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March 2023

Chris Mason w/ Beemer $10

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

Chris Mason is a singer, songwriter and storyteller from Minneapolis. Through the writing of melodic folk pop songs, he tells stories of love, heartbreak and everything in between. You will find Chris performing around the twin cities, solo acoustic or with a group of friends. All with the hope of sharing songs that others can find their story in.

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The Dust of Suns Brunch $5

Saturday, March 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Dust of Suns Trio, with Chris Lynch, John Munson & Jacqueline Ultan”

-Beautiful, magical brunch music

Based out of the Twin Cities, The Dust of Suns will take you to a different time and place with all original waltz musettes, magical tangos, and sweet melodic miniatures.

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Ben Cook-Feltz + Emily Haavik $10

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

Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz is a singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist. Combining observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the 60′s and 70′s, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent. His most recent single, "Winter Symphony," was released in December 2022.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, March 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, 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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Jenna Graves $12

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

Jenna Graves is a singer song writer local to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jenna has always been inspired by artists such as Adele and Amy Winehouse and brings powerful vocals to her original songs. Her music style is described as Indie-Pop.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Amanda B. Perry | International Treasures $12

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

Amanda B. Perry is a Twin Cities musician who brings passion and drama to the stage through powerful vocals, and soaring piano chords. In a pop/soul/americana style. Amanda specializes in writing love songs, and songs of life’s shared experiences; as found on her albums “By Special Request”, and most recent release "My Time".

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Whale in the Thames + 5cent Reality $10

Friday, March 31 @ 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.

With special guest 5cent Reality!

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April 2023

Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $15

Saturday, April 1 @ 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, April 2 @ 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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The Larry McDonough Aster Sunday Jazz Series Presents: Footprints – The Music of Wayne Shorter $10

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

Come for the next show of the new Larry McDonough monthly Sunday classic jazz series. The Larry McDonough Quartet will perform the music of Wayne Shorter, who died on March 2 at the age of 89. He wrote memorable pieces, such as Footprints and Nefertiti, and performed with Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Weather Report, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, and others. The piece Wayne’s Thang was written by Kenny Garrett as a tribute to Shorter.

Larry McDonough Quartet

Larry McDonough, piano and vocals
Richard Terrill, saxes and poetry
Greg Stinson, bass
Dean White, drums

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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TJD Presents: Lena Elizabeth $10

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

TJD is on a mission to discover the best new, and emerging artists in the area, and he's bringing them to the Aster stage! Each month discover your next new favorite artist.

Lena Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, writing songs influenced by folk storytelling with a power-house voice, rooted in the blues. From clever and upbeat to soulful and heart wrenching, Lena Elizabeth loves to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster and break expectations.
Adam Zahller's Wheel Eternal plays thoughtful, surprising songs that are acoustic folk at the core, but split off rhizomatically into a lot of different musical areas. For fans of John Prine, Sam Amidon, Robbie Basho, Alice Coltrane, Iannis Xenakis.

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The Stanley Kipper Project with special guest Lightnin Joe Peterson $10

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

Stanley formed Stanley Kipper Project as a trio last year, with bass player Tommy Peterson and guitarist Andrew Wozniak or B3/pianist Lightnin’ Joe Peterson, depending on availability.

Drummer, singer and songwriter Stan Kipper is the leader of New Primitives, an award-winning
band that has successfully played around the five-state area for a number of years. Andrew and
Joe are members of New Primitives, and Tommy was a former member.

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Harbor & Home $10

Saturday, April 8 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, April 9 @ 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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The Way Back Yard Boys w/ Jess Smith $7

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

"The Way Back Yard" is an Americana fiddle band based in Minneapolis that centers its sound around three part harmonies. They draw their inspiration from collaborative singing bands like Crosby, Stills and Nash to create melodies that soar beyond their individual efforts.

With special guest Jess Smith

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Boots & Needles + Sugar On the Roof $15

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

Boots & Needles combines the talents of Lauren Asheim and Dallas Cornell and features Old and New Country Blues, Traditional, and Rockabilly vibes. You may recognize Lauren from past bands including The Hula Peppers, Slippery People and Lady Date. She has also trod the boards as an actor and vocalist all over the Twin Cities including the Guthrie Theater, the History Theater, Mixed Precipitation and more. Dallas brings a wealth of musical skills and an eye for design to the duo and has played with The Cornells, The Changeups and numerous ska and punk outfits back in California. Known as the "human metronome" and a skilled sewing machinist, he is full of surprises. They aim to share their love of all things country and blues, sparkles and dirt and maybe a few more unexpected pairings along the way...

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Billy Johnson’s Black Dog High $12

Friday, April 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. Black Dog High features George McKelvey, Mark Mraz, and Scott Best. Billy 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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Twin Citizen + Ryan Picone Quartet $10

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

At the beginning of the Covid-19 winter of our discontent, Adam Lifto, Joe Hartly, Paul Narlock, Will Hanson and Joe Diaz met through social media to form the band Twin Citizen as a project that would support one another's wellbeing, creativity, drive and passion for music. Twin Citizen has experienced early success in the Minnesota local scene with a recent and near sold out headlining event at the 7th St. Entry and an upcoming debut album release party at Icehouse this summer!

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, April 16 @ 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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Mathew Loren Lochner + Ryan Lee Jones $10

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

Mathew Loren Lochner is a singer/songwriter originally from Duluth, Minnesota, where the influences of folk artists such as Bob Dylan and Charlie Parr first found their way into his music. His writing has taken the form of folk/country storytelling as a means to communicate his ponderings on personal struggle, nostalgia, and waywardness. He now lives and performs in the Twin Cities, though his songs have yet to lose their northern flavor.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Graham Bramblett + Doug Collins $10

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

Graham Bramblett was born in Texas and has called Missouri, Tennessee and Minnesota home. He has released three projects- ‘Under The Lights’ and ‘Standard Harmony’ and ‘The Great Inbetween’ - as well as songwriting credits with other artists.

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Mostly Trees with special guest Chandler $5

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

Mostly Trees is a 4-piece band from Minneapolis, known for their take on guitar driven rock that ranges from grunge to dream pop. Their new style is a stripped down version of their earlier work, realized after bonding over a modified version of the board game Sorry! Once they made up the rules, the possibilities were endless. With a heavy influence of guitar effects pedals, their new album 'Moon Dogs' showcases a diverse range of sounds and instruments. The album was recorded in Nashville, TN with the Grammy Award winning production team of Daniel Tashian and Craig Alvin.

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AirLands with special guests $8

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

AirLands is intimate - and then sometimes reaches for the burning sun. There are drums, four parts, a cello, guitars, bass and a saxophone when it’s hot. There are more harmonies than shred but a tiny bit of shred in a soft way. We call it soft shred. There are long notes on pads and there are snyths that are nice to hear but boring to play. I think drums are for mallets, but drummers tend to disagree. I like songs that are both about what a person knows and what a person doesn’t know and I’m sometimes trying to help but mainly just observing. entirety.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, April 23 @ 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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Kid Dakota: Does the Music of Merle Haggard $10

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

Darren Jackson (Kid Dakota, Olympic Hopefuls) plays an entire set of outlaw country from the number one outlaw himself, Merle Haggard. Step back in time to a Bakersfield honkey-tonk with music from the golden years of country music. From early 60's classics like "Okie From Muskogee" and "Mama Tried" to late career chart toppers like "Big City" and "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," Darren will play hits and deep cuts spanning Merle's entire career. If you love The Hag, you won't want to miss this!

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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MNAKED Curated by Nick Hensley Featuring Sela Runn + Johanna Matthews $7

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

MNAKED RETURNS!
(A storyteller night of sorts… chopping it down to just the bare essentials featuring great local Minnesota Music and reimagined covers) EST 2005

Curated by Nick Hensley of Love Songs for Angry Men & The MN Songwriter Showcase

Fourth Thursday of every month at the Aster Cafe January through April

Act One: Sela Runn
Act Two: Johanna Matthews

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Paperbacks + The Gated Community $10

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

Paperbacks is an indie pop band based in southern Minnesota, helmed by Minneapolis tunesmith Sven-Erik Olsen (vocals & guitar), whose tuneful, dreamy Beatlesque pop gems are brought to life by keyboardist Julie Sweet, bassist Michael Brewer Carina, and drummer Dan Greenwood. They are currently touring the midwestern United States and will release their debut album in 2023.

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An evening with Wilkinson James $10

Saturday, April 29 @ 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." Somewhere along the line that duo became a full band, adding pedal steel, fiddle, and saxophone to Liz and AJ’s tightly knit harmonies and classic-yet-fresh original tunes. Their first (self-titled) album, released in 2014, showed their love of folk, honky-tonk, and country blues. The follow-up, Abandon, added touches of jazz, torch, and swing to their folk / honky-tonk base, while keeping the focus on original songwriting, eclectic, carefully curated covers, and fun, energetic performances.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, April 30 @ 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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Sarah Ohr Trio featuring Paul Odegaard $10

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

The Sarah Ohr – Paul Odegaard Trio is the result of an experiment in trust. Sarah Ohr resides in Eau Claire, WI, and she was drawn to the harp at a young age because of its beautiful, healing power. Inspired to share her music on stage from a deeply mournful period in her life, Ohr connects gracefully with her audience while experimenting with different sounds. Sarah reached out to Paul on a referral whim to fill-in for a Wisconsin show, and they hit it off. Paul Odegaard is an in-demand Twin Cities performer and studio musician, and a frequent collaborator with some of your favorite songwriters (Katy Vernon, John Swardson, Dan Israel, Kevin Odegard, etc.), as well as big bands, and other experiments and improvisations. The trio covers popular songs, improvises with live-loops and layers, and creates ambient soundscapes together. This will be an evening of dreamy, ethereal music.

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May 2023

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Emmy Woods + Sammie Jean Cohen $10

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

Emmy Woods was born and raised on an old dirt road in small town North Dakota and currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With hints of country, folk, and blues, Emmy’s songs showcase both her knack for storytelling as well as her strengths in musical artistry. Audiences enjoy a collection of tunes that are at once soft and strong, fragile and fierce. When asked to describe her music in three words, lover of music Kyle Smith said “Queer Farm Vibes.” She’ll be joined by her band, the Red Pine Ramblers.

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The Changeups with special guest Waltzing on Waves $12

Friday, May 5 @ 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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Twins of Franklin + Lakewood Cemetery $15

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

The Twins of Franklin are not, in fact, twins. They are two dear friends and Minneapolis musicians Becky Shaheen and Laura Lou. After being regularly mistaken as twins for years as best friends, roommates, and each other’s solo backup singers, they decided to embrace the label when they formed their duo in 2017. Turns out, a decade of singing together means the pair can do some pretty neat things. Like delivering tight, delicate harmonies that can suddenly become one world conquering belts.To the Twins, nothing is more fun than music-ing together, as a duo or as a full band. That’s the feeling you’re let in on when experiencing the Twins of Franklin’s delightful ballads and zesty uptempo folk songs live.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 7 @ 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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The Larry McDonough Aster Sunday Jazz Series $10

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

Larry McDonough Aster Sunday Jazz Series presents classic jazz on the first Sunday of the month. Past shows have covered the music of Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Tony Bennett, Bill Evans, and Larry McDonough. Future shows will include the music of Jim Hall and Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, and others, along with a Larry McDonough CD release. Stay tuned for more details!

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Danger Pins Release Show $10

Friday, May 12 @ 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.

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Bleek & Grimm w/ John Magnuson Trio $10

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

Bleek & Grimm is a psychedelic/folk/rock duo made up of Aaron Seymour and Craig Teiken. Lead singer/songwriter Aaron Seymour has been a part of Twin Cities music for a long time, having released records and performed live shows in five different decades: beginning as a teenager in the Widgets in the 1980s, the Delilahs in the 1990s, X Ray Hip in the 2000s, Petty Demons and White Sweater in the 2010s, and Bubbles in the 2020s.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 14 @ 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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Mama’s Night Out featuring Becky Schlegel & Mother Banjo $15

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

Becky Schlegel & Mother Banjo leave the kids at home and team up for a special Mother's Day show, featuring a fun mix of folk and country tunes!

Heard on various national public radio shows, Minnesota Music Award Winner Becky Schlegel is a songwriter who draws on the influence of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and her own thoughtful spirit. Becky's incredible voice floats, whispers then soars above music of the highest quality. She takes her listeners on a musical journey, exploring new places and meeting new people in every song. She is a 5-time IBMA Songwriter Showcase Participant and an inductee into the Legends of South Dakota Country Music Association.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 21 @ 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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Nathan Griner + Boots & Needles $15

Friday, May 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Nathan Griner’s style has evolved through his years of performance. He has found his home with a style reminiscent of The Lumineers meet the instrumentation stylings of Shakey Graves. He is visually engaging in his performance as he sings and plays guitar while stomping a cymbal under one foot and a suitcase under the other. He stands out having a big sound as a one man show. His covers will grab you while his originals keep you wanting more.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 28 @ 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 2023

Jason Walsmith (of The Nadas – solo acoustic) $25

Friday, June 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Jason has spent the last 28 years living the racontourist lifestyle as the co-lead singer of his band, The Nadas. Throughout his music career he has been the proud owner of sixteen different tour vehicles - everything from a 77 Dodge Xplorer Van to an Eagle bus previously owned by Meatloaf. It wasn’t always paradise by the dashboard lights though - he’s seen it all.

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The Larry McDonough Aster Sunday Jazz Series $10

Sunday, June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Larry McDonough Aster Sunday Jazz Series presents classic jazz on the first Sunday of the month. Past shows have covered the music of Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Tony Bennett, Bill Evans, and Larry McDonough. Future shows will include the music of Jim Hall and Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, and others, along with a Larry McDonough CD release. Stay tuned for more details!

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