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Continued: Big Gigs: Jackson Browne, Gov't Mule, Black Flag, Keyshia Cole, Warped Tour, more

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In her 10-year solo career, Jolie Holland has explored various kinds of American music, including jazz, alt-country and folk. “Wine Dark Sea,” her sixth album that was released in May on Anti-, is rambling, slurred and sexy. She sounds louder and rawer than usual — maybe because she’s working with a bunch of New York experimental musicians. This hard-to-resist album is soulful, brooding and bluesy — more like a late-night double shot of whiskey than a glass of red wine. Drink up. Brooklyn’s Shy Hunters open. (7:30 p.m. Tue. Cedar Cultural Center, $18-$20.) Bream

 

Without missing their long-standing weekly sweat fest gig at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf Bar — a dingy yin to the Dakota’s polished yang in venue terms — Rebirth Brass Band is sneaking north for a short jaunt. The hard-funking brass ensemble has been going strong outside of NOLA in recent years, thanks to its 2012 Grammy for best regional roots album and regular exposure on HBO’s “Treme.” (7 and 9 p.m. Thu., the Dakota, $25.) Riemenschneider

R&B

After her previous five albums all cracked the top 10 on Billboard, Keyshia Cole apparently didn’t see the need to wait for the release of her latest record before hitting the road. We have one of the Bay Area hip-hop starlet’s first tour dates behind “Point of No Return,” which isn’t due until later this summer but has already produced two modestly received singles, the saucy, Juicy J-accompanied “Rick James” and the more dramatic “She.” (8:30 p.m. Sun., Myth, 21 & older, $26.50-$36.50.) Riemenschneider

HIP-HOP

Formed at Western Kentucky University, Nappy Roots emphasized their rural Southern experience in their delightfully downhome debut, 2002’s “Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz.” They were refreshing and funky in a laidback way on winning singles like “Po Folks” and “Awnaw.” After two albums on Atlantic, the group has gone indie, self-releasing their latest record, “Nappy Dot Org,” in 2011. (9:30 p.m. Thu. Cabooze, $12-$15.) Bream

FESTIVALS

Last year’s Midtown Global Music Festival drew more than 9,000 people, and the multi-culti event with indoor and outdoor stages will be free once again. It’s all about diversity. You can experience a South American duo (Ina-Yukka), an American Indian drumming ensemble (Hoka Hey Singers), an Aztec dance troupe (Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue), an esteemed veteran of the Chicago blues scene (Barbara LeShoure), a justly popular local jazz duo (Charmin Michelle & Joel Shapira), a West African combo (Duniya Drum and Dance), a country band (2/3rds MN), a Scandinavian folkie (Ross Sutter), a homegrown veteran pop/country star (Michael Johnson) and a salsa group (Q-Band). There will be lessons in Middle Eastern dancing, belly dancing and salsa dancing, as well. (2-8 p.m. Sat., Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Mpls. Free.) Tom Surowicz

BLUES

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been playing together more than 50 years, first achieving rock fame with the Jefferson Airplane and then revisiting the blues with Hot Tuna, co-starring mandolin ace Barry Mitterhoff. The comparative newcomer in the group, he’s perhaps the world’s most versatile player of his instrument, known for his work in bluegrass, klezmer, chamber classical, Brazilian and Italian music groups. (7 & 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota Jazz Club, $35-$45.) Surowicz

CLASSICAL

In this week’s concerts, the Minnesota Orchestra performs the diversity of repertoire that has always made Sommerfest special. In “Mozart and Rachmaninoff,” pianist Michael McHale joins the orchestra for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, written during the period that he was composing “The Marriage of Figaro,” followed by Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances,” a dazzling orchestral tour de force. For “Bravo Broadway: Broadway Then … and Now,” singers Debbie Gravitte, Doug LaBrecque and Rachel York perform standards by Berlin, Gershwin and Porter and contemporary classics from Kander/Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim. Associate conductor Courtney Lewis leads both programs. Then, in “An Evening of Chamber Music: Mozart’s Gran Partita,” Sommerfest artistic director Andrew Litton plays piano with principal cello Anthony Ross in Prokofiev’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. Additional musicians perform Mozart’s “Gran Partita,” with Lewis conducting. (“Mozart and Rachmaninoff:” 8 p.m. Fri., “Bravo Broadway:” 8 p.m. Sat., “An Evening of Chamber Music:” 7 p.m. Sun., Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, $25-$85, 612-371-5656 William Randall Beard







 

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