Mark in the Star Tribune May 8, 2015

Mark Lickteig has been a mainstay on the Twin Cities club scene for more than three decades, singing rock and soul with the likes of Dr. Mambo’s Combo, the R Factor and Rupert’s Orchestra. Now Lickteig has released “Workin’,” a terrific album of originals. “I Can’t Say Goodbye” is classic sax-fueled R&B that sounds like it came out of Ben E. King’s songbook. Lickteig gets all gospelly and philosophical on “Home Is Where My Heart Is.” And he cuts loose on an explosive soul duet with Margaret Cox appropriately titled “Whoop Whoop.” Opening the CD release party is Ali Washington and the Movement, with Jaedyn James and the Hunger closing the evening. (9 p.m.Sat., Crooked Pint, $10-$15.) Bream

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