By Cole Premo

From a JINGLE JAM Christmas Party in Minneapolis to a celebration of St. Paul musicians in … well, St. Paul, here is a look at four great shows to see this weekend.

Friday: Mixed Blood Majority Album Release w/ P.O.S. & GRRRL PRTY @ First Ave, Mpls.

Mixed Blood Majority features rappers Crescent Moon of Kill the Vultures and Joe Horton of No Bird Sing as well as Lazerbeak of Doomtree. Now, the rising group is releasing a new album – “Insane World” – unto the world at the iconic First Avenue Mainroom.

The 18-plus show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets go for $16.

Friday: “JINGLE JAM” Christmas Party @ Cabooze, Mpls.

It’s gonna be all things rap “Jingle Jam” event at the Cabooze this weekend. Artists feature DJ Northstar & Mulaah The Real with performances by Spiffy Wilds, Dre Gilly, Mill City Collective, Suga Shane, Shawn Lyricz, P-Nut, Nate Millyunz.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Friday. It’s $5 in advance and $10 at the door. You gotta be 18 or older!

Saturday: “I Am St. Paul!” w/ Ashley Dubose, Mina Moore, Eric Mayson & more @ Turf Club, St. Paul

“We’re all Minnesotans. We’re all Twin Citians. But, tonight, we say that I AM ST. PAUL!”

As you can see, this Saturday, “I Am St. Paul!” aims to celebrate the city and its musicians.

There’s a private VIP performance at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Cadillac Kolstad. There will be special performances throughout the night by Ashley DuBose, B-Boy Jason Noer and his crew Praxis, special duet by Mina Moore and Eric Mayson, party beats by DJ Shannon Blowtorch + more experitial fun with Playatta.

Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Sunday: Charanga Tropical @ Icehouse, Mpls.

OK, it’s not exactly brutally cold in Minnesota yet. But relatively speaking, let’s be real: Minnesota is still pretty cold. So why not listen to some warm music?

On Sunday at 3 p.m., Danzón Matinee with Charanga Tropical is hitting up the Icehouse. Their claim-to-fame was being the first North American ensemble to ever be invited to the International Danzon Festival in Havana, Cuba in June 2015. So, go see what the fuss is all about!

Local Music Tap is a blog aimed at promoting Minnesota-based musicians, bands, shows and events. If you have music blog ideas, please email or leave a comment below.