A New Jazz Club in North Loop and Lots Else to Check out in Your Complete Concert Calendar: Feb. 6-12
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
9:56 AM CST on February 6, 2024
It's not exactly the liveliest week for live music—no matter how it looks and feels outside, it's still February. But there are plenty of options below if you're willing to try something new.
Tuesday, February 6
- Joshua Redman Group @ Dakota—On his 2023 album, Where We Are, the celebrated Blue Note saxman recorded with a vocalist for the first time; Gabrielle Cavassa helps define the music without quite edging her boss out of the spotlight. With its site-specific material—including Coltrane's "Alabama," Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia," and Rogers and Hart's "Manhattan"—the album is a travelogue of sorts, spiked with social commentary as well. Expect to hear the lead cut, Redman's musical and lyricsl response to George Floyd's murder, "After Minneapolis (face toward mo[u]rning)" which takes the melody of "This Land Is Your Land" as its starting point.
Wednesday, February 7
- The Riffin Trio @ Berlin—Though North Loop’s nightlife may be a-bustlin’, the downtown-adjacent Minneapolis neighborhood is hardly thought of as a live music hot spot. But as the new jazz club Berlin opens in the former Askov Finlayson building on North First St. this week, joining the ever-reliable Bunker’s way to the North, The Fillmore over by Target Field, and the Underground Music Venue/Cafe tucked away on Third Ave., maybe it’s time to start thinking of it that way. With a menu of shareable plates from Jamie Malone of Paris Dining Club, a no-nonsense selection of cocktails, and a welcoming ambience highlighted by a blue stained glass entryway, expect the cozy little spot (capacity is below 100) to fill up quickly, especially on weeknights when there will be no cover. The Riffin’ Trio (Nelson Devereaux on sax/flute, Ted Olsen on bass, and Jacob Hanso on guitar) will zip through some standards to christen the joint, and if you frequent Icehouse you’ll see some other familiar names in the initial lineup, such as JT Bates, Martin Dosh, and Jeremy Ylvisaker. Among the first ticketed events are performances by Atlantis Quartet and Alpha Consumer.
Thursday, February 8
- Palestine Fundraiser: Rigby, Shit Dumpster, Atomic Nun, Odd Prospect, Collective Ex, Mystery Meat @ Pilllar Forum—This week in "punks doing a good deed." A great lineup for a worthy cause.
Friday, February 9
- Emo Nite @ Fine Line—When I was about 12 years old, I narrowly dodged being thrust into counseling after changing the wallpaper on the family’s Gateway computer to read “LIVE. LOVE. BURN. DIE.” What was the big deal? It was only the refrain of Atreyu’s “Lip Gloss and Black,” which was on constant rotation on my portable Panasonic CD player at the time. You, presumably, are not 12, so it won’t raise any red flags should you attend this Emo Nite with special guest Brandon Saller of Atreyu. (Is the “family computer” still a thing, even? You Gen Z-ers don’t even know how good you have it.)—Em Cassel
Saturday, February 10
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Monday, February 12
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