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Special Halloweekend Events and Other Treats in This Week’s Complete Concert Calendar: Oct. 24-30

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

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Flo Milli, Fantastic Negrito

This upcoming weekend is Halloween (observed) for many venues, with lots of tribute band cosplay and other wonderfully spooky nonsense afoot. Hope you're ready.

Tuesday, October 24

Ciemme Birthday Show with Anita Velveeta, Malamiko, Fend, & Gridlick @ Amsterdam

Jennifers Rule the World @ Bryant Lake Bowl

International Reggae All Stars @ Bunkers

The Capri Glee! Choir @ Capri Theater

Butcher Brown @ Dakota

St. Dominic's Trio @ Driftwood

Karaoke With On Call Entertainment @ Eagles 34

Bullet for My Valentine @ Fillmore

French 79 with Terror Jr @ Fine Line

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ Fitzgerald Theater

Accordo @ Green Room

Craig Taborn @ Icehouse

Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Central

Dirty Shorts Brass Band @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Alcée Chriss III, Organ Recital @ Northrop

DJ Zachmouth @ Palmer's

IDK with Lute and Tae Supreme @ 7th St Entry

Industrial Strength with DJ Sin @ Terminal Bar

Worker’s Playtime with Jeff Ray @ 331 Club

October Conspiracy Series featuring the Ya Ya Boys @ 331 Club

Bestial Mouths with Rx Cowboy & Burning @ Uptown VFW

Nightly with Knox and Heartbreakers @ Varsity

Hex Cassette @ White Rock Lounge

Two Steppin’ Tuesdays @ White Squirrel

Whispered the Rabbit Tuesday Residency with Ait Ait, Ghost Kitchen @ White Squirrel

Wednesday, October 25

The Dear Hunter with Delta Sleep and All Get Out @ Amsterdam

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley @ Aster Cafe

Kacy & Clayton @ Bryant Lake Bowl

Dylan Salfer @ Bunkers

Mary Lattimore with Jeremiah Chiu @ Cedar Cultural Center

Maggie's Wednesdays: Mia Dorr @ Crooners

  • Fantastic Negrito @ DakotaDuring the pandemic, Xavier Dphrepaulezz learned a remarkable bit of family lore from his father: turns out his seventh-generation grandparents, married in 1750s Virginia, were an enslaved African and a white Scottish indentured servant. As Fantastic Negrito, he made a 40-minute film and a bluesy album centered on that historical relationship, both called White Jesus, Black Problems. This will be the film's premiere, followed by an acoustic performance.

Dodging Potholes @ Driftwood

Miss Shannon's Swing Night @ Eagles 34

The Tinglers @ Eagles 34

Eric Nam @ Fillmore

JMSN with Nicole Miglis and Ghost In The Arena @ Fine Line

Raye with Absolutely @ First Avenue

Living Hour, Nat Harvie, Lana Leone, Sister Species @ Green Room

Keith Harkin with Corey McLean @ Hook and Ladder

A Giant Dog @ Icehouse

Wednesday Acoustic Open Mic @ KJ's Hideaway

Maurice Jacox and the We Still R Band @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Alcée Chriss III, Organ Recital @ Northrop

Philharmonia Fantastique: the Making of the Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall

KFAI'S Desert Islands Presents "Why Not Wednesdays!" with Parishes & guests @ Palmer's

Mommy Log Balls @ Pilllar

Eastern River Cooters @ ROK Music Lounge

BZ3 Trio @ Schooner Tavern

Sorcha Richardson with PAPA @ 7th St Entry

Harold’s House Party on KFAI with Cooker John Band @ 331 Club

Lenz & Frenz @ 331 Club

Electric Six and The Surfrajettes @ Turf Club

Shadow Lake and friends @ Underground Music Venue

Don Broco & the Home Team @ Varsity

Nights With Tim @ White Squirrel

Thursday, October 26

Roosevelt with Touch Sensitive @ Amsterdam

The Color Cold + Lori Lofstrom @ Aster Cafe

Jay Bee & the Routine @ Bunkers

Little Lizard (Album Release), Butter Boys, Zen Is In, Shrimp Olympics @ Cloudland

The Neighborhood Quartet @ Crooners

Monstrous Melodies Cabaret @ Crooners

The Dollys @ Crooners

Laamar & Lanue @ Dakota

Pibon @ Driftwood

The Non Prophets @ Driftwood

Karaoke with On Call Entertainment @ Eagles 34

LGBTQ+ Twin Cities Latin Dance @ Eagles 34

Red Hot Django Peppers, the Roasters @ Eagles 34

Jessica Kirson @ Fillmore

Southall with The Weathered Souls @ Fine Line

Vance Gilbert @ Ginkgo

Artificial Flowers, A Sunken Ship Irony, Another Night, The OId Smugglers @ Green Room

Gramma's Boyfriend with Gash @ Hook and Ladder

All Hallows Eve Ball with Count Spookula, Mystery Meat, Hurt You, and Ice Climber @ Hook and Ladder

Ben Cook-Feltz (Album Release) with Mary Bue @ Icehouse

Ian George with Beemer @ Icehouse

Riverside Quartet @ Jazz Central

Steffi Brill @ KJ's Hideaway

Smiling Cowboys @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Drums of Navarone @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Alcée Chriss III, Organ Recital @ Northrop

Philharmonia Fantastique: the Making of the Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall

The Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs @ Palmer's

Hush Victoria @ ROK Music Lounge

Mubbla Buggs @ Schooner Tavern

Gilla Band with Bambara @ 7th St Entry

The 1975 with Dora Jar @ Target Center

Minneapolis Songwriter Round with Max Markin, Jackson Atkins, Evan Peterson, and Arcola @ 331 Club

BLÜ EYES with Avery Lynch @ Turf Club

The Black Hallows Tour @ Underground Music Venue

Phantom Fields with Tyler Haag @ White Squirrel

Friday, October 27

Addison Grace with Madilyn Mei and Brye @ Amsterdam

Ganja White Night @ Armory

The Long Goodbyes with Jon Rodine @ Aster Cafe

New Orleans Suspects with Demitri Rallis & Will Effertz @ Bunkers

The SPCO's Northside Series @ Capri Theater

Darlingside with Field Guide @ Cedar Cultural Center

Park Evans Quintet (Album Release) @ Crooners

St. Olaf Jazz @ Crooners

Vintage Cruise: Tribute to Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and James Ingram @ Crooners

Maggie's Afterglow: Dorothy Doring and Rick Carlson @ Crooners

Chris Botti @ Dakota

The Soul Trustees @ Driftwood

The Boxed Winos, Rich Yarges, The Hobbled @ Driftwood

Cute @ Eagles 34

Transcend @ Eagles 34

Halloween Sock Hop with Kinda Fonda Wanda! @ Eagles 34

  • Flo Milli with Maiya the Don @ FillmoreRap has no shortage of trash-talking women these days, and it can never have enough. This Mobile, Alabama, brat is one of the most wickedly playful of the crop, fluent in every form of insult and boast. She emerged in 2020 with a mixtape that asked the eternal question Ho, Why Is You Here? spouting an assured, unruffleable comic confidence. Naturally, she followed that up this year with an even more pressing question: You Still Here, Ho? She’s pure smack-talk, true to the spirit of the old school if not the letter, and I appreciate that one of her best brags is that she’d wear the same clothes four days in a row. And now the Ho Trilogy is to be completed with her upcoming Fine Ho, Stay.

grentperez with Nep @ Fine Line

  • Wheeler Walker Jr. with Channing Wilson @ First AvenueWe could not possibly have predicted that Wheeler Walker Jr. would ever headline First Ave, but those are the strange machinations of the TikTok algorithm for you. For the uninitiated, WWJ trades in raunchy, country send-ups with names like “If My Dick is Up, Why am I Down?“ and “Which One o’ You Queers Gonna Suck My Dick?” They’re a big hit on road trips and at BBQs; I’m especially fond of Walker’s ode to titties, “Drop ‘Em Out.” (But, uh, know your audience: The chorus of “Family Tree,” for example, begins “If I had my druthers, I’d buttfuck both your brothers,” and it doesn’t get less weird from there.) Anyway a handful of Walker’s hits, including “Fucked By a Country Boy” and “She’s a Country Music Fan” (I’ll give you one guess which syllable in “country” he emphasizes), have been big on TikTok of late, and now we get Walker headlining the Mainroom. What a time to be alive.

Cover Band Bash! ft. Sir Psycho, Paralot, and Not Applicable @ The Garage

Bacardi X Trendscenders @ Green Room

Dead-Celebrity Costume Ball: A Visual & Vinyl Music Collaboration @ Hook and Ladder

Black Widows, Goo Goo Mucks, and Spit Takes @ Hook and Ladder

Graveyard Club @ Icehouse

Brian Handeland's BH4 @ Jazz Central

Erin Coburn @ KJ's Hideaway

Garden Street Band @ KJ's Hideaway

Kiss N Time @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Atif Aslam @ Northrop

Get Out: In Concert @ Orchestra Hall

Lady Midnight Record Listening Party @ Palmer's

Hammerhead, Trash Catties, and Vaz @ Palmer's

Linus @ Pilllar

Legwork 003 @ ROK Music Lounge

  • Freak On A Leash Fellowship ⏤ Nu Metal Dance Party @ 7th St EntryForget the corn maze—it’s time to party to Korn, mates. Freak on a Leash Fellowship, which bills itself as the Midwest’s longest-running nu-metal dance party, is back at 7th St. this weekend with a Halloween-themed edition. The folks wearing the best costumes will have the opportunity to win concert tickets, nu-metal apparel, or even cash. That’s really all we have to say here besides “nu-metal rocks,” so please enjoy this tangentially related clip from the criminally underrated, gone-too-soon Comedy Central gem Detroiters

SlovCzech, Ukrainian Village Band @ Schooner Tavern

Ray Volpe @ Skyway Theatre

Jeff Atchison, Broken Arrows, Betty & the Rubble @ Terminal Bar

Flowerstalks. Greg Volker and The River. Moy Dukksen @ 331 Club

Skalloween @ Turf Club

  • Ashley McBryde @ Uptown TheaterPlenty of the artists classified as “Americana” (another word, as Todd Snyder jokes, for “unpopular country music”) would have just been called “singer-songwriters” in a less brand-conscious age. But though she expresses herself plenty, McBryde really does have a Music Row knack for structuring a song around a taut conceit—“One Night Standards” may be my favorite country song of this young decade so far. The Arkansas native is no kid—released her first album, Girl Going Nowhere, at 35 in 2018—but she’s been making up for lost time since, with her fourth album, The Devil I Know, out later this week. The new album shows her range: “Cool Little Bars” understands why dives matter, “Light on in the Kitchen” dispenses homespun advice without getting (too) mawkish, “Learned to Lie” blames her wayward day for her cheatin’ heart, and “Made for This” gives her road-tested band a rockin’ workout. As for the title track, it rhymes “bourbon” and “hurtin',” as dang well it should. 

GooseBump ‘N’ Grind 90s Halloween Party @ Uptown VFW

New Medicine @ Varsity Theater

Grimlot @ White Rock Lounge

The Collaboratory 4th Fridays @ White Squirrel

Queen + Adam Lambert @ Xcel Energy Center

Saturday, October 28

  • NATL PARK SRVC (Album Release) with Unturned, Careful Gaze, and Fend @ AmsterdamOK, let's make a deal. I'm going to call NATL PARK SRVC "orchestral pop" and you're going to promise not to be scared off by that term. Whatever negative adjectives that descriptor might call to mind—cluttered, pompous, fussy—Magician, the band's latest album, avoids completely. This is just richly layered, capital-R Romantic pop, with tunes a given but exceeding your expectations. Great stuff.

Ganja White Night @ Armory

Lovehouse with Filthy Kittens @ Aster Cafe

New Orleans Suspects with Kung Fu Hippies @ Bunkers

Bob Mould with Jason Narducy @ Cedar Cultural Center

Black Widows, The Sex Rays, The Unnamed, DJ Henry @ Cloudland

Patty Peterson Presents: In The Moment with Brian Ziemniak @ Crooners

Lamont Cranston @ Crooners

Munson-Hicks Party Supplies @ Crooners

Maggie's Afterglow: Dorothy Doring and Rich Carlson @ Crooners

Chris Botti @ Dakota

Halloween Party: Tribute Bands @ Driftwood

Cult Vibes, Wish Wash, and Toilet Rats @ Dusty's

Din-Din, Good Doom, Tricks, Jaw Knee Vee @ Eagles 34

James Frickle's DJ Event @ Eagles 34

The Record Company @ Fillmore

Neil Frances with Real Action @ Fine Line

Flip Phone XXL Halloween starring Crystal Methyd @ First Avenue

Halloween Hootenanny 2023 ft. Damn Phibian, Soulstream @ The Garage

Nightchurch Halloween @ Granada

Jaedyn James, Lady Midnight, Superior Siren, The Foxgloves @ Green Room

The Return of Frankenstein's Funk Machine @ Hook and Ladder

Grrrl Scout: Switchcraft @ Hook and Ladder

Cornbread Harris Ensemble @ Icehouse

Selects Halloween: Studio 54 @ Icehouse

Mountain King @ Jazz Central

Jennifer Lyn & the Groove Revival @ KJ's Hideaway

Steve Kenny Quintet with Loudmouth Brass @ KJ's Hideaway

Horrorcore Halloween @ The Loft

High & MIghty @ Minnesota Music Cafe

Halloween Costume Party @ Myth Live


Jeremy Messersmith @ The Parkway

Ian Valor, Silver Warehouse,13 Arrows @ Pilllar

4KUltra @ ROK Music Lounge

Cam Cole with Arthur Buezo @ 7th St Entry

Marko & Thee Mod Garage @ Schooner Tavern

Herobust @ Skyway Theatre

IDLFLO @ Terminal Bar

Star Trek Bar Crawl: Fistful of Datas @ 331 Club

  • A. Savage with Cha Cha 9 @ Turf ClubSolo albums are typically where songwriters veer away from their band’s sound, get a little more personal than they usually do, or just take the opportunity to work with different musicians. On his second recording under his own name, Several Songs About Fire, Andrew Savage of thoughtful but ferociously engaged indie mix-and-matchers Parquet Courts, does a bit of all three. Significantly, Savage has recently decamped from New York City to live in Europe, a break he addresses somewhat elliptically in songs like “Elvis in the Army,” where he identifies with the King on sojourn in Germany (and with James Joyce exiled in Trieste)—alienation has always been one of Savage’s great lyrical themes. As produced by frequent PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, this album’s tone is a bit more sedate and ruminative than the PC norm, centering Savage’s forlorn but never defeatist baritone, though the tamed guitars are just as anxious as ever. Why wouldn’t they be?

Larry Fleet @ Uptown Theater

Transmission Presents “A Stranger Halloween” @ Uptown VFW

Pains and Livid @ White Rock Lounge

Ela with Robert Skoro @ White Squirrel

Joe Hysell & The Ramblin’ Mercenaries @ White Squirrel

Queen + Adam Lambert @ Xcel Energy Center

Sunday, October 29

Daniel Donato's Cosmic Country @ Amsterdam

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons @ Aster Cafe

Bill Giese Trio + Taylor James Donskey @ Aster Cafe

Dr. Mambo’s Combo @ Bunkers

Joyann Parker: The Music of Patsy Cline @ Crooners

Erin, Dane and Jay: Halloween Cabooret @ Crooners

BluLuna @ Crooners

The Bird and Diz Legacy Quintet @ Crooners

Chris Botti @ Dakota

Phine Friends, Shotgun Ragtime @ Driftwood

2nd Annual Nancy B. Nordgren Memorial Concert @ Eagles 34

Pyrrhic Victory @ Eagles 34

Twin Cities Country Dancers @ Eagles 34

Karaoke with Reina Starr @ Eagles 34

FRENSHIP with Bizzy @ Fine Line

Dope Lemon with Franklin Jonas @ First Avenue

KILLUSONLINE, Milly, Rocket, She's Green @ Green Room

Phoenix Flight Student Showcase @ Hook and Ladder

James & Case @ Icehouse

Becca Mancari @ Icehouse

Fozzy @ The Lyric

Reformation Dance Night @ Mortimer's

Philharmonia Fantastique: the Making of the Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall

VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir @ Orchestral Hall

Church of Cornbread: Cornbread Harris and His Band @ Palmer's

Chris Hepola's House of Fire Band with Bookhouse @ Palmer's

Jeremy Messersmith @ The Parkway

Charlie Cunningham with Ethan Tasch @ 7th St Entry

The Ditchlillies @ 331 Club

Becky Kapell and the Fat 6 @ 331 Club

Bob Mould with Jason Narducy @ Turf Club

Halloween Show (All Cover Sets) @ Underground Music Venue

Armor for Sleep @ Varsity

Rachel Bearinger, Vlad Messing, Francis Emil Johnson @ White Squirrel

Baldwin/Harris/Hennig @ White Squirrel

Monday, October 30

Blonde Redhead with Lotalo @ Amsterdam

Walker West @ Dakota

Tango Desperados Practilonga @ Eagles 34

Microviolet and Friends @ Eagles 34

Emo Orchestra ft. Hawthorne Heights @ Fitzgerald Theater

Faye Webster with Upchuck @ First Avenue

Brian Courage with Fire Bell and BC Quartet. @ Icehouse

RiFFs: Jazz and Comedy @ Jazz Central

Auto-Tune Karaoke @ Mortimer’s

Boogie of the Beasts: Jackie Kean, Robot Slide, Count Spookula, Romantic Comedy @ Palmer's

BETWEEN FRIENDS with Blaketheman1000 @ 7th St Entry

Open Mic @ Terminal Bar

The Roe Family Singers @ 331 Club

Matt Arthur Contraption @ 331 Club

Candlejak III @ Uptown VFW

Charlie Parr @ White Squirrel

Enter the Void Last Monday: Random Band Generator @ White Squirrel

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