Updated 10/2/2013

SUNDAY: Butcher & the Boar throws its meat/booze/tunes bash. Plus: Sounds of Blackness and Tal National.

Butcher& the Boar patio
Photo by Courtney Perry


Noon • Butcher & the Boar, 1121 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. • free

Hot off a stellar year that garnered a 2013 James Beard Awards semifinalist nod, Butcher & the Boar has plenty to celebrate at its third annual Boarfest. Expanding to the beer garden and parking lot, this year’s festivities promise to be bigger than ever, with two stages featuring headliners Solid Gold, along with Davina and the Vagabonds, Jack Brass Band and other local faves. Then there’s the beer, bourbon and, of course, the sausage: B&B will be grilling up special Knob Creek bourbon-cured maple boar sausage alongside their signature cured meats and sausages. Grilled and chilled oysters, Fulton beers and exclusive Knob Creek shots will also be on hand.Jahna Peloquin


Sounds of Blackness

6 & 8 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $30-$45

There are wedding and bar bands that know the ’60s soul catalog, but nobody does it better than the versatile and deeply talented Sounds of Blackness. The Grammy-winning Twin Cities choir has been saluting the ’60s for decades, with a taste of Motown, Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and others. Sing-alongs are allowed, dancing is expected. Jon Bream


Tal National

9 p.m. • Belmore/New Skyway Lounge • $12-$15

From Niger’s capital city of Niamey, Tal National is a guitar-driven sextet that has been crisscrossing its home country for years, playing four-hour sets four or five nights a week. The band recently signed with U.K./U.S. ska and punk label Fat Cat Records and is finally crossing the Atlantic to play Chicago’s World Music Festival, with a Minneapolis date tacked on. The group combines Niger’s crossroads-like music traditions with manic energy, from the desert blues sound of Bombino to Fuji’s percussion traditions. Chicago’s psychedelic rock band Cave headlines. Chris Riemenschneider


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $12

Eight years after Gary Louris produced their breakthrough album “Exploration,” married picking partners Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion got another Golden Smog alum, Jeff Tweedy, to co-curate their latest with his Wilco bandmate Pat Sansone. The two play around with their sound on “Wassaic Way,” adding a Beatlesque psychedelic pop sheen without forsaking their sweet harmonies and the Guthrie family folk tradition. C.R.