill certainly gets around. These traditional Celtic musicians have collaborated with Bill Frisell, Paul Simon, Ricky Skaggs and Alison Krauss, to name a few. Plus their “experimental” band the Gloaming’s self-titled release recently stormed the Irish indie charts, gathering rave reviews. There’s no denying the duo’s empathy after nearly two decades of collaboration. (8 p.m. Fri., Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Av. N., St. Paul, $20-$25, 612-874-8892.) Surowicz


The Artists’ Quarter may be shuttered, but great jazz persists in St. Paul. Ace trumpeter Steve Kenny leads a quartet of bar all-stars featuring bassist Billy Peterson, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak and drummer Jay Epstein. This new combo’s “book” consists largely of Thelonious Monk tunes, and that’s a good thing. (8 p.m. Fri., Black Dog, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, no cover, 651-228-9274.) Surowicz

Fans of avant-garde improvised jazz should take note of an intriguing gig by saxophonist Pat Moriarty and pianist Ellen Lease, featuring New York City-based saxophonist/composer/free improviser Michael Attias plus the return of an old bandmate: Homer Lambrecht, a trombonist and composer better known these days in the classical/orchestral realm. He’ll appear sans horn, as a live electronics specialist, providing “interactive soundscapes” for the intrepid trio to explore. (8 p.m. Sun., Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St. St. Paul, $5-$10. 651-755-1600.) Surowicz

With “Blue Light ’Til Dawn” in 1993, inventive jazz singer Cassandra Wilson expanded the Great American Songbook to embrace blues, folk and R&B. The breakthrough album resonated with baby boomers as Wilson re-imagined songs by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison. Her striking versions of Robert Johnson’s “Come on in My Kitchen” and Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain” rival the originals. Wilson is celebrating the album’s 20th anniversary by releasing a remastered CD (including three unreleased live tracks) and performing the album on tour with some of the musicians who played on it. (7 & 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota, $40-$60.) Bream


The Schubert Club ends its International Artist season with a bang, presenting Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovksy. The busy recitalist, recording artist and opera singer was last at the Schubert Club in 1999, when a Star Tribune critic noted the “earthshaking tour de force” of his encore, an aria from “Rigoletto.” In this concert, Hvorostovsky will perform music of Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Also on the program are settings of poems by Pushkin and Goethe by the lesser-known composer Nicolas Medtner. (7:30 p.m. Mon., Ordway Center, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, $26-$89, 651-224-4222.) Claude Peck


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