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Jim Gruidl’s Buddy System | White Sweater (Folk Rock) $7

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

Jim Gruidl is a stalwart member of the Minneapolis music scene. From his early days as a member of The Bloods (Gark Records) he has carved out a path as a songwriter, and a guitar player. “I’ve been really lucky over the years to be able to team up with great local musicians and create art, whether it was playing my stuff or just playing guitar on their projects. The Buddy System is just the next logical step in that progression.”

Gruidl recently teamed up with bass player Brenda Shepherd to start this new project. “She’s a great musician and more importantly, she lives and breathes the music scene. If she’s not playing in one of her projects she’s helping other women and girls achieve their dream of playing rock n roll with other people.”

Also in the band is Gruidl’s daughter, Ruby Gruidl. An accomplished violin player with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, she travels a new path that involves electric guitar and singing. The latter is a breathtaking sound to behold.

Peter Anderson is on drums. Growing up together, he and Jim have been on a musical journey that started when they were ten, and has lasted four decades. “The only thing I can say about Pete is that he’s a rock solid drummer, and a rock solid dude.”

Mark O’Day is also sharing the drumming duties on occasion. “Good drummers are always busy, and I was fortunate to meet Mark while playing guitar for someone else. I asked him to step in and play my stuff and he did so with a great feel and connection to
the music.”

Jim Gruidl’s Buddy System Official Facebook Page

White Sweater is a folk / rock / pop group that plays the original songs of its own
members’ previous groups, along with a few carefully selected covers, as well as their own new original material. Lead singer Aaron Seymour began his Minneapolis rock career as a teenager in the 1980’s. He has co-written, sung lead vocals and released albums
as front-man for the Widgets in the 1980’s, the Delilahs in the 1990’s, X Ray Hip in the 2000’s, and Petty Demons earlier in this current decade. Guitarist / singer Craig Teiken has been the main singer / songwriter for the Wood in the 1990’s and Rob the Carpenter
in the 2000s’. He has been and/or continues to be a writer, guitarist, bass player and singer in X Ray Hip, Dave Rave and the Governors, Edie Rae and the Blaze Kings (and offshoot Edie Rae and Side Salad), and many other groups. He is currently producing a
solo record of his own material in Minneapolis. Guitarist / singer Edie Rae has been a singer for local heroes Lolo’s Ghost. She has so far recorded and released two albums of her own original material in her group Edie Rae and the Blaze Kings. She also lends
her talents to various bands and musical projects around the Twin Cities. Bassist/singer Tim Francis has been a member of the Fontanas, Fire Sermon, the Delilahs and Petty Demons. He is currently working on his debut album of original material with producer
Rob Genadek in Minneapolis. Percussionist/singer Joseph Pettini performed in several bands in his hometown in the Bay Area of California. Since arriving in Minneapolis in the early 90’s, he’s played a prominent role in numerous projects, including Tambuca,
Big Red Ball, Electric Warrior, and First Avenue’s annual “Rock for Pussy” Bowie tribute. He currently leads his new band, Hurdy Gurdy, featuring several notable Minneapolis musicians, including guitarist Steve Brantseg (Suburbs, Phones, etc.) Drummer Clay Swanson is one of the most versatile and respected drummers in the Twin Cities. Swanson has been a member of many band, including the Widgets and Petty Demons. He is currently drummer with Edie Rae and the Blaze Kings, Earthquakes and Heartaches, and Hurdy Gurdy. In addition to those bands and White Sweater, Clay often lends his talents to numerous other projects in and around town.

White Sweater Official Facebook Page

Music 8-10pm

Make a reservation at AsterCafe.com to reserve your seat for the show.
$7 cover charge will be added to your tab.


Thursday, May 30
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm