Femi Kuti: The eldest son of late Nigerian legend and recent Broadway musical subject Fela Kuti, Femi got his start playing saxophone in his dad’s band Egypt 80 at age 15 and has been fronting his own thickly funky Afrobeat band since 1986. He has long since gotten out from under his dad’s giant musical shadow. He has also nobly carried the Kuti activist torch in recent years as an Amnesty International ambassador and more. Minneapolis’s Afrocentric hip-hop/acid-funk collective Zuluzuluu opens to celebrate the release of its debut album “What’s the Price.” (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, $50-$55.)

Twilight Hours: Former Trip Shakespeare bandmates Matt Wilson and John Munson finally have a second album to the name they adopted in mid-’00s, titled “Black Beauty” and featuring all kinds of beautifully blue-tinted pop/rock songs. After some secret warm-up gigs with a five-piece lineup in recent months, they’re formally touting the record with two releases shows, one per twin city. (9 p.m. Fri., Turf Club, $15, BB Gun opens; 9 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $15, with Red Daughters.)

Lakefront Music Fest: Friday is the rock day featuring Basilica Block Party faves O.A.R. and two Minnesota regulars, Milwaukee’s BoDeans and New York pop tunesemith Eric Hutchinson. Saturday’s country lineup is topped by sterling voiced Martina McBride of “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing” fame; opening are the duo Love & Theft and “American Idol” alum Lauren Alaina. (5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Lakefront Park, Prior Lake, $30, lakefrontmusicfest.com)

Tab Benoit: The Blues Music Award-winning, swampy guitar ace is revered in his native Louisiana for both his dedication to the music there and his activism with Voice of the Wetlands. (9:30 p.m. Fri., Cabooze, $10-$15.)

Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest: Sort of the Converse shoe answer to all the sandals and penny-loafers blues fests, this sixth annual artist-driven neighborhood bash boasts three stages concurrently offering punky and/or raw blues, true-twang country and other rootsy Americana sounds. There’s a great Duluth contingent this year with Charlie Parr, Alan Sparhawk’s Black Eyed Snakes and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, plus well-heeled out-of-state visitors Kent Burnside (RL’s grandson), Lightnin’ Malcolm, Left Lane Cruiser and Iowa fave Dave Moore. Local players include Cornbread Harris, Spider John Koerner, Erik Koskinen, Crankshaft, Joe and Vicki Price and many more. Nearby eateries supply the grub. Proceeds benefit Patrick’s Cabaret. (2-11 p.m. Sat., Lake St. & Minnehaha Av. S., $20, RootsRockDeepBlues.com.)

Bastille Day Block Party: Another of Minneapolis’s favorite annual street parties is another chance to catch the reformed Babes in Toyland in action. The grunge-era thrash-punk trio — which bowled over another hometown crowd in May during Art-a-Whirl — headlines the Uptown area bash over one of 2015’s biggest breakout local pop/rock bands, Bad Bad Hats, and indie-rap maven Astronautalis, who just released his bruising new album “Cut the Body Loose” and has been touring like a madman. Also with the Brass Messengers, Kate Lynch, Les Folies Risque and Infiammati FireCircus. (3-10 p.m. Sun., Barbette, 1600 W. Lake St., free, all ages.)

Toxic Air Festival: Al Jourgensen’s late-’80s industrial-metal band Ministry, Cleveland’s masked thrashers Mushroomhead and L.A. metal queen Otep head up a 12-hour indoor fest by a new promoter. (Noon-midnight Sat., Skyway Theatre, $40-$50.)

Strange Relations: Minneapolis’s atmospheric guitar-pop trio follows up last year’s LP “-Centrism” — which made many local critics’ top 10 lists — with an even moodier and stranger EP, “Going Out,” which it’s promoting with Murder Shoes. (10 p.m. Sat., Kitty Cat Klub, $5.)

Dari-ette Drive-In’s 65th Anniversary: The old-school East Side hangout is celebrating with a suitably vintage music lineup of the Crawlers, King Custom & the Cruisers, Kinda Kinky and the Black Widows. (2-7 p.m., 1440 Minnehaha Av., St. Paul, free.)

Aesop Rock: After outdoor appearances at both Soundset and Doomtree’s Zoo, Minnesota’s favorite non-local indie-rapper returns to his favorite local venue to tout his first solo album in four years. “The Impossible Kid” dropped via Rhymesayers in May and has turned into one of the real-life Ian Bavitz’s most acclaimed albums yet, even landing him an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show with Yo La Tengo as his backing band. He’ll have his usual sidekick Rob Sonic with him here, plus opening sets by Homeboy Sandman and Dem Atlas. (8:30 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, $20.)

John Medeski/Todd Clouser/J.T. Bates: Local drummer Bates’ “Jazz Implosion” series reaches another high-water mark with a trio featuring keyboardist John Medeski, guitarist Todd Clouser and Bates. They will perform “Boy 44,” Clouser’s suite of songs related to the 2014 disappearance of 43 students at a school in Mexico. But Clouser, a Minnesota native who now lives in Mexico City, also promises plenty of jam-based grooves along the lines of the band Medeski, Martin & Wood. (9:30 p.m. Mon., Icehouse, Mpls., $15, icehousempls.com) Britt Robson

Pape Diouf: The Senegalese singer has followed in the footsteps of countryman Youssou N’Dour in blending traditional griot, shout-song vocals with the percussion-heavy grooves of mbalax. Utilizing lead, rhythm and talking drums, mbalax roams across everything from salsa to zouk to Congolese rumba and American funk with polyrhythmic glee. With his creative transformation of Andrea Bocelli’s grandiose ballad “Con te Partiro,” into a spunky mbalax called “Partir” a few years back, the 43-year-old Diouf has been among the leading contenders to inherit the mantle of “King of Mbalax” from N’Dour. (7:30 p.m. Mon., Cedar, $15-$20.) Robson

Warren G: If you haven’t heard “Regulate” enough since Hot 102.5 and Vibe 105 took to the airwaves locally, you can hear the Los Angeles rap vet do it in person alongside songs off his new EP, “Regulate — G-Funk Era, Pt. II.” (7:30 p.m. Tue., Cabooze, $25.)

Darrell Scott: He’s a first-call session picker in Nashville (he toured in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy) and a first-rate songwriter who has written hits for the Dixie Chicks, Sara Evans and others. His brand-new “Couchville Sessions” is another low-key winner. (7 p.m. Tue. Dakota, $27-$35.)

Chris Isaak: He’s funny, suave and as slick as his pompadour but Isaak also knows how to resurrect the early Elvis era with original rockabilly, rock and blues. Last year’s made-in-Nashville “Here Comes the Night” has a slight country vibe, thanks to producers Paul Worley and Dave Cobb. (7:30 p.m. Tue. Pantages, $63.50-$83.50.)

George Thorogood & the Destroyers: The barroom guitar hero is bad to the bone and louder than any other band that plays at the zoo. Bring one pair of earplugs, one pair of dancing shoes and a few bucks for beer. (7:30 p.m. Wed. Minnesota Zoo, $61-$73.50 )

King Sunny Ade: The 69-year-old king of juju music from Nigeria brings his super-sized band for a night of festive world music. (7:30 p.m. Wed. Cedar Cultural Center, $35-$40.)

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue: This Crescent City crew has become a mainstay at the Minnesota Zoo because they know how to get the party started and keep it going. Though not the best singer in New Orleans, Shorty is an energetic entertainer and sharp bandleader. Of late, he played on records by Foo Fighters, Dierks Bentley and Mark Ronson, performed at the White House twice and authored an award-winning children’s picture book, “Trombone Shorty.”( 7:30 p.m. Thu., Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, $46-$53.50, etix.com)