Tonight: John Prine at the Paramount, SambaDá at Nectar

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Michael Wilson
John Prine, with Dan Reeder. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 877-STG-4TIX. 8 p.m. $32.50-$62.50. If Bob Dylan weren't already from the Midwest, John Prine would easily be the frontrunner for the title of "Bob Dylan of the Midwest." But since Dylan is from Minneapolis, Prine, who hails from a Chicago suburb, will have to settle for being the John Prine of the World--which isn't really settling at all. Prine is Dylan's folk contemporary, and the two raspy-voiced troubadours have long formed a mutual admiration society. But when Dylan went electric, Prine stayed true to his largely unamplified roots. Last year, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant drenched Prine's "Killing the Blues" in honey, just as Bonnie Raitt did with his "Angel from Montgomery." What's more, Kris Kristofferson once said, "Prine is so good, we may have to break his thumbs." Lucky for us, the bearded badass never followed through on that threat, not yet anyway. MIKE SEELY

SambaDá, with Picoso, DJ Tomas. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 9 p.m. $10. In the cross-cultural punch of SambaDá, nothing is off limits. The Afro-Brazilian eight-piece is led by Santa Cruz-based Papiba Godinho, who came to America to study but fell for California's skate and surf scene. He also fell for the varieties of music pulsing up and down the coast. Funk, surf rock, hip-hop, and jazz are shuffled into authentic samba influences over a bed of delirious percussion. There's swinging saxophone, ripping guitar leads, and Portuguese lyrics. A new album, Gente!, shows off the buoyant voice of Dandha da Hora. Like other members, she began as a sporadic guest but is now a fixture. She was with SambaDá when they traveled to Brazil for the first time, an experience that has only emboldened their eager, splashy sound. DOUG WALLEN

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