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Local Gig List: July 8-14

courtesy Bob Dylan

Monday, July 8

Saint Anyway
331 Club, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
Fresh off playing the Twin Ports Bride Festival, Duluth bluegrass trio Saint Anyway are making a small loop of the state, stopping in the Twin Cities tonight before hitting Brainerd on Wednesday to play the Moonshine Lounge. Get to the 331 early to catch roots group the Roe Family Singers, who play at 9 p.m. each and every Monday night.

Tuesday, July 9

Rose Room
Icehouse, Minneapolis
9:30 p.m., $6, 21+
Travel back in time to the early jazz and swing era with Adam Levy, whose new project Rose Room celebrates some of the standards from the Great American Songbook alongside other tin pan alley, bebop, and bossa nova of the ’30s and ’40s. And he’s assembled quite the supergroup to fill out his band, with Ashleigh Still on vocals, Joe Savage on pedal steel, Alex Young on drums, deVon Gray on piano, Jon Davis on bass clarinet, and Ben Kelly on bass.

Wednesday, July 10

Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings
Northrop Plaza
12 p.m., free, all ages
Americana pickers the Brass Kings will play a free lunchtime show as part of the Northrop’s ongoing Summer Music Festival, which continues through the end of this month. More shows here.

Bob Dylan’s Americanarama Tour
Midway Stadium, St. Paul
5:30 p.m., $68 (sold out), all ages
Roots-rock fans, rejoice: Bob Dylan is returning home to Minnesota this week for two shows, stopping first in Duluth on July 9 before coming to Midway Stadium in St. Paul for a sold-out show that will feature opening sets by Richard Thompson (who will likely perform close to the 5:30 p.m. start time), My Morning Jacket, and Wilco.

Omaur Bliss, Toki Wright, and Big Cats
Icehouse, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $6, 21+
Rappers Omaur Bliss and Toki Wright and producer Big Cats will take turns DJing and providing “showcase-style performances” of their work.

Thursday, July 11

KILLSTREAK Album-Release Show
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $5 adv/$7 door, 18+
If the first taste off KILLSTREAK’s debut album is any indication, Janus is going to be a great driving-with-the-windows-down hip-hop record this summer. The young duo’s release show will feature appearances by Chantz Erolin, Rich Garvey & Psymun, and Z & John Daniel, and will be hosted by Botzy.

Summer Show of Awesomeness
Sacred Heart, Duluth
8:30 p.m., $10, all ages
Playing their first hometown gig since their infamous “Droning the Garden” set at the Walker, Low will be a part of an avant garde and experimental music showcase dubbed the Summer Show of Awesomeness. Joining the trio at Sacred Heart Music Center will be the internationally known Duluth experimental artist Tim Kaiser, whose homemade ‘acousto-electric contraptions’ and sonic manipulations have been captivating audiences for 30 years. Also performing will be flutist/improviser/composer Anne Le Berge as well as collaboration between composer/computer musician Scott Miller and performer/improviser Pat O’Keefe known as Willful Devices. This will not be your typical Low show so get ready to get weird.

Sun Gods to Gamma Rays
Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul
9 p.m., free, 21+
Psychedelic space-rockers Sun Gods to Gamma Rays (formerly known as Caetani) will headline a night that also includes sets by Painted Saints and We Are the Willows.

Kill to Kill, Prissy Clerks, Fury Things
Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
A fantastic triple bill, and you can’t beat the price. Kill to Kill recently re-emerged after a three-year hiatus and will headline this show before taking another break to work on new material, and Prissy Clerks and Fury Things will open.

Friday, July 12

Alex Frecon, St Paul Slim, MunQs, Dem Atlas and Foster Lee
Nomad Pub, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $5, 21+
Up-and-coming MC Alex Frecon is rounding up some of the best under-the-radar acts in the hip-hop scene for this show, which also doubles as his birthday party.

Gramma’s Boyfriend
Icehouse, Minneapolis
11 p.m., $7, 21+
Haley Bonar’s alter-ego will emerge once again for a wild punk rock set with Gramma’s Boyfriend. Is/Is opens.

Strange EP-Release Show
Cause, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $6, 21+
New high-octane hardcore duo Strange will release their debut EP, aptly titled EP 1, with support from Hardcore Crayons and With a Gun for a Face. Listen to the whole album in all its sludgy, scuzzy glory via Bandcamp here.

Saturday, July 13

Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival
3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis
1 p.m., $15 adv/$20 gate, all ages

89.3 The Current Stage (Harriet Brewing Outside)
1:45pm-Jawaahir Dance Company
2:45pm-FireRoast Mountain Boys
3:45pm-Chastity Brown Band
4:45pm-Kent Burnside & The New Generation
5:45pm-Poverty Hash
6:45pm-Zoo Animal
7:45pm-Enemy Planes

Pabst Blue Ribbon Stage (Patricks Cabaret Outside)
2:00pm-Erik Koskinen Band
3:00pm-The Fattenin’ Frogs
4:00pm-The Kenneth Brian Band
7:00pm-Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
8:00pm-(special returning guest, last year’s headliner!)

Harriet Brewing’s Taproom Stage (Inside/Patio)
3:15pm-Lonesome Dan
4:15pm-Bernie King & The Guilty Pleasures
5:15pm-Black Audience
6:15pm-Jeff Ray & The Stakes
7:15pm-Bootstrap Family Band
8:15pm-Only Living Boy

KFAI Stage (Mosaic Cafe Patio)
2:00pm-Joe Novelli (Marvin & The Cloud Wall)
3:00pm-Molly Gene, The One Whoaman Band!
4:00pm-Mississippi Gabe Carter
5:00pm-10 Foot Pole Cats
6:00pm-Dead Pigeons
7:00pm-Spider John Koerner

15th Annual Northeast Folk Festival
Grumpy’s NE, Minneapolis
12 p.m., free, all ages

12:00- Baby Grant Johnson
1:00- Mother Banjo
2:00- Martin Devaney
3:00- Larpenteurs
4:00- Calamity Jean
5:00- Charlie Parr
6:00- Little Ripley Band
7:00- Liquor Pigs
8:00- Gabe Barnett

1:30- Country Mike
2:30- Chautaqua Brothers
3:30- Bob Rue
4:30- Jim Crego
5:30- Alicia Corbett
6:30- John Magnuson
7:30- Batson Brothers
8:30- Mike Nicolai
9:30- Germaine Gemberling
10:30- Paul Metsa & Willie Walker
11:30- Bitter Spills

Icehouse, Minneapolis
11 p .m., $10 adv/$12 door, 21+
One-man keyboard, drum, and loop maestro Martin Dosh will play his first solo show in town in a spell, with support from opening act MAKR (Mark McGee of Father You See Queen, Votel, Marijuana Deathsquads). Protip: Get there early and snag one of the tables in the balcony so you can look down at Dosh’s handiwork from above.

Brothers Burn Mountain CD-Release Show
Tycoons Alehouse, Duluth
10 p.m., $5, 21+
The wild energy of a Brothers Burn Mountain show will be on full display Saturday as real-life brothers Ryan and Jesse Dermody release their brand new album This is a Walk in the Woods. Mixing blues, rock, a little folk and some seriously intense acts of percussion you’re going to find it difficult to not find yourself getting a work out on the dance floor. The cool folk and country sounds of Colleen Myhre open the show and it’s very likely that all of these acts will meld into one supergroup by the end of the evening.

RoofTop Fable, Triplekoin, and Mikey Talented
Player’s Sports Bar, Duluth
9 p.m., free, 21+
A trio of diverse rock acts takes the stage at the up-and-coming West Duluth music venue Players on Saturday. This gig features the soulful voice of Suzy Anderson leading the talented rockers in RoofTop Fable, the ska-inspired men of Mikey Talented, and the rock/blues/punk and “maybe a little bit of new age” sound of Triplekoin. Expect a high energy show with just the right amount of cover songs thrown in to keep a wide range of fans continuously entertained.

They Dead CD-Release Show
Kitty Cat Club, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $5, 21+
Members of Story of the Sea and Push on Junior converge to create They Dead, a new project that sound like they would have been huge on Rev 105 back in the day. They’ll drop their debut record, Lizards All, with support from openers BNLX and the Cavalier Crooks.

Sunday, July 14

The Meat Puppets and Actual Wolf
Tycoons Alehouse
8 p.m., $12, 21+
Brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood of the legendary group The Meat Puppets make their third trip to Duluth in the last five years (they should just move here already). The punk and psychedelic-laced country that the Meat Puppets continue to release with much appreciated consistency will be a great fit with the sound of our own Traveling Wilbury, Actual Wolf. The complex melodies and atmospheric sound of Enemy Planes opens the show.

Bastille Day Block Party
Barbette, Minneapolis
3 p.m.-10 p.m., free, all ages
With no Pizza Luce Block Party in Uptown these past few years, the Bastille Day Block Party has become the largest (and best booked) outdoor music festival for that area. This year’s installment will feature performances by John Mark Nelson, Lucy Michelle, Nadine Dubois & Les Folies Risque, The Suicide Commandos, LEAGUES, The Brass Messengers, and Epitome No Question, plus entertainment from Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater, Live Action Set, Infiammati Fire Circus and a wine spitting contest. Yes, a wine spitting contest. Set times for the afternoon will be posted later in the week.

3-3:40 p.m. John Mark Nelson
3:55-4:35 p.m. Lucy Michelle
4:50-5:15 p.m. Les Folies Risque
5:30-6:10 p.m. Suicide Commandos
6:25-6:45 Live Action Set
7-8 p.m. Leagues
8:15pm Brass Messengers
9 p.m. Infiammati Fire Circus

Duluth show recommendations courtesy of our Duluth Local Show host Walt Dizzo.