POP/ROCK

It’s a tantalizing lineup, even more so since the concert was moved from the mosquito-y banks of the Apple River in Somerset, Wis., to the air-conditioned confines of the State Theatre. The Tedeschi Trucks Band tops the bill, with Susan Tedeschi’s gutsy blues vocals and Derek Trucks’ sublime guitar work. Let’s hope he cuts loose often and she plays more guitar than usual. No such worries about reining in Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. She’s a retro-soul dynamo, backed by a terrific horn-driven band from Brooklyn. The duty of warming up the crowd falls to Rich Robinson, best known as the guitarist for the now-defunct Black Crowes. (6:30 p.m. Fri. State Theatre, $83-$129.) Jon Bream

One of summer’s best and certainly one of the most picturesque options for free outdoor live music, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival already kicked off its concert series at Water Power Park on Wednesday but reaches its maximum flowage Friday with a triple bill featuring worldly hip-hop innovator Greg Grease, Claire de Lune’s ambient rock act Tiny Deaths and teen punks Stereo Confession (7-10 p.m.). The fest expands to five stages with 50-some acts over the weekend, with Saturday’s lineup including powerful rockers Two Harbors and Some Pulp, Celtic folkies the Sweet Colleens, hippie-soul singers Alex Rossi and Reina del Cid, rootsy songwriters Mother Banjo, Katy Vernon and Adam Svec and the McNasty Brass Band. Sunday features American Scarecrows, Pennyroyal, Warehouse Eyes, Taj Raj, Dan Israel, Ian Alexy, the Lowland Lakers and more. (11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., downtown Minneapolis Riverfront near St. Anthony Main, free.) Chris Riemenschneider

Haven’t we reached the point where we no longer need to say that Sammy Llanas isn’t in the BoDeans anymore? Kurt Neumann has been rocking sans Sammy since 2011. Yes, the boys rock harder, thanks to the potent Kenny Aronoff on drums (since 2012) and a batch of new material on this year’s “I Can’t Stop,” which gets heavy at times but still has plenty of good-time tunes. Opening is Minnesota mainstay GB Leighton. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Minnesota Zoo, $37-$49.50.) Bream

Rob Thomas, aka Mr. Matchbox Twenty, is trying to finish his first solo album since 2009. He promises the disc, “The Great Unknown,” in late summer but first he’s doing a 37-city solo tour to preview the album. Set lists indicate a few new numbers, some Matchbox Twenty favorites and Thomas’ solo material — and sometimes his Santana smash “Smooth.” Those “Hey There Delilah” boys, the Plain White T’s, open. (8 p.m. Fri., Northrop, $42.50-$92.50.) Bream

Sweet, willowy-voiced singer/songwriter Dan Rodriguez might have been the most-heard musician from the Twin Cities last year thanks to Budweiser choosing his feel-good ditty “When You Come Home” for its adorable “Friends Come Home” commercial series honoring man’s best friend (dogs, not beer). He poured that momentum into a new Nashville-made album, “Come on Home,” which follows a similarly warm and cuddly vibe with a lot of John Mayer-esque love songs. (10:30 p.m. Fri., Icehouse, $10.) Riemenschneider

When it comes to oldies rock packages this summer, you won’t find one more appealing than 1970s heroes Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick. Frampton may have come alive in the 1970s with that landmark live album and “Show Me the Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do,” but he has continued to make new recordings and reinforce his stature as a stellar guitarist who has backed David Bowie, Bill Wyman and Ringo Starr. Cheap Trick, the pride of Rockford, Ill., has remained esteemed practitioners of power pop for five decades, thanks to Robin Zander’s timeless voice, Rick Nielsen’s guitar antics and such classics as “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender.” Frampton closes on this night. (7 p.m. Sat., Treasure Island Casino, $55-$65.) Bream

Two weeks after Patti LaBelle graced the Mystic Lake Showroom, her onetime duet partner Michael McDonald brings his silver-haired piano soul to town. He’ll offer his version of Motown songs, the Doobie Brothers tunes he made famous, solo hits and, of course, his take of “On My Own,” his LaBelle collaboration. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Minnesota Zoo, $57-$69.50.) Bream

The songs and the wit are still there. But at 76, how much of a voice does Gordon Lightfoot have left? No, it’s not that classic rich baritone, but then Bob Dylan doesn’t sound like he used to. (Over the years, the Canadian star has had a stroke, a tracheotomy and multiple operations.) Maybe fans are happy to hear Lightfoot’s yarns and words to such classics as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” (8 p.m. Sat., State Theatre, $48.50 & $58.50.) Bream

Flash back to early MTV and recall “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer” by the Motels. Their frontwoman, who possessed one of new-wave’s more musical voices and commanding stage presences, is back with Martha Davis and the Motels. (7 p.m. Sun., Dakota, $30-$40.) Bream

Meridian Brothers is the brainchild of Eblis Alvarez, who amasses playful Afro-Colombian grooves in the studio that reference salsa, cumbia, merengue and reggae riffs, coated and oiled in electronics, plus topped with an occasional splash of psychedelics. Alvarez deploys a long-standing quintet to flesh out these tropical tunes on tour, creating more soulful, less gizmo-oriented versions that are charming and gently persuasive in their inducement to dance. The latest disc, “Salvadora Robot,” while relatively conventional for Alvarez, is still striated with merry mischief. (7:30 Mon., Cedar Cultural Center, $18-$20.) Britt Robson

 

Regular performers at the Minnesota Zoo and Jazz Fest in their hometown of New Orleans, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue are comfortable throwing a party in any venue. Last year’s zoo gig was a hurricane of horns and hard funk orchestrated by Shorty, who was a regular on HBO’s “Treme.” The band was loud and aggressive, with limited dynamics, but the New Orleans party spirit couldn’t be denied. Getting the party started this time in a West Bank parking lot will be two local ensembles, Jack Brass Band and Willie Murphy and the Angel Headed Hipsters. (6:30 p.m. Tue., Cabooze Plaza, $32.50-$35.) Bream

The frontwoman for Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas boasts the charismatic triad of brains, vocal pipes and attitude. A Detroit native of Cuban-Mexican heritage, Hernandez toys with ethnic and gender stereotypes seemingly without trying. Her vocal refinements (an upward swoop, a talk-sung declamation, a woozy blues note) flash by efficiently so as not to interfere with the momentum of the girl-group sass she’s spreading over the mixture of rockabilly, R&B and Latin rock that her all-male Deltas are laying down. And the lyrics further reveal her to be a smart cookie. (7 p.m. Tue., Turf Club, $3 advance tickets via Red Bull Sound Select program, $10 door) Robson

A left-of-center act that falls somewhere between PBS and NPR Music pledge drives aesthetically, Philadelphia-bred choral-electronic act Active Child — the alias of former choir boy Pat Grossi — sounds like Sam Smith and James Blake making a record together on the new Vagrant Records release, “Mercy.” He’s touring with the elegant, Bon Iver-like falsetto-folk Icelandic band the Low Roar, which recently toured as Hozier’s opening act. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $14-$16.) Riemenschneider

Vermont-bred Americana singer/songwriter Caitlin Canty has one of the more widely praised acoustic roots albums of 2015, “Restless Skyline,” a darkly passionate collection with traces of Lucinda Williams’ bluesier stuff and Gillian Welch’s hauntingest bluegrass. She’s touring as a duo with Twin Cities-bred pedal-steel/slide ace Eric Heywood, who has also toured with the Pretenders and Ray LaMontagne. Milwaukee’s Hayward Williams opens. (9 p.m. Wed., Icehouse, $6-$8.) Riemenschneider

It’ll be 10 guitars, a piano and Melissa Etheridge. It’s a solo show that recaps her career from “Bring Me Some Water,” her first single, to perhaps something from “I Am M.E.,” her 2014 album. Expect big emotions and big raspy vocals. (8 p.m. Thu., Mystic Lake, $59 & $69.) Bream

It’s being billed as “Smashing Pumpkins — In Plainsong: An Acoustic-Electro Evening,” which is about the most Billy Corgan-esque title Billy Corgan has ever used. It’s also the most Corgan-centric tour ever launched under the Pumpkins brand, essentially a solo tour with just a little help from his friends, based on reviews from other shows. The Chicago alt-rock guru has always had an elegant side to his music, though, and his faithful believers won’t want to miss soaking up 2½ hours of it in an intimate setting. Aussie singer Katie Cole and L.A. rockers the Eeries open. (8 p.m. Thu., Pantages Theatre, $52.95.) Riemenschneider

COUNTRY

For three decades, Martina McBride has been regarded as one of the finest female voices in Nashville. Best known for anthems of female empowerment like “Independence Day,” the country star took a detour last year and delivered a splendid collection of R&B classics, “Everlasting.” Especially striking are the Southern soul touches she gives to “Bring It on Home to Me,” “Little Bit of Rain” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” (8 p.m. Fri., Mystic Lake, $59 & $69.) Bream

Moondance Jam has been going strong since the mid-1990s with classic rock. But Moondance Jammin Country Fest, now in its ninth year, is expecting its biggest audience ever this weekend. Credit the headliners: high-energy Florida Georgia Line on Friday and mighty Chris Young on Saturday. (Fri.-Sat., Moondance Fairgrounds, Walker, Minn., tickets start at $60, jammincountry.com, 218-836-1055). Bream

Kenny Chesney is not the only country superstar who can rock a Twin Cities stadium. Luke Bryan will shake it Saturday at the University of Minnesota football field. Don’t be surprised if electrifying Luke is upstaged by the highly charged Florida Georgia Line, the duo that has scored seven consecutive big country singles including the crossover “Cruise.” Setting the table for this marathon hoedown will be Randy Houser, known for “How Country Feels,” Thomas Rhett, known for “Make Me Wanna,” and Dustin Lynch, known for “Where It’s At (Yep Yep).” Read an interview with FGL’s Tyler Hubbard at www.startribune.com/music and in Saturday’s Variety. (4:30 p.m. Sat. TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota, $45.50-$89.50.) Bream

 

JAZZ

Bill Frisell is always up to something. A prolific recording artist who tours frequently and enjoys putting Minneapolis on his itinerary, the ever-resonant guitarist who invented his own Americana-jazz genre arrives at the Dakota this time in a trio that includes drummer Rudy Royston and his usual bassist, Tony Scherr. Royston’s sharp, antic beats will fit well with Frisell’s exploration of surf and hot-rod music and British Invasion rock, the subject of his album “Guitar in the Space Age.” These will likely be leaner and tougher renditions than the ones Frisell showcased at the Dakota last summer, when he was accompanied by fellow guitarist Greg Leisz and the disc was not yet released. But that gorgeous, trademark Frisell shimmer will make more than a cameo appearance. (7 and 9 p.m. Fri., Dakota, $30-$35.) Robson

Each album from Novalima tweaks the Afro-Peruvian formula one would have thought they’d perfected the last time out. Nearly a decade ago they laced tropical stripes across dub-heavy R&B reminiscent of Morcheeba or Massive Attack. Since then the vocal call-and-response and layered polyrhythms (both acoustic and electronic percussion) of the Afro-Cuban tradition, along with more distinctive Peruvian rhythms, have held greater sway. Their latest, “Planetario,” has a Colombian flavor, recorded in Bogota with some prominent locals. Expect a danceable stew (no chairs) with a great blend of distinction and familiarity. (7:30 Sun., Cedar Cultural Center, $22-$25.) Robson

Grammy-winning Gustavus Adolphus grad Kurt Elling is one of the most celebrated male vocalists in jazz. His rangy baritone is often more innovative than pretty but on this year’s diverse, satisfying and accessible “Passion World,” he offers lovely renditions of the Celtic tune “Loch Tay Boat Song,” the breezy “La Vie en Rose” and U2’s elegantly understated “Where the Streets Have No Name.” His live performances are often as much a challenge as they are a treat. (7 & 9 p.m. Mon. Dakota, $30-$40.) Bream

Cécile McLorin Salvant was the toast of the jazz world in 2013. Her debut album, “WomanChild,” was hailed for making old songs new again. It was named album of the year by DownBeat magazine, and Salvant was honored as rising artist and top female vocalist. She made two quick Twin Cities appearances in 2014 — one night at the Dakota and a cameo as a vocalist with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Orchestra Hall. Now the 25-year-old vocal star settles into the Dakota for four performances. (7 & 9 p.m. Tue.-Wed. Dakota, $25-$40.) Bream

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has performed some memorable concept albums, including the complete re-enactment of a New Orleans funeral on “Funeral for a Friend,” and a complete cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On,” after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Crescent City. But it is the classic brass band stuff — with the sonority of church bells and the energy of a slam dance between gospel, funk, jazz and doo-wop — that is their strong suit. This is the group that revitalized the brass band tradition in the 1970s — even the Rihanna cover (“Don’t Stop the Music”) on their last disc is smothered in crawfish. (7 and 9 p.m. Thu., Dakota, $25-$30) Robson

 

CLASSICAL

Pride Festival is fast approaching, and as a curtain-raiser the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus is giving two performances of its latest extravaganza, “Popular: A Broadway Cabaret.” The Great American Musical is the point of focus, with selections cherry-picked from Gershwin’s classic “Porgy and Bess” and contemporary shows such as “Kinky Boots,” “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.” St. Paul chanteuse Erin Schwab is guesting, and hosts the preshow cabaret with Jay Fuchs at 7:30 p.m. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Ted Mann Concert Hall, U of M West Bank campus, 2128 S. 4th St., Mpls., $25-$48, www.tickets.umn.edu) Terry Blain