Dan Israel will celebrate the release of his 11th album Crosstown Traveler, at Aster Café on Saturday, bringing with him local musicians Slim Dunlap and Terry Walsh. Adam Levy of The Honeydogs calls Crosstown Traveler, “A remarkably positive record amidst the sturm und drang of today.” Israel has shared the stage with Mason Jennings, Morrissey, Rick Springfield, Soul Asylum, and Yael Naim, among others. Call ahead to reserve a table—tickets are $8 and the show starts at 9 p.m. 125 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-379-3138. For more information, visit astercafe.com.
Cause Spirits and Soundbar hosts Galactic Soul Lounge with Toki Wright, who will debut the “Galactic Soul Arkestra,” a super group of sorts featuring Toki, Mayda, Mally, G-MO, DJSnuggles, Oso, Mavin MC, Katrah-Quey, Luis Ortega, and O-D. All of the Arkestra will be contributing to an improv set with vocals, percussion, live production, beatboxing, guitar, keys, congas, and more. Also check out the painting by Ice Rod, and a tribute to the production of The Neptunes/N.E.R.D by DJ Willie Shu. This 21+ show is just $5 and starts at 9 p.m. For more info visit spiritsandsound.com
Get a sneak peek of Young Jeezy’s long-awaited Thug Motivation 103 album (aka TM 103) tonight at Epic. The album—which is the third installment in the Thug Motivation series—will supposedly be released later this year, and Jeezy makes a stop in the TC for what will surely be a polished and familiar set. (You’re probably more familiar with Jeezy’s work than you know: the rapper has been featured on tracks by Usher, Akon, and Ciara, among others.) If you call in advance, you may be able to get a VIP table reserved for this show ($50, 21+). General admission tickets are $30 in advance, and the Epic box office will be open 12-5 p.m. tonight selling tickets to Jeezy’s show (cash only). For more information click here . 8 p.m., 18+ show, 510 1st Ave. N. Mpls., 612-239-0031
It might sound like an odd mix, but Matisyahu successfully combines hip-hop influence with the bounce of reggae and the vocal style of Jewish prayer, and the formula even landed him a hit in 2005 with “King Without a Crown”. The Hasidic MC is currently on tour with the North Mississippi Allstars — brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson (sons of Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson) and bassist Chris Chew will be helping Matisyahu get the crowd moving at this great installment of the MN Zoo music series. Check out the moose, monkeys, otters, and camels until 7 p.m., then head over to the Amphitheater for the concert. (And just an FYI, the government shutdown won’t impact future MN Zoo music shows.) Tickets can be purchased at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus store ($40 + ticket fee), and the concert ticket gets you admission into the Zoo after 4 p.m. Parking is $5. For more information, visit mnzoo.com
Cinema and Civics combines those two great loves of summer, live music and free classic movies, and tonight’s pairing at Stevens Square Park will prove to be especially entertaining. First up is Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, sparky musicians who frequently appear on lists of favorite local bands. Then stick around after the music for Back to the Future, the contemporary classic that you already know by heart, but would love to see again on a big screen while laying on a blanket in a park. There will also be free cupcakes and Ken Stroble from the Stevens Square Community Organization’s Block Patrol will talk about the upcoming “Block Patrol Month” plans for August. The music starts at 8 p.m. Stevens Square Park is located at 1801 Stevens Ave. S. in Minneapolis; the event is free. For more information, visit Cinemaandcivics.org.