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September 2021

The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

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

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, September 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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 Americana Showcase featuring Luke Hendrickson + MoeDeLL $7

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

The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Emily Haavik with special guest Christopher David Hanson $10

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

Emily Haavik is a singer-songwriter from the shores of Lake Superior, now living in the big city of Minneapolis. She and her band play a blend of Americana that's good for the soul and some glam country that's good for the rest of you.

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Rio Nido $20

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

Rio Nido is a vocal jazz trio that explores and redefines the vocal jazz form with a distinctive blend of musicality, intellect & humor. The Minneapolis-based group’s debut LP, “I Like to Riff,” is considered by many to be a classic of the vocal jazz genre, featuring reinterpretations of the acrobatic vocal arrangements of such fabled musicians as The Boswell Sisters, The Cats and the Fiddle, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

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Aaron Seymour and Friends w/ Rich Mattson $10

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

Singer/songwriter Aaron Seymour has been a part of Twin Cities music for a long time. He has released records and performed live shows in five different decades, beginning as a teenager the Widgets in the 1980s, the Delilahs in the 1990s, X Ray Hip in the 2000s, Petty Demons in the 2010s, and White Sweater and Bubbles in the 2010s and into the 2020s. His latest project is called Bleek & Grimm, with longtime pal and collaborator Craig Teiken. Their self-titled debut EP (with a lot of help from Rich Mattson) was released in May. The late-in-the-month on Saturdays residency for Aaron Seymour and Friends will feature Bleek & Grimm, along with musical sets, cameos, and other surprises from some of Seymour’s past and present bandmates, noteworthy friends and other collaborators.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, September 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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 Americana Showcase featuring Roy Holdren + Russ Parrish $7

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

The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, September 29 @ 8:00 pm - Wednesday, October 6 @ 10:30 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Christian Wheeler + Nina Luna $5

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

Christian Wheeler is a little retro, a little pop, a little avant-garde, and refuses to stay in his lane. He is a producer, singer-songwriter, and studio musician from Minneapolis whose day job as a gun-for-hire guitar slinger feeds back into his original music in unexpected ways. With sparkling hooks, virtuosic guitar work, clever yet vulnerable lyrics, and plenty of ear candy, Wheeler's music is full of surprises while always feeling nostalgic and familiar.

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October 2021

Whale in the Thames + 5cent Reality $10

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

Whale in the Thames is a band built on Rock, Wood, Liquid and Love. Formed in October 2011 when best friends got together for a trip underground to the Basement of Basements to have a jam/reunion. These songs sung in French, English and Gibberish flowed from their Roots of Friendship, Respect and Reality. Join us exactly 10 years later for a one-night-only performance with our friends (and yours) 5cent Reality for a night of music and antics.

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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

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

Kraig Jarret Johnson is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist and recording artist from Minneapolis who has performed and recorded with Run Westy Run, The Jayhawks, Golden Smog, Iffy, Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts, members of R.E.M., Ray Davies of The Kinks and his own band, Kraig Jarret Johnson & The Program.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, October 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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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David Harland $7

Sunday, October 3 @ 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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Billy Johnson with special guest Ali Gray $10

Friday, October 8 @ 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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Kid Dakota with special guest Dylan Hicks $10

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

Formed in 1999, Kid Dakota released two albums on LOW's Chairkicker's Union - “So Pretty” (2002), and “The West is the Future” (2004) - and four albums on Graveface Records - “A Winner's Shadow” (2008), “Listen to the Crows As They Take Flight” (2011), “Denervation” (2018), and “Age of Roaches.” His new double album, “MICD” will be released in 2022.

Darren is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, engineer, teacher, and producer. Although he grew up in a small town in Western South Dakota, Darren cut his musical teeth in Minneapolis. A fixture on the scene there for two decades, Darren founded two critically-acclaimed bands (Kid Dakota and the Olympic Hopefuls), released nine albums, and won three Minnesota Music Awards including “Artist of the Year.” He toured extensively in the United States and Europe, sharing stages with rock and roll icons such as Soul Asylum and the Violent Femmes as well as indie rock stalwarts like LOW and Black Moth Super Rainbow. He owns a recording studio in NE Minneapolis - Homesteader Studio - and has two Bedlington Terriers - Dante and Diva.

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An evening with Wilkinson James $8

Friday, October 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Wilkinson James was born in 2008 when Liz Wilkinson and AJ Scheiber met up and merged their singing and songwriting into a musical partnership that one fan described as "the bastard offspring of June Carter Cash and Townes Van Zandt." Their first (self-titled) album, released in 2014, showed their love of folk, honky-tonk, and country blues; their 2016 follow-up, Abandon, added touches of jazz, torch, and swing to their folk / honky-tonk base, blending dobro, fiddle, and saxophone with Liz and AJ’s tightly knit harmonies and classic-yet-fresh original tunes. Their Aster performance will feature songs old and new in duo, trio, and full-band formats, making for a lively, varied, and joyful night of music.

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An evening with Rich Mattson and the Northstars $10

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

Rich Mattson and the Northstars started in 2014 as a cosmic folk group. Rich Mattson and his partner Germaine Gemberling have been writing songs, recording, and performing together since 2010. Each album seems to get them closer to the source of rock and roll. Their latest, “Totem,” (their 4th as Rich Mattson and the Northstars) featuring the rhythm section of drummer (and longtime Mattson bandmate) Keely Lane and bassist Kyle Westrick, is loaded with jangle, harmony, and melodic energy. The group performs all around Minnesota and beyond and has been invited to share the stage with such notable acts as the Minus 5, the Jayhawks, and Trampled By Turtles. Somewhat of a Minnesota music staple, Mattson is well known for his songwriting and outstanding showmanship as well as his work with literally thousands of artists at his Sparta Sound recording studio.

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Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche $30

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

Suzzy and Lucy released their new recording I Can Still Hear You in the fall of 2020. The album was largely recorded in the darkest hours of the Covid shutdown in the spring of 2020 in NYC. After starting the recording in Nashville, with producer Jordan Hamlin, the mother/daughter team went back to New York City just as the city closed up. They set up studios in their bedrooms: Lucy in Brooklyn, Suzzy in Manhattan, and finished the record. Hailed as “one of the year’s best” by Americana Highways, the new album has been met with high praise. (see attached sheet). Suzzy and Lucy have recorded two albums previously, Fairytale & Myth (Independent Music Award winner) and Mud & Apples (also nominated for IMA).

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Folios with special guest Bev $15

Saturday, October 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Folios is a new music project from veteran St. Paul songwriter Martin Devaney, inspired by a wide library and a love of lo-fi rock ‘n’ roll.

Known as the “Unofficial Mayor of St. Paul,” Devaney comes by that title honestly. Born, raised, and based in St. Paul, he grew up on baseball fields and in bands of the capital city. Whether booking shows at the city's clubs or standing behind the counter at a record store, Devaney has always been dialed into the St. Paul scene.

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An evening with The April Fools $12

Friday, October 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The April Fools began as a studio project for singer/songwriter Brian Drake, who intended to record a batch of his songs with help from a wide network of players to flesh out the tunes. Guitar, bass, and drums would be augmented by horn players, strings, woodwinds, keyboards, vocalists, and more depending on the specific song. The songs themselves spanned a broad spectrum—rock to straight-up country to alt-country/Americana to blue-eyed soul to Brit-pop to folk to 70’s AM radio and more.
The four original members got together for their first jam on September 15, 2013. Easily finding a cohesive thread with which to bring together those diverse genres, they quickly began recording sessions for what would become their debut album. Released in April 2015, the self-titled The April Fools quickly garnered airplay on more than 100 radio stations across the U.S.

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An evening with Tina Schlieske $25

Saturday, October 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tina Schlieske, originally hails from Minneapolis, MN and is best known for fronting the band Tina and the B-Side Movement, now Tina and the B-Sides.

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An evening with Tina Schlieske $25

Sunday, October 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tina Schlieske, originally hails from Minneapolis, MN and is best known for fronting the band Tina and the B-Side Movement, now Tina and the B-Sides.

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November 2021

Kid Dakota with special guests Martin Dosh, Dan Murphy, & Kraig Johnson $10

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

Formed in 1999, Kid Dakota released two albums on LOW's Chairkicker's Union - “So Pretty” (2002), and “The West is the Future” (2004) - and four albums on Graveface Records - “A Winner's Shadow” (2008), “Listen to the Crows As They Take Flight” (2011), “Denervation” (2018), and “Age of Roaches.” His new double album, “MICD” will be released in 2022.

Darren is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, engineer, teacher, and producer. Although he grew up in a small town in Western South Dakota, Darren cut his musical teeth in Minneapolis. A fixture on the scene there for two decades, Darren founded two critically-acclaimed bands (Kid Dakota and the Olympic Hopefuls), released nine albums, and won three Minnesota Music Awards including “Artist of the Year.” He toured extensively in the United States and Europe, sharing stages with rock and roll icons such as Soul Asylum and the Violent Femmes as well as indie rock stalwarts like LOW and Black Moth Super Rainbow. He owns a recording studio in NE Minneapolis - Homesteader Studio - and has two Bedlington Terriers - Dante and Diva.

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Hardy Gal Night featuring The Changeups and Sister Siren $8

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

Alternative Americana rock band, The Changeups, are based in Minneapolis fronted by vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Kay. The lineup consists of co-founder and guitarist/songwriter Jimmy Baker (Crazed Individuals, Eddie Mac), as well as drummer Aaron Rosener (Matt Jennings, Unclick), and bassist Jeff Ellington (The Fake McCoys, The Roosevelts). Their various backgrounds as rock, country, R&B, folk and punk musicians make for a distinct sound changing the song style throughout a performance. Alicia’s emotional lyrics and twangy heartfelt singing trickled in with Jimmy’s fun pop songs charm any audience and is loved by fans of Neko Case, Lucinda Williams and Lydia Loveless.

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December 2021

Billy Johnson’s Black Dog High (Pop Folk) $10

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

Billy Johnson’s Black Dog High featuring George McKelvey, Mark Mraz, and Scott Best.

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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