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May 2022

Sophie Javna + Ted Greenbaum $10

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

This is Sophie and Ted's musical debut together! Drawn to jazz at a young age, Sophie Javna has performed with bands throughout Oregon and Colorado. She offers an intimate and soulful musical experience through her interpretation of a wide range of standards, blues, and R&B.

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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

Saturday, May 28 @ 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 $5

Sunday, May 29 @ 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, 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 2022

Cassandra Cole + Chris Mason $10

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

Californian turned Minnesotan, Cassandra Cole is a songwriter, visual artist, actor, athlete, and mother. Cole specializes in songwriting that showcases life’s rich tapestry - and refines each thread, creating a canvas that gives us a look into her soul. In her latest release, Steps, she writes about the human experience.

Steps dives into some heavy subjects in Cole’s life - including years of depression, anxiety, and heartache. Inspired by her favorite songwriters, such as Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, and Ella Fitzgerald, she uses her songwriting to tell stories. The album ebbs and flows - the last track, “Mornings High”, is about taking emotional, mental, and physical steps out of the darkness.

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An evening with Tim Mahoney $20

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

Tim Mahoney, who calls Minnesota’s Twin Cities home, found himself in creative territory vastly different from the love-and-breakup pop songs that have been his calling card for more than two decades. A former contestant on The Voice, Mahoney tapped into his socially conscious muse to write “We Should Be Shooting Stars,” an impassioned cry for peace and humanity in a world increasingly tolerant of gun-fueled bloodshed.

“This song is a first for me,” says Mahoney. “I believe in every word I’m saying. I’m really hoping it just helps unite and bring people together. This can sound cliché, but I think it really needs to start with one person – you and me with this song.”

The gripping, stripped-down mood of “We Should Be Shooting Stars” further punctuates its point – that we should be shooting for dreams, not shooting people, and that we need to rethink, rebuild, and reunite. Recorded in Mahoney’s home turf, “We Should Be Shooting Stars,” ready for digital release February 25, showcases the singer-songwriter’s emotive vocals and his solemn piano playing as well as strings and arrangements from Tommy Barbarella.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, June 5 @ 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, 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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Space Ambulance + Rafta $8

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

Space Ambulance is the improvisational collaboration between guitarist Nick Baker (Maria & the Coins, Yarp, Fragile Canyons), drummer Ryan Barrett (Lazy Scorsese, Space Hug), and bassist Matt Beachey (Slow Clarity, Cassini, Oscar Tengo). The trio formed in the winter of 2019 with the goal of creating fluidly improvised music that draws from modal jazz and classic psychedelic rock. Space Ambulance performs without any preconceived ideas in order to fully access the present moment.

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Billy Johnson & The Hillcats $10

Friday, June 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Billy Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis. Billy was the lead singer of The Hillcats, and is the lead singer of Billy Johnson’s Roadshow. He also has an acoustic duo called B-TEAM with George McKelvey. Billy has recorded 10 CDs. He strums a Gibson guitar with soul, and has a great vocal range.

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The Maeflies $12

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

The Maeflies return to The Aster for a hot summer show AND the release of their new single "HENRYVILLE". Get ready for a big list of songs, with their richest harmonies and full fleet of instruments to entertain you. Don't miss this personal performance on the intimate stage at The Aster.

The Maeflies, Minnesota's Americana-Country-Rock Ensemble, have been playing their trademark sound for over 18 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.
They have released 2 albums of original music: "Goodbye Sometimes" and "Dinkytewn Highway. Their music is available on all streaming music apps, including iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music and more. The new 2022 single "HENRYVILLE" is about the tragedies we bear in the face of our Nemesis, the Tornado. We dedicate this song to everyone everywhere who has suffered. It will be available for downloads on June 18, 2022.

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The Scarlet Goodbye $10

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

The most unusual new band in the Twin Cities is The Scarlet Goodbye, fronted by Soul Asylum co-founder Dan Murphy and Yacht-rocker Jeff Arundel. It has been called "the most unlikely mash up in Minnesota music history", as these two industry vets from different ends of the rock landscape have created a collection of songs that are hailed as "part Rolling Stones, part Townes Van Zandt". TSG will be playing in the cozy confines of the Aster as they prepare for the national release of their first single, "Rosary", on InGrooves/Universal. Space is limited, vibe is ample.

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Andy Ulseth Album Release Show with special guest Emily Haavik $15

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

Andy Ulseth is a craftsman songwriter from Minnesota. A state known for brutal winters, and liberal politics. His folk songs highlight the vivid and visceral minutiae of the modern world rather than focus on the past. What does it mean to be a millennial? Why does life happen all at once? How have we changed? Every melody is important, and words matter.

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David Harland $10

Saturday, June 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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July 2022

Danger Pins + Joe Fahey $10

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

Danger Pins are Shannon Pettini (vocals and guitar) and Joseph Pettini (percussion and vocals). Original electric Americana and select reimagined covers.

With special guest Hans Schumacher!

Hans Schumacher is a Minneapolis based singer/songwriter, and founder of the band American Pleasure Dome.

Music 9-11pm

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$10 cover charge will be added to your tab.

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Aldrich + The Nunnery $10

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

Principally filled with longing and nostalgia, Caleb Anderson is a songwriter and producer based in Minneapolis, MN. Borrowing mojo from his small town upbringing, Anderson has developed a playfulness and wide-eyed disposition that characterizes his music as Aldrich.

Under A Softened Gleam is the studio debut for Aldrich. With a focus on Anderon's earnest vocal presence, gentle finger-style guitar playing, and dashes of levity, Under A Softened Gleam offers snapshots into the uncomfortable process of learning to speak from one’s own heart.

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The High 48s + Caludo $20

Friday, July 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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Elliott Blaufuss + Johanna Mathews $15

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

Playing only four shows throughout 2020 was the least amount in a year's time since starting a band at the young age of ten. Elliott hit the road at 17 (wielding any of the 10 instruments he plays) and eventually became sideman and musical director for artists such as:
Gavin DeGraw, Phillip Phillips, and Eric Hutchinson.

While writing and performing his own material casually for years, he is finally putting his own vehicle into drive with the releases of the Funk/Soul EP "Red" in 2018, followed by the warm and emotive "Blue" in late 2019.

Glamour Magazine and Julia Michaels took notice in early '19, when Blaufuss covered the pop smash "Issues" on youtube.

When Covid hit Elliott started AIRWAVS, a long distance musical collaboration reaching over 33 artists across the country. It was released in May with the proceeds going to the artists involved.

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Hank & the Skinny 3 $13

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

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 shooting from the hip. But listen more closely and the true sophistication shyly emerges. Like the onstage Michael, there is a humble reticence lurking behind that colorful wall of hard-driving sound. A human story of heartache and loss as folksy as the Grand Old Opry, if it were located in lower Manhattan.

And no matter what twists and turns Michael’s music has taken in the decades since he began, there remains its defining characteristic: a side winding sound that evokes dust-blown, mythically sprawling open spaces and the restless roads that run through them.

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