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March 2018

Parisota Trio (Gypsy Jazz) $6

Sunday, March 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Parisota Trio is an alternate electric version of the Parisota Hot Club featuring founding member, bandleader and guitarist Robb Henry. Matt Senjem rounds out the trio on string bass along with jazz drummer extraordinaire, Jay Epstein. Many selections from the French guitarist Django Reinhardt are still performed alongside jazz standards and vintage pop music of the 1960's. An occasional detour into the psychedelic hinterlands is not uncommon. Bluesy ballads, sonic surprises and melodic improv are the signature for this genre…

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Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we…

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Vicky Emerson Band | Kari Arnett (Folk/Singer-songwriter) $8

Thursday, March 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, will be joined on stage with her incredible band for a night of Americana music. Vicky Emerson was raised in rural Wisconsin, has lived in New York City and San Francisco before relocating back to her roots in Minneapolis to raise her children. She has opened for songwriting luminaries such as Malcolm Holcombe and Gregory Alan Isakov, toured on a national basis and mentors songwriters on touring and career management. Wake Me When the Wind…

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, March 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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. http://www.familythreemusic.com RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to…

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St. Paddys Day with Teague Alexy & Erik Berry w/ special guest Ryan Young $10

Saturday, March 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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"Irish American" is the new duo record by northern Minnesota-based musicians Teague Alexy and Erik Berry. Berry is the mandolinist for nationally recognized bluegrass act Trampled by Turtles. Alexy is a celebrated singer-songwriter both under his own name and in the Americana group Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Teague and Erik's new release features nine traditional Irish favorites, including "Whiskey in the Jar," "The Wild Colonial Boy" and "Mountain Dew," as well as two original songs. The album features guest…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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,…

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Lehto & Wright (Melodic Folk) $5

Sunday, March 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Lehto & Wright is a MN-based Folk-Rock and Progressive Rock band whose first live performance was in 1999 and has continued, non-stop, to this day. Lehto & Wright have a sound that is a unique blend of traditional and modern styles. By taking cues from the British Isles and American folk traditions and interpreting them with contemporary guitar-based arrangements, Lehto & Wright have taken a unique approach to the world of Folk, Folk Rock and Progressive Rock. Lehto & Wright…

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Nici Peper with Jorgensen Tagg (Folk) $8

Monday, March 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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. Peper has opened for Brett Michaels, Elvis Monroe, GB Leighton, Dan Navarro, and more. She has recorded in Nashville, toured Alaska, the Ozarks and the Midwest, has been on Twin Cities Live,…

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Wednesday, March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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. http://www.davidharlandmusic.com RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! $7 Cover charges on the tab. - David's musical journey began at the age of 5 when he was gifted a plastic acoustic…

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The Federales with special guest Molly Maher (Americana/Alt Country) $8

Thursday, March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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The Federales: Classic country for the modern world. We're not from the Black Hills, the Texas Panhandle, or Appalachia. We're from the Twin Cities. Damn proud of it, too, but we play country music, because it's one of America's native languages. We use it to tell our stories of love, good times, Grain Belt, and friends. Some are fact. Some are fiction with the truth hiding in there somewhere. All of them are heartfelt. We're pickers, fiddlers, groovers, and harmonizers.…

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Fourth Fridays: The Melvilles (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, March 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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. THE MELVILLES ARE: Brian Amelang: Keyboards, melodica, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, vocals Dan Andreasen: Saxophone Dan Mackaman:…

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Beth Bombara with special guests Rachel Hanson & Siri Undlin (Folk Rock/Singer Songwriter) $8

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

With a folksinger’s head and a rocker's heart, Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, she's a musician's musician — a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband. With 2017’s ‘Map & No Direction,’ Bombara's songs take aim at a larger audience with melodic hooks that showcase a love…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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,…

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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, March 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes. Rachelle Smith earned her B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota, where she studied under Tanya Remenikova. Other teachers include Olga Dolgaya, Laura Handler, and Hong Wang. Rachelle is an active performer around the Twin Cities, both as a cellist and as a singer/songwriter under the artist name Rachelle LaNae. She loves sharing her passion for music while learning from her students, and currently teaches cello at…

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$25

RIVER ROOM: Howie Day with special guest DEMAR (Acoustic) $25 Adv / $30 Cash Door

Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. His first major-label debut, Stop All The World Now burst onto the scene with certified gold sales and garnered two Top 10 radio hits: ‘She Says‘ and the platinum single ‘Collide.’ Day is back on…

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Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we…

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Billy McLaughlin (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $20

Thursday, March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Billy McLaughlin has been changing people’s idea of what an acoustic guitar can sound like since the 1980’s. “…you may swear Billy McLaughlin is two of the greatest acoustic guitarists you’ve ever heard.” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette “… it’s amazing that such an extensive sound comes from one instrument.” – Chicago Sun Times He is recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for…

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Josh Cleveland | Mayyadda (Folk Rock/ Blues) $10

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

Influences like Amos Lee, Martin Sexton, U2 and Eddie Vedder taught Josh to see everyday life through the eyes of music. The joy in writing music, for Josh, is learning to find the gems, the memorable elements, in sometimes unexpected parts of life. Whether these are funny, sad, profound or seemingly random, his mission is to capture within them something familiar and essential. In his own words: “I want my music to mean something. I want, if only for a…

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Harbor & Home (Alt Roots Rock) $8

Saturday, March 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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…

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April 2018

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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,…

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Larry McDonough Jazz Quartet $8

Sunday, April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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“You Must Believe in Spring - Tony Bennett and Bill Evans 40 Years Later” Comes to the Aster The Larry McDonough Quartet (LMQ) will celebrate the two recordings of legendary pianist and composer Bill Evans and vocalist Tony Bennett. LMQ has performed the show at Jazz Central, the Dakota, and Vieux Carré to enthusiastic crowds. Bill Evans rarely performed with singers, so it was big news to some in the jazz community when Evans and Bennett recorded and released “The…

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Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we…

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PONY RUG PRESENTS: ALMIGHTY AMERICAN | LAURA HUGO (INDIE FOLK) $7

Thursday, April 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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A Pony Rug showcase First Thursdays at the Aster! Pony Rug is a Minneapolis-based live music video session platform, with weekly releases featuring up and coming artists! https://www.facebook.com/PonyRug https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAkZa9uOMOj0Ng-LSd5Xgcw 8PM Laura Hugo 9pm Almighty American Laura Hugo www.laurahugomusic.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwYo9X9cl1Q Almighty American www.almightyamericanmusic.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieIx_Ahd4OU RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your table! $7 cover charges on the tab.

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A Piano In Every Home with special guest Turbo Pastel (Indie Pop Folk) $7

Friday, April 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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It’s not so much a sound as it is an essence; there is no need to be able to distinguish it before you can trust it. A Piano in Every Home’s second album North American Review is a collection that captures a poignant picture of the beauty and pain that comes with growing up. Written in the space and time reserved for examination, these eight tracks were coaxed from their bated origins with a delicate confidence and trial and error.…

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Joyann Parker | Waltzing on Waves (Blues/Indie Folk) $10

Saturday, April 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, songwriter must-hear lead guitarist, currently endorsed by Heritage Guitars in Kalamazoo, MI. She has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country and represented Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. She has opened for Grammy winner Robert Cray, taken the stage for Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop in a pinch and is a staple on the most prestigious…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 8 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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,…

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Parisota Trio (Gypsy Jazz) $6

Sunday, April 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Parisota Trio is an alternate electric version of the Parisota Hot Club featuring founding member, bandleader and guitarist Robb Henry. Matt Senjem rounds out the trio on string bass along with jazz drummer extraordinaire, Jay Epstein. Many selections from the French guitarist Django Reinhardt are still performed alongside jazz standards and vintage pop music of the 1960's. An occasional detour into the psychedelic hinterlands is not uncommon. Bluesy ballads, sonic surprises and melodic improv are the signature for this genre…

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Kiernan McMullan with special guest Pelham (Singer Songwriter/Americana) $10

Monday, April 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

After driving almost every US highway, and playing over 2,000 shows worldwide, Kiernan has unusual stories to tell. Over the past 11 years, he has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, Mat Kearney, Dave Mason, John Butler Trio, and many more. The songwriter averages 200 shows per year, and has performed at sold out shows across the country, but not without notice. He's captured a worldwide grassroots following, 3 critically acclaimed SXSW appearances, and was most recently named one of…

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Moonshine Rhythm Club (Gypsy Jazz) $6

Tuesday, April 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Moonshine Rhythm Club breathes new life into old-school swing and jazz with original tunes and arrangements that make this vintage music sound like it was written this morning. The boys seek out timeless melodies and fresh ideas from deep cuts and standards alike and distill them into their signature sound. With each swing of Moonshine, you’ll taste notes of Nat “King” Cole’s classy and hip vocals and Chet Baker’s lyrical phrasing amidst the acoustic fire of Django’s gypsy jazz and…

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Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we…

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Moon Grass | Javier Matos (Blues/Indie Folk) $5

Thursday, April 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Moon Grass Trio features members of The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League and Mississippi Hot Club. It's an all-star blend of young talent playing old tunes, classics and originals in hot jazz, bluegrass, and latin styles, all of it sprinkled liberally with speed and eclecticism. But learning from the past doesn't mean living there: MGT are firm believers in the future of acoustic music, and the future of jazz. www.facebook.com/moongrassmusic/ https://soundcloud.com/user-459741785 Javier and the blues became buddies in 1978 when he discovered…

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Good Diction | Dirty Romance Novels (Gypsy Jazz/Roots) $6

Friday, April 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Music should be A) fun and B) meaningful. Inspired by Odetta, the Kinks and church music, Good Diction is bold, wild rhythm-and-blues-grass. The band is uncompromising in the belief that music should be taken to logical extremes — the soft songs should be soft, the loud songs should be loud, the sad songs sad and the beautiful songs beautiful. Good Diction is a testament to music-as-community. Each rehearsal begins with a meal and time to relax — the music has…

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Second Saturdays: Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows (Vintage Vocal Jazz) $10

Saturday, April 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows join us every Second Saturday, beginning September 2017! Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows. Five piece plays all the hits circa 1935, classic vintage pop/jazz. Kate on upright and vocals with the Most Excellent Fellows on drums, guitar, trombone and trumpet. Kate will present "Music & Booze" A light history of music and booze from 1908-1958. http://katelynchmusic.com Music 9-11pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your table! $10 cover…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 15 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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,…

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Julian Manzara Quartet with special guests Katia Cardenas Quartet (Jazz) $8

Sunday, April 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Julian Manzara Quartet shows span fast tempos and lush, dramatic ballads, balancing originals with standards and funky backbeats with swing. https://www.julianmanzara.com Katia Cardenas is a luminous, multi-genre vocalist, who has performed nation-wide, inspiring audiences with her smooth, powerful voice and infectious, uplifting energy. Recognized for her impeccable range, and dynamic stylings, she has been performing since an early age. Katia has been most influenced by Ella Fitzgerald’s spirited jazz standards, Aretha Franklin’s high-powered R&B flavors and Astrid Giberto’s dulcet bossa…

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Nici Peper with Charlie Parr (Folk) $8

Monday, April 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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. Peper has opened for Brett Michaels, Elvis Monroe, GB Leighton, Dan Navarro, and more. She has recorded in Nashville, toured Alaska, the Ozarks and the Midwest, has been on Twin Cities Live,…

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Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we…

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Fur Coats and Bar Fights with guest Sarah Burton (Funk/Blues Rock) $5

Thursday, April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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. www.facebook.com/FurCoatsAndBarFights/ Burton’s career started with a broken heart, a broken down van, and a haphazard tour across Canada in…

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, April 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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. http://www.familythreemusic.com RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to…

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Margot | M French (Americana/Folk) $6

Saturday, April 21 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Margot is a six-piece Americana-rock band from Minneapolis. Lyrically their songs harken back to the socially conscious folk music of the 60s and 70s, while their sound is a rock-n-roll infused Americana that’s just as likely to burst into wild three-part harmony as it is to wind down to somber acoustic performances. www.margot.band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtJKQdeKFcE&feature=youtu.be Nashville influenced singer-songwriter M French’s music and lyrics catch at the strings of hope hidden within heartache. Guitar in hand, coffee cup nearby; the melody transports…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 22 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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,…

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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes. Rachelle Smith earned her B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota, where she studied under Tanya Remenikova. Other teachers include Olga Dolgaya, Laura Handler, and Hong Wang. Rachelle is an active performer around the Twin Cities, both as a cellist and as a singer/songwriter under the artist name Rachelle LaNae. She loves sharing her passion for music while learning from her students, and currently teaches cello at…

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Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we…

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Vicky Emerson Band Kickstarter Closing Party with Mother Banjo (Folk/Singer-songwriter) $8

Thursday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, will be joined on stage with her incredible band for a night of Americana music. Vicky Emerson was raised in rural Wisconsin, has lived in New York City and San Francisco before relocating back to her roots in Minneapolis to raise her children. She has opened for songwriting luminaries such as Malcolm Holcombe and Gregory Alan Isakov, toured on a national basis and mentors songwriters on touring and career management. Wake Me When the Wind…

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Fourth Fridays: The Melvilles with special guest Cosmoline (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, April 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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. THE MELVILLES ARE: Brian Amelang: Keyboards, melodica, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, vocals Dan Andreasen: Saxophone Dan Mackaman:…

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The April Fools (Americana) $8

Saturday, April 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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The band's self-released debut in 2015 garnered airplay on over 140 radio stations across the US and Canada, including 90.3 KFAI and 89.3 The Current in the Twin Cities. Their brand new release (11/18/2017) "Colorwheel" on Blackberry Way Records is already generating interest over the airwaves where listeners responded enthusiastically to The April Fools' unique blend of Roots, Rock, and Americana. The band simply call themselves "American Rock and Roll." No matter what you call it, their shows at The…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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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,…

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Honky-Tonk Jump (Western Swing) $8

Sunday, April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Honky-Tonk Jump plays swingin' Texas dance hall music in the tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Ernest Tubb and Spade Cooley with a sprinkling of Hank Williams and other early honky-tonk legends. This five-piece band rustles up a rhythm roundup with Dan Newton on accordion/vocals, Tom Schaefer on fiddle, Dan Lowinger on guitar, Vaughn Asselstine on bass and Dehl Gallagher on drums. Their music features signature twin and triple leads on accordion, fiddle and guitar with soulful vocals, all backed…

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May 2018

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley by clicking HERE. Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us…

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Dedric Clark (of The Social Animals) with special guest Jill Zimmerman (Rock/Indie) $8

Thursday, May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dedric Clark is the lead vocalist and lyricist of The Social Animals. In the last two years, they have shared the stage with The Shins, Moon Taxi, played the Firefly Music Festival, and joined a full U.S. tour with The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional. Off the stage, they have worked with many influential creators, including Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies), Steve Berlin (Deer Tick, Los Lobos), and Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional). When Dedric is not on tour with The Social…

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Laura Lou Album Release Party with special guest Mama Caught Fire (Indie Folk) $10

Friday, May 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Laura Lou is the breath of fresh air you didn't realize you needed to take. With songs that focus on authenticity, presence, and timelessness, Laura Lou draws you in with her full-body vocals, tender ballads, and fun driving folk rock bangers. Yes. Folk/Rock Bangers. Only in MPLS. Her first EP, Seduction Lullaby, was released in the Fall of 2014 and she's releasing her first full-length album in the Spring of 2018. www.lauraloumusic.com Laura Lou Video Link With special guests Mama…

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Tim Sparks & Phil Heywood (Finger-style Acoustic) $10

Saturday, May 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood are two of the reasons why Minnesota is known nationwide as a hotbed for acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Both guitarists are widely recognized for their solo careers and have inspired seasoned pros and aspiring students alike with their unique talents. Both are former National Fingerpicking Champions who have gone on to release numerous recordings and compile lengthy performance resumés. About ten years ago Tim and Phil began to work up duets and perform together. They’ve built…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 6 @ 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,…

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Larry McDonough Jazz Quartet $8

Sunday, May 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Larry McDonough Trio will celebrate the two live recordings of legendary pianist and composer Bill Evans, bassist and composer Scott Lafaro, and drummer Paul Motian on June 25, 1961 at the Village Vanguard. “Sunday at the Village Vanguard” and “Waltz for Debby” were the last recordings of this trio, as LaFaro died in a car accident just ten days after the live date at the Village Vanguard. The trio revolutionized jazz, with each member improvising at the same time…

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Lightnin’ Joe Peterson (Rock N Roll) $5

Monday, May 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lightnin' Joe Peterson is a songwriter and musician from the high desert of New Mexico. He has made his living as an internationally touring multi-instrumentalist for over 15 years, and is currently based in Minneapolis, MN. He is in the midst of recording his first solo EP, which will be available in the spring of 2018. https://www.facebook.com/LightninJoePeterson/ Music 8-10pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! $5 cover charges on the tab.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley by clicking HERE. Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us…

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RIVER ROOM: Ray Bonneville (Blues Singer Songwriter) $20 Adv / $25 Cash Door

Thursday, May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ray Bonneville is a hard driving, blues dipped, song and groove man writing about the people on the fringe of society. Ray’s vibe is loose and soulful, with a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica, smoky vocals and pulsing foot percussion. In 1999 he won the Juno award (Canada’s Grammy) and was nominated twice more. Ray's song “I am the Big Easy” was the most played song by American folk DJs, and won “Song of the Year” in 2009. Ray won…

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Dizzy Hat (Jazz/Jive/Soul) $8

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

Dizzy Hat is an organic mix of jive, funk and soul with compositions ranging from Katz’s off-beat originals to covers of Slim Gaillard, Oscar Brown Jr. and Tom Waits. Exploring dangerous new territory with any luck. Steve Katz- Bass, vocals Ken Goldman- Drums Lindsay Paine- Guitar Peter Vircks- Sax Matt Darling- Trombone Katz and Dogs BandCamp Music 8-10pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! $8 cover on the tab.

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

Friday, May 11 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Love Songs For Angry Men ... A Rare full band performance Pre-sale record release kick off party Nick Hensley's Love Songs For Angry Men The Acoustic Solo, Duo, Trio & Occasional(4-8 Piece) Full Band (with the terrible name) From Saint Paul, Minnesota (The Best City in the Twin Cities!) Nick Hensley is the former lead singer and co creator of The District, a regional soul & rock act from the upper Midwest, co based out of St. Paul, MN and…

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Second Saturdays: Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows (Vintage Vocal Jazz) $10

Saturday, May 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows join us every Second Saturday, beginning September 2017! Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows. Five piece plays all the hits circa 1935, classic vintage pop/jazz. Kate on upright and vocals with the Most Excellent Fellows on drums, guitar, trombone and trumpet. Kate will present "Music & Booze" A light history of music and booze from 1908-1958. http://katelynchmusic.com Music 9-11pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your table! $10 cover…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 13 @ 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,…

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Parisota Trio (Gypsy Jazz) $6

Sunday, May 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Parisota Trio is an alternate electric version of the Parisota Hot Club featuring founding member, bandleader and guitarist Robb Henry. Matt Senjem rounds out the trio on string bass along with jazz drummer extraordinaire, Jay Epstein. Many selections from the French guitarist Django Reinhardt are still performed alongside jazz standards and vintage pop music of the 1960's. An occasional detour into the psychedelic hinterlands is not uncommon. Bluesy ballads, sonic surprises and melodic improv are the signature for this genre…

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Ryan and Pony with special guests (Indie Rock) $8

Tuesday, May 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ryan and Pony is a brand-new project, although these two indie-rockers have been kickin’ around the Minneapolis music scene for years. Whether it be fronting The Melismatics or playing with the likes of Soul Asylum, Mark Mallman, Phil Solem, The Rembrandts, Grant Hart, or Benjamin Cartel they have always brought an energy and passion to the stage and studio that is infectious. Now they bring their influences of post-punk, power pop, EDM, and good old-fashioned rock and roll together along…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley by clicking HERE. Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us…

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Lena Elizabeth with special guest Freaque (Indie Folk) $6

Thursday, May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lena Elizabeth is a singer songwriter from Minneapolis Minnesota writing songs influenced by folk storytelling with a strong voice rooted in the blues. Growing up in a house full of musicians, Lena works to blend old and new to create a roots/pop sound that is approachable across generations. www.lenaelizabeth.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=OwX4U3-BUpQ Freaque is a South Minneapolis based duo playing music for those who don't fit the standards our culture expects us to uphold. They are continuously experimenting with their sound which…

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, May 18 @ 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. http://www.familythreemusic.com RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to…

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Michael Shynes with special guest Chris Koza (Singer/Songwriter) $20

Saturday, May 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

"Stylistically, he is difficult to pigeonhole because his sound amalgamates many different flavors, blending R&B, pop and blues into awesomely immediate melodies, evocative lyrics and contagious rhythms. Michael Shynes really has it going on." -The Huffington Post "Michael Shynes flies with inspired musical creativity and reaches the sort of heights we aren’t accustomed to hearing performers match so early in their careers. Shynes' dedication has paid off and he’s well on his way to embodying his every musical ambition." -No…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 20 @ 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,…

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An Evening of Songwriters Featuring: Dylan Hicks, Molly Maher, Mary Bue and Marvelty $10

Sunday, May 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dylan Hicks is a musician and writer. His acclaimed fifth album, Ad Out, was produced by John Munson and features eleven tuneful, character-driven songs smartly arranged around Hicks’s piano. He’s also the author of two novels, Amateurs and Boarded Windows, and has written journalism, criticism, essays, and word puzzles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Slate, the New England Review, the Paris Review Daily, and many other publications. https://www.dylanhicks.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=b8ehAjLZP18 Molly Maher is the sort of musician you…

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Nici Peper with Sarah VanValkenburg (Folk) $8

Monday, May 21 @ 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. Peper has opened for Brett Michaels, Elvis Monroe, GB Leighton, Dan Navarro, and more. She has recorded in Nashville, toured Alaska, the Ozarks and the Midwest, has been on Twin Cities Live,…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley by clicking HERE. Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us…

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Mel and the Side Effects EP Release with special guests The Pickled Beats (Indie Folk/Americana) $5

Thursday, May 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

So… 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…

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Fourth Fridays: The Melvilles with special guests Wilkinson James (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, May 25 @ 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. THE MELVILLES ARE: Brian Amelang: Keyboards, melodica, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, vocals Dan Andreasen: Saxophone Dan Mackaman:…

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

Saturday, May 26 @ 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…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 27 @ 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,…

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Liam Gerard with special guest Anna Stine (Blues/Folk) $6

Sunday, May 27 @ 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…

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Natascha Myers with special guest Jared Anderson (Folk/Americana) $5

Wednesday, May 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Natascha grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, where the sweet corn tastes like candy and the growing up is just as sweet. Her first performance? “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” From then on, music became more and more prevalent in her life. She went on to study music at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA. While a senior there, Natascha released her debut project, Do Not Go Gentle. Three months after graduating, Natascha packed up her trusty Takamine guitar, along with everything…

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Lolos Ghost with special guests Mere Kats (Folk Rock/Soul) $6

Thursday, May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fronted by James Loney, hailed "Twin Cities finest classic rock craftsman" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Lolos Ghost is a captivating mix of Loney's beautiful lyricism and the smooth melodic rock expertly thread together by local talents, Paul McFarland, Joe Scanlan, GR Svendaal, Terry Isachsen, Jim Steinworth, J.J Benson, and Colleen O. Lolos Ghost has performed in numerous Twin Cities venues, most notably Dakota Jazz Club, 7th Street Entry, Harriet Brewing Company, Whiskey Junction, and the Driftwood Char Bar. "Stories from a…

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June 2018

MMC Presents: Whalen and the Willows | C​arrie Schneider (Indie/Folk Rock) $8

Friday, June 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for a quarterly showcase of Minnesota Music Coalition members ​​Whalen & The Willows and Carrie Schneider! Whalen and the Willows are an ​i​ndie ​f​olk band based out of ​ Austin,​ Minnesota.​ ​With a focus on lyrics, lead singer Joshua Whalen writes tales pulled from life experience and observation. Pain, suffering, hope, and love are common motives looking to strike an authentic balance of the struggles and joys of life. The band uses melody, rhythm, and harmony to conjure…

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Billy Johnson’s Birthday Show with many special guests (Pop Folk) $10

Saturday, June 2 @ 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. Music 9-11pm http://www.billyjohnsonmusic.com RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your table! $10 Covers charged on your tab.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, June 3 @ 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,…

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Lizzie Jean and the Downbound Train | Johnathan Delehanty of The Wild Vylets (Modern Country/Roots) $5

Sunday, June 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

After an existential crises in the spring of 2016, Lizzie Jean put pen to paper to make sense of the world around her. Lizzie Jean and the Downbound Train was formed with autobiographical lyrics and sassy licks.

Johnathan Delaney, lead vocalist of The Wild Vylets with be performing a solo acoustic set!

8pm Lizzie Jean and the Downbound Train
9pm Johnathan Delaney

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Lightnin’ Joe Peterson (Rock N Roll) $5

Monday, June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lightnin' Joe Peterson is a songwriter and musician from the high desert of New Mexico. He has made his living as an internationally touring multi-instrumentalist for over 15 years, and is currently based in Minneapolis, MN. https://www.facebook.com/LightninJoePeterson/ Music 8-10pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! $5 cover charges on the tab.

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Tabah & Friends (Indie Rock) $6

Wednesday, June 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

TABAH forms sonic expressions melded from natural and nurtured energy. Releasing their LP “Symmetry Somewhere” in 2017, this ensemble is rooted in audience interpretation, authentic instrumentation, and sharing a genuine voice. “Opaque and beautiful melodies. Pure loveliness. Transportive.”— Impose ​ “A mystically groovy sound. A tribal sense of belonging.”— Minneapolis City Pages Tabah Offical Facebook Music 8-10pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! $6 Cover charges on the tab.

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Laura Hugo | Lena Elizabeth | Danny Fromm (Folk Rock) $5

Thursday, June 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An evening of local artists featuring Laura Hugo, Lena Elizabeth, and Danny Fromm!

Music 8-10p

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The Changeups with special guests Gambler’s Daughter (Americana/Indie Rock) $7

Friday, June 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Changeups are an Americana band who play country and rock but also dabble in indie, pop, blues, folk and bluegrass—no songs about baseball...yet. Alicia Kay wrote her first song and joined her first band over a dozen years ago. After two band experiences, she found she was hooked on singing and performing and started The Changeups in mid-2009 based on her songs. She is joined by original member Jimmy Baker, long-time member Aaron Rosener and new member Jeff Ellington.…

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Sarah Morris with special guest Julia Christi Ann (Americana/Folk) $7

Saturday, June 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Over the last five years, singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has earned a reputation for engaging performances, with a voice both clear and lush. Sarah hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where from a young age, she immersed herself in her parent’s eclectic record collection before finally falling in love with the storytelling and songcraft in country music. www.sarahmorrismusic.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMss7Gxptdk Minneapolis native Julia Christi Ann is a singer-songwriter with roots in classic country and Americana folk, with a splash of blues for good measure.…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, June 10 @ 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,…

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Midnight Love (Hard Bop/Soul Jazz) $6

Sunday, June 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Second Sundays with Midnight Love!

This group is just shy of being considered a Lou Donaldson cover band because of all the Burt Bacharach, Ruby & The Romantics, Roberta Flack and Crusaders covers. The line up is saxophonist Peter Vircks (Moveable Feast, Rhythmic Circus, MPLS), drummer Greg Schutte (Mickey Hart, Jello Slave, Ryan Bingham), pianist & organist Brian Ziemniak (F-Deluxe, BZ3, Yohannes Tona Band), trombonist Matt Darling (Hookers and Blow, New Standards, Honeydogs) and bassist Patrick Nelson (Root City Band, Rhythmic Circus, Eric Hutchinson, New Primitives). Midnight Love features the classic tenor sax and trombone frontline, vintage keyboard sounds and a funky rare groove setting with a romantic bent.

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Gun Hill Royals with special guests The Federales (Americana/Country Rock) $5

Tuesday, June 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Gun Hill Royals brew “SoCal Country” rock out of Los Angeles with a sound steeped in roots and classic country. They're headed towards ramblin’, rollin’, shufflin’ and groovin’! If soul happens to put his thumb out there, hell… there’s room in the back. For Gun Hill Royals, music is a brotherhood, music is sacred, and damn it all, that’s how it’s gonna be. www.gunhillroyals.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSVmBna7kSo The Federales: Classic country for the modern world. We're not from the Black Hills, the…

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Dirt Train with special guest Sexy Delicious (Rock & Roll) $5

Wednesday, June 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dirt Train 2rd Wednesdays SUMMER RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

June 13th with Sexy Delicious
July 11th with The Federales
August 18th with Margot

Dirt Train is a five-piece Americana Rock & Roll band greasy enough to spread on toast. With equal parts classic Country and Soul tendencies, these ace Twin Cities players will make you dance, cry, and give you the courage to drink your weight in Jim Beam.

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Tough Old Bird | Savannah Smith (Americana/Folk) $5

Thursday, June 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York by songwriting brothers Matthew and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays modern folk music that reflects the landscape it comes from, a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town. Since its formation in 2013, Tough Old Bird has taken its music to bars, festivals, coffee shops, music clubs and radio stations all over the Eastern United States. On…

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, June 15 @ 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. http://www.familythreemusic.com Music 9-11pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call…

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John Munson Presents: The Fragrants (Funk/Dance) $10

Saturday, June 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8wvt-HuZ4c Do you see yourself here? We do. This is our scene. Is it yours? Check out the demure ladies. They groove with abandon. They are powerful goddesses flying on the wings of Orpheus. Check out the goofy dudes and their herb inspired hand dancing. They know they are goofing. But they can't help themselves. That's where we want to get you. That’s where you want to go. www.thefragrants.com Music 9-11pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, June 17 @ 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,…

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Live in The RIVER ROOM: Adam Levy with special guest Ralph Covert $12 Adv / $15 Cash Door

Sunday, June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for an intimate night with Adan Levy and special guest Ralph Covert! Doors 7pm Music 8pm Ticket sales end 12pm noon Sunday June 17th, 2018. Remaining seats and standing room available at 7pm Doors for $15 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. Adam Levy Offical Facebook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhpKKYvii6c Adam…

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

Sunday, June 17 @ 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…

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Nici Peper with Courtney Yasmineh (Folk) $8

Monday, June 18 @ 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. Peper has opened for Brett Michaels, Elvis Monroe, GB Leighton, Dan Navarro, and more. She has recorded in Nashville, toured Alaska, the Ozarks and the Midwest, has been on Twin Cities Live,…

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Billy McLaughlin (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $20

Tuesday, June 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Billy McLaughlin 3rd Tuesdays Summer RESIDENCY!!

He is recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for melody. His enormous yet fluid acoustic guitar tone has carried him around the world, to Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart and most recently through a devastating medical disorder called focal dystonia.

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Sleep Study with special guest Ryan Traster (Rock & Roll) $8

Wednesday, June 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sleep Study 3rd Wednesdays SUMMER RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

June 20th with Ryan Traster
July 18th with Val Son
August 15th with Adam Levy & The Coming Collapse

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