The week's 27 best concerts: Aug. 2-8

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Gary Clark Jr. will play two shows at the Palace Theatre this week. Photo by Joey Martinez

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

Kendra Shank
The Dunsmore Room at Crooner’s Lounge, Wednesday 8.2
Graced with a maverick spirit, virtuoso chops, and a naturally lovely voice, Kendra Shank has been a key member of the New York jazz scene for two decades, leading a hot quartet there. Her latest album, Half Moon, is a duo collaboration with pianist Geoffrey Keezer, another critically acclaimed jazz globetrotter (and an Eau Claire native), and they’re a perfect match. Shank’s idiosyncratic phrasing and evocative tonal colors yield unique song interpretations. Keezer’s cerebral, quirky lyrical and rhythmic patterns are endlessly intriguing. They intuitively play off one another, constantly unveiling new angles for the other to explore. Here, Shank will be accompanied by pianist Phil Aaron and bassist Gordon Johnson. 7 p.m. $20-$45. 6161 Highway 65 N.E., Fridley; 763-571-9020. —Rick Mason

  • DOGGED DAYS: TINA SCHLIESKE'S RESIDENCY OF MUSIC + CONVERSATION Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m. at Icehouse
  • REAL NUMBERS Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • RON GALLO Aug. 2, 7:00 p.m. at Turf Club

Worriers
Triple Rock Social Club, Thursday 8.3
Brooklyn’s Worriers broke out in 2013 as one of the most exciting bands on Don Giovanni Records, the reliable New Jersey punk label that has recently issued records by Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Downtown Boys. Even on that label’s stacked roster, though, Worriers stand out for their pointedly political lyrics and knifing musical efficiency. The band’s 2015 full-length debut, the Laura Jane Grace-produced Imaginary Life, wedded Lauren Denitzio’s sneaky melodic instincts with a powerful lyrical purpose, particularly on the back-to-back standouts “Yes All Cops” (a call for action against injustice and corruption) and “They / Them / Theirs” (advocating for gender-neutral language). Worriers recently moved to SideOneDummy Records, releasing a new single, “Future Me.” Typesetter, Contentious, and 4th Curtis open. 18+. 8 p.m. $8-$10. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399.—Michael Madden

Gary Clark Jr.
Palace Theatre, Thursday 8.3, Friday 8.4
The raw immediacy of the blues is best captured live, as Texas guitarist and contemporary bluesman Gary Clark Jr. is well aware. Two of his four major label albums have been live ones, including Live/North America 2016, and Clark unleashes his true, unbridled character on stage: His prodigious guitar work (compared to Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan) bucks, twitches, and screams in spirited eloquence, often reflecting the anguish of struggling characters. His singing probes new layers of expression too, particularly unveiling its deeply soulful component, and he increasingly favors a falsetto that invokes both Curtis Mayfield and Al Green. Even the elements of soul, gospel, funk, R&B, and hip-hop that set Clark’s 21st-century blues on a more progressive path acquire fresh nuance. Austin blues singer/guitarist Jackie Venson opens. 8 p.m. $45-$80. 17 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul; 651-502-2259. —Rick Mason

  • VALLEY QUEEN Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • PARKER MILLSAP Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Turf Club
  • CODY JOHNSON Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Cabooze
  • SEETHER Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Myth
  • DAN WILSON IN-STORE PERFORMANCE AND SIGNING Aug. 4, 7:00 p.m. at Electric Fetus
  • DONNA GRANTIS Aug. 4, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Bryan Ferry
Palace Theatre, Saturday 8.5
Roxy Music founder Bryan Ferry is one of the last surviving glam-rock icons, and he’s hardly slowing down. The ever-dapper Englishman, now 71, has released vital music in each of the last five decades, from Roxy’s supremely danceable glam/prog hybrids in the ’70s, through his lush and seductive ’80s solo material, to his latest album, 2014’s Avonmore, a return to the sound of Ferry’s most successful solo album, ’85’s Boys and Girls (a.k.a. the one with “Slave to Love”). But while Ferry has stayed productive, releasing three solo albums in the 2010s, his set lists these days normally don’t feature any songs more recent than cuts from the ’87 solo LP Bête Noire. Instead, he mostly plays Roxy hits, some older solo stuff, and covers like Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate,” Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane,” and the Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On.” Judith Owen opens. 18+. 8 p.m. $57-$67. 17 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul; 651-266-8989. —Michael Madden

  • HAZELFEST 2017 Aug. 5, 11:00 a.m. at Hazelden Campus
  • BRYAN FERRY Aug. 5, 7:00 p.m. at Palace Theatre
  • GEAR DADDIES Aug. 5, 7:00 p.m. at Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
  • SYLVAN ESSO Aug. 6 and 7, 7:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • NIGHTCHURCH Aug. 6, 10:00 p.m. at Icehouse
  • SONGS OF KABIR: THE MYSTIC POET BY POOJA GOSWAMI PAVAN Aug. 6, 7:00 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER Aug. 7, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • INTER ARMA Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • LADY J & HER ROOT DOCTORS Aug. 7, 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota Music Cafe
  • VNV NATION Aug. 8, 7:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • CYRILLE AIMÉE Aug. 8, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • AUGUST CONSPIRACY SERIES: MAX GRAHAM & FAM Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m. at 331 Club


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