Twin Cities concert calendar: June 26-July 2

JAY BOLLER | Updated 6/25/2014

Dizzy Wright, Pride Festival, Lauryn Hill, the Antlers & more!

Lauryn Hill at First Ave in 2011.
Jeff Wheeler

Thursday - June 26

Felice Brothers and Robert Ellis

9 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $15

With their violin and accordion parts, New York’s Felice Brothers are a little rootsier than your average Americana/alt-twang band, but their new album, “Favorite Waitress,” shows they also rock with wild, rickety abandon. They’re on a twofer tour with Houston-bred singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, who made a strong impression opening for Jason Isbell in February right before the release of his dramatic second album, “Lights of the Chemical Plant.” Chris Riemenschneider

 

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Thu.-Sat. • various St. Paul locations • all ages • free

The Twin Cities Jazz Fest kicks off outdoors with two excellent and very modern bands: Foreign Motion and Atlantis Quartet (6-10 p.m. Thu., Mears Park). There’s plenty of free music indoors, too, including ragtime piano master Butch Thompson (8 p.m. Thu., Studio Z, 275 E. 4th St.), the mighty Bill Simenson Orchestra (7:30 p.m. Thu., Bedlam, 213 E. 4th St.) and Afrobeat specialists Black Market Brass. Headliners at Mears include New Orleans sax titan Branford Marsalis (8:30 p.m. Fri.) and “Goodnight, And Good Luck” soundtrack singer Dianne Reeves (8:30 p.m. Sat.). See the full schedule at www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com. Tom Surowicz

 

Friday - June 27

Dizzy Wright

9:30 p.m. • Cabooze • 18-plus • $15-$17

“The game’s so hype / but I feel I’m too chill for this,” proclaims this Vegas emcee on April’s “State of Mind” EP. While Dizzy Wright’s calm, quick-hit delivery in the booth helped make him the fans’ pick in XXL’s Freshmen 2013 class, the skilled spitter’s hardly chill on stage. The real life La’Reonte Wright, who’s been rapping since age 8, ignited a small second-stage crowd at last year’s Soundset with booming tracks such as “Still Movin” and “Hotel Stripper.” In June, Dizzy dropped a too-short collab EP with Bishop Behru, anchored by 9th Wonder’s suave head-nodding beats. With Young Prodigy and Karizma. Michael Rietmulder

 

Buzz Osborne

8 p.m. • Grumpy’s, 1111 Washington Av. S., Mpls. • $16

One of the first people Krist Novoselic thanked on behalf of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the Melvins’ electric-haired frontman Buzz Osborne (aka King Buzzo) has probably played Grumpy’s Downtown more than anyone, but never like this. He’s unplugging in support of his first solo album, “This Machine Kills Artists,” an all-acoustic affair that shows what’s under all that sludgy noise-rock. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Run Westy Run

9 p.m. Fri. • 7th Street Entry • sold out

6 p.m. Sun. • Amsterdam Bar & Hall • $20

The fellas of Run Westy Run weren’t kidding when they said their well-received shows in January would be more than just one-off reunions. With Kraig Johnson back in Minnesota rehearsing for the Jayhawks’ upcoming tour, he and the rest of the ’90s art-punk/fray-funk band are converging for two more gigs, including a Sunday show in an all-ages location — fans can show their kids how weird they used to be — plus a couple of choice openers, Dosh and BNLX. C.R.

John Mark Nelson

8 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $12-$15

He’s gone over well at First Avenue, but John Mark Nelson was wise to keep the release party for his second album in the warm confines of the Cedar. Titled “Sings the Moon,” this one’s even more of a softly balladic, intimate affair than the bedroom record he made while still a high schooler, when his catchy “Reminisce” went into heavy Current rotation. There’s not much meant for the radio here, but rather for still-of-the-night listening sessions á la Nick Drake or early Iron & Wine, with a few swooning, Cole Porter-ish ditties to brighten things up. Bad Bad Hats open. Chris Riemenschneider