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November 2018

LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 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.

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 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.

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 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.

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

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 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.

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Harbor & Home (Alt Roots Rock) $8

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 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.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 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.

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Julian Manzara Quartet (Jazz) $7

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 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.

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Nici Peper with Brian Bethke (Folk) $8

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 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!

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 @ 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.

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Billy Johnson & The Hillcats (Pop Folk) $8

Friday, November 23, 2018 @ 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.

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

Saturday, November 24, 2018 @ 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.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 25, 2018 @ 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.

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

Sunday, November 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Music 8-10pm

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ 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.

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

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 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.

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The Melvilles (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 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.

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December 2018

Flamin’ Oh’s (Rock) $15

Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 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.”

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 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.

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$25

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

Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 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,…

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Northern Darling (Indie Folk) $5

Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 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.

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Al Church and Friends (Rock n Roll) $8

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 @ 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

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 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.

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$10

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

Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 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

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

Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 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.

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

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 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.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 @ 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.

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Keith Secola with special guests (Singer Songwriter) $8

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grassroots of North America, he is a songwriter of the people. Critics have dubbed him as the Native versions of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. NDN Kars (Indian cars), his most popular song is considered the contemporary Native American anthem, achieving legendary status and earning him a well deserved cult following. It has been the number one requested song on tribal radio since the 1992. In 2011, he joined the ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, and Richie Valens, and was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame.

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Glaros, Markworth and Roehm Celebrate Ben’s 50th! (Jazz) $7

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every ten years guitarist/singer/songwriter Ben Glaros celebrates his decade birthday by doing what he loves most; making music in Minneapolis. In 1988 he rocked the 400 Bar with the Wraparounds, 1998 played jazz at Jitters with Your Neighborhood Trio (with buddy Steve Roehm on vibes...see classic video below!) and in 2008 led his own band at the legendary Uptown Bar. This December 12th he’ll turn fifty at the Aster and be joined again by vibraphonist Steve Roehm (New Standards, Twilight Hours, The Neighborhood Trio) and bassist/composer Kameron Markworth.

Come on down and grab a drink and a snack and enjoy a fun night of jazz classics by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and more!

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Gambler’s Daughter with Tucker Sterling Jensen and MANY suprise guests (Folk Rock) $7

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Gambler’s Daughter is the musical persona and band of singer/songwriter Jessa Roquet. Roquet’s music blends poetic lyricism with her rich heritage in folk music, heartfelt rock, and a touch of soulful blues. As the daughter of musicians immersed in the thriving folk scene of the 1960’s, Jessa Roquet was raised into a family culture of tight harmonies, storytelling, and guitars. Since the days of being hauled from gig to gig in the family station wagon, she has built a musical…

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Sarah Morris & The Sometimes Elves BIG Holiday Show! (Americana Pop) $10

Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sarah Morris and the Sometimes Elves come to the Aster for a sparkling night of
everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. Growing up in a house where Brenda Lee,
Johnny Mathis, and Bing Crosby crooned through the family speakers all season
long, Sarah brings that timeless sensibility to her Christmas classics old and new.
Bring your own jingle bells!

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$15

Live in the RIVER ROOM: Holiday Follies with Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque Show $15 ADVANCE/CASH DOOR

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for the penultimate performance of Holiday Follies by the wonderfully talented Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque Show! Doors 7pm Showtime 8pm Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque Show was the Twin Cities first burlesque show, and for 15 years has been its most loved. Backed by a full band and featuring a cast of triple threat performers, LCR has continually pushed the boundaries of comedy, and song and dance. After being such a big part of the…

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The High 48’s Residency Kickoff Show! $15

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us Saturday night, Dec 15 2018 to preview the Bluegrass Brunch residency with The High 48's every Saturday in Jan & Feb 2019!

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 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.

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

Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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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Nici Peper with Joel Kachel (Folk) $8

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 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 Joel Kachel!

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Anna Stine with special guest elour (Indie Folk/Singer Songwriter) $6

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Anna Stine is an indie folk artist creating music that ponders the trials and triumphs that make us most human. Her lyrics and melodies are driven by a soulful authenticity that invites audiences to connect to their own stories. Anna harmoniously blends together her love of honest folk songs and haunting jazz melodies, while drawing upon the influence of powerful female artists Anna's experiences as a music therapist have given her a unique understanding of the ways that music can enrapture and transform us, and she seeks to manifest this through her intentional presence and performance. In her debut album "Company of Now", released in October 2018, Anna delves into the delicate dance of being present in the midst of growth and discomfort. Through songs that speak to both suffering and self-acceptance, she encourages listeners to stand tall, breathe easy, and step from the ground they're standing on.

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Mother Banjo Band Holiday Show (Indie Folk) $8

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Coming hot on the heels of the release of her highly lauded new album Eyes on the Sky, soulful Americana songwriter Mother Banjo hosts a holiday show featuring her all-star band and special guests featured on her holiday EP. Called "a soul-healing collection of songs that put you in the spirit of the season" (Rift Magazine), Christmas Came Early was recorded with her husband Ben Cook-Feltz and features a fun mix of classic Christmas tunes, seasonal covers and holiday originals. This show will be good for those that love and loathe the holidays!

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 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.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 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.

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Lightnin’ Joe Peterson’s Christmastime: A Time for Christmas (Indie Rock) $10

Saturday, December 22, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A wondrous romp thorough all your holiday favorites. Dozens of special guests, including Laura Hugo, Jaedyn James, Tucker Jensen, Jamie Quinn, and many more. Members of Delphia as the string quartet and Dirt Train as the house band. Hosted by Lightnin' Joe Peterson. Sure to leave a glint in your eye, a spring in your step, and a song in your heart.

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Adam Levy’s TURN! TURN! TURN! (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Folk) $10

Sunday, December 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Acoustic cosmic folk, rock & country covers and sweet harmonies from the 1960's & 1970's featuring Adam Levy, Savannah Smith, & Barb Brynstad

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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.

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Skyler Day with special guest Savannah Smith (Indie Folk/Americana) $10

Thursday, December 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Georgia native Skyler Day wrote her first song at age 10 and began playing guitar at 14. Fast forward and she’s released two EPs, wrapped up a successful residency at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles and started this year off with a performance at the legendary Troubadour as well as BMI’s 16th Annual Snowball at the Sundance Film Festival. Day’s second EP, Los Angeles, was co-written with producer/songwriter Steve Solomon (known for hits like James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”) and peaked at number 39 on iTunes. Day is known for her folk-meets-country roots, but Los Angeles has more of an experimental vibe, blending in modern sounds and merging subtle synthesizers with her acoustic guitar. Steven Ward of Grimy Goods wrote that Day has “a voice that cuts like silver and a penchant for honest songwriting.” As Day explained to Ward, “I’ve loosened the reins a bit and now we’re experimenting a lot more … we’re going more towards a pop-alternative thing—I don’t know how to categorize it—it’s just very different from anything I’ve done before.” Day, who is also a well-established television actress, has appeared on shows like Parenthood, Pretty Little Liars, Law & Order: SVU, Grey's Anatomy and Raven’s Home on the Disney Channel.

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

Friday, December 28, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Featuring very special guest performances!

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.

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Rachel Sara Roberts and the Roadside Roses with special guest Jesse Becker (Blues/Soul) $8

Saturday, December 29, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Rachel Roberts is a dynamic and soulful singer/songwriter from the small town of Anoka, Minnesota now living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Influenced by classic country, blues, soul and pop artists ranging from Eva Cassidy to Norah Jones to Jennifer Nettles, Rachel finds a way to relate to her audience through her sweet, heartfelt lyrics, simple melodies, and large vocal range. Rachel’s sassy stage presence mixed with her smokey tone cuts through the room and leaves her audience with stories of heartbreak, love, lust, and everything in between.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 30, 2018 @ 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.

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The Larry McDonough Quartet Present: FESTIVUS (Jazz) $10

Sunday, December 30, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Question:

What do Seinfeld, Christmas, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mr. McGoo, Paul Simon, Ornette Coleman, Shakers, the Middle East, and award-winning American poetry have in common?

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New Years Eve in THE CAFE: Bring Your Own Vinyl Night (FREE)

Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am

Aster Cafe presents NYE B.Y.O.V.! Come and join us for dinner, and Bring Your Own Vinyl records along--

We will have a special dinner menu, and starting at 8:00pm we will be spinning on our Aster Vintage HiFi System--bring your favorite record down and we will spin requests from 8pm to 10pm.

Then... from 10pm till the new year we are excited to welcome a rare live appearance by guest DJ's The 2 Drew Crew! The 2DC bring da funk and soul--we will pull tables and start dancing, with a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight.

No cover, no tickets, just Old-School action. We strongly suggest you make a reservation, special menu starts at 6pm.

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January 2019

Al Church and Friends (Rock n Roll) $8

Wednesday, January 2 @ 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

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Tortuga! with special guest Moon Lake (Jazz/Experimental) $5

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

Per Wikipedia, jazz rock fusion is defined as a “musical genre that developed in the late 1960s from a mixture of elements of jazz such as its focus on improvisation with the rhythms and grooves of funk and R&B and the beats and heavily amplified electric instruments and electronic effects of rock”. One highlight of last weeks Art A Whirl was a performance at FOCI Glass by the band Tortuga!. Tortuga! has a singular and inspiring take on the Jazz Rock genre.

Aaron Biggar’s drumming provides foundation and color. His rhythms can be both surprisingly powerful and subtle. With Shawn Maroney on Bass, these two complete an exceptional rhythm section. Maroney contributes to the ground on which this group builds their musical structures, while adding flourish and interest throughout the set. Cory Jesok, on guitar, provides texture, rhythm, and blazing solo work, creating space or density just when it is required. P.J. Tracy, on piano, asserts melodies, harmonic support and furious solos of his own, traveling through multiple styles within the same tune.

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Steve Katz and the Hungry Ghosts (Beatnik Gutter Jazz) $8

Friday, January 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Songs and tales tumbling headlong from darker alleys— cross the hearts of beats, sinners, and angels in decay. Perfect litmus for a first date.

Steve Katz- upright bass, vocals, composition
Chris Cunningham- guitar, silky hair
Ken Goldman- drums and moral barometer

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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5 Guys with Guitars (Singer Songwriter) $10

Saturday, January 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Good friends on and off the stage, seasoned performers Billy Johnson, Scottie Devlin, Joel Schaan, Ron Tracy, and Matt Muller bring their 3rd annual 5 Guys show to a new venue! A night of unscripted, unrehearsed, live on-the-spot, pick a song and go for it fun! And these 5 Guys have the experience to pull it off. A good time will be had by all...

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 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, 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.

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Mary Bue’s JANUARY RESIDENCY: The World is Your Lover featuring Ice Palace (Indie Rock) $8

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

Join Mary Bue every Sunday in January accompanied by a rotating full band consisting of some of the most talented players in town.

With special guests...
1/6 Ice Palace
1/13 Molly Maher
1/20 Ryan and Pony
1/27 Dylan Hicks

Mary Bue is an indie musician based in Minneapolis. A prolific songwriter with 7 albums under her belt, Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition: love, loss, triumph, dreams, and the natural world. A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens, Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs with inquiries into the spirit, the seeking of deeper levels of consciousness, and deep concern for the environment all mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue.

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Second Wednesdays with Dirt Train (Rock & Roll) $5

Wednesday, January 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dirt Train 2nd Wednesdays RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

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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An Evening with Jason Chaffee (Singer Songwriter) $5

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

Jason Chaffee is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis Minnesota who writes ambient and catchy pop-rock. Being compared vocally with Peter Gabriel, David Gilmour, and Colin Hay, he can bridge driving melodies with an emotionally charged sound palate which keep a new ear replaying the tunes after a first listen.

In promotional support of Jason’s forthcoming album release “Carry Me” in September of 2018 he will be joined by a seasoned line of musicians for regional touring as well as guest appearances at local media outlets, podcasts, and online shows. Global distribution will be supported by festivals such as Iceland Airwaves.

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Coyote with special guest Timbre Ghost (Indie Folk) $10

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

Duluth, MN acoustic outfit Coyote consists of Jerree Small (Southwire) on guitar and vocals, Marc Gartman (Two Many Banjos) on banjo and vocals and Matt Mobley (Red Mountain) on upright bass. Formed in 2007 they have released four full length albums including their new one 'A Different Path'.

Produced by Steve Garrington (Low) this new music comes after a five year break in recording for the band. In light of their recent celebration of ten years as a group, all three members have renewed their vows and contributed original material to this new effort. It is their most collaborative recording to date.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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Vicky Emerson with special guest Annie Fitzgerald (Indie Blues) $10

Saturday, January 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Singer/songwriter Vicky Emerson has been heralded by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and No Depression for her gorgeous, dusky voice and songwriting chops on previous releases but her new album, Steady Heart, which she self-produced, will firmly establish her as an essential, strong female voice in Americana music.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 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, 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.

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Mary Bue’s JANUARY RESIDENCY: The World is Your Lover featuring Molly Maher (Indie Rock) $8

Sunday, January 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Mary Bue every Sunday in January accompanied by a rotating full band consisting of some of the most talented players in town.

With special guests...
1/13 Molly Maher
1/20 Ryan and Pony
1/27 Dylan Hicks

Mary Bue is an indie musician based in Minneapolis. A prolific songwriter with 7 albums under her belt, Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition: love, loss, triumph, dreams, and the natural world. A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens, Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs with inquiries into the spirit, the seeking of deeper levels of consciousness, and deep concern for the environment all mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue.

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Tacky Annie | VAN STEE (Indie Rock) $6

Wednesday, January 16 @ 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.

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The Heavy Sixers | American Pleasure Dome (Indie Rock) $6

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

In 2016, Steve Dupuis (guitar in The Rakes, The Blue Mollies, Trompe Le Monde, etc...) found himself writing a bunch of songs inspired in equal parts by the insane political environment, personal stories and just plain rock & roll. Supported by Mark Devaraj (High On Stress, The Red Flags, WRRC Mpls) to play drums, Emily Dupuis (The Blue Mollies, The Bottlehouse) to play keys and sing back up, Jon Sawyer (The Rakes, Rob Stealcheat) for bass and Grant Eull (Detroit, Manplanet, Frizzle Fry) to round up the lineup on guitar. The Heavy Sixers influences can be heard in varying degrees when they perform live; from classic rock & roll sounds of the 70s to the college rock of the 80s and 90s. The band continues record basement demos in hope to release an album of some fashion in 2019.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, January 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.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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Kari Arnett with special guest Meg Kirsch (Indie Folk) $8

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

Kari Arnett is an Americana singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis, MN. Drawing lyrics from hard life experiences, Arnett’s focus was to connect to other’s through song. While her lyrics are poignant, honest, and thought provoking, Kari Arnett has an authenticity that is rare. Having an affinity for lonesome melodies and rich dynamic vocals, she delivers a genuine Midwestern feel to any room. Her first EP, Midwestern Skyline was released in late 2015, and her single, “Heavy Heart” was featured as a Daily Discovery, by American Songwriter Magazine. Her full-length debut album, "When The Dust Settles" - Produced by: Danny O'Brien (Now, Now, The Farewell Circuit) Mastered by: Huntley Miller (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso), was released September 20th, 2018 and has garnered great reviews from No Depression, Americana Highways, The Daily Country, Wide Open Country, and The Current's Host and DJ of The United States of Americana, Bill DeVille has praised Arnett for "being one of the Twin Cities most hardworking artists", and her single This American Life has earned a #1 spot on The Alternate Root Spotify playlist.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 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, 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.

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Mary Bue’s JANUARY RESIDENCY: The World is Your Lover featuring Ryan and Pony (Indie Rock) $8

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

Join Mary Bue every Sunday in January accompanied by a rotating full band consisting of some of the most talented players in town.

With special guests...
1/20 Ryan & Pony
1/27 Dylan Hicks

Mary Bue is an indie musician based in Minneapolis. A prolific songwriter with 7 albums under her belt, Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition: love, loss, triumph, dreams, and the natural world. A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens, Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs with inquiries into the spirit, the seeking of deeper levels of consciousness, and deep concern for the environment all mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue.

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

Wednesday, January 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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.

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Lowry Bridge with special guests (Rock & Roll) $5

Thursday, January 24 @ 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.

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Billy Johnson with special guest George McKelvey (Pop Folk) $8

Friday, January 25 @ 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.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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Ashley Groves | Mariah Mercedes (Indie Soul) $10

Saturday, January 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mixing genres like Jazz, R&B, and Neo-Soul, Ashley Groves’ music both brings a bang and begs you to lean in. Writing since her early teens, her music range from the sassy and self-confidant, to the vulnerable and yearning. After the band’s debut album, Bad Idea, in 2018, they were featured in The Journal: “Bad Idea” is a big and bold debut that shows off Groves’ emotive voice amid a backdrop of jazzy and soulful arrangements.” Backed by amazing musicians and being compared to Nae Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote in style, and Adele in power, Ashley Groves is not a show you want to miss.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 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, 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.

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Mary Bue’s JANUARY RESIDENCY: The World is Your Lover featuring Dylan Hicks (Indie Rock) $8

Sunday, January 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Mary Bue every Sunday in January accompanied by a rotating full band consisting of some of the most talented players in town.

Mary Bue is an indie musician based in Minneapolis. A prolific songwriter with 7 albums under her belt, Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition: love, loss, triumph, dreams, and the natural world. A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens, Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs with inquiries into the spirit, the seeking of deeper levels of consciousness, and deep concern for the environment all mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue.

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Dreamboat with special guests Old Desert Road (Indie Folk) $5

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

Dreamboat is a Minneapolis based band formed in May 2017 comprised of four members bringing their eclectic background to solidify their sound. With influences ranging from rock, pop, alternative, country folk and R&B, Dreamboat focuses on an easy listening, mellow vibe with a majority of original cuts sprinkled with some classic revamps sure to please your ear. Guitar, violin, banjo, bass, drums and vocal harmonies fill the seas....so sails Dreamboat.

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February 2019

Tin Ear 3tet | Lena Elizabeth (Indie Music) $8

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

Tin Ear 3tet takes a love of vintage swing music and infuses it with a passion for songwriting, playing soul-melting originals both sweet and hot. An all-star trio featuring Joshua Parlanti from Mississippi Hot Club, Daniel Rosen from The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League, and Taylor Donskey from Lena Elizabeth.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 2 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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Battlerat with special guest Eric Mayson (Piano-Driven Rock) $7

Saturday, February 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Piano-driven grooves and melodies are met with climbing guitarmonies and a supple rhythm section. These elements cleverly fuse together with dire vocals guiding the way. Battlerat’s third release, Done Deal, showcases Celeste Heule's idiosyncratic writing style with a collection of distinct songs that deliver both tension and balance.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 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, 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.

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Nick Costa with special guests (Indie Rock) $5

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

Nick Costa is a hard working songwriter from Minneapolis, MN who plays with acts such as The 4onthefloor, Faith Boblett, and an absurd amount more. If you've been to a concert in the Twin Cities lately, chances are very good that you have seen him perform in some capacity. With his own writing he takes his honesty to a brutal, almost humorous level with a tinge of alt-country. A true showing of sadness and sincerity. He released Live at the Warming House in late 2018, and his debut studio album will be out in early 2019.

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Ben David with special guests Jonny and Enzo (Indie Rock) $5 **RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARY 30TH

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

Ben David is a poet that plays fingerstyle guitar. With existential reflections on love, humanity, and the mundane - he crafts folk songs from lived experience. Born to the interminable horizons of Southwest Minnesota, and raised with a love for the Northwoods, his lyrics and chordal style are inundated with enterprise, and enveloped by the roll of the wind. Through calm quiet insights, sidewinding streetlight storytelling, and a glint to the absurd he meanders the valley of music. After playing countless house shows, coffee shops, breweries, bookshops, and the like - he’s emerged from the bedroom to John Munson’s studio in Northeast Minneapolis. With singles acclaimed on The Local Show of 89.3 The Current & Radio Five Watt, his debut album ‘Far Off Gaze’ is nigh complete with a release date underway.

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Todd Albright with special guest Tom Feldmann (Country Blues) $8

Tuesday, February 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His life’s work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it.

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Actual Wolf with Andy Cook (Indie Rock) $8

Wednesday, February 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Legend of the Actual Wolf

There are outlaws, and there are outlaws. Some practice the pose and cultivate the image, though seldom dirty their soft, bourgeois hands with anything actually outside the law. When they do, it is often despicable, irresponsible or just plain mundane. The Actual Wolf, however, is a real outlaw and has pled guilty to it. Between the bust and before the trial AW recorded a pair of EPs, each showing ‘another side of the Wolf’. The first is USA, an everyman’s acoustic album that channels both Woody and Zimmerman on a smuggler’s road trip on the cop-laden corridor of the I-80. The second—Lightning & the Wolf— conjures a 30-something’s symphony to Gawd, a rock EP at times so ethereal that it floats like smoke up into the aether, at others so earthy & grounded you can almost feel the parole. This is not music that pleads for forgiveness—the man has given his freedom as a sacrament at the altar of his beliefs. Rather, these are songs of redemption. Actual Wolf has paid a price, but like many deals with devils, seems to have come out the greater for it.

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

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

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.

What started out as a duo of Travis Erickson on guitar and vocals, and Jacob Pavek on piano, the two childhood friends incorporated the doctrine of their live show into North American Review, which includes Jake Wallenius on drums and Mark Newcome Kartarik on bass. The quartet transformed the wide-eyed tunes into a full-grown collation.

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$12

Live in the RIVER ROOM: Yam Haus “Stargazer Session” EP release show SOLD OUT

Friday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Forming after years of making music in high school, the Minneapolis-based pop band, Yam Haus, released their debut album, Stargazer, on June 8, 2018. Produced by Mark Heimermann at Sevens-Gate Studio in Hudson, WI, the band’s love for punchy pop, old-school rock and roll, sensitive folk, and the beat of hip-hop inspired their first album.

Yam Haus has developed a strong following in the Twin Cities since the release of Stargazer, selling out venues including 7th St Entry, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, and Phipps Theater, in addition to supporting Bishop Briggs at a sold out Mainroom show at First Avenue and being named as one of First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2018.

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The Usual Things | Lake Avenue (Alternative Rock) $5

Friday, February 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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.”

Bolstered by Andy Thompson’s (Taylor Swift, Dan Wilson, Jeremy Messersmith) skilled production, “Backup Plans” exhibits a maturing band exploring their craft in between the nine-to-fives. While still unmistakably The Usual Things, “Backup Plans” breaks new ground with lush keyboard backdrops, string arrangements, and horn sections—hell, there’s even French horn solo hiding in there somewhere.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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

Saturday, February 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 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, 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.

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, February 10 @ 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.

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Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers with special guests The Shackletons (Indie Rock) $7

Monday, February 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

**Rescheduled from Thursday, Feburary 7th**

In 2015 Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers emerged on the scene with their release of Ephrem Pt. 1. Later, with the release of Ephrem Pt. 2 their songs garnered national attention. They secured a number 1 spot on independent radio charts, and licensing deals with MTV, E!TV, and NETFLIX.

In 2018 the band found itself opening for Sam Llanas (formerly of The Bodeans) which lead to a slot in Summerfest’s Emerging Artist Series. 88nine Radio had to say “hottest up and coming talent...dont miss if you want to be able to say "I saw them before they were cool”

Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers just released their debut full length album Ephrem (Pts. 1-3) to a sold out hometown crowd and are scheduled to open for Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth in February. As the shows get bigger, and the fans get more attached, this band shows no signs of slowing down.

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Second Wednesdays with Dirt Train (Rock & Roll) $5

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

Dirt Train 2nd Wednesdays RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

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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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, February 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.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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Sawyer’s Dream with special guest Dayna Koehn (Rock N Roll) $7

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

Sawyer’s Dream is a modern take on 70s vibe rock. All original tunes with amazing vocals and harmonies. The band is upbeat, fun and filled with hippie soul!

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 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, 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.

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The Fourth Wall (Jazz Quartet) $5

Sunday, February 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Fourth Wall is an up and coming Jazz Quartet from Saint Paul, MN consisting of drummer Nathanael Smith, bassist James Towns, and pianist/saxophonist Rhys Leroux, along with a rotation of different musicians. Drawing from a variety of influences, The Fourth Wall's eclectic sound is infectious and thought-provoking, appealing to a diverse audience.

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