10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week
Thursday, November 10
1. Minnesota Orchestra: Osmo Vanska has unfinished business. The orchestra’s longtime music director returns to complete his quest to record Gustav Mahler’s 10 symphonies. The Third Epic is the longest symphony in the conventional classical repertoire, the one in which, according to the composer, “all nature finds a voice”. The orchestra expects it to stay under 95 minutes when it performs it with mezzo Jennifer Johnston, the Minnesota Chorale and the Minnesota Boychoir, in front of the microphones the following week. (11 a.m., also 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $30-$104, minnesotaorchestra.org.)
2. Joshua Bell and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra: Arguably the world’s most celebrated violinist, classical superstar Bell returns to St. Paul, where he was SPCO’s artistic partner from 2004-2007. He will perform solo on a gem of the Romantic era, the First Concerto for violin by Max Bruch, and will conduct the SPCO in symphonies by Mozart and Georges Bizet from the chair of the solo violin. There will also be a public rehearsal at 10 a.m. Thursday with tickets $15. (7:30 p.m., also 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul; free – $50; thespco.org.)
Also: Influential rock band from Los Angeles associated with the Paisley Underground scene, the Dream Syndicate with Steve Wynn is on tour to mark the 40th anniversary of his debut album, “The Days of Wine and Roses” (8 p.m. Turf Club, $25-$30); a country and bluegrass sideman still in high demand in Nashville, Jim Lauderdale is back proving he’s a great songwriter, too (8 p.m. Hook & Ladder Mission Room, $25-$40); gritty and colorful texan country-bluesman Scott H. Biram plays next to Lauderdale (7:30 p.m. Hook & Ladder, $16-$22); modern psych rocker from LA Ty Segall is back on tour with a solo/acoustic show (8 p.m. Fine Line, $25); Leader of the Gear Daddies Martin Zeller plays an intimate gig at a western suburban music stalwart (8 p.m. 318 Cafe, Excelsior, $30); local tribute boobies Private oats celebrates a 10th anniversary edition of Indeed Brewing’s Daytripper beer (9 p.m. Icehouse, free).
Friday November 11
3. Joe Bonamassa: He’s a bluesman who won’t get burned by the business. That’s because the companion-voiced blues-rock guitar hero promotes his own gigs and operates a record label. To coincide with this fall’s return to the road, Bonamassa has released “Road to Redemption,” an EP that includes three songs from 2018’s “Redemption” and three numbers previously only available on the “Redemption” CD sold at Target. Highlights are a collaboration with Jamey Johnson, the moody Southern rocker “The Ghost of Macon Jones” and the smoldering Gregg Allmanesque “Stronger Now in Broken Places.” (8 p.m., also Saturday, Orpheum Theater, 910 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $63 and up, ticketmaster.com)
4. Backseat Lovers: Posing as a Utah counterpart to the poppy Twin Cities indie-rockers Hippo Campus but with a little more classic rock influence, these former high school mates jump from playing the entrance last year at The Palace riding the wave. viral behind such warm and vibrant singles like “Kilby Girl” and “Pool House” and the more frantic “Growing/Dying”. The latter is from their second album, released last month, “Waiting to Spill”. There is also a good buzz for their live shows, following concerts at Austin City Limits and many other festivals. Opening of the Louisville Bendigo Fletcher group. (8:00 p.m. Palace Theatre, 17 W. 7e Place, St. Paul, all ages, $32.50 to $47.40, axs.com)
Also: Tyrese the ‘Fast and Furious’ and ‘Morbius’ actor exercises his R&B chops, which led to turn-of-the-century hits such as ‘Sweet Lady’ and ‘How You Gonna Act Like That’ as well as the album by this year’s “Beautiful Pain” (8 p.m. Mystic Lake Casino, $49 and up); lo-fi canadian electro-pop trio The men I trust refutes the title of his 2021 record, “Untourable Album” (8:30 p.m. First Ave, $24-$31).
Saturday November 12
5. Beth Orton: A big, big collective sigh could be heard from the West Bank when this British ’90s folk/indie-rock songwriter of “Concrete Sky” fame finally returns to town, with her dramatic, honeyed voice that can soothe the tightest edges. rougher. There’s a lot of nervousness on her first album in six years, “Weather Alive,” inspired by the deaths of friends and her own health scare. She’s touring with a band, but the venue guarantees an intimate experience. Heather Woods Broderick of Sharon Van Etten’s band opens. (8 p.m. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Av. S., Mpls., $28, thecedar.org)
6. Zakir Hussain: The tabla master – who has worked with Mickey Hart, John McLaughlin and Bela Fleck, among others – returns with sitar ace Niladri Kumar. It was Hussain’s father, Ustad Allarakha, and Ravi Shankar who introduced America to the Indian tradition of drummer-sitarist collaborations at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and at Woodstock two years later. Fleet-fingered Kumar, who comes from five generations of sitar players, invented his own red electric sitar, which he dubbed the Zitar. (8 p.m. Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul, $39-$79, axs.com)
7. American Roots Review: St. Louis Park singer-songwriter Larry Long and his longtime star-studded show are celebrating the release of a new album, “Live at the Dakota.” The disc includes Tonia Hughes Kendrick’s rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, Robert Robinson’s “Everybody’s Chains Came Off”, Claudia Schmidt’s “Long, Long Time”, Billy Steele’s “Blessing Song” and “Holy Ground” by Long. All of these musicians and drummer Michael Bland will be part of the album release concert. (6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $20-$40, dakotacooks.com)
8. Maggie Rose: After her 2012 song “I Ain’t Your Mama” suggested she could be the next Miranda Lambert, this Nashville luminary and Grand Ole Opry regular has leaned heavily into her Southern soul and rock influences these days. years and opened well for Christone “Kingfish” Ingram earlier this year at the State Theater. Her 2021 record, “Have a Seat,” was recorded at Muscle Shoals with members of legendary session band The Swampers and sounds like a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Brandi Carlile. Local songwriter Molly Brandt opens. (8:30 p.m. Turf Club, 1601 University Av. W., St. Paul, $16-$18, axs.com)
Also: Guitarist John Petrucci, co-founder of prog-metal band Dream Theater, travels in support of his second solo album, 2020’s “Terminal Velocity” (8 p.m. Pantages Theater, $29.50-$169.50); Amy Helm, a child of Woodstock and Levon Helm from the band, is touring behind his laudable third Americana album, “What the Flood Leaves Behind” (7:30 p.m. Sheldon Theater, Red Wing, $23-$43); The sleek and dramatic Eastern European-infused chamber/cabaret-folk rock band from Denver DeVotchKa lights up the Mainroom again (8:30 p.m. First Avenue, $30); the math must be tough for the organizers of the Trinity of Terror tour which features four macabre goth metal bands fronted by Ice Nine Kills with Black Veil Brides, Motionless in White and Atreyu (6 pm the Armory, Mpls., all ages, $47-$67).
Sunday November 13
9. Dave Matthews Band: After a summer of outdoor performances, DMB headed indoors for the 2022 Fall Tour. Not only will this be their first appearance in the Twin Cities since playing the day before the 2018 Super Bowl at the Xcel Energy Center, but this will be DMB’s first local performance with new keyboardist Buddy Strong, who joined in the summer of 2018 after touring with Usher and Ariana Grande. As with all great jam bands, DMB setlists vary from show to show, but this year the 30-year-old band, in their two-hour marathons, mixed covers of Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and the Isley Brothers, with its catalog of originals. (7:30 p.m. Target Center, 600 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., $45.50-$750, axs.com)
10. Haochen Zhang: China has brought us some of the most exciting young classical pianists of recent decades, including Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. Add to the list Haochen Zhang, who at 19 came first in America’s top piano competition, the Van Cliburn, and is now a celebrated soloist who has just recorded the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra. It will present a Chopin Society recital featuring two works by Franz Schubert and the Virtuoso Transcendental Studies by Franz Liszt. (3 p.m. Mayors Concert Hall, 130 Macalester St., St. Paul, $40, chopinsocietymn.org.)
Also: Canadian rock troupe Arcade Fire continues his North American tour for his album “We” despite recent allegations of sexual misconduct against frontman Win Butler, after which scheduled opener Beck dropped out and was replaced by Haitian political groovers Boukman Eksperyans (7:30 p.m. Armory, deputies, $57); Kathy Mattea, an underrated 1990s country star and Grammy winner who is equally at home in folk and Celtic circles, returns to her husband’s hometown (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dakota, $30 at $45); fiery local rockers Annie and the Bang Bang perform an early evening concert (5 p.m. Icehouse, $12).
Monday November 14
PBS Approved Nathan Carter, a British-born Irish singer-songwriter, brings “Wagon Wheel” and other favorites to Burnsville (7 p.m. Ames Center, $30-$50).
Tuesday, November 15
guitar wonder Stanley Jordanwhose repertoire is as adventurous as his tapping technique, works solo on this trip (8 p.m. the Dakota, $30-$35); Glen Phillips by Toad the Wet Sprocket Gets Intimate for a Solo Exhibition (8 p.m. Icehouse, $30-$35); Robin Kyle of 2000s dynamic Twin Cities rock band Valet is hosting a residency concert in November and this week his brother Ben Kyle of Romantica is a guest (9:331 Club, free).
Wednesday, November 16
Boston’s legendary, rowdy Celtic punk band The Dropkick Murphys perform in seated theaters for the first time on tour in conjunction with their new all-acoustic Woody Guthrie tribute album, “This Machine Still Kills Fascists” (7:15 p.m., State Theater, $40-$80); Sisters of Quebec, three sister violinists and harmonizers who dazzled at the State Fair, bring their progressive Western swing downtown (7 p.m. on Dakota, $30-$40); California screamer Davey Hovak and his cult emo-punk band AFI finally play makeup dates on their “Bodies” tour (7 p.m. on Fillmore, $30); Infamous Stringdusters, these whimsical progressive bluegrass, celebrate their new album, “Toward the Fray” (8 p.m. Fine Line, $30-$45).
Classical music critic Rob Hubbard contributed to this column.