Tuesday, October 15
Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
7 p.m., $12 adv/$15 door, 18+
Inspired by the success of a monthly club night in the U.K. that shares the same name, new traveling show Communion (not to be confused with dance night Communion Sundays) takes up residency in different cities around the U.S. and aims to combine national and local talent to create unique club experiences. The series was launched by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, and the first stop in Minneapolis features headliners Willy Mason and Roadkill Ghost Choir with support from Minneapolis mainstay the 4onthefloor.
International Reggae All-Stars
9 p.m., $6, 21+
If you’ve never gone down to Bunker’s on a Tuesday to check this group out, add this to your to-do list. The International Reggae All-Stars play so frequently and so consistently that it can be easy to gloss over their name in the concert listings, but there’s a reason why a dedicated following turns out every time they play: with members hailing from Kingston, Trinidad, Venezuela, and Ghana, the All-Stars come together to form one of the most highly respected reggae and dancehall bands in Minnesota.
Wednesday, October 16
331 Club, Minneapolis
7 p.m., free, 21+
Be sure to arrive early to catch Charlie Parr—Local Current’s Artist of the Month for October—in the intimate confines of the 331 this week. He’ll warm up the stage and get the room buzzing for the earlier portion of the evening, and will be followed up by folk duo Bella Ruse at 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 17
F*** Knights Tour Send-Off
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $5, 21+
Fiery local garage band F*** Knights have a lot to celebrate this week. Not only is Thursday night’s gig a send-off for their upcoming European tour, but they will also be releasing their new 7″, 4-Way Freakout, Vol. 2. All four bands on the new split 7″ will perform: headliners F*** Knights, plus Narco States, Mary Allen and the Percolators, and Mystery Train.
Friday, October 18
First Avenue, Minneapolis
What started as a collaboration between Justin Vernon and members of Collections of Colonies of Bees has now blossomed into a full-blown band. On their new Repave, the band makes their intentions perfectly clear: this is epic, expansive and experimental pop music, and it’s become much more than a side project for everyone involved. Friday’s show is only the second time the band has performed in Minneapolis. Mark Mallman will open the evening with a solo set.
Jherek Bischoff: Composed
Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul
8 p.m., $22.50, all ages
This unique, collaborative event combines the talents of musician and composer Jherek Bischoff with collaborations from Sondre Lerche, Ólöf Arnalds, Greg Saunier, members of the SPCO, and Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh. Read an interview with Bischoff by Channy Leaneagh here, and learn more about the event on the Fitzgerald’s site.
Aster Cafe, Minneapolis
8:30 p.m., $10, all ages
Katy Vernon’s annual celebration of the ukulele returns to Aster Cafe for its second run, and this time around the Uke-Fest has an extra special purpose: to raise awareness and funds for Arc Greater Twin Cities, which provides support to people with disabilities and their families. Katy Vernon will perform along with Brianna Lane, the Meteor Boys, Sada Estrada, Keldon Ancheta, Shawn Gibbons, Natalie Lovejoy, John Munson, Eric Carranza, Nora O’Brien, and more.
High on Stress 10th Anniversary Show
Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $6, 21+
“I’m not sure what happened. We started this band in a basement when I was 23 years old,” writes High on Stress frontman Nick Leet. Now 10 years and three albums have gone by and the rootsy rock ‘n’ roll band is celebrating a huge milestone. High on Stress will play their 10th anniversary show with support from Little Man and Hart Lake Mystery.
Courtney Yasmineh Band CD-Release Show
9 p.m., $6, 21+
Courtney Yasmineh returns to Minneapolis fresh off her latest European tour to release her more rock-oriented, horn-driven album, Wake Me Up When It’s Over. Yasmineh’s backing band and horn section will perform along with openers acts Lolo’s Ghost, the Changeups, and Tim Houlihan.
Old Knifey, Steve Johnson, Breanne Marie
Beaner’s Central, Duluth
7 p.m., $5, all ages
After you’ve spent the day in the field bringing in the last of this year’s harvest (or you’ve turned off your computer and have left your office) you’ll want to hit the town and celebrate with an old-fashioned country hoedown. Live country music will be on display at Beaner’s Central and will include boot stomping numbers from Breanne Marie (now featuring Glenn Maloney), Steve Johnson & Friends, and Old Knifey.
Legitimit, C-Silence, Rooftop Fable, 13h Choir
RT Quinlan’s, Duluth
10 p.m., $5, 21+
Twin Ports hip-hop artist Legitimit has gathered an eclectic group of talented artists for the 4th annual ‘Save the Boobies Music Extravaganza.’ With all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society to help fight breast cancer, those wishing to support a great cause will also get a chance to support local music. The show will include hip-hop inspired sets from Philly B, C-Silence, Poetic Chains and Legitimit as well as more rocking sets from Rooftop Fable and 13th Choir.
Retribution Gospel Choir
Red Star Lounge, Duluth
10 p.m., free, 21+
After last weekend’s back-to-back shows with Rich Mattson and friends as Minnesota’s best Neil Young cover band, Alan Sparhawk teams up once again with Steve Garrington and Eric Pollard for a run of shows as Retribution Gospel Choir. The band is about to embark on an eight-show tour of Spain, and to get back into the RGC groove the guys have scheduled a pair of warm-up shows at Duluth’s Red Star Lounge. A DJ set from Peter Pain opens the show Friday and a set from Mic Trout opens on Saturday.
Saturday, October 19
First Avenue, Minneapolis
7 p.m., $30, 18+
Iconic Minneapolis rock band Soul Asylum, which features founder Dave Pirner on vocals and guitar plus guitarist Justin Sharbono, bassist Winston Roye, and longtime drummer Michael Bland, are joining forces with fellow ’90s radio hitmakers Fountains of Wayne and the Lemonheads’ Evan Dando for a fall tour that stops at First Ave this Saturday.
Legacy Glassworks Grand Re-Opening
Legacy Glassworks (32 W 1st St), Duluth
11 a.m. – 11 p.m., free, all ages
The music and artist friendly glass shop celebrates its three-year anniversary as well as a grand re-opening at their new location with an all-ages party on Saturday. The retail space has nearly doubled in size which means more room for music! The day-long event kicks off at 11 a.m. with DJ Beaks and continues with special performances highlighted by Suzy Q, Legitimit, NonFic, St. Paul Slim, Carnage the Executioner, Mujah Messiah and Kristoff Krane.
Twin Ports concert recommendations courtesy of Duluth Local Show host Walt Dizzo.