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March 7, 2005 // UPDATED 1:52 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Rockabilly royalty

Marvin Rainwater is a true rockabilly legend. First hitting the charts in the 1950s with songs like "Bluebird" and "Whole Lotta Woman," Rainwater made a name for himself as an amazing vocalist and guitarist, but also as an amazingly pleasant person to be around - something audiences all over the world have commented on. His rockabilly classic songs such as "Mr. Blues" and "Hot and Cold" have assured Marvin Rainwater a place forever in the hearts of rockabilly fans, and even Mike Ness of the punk group "Social Distortion" has honored Marvin as a major musical influence by including "Gamblin' Man" on his album, "Under the Influences."

F March 11, 9:30 p.m., Lee's Liquor Lounge, 101 Glenwood Ave., $7. 338-9491, www.leesliquorlounge.com

A king of the blues

Based on the life of Mississippi blues man Charlie Patton, "Come Home Charlie Patton" is a snapshot of a charged and dangerous time. Former Minneapolitan Ralph Lemon and five performer-dancers present an intricately layered, soulful, and deeply arresting new work, based on the historical places and events that helped Patton's life and music, including lynchings in Duluth, Civil Rights marchers blasted with a water cannon, and Patton's experiences in Mississippi. "Come Home Charlie Patton" also includes work from former Walker artists-in-residence Nari Ward (installations) and Christian Marclay (sound score).

F & Sa, March 11 & 12, 8 p.m., Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave., $25-$35. (651) 989-5151, www.hennepintheatredistrict.com