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July 2018

Billy McLaughlin (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $20

Tuesday, July 17 @ 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 guests Val Son (Rock & Roll) $8

Wednesday, July 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

July 18th with Val Son
August 15th with Adam Levy & The Coming Collapse

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Little Man solo show with special guest Robert Wilkinson of Flamin’ Oh’s (Acoustic Rock and Roll) $7

Thursday, July 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chris Perricelli, of Minneapolis rock band Little Man, returns to the Aster Cafe with a solo set showcasing a number of new songs from his upcoming releases along with past Little Man favorites. Perricelli pulls from classic rock influences with a guitar and vocal style that is both expressive and impressive.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, July 20 @ 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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A Piano In Every Home with special guest Turbo Pastel (Indie Pop Folk) $5

Saturday, July 21 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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.…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, July 22 @ 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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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, July 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.

Music 8-10pm

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Dark Pony with special guest Henry James Patterson (Root/Soul/Pop) $7

Wednesday, July 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Pony 4th Wednesdays SUMMER RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

July 25th with TBA
August 22nd with Henry James Patterson

Dark Pony is the alter-ego of Minnesota based producer/performer Jon Herchert. Instead of chasing musical dragons in the far-away musical jungles of Los Angeles and New York, the Dark Pony has set out on a hero’s journey of discovery right in his own backyard. Literally his own backyard.

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Lake Avenue with special guest The Wild Vylets (Alternative) $5

Thursday, July 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lake Avenue is an alternative rock act out of Minneapolis, MN. Formed in late 2010, Lake Avenue has been tirelessly playing shows in the Midwest. In the summer of 2011 they recorded their debut EP, Midwest Ethics, with producer Jeremy Tappero (The Jealous Sound, Attention, Motion City Soundtrack). The EP was released in the late fall of 2011. A follow up EP, You Can't Take It With You, was also recorded with Jeremy Tappero and released in spring of 2013.…

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Tyler Hilton (Singer Songwriter) $17 Adv/$20 Cash Door

Friday, July 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for an intimate night with Tyler Hilton.

Tyler was singing and playing in coffee houses as a 15 year old, when a chance encounter with Los Angeles radio personalities Mark and Brian from KLOS led to multiple appearances on their radio show, live concert dates with the duo, and national exposure. He released his first album independently shortly thereafter, which led to major label interest and eventually signing to Maverick/ Warner Records where he released "The Tracks of Tyler Hilton" which garnered two singles on the Billboard Top 40 charts.

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Ben Noble with special guests Good Diction (Indie Folk) $8

Saturday, July 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter who released his first full-length album Whisky Priest in the Spring of 2017. Fully self-produced and recorded in a cabin, Whisky Priest is a journey of exacting introspection. Noble loves the contrast of serene, innocent melodies with a haunting chorus of falsetto voices.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, July 29 @ 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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Julian Manzara Quartet (Jazz) $6

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

Julian Manzara is a guitarist and composer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the leader of jazz group Julian Manzara Quartet, which focuses on performing his original compositions. The quartet's concerts feature strong melodies and intense improvisations in a wide variety of jazz styles including blues, jazz-samba and jazz-rock fusion. The group has performed at some of the Twin Cities’ favorite jazz spots such as Jazz Central Studios, Reverie Cafe + Bar, and The Black Dog. The quartet will be…

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August 2018

Tabah & Friends (Indie Rock) $6

Wednesday, August 1 @ 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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JEREMY YLVISAKER and friends present nights for all time (Indie Rock) $8

Thursday, August 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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Syvers with special guest Adelyn Rose (Indie Rock) $7

Friday, August 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Syvers, a native Minneapolis indie folk-electronic duo stir together a love of honest vulnerability with contemplative discovery to process their tangled webs of identity in the flickering dance of dark and light.

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By Very Special Request: John Munson and Matt Wilson

Saturday, August 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Music 9-11pm

RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS
Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot!
$35 cover charges on the tab.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 5 @ 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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The Fourth Wall (Jazz Quartet) $5

Sunday, August 5 @ 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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Lightnin’ Joe Peterson (Rock N Roll) $5

Monday, August 6 @ 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.

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Dirt Train with special guest Said Kelley (Rock & Roll) $5

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

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

August 18th with Said Kelley

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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Tony Sig | Adam Herman (Southern Rock) $5

Thursday, August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In hearing the name “Adam Herman,” you are already tipped off to one half of a theme that runs through his songs, and the music of The Slamming Doors. The Slamming Doors operate within the familiar. So your expectations may have you jumping to conclusions. Instead of being vexed by creative traps and pitfalls that victimize bands attempting to operate within mostly familiar territory, Herman navigates those traps and pitfalls with an ability that turns them into strengths not possessed by many. Into his cache of tools they go. The second half of the theme–you’ll experience surprise, delight, and excitement as The Slamming Doors both confirm, and transcend many of your early expectations.

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Gabriel Douglas (Rock n Roll/Americana) $10

Friday, August 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Gabriel Douglas has built his reputation on the churning, heavy-thumping blues rock of the 4onthefloor, whose sound is defined as much by his wild man warrior-bellow vocals as it is by the steady pulse of the four members’ synchronous bass-drum thuds—but a delve into the corners of his catalog reveals an artist with a startling breadth of interests. The man keeps busy, holding down gigs in several stylistically distinct groups while regularly performing and recording solo. The solo shows let the guttural howls show through and the songs breathe new lives as stripped down road songs.

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Beth Bombara with special guest Waltzing on Waves (Folk Rock/Singer Songwriter) $8

Saturday, August 11 @ 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 not only for roots-rock, but the irresistible punch of classic pop, too.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 12 @ 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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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, August 12 @ 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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Goodmorning Valentine with special guest Graham Bramblett (Folk Rock) $5

Monday, August 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Not one to stay put for long, prolific Ohio band Goodmorning Valentine (Joey, John, Jay) have earned fans through repeated tours across the states.

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Melodious and the Sound with special guests (Indie Rock) $5

Tuesday, August 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Melodious and the Sound is based out of St. Paul. Sounds like: a melting pot of jazz, rock, blues, mowtown, electric folk, and today's indie music. People describe the sound as nostalgic, emotional, and beautifully dissonant. The most recent release from MATS is a 3 song EP entitled "Lonely Lovers".

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Sleep Study with special guests Adam Levy & The Coming Collapse (Rock & Roll) $8

Wednesday, August 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Assembled in 2011, Minneapolis rock trio Sleep Study has lived up to high expectations set by their dedicat- ed followers and the media. “Coupled with strong chemistry within the band and an updated ‘70s aesthetic as heard on their first single ‘Flower Girl,’ the group has been making waves since their formation.” (NPR – 89.3 The Current).

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Brianna Lane with special guest Maya Elena (Folk/Americana) $7

Thursday, August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hailing from the song-rich soil of Minneapolis, Brianna Lane is the latest in a deluge of compelling songwriters flooding the region. Lane’s vocals are both confidant and fragile, running parallels to Mindy Smith or a close confidant to Americana veteran Patty Griffin.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, August 17 @ 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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Meg Kirsch | The Hollow Ends | Almighty American (Indie Rock) $9

Saturday, August 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

After nearly a decade of composing lyrics to Kenny G cassette tapes, Meg Kirsch finally picked up a guitar and googled how to play. She's been stitching words to her very own melodies ever since. Her debut EP will be released late 2018, and she's pumped for you to hear it.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 19 @ 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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JulyDa (Pop Rock) $5

Sunday, August 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

JulyDa is a Minneapolis-based pop-rock band featuring Julida Alter on voice and cello, and her husband, Sean Alter, on guitar. Their debut EP, Do You Hear Me, emphasizes heavier rock-centered music that incorporates song writing one might find in music by Regina Spektor and Civil Wars. The Alters are part of a bigger six member group, The Blacksmith's Daughters. The new release questions what it means to be human by diving deeper into our wants and desires, while contrasting that with the monotony that can be daily life.

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Nici Peper with Justin Jay Arnold (Folk) $8

Monday, August 20 @ 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, August 21 @ 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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Dark Pony with special guest Henry James Patterson (Root/Soul/Pop) $7

Wednesday, August 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Pony 4th Wednesdays SUMMER RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

August 22nd with Henry James Patterson

Dark Pony is the alter-ego of Minnesota based producer/performer Jon Herchert. Instead of chasing musical dragons in the far-away musical jungles of Los Angeles and New York, the Dark Pony has set out on a hero’s journey of discovery right in his own backyard. Literally his own backyard.

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The Lark and the Loon with special guests Mississippi Hot Club (Gypsy Jazz) $8

Thursday, August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Lark and the Loon are a husband and wife songwriting duo. Roots music by simple definition their writing and song choices traverse the Americana idea in what they call an exploration of the etymology of American music. Sea shanties, Irish dance tunes, Delta and Piedmont blues, jazz, and country all weave together under the calm direction of their showmanship and love of wordplay. Their debut album "Songbirds and Fog" was the highest charted self-released album on the Folk DJ charts the month of its release and has been gaining steady fanfare from the listeners reached by this 74 minute 19 track catalog of an album.

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Ryan Lee Jones with special guest Johanna Mathews (Indie Folk) $7

Friday, August 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota -- Ryan Lee Jones is an American singer/songwriter and music producer. After extensive studio experimentation with acclaimed audio engineer Brian Ricke, Jones is pursuing the art of musical storytelling.

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Eliza Blue “1st of May” album release show with special guest Corpse Reviver (Americana/Folk)

Saturday, August 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Eliza Blue is a folk-singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to her solo work, Eliza also performs as half of the folk duo, "The Nesters" with fellow songwriter and banjoist, Jami Lynn, and she is a regular contributor to South Dakota Public Broadcasting with her monthly, “Postcards from the Prairie.” She has performed and recorded with Roma di Luna, Charlie Parr, and Chastity Brown just to name a few. Other highlights include performances at SXSW, CMJ, and Sioux River Folk Fest, as well as a slot this summer at Red Ants Pants Music Festival.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 26 @ 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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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, August 26 @ 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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Willow Waters and Laura Hugo (INDIE FOLK) $6

Sunday, August 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

As the ripples on the surface of the river mingle and transform the lines and reflections of our world, so Willow Water's music shapeshifts and defies categorization. Dancing lithely between rock and roll, country, old folk, and jazz; bolstered by rich, intricate, and often surprising arrangements and instrumentation, her music exhibits exhaustive precision and delightful variety. And centering this vast array of orchestration is Willow's singular voice - a voice that is grounding in timbre yet soaring in its revelations.

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Juno award winning blues artist PAUL REDDICK with special guest Tucker Sterling Jensen (Blues) $10

Monday, August 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs.

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Frequency Collisions | Savannah Smith | Hannah von der Hoff (Rock Roll/Indie Soul) $6

Wednesday, August 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Frequency Collisions is a one man performing and recording project that mixes multiple genres and sounds to create heady, textured, and sonically rich music. It's thought provoking music for those aimless drives with no particular destination. Much like those drives, Frequency Collisions' music can often be perfectly wandering...and that's ok.

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The Shiny Lights Ft. Chris Lynch & John Eller (Hey Day Pop Rock) $10

Thursday, August 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Shiny Lights illuminate the Minneapolis music scene

If experience was gold, The Shiny Lights would be rich. One of the more promising new bands to pop out of the always crowded music scene in Minnesota – aka The Land of 10000 bands – in 2010, The Shiny Lights have about a century’s worth of collective experience behind them, something that is immediately evident when you hear the inspired pop/rock on their self-titled debut EP. Equally adept at up-tempo rockers and delicate pop craft – and most everything in
between – this is a band that clearly is serious about its business.

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

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

Pronunciation:
(the har-muh- lees)

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

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September 2018

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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

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

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

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Tom West with special guests (Indie Folk) $5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Molly Maher | David Zollo (Americana) $8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Billy Johnson & The Hillcats (Pop Folk) $8

Friday, September 14 @ 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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An evening with Ben Glaros (Rock) $8

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

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

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

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

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

Music 8-10pm

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

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

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

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The Neighborhood Trio (Groovy Jazz) $7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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

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

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

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October 2018

Sam Weber | Lena Elizabeth (Indie Folk) $5

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

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

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

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

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

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The Shackletons October Residency (Rock & Roll) $8

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

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

Featuring special guests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Julian Manzara & Graydon Peterson (Jazz) $6

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

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

With special guest Graydon Peterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Shackletons October Residency (Rock & Roll) $8

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

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

Featuring special guests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

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

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

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Nici Peper with Paul Mayasich (Folk) $8

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

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

With special guest Paul Mayasich!

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

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

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

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The Shackletons October Residency (Rock & Roll) $8

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

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

Featuring special guests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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