Bette Midler, one of America’s great all-around entertainers, has just launched her Divine Intervention Tour — her first trek in 10 years. She promises comedy (those bawdy Sophie jokes), classics (“Wind Beneath My Wings,” “The Rose”) and a taste from her new “It’s the Girls” album saluting girl groups (let’s hope she does her piano ballad with strings reading of TLC’s “Waterfalls” and country-ish take on “You Can’t Hurry Love”). The choreography is by Toni Basil. (8 p.m. Sun., Xcel Energy Center, $44.50-$209.50.) Bream

POP/ROCK

When they emerged in 1976 with “Howlin’ Wind” and “Heat Treatment,” Graham Parker & the Rumour were as impressive and exciting as Elvis Costello & the Attractions. Times and styles have changed, and Costello became a deserved music god and Parker ended up a fiery journeyman (with regular appearances at Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis for Bastille Day). In 2010, he reunited with the revamped Rumour and three years ago they satisfied in concert at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. This year’s “Mystery Glue,” their second comeback album, shows that Parker is still a razor-sharp if bitter lyricist and the band still rocks with precision but less power. (7 p.m. Fri., Dakota, $55-$65.) Jon Bream

 

Somewhat odd bedfellows for a co-headlining tour — a good thing, we think — Soul Asylum and the Meat Puppets each grew out of the ’80s punk underground to land early-’90s radio hits and MTV rotation. They have one other thing in common, too: They both remain electrifying live bands. The last few local gigs by the Arizona-bred, Austin-based Puppets, in fact, have been some of the “Backwater” hitmakers’ finest, with the Kirkwood brothers looking healthy and sounding as weird as ever with Shandon Sahm (Sir Doug’s kid) settled in on drums. Dave Pirner’s remade Soul Asylum lineup has settled in, too, and the Minneapolis band has been forging ahead with new songs on a PledgeMusic-funded record due soon. This is the tour’s kickoff. American Scarecrows open. (8:30 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, $20-$25.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

Thanks to plenty of airplay on Cities 97, the Script, an Irish trio, has built a following in the Twin Cities. But such singles as “No Good in Goodbye” and “Superheroes” from their current fourth album, “No Sound Without Silence,” suggest a poor man’s Coldplay. Elsewhere on the album, the Script seems to be under the Top 40 influence of Ryan Tedder. But Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue, who used to be a judge on “The Voice UK,” has an undeniable charisma onstage. Opening is Mary Lambert, who sings about big issues (she’s the singer on “Same Love” by Mackle­more & Ryan Lewis) with her big voice. (8 p.m. Fri., State Theatre, $33.50-$38.50.) Bream

 

Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin each had a big hit that led to Grammys, his for best new artist when “Walking in Memphis” landed in 1991 and hers for song and record of the year for “Sunny Came Home” in 1998. Since the raspy-voiced piano man has played the Minnesota Zoo more than any other act, it’s fitting that he’s part of this year’s inaugural show. Colvin, like Cohn, has a quick wit that can be as rewarding as her songs. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Minnesota Zoo, $58-$70.50.) Bream

 

Last year at Mystic Lake, in her first Twin Cities area appearance since 2000, Patti LaBelle kicked up her heels (figuratively and literally), raised the roof and did just about everything but heal the sick. The R&B diva can still scream but remains a master of restraint, control and dynamics. She’s a knockout on such hits as “Lady Marmalade” and “New Attitude” as well as such classics as “Over the Rainbow.” (8 p.m. Sat., Mystic Lake, $54-$62.) Bream

 

Two albums in, Purity Ring has emerged as one of the hipster synth-pop bands du jour, even though singer Megan James’ precious voice edges on Disney/Kid Jams-level arid pop slickness and squeakiness. Think: Beach House meets Owl City. She and musical partner Corin Roddick, who hail from the unlikely city of Edmonton, Alberta, have a visually unique stage production and an impressive array of roller-coastery electronic beats in tow with their club tour behind their sophomore record, “Another Eternity.” They’re on tour with another Canadian electronic group fronted by a woman with a pretty voice, Braids, and Edmonton’s Born Gold. An early all-ages show was added after the later one sold out fast. (5:30 and 10 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $20.) Riemenschneider

 

This year’s Grand Old Day music lineup is about 95 percent white male, but beyond that it offers a nice mix of rootsy local talent. Trampled by Turtles’ electric offshoot Dead Man Winter headlines the Dixie’s stage, where acoustic blues guru Charlie Parr kicks things off at noon and Sam Cassidy and the Erik Koskinen Band perform mid-afternoon. Fresh off issuing their third album, “All In,” howling rockers the 4onthefloor headline the Go 96.3 stage at Walgreen’s, also featuring blues maniac Crankshaft and old-country harmonizers the Cactus Blossoms. There’s also the Irish Fair stage with the Wild Colonial Bhoys and Tim Malloys, the jam-bandy Billy’s stage with Orange Whip and the Last Ride, the twang-rocky Wild Onion lineup with White Iron Band and Tim Sigler and a family stage at Ramsey Junior High with the Bazillions. (11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., Grand Avenue between Lexington and Hamline Avs., St. Paul, $6-$8 for beer garden wristband. Full schedule at GrandAve.com) Riemenschneider

 

Gurf Morlix is an unsung hero of the Texas Americana scene. He played guitar for Lucinda Williams for 11 years up through “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,” and he has produced and/or played on albums by Robert Earl Keen, Patty Griffin and Ray Wylie Hubbard. He’s a mighty fine tunesmith himself, as evidenced by a new solo record, “Eatin’ at Me.” (7 p.m. Sun., Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., $20.) Riemenschneider

A band that fits the summery vibes at last year’s Rock the Garden to a T, Best Coast sounds just a little less warm and sunny even while still singing a lot about its home state on its month-old third album, “California Nights.” Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino turns in some darker and more contemplative tunes while her J Mascis-loving bandmate Bobb Bruno piles on even thicker and stormier guitar parts. This time out they might suit the dark confines of First Ave better than a bright outdoor gig. Nashville-based ’90s-alt-rocky quartet Bully, with powerhouse leader Alicia Bognanno, is a perfect opener. (8:30 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, $15.) Riemenschneider

 

To promote their debut album, Imagine Dragons played an unimaginable six times in the Twin Cities — from perhaps 100 people at the Triple Rock to 27,000 at TCF Bank Stadium, not to mention the Basilica Block Party, Varsity Theater, Roy Wilkins Auditorium and Xcel Energy Center in between. The Las Vegas rockers finally released their sophomore CD, “Smoke + Mirrors,” in February, and it wasn’t an illusion, just more big emotions and big, reverb-heavy sounds. Opening are Halsey, a 20-year-old Taylor Swift wannabe, and Metric, the hip Canadian synth-rock group whose only taste of mainstream success was the title song on the all-star soundtrack to “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” (7:30 p.m. Tue., Xcel Energy Center, $29.50-$69.50.) Bream

 

At first blush, last year’s “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” seemed indulgent. Americana queen Lucinda Williams’ first album on her own label, it features 20 songs and 1¾ hours of music. There are blues, rockers, acoustic tunes — lots of literate tunes about love and its problems. After repeated listenings to the album, you realize Williams has delivered consistently good stuff, including a cover of J.J. Cale’s “Magnolia.” The three-time Grammy winner has always been comfortable at the Minnesota Zoo in particular and Minnesota in general, where her in-laws live and she spends time with them. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Minnesota Zoo, $44 & $56.50.) Bream

 

After celebrating their 1,000th show mostly by coincidence at the Turf Club last September, Japanese punk heroes Shonen Knife have something special for us this time, too: Opener C.J. Ramone, who replaced Dee Dee as the Ramones’ bassist in 1989 and provided a spark through the band’s last era. He’s still carrying the torch on his latest album, “Last Chance to Dance.” (8 p.m. Tue., Amsterdam Bar & Hall, $15.) Riemenschneider

 

Two beloved revivalists of rock’s earliest sounds, blues-rocker George Thorogood and Minnesota’s own rockabilly transplant Brian Setzer are on a summer co-headlining tour hitting a lot of places that make good excuses to take your hot rod or chopper or, if you must, Camry out for a road trip. That includes a stop at the fabled Surf Ballroom made famous in Buddy Holly’s fatal crash, a little over two hours away (7 p.m. Tue., Clear Lake, Iowa, $45). They also have a casino date together at Jackpot Junction (8 p.m. June 12, Morton, Minn., $35-$70.) Riemenschneider

 

One part White Stripes and one part Amy Winehouse, gritty blues-rocker Elle King is getting attention for her clever radio stomp (“Ex’s and Oh’s”), famous friends (Francis Bean Cobain) and famous dad (Rob Schneider of “Saturday Night Live” fame). The 25-year-old’s debut, “Love Stuff,” shows off a big voice and banjo prowess that has landed her slots opening for Ed Sheeran and Of Monsters and Men. (8 p.m. Wed., Varsity, $15-$17.) Bream

 

Winner of the Blues Foundation’s entertainer of the year award in 2009, Janiva Magness has had some tough times since 2010. She got divorced, left Alligator Records, had neck surgery that prevented her from singing for a spell and lost her foster mother. But Magness, who spent her musical salad days in the Twin Cities, bounced back with 2014’s winning “Original,” a deeply emotional album featuring her fierce singing and eight tunes she co-wrote. (7 p.m. Thu., Dakota, $25.) Bream

 

CHRISTIAN

The Minnesota United isn’t the only thing that will pack the National Sports Center this month: The Joyful Noise Festival promises to bring in thousands of worshipful fans with one longtime favorite of the contemporary Christian music world, TobyMac, and one hot newcomer, For King & Country, both on Saturday. The latter is a hunky, slick Nashville duo featuring brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, who won two Grammys with last year’s sophomore album, “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.” Fridays lineup includes Matthew West and Phillips, Craig & Dean. (5:30-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., National Sports Center, Blaine, $30-$35 Fri., sold out Sat.) Riemenschneider

 

CLASSICAL

It’s not often you get to hear a concerto where the three solo instruments are harp, harpsichord and piano. Swiss composer Frank Martin buckles them together in his Petite Symphonie Concertante, and there’s a rare opportunity to hear it at the Ordway this week in a typically adventurous piece of programming by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The concert also features a selection of Dvorak’s genial Legends and Schumann’s ebullient Piano Concerto, where the multitasking Christian Zacharias plays the solo part and leads the orchestra. (10:30 a.m., 8 p.m. Fri.; 8 p.m. Sat., Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, $14-$52.) Terry Blain

 

Season finale time at the Minnesota Orchestra brings a mighty program of three symphonies by Sibelius and Mahler. When the recent lockout started in 2012 the orchestra had recorded just four of Sibelius’ seven symphonies in a new cycle with music director Osmo Vänskä. Now the players are back at work, and the last disc beckons — Symphonies 6 and 7 will be on it, and both are included in this week’s Orchestra Hall concerts. Add the barnstorming First Symphony of Gustav Mahler, and the stage is set for a resounding conclusion to the current season. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Orchestra Hall, $34-$96.) Blain

 

The summer recess beckons, and it’s time for Minneapolis men’s choir Cantus to take their annual rain check from classical repertoire, and let their hair down in a fun-filled program of popular cover versions. Queen, the Eagles, Paul Simon, Meghan Trainor and Stevie Wonder are among the names to get the Cantus treatment, in arrangements for the nine voices of this immaculately schooled ensemble of singers. Special guest musicians will augment the group onstage, adding extra verve and pep to the proceedings, and complementing the high-quality vocalism. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Sat., Thu., June 12-13, Cowles Center, $25-$35.) Blain

 

How big a part do composers’ spouses or lovers play in the works they end up writing? That’s the question posed by the Mill City String Quartet in “The Muse,” an enterprising program showcasing Janáček’s “Intimate Letters” and Schumann’s Third String Quartet. Before performing the pieces, the Mill City players examine verbally the relationships that inspired them, Janáček’s with a married woman less than half his age, and Schumann’s with his wife Clara, and there are further opportunities to discuss the music afterward. (3 p.m. Sat., First Covenant Church, 810 S. 7th St., Mpls.; 3 p.m. Sun., St. David’s Episcopal Church, 13000 St. David’s Road, Minnetonka, free.) Blain