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February 2020

4th Wednesdays with Call Puerto Rico and friends (Indie Rock) $8

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

Call Puerto Rico is a band started by, and consisting of Gus Jennings, Phoenix Abernathy, Wyatt Henkel, and Elijah Herchert, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The band, already having been friends, formed in the summer of 2018. With Elijah on the keys and vocals, Wyatt on guitar, Phoenix on bass, and Gus on the drums, they create a loose, strung out sound, inspired by r&b, jazz and pop. Already having played shows at venues like 7th Street Entry, the Turf Club, The Aster Cafe and more spots around the twin cities. this is a group to watch out for in the near future. They released their first project, ‘Love is Clean’, in late 2018, and are now currently working on an album with producer/musician Dark Pony.

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The Changeups | Jillian Rae (Alternative Music) $10

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

Alternative Americana rock band, The Changeups, are based in Minneapolis fronted by vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Kay.  They call Colorado their second home and frequently grace the stages of the 331 Club, Aster Café and Palmer’s as well as the Turf Club and Varsity Theater.  Members have played across the US and they have been interviewed and played on KFAI multiple times among other radio stations.  

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batteryboy with Nick Costa (Indie Rock) $10

Friday, February 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

batteryboy combines social awareness and personal revelation to create "music to deal with everything else." Founded by singer Cobey Rouse in 2011, the group includes multi-instrumentalist Eric Carranza, bassist Ray Ringer and violinist Shannon Frid-Rubin. Their lush sound of strings and Carranza's Eno-esque atmosphere give Rouse's emotionally charged lyrics a fitting place to come to hit home.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 29 @ 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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Lowry Bridge with special guest Rich Serafin (Rock & Roll) $6

Saturday, February 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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March 2020

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 1 @ 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 Duo with special guests Lila Ammons Quartet (Jazz) $7

Sunday, March 1 @ 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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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

Tuesday, March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every First Tuesday of the month Radio Five Watt presents an in-the-round style songwriter showcase featuring some of the Twin Cities most beloved local performers.

Featuring Kurt Jorgensen, Nici Peper, & Matthew Griswold

Radio Five Watt is a locally focused music, arts and culture internet radio station. We stream online 24 hours a day from our radio desk in the Northeast Minneapolis Five Watt Coffee shop.

Our goal is to be a catalyst of community and connectivity in a city rich with talent. From broadcasting the best and the newest of local music, to podcasting bits from our arts and culture community. Radio Five Watt is the the place where it all comes together to form one resonant voice, connecting everyone who listens and contributes.

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Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends (Indie Rock) $15

Wednesday, March 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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In the Round- 4 Part Harmony Featuring: Annie Fitzgerald, Sarah Morris, Jillian Rae, & Vicky Emerson (Singer Songwriter) $10

Thursday, March 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Annie Fitzgerald's music has been described as "a blend of Tori Amos' intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan's mystical charm and Edie Brickell's baroque spirit" (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun in June 2018 to wide acclaim. Produced by Danny O'Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted Minneapolis musicians and shaping a textured folk-pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. You…

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An evening with Tina Schlieske (Singer Songwriter) $20

Friday, March 6 @ 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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The Jorgensens (Rock/Blues) $10

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

Kurt Jorgensen has been long time band leader of the Kurt Jorgensen Band, releasing eight albums to date and receiving the praise of fans and critics alike. The Minnesota Music Awards has presented Kurt with Singer of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Brianna has toured nationwide with other artists as a bandleader and solo. Brianna has performed multiple times at South by Southwest, impressing industry luminaries and fans.

The two troubadours teamed up to record Brianna’s debut solo album “Wandering” with Kurt acting as producer and arranger for Brianna’s multi-instrumentalist talents. It did not take long for the pair to team up as songwriters and performers to form The Jorgensens: a team in life on and off stage. The sound is powerful and undeniably fresh, taking root in rock, blues and some southern kissed Americana soul.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 8 @ 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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Erin Livingston, Larry McDonough, & Tom Lewis (Jazz) $10

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

Bill Evans and Tony Bennet recorded some amazing tunes together. This show pays homage to their wonderful work! Erin Livingston , Larry McDonough, and Tom Lewis will share many of these songs as rearranged by Larry McDonough. They will also share tunes that they believe the duo should have performed.

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Becky Kapell Monthly Residency w/ John Magnuson (Singer Songwriter) $8

Wednesday, March 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Minnesota songwriter and singer Becky Kapell picked up her teenage son’s guitar on a whim and began teaching herself to play at the tender age of 42. She had no intention of writing songs but as she taught herself basic chords, melodies began to emerge and then somewhat magically lyrics attached themselves to the melodies. She recorded 12 of those songs with old friends in Portland, OR (where Becky lived as a young adult) for her first record For Now, released in 2012. Based on the strength of that recording Becky caught the attention of Minnesota guitar ace Paul Bergen and as the two began playing together her song-writing morphed from the folkier sound of her first record to the more guitar-driven sound of her 2018 release That Certain Ache. Recorded and produced by Bergen, the record also features his signature guitar work as well as guitar and drums by esteemed Minnesota musician Erik Koskinen who mixed the record and helped with additional recording at his Real Phonic Studios.

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Nick Hensley Presents: Love Songs For Angry Men (Alt Country/Americana/Rock) $7

Thursday, March 12 @ 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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David Huss and the Headwaters | The Be Stills (Folk Rock) $10

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

David Huss is a Minneapolis based singer-songwriter with a writing style rooted in Americana, folk and upbeat acoustic rock. David's songs are written with an optimistic perspective and are inspired by life's transitions.

In 2019 David recorded his first full length album - Intuition - and simultaneously
formed his band 'The Headwaters'. The past year consisted of full band performances around the state of Minnesota, finishing the album, and honing the sound of the full band into the finished upbeat folk rock sound they have become known for. 'The Headwaters'
are Lara Solveig on violin and harmony, Wesley Miller on percussion, Danny Gilles on keys and harmony, Noah Cameron on bass, and Hannah Hmeidie on on French Horn.

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Johannes and The Secret Life with ​Waltzing on Waves (Jazz/Folk) $7

Saturday, March 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Johannes & The Secret Life is the unlikely meeting of musicians and songwriters from a variety of backgrounds. A fateful encounter at an open mic last spring led to the collaboration that birthed the new band. The two songwriters (Daniel, and Dan) draw inspiration from a range of early popular American music, Jazz, and Mediterranean folk. Their lyrics are influenced by years of wandering the globe— by choice or obligation— resulting in songs that speak of longing and reflection. Slow and brooding arrangements turn unexpectedly boisterous, with tempo changes and meandering chord progressions. Johannes and the Secret Life are: Dan Johannes, Daniel Martí, Erica VonBank, Paul Nevins, and Shawn Maroney.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 15 @ 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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Liam Gerard with special guest Julie Eddy (Blues/Rock) $7

Sunday, March 15 @ 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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What Even is “Country Music” (music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music) $7

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

Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, & The Bakersfield Sound
w/ Sawed Off String Band & MoeDell
Featuring Luke Hendrickson
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Relive the history of country music in person. Hosted by 2019 Midwest CMA Americana Artist of the Year nominee Maygen Lacey, What Even is "Country Music" is a limited music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music.

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Elour | Battlerat (Singer Songwriter/Rock) $6

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

Elour (pronounced "allure") is what Elizabeth Ghandour categorizes as Femm Rock. Elizabeth’s direct lyrics, diverse background and uniquely trained voice, combined with Ryan Vee's creative drumming, yield a sound that's both stylish and vibrant. While the lyrics take a thoughtful look at feminine experience, the performances are energetic and fun, at times even playful. 

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Family Three with special guests (Gospel Folk) $10

Friday, March 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.

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Timbre Ghost | Savannah Smith (Indie Folk) $10

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

Timbre Ghost plays the New High Lonesome sound. Songwriter Dustin Tessier's songs are contemplative, immediate and intimate; courting the boundaries of introspection, love, loss, & heartache. The songs are a melodic blend of Indie Country and Rock with a storytelling bent.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 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, 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 The OK Factor (Modern Classical) $10

Sunday, March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Delphia for their monthly residency at Aster Cafè. The OK Factor, a classical crossover duo, will open with cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan.

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4th Wednesdays with Call Puerto Rico and friends (Indie Rock) $8

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

Call Puerto Rico is a band started by, and consisting of Gus Jennings, Phoenix Abernathy, Wyatt Henkel, and Elijah Herchert, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The band, already having been friends, formed in the summer of 2018. With Elijah on the keys and vocals, Wyatt on guitar, Phoenix on bass, and Gus on the drums, they create a loose, strung out sound, inspired by r&b, jazz and pop. Already having played shows at venues like 7th Street Entry, the Turf Club, The Aster Cafe and more spots around the twin cities. this is a group to watch out for in the near future. They released their first project, ‘Love is Clean’, in late 2018, and are now currently working on an album with producer/musician Dark Pony.

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Lily Rabuse EP Release show with special guest Jason Roberts (Singer Songwriter) $8

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

Lily Rabuse is a young, emerging singer/songwriter from Minneapolis with a rare, pure sound. She just released her first CD, a 5-song EP, and is working on completing her first full album. Influenced by jazz melodies and music from idols like Nick Drake, Amy Winehouse and Joni Mitchell, she currently juggles song writing and performing with earning an undergraduate degree.

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Harbor and Home (Alt Roots Rock) $10

Friday, March 27 @ 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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Casey Virock (of Porcupine) And Chris Perricelli (of Little Man ) Acoustic Rock n Roll $10

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

Casey Virock is the lead vocalist of both Porcupine and Carousel Swan.

Porcupine was founded in early 2006 by Casey Virock. Hoping to springboard off recent success from his former band Space Bike, including opening slots for Frank Black, The Descendants, The Melvins, The Jesus Lizard, and Everclear, Porcupine began touring and playing the Midwest. Ian Prince has been supplying the backbone for top-notch indie bands like Story of the Sea, Houston, and Kid Dakota for well over a decade. Possessing the perfect combination of play-for-the-song sensibility and an “all or nothing” attitude, Prince is an undeniable powerhouse on the drums.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 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, 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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Larry McDonough Quartet Present: Time Again – Brubeck and Desmond, Reimagined and Beyond (Jazz) $10

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

The Larry McDonough Quartet will perform timeless Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond pieces in different time signatures than those of Brubeck and Desmond, along with Larry McDonough odd-metered originals.

Larry McDonough is a St. Paul jazz pianist and singer, performing around the world and recording with his group the Larry McDonough Quartet as well as solo, and in duos and trios. He has performed with legendary saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, Trombonist Fred Wesley, and trumpeter Duane Eubanks, as well as a who’s who of local jazz artists, and was inducted into the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame for his work in the group Danny’s Reasons. He has released nine CDs and DVDs as a leader. Alice in Stonehenge and other AcoustElectric Adventures has played on radio stations and streaming services around the world. The CD charted #18 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Jazz Album Chart. Simple Gifts reached number 29 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and also has been played on hundreds of stations around the country and throughout the world. He also is a lawyer and law professor selected by William Mitchell College of Law as one of “100 Who Made a Difference” over the 100-year history of the school. Larry directs pro bono legal services for the poor at Dorsey & Whitney.

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April 2020

Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends (Indie Rock) $15

Wednesday, April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds: The Second of 2020 (Singer Songwriter) $8

Thursday, April 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Minneapolis Songwriters in the round, Hosted by Taylor James Donskey Featuring...Haley Rydell, Anna Stine, Mother Banjo, Gamblers Daughter, James Lewis, Joe Kopel!

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 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, 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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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

Tuesday, April 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every First Tuesday of the month Radio Five Watt presents an in-the-round style songwriter showcase featuring some of the Twin Cities most beloved local performers.

Featuring Kurt Jorgensen, Nici Peper, & Matthew Griswold

Radio Five Watt is a locally focused music, arts and culture internet radio station. We stream online 24 hours a day from our radio desk in the Northeast Minneapolis Five Watt Coffee shop.

Our goal is to be a catalyst of community and connectivity in a city rich with talent. From broadcasting the best and the newest of local music, to podcasting bits from our arts and culture community. Radio Five Watt is the the place where it all comes together to form one resonant voice, connecting everyone who listens and contributes.

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Becky Kapell Monthly Residency with special guest Paul Bergen (Singer Songwriter) $8

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

Minnesota songwriter and singer Becky Kapell picked up her teenage son’s guitar on a whim and began teaching herself to play at the tender age of 42. She had no intention of writing songs but as she taught herself basic chords, melodies began to emerge and then somewhat magically lyrics attached themselves to the melodies. She recorded 12 of those songs with old friends in Portland, OR (where Becky lived as a young adult) for her first record For Now, released in 2012. Based on the strength of that recording Becky caught the attention of Minnesota guitar ace Paul Bergen and as the two began playing together her song-writing morphed from the folkier sound of her first record to the more guitar-driven sound of her 2018 release That Certain Ache. Recorded and produced by Bergen, the record also features his signature guitar work as well as guitar and drums by esteemed Minnesota musician Erik Koskinen who mixed the record and helped with additional recording at his Real Phonic Studios.

Find out more »

Nick Hensley Presents: Love Songs For Angry Men (Alt Country/Americana/Rock) $7

Thursday, April 9 @ 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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Billy Johnson & The Hillcats (Pop Folk) $10

Saturday, April 11 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 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, 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, April 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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What Even is “Country Music” (music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music) $7

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

Nashville Sound & Outlaw
w/ Joyann Parker Band & Sherwin Linton
Featuring Mark Lamoine & Becky Kapell
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Relive the history of country music in person. Hosted by 2019 Midwest CMA Americana Artist of the Year nominee Maygen Lacey, What Even is "Country Music" is a limited music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music.

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Family Three with special guests (Gospel Folk) $10

Friday, April 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.

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The Maeflies (Folk Rock) $10

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

The Maeflies, Minnesota’s Americana-country-rock ensemble of 5, have been playing their trademark sound for over 15 years. They deliver rich signature harmonies, hot guitars and songs that tell a story. The Maeflies know their way around any iteration of guitar, including pedal steel, mandolin and banjo. All the Maeflies can sing and pass around the lead vocal. Mae fronts the band; and you will discover why. The Maeflies have released 2 albums of original music: “Goodbye Sometimes” and “Dinkytown Highway”, both available on iTunes, Pandora Radio, Spotify and more.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 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, 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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Honky-Tonk Jump (Country) $10

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

“Honky-Tonk Jump plays swingin' Texas dance hall music in the tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Ernest Tubb and Spade Cooley with a sprinkling of Hank Williams and other early honky-tonk legends.  Three of the band members were regulars on A Prairie Home Companion - Dan Newton (accordion and vocals), Richard Kriehn (fiddle, mandolin and vocals) and Joe Savage (pedal steel/vocals). We also feature veteran musicians Tom Schaefer (fiddle), Dehl Gallagher (drums), Dan Lowinger (guitar) and Vaughn Asselstine (upright bass). Their music features signature twin and triple leads on accordion, fiddle, pedal steel and guitar with soulful vocals, all backed by a hard-swingin’ rhythm section. This band has fun and it’s contagious! 

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4th Wednesdays with Call Puerto Rico and friends (Indie Rock) $8

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

Call Puerto Rico is a band started by, and consisting of Gus Jennings, Phoenix Abernathy, Wyatt Henkel, and Elijah Herchert, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The band, already having been friends, formed in the summer of 2018. With Elijah on the keys and vocals, Wyatt on guitar, Phoenix on bass, and Gus on the drums, they create a loose, strung out sound, inspired by r&b, jazz and pop. Already having played shows at venues like 7th Street Entry, the Turf Club, The Aster Cafe and more spots around the twin cities. this is a group to watch out for in the near future. They released their first project, ‘Love is Clean’, in late 2018, and are now currently working on an album with producer/musician Dark Pony.

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AJ Scheiber’s Town Boy Album Release Show with guests Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet (Folk Rock) $10

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

AJ Scheiber, the lead songwriter and guitarist for Twin Cities Americana band Wilkinson James, celebrates the release of his debut solo album Town Boy. Mixing the downhome storytelling of John Prine and the funky grooves of J.J. Cale, this collection of original story songs evokes the ghosts of America’s small towns and blue highways.

Joining him on this show will be many of the talented musicians that played on the album, including Dave Strahan (Romantica, Farewell Milwaukee), Stephen Murray (Molly Maher, Sherwin Linton), Peter Anderson (Run Westy Run, The Ocean Blue) and Erik Brandt (Urban Hillbilly Quartet).

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 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, 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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May 2020

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 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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Nick Hensley Presents: Love Songs For Angry Men (Alt Country/Americana/Rock) $7

Thursday, May 14 @ 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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Family Three with special guests (Gospel Folk) $10

Friday, May 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 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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What Even is “Country Music” (music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music) $7

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

Duets & Dynamic 80's
w/ Maygen Lacey, Sarah Morris & Her Sometimes Guys, Noah Neumann, The Home Fiers, Ted Hajnasiewicz,  Dayna Kohen, &  Ledfoot Larry
Featuring Zak "Poppa Bear" Norton & Vicky Emerson
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Relive the history of country music in person. Hosted by 2019 Midwest CMA Americana Artist of the Year nominee Maygen Lacey, What Even is "Country Music" is a limited music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 24 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 31 @ 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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June 2020

What Even is “Country Music” (music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music) $7

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

Mainstream Peak
w/ Girls Night Out & Up South
Featuring Schmitty & Brandon Grady
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Relive the history of country music in person. Hosted by 2019 Midwest CMA Americana Artist of the Year nominee Maygen Lacey, What Even is "Country Music" is a limited music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music.

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