Keller Williams

Star Tribune staff | Updated 10/18/2012

Thursday: Acoustic whiz gets jammy at Cabooze.

Keller Williams
Photo by C. Taylor Crothers

KELLER WILLIAMS

9:30 p.m. • Cabooze • 18-plus • $20-$23

Virginia-bred acoustic guitar whiz Williams will be all over the map this fall. He has dates lined up with the Travelin' McCourys, with whom he made the new album "Pick," plus an "End of the World" party Dec. 21-22 in Colorado with his pals from String Cheese Incident. He's coming here by all his lonesome, though, with no opener -- which is no doubt fine with his fans. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

BIG CATS!

7:30 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $10-$12

Spencer Wirth-Davis didn't leave his house for days after his mom died from ovarian cancer. But when he emerged from that funk, the music flowed out of him as if a dam had been opened. He knew what he had to do. He'd make an album for his mother. But no rhymes. Just music, just beats. His mom, Christi, loved instrumental music -- she listened to Bach during chemotherapy. While Wirth-Davis (aka Big Cats!) is classically trained himself, he planned a different kind of symphony. The finished album, filled with Motown-inspired soul and dense atmospheric melodies, is called "For My Mother." Thursday's LP release show features a 15-piece band and openers K. Raydio and the Chalice. TOM HORGEN

CURTIS SALGADO

8 p.m. • Famous Dave's • free

As if blues singer and harpist Salgado needed any more emotional grist, he just had a tumor removed from his lung in July, his third cancer surgery in six years. Proving the adage that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, Salgado -- who inspired John Belushi to do the Blues Brothers and has sung with Robert Cray, Roomful of Blues and Santana -- has released the two best discs of his career during these travails, including his Alligator label debut, "Soul Shot," in April. BRITT ROBSON