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May 2019

The Melvilles (Folk Rock) $7

Saturday, May 4 @ 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, May 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Oly (Singer Songwriter) $5

Sunday, May 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Eric Olson, nicknamed "Oly," grew up in a small town on the St. Croix River (Stillwater) just outside Minneapolis, MN. Oly started playing drums at age 11, which is apparent in his rhythmic guitar playing. Oly began his professional singer/songwriter career in Colorado, where he founded the band Tunnel 6 in 1995. Touring successfully throughout CO, the band released its first album, "Tunnel 6," in 1997. In 2002 Oly released a solo acoustic album, "Holly Would," with producer(friend) Brad Witham. In 2004, Tunnel 6 was replaced by Oly's next project, Stereomaid, again fronted by Oly and featuring his original songs and unique blend of rock, folk and punk. In 2008, Stereomaid released "The Little Things that Come Between Us," produced by Greg McRae (Rose Hill Drive, Flobots). Notable shows included the Roxy in Hollywood, supporting Porcupine Tree at the Fox Theater in Boulder and helping causes important to Oly with a number of benefit shows. Oly also co-founded and fronted a popular 80’s tribute band, Huge in Germany, from 2004-2009, which opened for Jefferson Starship and Country Joe McDonald.

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Radio Five Watt Live Music Showcase Featuring Ken Valdez, Jim Stapley, & Laura Hugo $5

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

Radio Five Watt presents an in-the-round style songwriter set showcasing some of the Twin Cities most beloved local performers. Featuring Ken Valdez, Jim Stapley, & Laura Hugo.

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Frequency Collisions | MO of RADDA RADDA (Singer Songwriter) $8

Thursday, May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Frequency Collisions is a one man performing and recording project that mixes multiple genres and sounds to create heady, textured, and sonically rich music. It's thought provoking music for those aimless drives with no particular destination. Much like those drives, Frequency Collisions' music can often be perfectly wandering...and that's ok.

Ryan Rud is the head and heart behind Frequency Collisions. A veteran of the Twin Cities music scene he has shared the stage with many national acts in some of America's most iconic venues. He has had music featured in popular television shows like "Criminal Minds” among others.

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Fur Coats and Bar Fights with guests Mellow Cassette (Funk/Blues Rock) $7

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

Fur Coats and Bar Fights is a local band out of Minneapolis MN. They strive to bring to the table the right combination of notes, melodies, and flannel shirts that will keep you lunging towards the nearest dance floor. Fur Coats and Bar Fights also want to bring something new to the music industry - something that will keep people guessing.

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Wayward with special guest Cassandra Cole (Indie Pop) $10

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

Jonathan Edwards, aka Wayward, is an Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. With a love for writing and sharing songs, Wayward is touring the Midwest in anticipation of his debut full-length album "Happiness".

Wayward's sound has often been compared to Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Jon Bellion, and even Imagine Dragons. With lyrics and music spanning ages and genres, there will be something for everybody!
Rooted in Minneapolis MN, Wayward tells the stories of the pursuit of happiness - through depression, love, and while still trying to be adults. In this pursuit, Wayward is playing 100 shows this year and bringing to life dozens of stories through songs at every show.

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, May 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Laura Hugo is originally from the Navajo Nation but has been calling the Twin Cities her home for the last 7 years. She’ll make you feel the feels with her melodic and catchy tunes about heartbreak. You’ll probably find her frequenting open mics, playing at various Minneapolis music venues and watching others play shows at least 4 days a week.

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3rd Wednesdays with Tortuga! with special guests Johannes & The Secret Life (Jazz/Experimental) $5

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

Per Wikipedia, jazz rock fusion is defined as a “musical genre that developed in the late 1960s from a mixture of elements of jazz such as its focus on improvisation with the rhythms and grooves of funk and R&B and the beats and heavily amplified electric instruments and electronic effects of rock”. One highlight of last weeks Art A Whirl was a performance at FOCI Glass by the band Tortuga!. Tortuga! has a singular and inspiring take on the Jazz Rock genre.

Aaron Biggar’s drumming provides foundation and color. His rhythms can be both surprisingly powerful and subtle. With Shawn Maroney on Bass, these two complete an exceptional rhythm section. Maroney contributes to the ground on which this group builds their musical structures, while adding flourish and interest throughout the set. Cory Jesok, on guitar, provides texture, rhythm, and blazing solo work, creating space or density just when it is required. P.J. Tracy, on piano, asserts melodies, harmonic support and furious solos of his own, traveling through multiple styles within the same tune.

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Luke Callen & Wolf van Elfmand with special guest Kyle Ollah (Indie Folk) $10

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

Having steeped themselves like an old bag of tea in the recordings of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music-Luke Callen & Wolf van Elfmand bring the old weird America into the new absurd America. Branding their style as New Folk/Strange Country-the duo uses old tropes to formulate new ideas around Americana music-an oft exclusive realm. Having first met in the dusty boom town of Fort Collins, Colorado-the two formed the hard driving folk outfit Von Stomper-and promptly got on the road. With the band, and as solo musicians they have toured both coasts, the American West, South and Heartland. Now as a duo-part Mississippi John Hurt, Roger Miller, and Blaze Foley-Luke and Wolf have crafted a sound that is both reminiscent of the past, resentful of it's pain, and reluctant towards it's future.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

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

Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat.

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Katy Vernon with special guest Tori Evans (Singer Songwriter) $8

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

Katy has been described as ”One of the Twin Cities’ most beloved folky singer/songwriters.” Star Tribune.

She 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. This ukulele Songbird combines melodic pop/folk songwriting with her twangy Americana band. Katy has just returned from her second UK tour and is making her third album right now. She uses her love of singing and playing ukulele, to make musical and charitable connections far and wide.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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The Fourth Wall (Jazz Quartet) $5

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

The Fourth Wall is an up and coming Jazz Quartet from Saint Paul, MN consisting of drummer Nathanael Smith, bassist James Towns, and pianist/saxophonist Rhys Leroux, along with a rotation of different musicians. Drawing from a variety of influences, The Fourth Wall's eclectic sound is infectious and thought-provoking, appealing to a diverse audience.

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Adam Levy’s TURN! TURN! TURN! (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Acoustic cosmic folk, originals, rock & country covers and sweet harmonies from the 1960's & 1970's featuring Adam Levy, Savannah Smith, & Barb Brynstad

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

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

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

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Emily Haavik & the 35s with special guest taylor james donskey (Alt Country) $8

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

Emily Haavik & the 35s play harmony-driven, string-filled alt-country up and down the greatest of interstates: the I-35. They just released their debut full-length album, Ease Back, in December of 2018.

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Robert Wilkinson | Gini Dodds (Rock n Roll) $10

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

Robert Wilkinson, founding member and singer/songwriter for seminal band Flamingo, that later went on to morph into Flamin’ Oh’s.

Robert is featured in the recently released documentary “Jay’s Longhorn”. Dynamic, passionate, and authentic, Robert will be performing songs from his long and deep catalogue with Flamin’ Oh’s, The Snaps, and his solo album, “Days Like Glass”.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Ice Palace with special guest Sven-Erik Olsen (Indie Rock) $7

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

In 2009, Ice Palace played nearly one hundred shows. The Minneapolis band lead byAdam Sorensen surged with snowballing momentum through three US tours supportingbands such as Cloud Cult, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, and Say Hi. Theyrecorded a second Daytrotter session and attracted an ever-expanding local fan baseopening for nationally renowned artists such as Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Wheat, Mapsand Atlases, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Their second album, WonderSubtly Crushing Us, was released on Cloud Cult’s Earthology label and received praise across the blogosphere by RCRD LBL, Magnet Magazine, Three Imaginary Girls, CityPages, and many others.

On the heels of this whirlwind year, Sorensen abruptly detoured from the road he’dbeen traveling with Ice Palace. He uprooted his family to live on the edge of a mile highnational forest in Prescott Arizona - two miles from their mailbox, with chickens, awindmill pumping their water and a view that went forever. After the continual flurry of line-up changes and hard traveling, the silence of the Arizona high desert felt like heaven.

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Elska with special guests Paris 1919 (Indie Rock) $7

Wednesday, May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Elska is the narrator of cinematic lullabies and creation of Brooklyn-based composer Laura Boland. She represents love, optimism, imagination, conflict & awareness.

Laura’s been collaborating for years in Minneapolis and New York; writing and performing vocal melodies for original projects; most notably the gypsy-noir quintet Bella Koshka and the ambient duo Stehla where she began creating post-apocalyptic soundscapes to accompany their haunting acoustics. Her diverse training inspired these solo works which merge classical elements with sculptural designs.

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Jim Gruidl’s Buddy System | White Sweater (Folk Rock) $7

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

Jim Gruidl is a stalwart member of the Minneapolis music scene. From his early days as a member of The Bloods (Gark Records) he has carved out a path as a songwriter, and a guitar player. “I’ve been really lucky over the years to be able to team up with great local musicians and create art, whether it was playing my stuff or just playing guitar on their projects. The Buddy System is just the next logical step in that progression.”

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Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends with Chris Lynch & Phil Daniel (Indie Rock) $10

Friday, May 31 @ 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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June 2019

Collapsing Stars with special guest Savannah Smith (Indie Folk) $8

Saturday, June 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Named a top 100 SXSW Artist by NPR Music in 2018, Twin Cities based Collapsing Stars have been steadily making a name for themselves throughout the American west. Blending folk, blues and Americana sounds with a hint of modernity, comparisons range from Iron & Wine and the Lumineers, to the Black Keys and Ben Harper. In the last few years they've earned producer credits on a record for Rhymesayers Entertainment (Atmosphere, Brother Ali, deM atlaS), played a showcase at the renowned Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, and in 2016 performed for over 120K people at Red Bull Crashed Ice. Their debut record titled '2012' has received noteworthy accolades including praise from Dan Wilson, the Semisonic frontman who has co-written songs for the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, Weezer, and Adele's 2011 hit Someone Like You. In 2018 they were named a top 100 SXSW artist by NPR Music out of 2000 showcasing acts. They're currently on tour to promote their full length album titled '2012.'

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, June 2 @ 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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Coal Diamond | Martin Devaney (Vintage Rock n Roll) $7

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

Mixing up an unlikely concoction of vintage rock & roll and old country, Coal Diamond is, depending on when you ask, either the stage name for songwriter and vocalist Ryan Otte or the collective handle for Otte and his group. Drawing on influences that range from Waylon Jennings and Doug Sahm to Roky Ericson and Creedence Clearwater Revival Cole Diamond’s sound could best be categorized as “Psychedelic Swamp”. Coal Diamond Official Facebook Page Martin Devaney is a songwriter and the…

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First Wednesdays with Vicky Emerson Band featuring special guest Jake Armerding (Singer Songwriter) $8

Wednesday, June 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

6/5 with special guest Jake Armerding
7/3 with special guest Ben Cook-Feltz

Americana singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, has been heralded by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and No Depression for her gorgeous, dusky voice and songwriting chops on previous releases but her new album, Steady Heart, which she self-produced, has firmly established her as an essential, strong female voice in Americana music. Emerson tours nationally and has opened for Gregory Alan Isakov, Malcomb Holcombe as a solo artist and Emmylou Harris as The Home Fires. She was raised in rural Wisconsin, has lived in New York City and San Francisco before relocating back to her roots in Minneapolis with her husband to raise her children.

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The Heavy Sixers | Leslie Rich & The Rocket Soul Choir (Rock n Roll) $8

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

In 2016, Steve Dupuis (guitar in The Rakes, The Blue Mollies, Trompe Le Monde, etc...) found himself writing a bunch of songs inspired in equal parts by the insane political environment, personal stories and just plain rock & roll, Steve was left with a whole lotta demos and in need of a band. Steve approached Mark Devaraj (High On Stress, The Red Flags, WRRC Mpls, etc...) to play drums, Emily Dupuis (The Blue Mollies, The Bottlehouse) to play keys and sing back up, Jon Sawyer (The Rakes, Rob Stealcheat, etc...) for bass and Grant Eull (Detroit, Manplanet, Frizzle Fry, etc...) to round up the lineup on guitar. After finding nobody who would be willing to sing, Dupuis decided reluctantly to just do it himself. Now, with a few months of practice and a few songs recorded as a band, TThe Heavy Sixers are ready to bring these songs to the people. Influences can be heard in varying degrees from some classic rock & roll sounds of the 60s and 70s to the college rock of the 80s and 90s.

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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Jeff Arundel and the Hammsmen “Now We Go” Record Release Party $10 ADV/$10 Cash doors

Friday, June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10

Jeff Arundel has mounted stages both tiny and large for forty years, singing wistful songs of romance, and funky stuff that belies his true wish to be Bill Withers. He has released seven records of (largely) original music, and in 2019 will release an eighth, called “Now We Go”. Jeff has won awards, been featured on various compilations, opened for Big Artists, and has traveled the world as a singer-songwriter, as a producer, and as a music director. He also founded the ground-breaking Lifestyle music label “Lifescapes” and was a co-founder of Compass Entertainment, at one time the Midwest’s largest independent concert promoter. Jeff performs with his band “The Hammsmen”, sometimes called “the most sensitive band in North America”. He regularly plays the Midwest, often with his lifetime musical brother Billy McLaughlin. Nostalgic, emotional, wistful, funny, edgier than you’d think, and maybe Better Than Ever. Now We Go!

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MMC presents: Adam Levy | Siama Matuzungidi & Dallas (Acoustic Songwriter) $10

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

The MMC is a statewide network for independent musicians who care about creating and sustaining a vibrant popular music community. Through education, communication, and advocacy, we create access to resources and professional development services.

MN Music Coalition Official Website

Adam Levy has been called both a “Great American Songwriter” and an “unknown treasure” by journalists and fans around the world. While leading numerous musical projects in multiple genres, he is probably best known for the last 20+ years as the leader and founding member of the Minnesota-based rock band, The Honeydogs. Long time collaborator and keyboard polymath, Peter J Sands joins him for this special night exploring Levy’s extensive song catalogue.

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SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER Featuring: Call Puerto Rico | Sapphire | Jack Pfeffer (Indie Rock) $10

Saturday, June 8 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the end of the school year with three of the best from Minneapolis' next generation of great musicians: Call Puerto Rico, Sapphire, & Jack Pfeffer.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, June 9 @ 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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CMA, ACM & Grammy Award-Winning Bryan White (Country) $25

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

Join us for an intimate night with award-winning country artist Bryan White!

Bryan was born in Lawton/Fort Sill, (Comanche County) Oklahoma into a musical family. Growing up he listened to all kinds of music. His parents played in cover bands and thanks to his father, he learned to play drums while he was still very young. Drums came natural to him and he became so good at it that his parents frequently invited him to play with them. Since their bands played all different styles of music, White feels it gave him a great perspective and helped to make him the diverse artist that he is today. "Although country music has my heart, I still love and respect all kinds of musical expression."

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round Featuring Courtney Yasmineh, Nathan Walker, & Andra Suchy $5

Wednesday, June 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Radio Five Watt presents an in-the-round style songwriter showcase featuring some of the Twin Cities most beloved local performers. Featuring Courtney Yasmineh, Nathan Walker, & Andra Suchy.

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Ira Haze and the Strays (Rock n Roll) $8

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

Ira Haze and the Strays play Rock and Roll and Americana.
Ira writes the songs and the band makes them sound nice!
With catchy riffs, strong rythyms, and beautiful harmonies;
the group works to create a very fun and infectious vibe.

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Scott Laurent (Americana) $12

Friday, June 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Laurent started playing clubs in Minneapolis while still in high school, signing his first record deal when he was twenty-two. His fifth album "Love Don't Let Me Down" was produced in Nashville, where Laurent is a full time songwriter.

"Nashville has been great. I've been able to work with songwriters who's names I used to read in the liner notes of my favorite records, grammy winners, and major label recording artists."

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Sawyer’s Dream with special guest Dayna Koehn (Rock N Roll) $7

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

Sawyer’s Dream is a modern take on 70s vibe rock. All original tunes with amazing vocals and harmonies. The band is upbeat, fun and filled with hippie soul!

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Tim Sparks & Phil Heywood (Finger-style Acoustic) $10

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

About ten years ago Tim and Phil began to work up duets and perform together. They’ve built an exciting and wide-ranging repertoire drawing from American folk/blues/early jazz roots, some brilliant forays into “world” music, and a few well-chosen pop obscurities. The two have honed a dynamic concert format that showcases each guitarist’s solo selections and culminates in the full glory of two world-class fingerpickers going at it together.

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3rd Wednesdays with Tortuga! with special guest Moon Lake (Jazz/Experimental) $5

Wednesday, June 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Per Wikipedia, jazz rock fusion is defined as a “musical genre that developed in the late 1960s from a mixture of elements of jazz such as its focus on improvisation with the rhythms and grooves of funk and R&B and the beats and heavily amplified electric instruments and electronic effects of rock”. One highlight of last weeks Art A Whirl was a performance at FOCI Glass by the band Tortuga!. Tortuga! has a singular and inspiring take on the Jazz Rock genre.

Aaron Biggar’s drumming provides foundation and color. His rhythms can be both surprisingly powerful and subtle. With Shawn Maroney on Bass, these two complete an exceptional rhythm section. Maroney contributes to the ground on which this group builds their musical structures, while adding flourish and interest throughout the set. Cory Jesok, on guitar, provides texture, rhythm, and blazing solo work, creating space or density just when it is required. P.J. Tracy, on piano, asserts melodies, harmonic support and furious solos of his own, traveling through multiple styles within the same tune.

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Dreamboat with special guests Old Desert Road (Indie Folk) $5

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

Dreamboat is a Minneapolis based band formed in May 2017 comprised of four members bringing their eclectic background to solidify their sound. With influences ranging from rock, pop, alternative, country folk and R&B, Dreamboat focuses on an easy listening, mellow vibe with a majority of original cuts sprinkled with some classic revamps sure to please your ear. Guitar, violin, banjo, bass, drums and vocal harmonies fill the seas....so sails Dreamboat.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, June 21 @ 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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An evening with John Swardson (Americana) $10

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

Based in Minneapolis, John Swardson writes songs that bleed through the holes in the soles of his boots. "A songwriter of uncommon emotional detail, depth, and empathy."

His catalog includes three records of originals, another soon to be released and a wide variety of covers that dart through his own music like Starlings at dusk.

John has opened for many influences over the last handful of years including:
Sturgill Simpson, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Semisonic, Gene Ween, Tommy Stinson, and Echo and The Bunnymen.

His catalog includes three records of originals, another soon to be released and a wide variety of covers that dart through his own music like Starlings at dusk.

John has opened for many influences over the last handful of years including:
Sturgill Simpson, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Semisonic, Gene Ween, Tommy Stinson, and Echo and The Bunnymen.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, June 23 @ 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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Ice Palace with special guest Sigcell (Indie Rock) $7

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

In 2009, Ice Palace played nearly one hundred shows. The Minneapolis band lead byAdam Sorensen surged with snowballing momentum through three US tours supportingbands such as Cloud Cult, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, and Say Hi. Theyrecorded a second Daytrotter session and attracted an ever-expanding local fan baseopening for nationally renowned artists such as Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Wheat, Mapsand Atlases, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Their second album, WonderSubtly Crushing Us, was released on Cloud Cult’s Earthology label and received praise across the blogosphere by RCRD LBL, Magnet Magazine, Three Imaginary Girls, CityPages, and many others.

On the heels of this whirlwind year, Sorensen abruptly detoured from the road he’dbeen traveling with Ice Palace. He uprooted his family to live on the edge of a mile highnational forest in Prescott Arizona - two miles from their mailbox, with chickens, awindmill pumping their water and a view that went forever. After the continual flurry of line-up changes and hard traveling, the silence of the Arizona high desert felt like heaven.

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Adam Levy’s TURN! TURN! TURN! (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Acoustic cosmic folk, originals, rock & country covers and sweet harmonies from the 1960's & 1970's featuring Adam Levy, Savannah Smith, & Barb Brynstad

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

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

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

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Dylan Hicks with special guest Greta Ruth (Singer Songwriter) $8

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

Dylan Hicks is a musician and writer. His acclaimed fifth album, Ad Out, was produced by John Munson and features eleven tuneful, character-driven songs smartly arranged around Hicks’s piano. He’s also the author of two novels, Amateurs and Boarded Windows, and has written journalism, criticism, essays, and word puzzles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Slate, the New England Review, the Paris Review Daily, and many other publications.

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Everest | Folk Uke (Rock/Folk) $10

Saturday, June 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Featuring band members from the Beatles tribute group, Rubber Soul, Everest captures the excitement and energy of the 60s pop groups with an original, eclectic, and modern sound.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, June 30 @ 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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Sonja Midtune with special guests Fragile Canyons(Singer Songwriter) $8

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

Sonja Midtune is an artist and songwriter from Minnesota located in Los Angeles. Her music career started very young; traveling the world at 8 for musical theatre, and singing in bands and musical theatre at Minnetonka High School. Sonja got her BA in Music Theory and Composition at St. Olaf College in MN.

Her original music is in the songwriter-pop category, writing all the music on her own. She is known for her poignant lyrics and storytelling, with a back-to-basics style, nodding to the modern pop song but incorporating her composition skills. She's played all over the Los Angeles area including venues such as the main stage at the House of Blues in Hollywood, a 9-month residency Bar Lubitsch, Vibrato Jazz Club in Beverly Hills, The Viper Room, The Bootleg, and the Mint.

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July 2019

First Wednesdays with Vicky Emerson Band featuring special guest Ben Cook-Feltz (Singer Songwriter) $8

Wednesday, July 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Americana singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, has been heralded by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and No Depression for her gorgeous, dusky voice and songwriting chops on previous releases but her new album, Steady Heart, which she self-produced, has firmly established her as an essential, strong female voice in Americana music. Emerson tours nationally and has opened for Gregory Alan Isakov, Malcomb Holcombe as a solo artist and Emmylou Harris as The Home Fires. She was raised in rural Wisconsin, has lived in New York City and San Francisco before relocating back to her roots in Minneapolis with her husband to raise her children.

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Mary Bue | Julia Floberg (Indie Rock) $8

Friday, July 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mary Bue is an indie musician based in Minneapolis. A prolific songwriter with 7 albums under her belt, Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition: love, loss, triumph, dreams, and the natural world. A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens, Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs with inquiries into the spirit, the seeking of deeper levels of consciousness, and deep concern for the environment all mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue.

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White Sweater with special guests Lovehouse (Rock n Roll) $8

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

White Sweater is a folk / rock / pop group that plays the original songs of its own members’ previous groups, along with a few carefully selected covers, as well as their own new original material. Lead singer Aaron Seymour began his Minneapolis rock career as a teenager in the 1980's. He has co-written, sung lead vocals and released albums as front-man for the Widgets in the 1980's, the Delilahs in the 1990's, X Ray Hip in the 2000's, and Petty Demons earlier in this current decade. Guitarist / singer Craig Teiken has been the main singer / songwriter for the Wood in the 1990's and Rob the Carpenter in the 2000s'. He has been and/or continues to be a writer, guitarist, bass player and singer in X Ray Hip, Dave Rave and the Governors, Edie Rae and the Blaze Kings (and offshoot Edie Rae and Side Salad), and many other groups. He is currently producing a solo record of his own material in Minneapolis. Guitarist / singer Edie Rae has been a singer for local heroes Lolo’s Ghost. She has so far recorded and released two albums of her own original material in her group Edie Rae and the Blaze Kings. She also lends her talents to various bands and musical projects around the Twin Cities. Bassist/singer Tim Francis has been a member of the Fontanas, Fire Sermon, the Delilahs and Petty Demons. He is currently working on his debut album of original material with producer Rob Genadek in Minneapolis. Percussionist/singer Joseph Pettini performed in several bands in his hometown in the Bay Area of California. Since arriving in Minneapolis in the early 90's, he’s played a prominent role in numerous projects, including Tambuca, Big Red Ball, Electric Warrior, and First Avenue’s annual “Rock for Pussy” Bowie tribute. He currently leads his new band, Hurdy Gurdy, featuring several notable Minneapolis musicians, including guitarist Steve Brantseg (Suburbs, Phones, etc.) Drummer Clay Swanson is one of the most versatile and respected drummers in the Twin Cities. Swanson has been a member of many band, including the Widgets and Petty Demons. He is currently drummer with Edie Rae and the Blaze Kings, Earthquakes and Heartaches, and Hurdy Gurdy. In addition to those bands and White Sweater, Clay often lends his talents to numerous other projects in and around town.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, July 7 @ 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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Tim Houlihan and Paul Madsen play the music of Stills & Young (Folk Rock) $6

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

Tim Houlihan and Paul Madsen play the songs and tell stories of Stephen Stills and Neil Young, two of the 20th Century's biggest songwriters. Stills and Young's hits are among the most familiar songs in our brains - come hear them live!

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Ellisa Sun & Julian Manzara (Soul/Jazz) $6

Tuesday, July 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ellisa Sun cuts out her heart and leaves it on the stage—which is why she never wears white. Currently on her first national tour, Ellisa is showing she has what it takes to make it on her own. Just a guitar, a 30-foot RV, and an insatiable desire to perform.

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

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

Radio Five Watt presents an in-the-round style songwriter showcase featuring some of the Twin Cities most beloved local performers. Featuring Courtney Yasmineh, Nathan Walker, & Andra Suchy.

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Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones | Ken Valdez (Rock ‘n’ Roll) $10

Thursday, July 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fronted by 21 year old triple threat vocalist, songwriter and guitar player,Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones boasts a resume that can be hard to match for most multi-decade musicians. With over 2,500 shows under their belt, three completed albums and festival appearances at Peach Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and Kaaboo Del Mar, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are on their way to becoming Rock & Roll’s next marquee act.

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Billy Johnson with special guest George McKelvey (Pop Folk) $8

Friday, July 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Ian George + The Well with special guest Hemma (Indie Rock) $10

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

“Ian George is a fanciful folk troubadour with a rhythmic flow and spirited vision. He’s an American Matt Corby; a heartwarming blend of Iron & Wine’s folk and Vampire Weekend’s frisky energy. George’s music is the type to which one would ascribe words like frolic and wandering, but his songs are equally intimate and emotional... Worthy of everyone’s ears, songs we can teach our children, our parents, our grandparents, and ourselves.” ~Atwood Magazine

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, July 14 @ 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, July 14 @ 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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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Tyler Hilton (Singer Songwriter) $17 Adv/$20 Cash Door/$50 VIP

Tuesday, July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$17 – $50 Sold out

Join us for an intimate night with Tyler Hilton.

A musician and actor, Tyler Hilton has accomplished a lot in his career so far. As a teenager, he released two Top 40 singles. He starred alongside Taylor Swift in her video for "Teardrops on my Guitar." He played the role of one of his musical idols, Elvis Presley, in the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic 'Walk the Line,' and co-starred with Robert Downey Jr. in the acclaimed indie film 'Charlie Bartlett.' He may be most known for his musical role on the show 'One Tree Hill,' which earned him a devoted fan base around the world.

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3rd Wednesdays with Tortuga! with special guest Planet Plookey (Jazz/Experimental) $5

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

Per Wikipedia, jazz rock fusion is defined as a “musical genre that developed in the late 1960s from a mixture of elements of jazz such as its focus on improvisation with the rhythms and grooves of funk and R&B and the beats and heavily amplified electric instruments and electronic effects of rock”. One highlight of last weeks Art A Whirl was a performance at FOCI Glass by the band Tortuga!. Tortuga! has a singular and inspiring take on the Jazz Rock genre.

Aaron Biggar’s drumming provides foundation and color. His rhythms can be both surprisingly powerful and subtle. With Shawn Maroney on Bass, these two complete an exceptional rhythm section. Maroney contributes to the ground on which this group builds their musical structures, while adding flourish and interest throughout the set. Cory Jesok, on guitar, provides texture, rhythm, and blazing solo work, creating space or density just when it is required. P.J. Tracy, on piano, asserts melodies, harmonic support and furious solos of his own, traveling through multiple styles within the same tune.

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Fragile Canyons with special guest Meg Kirsch (Indie Rock) $5

Thursday, July 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fragile Canyons is a four-piece indie rock band from the Twin Cities inspired by The Jayhawks, Jim O'Rourke, and Joni Mitchell. Their new album Slow Dancing Beyond Silverdome was released in December 2018 and has been featured on The Current and City Pages. All of their album sales and merchandise go to charitable causes.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, July 19 @ 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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An evening with Tina Schlieske (Singer Songwriter) $20

Saturday, July 20 @ 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, July 21 @ 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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Minnesota Acoustic Guitar Showcase – featuring Dan Schwartz, Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckenridge (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $5

Sunday, July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Minnesota Acoustic Guitar Showcase is a musical collective of 10 Twin Cities based guitarists - they cover a diverse range of styles in their solo sets and collaborations of rotating players. Tonight’s show features Dan Schwartz, Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckenridge.

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Courtney Yasmineh Trio | Lost In The Sun (Indie Rock) $8

Monday, July 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This summer Courtney Yasmineh is on a journey, rediscovering her roots in Minnesota where she fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and began her early songwriting career as a young girl in the North Woods. She’s releasing her ninth album in September, an album of songs written by her songwriting heroes. These recordings have brought her performances close to her rustic sensibilities, her summers on Lake Vermilion, her winter on the frozen lake, alone at seventeen. The trio is Rob Genadek, studio guru, amazing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who has been her collaborator now for fifteen years. Jon James, on bass or lead guitar and harmonies, who has also worked with Courtney through several albums. The trio heads to Europe with the new album in late September.

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TABAH Just The Duo Us Series: Part 1 of 4 (Genre Fluid) $7

Tuesday, July 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Stripping down the walls of sound, diving into the breath, while providing focus on the natural space. Stemming from their original source, we will be showcasing many fresh trax!, along with beautiful creators & cosmic collaborators.

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Adam Levy’s TURN! TURN! TURN! (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, July 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Acoustic cosmic folk, originals, rock & country covers and sweet harmonies from the 1960's & 1970's featuring Adam Levy, Savannah Smith, & Barb Brynstad

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, July 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

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Ben David with special guest David Huss (Indie Folk) $7

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

Ben David is one of the most important new songwriters emerging from one of the most vibrant music scenes in America-Minneapolis. Minnesota has been the home to many of the last century's greatest, like Westerberg, Dylan, Prince, and now, in a new century, add a new name, Ben David.

Ben hails from the prairie lands of southwestern Minnesota and at first his songs have the same unassuming quality of those long horizons, but slowly details emerge and coalesce into the sounds of longing, becoming, young love, heart break and surprisingly deep ten cent philosophizing.

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Andrea von Kampen with special guest Lena Elizabeth (Singer Songwriter) $10

Saturday, July 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Andrea von Kampen is an independent folk singer-songwriter based in Lincoln, Nebraska, whose effortless vocal delivery has been praised by Hear Nebraska as “soulful and worn-in.” With the successful release of two EP’s, Another Day (2015) and Desdemona (2016), a Christmas EP (2016), an Audiotree Live album (2017), and her debut full-length album Old Country (2019), Andrea has quickly established herself in the recording studio and on the road. She has shared the stage with artists such as Tall Heights, Ira Wolf, Dead Man Winter, The Brother Brothers, Dead Horses, Darling West and many more.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, July 28 @ 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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Elliot Blaufuss with special guest Gabe Burdulis (Singer songwriter) $10

Sunday, July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Elliot Blaufuss commands the stage with passionate soul and unharnessed energy to capture the hearts of audiences everywhere. With a performance history to lust over, Blaufuss has played some of the dirtiest clubs, ritziest hotels, tiniest cafes and most legendary venues in the world as Musical Director and multi-instrumental band member for platinum artists like Phillip Phillips and Eric Hutchinson. Elliott worked with platinum producer John Fields (Demi Levato and The Jonas Brothers) to complete and release his second solo record “Red” last summer. Blaufuss currently lives in Nashville, but is sure to infuse his native Minnesota funk roots into the music he writes.

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Still Unstill | The Nunnery $8

Tuesday, July 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Still Unstill makes art of the in-between spaces: in-between structure and disorder, in-between nature and civilization, in-between density and levity. Centered around Peter Breen’s songwriting and keyboard playing, the full group adds brings together textures of experimental rock, improvisations from modern jazz, and vocal harmonies from traditional American folk music. Still Unstill consists of Willow Waters on electric guitar and Ryan Hays on electric bass alongside Andrew Sletten on drumset and Molly Sowash on vocals.

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An Evening with Kraig Jarret Johnson (Indie Rock) $15

Wednesday, July 31 @ 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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August 2019

Lazer Lloyd (Roots Rock) $15

Thursday, August 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lazer Lloyd is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and an international recording artist influenced by Americana, rock, blues, gospel, folk, country, southern rock, and the great guitar traditions of power and groove from Hendrix to Wes Montgomery. Lazer's music is a unique combination of roots rock, folk, country and blues. His songs deal with the issues of today as well as the common human struggle to find love and meaning. Lloyd's warm connection with each audience makes every show a new journey from acoustic heart to electric fire.

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Shawn Stelton with special guest Jim Walsh (Indie Rock) $5

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

Shawn Stelton is a singer/songwriter based out of Minneapolis. His first release, Wallflower’s Lament (2016), has a pleasant combination of catchy melodies, engaging arrangements, and lyrics that tell stories. The songs were written over a 14 month span and were spurred on by Shawn’s participation in the Jeremy Messersmith Songwriting Sessions. An EP, From the Vault, and second full length album, All is Quiet, continued building on these themes and styles. A third full length album is in the works for 2020.

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An Evening with M French (Singer Songwriter) $5

Saturday, August 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Singer-songwriter M French has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French's melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French's debut full length album, Sweet Love, releases in the Fall of 2018. Sweet Love offers 10 original songs exploring the Americana landscape. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), and recorded during the long Minnesota winter of 2018, the tracks provide a sonic foundation built upon catchy guitar hooks, and the blending of pedal steel and synth lines. French unpacks universal themes of love, kindness and community with a conversational lyricism that invites the listener to find themselves in his stories. M French's audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 4 @ 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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Fourplex (Jazz Quartet) $5

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

Fourplex is a new jazz quartet comprised of Brad Holden on alto saxophone, Joel Shapira on guitar, George Marich on drum set, and Kameron Markworth on double bass; all veterans of the Twin Cities music scene and beyond. Along with originals, Fourplex puts their own stamp on standards written by the revered masters including Monk, Ellington, Tristano, and others. Music 8-10pm Make a reservation at AsterCafe.com to reserve your seat for the show. $5 cover charge will be added to…

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Adrian+Meredith | Mother Banjo (Rock n Roll/Folk) $5

Tuesday, August 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In a city filled with country cowboys and sit-on-a-stool songwriters, Adrian + Meredith make a different sort of roots racket. More Than A Little, the pair’s debut, finds the East Nashville-based duo putting its own spin on Americana music, roughing up the genre’s edges with the rule-breaking spirit of punk, the vintage twang of old-timey folk, the sneer of rock & roll, and even the frenetic bounce of early Swing and jazz manouche.

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Savannah Smith and Friends (Indie Folk) $8

Wednesday, August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Savannah Smith only needs thirty seconds of your time to win you over. In a world filled to its brim with would-be young singer-songwriters, Savannah’s vocal prowess, and her absolute mastery of crafting raw and gritty emotion into beautiful melodies, defines her from the crowd in moments. Her stage show all her own; Savannah introduces her music with an irresistible charm, ushering the listener into her world with casual ease before effusing desperate and earnest emotion in each song. Her lyrics darken the bright chords and create a depth in her music that reaches far beyond her years.

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Introducing the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers Band with special guest David Huss (Hillbilly Country) $10

Thursday, August 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Introducing the Sapsuckers Band featuring Chris Hepola (drums) and Eric Struve (bass), along with brand-new original country/Americana music from Nikki Groissman and Joe Hart.

THE YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS' original songs are a refreshing brand-new take on old-time country. Their music recalls classic hillbilly music, while bringing a distinctly modern and lively touch to the Americana genre.

Based in Soldiers Grove, WI, the duo (Nikki Grossman, guitar, fiddle, and vocals; Joe Hart, guitar, mandolin, and vocals) have built a growing audience throughout the Midwest of fans who appreciate their lighthearted performances.

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American Pleasure Dome with special guests Leslie Rich and the Rocket Soul Choir (Indie Rock) $10

Friday, August 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

American Pleasure Dome is an all original Indie Rock band from Minneapolis MN. Their introspective sound draws on bands they love like the Pixies, Guided By Voices, and The Cars. There is plenty of intrigue and storytelling sprinkled throughout the songs, which are all written by lead singer/guitarist Hans Schumacher. Other band members include: Brenda Shepherd-Bass/Vocals, Park Evans-Guitar, Lindsay Paine-Guitar, and Joel Arpin-Drums. APD's first full length album will be coming out in the next few months, followed by a CD release party sometime in the spring.

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Ben Noble, Con Davison, & Alina Maira (Singer Songwriter) $8

Saturday, August 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter who released his album Whisky Priest in the Spring of 2017. Fully self-produced and recorded in a cabin, Whisky Priest is a journey of exacting introspection. Noble loves the contrast of serene, innocent melodies with a haunting chorus of falsetto voices. Live, he blends delicate melodies with electronic elements for a truly unique sonic experience.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 11 @ 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, August 11 @ 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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DRINKING BIRD with special guest John Cushing (Indie Jazz) $8

Tuesday, August 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Combining intimate jazz improvisation with cinematic melodies and rock-and-roll verve, DRINKING BIRD is a new trio that draws from a liberally defined American Songbook to build a sound of its own. Comprising New Yorker Eladio Rojas on the drums, Norway-bred guitarist Jacob Matheus, and Pacific Northwest native Tree Palmedo on trumpet, the members of Drinking Bird have also performed with folk singers, rock bands, and a host of jazz greats. While they had played together several times over the years in both Boston and New York, the three officially formed Drinking Bird in 2017 after a series of informal improvisational get-togethers on New York's Upper West Side.

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round Featuring Molly Maher, Todd Clouser, & Lydia Liza $5

Wednesday, August 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Radio Five Watt presents an in-the-round style performance showcasing some of the Twin Cities most beloved artists. Featuring Molly Maher, Todd Clouser, & Lydia Liza!

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

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

Learn more and download the app at www.radiofivewatt.org

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Annie Fitzgerald with special guest Leslie Rich (Singer Songwriter) $10

Thursday, August 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Annie Fitzgerald’s music has been described as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit” (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun on June 1st, 2018. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. Since her first release In Good Time, Fitzgerald spent time a part of the NYC Indie scene, started a family, and welcomed a move back to her home state of MN and a newfound sense of space to create. You & Me & the Sun explores connection, vulnerability, love, and sparks in the span of time navigating the balance between motherhood & her life as a songwriter.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, August 16 @ 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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An Evening with Tom Lieberman (Originals, Chestnuts & Roots) $10

Saturday, August 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tom Lieberman is perhaps best known for his association with public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, where he worked variously on the performance, creative and production staff from 1976-86.  His work on APHC started Tom on a career path as an award-winning writer, composer and producer for radio, television, stage and screen.  Tom is, with Tim Sparks and Prudence Johnson, a founding member of the seminal vocal jazz trio Rio Nido, an association that continues today. His original songs have been heard from Sesame Street to Sweet Land, and his 2013 recording of original songs, “Common Denominator” was received enthusiastically by listeners, press & broadcasters worldwide, with Minneapolis StarTribune reviewers placing it on their annual “Top Ten Albums” list, describing it as, “bluesy, simmering, profoundly philosophical,” “gentle, playful, romantic and infectious,” and “a charming, eclectic album of original songs.”

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 18 @ 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 Fourth Wall (Jazz Quartet) $5

Sunday, August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Fourth Wall is an up and coming Jazz Quartet from Saint Paul, MN consisting of drummer Nathanael Smith, bassist James Towns, and pianist/saxophonist Rhys Leroux, along with a rotation of different musicians. Drawing from a variety of influences, The Fourth Wall's eclectic sound is infectious and thought-provoking, appealing to a diverse audience.

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Andy Cook and Friends: with special guest Actual Wolf (Indie Rock) $8

Wednesday, August 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every 3rd Wednesday!

Wednesday August 21st: with special guest Actual Wolf
Wednesday September 18th: with special guests Kansas Plates
Wednesday October 16th: with special guests Jeremy Ylvisaker & LOTT

What’s a man, anyway? It’s the central question at the heart of Minnesota-based songwriter Andy Cook's new EP Modern Man—a 22-minute indie-rock/Americana ride that stokes twinges of nostalgia with jangly guitars, articulate synth lines and driving percussion. Modern Man is out now on Good Eye Records and is the fifth release from the Brooklyn, NYC-based label.

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, August 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

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