Piano man Davell Crawford is steeped in the New Orleans tradition of Professor Longhair but since his recordings have embraced funk, soul, jazz and gospel, he’s been dubbed the Prince of New Orleans. When Crawford returns to the hometown of Prince, he’ll pay tribute to one of New Orleans’ finest, the late Allen Toussaint. The Southern gentleman, who played at the Dakota a few times in recent years, landed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work as a songwriter, producer and recording artist. Crawford’s salute will include his interpretations of such Toussaint classics as “Southern Nights,” “Java” and “It’s Raining.” (7 & 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota Jazz Club, $20-$35.) Jon Bream

POP/ROCK

Whether you know the Band or not, the 11th annual Tribute to the Last Waltz is must-see music. The show, of course, is a song-by-song re-creation of “The Last Waltz,” the storied 1976 farewell concert by the Band that became a beloved movie directed by Martin Scorsese. Reprising their stellar roles are Pat Hayes as Paul Butterfield, Jared Rush as Dr. John and the spot-on Terry Walsh as Van Morrison (Friday only). There is a parade of guests portraying Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, the Staple Singers, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters and others. The excellent house band, Big Pink, is led by Rob Hilstrom (as Richard Manuel). The Belfast Cowboys open Friday, Lamont Cranston on Saturday. (9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Cabooze, $10-$15.) Jon Bream

 

Misery definitely loves company, which is why Anonymous Choir paying tribute to Leonard Cohen makes terrific sense. The 15-member Twin Cities women’s vocal ensemble, led by Nona Marie of Dark Dark Dark notoriety, recorded starkly beautiful versions of “Bird on a Wire,” “Chelsea Hotel” and some of Mr. Despair’s other classics a few years ago. Now they’re issuing a new vinyl edition of the collection as a follow-up to their well-received LP remake of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush.” Invisible Boy with Poliça’s Chris Bierden opens. (10:30 p.m. Sat., Icehouse, $8-$10.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

The ninth annual Twin Cities tribute to Janis Joplin will feature a song-by-song re-creation of her set at Woodstock in 1969. Handling the vocals will be Jill Henderson and Monica Heuser, both from the Ordway Center’s cast of “Love, Janis,” and Debra G, Katy Hays and Jacy Smith. Opening is Frogleg, the versatile Twin Cities jam band. (8 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $13-$15.) Bream

 

Reunited since 2000, Living Colour makes a beautiful — and loud — noise. In their heyday from 1984-95, this New York quartet combined alt-metal, heavy funk, blues and socially conscious messages into a heady, one-of-a-kind concoction. The hit “Cult of Personality” made Living Colour MTV heroes, landed them on tours opening for the Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses, earned them their first Grammy for best hard rock performance and later turned up on the video games “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and “Guitar Hero III.” After the group disbanded, avant-garde guitar hero Vernon Reid worked as a soundtrack composer, solo artist, producer (Salif Keita, James Blood Ulmer) and sideman (Mick Jagger, Janet Jackson, Defunkt) while singer Corey Glover toured in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” and with the funk jam band Galactic. (7 p.m. Sun., Dakota, $50-$60.) Bream

 

What other buzzing new band from Nashville would be brave enough to play Minnesota in January besides Bully? The scrappy, angsty, Pixies- and Superchunk-echoing quartet is led by Rosemount native Alicia Bognanno, a Steve Albini-mentored audio technology student who broke out as a frontwoman last year. She returned to town often last year opening for the likes of Best Coast and Jeff the Brotherhood touting her band’s raucous debut, “Feels Like,” which wound up on year-end lists in both Spin and Rolling Stone. They’re back for another headlining set with Chicago’s metallic blasters Fake Limbs for support. (8 p.m. Mon., Fine Line, $15.) Riemenschneider

 

Tall and handsome Vance Joy had the young women swooning when he opened for Taylor Swift last year at Xcel Energy Center. The Aussie singer-songwriter isn’t much on stage presence but the ukulele-driven hit “Riptide” has created an audience for his acoustic folk-pop. His music and fans will be better served in a theater than an arena. Opening are Canada’s Reuben & the Dark and Armstrong Leigh, a male/female duo. (7:30 p.m. Wed., Northrop, $35.) Bream

 

The Brooklyn octet Red Baraat has long been a collision of party cultures, melding the sinuous North Indian Bhangra-funk of Punjabi weddings and the punchy brass and percussion of New Orleans parades. Since the first of their many appearances at the Cedar over five years ago, they’ve expanded into rock and jazz, especially since the addition of guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, and, most recently, some electronic effects on the sousaphone and on the penetrating dhol drum of leader Sunny Jain. (7 p.m. Wed., Dakota, $30.) Britt Robson

 

After a quiet few years, Minneapolis’ experimental hip-hop duo Kill the Vultures are making a lot of noise again following the release of their first album in six years, “Carnelian,” one of two records with rapper Crescent Moon (Alexei Casselle) to make our 2015 Twin Cities Critics Tally. He and sonic partner Anatomy have put together a cool midweek lineup to match their innovative sounds with the Hand, a freakish sonic collage featuring Low bassist and noted cartoonist Zak Sally along with Gay Witch Abortion drummer Shawn Walker, plus a solo electronic set by Cloak Ox’s Andrew Broder. (9 p.m. Wed., Turf Club, $8-$10.) Riemenschneider

LATIN

Two of the Twin Cities’ best Latino roots music bands, Malamanya and Alma Andina, are back together for a now-annual January gig that is all about making local audiences imagine they’re dancing in some seaside resort setting in sandals instead of inside a dark, heated club in Sorels. Malamanya used to warm up local crowds on a weekly basis with its acoustic brand of Cuban son and other Caribbean and Central American folk music, but they split up shows more last year around a trip to Panama and other festival dates. Alma Adina’s jazzy sounds are based more around the Andes region, where Chilean bandleader Vladimir Garrido was reared. KFAI’s “Radio Pocho” DJs will be spinning tunes, too. (8 p.m. Sat., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $12-$15.) Riemenschneider

 

R&B

At his best, neo-soul singer Raheem DeVaughn mixes the social consciousness (“Bulletproof”), frank sensuality (“Desire”), beseeching high vocals and swirling arrangements of Marvin Gaye. Not to say that DeVaughn possesses the conceptual genius of Gaye, but soul fans who prefer stylists who ignore the barriers between sex and politics and want their jams more retro than those offered up by D’Angelo (or even Maxwell) have a compelling option here. Moving through vintage ’60s soul to ’90s New Jack Swing but with contemporary production values, DeVaughn, the son of noted jazz cellist Abdul Wadud, knows what he likes and how to communicate it. (8 p.m. Sun., Mill City Nights, $32-$52.) Robson

 

CLASSICAL

Outstanding programming initiatives mark the current St. Paul Chamber Orchestra season, and here is one of them: Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto for piano, violin and 13 wind instruments, a masterpiece rarely heard live on account of its unusual instrumentation and alleged “difficulty.” Conductor Scott Yoo unravels the music’s inner workings in a lecture presentation, with a full performance featuring SPCO soloists to follow. The concerto dates from the 1920s, and the spare beauty of Berg’s writing is scorched by the traumatic experience of World War I, reflecting a world changed forever. (10:30 a.m. & 8 p.m. Fri., Ordway Concert Hall, $15-$53.) Terry Blain

 

In the days before talkies, films were routinely shown with musicians accompanying the on-screen images live in the theater. In a fascinating throwback to that era, Los Angeles composer Stephen Prutsman has written new scores for two silent movie classics, Robert Wiene’s “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock Jr.” Prutsman’s music is brilliantly vivid and evocative of the period, and will be played by Twin Cities chamber ensemble Accordo at a special screening of both movies, with the composer at the piano. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Ordway Concert Hall, $21-$36.) Blain