Loading Events
Find Events

Past Events

Events List Navigation

August 2018

The Harmaleighs with special guests The Home Fires (Americana/Folk) $8

Friday, August 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Pronunciation:
(the har-muh- lees)

The Harmaleighs honestly craft poetic, passionate, and powerful songs cut from a pastiche of indie, folk, pop and Americana. In January 2015, The Harmaleighs—Haley Grant and Kaylee Jasperson —embarked on something of a modern odyssey in support of their independent full-length debut, Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush. The band-mates and partners got rid of their Nashville apartment, put everything they owned in a storage unit, bought a van, equipped it with a bed, and hit the road with their 8-month-old pug Gus sleeping on the dash for the next nine months.

Find out more »
September 2018

Wild Age with special guests Cool Pollution (Indie Rock) $7

Saturday, September 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Wild Age is a Minneapolis five-piece that began churning out hooky, synth-laced guitar pop in 2015 when songwriter/guitarist McCoy Seitz and longtime friend/multi-instrumentalist Blair Ransom found themselves reunited in their home city. Joined shortly after by guitarist Matt Ahart, drummer/producer August Ogren, and bassist Leng Moua, the group has since released two EPs (2016’s sparse, vibey Two Palms and 2017’s slick, pop-centered Wild Age Goes Crazy) and a number of singles. Their upcoming release, Sea of Health, is a juxtaposition of sunny melodies and ear-worm choruses with darker lyrical themes of paranoia, introversion, and self-doubt.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

Find out more »

JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Sunday, September 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer who has worked with John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Bird, Sandra Bernhard, Damo Suzuki (Can), members of Prince’s New Power Generation, Mouse on Mars, Swamp Dogg, The Suburbs, film maker Chuck Statler ("The Truth About Devolution"), Merce Cunningham dance company, and many others playing on five continents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Ed Sullivan Theater (The Late Show with David Letterman), and other television programs including Austin City Limits and the Colbert Report. He composes and improvises a variety of instrumental music, some of which to accompany dance performances such as "Stripe Tease", some of which for use in films such as "Pitchfork Unsung: Dan Corrigan", "Rhythmic" (feat. Andrew Bird), and "Trophy Husband." Some just for listening while you do your thing. And a lot of rock n roll.

Find out more »

Tom West with special guests (Indie Folk) $5

Tuesday, September 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tom West is an Australian singer-songwriter performing music that traverses the rocky and undulating ground between simple, whimsical folk tunes and grand and moody soundscapes.

Delivering shows where his purposeful songwriting, unforgettable voice and intricate arrangements come to the fore. Effortlessly shifting between performing solo or with his band where banjos, saxophones & guitars complete the ramshackle wall of sound he has drawn comparisons to the likes of Volcano Choir, Andrew Bird, The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men & Ben Howard. West’s latest work explores new boundaries in his writing and composing.

Find out more »

Nate Amor with special guest Joel Kachel (Singer Songwriter) $5

Wednesday, September 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nate Amor has been a fixture in the twin cities music scene since his debut album in 2001, Long Five Days. However, his name was Nathan Anderson (or the Nathan Anderson Project) back then (more on the name change later). Since the first album there's been 3 more albums, several singles, and Nate's been seen on NBC's The Voice. These albums and experiences have shaped Nate’s sound and direction as a singer/songwriter.

Find out more »

Molly Maher | David Zollo (Americana) $8

Thursday, September 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Molly Maher is the sort of musician you see once and never forget. An incomparable singer and songwriter with compelling depth and soul and cutting lyrics draws from the deep roots of Americana music. She writes songs that ring true. Her singing is a fine balance of deep and soulful, somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt. Twangy and lament-filled spirit, guitar driven country-folk-jam with a blues swagger. Backed by a couple of Maher's Disbelievers: Erik Koskinen (guitar, vocals) ,…

Find out more »

MMC Presents: Superior Siren | Syvers (Indie Rock) $8

Friday, September 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for a quarterly showcase of Minnesota Music Coalition members ​ Superior Siren & Syvers!

The MMC is a statewide network for independent musicians who care about creating and sustaining a vibrant popular music community. Through education, communication, and advocacy, we create access to resources and professional development services.

Find out more »

Light Walkers FT. Bailey Cogan (of 26 Bats!), Spencer Joles, Phillip St. John, and Mariah Mercedes (Pop/Hip-Hop) $10

Saturday, September 8 @ 8:40 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for an evening of acoustic music and poetry featuring Bailey Cogan (of 26 Bats!), Mariah Mercedes, Spencer Joles, and Phillip St. John! Poetry by Symone Brielle & Trevor Simmons!

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, September 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Laura Hugo is originally from the Navajo Nation but has been calling the Twin Cities her home for the last 7 years. She’ll make you feel the feels with her melodic and catchy tunes about heartbreak. You’ll probably find her frequenting open mics, playing at various Minneapolis music venues and watching others play shows at least 4 days a week.

Find out more »

Fur Coats and Bar Fights with guest Hello Como (Funk/Blues Rock) $5

Monday, September 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fur Coats and Bar Fights is a local band out of Minneapolis MN. They strive to bring to the table the right combination of notes, melodies, and flannel shirts that will keep you lunging towards the nearest dance floor. Fur Coats and Bar Fights also want to bring something new to the music industry - something that will keep people guessing.

Find out more »

Lowry Bridge with special guest Stuart Loughridge (Rock & Roll) $5

Wednesday, September 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lowry Bridge consists of Phil Daniel song writer, guitar & vocals, Daniel Rachelbacher bass guitar & Kevin Sheehy drums. Formed in early 2018.

Find out more »

Michigander with very special guest Lydia Liza (Indie Rock) $8

Thursday, September 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Michigander (aka Jason Singer) is an indie rock act from Kalamazoo, MI. The band has been putting out music since 2016 and has toured all over the country. Michigander has shared stages with Mt. Joy, Ra Ra Riot, Tokyo Police Club, Twin Peaks, and JR JR. As well as sharing festival billing with alt-j, Foster the People, Solange, and Two Door Cinema Club. Jason’s music has been featured on NPR, Paste, NME, DIY (UK) and many others. The band has also done sessions with Audiotree, Daytrotter, and Paste Magazine. In March 2018 Michigander released his debut EP titled “Midland”. The EP was so followed up with a new single titled “Tunnel” which was released in August 2018.

Find out more »

An evening with Ben Glaros (Rock) $8

Saturday, September 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Ben Glaros is a musical explorer for life. From his new wave days in the ‘80’s with the Tone Poets (with fellow future luminaries Michael Ferrier of Fathom Lane and Steve Roehm of the New Standards) to his current adventures as a solo artist he has never stopped making music and evolving.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

CANCELLED: Julian Manzara & Levi Schwartzberg (Jazz) $8

Sunday, September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Julian Manzara Quartet shows span fast tempos and lush, dramatic ballads, balancing originals with standards and funky backbeats with swing.

Find out more »

LOCATION MOVED: The Living Street with special guests Margot (Indie Folk) $5

Monday, September 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen plumbing issues at the Aster, this show has been moved next door to Hideaway Burger Bar. The Living Street is an indie-folk duo consisting of Nick Guckert (Guitar/Vocals) and Edward Angelo (Bass/Vocals). Guckert and Angelo grew up together in a small town twenty miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. They have been writing and performing music together for over a decade. The Living Street is fresh off a three-month tour of the east coast, and prepares to…

Find out more »

LOCATION MOVED: Daniel Champagne with special guest MO of RADDA RADDA (Singer Songwriter) $10

Tuesday, September 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

Find out more »

CANCELLED: Liam Gerard | Lauren Peper (Blues/Folk) $5

Wednesday, September 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Liam Gerard is a Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter, recording artist and  performer. With roots in pop music of the 90’s to his adult addiction with Motown and the blues of Ray Charles. The music has been described as pulsing and melodic, with an attention to reflective lyrics based on experience. Tastes of alternative, blues, folk and pop give the music an eclectic feel as it spans multiple genres. Liam Gerard wrote all 11 tracks on his debut album “Belle and Music” and funded the entire project without a record contract  over the course of 25 months of work recording it. Each song represents a moment/ event in time captured in the mind of a man utterly impassioned by his muse; a woman he refers to as, Belle.

Find out more »

Austin Miller | Savannah Smith (Americana/Folk) $5

Thursday, September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Austin Miller is a singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL. His music has been described as "Americana from someone who's seen almost all of America; heartfelt tunes that lead you into an Iron & Wine / Neil Young - flavored reverie Austin Miller Official Website https://youtu.be/xfiMxFoFDyE Savannah Smith only needs thirty seconds of your time to win you over. In a world filled to its brim with would-be young singer-songwriters, Savannah’s vocal prowess, and her absolute mastery of crafting raw and gritty…

Find out more »

Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, September 21 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat.

Find out more »

Hank and the Skinny III featuring special guests (Pop Soul) $10

Saturday, September 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hank and the skinny 3 Featuring Michael O’Neill Celebrating the release of there latest single Where are you tonight! Michael O’Neill captures the haunted countrified post-punk-pop soul sound like no other; his hypnotic circular chord progressions sprinkled with delicate thoughtful hooks lead you to a misconceived notion that this stuff is easy when it is anything but. Michael is an artist with a deceptively simple grasp of art and its subtle intricacies. On the outside he is rough- and- ready…

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Delphia Cello Quartet with special guest Carlisle Evans Peck (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes.

Music 8-10pm

Find out more »

Matthew Perryman Jones with special guest Molly Parden (Indie Rock) $8

Wednesday, September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A performing songwriter by trade, Matthew Perryman Jones is actually a seeker, at heart. With each entry in his discography, his musical and moral compass points toward an artistic horizon he has yet to explore. Sometimes, he turns his gaze to examine his own inner world. Other times, he looks to the inspirations found in the letters Vincent Van Gogh penned to his brother Theo, in the idea of duende as proffered by Federico García Lorca, and in the poetic verses of Sufi poets Hafiz and Rumi.

Find out more »

The Neighborhood Trio (Groovy Jazz) $7

Thursday, September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Remember sitting in your living room as kid? The shag carpet tickling the back of your legs. You were chewing on your Marathon bar and sipping from a can of Rondo Soda while watching your favorite TV show…was it CHiPs or S.W.A.T.?… Doesn’t matter they both were great and so was the music in them. The Neighborhood Trio might just take you back to those times with their groovy 70’s theme song inspired tunes, but sorry Rondo is long gone,…

Find out more »

Ashley Groves | Con Davison (R&B/Folk) $8

Friday, September 28 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A classically trained musician with an affinity for songs of love lost, Ashley’s vocal versatility makes her sound equally at home with the soul singers of R&B and the homegrown folk of Americana. Together with her band of jazz-educated players, she has been playing monthly shows in the Twin Cities area to build recognition and her fan base. She just released her debut album, Bad Idea, in January 2018. Bad Idea showcases the best and worst parts of being in love, from the exciting first sparks of attraction to the despair of love unrequited.

Find out more »

Sawyer’s Dream CD release party with special guest Justin Law (Rock N Roll) $7

Saturday, September 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sawyer’s Dream is excited to release their long awaited debut cd at the Aster Cafe!

Sawyer's Dream is an all original, 70s vibe rock band with amazing vocals. It’s a modern take on classic pop-rock. Beautiful vocal harmonies soar over a powerhouse rhythm section, while acoustic and electric guitars fill the spaces in between with inventive riffs and sonic colors. Sawyer's Dream will take you back in time, to a place where dreams, nature and human kindness ruled the day.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Upstate Rubdown with special guest Mae Simpson (Soul) $10

Sunday, September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Drawing from every corner and decade of America's musical landscape, Upstate has been described as a "hurricane of sound". The unique instrumentation includes mandolin, cajon, upright bass, and alto/baritone saxophone, all fronted by a powerhouse of 3-part female vocal harmony. The band can land perfectly in any setting, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages. The material is innovative and forward thinking, but never at the expense of a great hook or a solid groove. Upstate plays music to move your body and soul.

Find out more »
October 2018

Sam Weber | Lena Elizabeth (Indie Folk) $5

Monday, October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hailing from the open skies and minds of Victoria, BC, singer-songwriter and guitarist Sam Weber has gone from strength to strength with gigs and EP releases that have caught the imagination of listeners and media across the world. His ambitious, masterful debut full-length album Shadows in the Road is the culmination of years already spent intensely focused on gigging and recording.

Find out more »

Jacob Miller with special guest Hemma (Indie Folk) $5

Tuesday, October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Wisconsin native, Jacob Miller left his hometown for Portland, OR the summer of 2009 via Amtrak; bringing with him only a suitcase and a Fender Jaguar guitar. After just one year in the city - he left to travel North America to study and perform music while working on various farms and ranches between travels. Time spent as a farm hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina shaped his devotion to the finger picking style of the region. Playing along with old recordings and locals in the surrounding areas of Appalachia, Miller delved into the inner workings of the music’s style and history.

Find out more »

The Shackletons October Residency (Rock & Roll) $8

Wednesday, October 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Shackletons live in the cafe EVERY Wednesday in October!!

Featuring special guests.

October 3rd The Confused Brothers
October 10th Nick Anderson
October 17th Annie and the bang bang
October 24th TBA
& HALLOWEEN October 31st with Dirt Train, TABAH, & Tacky Annie

The Shackletons are a rock band out of the Twin Cities writing and playing songs rooted in the rich influence of the “Minnesota Sound.” The band consists of Colin Campbell (vocals/guitar), his older brother, Cameron (Bass), and younger brother Evan (Drums/miscellaneous screaming). Living a double life as both a knee-buckling indie rock band as well as a stomp-your-foot-through-the-floor blues band, The Shackletons have been generating buzz throughout the Twin Cities and Midwest Region.

Find out more »

JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Thursday, October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer who has worked with John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Bird, Sandra Bernhard, Damo Suzuki (Can), members of Prince’s New Power Generation, Mouse on Mars, Swamp Dogg, The Suburbs, film maker Chuck Statler ("The Truth About Devolution"), Merce Cunningham dance company, and many others playing on five continents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Ed Sullivan Theater (The Late Show with David Letterman), and other television programs including Austin City Limits and the Colbert Report. He composes and improvises a variety of instrumental music, some of which to accompany dance performances such as "Stripe Tease", some of which for use in films such as "Pitchfork Unsung: Dan Corrigan", "Rhythmic" (feat. Andrew Bird), and "Trophy Husband." Some just for listening while you do your thing. And a lot of rock n roll.

Find out more »

Trevor DeVine & The Immaculate Beings with special guest Charlie Urick (Alternative Folk R&B) $10

Friday, October 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

When Trevor DeVine took a leap of faith at age 18 and moved to St. Paul, MN to attend McNally Smith College of Music, he was not aware of the immaculate family he was about to discover. In February of 2015, DeVine formed Trevor DeVine and the Immaculate Beings. After many changes to the band’s sound and lineup, TD and the IB released their debut album “Free” in April, 2017. When McNally Smith College of Music closed in the middle of DeVine and the rest of the group’s senior year of college, a new sense of hope and inspiration bloomed. Spending the following 6 months writing, healing, and creating as a family, TD and the IB has completed writing their sophomore album and will be releasing it to the rest of the universe in 2019. TD and the IB continues to use their music to inspire all people to discover and praise the immaculate being in themselves, help people discover the self love they deserve, and to create a safe sanctuary for everyone with every performance creating a positive and loving live experience.

Find out more »

Teague Alexy with special guest Sarah Krueger (Rock/Americana) $10

Saturday, October 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Teague Alexy is probably best known for his Americana songwriting in the nationally-touring brothers duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Or, maybe you remember 2004 when Teague Alexy with Medication was filling dance floors around Minnesota, or you’ve heard that Teague is an award-winning author, or that he grew up in a South Jersey rap band.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Julian Manzara & Graydon Peterson (Jazz) $6

Sunday, October 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Julian Manzara shows span fast tempos and lush, dramatic ballads, balancing originals with standards and funky backbeats with swing.

With special guest Graydon Peterson

Find out more »

Micah Schnabel ( of Two Cow Garage) with special guests Seafoam Green (Indie Folk) $6

Monday, October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Micah Schnabel is a folk punk rock singer-songwriter spoken word Columbus.

Find out more »

The Usual Things with special guest Jack Swagger (Indie Rock) $5

Tuesday, October 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“Be careful what you get good at doin’ ’cause you'll be doin’ it for the rest of your life.” An all-too-common sentiment shared by maturing musicians trading their passions for what pays the bills. The Usual Things (Minneapolis, MN-based alternative rock) find the balance with their third record “Backup Plans.”

Find out more »

The Shackletons October Residency (Rock & Roll) $8

Wednesday, October 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Shackletons live in the cafe EVERY Wednesday in October!!

Featuring special guests.

October 10th Nick Anderson
October 17th Annie and the bang bang
October 24th TBA
& HALLOWEEN October 31st with Dirt Train, TABAH, & Tacky Annie

The Shackletons are a rock band out of the Twin Cities writing and playing songs rooted in the rich influence of the “Minnesota Sound.” The band consists of Colin Campbell (vocals/guitar), his older brother, Cameron (Bass), and younger brother Evan (Drums/miscellaneous screaming). Living a double life as both a knee-buckling indie rock band as well as a stomp-your-foot-through-the-floor blues band, The Shackletons have been generating buzz throughout the Twin Cities and Midwest Region.

Find out more »

Whiskey Rock ‘n’ Roll Club MPLS with special guest Jared Zachary of Buffalo Fuzz (Rock N Roll) $6

Thursday, October 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Whiskey Rock 'n' Roll Club MPLS is another righteous entry in the proud tradition of bands with the word whiskey superfluously in their names!
Although only three pieces, the fuzzed-out rock outfit makes a bigger and badder sound—boogie with a bit of bite—than groups twice their size. The same over-performance also can be said of Whiskey’s end-of-the-night bar tab, making the “Club meeting” live shows a favorite for fans of loud and fast music and bartenders alike.
Whiskey RRC MPLS have opened for national acts at The Turf Club and 7th St Entry, played the Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival, the Stone Arch Festival, SoundUnseen Opening Party, 612 Brewing Outdoor Summer Music Series, Hennepin 5 to 10 Series, and more. Their first single "Let It Ride" has been played on The Current's Local Show.

Find out more »

Wilkinson James’s 10th Anniversary Special (Blues/Honky-Tonk) $8

Friday, October 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

WILKINSON JAMES got started back in the fall of 2008, when Liz Wilkinson and AJ Scheiber met up and started singing their songs together in coffee shops and other venues around town. Now, 10 years down the road, that duo has grown into a full band that adds touches of jazz, swing, and torch to Liz and AJ’s folk-and-country twang and striking original tunes. With two well-received records and hundreds of performances under their belts, the band is celebrating this 10-year milestone with a special “anniversary show” at the Aster. They’ll perform two full sets of tunes both old and new, and will be joined by some guests (including Erik Brandt of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet) who will help them bring the joy.

Find out more »

Everest album release party with Shawn Stelton & Charley Dush (Rock/Pop) $10

Saturday, October 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Featuring band members from the Beatles tribute group, Rubber Soul, Everest captures the excitement and energy of the 60s pop groups with an original, eclectic, and modern sound.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Laura Hugo is originally from the Navajo Nation but has been calling the Twin Cities her home for the last 7 years. She’ll make you feel the feels with her melodic and catchy tunes about heartbreak. You’ll probably find her frequenting open mics, playing at various Minneapolis music venues and watching others play shows at least 4 days a week.

Find out more »

Nici Peper with Paul Mayasich (Folk) $8

Monday, October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nici Peper is an Americana singer-songwriter based loosely based in the Minnesota/ Wisconsin region. Growing up around gospel music and a family of storytellers, her lyrics reflect the soul and honesty of their influences. Her music exposes a gentle heart- one that writes of love, heartbreak, and dreams.

With special guest Paul Mayasich!

Find out more »

Hannah Cooper with special guest Adelyn Rose (Folk/Jazz) $5

Tuesday, October 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bay Area folk/jazz singer-songwriter, Hannah Cooper, creates a sound that defies categorization. With songs that embrace her years of jazz guitar and classical choral training, Hannah employs brave storytelling — delivered with theatrical flair — to engage and delight audiences. Her Minnesota feet first landed in Portland, Oregon, after riding the Amtrak “Empire Builder” out west in 2010. This Fall, her “Empire Builder” tour is a compilation of songs inspired by nearly a decade of living on the west coast. These songs have captured deeply rooted experiences and lessons from her life. Grab a chair and prepare to be transported by stories layered in chords, textures and lyrics. Listeners who come expecting a "just another" singer-songwriter will be simply blown away.

Find out more »

The Shackletons October Residency (Rock & Roll) $8

Wednesday, October 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Shackletons live in the cafe EVERY Wednesday in October!!

Featuring special guests.

October 17th Annie and the bang bang
October 24th TBA
& HALLOWEEN October 31st with Dirt Train, TABAH, & Tacky Annie

The Shackletons are a rock band out of the Twin Cities writing and playing songs rooted in the rich influence of the “Minnesota Sound.” The band consists of Colin Campbell (vocals/guitar), his older brother, Cameron (Bass), and younger brother Evan (Drums/miscellaneous screaming). Living a double life as both a knee-buckling indie rock band as well as a stomp-your-foot-through-the-floor blues band, The Shackletons have been generating buzz throughout the Twin Cities and Midwest Region.

Find out more »

Desi and Cody with Jill and Tony (Indie Folk) $5

Thursday, October 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Tulsa, OK-based duo, Desi and Cody, describe their second album, “Yes This Is Killing Us,” as a “dark comedy.” United both through music and matrimony, their latest collaboration exposes the perils and triumphs of relationships. Desi’s seductive voice combined with Cody’s emotive vocals and sweet harmonies, sonically manifest a refreshing homage to classic 60’s femme fatales with chamber pop and baroque textures which transform their Okie roots into the realm of futuristic folk.

Find out more »

Family Three with special guest Mayyadda (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, October 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat.

Find out more »

M French “Sweet Love” Album Release Show with special guest Julia Christi Ann (Americana) $12

Saturday, October 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Singer-songwriter M FRENCH has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French's melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French's debut full length album, Sweet Love, releases in the Fall of 2018. Sweet Love offers 10 original songs exploring the Americana landscape. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), and recorded during the long Minnesota winter of 2018, the tracks provide a sonic foundation built upon catchy guitar hooks, and the blending of pedal steel and synth lines. French unpacks universal themes of love, kindness and community with a conversational lyricism that invites the listener to find themselves in his stories. M French's audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Larry McDonough Jazz Quartet $10

Sunday, October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Larry McDonough, Vocals and Piano
Richard Terrill, Saxes and Poetry
Jim Bierma, Bass
Dean White, Drums

Find out more »

The Shackletons October Residency (Rock & Roll) $8

Wednesday, October 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Shackletons live in the cafe EVERY Wednesday in October!!

Featuring special guests.

October 24th TBA
& HALLOWEEN October 31st with Dirt Train, TABAH, & Tacky Annie

The Shackletons are a rock band out of the Twin Cities writing and playing songs rooted in the rich influence of the “Minnesota Sound.” The band consists of Colin Campbell (vocals/guitar), his older brother, Cameron (Bass), and younger brother Evan (Drums/miscellaneous screaming). Living a double life as both a knee-buckling indie rock band as well as a stomp-your-foot-through-the-floor blues band, The Shackletons have been generating buzz throughout the Twin Cities and Midwest Region.

Find out more »

Todd Kessler with special guest Preston Gunderson (Folk Rock) $10

Thursday, October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Calling Todd Kessler a singer/songwriter simply wouldn’t do him justice. The rising folk-rock star is the consummate storyteller, with a remarkable ability to take listeners on a winding, wonderful, and introspective journey through the depths of the human experience.

Find out more »
$25

Matt Hires | JD Eicher | Dan Rodriguez: THE RAD DAD TOUR ($25 Advance/$28 Door)

Friday, October 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Live in the Cafe: The Rad Dad Tour!

Alternative singer-songwriter Matt Hires will release American Wilderness (Rock Ridge Music), his third, full-length album on October 14th. At 30-years-old, Hires finds himself at a crossroads contemplating life, growth, faith, culture and his own place in the world. In search of a new beginning, Hires takes an artistic and introspective look into his journey thus far and the road ahead, while unveiling a deeply personal, self-revealing set of songs.

Find out more »

Mae Simpson with Laura Hugo and 3 Minutes to Midnight (Folk/Soul) $8

Saturday, October 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Mae Simpson is a singer/ songwriter born in Beaufort South Carolina. From a very early age, she would find herself singing songs that she had never heard, because they were hers. Throughout the years, she has found love in the music that she writes, with passion, soul, and a rawness reflected with each lyric. Today she works with talented hand picked musicians in the Twin cities, hoping to bring soul and female power back to the local music scene. Mae…

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Natalie Gelman | Charlie Roth (Americana) $5

Sunday, October 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This NYC native has won over hearts across the US with her music, soulful voice and dynamic songwriting. Natalie Gelman has performed everywhere from a subway platform to the House of Blues - finding herself on the front page of the NY Times because of it. Now based in California she is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Sheryl Crow but Natalie is an artist in her own right - called “Simply Terrific” by the NY Post and "Sunny and…

Find out more »
$8

ROCK N’ ROLL Masquerade! FEATURING: The Shackletons, Dirt Train, TABAH & Tacky Annie $8 ADV | $10 CASH DOORS

Wednesday, October 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Two Stages, Four Bands, HALLOWEEN night only!

Aster Cafe Presents
ROCK N’ ROLL Masquerade!
FEATURING:
The Shackletons
Dirt Train
TABAH
Tacky Annie

Join us for a spooktacular evening of entertainment, featuring performances on both The Cafe Stage and The River Room stage.

LIVE MUSIC! COCKTAILS TO DIE FOR! SEE YOU THERE!

Find out more »
November 2018

The Loud Life | Savannah Smith (Indie Rock) $7

Thursday, November 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Loud Life-Minneapolis based pop/rock

Find out more »

John Swardson with special guest Angie Oase (Americana) $8

Friday, November 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Based in Minneapolis, John Swardson writes songs that bleed through the holes in the soles of his boots. "A songwriter of uncommon emotional detail, depth, and empathy."

His catalog includes three records of originals, another soon to be released and a wide variety of covers that dart through his own music like Starlings at dusk.

John has opened for many influences over the last handful of years including:
Sturgill Simpson, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Semisonic, Gene Ween, Tommy Stinson, and Echo and The Bunnymen.

A new record 'Blood Moon' with his band, John Swardson and Bad Blood is due early winter '18.

Find out more »

Annie Fitzgerald with guest Jim Walsh (Singer Songwriter) $10

Saturday, November 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Annie Fitzgerald’s music has been described as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit” (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun on June 1st, 2018. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll.…

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Minnesota Acoustic Guitar Showcase – featuring Dan Schwartz, Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckenridge (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $5

Sunday, November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Minnesota Acoustic Guitar Showcase is a musical collective of 10 Twin Cities based guitarists - they cover a diverse range of styles in their solo sets and collaborations of rotating players. Tonight’s show features Dan Schwartz, Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckenridge. Starting at the very beginning, his dad’s interest in The Grand Ole Opry and his mom’s fondness for American Bandstand immersed Dan Schwartz in a wide variety of great music. This influence resonates in the range of music he…

Find out more »

Al Church and Friends (Rock n Roll) $8

Wednesday, November 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Al Church’s new album “Night Games” out now!

"It sounds like it came crashing in from 1978 with one of those absolutely insistent sax lines and a bassline that you’ll wanna write home about, plus a gorgeous chorus that’ll linger in your brain all day long...You And I,” the obvious single that’s got one of those magnificent Hooks From God that stumble across your path every once in a while..."- Letoile Magazine

"Just as powerful as Fitz & the Tantrums vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick, Church's treated falsetto is always in control... On the piano-laced title track, he sounds more like Queen's Freddie Mercury."-City Pages' Erik Thompson

Find out more »

David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, November 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

Find out more »

Michael Shynes with special guests Maygen Lacey & the Birdwatchers (Singer Songwriter) $20

Friday, November 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

After losing his Father to an auto immune disease at the age of 25, Shynes decided to honor his Dad's legacy by chasing the dreams he had put off for so long. At that time he was working at a residential treatment center for teens, and playing the occasional show on the weekend. "It was important work, and shaped who I am today in a lot of ways. But after 3 years I just got tired of getting beat up, spit on, and called everything you can imagine. I loved those kids though, and wouldn't trade my time there for anything."

Find out more »
$15

Ryan Montbleau (Solo) $15 Advance | $20 Doors ** SOLD OUT **

Saturday, November 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Ryan Montbleau returns to Aster for a special solo performance live in the cafe!

Ryan Montbleau has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and bandleader for more than a decade, but with his new album I WAS JUST LEAVING, the New England-based artist has truly arrived. Contemplative and richly emotive, the album offers a glimpse into the often-lonesome life of the relentlessly traveling troubadour, a strikingly single-minded existence too often clouded by the blur of constant motion. Recorded at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios over four days in January 2016 with producer Anders Osborne and engineer/mixer Mark Howard (known for his work with such icons as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and U2), the album marks Montbleau’s first full length release in the wake of a series of seismic personal shifts. Songs like “Bright Side” and the touching title track reveal a uniquely blessed artist who has truly found his voice, his gift for melody and a remarkably open-armed approach.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 11 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, November 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Laura Hugo is originally from the Navajo Nation but has been calling the Twin Cities her home for the last 7 years. She’ll make you feel the feels with her melodic and catchy tunes about heartbreak. You’ll probably find her frequenting open mics, playing at various Minneapolis music venues and watching others play shows at least 4 days a week.

Find out more »

Nick Hensley Presents: Love Songs For Angry Men (Alt Country/Americana/Rock) $8

Tuesday, November 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Love Songs For Angry Men ...
Return to the Aster Cafe
For a Rare Full Band Performance

Find out more »

The Red Kicks single release show with First Dates (Indie Rock) $5

Wednesday, November 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Red Kicks are releasing their debut single Elevated in November of 2018. The Red Kicks worked with sound designer Randon Nelson of Tangerine Recordings in St. Paul, MN to create music that blends indie electronic rock with experimental pop.

After years of collaboration on other projects, The Red Kicks formed in 2016 to bring something fresh to the midwest music scene. The Red Kicks is a band in their infancy, but the contributing members are veterans to the national and international music scene.

Find out more »

Arts Fishing Club | Joe George (Alternative Folk) $8

Thursday, November 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A child of the northwoods of Wisconsin, Christopher Kessenich found inspiration in the name Arts Fishing Club from his grandfathers' (both named Art) collective philosophy on fishing. They taught him to cast every day with the fullest intention of landing a big fish yet to always remember that a day of fishing is not measured by what is caught but rather by the quality of the time spent with the people in the boat.

The band (Peter Eddins, Jimi Greene, Matt Siffert, and Christopher Kessenich focuses on excellence in what they do together during their live shows sharing that with the audience. They have toured extensively over the past two years honing in a unique acoustic rock sound that is "part folk, part rock, part country, and all energy!" They've played notable festivals Summerfest, Mile of Music, Philly Folk Fest, and showcased at the Newport Folk Fest and SXSW.

Find out more »

Family Three with special guests David Huss and the Headwaters (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, November 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat.

Find out more »

Harbor & Home (Alt Roots Rock) $8

Saturday, November 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Harbor & Home is an alternative rock band from minneapolis, mn. Their sound embodies modern roots americana with classic rock n’ roll. Following the release of their first album “dark days” in 2014, the band toured across the u.s. sharing the stage with such acts as Jeremy Messersmith, Eric Hutchinson, Mark Chesnutt, Flor, From Indian Lakes and Austin Plaine. They recently released their sophomore album “fighter” in may of 2017 after working with producer and engineer Christopher Furst at Studio 65 in Ham Lake, MN. Their latest single "You Want It Too" was released in January of 2018.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Julian Manzara Quartet (Jazz) $7

Sunday, November 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Julian Manzara is a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. His quartet shows span fast tempos and dramatic ballads, balancing originals with standards, and funky backbeats with swing. He has been featured twice in the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and twice in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

Find out more »

Nici Peper with Brian Bethke (Folk) $8

Monday, November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nici Peper is an Americana singer-songwriter based loosely based in the Minnesota/ Wisconsin region. Growing up around gospel music and a family of storytellers, her lyrics reflect the soul and honesty of their influences. Her music exposes a gentle heart- one that writes of love, heartbreak, and dreams.

With special guest Brian Bethke!

Find out more »

Tacky Annie | Seth Conover (of Poolboy) Indie Rock $6

Wednesday, November 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Both Rachelle LaNae and Andrew Frederick studied music formally receiving a degree in performance. Steeped heavily in classical music Rachelle’s training starkly contrasts that of Andrew’s which lives in the realm of jazz and groove oriented music. In the fall of 2017 by combining these two worlds with their unabashed appreciation for folk and pop music they began their musical relationship and Tacky Annie was born. If you like Sylvan Esso, Phantogram, Lucius, or Julia Michaels there may be something for you in Tacky Annie.

Find out more »

Billy Johnson & The Hillcats (Pop Folk) $8

Friday, November 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Billy Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis. Billy was the lead singer of The Hillcats, and is the lead singer of Billy Johnson’s Roadshow. He also has an acoustic duo called B-TEAM with George McKelvey. Billy has recorded 10 CDs. He strums a Gibson guitar with soul, and has a great vocal range.

Find out more »

Hannah von der Hoff Trio (Rock N Roll/Indie Soul) $10

Saturday, November 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Alabama Shakes meets Bonnie Raitt.

Hannah von der Hoff’s trio puts on a dynamic show where soul blues jazz and rock converge to provoke your gut and tap your toes.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Delphia Cello Quartet with special guest Carlisle Evans Peck (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, November 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes.

Music 8-10pm

Find out more »

Mel and the Side Effects with special guests (Indie Folk/Americana) $5

Wednesday, November 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Mel and the Side Effects FOURTH Wednesdays here in the cafe!

November 28th
December 26th
& January 23rd

Mel and the Side Effects. A Band with hints of Indie-Folk, Americana and groove. It is bar room harmonies, bursts of harmonica and complex tangles of acoustic bass and guitar. This trio is made up of three long time friends: Dan Scultz, Jeremy Plumb and Mike Haldorson. They have been playing in bands together for more than 15 years and that familiarity makes each show an improvisational unique experience. On the latest EP: The sophomore release from Mike Haldorson and bandmates, this time as Mel and the Side Effects, is a bluesy Americana ode to noticing and appreciating the little things that make life delightful.

Find out more »

JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Thursday, November 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring very special performances by...
VENUS DEMARS
GAELYNN LEA
JY, JACQUELINE ULTAN & RYAN YOUNG.

Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer who has worked with John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Bird, Sandra Bernhard, Damo Suzuki (Can), members of Prince’s New Power Generation, Mouse on Mars, Swamp Dogg, The Suburbs, film maker Chuck Statler ("The Truth About Devolution"), Merce Cunningham dance company, and many others playing on five continents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Ed Sullivan Theater (The Late Show with David Letterman), and other television programs including Austin City Limits and the Colbert Report. He composes and improvises a variety of instrumental music, some of which to accompany dance performances such as "Stripe Tease", some of which for use in films such as "Pitchfork Unsung: Dan Corrigan", "Rhythmic" (feat. Andrew Bird), and "Trophy Husband." Some just for listening while you do your thing. And a lot of rock n roll.

Find out more »

The Melvilles (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, November 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

David moved in across the alley from Karl. Steve bumped into David at a bar. David took a job at Dan’s company. Dan told us about a family member of his, Brian, and Brian had been in another band with Jeff. We all write and arrange songs together. The result is a friendly mongrel with a twangy, funky, bluesy, jangly, rock & roll bark.

Find out more »
December 2018

Flamin’ Oh’s (Rock) $15

Saturday, December 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Led by frontman Robert Wilkinson, Flamin' Oh's burst onto the Minneapolis music scene in 1980 and thrilled music (and early MTV video fans) with Billboard charting hits, including "I Remember Romance." Not content to rest on their early success, Flamin' Oh's continue to record and deliver high energy live performances to great acclaim. The band’s latest EP, Hear And Now, was released in October 2015. The Star Tribune praises their work as "Hard edged Stones-like rock’n’roll. East Coast street anthems coupled with Midwestern optimism and enthusiasm.”

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »
$25

Live in the RIVER ROOM: Bryan White Holiday Show $25 Adv / $30 Cash Door

Sunday, December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for an intimate night with award-winning country artist Bryan White! Doors 7pm Music 8pm Ticket sales end 12pm noon Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018. Remaining seats and standing room available at 7pm Doors for $30 Cash. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. BAR SERVICE ONLY. If you'd like to join us for dinner before or after the show in our Cafe, please make a reservation at 612-379-3138. http://bryanwhite.com https://www.facebook.com/BryanWhiteFans/ Bryan was born in Lawton/Fort Sill,…

Find out more »

Northern Darling (Indie Folk) $5

Sunday, December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

With well crafted and creative originals and some fun covers, Northern Darling has been described as a pure as honey, hipster version of Billie Holiday.

Find out more »

Al Church and Friends (Rock n Roll) $8

Wednesday, December 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Al Church’s new album “Night Games” out now!

"It sounds like it came crashing in from 1978 with one of those absolutely insistent sax lines and a bassline that you’ll wanna write home about, plus a gorgeous chorus that’ll linger in your brain all day long...You And I,” the obvious single that’s got one of those magnificent Hooks From God that stumble across your path every once in a while..."- Letoile Magazine

"Just as powerful as Fitz & the Tantrums vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick, Church's treated falsetto is always in control... On the piano-laced title track, he sounds more like Queen's Freddie Mercury."-City Pages' Erik Thompson

Find out more »

Ben Cook-Feltz | Midwest Soul Xchange (Rock) $5

Thursday, December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz is a singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist. Combining observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the 60′s and 70′s, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent (Mother Banjo, Sarah Morris, Matt French). His most recent record, BCF, was released in September 2018.

Find out more »
$10

Live in the RIVER ROOM: Jeff Arundel 19th Annual Holiday Variety Show $10

Friday, December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

19th Annual Jeff Arundel Holiday Variety Show

With special guests J.B. Davies, Molly Maher, Esti Baliz, Steele Arundel and other ghosts of Christmas Past

Find out more »

MMC Presents: Mestifonía | Julian Manzara Quartet (South American Fusion & Jazz) $8

Friday, December 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for a quarterly showcase of Minnesota Music Coalition members ​ Superior Siren & Syvers!

The MMC is a statewide network for independent musicians who care about creating and sustaining a vibrant popular music community. Through education, communication, and advocacy, we create access to resources and professional development services.

Find out more »

Emily Haavik & the 35s Album Release Show with special guests The Fontanelles (Alt Country) $10

Saturday, December 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A band separated by two and a half hours of highway, Emily Haavik & the 35s play heartfelt, string-filled alt-country up and down the greatest of the interstates, I-35. They put out their first EP, "You Were the City," in December of 2016, and two years later they are releasing their debut full-length album, "Ease Back." The tracks were born out of a cabin in the northwoods and made much, much better at the Hideaway Studios in northeast Minneapolis.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, December 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Laura Hugo is originally from the Navajo Nation but has been calling the Twin Cities her home for the last 7 years. She’ll make you feel the feels with her melodic and catchy tunes about heartbreak. You’ll probably find her frequenting open mics, playing at various Minneapolis music venues and watching others play shows at least 4 days a week.

Find out more »
+ Export Listed Events