He’s already headlined a sold-out Madison Square Garden and earned six Grammy nominations — including best album, record, song and new artist. Not bad for a 22-year-old newcomer with one album to his name. Sam Smith, the Brit with an anonymous name, has one of the most distinctive male pop voices in years. He puts the ache in heartache, with ballads filled with vulnerability and sadness. His hits “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not the Only One” have been big on the radio but how will they fare in a cavernous auditorium? His Twin Cities debut has long been sold out. (8 p.m. Sat., Roy Wilkins Auditorium.) Bream



After a full week of parties, 89.3 the Current’s 10th anniversary celebration moves into First Avenue’s main room for a two-night finale. Night One boasts California spazz-rock quintet Cold War Kids, a staple on the station going back to the 2007 hit “Hang Me Up to Dry” on up to last year’s “All This Could Be Yours.” Locals make up the rest of the lineup, including Dave Simonett’s rocky/electric Trampled by Turtles offshoot Dead Man Winter and not one but two Woodbury-reared acts, Hippo Campus and Allan Kingdom. The former solidly rocked the same stage last weekend during the Best New Bands showcase and is about to hit the road with the Mowgli’s. The latter is earning national attention with his laptop-bred R&B/hip-hop quartet the Stand4rd. (8 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, sold out.) Chris Riemenschneider


Night Two of the Current’s First Ave bash is a truer representation of the public radio station’s DNA. There is one modern hero of the Twin Cities scene, indie-rap pioneers Atmosphere, who are headed to the Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball festivals this year. There’s one local group of yesteryear, “Surfin’ Bird” hitmakers the Trashmen (profiled on page E1). There’s one buzzing indie-rock band from out of town, Tennessee’s booming boogie kings J. Roddy Walston & the Business, who’ve been in steady rotation with “Heavy Bells” and have consistently put on stellar local gigs over the past year and a half. Oh, and don’t forget one young, mindful, envelope-pushing singer for an opener, St. Paul neo-soul powerhouse PaviElle French. (8 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider


Tribute month at the Cabooze continues with the sixth annual Janis Joplin birthday celebration. The late blues-rock queen will be saluted by Twin Cities vocalists Debra G, Katy Hays, Jesse Langseth and Jill Mikelson, a powerhouse who starred in the Ordway’s “Love, Janis.” The repertoire will include surprises as well as such hits as “Piece of My Heart” and “Mercedes-Benz.” (8 p.m. Sat., Cabooze, $10-$12.) Jon Bream


Canadian garage-pop hero Dave Rave is a semi-unknown legend. He made a small splash with the Shakers in the ’70s, went on to become the replacement singer in Teenage Head in the mid-’80s, and has worked as a session player for the likes of Daniel Lanois and Alex Chilton. He found a new musical partner in northern Minnesota, Ol’ Yeller/Tisdales leader Rich Mattson, who recorded Rave at his Sparta Sound studio last year, resulting in the rich new Big Starry LP “Sweet American Music.” Look for a band of local all-stars behind Rave for the Minnesota release party with Junkboat and James Loney’s band Lolo’s Ghost. (9 p.m. Sat., Lee’s Liquor Lounge, $7.) Riemenschneider


Bassist, singer, songwriter, bar booker, band manager, die-hard music fan. Paul Manske was all those things, plus great company at any concert. So it’s cool that his memorial party has become an annual fundraiser for MusiCares, the charity benefiting fellow musicians in need. This year’s shindig is an open jam hosted by Glenn Manske, Larry Wiegand and Garr Johnson (all from the Other Brothers band), plus drummer Mike Sandell, Manske’s former bandmate in the Boogiemen. Expect lots of familiar faces sitting in, jambalaya for the hungry and New Orleans-style “hurricanes” for the thirsty. (9 p.m. Sat., Schooner Tavern.) Tom Surowicz


Like their Soma labelmates the Trashmen, Mankato’s Gestures charted nationally in 1964 with the driving original “Run, Run, Run,” only to see it stall because of distribution problems. The quartet soon disbanded. Last fall they reunited for a 50th-anniversary gig, and now they’re gathering again to benefit bassist Tom “Zeeth” Klugherz, who recently underwent triple bypass surgery after a major heart attack. City Mouse, the Dan Duffy Orchestra, Kit Kildahl and Lonnie Knight are among a host of acts pitching in. (4 p.m. Sun., Hooligan’s, 1400 Madison Av. E., Mankato. $10 donation.) Tim Campbell


One of the best chances to hear music you’ve literally never heard before, the Cedar’s 416 Club Commissions doles out grants for musicians to create unique, adventurous, worldly projects. The latest installment kicks off with an interesting pairing. Israel Vega will premiere five songs evoking mental illness while Toby Ramaswamy offers a half-hour melding of Hindustani and American experimental music that involves 15 guitars playing at once. There might be a joke in there somewhere, but this is serious stuff. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Cedar Cultural Center, $5, free.) Riemenschneider


Rock critics aren’t supposed to call musicians friends, but next week’s Celebration of Tom Hallett proves that the former Pulse of the Twin Cities columnist — who died last summer of complications from diabetes — earned ample respect from local rockers with his writings and pure fandom. The local garage-rock acts paying tribute to him include Ol’ Yeller, St. Dominic’s Trio, Frances Gumm, Howlin’ Andy Hound & the Bloodshot, Martin Devaney, Peal, Al Grande and Rob Rule’s bands Stereo Rules and the Mammy Nuns. (9 p.m. Thu., Turf Club, $6.) Riemenschneider



Reminiscent of the sorely missed, influential B-Girl Be festivals of the mid-’00s, next week’s Sisters With Soul concert brings together some of the Twin Cities’ most interesting young female hip-hop and R&B makers. North Minneapolis native The Lioness, a veteran local rapper at a mere 26, has opened for the likes of Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh and carries a similar old-school sound. Neo-soul singer/songwriter K. Raydio landed on our 2014 Twin Cities Critics Tally with her slow-grooving, forward-thinking album “LucidDreamingSkylines.” Edgy rappers Dra Muzic and BdotCroc, both barely old enough to drink, round out the lineup along with DJ Keezy. (9 p.m. Wed., 7th Street Entry, $10-$12.) Riemenschneider


After a stormy outdoor set in Bayfront Park last summer, Duluthians are getting another special gig by Doomtree: the kickoff date to the Twin Cities hip-hop troupe’s tour behind “All Hands,” their third all-crew album, which arrives Tuesday. They’re bringing a pair of possible Next Big Things from the cities, Sean Anonymous and deM atlaS. (9 p.m. Thu., Grandma’s Sports Garden, Duluth, $18-$20.) Riemenschneider



Based in Hartford, Conn., Steve Davis is one of the leading trombonists in modern jazz, a versatile veteran known for his work with Chick Corea’s Origin band, the hard-swinging all-star combo One for All, Benny Golson’s New Jazztet and a career-establishing gig with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. You’ll have several chances to hear his meaty and eloquent trombone. He’s the star soloist at the two-day 26th Annual Century College Jazz Fest, always a nifty event for big band fans. (8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., 3300 Century Av. N., White Bear Lake, $10-$20, 651-779-3356.) He’ll also play a late-night gig with the improv/hip-hop/avant jazz collective Coloring Time. (11:30 p.m. Sat., Dakota Jazz Club, $10.) And he’ll star at J.T. Bates’ weekly “Jazz Implosion” show. The slide abides. (9:30 p.m. Mon., Icehouse, $8.) Surowicz


The third annual Winter Jazz Blast at McNally Smith College of Music features the usual cornucopia of high school big bands in the afternoon, then a ticketed evening concert with Canadian trumpet great Ingrid Jensen, known for her big band work with Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue, and small group sessions with everyone from jazz legends Clark Terry and Herbie Hancock to pop stars Corinne Bailey Rae and Sarah McLachlan. Jensen is a burner, a terrific soloist never at a loss for ideas. (6 p.m. Sat., 19 E. Exchange St., St. Paul, $5-$15, 651-291-0177.) Surowicz


Part of the allure of Dianne Reeves’ splendid Grammy-nominated album “Beautiful Life” is the host of collaborators, including Robert Glasper, Sheila E, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Raul Midon and George Duke. But the arrangements of such tunes as Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” and Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather” are inspired, and, most important, Reeves is a terrific singer, whose emotions, instincts and technique are equally impressive. Last seen at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the four-time Grammy winner, who invariably incorporates elements of pop, soul and Latin, returns to an intimate club setting. (7 & 9 p.m. Tue.-Wed., Dakota, $35-$60.) Bream



The longest-running bar jam session in the Twin Cities, hosted by the guy with the longest-flowing beard, “The Legendary Blues Jam Featuring Moses Oakland” has happily found a new home after a 15-year run at Famous Dave’s in Uptown, and a decade before that at the Blues Saloon in Frogtown. Guitarist and singer Oakland recently moved his indigo party to the Cabooze, which rhymes with “da blooze.” Hopefully, the core players — Charles Fletcher, Donald “Hye Pockets” Robertson, Jason Craft and Scott Sansby — will remain in the fold. (7 p.m. Sun., Cabooze, no cover.) Surowicz