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December 2019

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 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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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, December 15 @ 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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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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Luke Callen, Superior Siren (solo), & Joe Kopel (Singer Songwriter) $7

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

A teller of tall tales and a singer of short tunes - Luke - more comfortable at a campfire than a cattle ranch - attempts to shed a simple shining light on the stories of the disastrous day and melancholy mind. This will be a rare performance as Luke will be joined by Elliot Heinz on drums - Lauren Anderson on Bass Guitar - and other special guests.

Deep, dark sea folk. Superior Siren released the debut, full-length, self-titled album on January 12th, 2018. The collection of songs, written by Laura Sellner, portrays the waves of raw emotion and alluring intensity that lives within the music. The album features four songs previously released on the solo Superior Siren EP ‘Lotus in the Muck.’ Those tracks have since grown in captivation with the addition of cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner. The remaining six songs of new material complete the album with swells of enchanting melodies and moods of ominous storms. The album will intrigue listeners with dream-like serenades and eerie echoes of doom.

Joe Kopel is a Minneapolis based songwriter with a unique sense of time, space, and style.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, December 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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A Michael Shynes Christmas Time (Singer Songwriter) $25

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

Michael Shynes brings a Holiday Show in an intimate format to the Aster. This show will feature the comedy of the hilarious Jason Schommer (who regularly tours and opens for world renowned comic Louie Anderson). The performance and looping of violin virtuoso David Gerald Sutton, complete with his arrangements of Christmas Classics. And will mark the first ever Holiday Album Release by songwriter Michael Shynes.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 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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Zaq Baker | David Yellen of Fur Coats and Bar Fights (Piano Pop/Indie Rock) $5

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

Vacillating between laugh-out-loud imagery and painstaking sincerity, Zaq Baker's songs dwell on night-owl heartbreak and on growing up. His lyrics and arrangements reconcile fiercely original rock piano architecture; the adolescent spirit and catchy-or-die attitude of pop-punk; and a healthy amount of musical theatre. This night at the Aster marks a very special solo performance to feature a fair amount of new material.

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Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends (Indie Rock) $10

Thursday, December 26 @ 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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Good Morning Bedlam with special guests Feed The Dog (Bluegrass/Indie Folk) $12

Friday, December 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the midwest folk scene. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness. With tight soaring three part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night with no intention of slowing down. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music. “We want to surprise our audience from song to song.…

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Flamin’ Oh’s (Rock n Roll) $15

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

In 1977, the band Flamingo was formed by Robert Wilkinson (guitars, vocals), Johnny Rey (guitars), Jody Ray (bass guitar), Bob Meide (percussion) and Joseph Behrend (keyboards and vocals). The release of “Flamingo” in 1978, recorded at Tracks on Fifth, included the songs “Smart Girl,” “We Do What We Like,” “One More Night” and one of the band’s most popular and enduring songs, “I Remember Romance.” Critics took note of Flamingo and the EP with descriptive praise: “Hard edged Stones-like rock’n’roll. East Coast street anthems coupled with Midwestern optimism and enthusiasm.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

Over the next 40 years, Flamin' Oh's (as they were renamed soon after their first release) would continue to evolve, perform, and record – with Wilkinson as the enduring frontman. They were a pioneer in the early 1980s’ developing music video industry and toured nationally and internationally throughout the 1980s.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 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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JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $10

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

Featuring very special guests Aida Shahghasemi, Jacqueline Ultan, & Golden Balls!

Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer who has worked with John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Bird, Sandra Bernhard, Damo Suzuki (Can), members of Prince’s New Power Generation, Mouse on Mars, Swamp Dogg, The Suburbs, film maker Chuck Statler ("The Truth About Devolution"), Merce Cunningham dance company, and many others playing on five continents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Ed Sullivan Theater (The Late Show with David Letterman), and other television programs including Austin City Limits and the Colbert Report. He composes and improvises a variety of instrumental music, some of which to accompany dance performances such as "Stripe Tease", some of which for use in films such as "Pitchfork Unsung: Dan Corrigan", "Rhythmic" (feat. Andrew Bird), and "Trophy Husband." Some just for listening while you do your thing. And a lot of rock n roll.

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Sunshine Committee (Formerly H&B) NYE Minneapolis Dance Party (60’s & 70’s R&B) $30

Tuesday, December 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
$30

Ring in the New Year with 60's and 70's R&B tribute supergroup Sunshine Committee in our Historic River Room!

Doors - 8:30pm
Showtime - 9:30pm
Complimentary champagne toast at Midnight!

Sunshine Committee Official Website

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January 2020

Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds: The FIRST of 2020 (Singer Songwriter) $8

Thursday, January 2, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Minneapolis Songwriters in the round, Featuring...Taylor James Donskey, Luke Callen, Rachel Bearinger, Laura Sellner, Jared Zachary, Lydia Liza, & Jillian Rae!

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Steve Katz and the Hungry Ghosts (Beatnik Gutter Jazz) $8

Friday, January 3, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Described as  "a provocative mix of eclectic covers and  Katz's offbeat originals- Truly captivating  … minutes"  by a not so well known music critic.

Steve Katz- upright bass, vocals, composition
Chris Cunningham- guitar, silky hair
Ken Goldman- drums and moral barometer

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 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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5 Guys with Guitars (Singer Songwriter) $10

Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Scotty Devlin Joel Schaan, Billy Johnson, Ron Tracy, Matt Muller. 4th Annual 5 Guys With Guitars show. Rounds style, no set list, no plan. But somehow it always works! LOL!

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 5, 2020 @ 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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Joe Hysell & Dan Neale “Songs to Be Sung from the Porch” EP Release Show w/ Miss Myra Duo (Finger Style Guitar) $8

Sunday, January 5, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dan Neale is a guitarist who moves easily from blues and country to pop, jazz, and rock. Fingerpicking, flatpicking -- he's got it covered. Back when he was a high school kid in Chattanooga, he began to think about a career in music. He played in the school band and in a group formed by his brother. That led to work with a slew of bar bands and a full-time stint in country rock group called Rawhide. In 1986, he left Tennessee for Minnesota ("I married a woman who hates hot weather," he says). As a studio player and sideman, he has worked with Martin Zellar, Bobby Vee, and a host of others. Recently, he teamed up with singer/songwriter Rex Haberman to do a CD aptly called Neale & Haberman (Reissner Records). A solo album in the works, due for release in December.

Joe Hysell is a songwriter who has built a catalogue of songs with a strong foundation in what might be called “country” music but is influenced by folk, rock n roll and even gospel music. Joe has roots in the soil of America and a wayfaring spirit recognizable in his musical pilgrimages – from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Los Angeles to roads unnamed and unknown. Based in Minneapolis, Hysell's newest release “Songs to Be Sung from the Porch” is a collaboration with his long-time pal and playing partner Dan Neale. Recorded in one sitting in the summer of 2019, the duo locked into a groove that unleashed the subtle nuances of a few of Joe’s more delicate songs. Since 2011 he has released two full length albums and 2 5-song EPs to positive reception in the Twin Cities music community. Michael Madden of CityPages called his 2017 “Workin’ Too Hard” release “an efficient, consistent, and unpretentious five-song collection that leans outlaw country, with the deep-voiced Hysell proving himself to be a captivating singer and storyteller.”

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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Tim Houlihan and Paul Madsen: Echo from the Canyon (Folk/Blues) $5

Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tim Houlihan (guitars & vocals) and Paul Madsen (bass & vocals) have been playing Americana originals and covers together for 6 years. Inspired by the movie “Echo from the Canyon,” they’ve created two sets of tunes from the Laurel Canyon scene including Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, Jackson Browne and Carole King.

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An evening with Rich Mattson and the Northstars (Folk Rock) $10

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 11, 2020 @ 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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An evening with Katy Vernon (Singer Songwriter) $10

Saturday, January 11, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Katy was born and raised in London, UK but in the past dozen or so years has established herself as one of the busiest musicians in Minnesota. Combining melodic pop/folk songwriting with her twangy Americana band. She has appeared at Festivals in the Midwest and UK, such as the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Taste Of Minnesota, Stars of the North, Big Turn Fest, and Hazelfest. Her newest record ‘Suit Of hearts’ Was just named as a top ten record of the year by the Star Tribune. She has just returned from her third UK tour.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 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, January 12, 2020 @ 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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An evening with Fellow Pynins (Contemporary Folk) $10

Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fellow Pynins is an award winning contemporary folk duo with a keen and bucolic sense of vocal harmony and song craft. The live performance is a whimsically emotional escapade through the chasms of our, yes, feelings.. Dashed with spontaneous and clever banter, mirth and woe, you will probably cry and quite possibly laugh, a lot. Wielding claw-hammer banjo, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, and acoustic guitar the duo sings predominantly original music as well as reworked traditional ballads gathered from their travels.

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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AirLands with special guests The Fourth Wall (Indie Rock/Jazz Quartet) $8

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AirLands is intimate- and then sometimes reaches for the burning sun.
There are drums, vocals, a cello, guitars, bass, and a french horn when it’s snowing.
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 synths 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 about both what a person knows and what a person doesn’t know and I’m sometimes trying to help but mainly just observing.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 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 High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 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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The Melvilles (Folk Rock) $8

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

David moved across the alley from Karl. Steve bumped into David at a bar. David took a job at Dan M’s company (former Mel). Dan M. had a cousin Brian (former Mel). Brian had been in another band with Jeff. Jeff played on and off with current Dan A. And simple as that… The Melvilles. We all write and arrange songs together. The result is a friendly mongrel with a twangy, funky, folkish, bluesy, jangly, rock & roll bark.

THE MELVILLES ARE:

Brian Amelang: Keyboards, melodica, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, vocals
Dan Andreasen: Saxophone
Dan Mackaman: Guitar
Steve Michels-Boyce: Bass, vocals
Jeff Mueller: Drums, percussion
Karl Schweikart: Guitar, vocals
David Whitman: Guitar, vocals

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 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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An evening with Tina Schlieske (Singer Songwriter) $20

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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Art Vandalay | Jon Rodine (Folk/Americana) $10

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Art Vandalay is a Twin Cities band that plays a unique brand of laid-back folk/Americana with a vibe that is “impossibly catchy” (Duluth News-Tribune). Drawing on influences like Tom Petty, Wilco, John Prine and Neil Young, Art Vandalay's original repertoire varies from swooning heart-breakers to breezy Bossa Nova and gritty Americana songs that are “pure mellow magic” (Twin Cities Daily Planet).

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

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 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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The Midnight Choir Social Club (GOSPEL BLUES) $10

Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Midnight Choir Social Club's sound was born under the Gospel Tent of the New Orleans Jazz Festival, in the protester-filled streets of Selma, and on Muddy Waters' front porch in the Mississippi Delta. The drums (Jess Pierce) and bass (Barb Brynstad) form the bedrock of this band, creating soulful grooves and a solid pocket. Funky, melodic guitar (Tim Frantzich) and saxophone flourishes (Dave Marden) accentuate the steady rhythm. The heartfelt and deep pathos of the vocalists, led by David Ballman with help from the Resistor Sisters (Lucinda Plaisance, Shelly Siegel), deliver gospel-inspired originals and inventive covers (Staple Singers, Tennessee Ernie Ford) that make the angels and the demons dance for joy.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 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 Sprig of That (Modern Classical) $10

Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Delphia for their monthly residency at Aster Cafè. Sprig of That will open with original songs and arrangements for violin, guitar and tabla.

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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James Rone Album Release Show with special guest J.E. Sunde (Singer Songwriter) $10

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

James Rone is a Minneapolis-based songwriter, performing artist, and educator. During the last two decades, Rone’s music has ranged from angular power-pop (The Seagraves) to soul-revival (The Robinson Caruso Organization) to lush pop-rock (School For Girls). His music has been used in podcasts (Filmspotting), short films (Bookman), collaborative theater (Sandbox Theater’s Unspeakable Things) and children’s musicals (I Don’t Want To Go To Bed). “Precious Creature”, his collaboration with Floex, the Czech musician best known for the Machinarium soundtrack, appeared on the international hit album Zorya.

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February 2020

The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 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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An evening with The Mark Lickteig Trio (Soul Duets) $10

Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Mark Lickteig Trio brings together three of the Twin Cities’ most distinctive talents to present a mellow but moving night of classic soul duets from the 1960s and beyond. Mark Lickteig, Andra Suchy, and Mary Cutrufello have each made indelible contributions to the Twin Cities music scene in very different musical contexts. Here, they combine their talents to pay tribute to soul music and its rich legacy of duet recordings.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 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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The Skally Line (Bluegrass) $7

Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Skally Line steams its way around the curves and bends of early American music: Stringband blues, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, early country and bluegrass, and Tin Pan Alley music. Along the way, we tell you forgotten stories about old Minnesota, play original music rooted in that history, and have a rip-roaring good time.

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Becky Kapell Monthly Residency w/ Gini Dodds (Singer Songwriter) $8

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 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, February 13, 2020 @ 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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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 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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An evening with The April Fools (Americana) $9

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2019 has been a stellar year for The April Fools, beginning with the April 1 release of their latest CD "Third" -- engineered and produced by Mike Owens at Blackberry Way Studios, and mastered by Andy Walters at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.

Featuring a mix of originals and covers, "Third" finds the band dialing in a more straight up rock-oriented sound, while maintaining the focus on vocal harmony and classic songwriting that made their first two releases so unique.

"Third" has received radio airplay on more than 200 radio stations in the U.S. and beyond, including features on Tom Lambert's internationally syndicated "The Independent Music Show," "The Razor and Die Show" on WLUW in Chicago, and KFAI, 89.3 The Current, and WEQY locally in the Twin Cities.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 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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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 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.”

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 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 David Gerald Sutton (Modern Classical) $10

Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Delphia for their monthly residency at Aster Cafè. David Gerald Sutton will open with his impressive ability to loop his violin into an entire orchestra.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 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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March 2020

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 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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An evening with Tina Schlieske (Singer Songwriter) $20

Friday, March 6, 2020 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 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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Becky Kapell Monthly Residency w/ John Magnuson (Singer Songwriter) $8

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 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, March 22, 2020 @ 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.

Find out more »

Delphia Cello Quartet with The OK Factor (Modern Classical) $10

Sunday, March 22, 2020 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 29, 2020 @ 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.

Find out more »

April 2020

Becky Kapell Monthly Residency (Singer Songwriter) $8

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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May 2020

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

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 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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