One is a fingerpicking folk musician, the other is a prolific musician from an especially musical family. The duo of Leo Kottke and Loudon Wainwright III join up for a performance Saturday at St. Scholastica.

Kottke makes regular stops in the area: He most recently performed at Bayfront Festival Park in 2010 but also has had gigs at Big Top Chautauqua and as part of "A Prairie Home Companion" at the DECC. Kottke, who has roots in Minnesota, draws from the blues and jazz scenes and has a signature syncopated style.

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Wainwright, a singer-songwriter, has more than 20 albums and a bunch of children -- Rufus, Lucy, Martha -- who have successfully continued the family business. He won a Grammy Award in 2009 for "High Wide & Handsome," his 2009 tribute to banjo player Charlie Poole.

Also: Check out acclaimed jazz vocalist Connie Evingson Friday at Mitchell Auditorium. The Twin Cities-based musician's most-recent album, "Sweet Happy Life," debuted at No. 10 on Billboard jazz charts. She's known for her jazz, Broadway and pop standards and performed as part of sold-out shows at Lincoln Center this past summer.

According to the review in the New York Times:

"Ms. Evingson's version of 'Why Don't You Do Right?' ... had just the right mixture of insinuation and toughness."


What: Leo Kottke & Loudon Wainwright III

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica

Tickets: $35 at, the Mitchell Auditorium box office, at or by calling (800) 447-5444


What: Connie Evingson concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Mitchell Auditorium

Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 seniors, $10 children and $5 for St. Scholastica students available at or by calling (218)723-7000.