Sunday: Day of Dignity Block Party

Star Tribune staff | Updated 10/11/2012


Slug, of Atmosphere.
Photo by Leslie Plesser


11 a.m. • Masjid An-Nur, 1729 Lyndale Av. N., Mpls. • free

With Brother Ali busy in the middle of a tour, his partners in rhyme, Atmosphere, are taking over the Twin Cities Day of Dignity block party, which Ali helmed last year to help tornado- and economy-ravaged North Side residents. Slug and the band will play a rare free set along with Ohio rapper and Rick Ross protégé Stalley of the Maybach Music Group. Free clothes, food and health care will also be on hand for those in need. The event is partly intended as an open house for north Minneapolis as well as the hosting mosque, so truly everyone is welcome. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER


9 p.m. • Turf Club • $13

California punk hero Mike Watt is back to his old ways, blasting through 30 short-burst songs in 47 minutes on his latest solo album, "hyphenated-man." The bassist for the Minutemen and later fIREHOSE made the so-called "punk opera" with his roadmates the Missingmen, which features guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales and recalls those earlier bands. They're on tour with Lite, a Japanese instrumental quartet that recently recorded with Tortoise's John McEntire.C.R.


8:30 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $15

The Sheepdogs have been facing an uphill credibility battle since winning Rolling Stone's "Choose the Cover" contest and getting made up in an uncomfortable episode of "Project Runway." (Best line: "It looks like something an old lady would wear.") They're better than you think, with a soulful, tight, hard-rock boogie that might qualify them as Canada's best Southern rockers since the Band. Or at least give them the benefit of doubt on this great triple bill with Belgian stoner-rock duo Black Box Revelation and the Buffalo Killers, a Cincinnati trio that formed out of the dissolution of Thee Shams and made their last record with Dan Auerbach.C.R.


3 p.m. • O'Shaughnessy Auditorium • $15-$18

Borrowing a page from the likes of Bela Fleck and Yo-Yo Ma, Hong, the terrific Chinese pipa player who teaches at Carleton College, has put together an all-star, eclectic lineup for a concert called Lutes Around the World. The other players include banjoist Alison Brown and slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. (both Grammy winners), bassist Gary West and oud master Bassam Saba (who plays with Ma's Silk Road Ensemble). JON BREAM


7 p.m. • Orpheum Theatre • $59-$69

Like David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jones is kicking off her tour in Minneapolis. Backed by a quartet, she's promoting her Danger Mouse-produced "Little Broken Hearts," a breakup album that shatters notion of her as a coffeehouse jazz singer. He surrounds her in atmospheric and electronic sounds that sometimes stifle the emotional power of her voice. But the haunting twangabilly title cut, the eerie "Miriam" and the spare, cutting "She's 22" prevail. Cory Chisel opens. J.B