A Midwesterner transplanted to New England heads back this way for the final Americana Showcase concert of the season.
Jeffrey Foucault, a Wisconsin native, will headline, with Six Mile Grove opening at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rochester Civic Theatre, 20 Civic Center Drive SE.
Foucault will play songs from his upcoming new album, “Salt as Wolves,” due out in September. His website describes the new album as “a lean, bold blues record.”
“We’ll be hitting stuff from the new record and then go back and play older songs,” Foucault said by phone. “Everything from vintage rock ‘n’ roll to country noir blues.”
Foucault grew up in Whitewater, Wis. “It’s a small college town, surrounded by farms, not unlike the rest of the Midwest,” he said. “It’s my home,” he said of the Midwest. “I live in New England, but it has always felt kind of temporary to me.”
Foucault said his songwriting is influenced by John Prine, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Greg Brown. “At 17, I learned to play all the songs on John Prine’s 1971 debut in my room with the door locked and subway posters of British New Wave bands looking morbidly on,” Foucault said. He made his first record at age 24 and started traveling around the country, playing his music. He also performs in Europe. He recorded his new album at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, with Bo Ramsey producing.
Foucault will be accompanied by drummer Billy Conway, an Owatonna native, and John Wheeler, of Six Mile Grove, who will join on pedal steel.
Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door; 507-282-8481.
— Foucault, Conway, Wheeler and Brandon Sampson, of Six Mile Grove, also will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 22 at the Steele County History Center, 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers, $15 for members; 507-451-1420.
Cash tribute show set for Zumbrota
ZUMBROTA — Terry Lee Goffee will perform the music of the man in black in “The Ultimate Tribute to Johnny Cash” at 8 p.m. May 22 at the State Theatre, 96 E Fourth St., Zumbrota.
Goffee, who has been a fan of Cash since he was a kid, becomes his hero on stage, sounding, looking and moving like Cash. He plays the part so well he was chosen to provide the moves for the Cash character in the Guitar Hero 5 video game.
The show features 34 Cash songs, including “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Names Sue” and “I Walk the Line.”
Tickets are $24 in advance, $28 the day of the show, available through Crossings at Carnegie, 507-732-7616.
Comets bring early rock ‘n’ roll to Pine Island
PINE ISLAND — Bill Haley’s Comets, the band that launched rock ‘n’ roll, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Olde Pine Theatre, 13 Second St. SW, Pine Island.
The band features Tommy Vitale on saxophone and will perform the hits of Haley and the Comets, including “Rock Around the Clock,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “See Ya Later Alligator.” Haley and his comets are credited with the first rock ‘n’ roll hits in the mid-1950s. Haley died in 1981.
Tickets are $18 in advance at Hardware Hank, Borgy Boyz and Better Brew Coffee Shop in Pine Island; $20 at the door.
SPCO to perform Sunday at Carleton
NORTHFIELD — The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Skinner Memorial Chapel on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield.
The orchestra will be directed by Thomas Zehetmair in a program that consists of Thomas Ades’ “Three Studies from Couperin,” Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.
Tickets are $10 for general, $7 for senior citizens, available at the door.