Music Calendar: Featured

July 6, 2014

James Hunter

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British Soul Crooner

July 3 and 6 - Sponsored by KFAI

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“With a soulful tenor that recalls a range of R. & B. giants, from Sam Cooke to Bobby Bland, Hunter leads his band, the James Hunter Six, through strict tempos and lightning-quick switchbacks…tight, taut compositions, which are rooted in American soul music ” - The New Yorker

OPENING: Crankshaft

July 5, 2014

Davina & the Vagabonds

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Roots Blues Jazz Pop

4th and 5th of July with Davina!

July 4, 2014

Davina & the Vagabonds

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Roots Blues Jazz Pop

4th and 5th of July with Davina!

July 2, 2014

The Pedrito Martinez Group, Featuring Ariacne Trujillo

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Virtuosic Afro-Cuban Jazz

From MPR’s David Cazares: “On Wednesday, the band brings its explosive mix of traditional and modern Cuban music – and the sounds of Havana’s streets – to the Dakota…”

 New York Times headline and article for Pedrito:

Pushing Boundaries of Rumba Fervor: Pedrito Martínez Takes Next Step in Debut CD With Band

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The Pedrito Martinez Group are:

Pedrito Martinez (Percussion/Lead Vocals)
Ariacne Trujillo (Keyboard/Lead Vocals)
Alvaro Benavides (Electric Bass/Background Vocals)
Jhair Sala (Bongos/Bell/Background Vocals)

July 1, 2014

Nels Cline and Julian Lage

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Guitar Improvisation Masters

The guitar duo of Nels Cline and Julian Lage features compositions by both players, along with a healthy amount of spontaneous improvisation. Those familiar with Cline's work may be...

June 30, 2014

Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

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“Craig Handy is always exciting: he has humor, poise, a little outlandishness, and the intuitive power to jolt a solo into an unexpected area. The New York Times Born...

June 28, 2014

Charlie Mars

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Modern Mississippi Troubadour

For over fifteen years Charlie Mars has toured successfully, opening shows for R.E.M. and Steve Earle while searching for his own voice. With his latest record, Blackberry...

June 26, 2014

Albert Lee featuring Cindy Cashdollar

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June 25, 2014

Albert Lee featuring Cindy Cashdollar

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June 22, 2014

James Carter Organ Trio – “Django Unchained”

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Soul Jazz Giant

James Carter – saxophones, Gerard Gibbs – B3 Organ, Leonard King – drums

James Carter is back in town. One of the most admired saxophonists of his generation and a powerful force in today’s jazz scene, James Carter’s playing is firmly rooted in 20th-century African American culture.

The sweep of his imagination and the power of his technique embraces the whole saxophone tradition in jazz which he has extended into the 21st century through his resolutely contemporary outlook, prompting Hi-Fi UK magazine to dub him a “Modern sax God.”

“Tribute albums and tribute bands are often content with summoning up old ghosts. Saxophonist, James Carter, took a more rewarding approach on his excellent CD, CHASIN’ THE GYPSY and he continues that approach with his Organ Trio’s Tribute performances to the music of Django Reinhardt by offering up fresh takes on the music of the French Gypsy guitarist. He does so by substituting his own instrument in the lead role. Carter, whether he’s playing tenor or soprano sax, shows off a sweet, sinuous tone; when he reinterprets Reinhardt’s classic Nuages with a bass sax, the muscular sound is distancing at first, but then it wraps itself around the listener like an anaconda. These performances, like the CD do more than invoke Reinhardt’s spirit; they have a life of their own.” - TIME MAGAZINE

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