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With their violin and accordion parts, New York’s Felice Brothers are little rootsier than your average Americana/alt-twang band, but their new album, “Favorite Waitress,” shows they also rock with wild, rickety abandon. They’re on a twofer tour with Houston-bred singer/songwriter Robert Ellis, who made a strong impression opening for Jason Isbell in February right before the release of his dramatic second album, “Lights of the Chemical Plant.” (9 p.m. Thu., Triple Rock, $15.) Riemenschneider


Lance Alexander was an unsung hero in the Minneapolis Sound heyday. A founding member of the band Lo-Key, he and partner Prof T produced several hits for themselves, including the R&B chart-topper “I Got a Thang 4 U.” The duo also worked with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis on hits for Sounds of Blackness, Alexander O’Neal and others, and were involved with Next’s hit debut, “Rated Next.” Born with a condition called chiari malformation, Alexander has undergone six brain surgeries since 2000 and now faces another operation to deal with paralysis from the waist down. This benefit concert features members of Mint Condition, the Time, Next, Sounds of Blackness and #Mpls. (7 p.m. Sun., Cabooze, $25-$30.) Bream


Imposing and joyous, saxophonist James Carter is one of the most gifted jazzmen of his generation, capable of one volcanic solo after another. But the dynamo from Detroit is never looser or groovier than when he’s joined by drummer Leonard King and Hammond B3 pilot Gerard Gibbs in the James Carter Organ Trio. Let’s hope they play Jack McDuff’s classic “Walking the Dog,” and that Carter’s old teacher, Fridley’s own Donald Washington, turns up to jam the night away. (7 & 9 p.m. Sun., Dakota Jazz Club, $22-$32.) Tom Surowicz


The Twin Cities Jazz Festival kicks off outdoors Thursday with two excellent and very modern bands. Guitarist Cory Wong’s Foreign Motion is quite cosmopolitan, featuring great players from Ethiopia (Yohannes Tona, bass guitar) and Serbia (Peter Janjic, drums). Atlantis Quartet co-stars bar heroes Zacc Harris (guitar), Chris Bates (bass), Brandon Wozniak (sax) and Pete Hennig (drums), all of whom also compose. (6-10 p.m. Thu., Mears Park, There’s plenty of good free music indoors, too, including ragtime and early jazz piano master Butch Thompson (8 p.m. Thu., Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St.); the mighty Bill Simenson Orchestra, playing the trumpeter/leader’s inspired original big band charts (7:30 p.m. Thu., Bedlam, 213 E. 4th St.), and Afrobeat specialists Black Market Brass, bringing the sounds of Lagos to the Land O’ Lakos (9:30 p.m. Thu., Amsterdam Bar, 6 W. 6th St.). Surowicz


The Minnesota Orchestra aims for a younger demographic with “Pixar in Concert.” Since the premiere of “Toy Story” in 1995, Pixar Films has created 14 animated features, including “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Ratatouille” and “Up.” Sarah Hicks conducts a multimedia program, featuring music performed live as film clips are shown on a large screen. (8 p.m. Sat. & 2 p.m. Sun., Orchestra Hall, $25-$70) William Randall Beard


It’s not every day that a komungo player is presented in concert. Komungo, you say? It’s a Korean fretted zither that dates back centuries, though acclaimed composer Jin Hi Kim plays a mesmerizing electrified version connected to a laptop and a foot pedal. She has appeared in concert halls around the globe, and been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, the Chamber Music Society for Lincoln Center, and closer to home by new music veterans Zeitgeist. Kim will dive into a night of free improvisations with Pat O’Keefe and Nathan Hanson (woodwinds); Scott Miller and Steve Goldstein (electronics), and guitar great Dean Granros. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St., Suite 200, St. Paul. $10.) Surowicz


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