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Concert news: Lil Wayne, Blue Ox Fest, plus U2 and Radiohead road trips

Lil Wayne appeared at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in June. / AP Photo, Nick Ut

Lil Wayne appeared at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in June. / AP Photo, Nick Ut

Rounding up more concert news this week…

LIL’ WAYNE: Is Weezy still an arena headliner? We’ll find out very soon. Target Center announced a relatively short-notice Feb. 25 date with the New Orleans rap star. Mike Stud and local bro rapper Mod Sun will open. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. for $37-$104 via AXS.com. The real-life Dwayne Carter Jr., who claimed to be retiring a few years back, is now claiming to have a new album, “Tha Carter V,” in the can for release later this year.

BLUE OX FEST: Another musical campout on the outskirts of Eau Claire, Wis., the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival will featured a couple of alt-country staples in 2017, the Drive-by Truckers and Son Volt, alongside its usual depth of bluegrassy pickers and rootsy jammers, including Chris Thile’s Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, the Sam Bush Band, Railroad Earth, Travelin’ McCourys, Infamous Stringdusters and headlining hosts Pert Near Sandstone.

Organizers announced this year’s lineup on Tuesday along with word that three-day passes will be available for $145 until Jan. 26. The fest is scheduled June 8-10 at Whispering Pines Campground. Other performers will include Dave Simonett’s Dead Man Winter, Horseshoes  & Hand Grenades (currently recording an album with Simonett as producer), Split Lip Rayfield, Willie Watson, White Iron Band, Trout Steak Revival and Dead Horses.

U2: Since Live Nation gave us Billy Joel instead of Bono & Co., many local fans are planning to see this summer’s Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour in another city. The nearest one to us, Chicago, was one of a handful of cites to earn a second date on the tour after the first round of dates all sold out right away. Soldier Field will now host them June 4 in addition to June 3. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster for $35-$280, with various pre-sale options starting today.

RADIOHEAD: Not seen in Minnesota in almost 19 years despite it being a prime market for them, the British indie-rock gods once again quizzically booked a Kansas City gig instead of a Twin Cities date on a new round of tour dates announced Tuesday. They’ll be at KC’s Sprint Center on April 5. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via AXS.com at prices to be announced. Other dates on their late-spring trek, timed to two Coachella headlining dates, include Seattle, Portland and New Orleans (yes, all smaller concert markets than the Twin Cities).

FIRST AVE GIGS: Along with the three grand-opening gigs at the Palace Theatre, First Avenue reps also announced some big dates at their club on Tuesday. The New Pornographers will return with grade-A opening band Waxahatchee on April 18. After nearly two decades of not playing there, the Gear Daddies will be back for the third year in a row on May 6 with ex-BoDeans co-leader Sam Llanas opening.

Sundance welcomes "Wilson," "Wilson" storms web

Woody Harrelson in "Wilson." Photo: Fox Searchlight

Woody Harrelson in "Wilson." Photo: Fox Searchlight

"Wilson," a comedy of errors and aggression starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, is moving from the Twin Cities, where it filmed in the summer of 2015, to the Shangri-La for indie movies, debuting this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

And for those who can't wait, it's offering a teaser trailer online. Check it out at http://bit.ly/2k4nYge 

A live action adaptation of a graphic novel by cartoonist Daniel Clowes, it casts Harrelson as the title character, a cranky misanthrope. Increasingly lonely, his one chance at a meaningful human connection arrives when he learns that he has been a father for 17 years without realizing it. His long-estranged ex-wife (Laura Deem) gave birth without telling him after their separation and gave their newborn daughter up for adoption. Wilson badgers his ex to help locate her. They'll comment in a jiffy, right?

It doesn't go well. Wilson's confrontational attitude, which turns bumping into a bouquet of balloons into a virtual fistfight, has him accosting fellow passengers on his journeys by bus and train, forcing his instant family onto a children's railroad ride, and throwing a clumsy beat down on a teen boy who disses his plus-sized girl at the Mall of America. Consoling her, Wilson tells not to worry; her mother "used to be a real hippo." The tone is edgy, funny and original.

The film costars Isabella Amara as the daughter, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines and Margo Martindale. It's director Craig Johnson's second Sundance premiere. His 2014's dark comedy "The Skeleton Twins" was an award-winning breakout hit with SNL stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader going dramatic as twisted siblings who can't get their lives together.

"Wilson" is pegged for a March 24 release.

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