Music lovers have some tough choices to make this weekend, as a host of high-caliber music acts make their way to stages across the city.
The Redwood Room kicks things off with the acoustic stylings of Don Harvey, a former high school teacher who peppers his performances with whistling, miniature harmonica solos, and unique dance moves. He plays music that ranges from contemporary folk to reggae and from jazz to acoustic rock and more. Harvey will play on both Friday and Saturday night. For more, check out his website, dondharvey.com.
Ska Skank Redemption is headed back to Kathy’s Pub on Friday night, after rocking the place back in May as part of the pub’s ska showcase. With poppy hooks, distortion-laden guitars, and a smashing horn section, their sound is more Less Than Jake than Operation Ivy.
Though they’re based in Fargo, N.D., they saved space on their album for an ode to our fair state on “Minnesota,” a track off of their latest album, “Wicked Bees,” which is available to stream and purchase on the group’s Bandcamp page, skaskankredemption.bandcamp.com/album/wicked-bees.
The show starts at 9 p.m.; for more information about the band, head over to their website, www.ssredemption.com.
Things take a turn for the soulful on Saturday night at Kathy’s, when Audiyo Element, an up-and-coming hip-hop, soul, and rock crew out of Minneapolis, takes the stage at 9.
Their website, audiyoelement.com, features a snippet of the group rehearsing “Who We Are,” an original track that serves as the group’s calling card. It features all the elements of Audiyo Element’s sound: soul-touching keys, a heavy rhythm section, cathartic vocals, and a segment of distorted guitar. It’s a potent mix of instrumentation, and while the group’s MC is nothing special, the singers are on another level, as evidenced on the studio recordings of “Who We Are” and “I Can Do Better.”
Crossings at Carnegie will present Mike Doughty’s Question Jar Show at the Zumbrota State Theatre on Saturday night starting at 8.
If Doughty’s name rings a bell, it might be due to his tenure as the lead singer of ’90s cult-favorite Soul Coughing. Since his departure from the band in 2000, he has explored nearly every corner of the musical universe, recording acoustic albums, EDM remixes, and cover versions of classic tunes while touring as a solo act and with other musicians from across the sonic spectrum. His latest release, “Circles Super Bon Bon…” is a reimagining of Soul Coughing songs.
For his Question Jar Show, he performs with Andrew “Scrap” Livingston, who takes cello and electric guitar duties. The show gets its name because the pair answers questions placed into a jar by audience members before the show starts. Doughty’s website, www.mikedoughty.com, encourages questions on any topic.
To buy tickets, head over to the Crossings website, www.crossingsatcarnegie.com/page0003.mikedoughty.html.
Back in town, Whiskey Bones welcomes Chicago-based bluegrass sensation the Henhouse Prowlers starting at 8 p.m.
The Prowlers play bluegrass rooted in tradition, but aren’t afraid to branch out, as evidenced by their recent burst of notoriety for their cover of a chart-topping cut by Nigerian R&B group P-Square called “Chop My Money,” which they picked up while on their second State Department-sponsored tour through West Africa.
You may have heard about their trip on a radio segment that aired on National Public Radio recently, available in its entirety on the PRI site, http://tinyurl.com/mwhz3jr.
To learn more about the band and to hear other songs check out their website, henhouseprowlers.com.