The week's 26 best concerts: Jan. 11-17

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Ashley DuBose and Greg Grease [Photos: Provided]

Rounding up the week's best shows in the Twin Cities.

Ness Nite, Lucien Parker, and Drelli
7th Street Entry, Wednesday 1.11
The Twin Cities is a wellspring of young hip-hop and hip-hop-adjacent talent, an increasingly apparent fact that will be on display tonight. The buzziest of the trio of performers is 21-year-old Ness Nite, whose debut EP, last summer’s Nite Time, offered a hypnotic blend of hip-hop, R&B, and electronic elements, created with help from her go-to collaborator Mike Frey. The collection resulted in various accolades by 2016’s end, including Ness’ No. 5 finish in City Pages’ Picked to Click poll and the EP’s No. 4 finish in the Star Tribune’s Critics Tally. Meanwhile, Minneapolis rapper Lucien Parker also had a strong year, with his well-rounded album Black Sheep showing off his traditionally solid MC skills, melodic sense, and literary knack. Ness and Parker will be joined by Minneapolis’ Drelli, an intriguing new talent who has quickly built a sizable SoundCloud audience. Following his collabs with the likes of Allan Kingdom (“Exotic”) and producer Su Na (“Interview”), his first song of 2017, “Nightowl,” expertly fuses hip-hop and danceable house music. 18+. 8 p.m. $10. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. — Michael Madden

  • ANDREW BRODER & PEOPLE: A RESIDENCY FOR MUSIC AND ACTION
  • ENTOMBED A.D. Jan. 11, 8:00 p.m. at Triple Rock Social Club
  • BASH & POP Jan. 12, 8:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • THE LOWERTOWN LINE: SIAMA MATUZUNGIDI Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m. at Twin Cities Public Television
  • GAELYNN LEA Jan. 12, 8:00 p.m. at Icehouse

The Beatnuts, Big Pooh, and Termanology
Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Friday 1.13
Legendary Queens hip-hop outfit the Beatnuts arrived in the early ’90s with a balance of craftsmanship and rambunctiousness, their music perfect for cracking 40s and lighting up spliffs. They eventually found chart success with singles “Off the Books” (which introduced the world to the late Big Pun) and “Watch out Now.” The Beatnuts haven’t released a proper album since 2004’s Milk Me, but their discography is deep enough for surprising setlist choices. They’ll be joined by Big Pooh, a Southerner whose style has always been more reminiscent of New York acts. He first broke out alongside rapper Phonte and producer 9th Wonder in the North Carolina-based crew Little Brother, and he’s enjoyed a successful solo career since around the time the group broke through with 2005’s The Minstrel Show. His latest album is last year’s Home Sweet Home, a collaboration with producer Nottz and his second LP on the beloved indie-rap label Mello Music Group. Also performing is Termanology, a prolific, technically capable Massachusetts native who’s often called a “rapper’s rapper.” 18+. 8:30 p.m. $15-$20. 6 Sixth St. W., St. Paul; 612-285-3112. — Michael Madden

  • G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE AND REBIRTH BRASS BAND Jan. 13, 7:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • AN EVENING OF TRIBUTES 4 Jan. 13, 8:00 p.m. at Turf Club
  • CITY COUNSELOR (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) Jan. 13, 8:30 p.m. at Reverie Cafe + Bar

Patti Labelle
State Theatre, Saturday 1.14
Philadelphia soul diva Patti LaBelle initially emerged as leader of the Bluebelles, a classic early-’60s girl group that included Cindy Birdsong, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash. Their diverse but complementary vocal styles fueled hits such as “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Birdsong eventually left to join the Supremes and the remaining trio morphed into the far funkier Labelle, with a rock edge and space oddity image. They scored big with the monster hit “Lady Marmalade,” whose salacious come-on, greasy rhythms, funky horns, and soaring vocals formed the group’s signature tune. Later LaBelle continued racking up hits in a solo career highlighted by “New Attitude” from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, “If Only You Knew,” and a duet with Michael McDonald, “On My Own,” plus Grammys for the albums Burnin’ and Live! One Night Only. She’s also had a busy acting career, with numerous Broadway, film, and TV roles. And when she isn’t cookin’ onstage, she’s cookin’ in the kitchen, producing cookbooks, sauces, and baked goods, including what’s allegedly a killer sweet potato pie. 8 p.m. $56.50-$104. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. —Rick Mason

Kris Kristofferson
Pantages Theatre, Saturday 1.14
Kris Kristofferson turned 80 last June. There had been reports of fragile health and progressive memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. One of the finest songwriters on the planet, icon of Outlaw Country, and legendary gnarly character with equal affinities for literary allusions and whiskey seemed perched on a slippery slope. But then a long undiagnosed case of Lyme disease reportedly was finally treated, promoting a big turnaround, including new acting roles. Kristofferson’s on the road again too, hauling a deep catalog of songs that helped redefined country, rock, and pop. He revisited many on last summer’s The Cedar Creek Sessions. On it, he tackles spare, striking versions of essential gems like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night” with a combination of wistfulness and eloquence. His voice is weathered, but retains an underlying toughness, giving it new dimension. Another bonus is a touching duet with Sheryl Crow on “The Loving Gift,” a song he wrote for Johnny and June Carter Cash but had never personally recorded. 8 p.m. $53.50-$63.50. 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. — Rick Mason

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANIS: A TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JANIS JOPLIN Jan. 14, 7:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • 11TH ANNUAL SEAN ANONYMOUS BIRTHDAY SHOW Jan. 14, 9:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • MARY BUE ARTIST RESIDENCY SEND OFF Jan. 14, 10:30 p.m. at Icehouse

MLK Celebration: Ashley DuBose and Greg Grease
Icehouse, Sunday 1.15
A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will begin a night early in Minneapolis this year, thanks to this special show at Icehouse featuring singer Ashley DuBose and rapper Greg Grease. After first gaining wide recognition as a contestant on Season 5 of NBC singing competition The Voice, DuBose has built a discography of powerfully sung neo-soul compositions and enough pop sense that a major breakthrough could be imminent. Her latest full-length, last year’s Be You, showed off the extent of her artistic identity better than ever before, and 2016 also saw her guesting on songs from area rappers like Why Khaliq (“Complex”) and Mike Dreams (“Take Me Higher”). As for the aforementioned Grease, the Minneapolis MC had a career year in 2016: Between the success of his synth-funk group ZULUZULUU, his solo EP AstralBeat Theories 3, and guest features on the likes of Dimitry Killstorm’s “Fur Real” and Why Khaliq’s “One More Shot,” he solidified himself as one of the Twin Cities’ finest musical talents, period. 21+. 7:30 p.m. $8-$10. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. — Michael Madden

Molly Tuttle Band
Dakota Jazz Club, Sunday 1.15
Although just in her early 20s, a recent graduate of Berklee School of Music’s American Roots program, and newly relocated to Nashville, Molly Tuttle is a veteran bluegrass performer who has racked up numerous awards for her musicianship and songwriting. Now, with an EP, Rise, due next month, Tuttle appears poised for big things, possibly following the path of Alison Krauss or Gillian Welch. She’s a dazzling flatpicking guitarist and banjoist, sings with a sweetly demonstrative voice laced with interesting timbres and colors, and writes mature, compelling songs. Molly and her two brothers are third-generation bluegrassers, playing onstage since she was 11 as the Tuttles with their multi-instrumentalist father, Jack, who grew up playing in the Tuttle Family Band with his father. Molly is currently immersing herself in the family business. Besides leading her own band, she’s the lead singer of the Goodbye Girls, a string band formed with three other Berklee grads that plays traditional bluegrass and Swedish music. $25-$30. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. – Rick Mason 

  • CHARLIE PARR Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. at Turf Club
  • SAKE RED Jan. 15, 8:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • JOSHUA DAVIS Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • BUTCH THOMPSON Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m. at Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
  • PAUL MCCANDLESS & CHARGED PARTICLES Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • LADY LARK Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • BLACKOUT: REPRESENTATION FOR EMPOWERMENT Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • BUTCH THOMPSON Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m. at Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
  • ONATHA BROOKE Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant


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