The big concerts: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Thursday, April 7

Prolific Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa teams up with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita to celebrate their new album “Suba” (7 p.m. Dakota, $25-$40); Twin Cities electro-R&B/soul singer Lady Midnight performs her 2019 album “Death Before Mourning” with an all-star band (8 p.m., Icehouse, $20); Gayle, the Texas teenager with the hit “ABCDEFU” (7 p.m. Fine Line, $15); grungy metal vets Crunch with EyeHateGod (8 p.m., First Avenue, $35)

friday april 8

Santana: Last year, guitar god Carlos Santana released another album with a parade of guests including Chris Stapleton, Chick Corea and, of course, Rob Thomas. While not as satisfying as 1999’s acclaimed “Supernatural,” “Blessings and Miracles” is a diverse and heartfelt collection, punctuated with plenty of Santana’s expressive and often soaring guitar work. Recent setlists indicate that he could play some tracks from this project along with classics such as “Soul Sacrifice” and “Smooth”. (8 p.m. Fri. Treasure Island Casino, Welch, Minn., $89-$159, ticketmaster.com)

Long live the Riff Raff: New Orleans-based, New York-raised, and Puerto Rican-born poet-rocker Alynda Segarra has become one of America’s truest and best female singer/songwriters of the moment, with a diverse sound and points of view. oppressed. Their latest album with producer Justin Vernon Brad Cook’s cohort, “Life on Earth,” takes a more global view with dramatic and often thrilling results. Anjimile from Los Angeles opens. (9 p.m., Fine Line, 318 1st Ave. N., Mpls., $20-$35, etix.com)

Flaming Lips: After putting their inflatable bubble stage props to good use during the pandemic — audience members got their own bubbles for protection — Wayne Coyne and his psychedelic Oklahoman Circus are back to performing conventional shows. You know, conventional for them, with songs from 2019’s “American Head” album mixed with the classics. They have must-have Texas openers, the Heartless Bastards, whose vocalist Erika Wennerstrom has penned some of the finest and most up-and-coming hippie-rock during the pandemic. (8 p.m., Palace Theater, 17 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, $45 and up, etix.com)

Also: electronic dance music duo DC Thievery Corporation (8 p.m., The Fillmore, $37); veteran blues guitarist and “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” hitmaker Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio (7 p.m. Medina, $33-$43); the 25th Annual Marvin Gaye Tribute featuring Maurice Jacox, Erica West and other Twin Cities R&B stars; (9:30 p.m., also Sat. Bunkers, $17.50-$25) Claudia Schmidt joins Larry Long’s American Roots Revue (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Dakota, $20-$40); local garage-rock bands Fret Rattles, New Rocket Union and the Mighty Mofos (7 p.m., Hook & Ladder, $12); Twin Cities Power Singer Joyann Parker (8 p.m. Crooners, $20+)

saturday april 9

Noose: It might not be Machine Gun Kelly’s cup of tea, but Iowa’s masked thrash metal veterans are the visceral outing many fans need in 2022. Corey Taylor and his crew have returned to the road with their traveling Knotfest last year, achieving strong ticket sales and reportedly having a pretty wild show. Amazingly, this will be their first Minnesota in 13 years. In the Moment and Jinjer open up. (6:30 p.m., Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N., Mpls., $45-$198, ticketmaster.com)

Kid Rock: On this year’s “Bad Reputation,” his first feature in five years, the Detroit rapper/rocker wears his colors on his sleeve. He denounces Biden (“We the People”), celebrates freedom (“Don’t Tell Me How to Live”), brags about loving him brutally (“My Kind of Country”) and denounces the fallacy of Music City ( “The Nashville I Know”). On the other hand, he gets almost sentimental about becoming a grandfather on the nasal, longing ballad for Seger “Rockin’.” the material makes you want “All Summer Long” and “Picture”. Along with other Grand Funk Railroad Detroiters. (7:30 p.m. Saturday Xcel Energy Center, W. 7th St. & Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, $45.50 and up, ticketmaster.com)

Also: New Orleans Rockers, Revivalists of “Wish I Knew You” and “All My Friends” (7 p.m. Fillmore, $35 and up); ska-pop heroes The English Beat (8 p.m., Parkway, $45 and up); JoJo, the pop-soul singer who finished second last year on “The Masked Singer” (8 p.m., First Avenue, $25-$27); the jazzy LP Music featuring Minneapolis Sound stars Eric Leeds, Paul Peterson and Stokley Williams (8 p.m. Paisley Park, $45 and up); founding pianist Terry Adams keeps classic bar band NRBQ alive and entertaining (8 p.m. Turf Club, $35); Moore By Four colorful mainstay Dennis Spears celebrates his birthday (8 p.m. Crooners, $20).

sunday april 10

The Virtuoso Sphinxes: The Detroit-based Sphinx Foundation has spent most of this century fostering black and Latin classical musicians, including assembling a chamber orchestra of outstanding young musicians. The band’s “Tracing Visions” concert will feature works by a pair of very exciting black composers, Jessie Montgomery and recent SPCO guest Xavier Foley. They will be joined by the local choir Border CrossSing. (3 p.m. Sunday, Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, $13-$31, Ordway.org)

Arooj Aftab: After winning a Grammy for Best World Music Performance, the Pakistani-born, Brooklyn-based singer arrives with her hauntingly minimalist sounds, which she described as “everything that broke me and put me back together.” An electronica composer who graduated from Berklee College of Music, Aftab sings primarily in Urdu, blending traditional and contemporary sounds. Aftab’s hauntingly delicate material drew her to the 10and annual Liquid Music season. (7 p.m. Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls. $25-$50)

Also: Cult New York punk band Jawbreaker reunited for a 25th anniversary tour and enlisted local pals Dillinger Four to open with the Smoking Popes (6 p.m. the Fillmore, $54); Glasgow rockers Del Amitri tour behind last year’s “Fatal Mistakes,” their first studio effort in nearly 20 years (7:30 p.m. on Fitzgerald, $49.50+); irrepressible alternative rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre and Mercury Rev (8 p.m., First Avenue, $25-$30); blues guitar star Tommy Castro (7 p.m. Dakota, $35-$45)

monday april 11

Dakha Brakha: This Ukrainian quartet has been most succinctly described as a folk-punk circus, although the colorful DakhaBrahka (it means giving and receiving in Old Slavic) prefers “ethnic chaos”. Playing instruments from cultures as far away as Australia and India, the band blends traditional Eastern European music and other global sounds with Western rock and pop. Livelier and more energetic than its predecessors, their sixth and final album, 2020’s “Alambari” is a mouth-watering ethnic stew that will compel you to support their beleaguered homeland. (7 p.m., The Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $45-$60; $20 for live stream, dakotacooks.com)

Adia Victoria: This fascinating South Carolina-raised, Nashville-based singer-songwriter explores the identities of black Southern women on 2021’s “A Southern Gothic,” a haunting minimalist masterpiece of dark gothic blues. Produced by T Bone Burnett, Victoria’s third album features guests Margo Price and Jason Isbell and the standout single, “Magnolia Blues.” (8 p.m. Turf Club, 1601 University Av. W., St. Paul, $18-$20, first-avenue.com)

Also: Dessa performs for the Songs & Stories series (7:30 p.m., Woman’s Club Minneapolis, $28-$48); High-profile Canadian pop singer Tate McRae promotes her debut studio album, “I Used to Think I Could Fly,” out next month (7 p.m., First Avenue, $25-$30)

tuesday april 12

Veteran jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli (7 p.m. and 9 p.m., The Dakota, $25-$45)

Wednesday April 13

Craig Tabor Trio: Jazz has been called “the sound of surprise”, but too often musicians play themselves into a rut. Not Taborn. The Golden Valley-raised keyboardist is a seeker who enchants listeners while challenging them to hear deeper, blending electronics and piano. After a knockout show two weeks ago at Tennessee’s Big Ears Festival, he returns home for an evening with drummer Dan Weiss and bassist Chris Lightcap. (7 and 9 p.m. The Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $25-$40, dakotacooks.com)

Also: Jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, who just won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, brings his quartet (7:30 p.m. Parkway, $25-$35); Texas songwriting hero Hayes Carll came out to tout a new album, “What It Is” (8 p.m., Turf Club, $25); instrumental Scottish rock groovers Mogwai (8:30 p.m., First Ave, $22)

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