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Friday: “Works for Words” with Chris Koza & Rogue Valley (7:30 pm, AA, $22.50, Fitzgerald Theater)
Chris Koza returns to “Works for Words,” the Current’s series that challenges local musicians to create one-of-a-kind performances. He originally appeared last year as a musical guest; now, Chris Koza is heading up his own evening with guests Sims of Doomtree, Gabriel Douglas of the 4onthefloor, and Caroline Smith of Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps. He’ll explore the meanings of the lyrics and importance of words in pop, rock and folk songs, accompanied by a full choir and orchestra.
Friday: M.O.T.O w/ Nice Purse, Teddy & The Turks, and the Dementionals (9 pm, 21+, $TBA, Turf Club)
If you’re looking for a solid punk lineup this weekend in the Twin Cities, go no further than St. Paul’s good old Turf Club. Headlining is M.O.T.O., a seminal proto-garage outfit from New Orleans that’s been toiling in the underground punk scene since the early ’80s. The rest of the lineup is nicely filled out with a batch of locals: young’n up-and-comers Nice Purse, Teddy and the Turks (punk with a Turkish flavor, natch) and the Dementionals, which contains members of old-school punk band the Sinks.
Saturday: Eric Kamau Gravatt w/ Brandon Wozniak and Adam Linz (9 pm, $10, Artists’ Quarter)
Jazz drumming legend Eric Kamau Gravatt graces St. Paul with his presence for an intimate show at underground jazz club Artists’ Quarter. Known for his intensity behind the kit, Gravatt’s resume includes Weather Report, McCoy Tyner and dozens more. For this show, he’ll be joined by locals Adam Linz of Fat Kid Wednesdays on bass, and Atlantis Quartet’s Brandon Wozniak on sax.
Saturday: Man Forever w/ Moonstone Continuum + Weakwick + Seated Heat (9 pm, 21+, $TBA, Turf Club)
It’s a good weekend for drummers in St. Paul, it seems. The unique and exhilarating drum project Man Forever comes to the Turf, and its as unusual as it is enthralling. It comes from Onedia drummer John Colpitts, better known as Kid Millions. It reimagines Lou Reed’s obscure master work Metal Machine Music as a minimalist drum one-man orchestra. With rhythms layered on top of one another, playing off one another, it all builds into a beautiful cacophony of rhythm. Opening are prog rock-turned-R&B smooth operators Moonstone Continuum, experimental bands Weakwick and Seated Heat, and DJ Mark McGee (Votel, Father You See Queen).
St. Paul’s got your nightlife and music needs covered this weekend. Check out the highlights of Thursday, July 16 through Wednesday, July 22:
Fancy Ray and John Conroy at Station 4
If the name Fancy Ray doesn’t seem familiar, his face will. Chances are you’ve seen him hawking products in local commercials looking like a dead ringer for Little Richard, for which he’s become relatively well-known since the mid 1980s. When he’s not being a TV pitchman, running for governor of Minnesota (which he did in 1998), or auditioning for realty TV shows like America’s Got Talent, the self-proclaimed “Best Looking Man in Comedy” also happens to have a comedy act. Though his slapstick act may elicit more groans than belly laughs, it’s worth seeing for the sake of witnessing a longtime local fixture. (8 p.m. Free. 21-plus. 201 E. 4th St., St. Paul. 651-298-0173.)
Also Thursday: Renowned folk singer Arlo Guthrie at the Fitzgerald Theater…Music in Mears featuring The Melismatics in Mears Park…The University Of Minnesota’s Noontime Concert Series featuring Chris Koza at the St. Paul Student Center…Golden Animals, The Suits and Hildur Victoria at the Turf Club.