After shutting things down in Lewiston for their annual daylight savings/Halloween set, a triumphant Push & Turn returns to its hometown for a set in the Doggery tonight.
The band’s cover selection is always commendable, and their recent original output is catching up quickly to their influences. For proof, head over to the group’s Reverbnation page, reverbnation.com/pushandturn, and check out the skanking “Another Day,” which shows off the group’s ability to combine introspection and a groovy bassline in the same song.
On Friday night, the American Legion has recruited Lost Faculties to play from 6:30 to 10:30. The band plays a range of styles that pair well with rock and country, and if there’s a more inviting bar in the city than the Legion, I haven’t been there yet. Best of all, the show finishes early enough for you to catch something elsewhere downtown. Get caught up with Lost Faculties at their website, lostfaculties.com.
Speaking of elsewhere downtown, The Candymakers, a Davenport, Iowa, R&B act, hits Kathy’s Pub on Friday night around 9. Their latest album, “Ridiculicious,” is streaming on their YouTube page, which is linked on the band’s website, thecandymakers.com, and features a host of horn blasts, sultry lyrics and funky stylings.
A heavy wind of feminine poetry blows in from Zumbrota on Saturday night, when “River: The Music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon” hits the State Theatre at 7:30. Since my mother’s first concert was Joni Mitchell, and I grew up listening to “Miles of Aisles,” I feel honor-bound to report on this event.
The songs will be performed by Rachel Holder, Deb Brown, and Jana Anderson, a trio of the Twin Cities’ top singers, so sentimentality isn’t the only draw here. Tickets are $28 in advance and $32 at the door. You can purchase tickets and learn more at crossingsatcarnegie.com/concertpages/river.html.
The lady-folk vibes don’t stop in Zumbrota on Saturday night, as acoustic singer/songwriter Wil Maring is scheduled to perform at the Chatfield Center for the Arts starting at 7:30. Maring’s discography stretches back to 1998, when she released her first album, “An Ocean from Home.” She has since toured around the globe, including long stints in Europe and Japan, and has even played the Grand Ole Opry.
If you’re busy on Saturday night, fret not, for you get another chance to see Maring on Monday morning, when she plays as part of the Harmony for Mayo series. Her 50-minute set starts at 12:10 in the Lips Atrium, 10 Third Ave. NW. For more, check out her website, wilmaring.com.
Vegetablemen play the North Star Bar on Saturday night starting around 9. This is not your garden-variety band of locals; they play a psychedelic amalgamation of blues and rock that satisfies desires for both futuristic and nostalgic noises. Don’t take my word for it — head over to the band’s Facebook page to see for yourself: facebook.com/pages/Vegetablemen.
• On Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., St. James Coffee House, 4156 18th Ave. NW, is hosting Broadway B-Bop, which includes jazz numbers from the ’40s and ’50s performed by some of the city’s young jazz musicians.
• County Line Drive plays the Wicked Moose on Friday night from 9 until midnight. They will be joined by Matt Browne.
• Fusiony rock band Circle of Heat hits Kathy’s Pub on Saturday night, for some Minneapolis-bred wildness. Check them out at circleofheat.com.