Important Closing Notice:

In accordance with the policy set forth by the City of Minneapolis, we are closing the Aster Cafe, Jefe Urban Hacienda, The Hideaway until we are permitted to reopen.
We will be working to develop our To-Go and Curbside Pickup programs, please stay tuned for updates!
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January 2020

An evening with Fellow Pynins (Contemporary Folk) $10

Sunday, January 12 @ 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/ Dan Israel (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 15 @ 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 @ 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 with special guests All the Islands (Gospel Folk) $7

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

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

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 18 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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/ Actual Wolf (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 22 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Adam Levy, Ava Levy, & Kraig Jarret Johnson (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 29 @ 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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Frederick, the First with special guest KK the Infamous (Singer Songwriter) $5

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

Employing a love for a variety of genres ‘Frederick, the First’ creates multi-pronged hooks to capture feelings and tap into something greater. With dark contemplative songwriting, a little existentialism, a whole lot of introspection, and clever twists along the way, don’t be surprised to find yourself relating to his philosophical galavanting guised with playful poetry.

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

Friday, January 31 @ 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 @ 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 Hive Live at Aster Cafe: A Femme Collaborative $10

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

The Hive’s purpose is to provide community and opportunity for femme artists in the Twin cities to perform, network, expand and strengthen skill sets, and to give and receive support from other female identifying artists. Our goal is diversification and inclusion of femme identifying musicians. We are just getting started, so stay tuned as we press in toward achieving our goals and support local music by femme artists.

Currently, we are featuring: Cassandra Cole, Laura Farley, Jermaine Germain, Laurel Hay, & Nancy Long!

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

Sunday, February 2 @ 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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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

Tuesday, February 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Featuring Kurt Jorgensen, Nici Peper, & Matthew Griswold

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

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

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Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends (Indie Rock) $15

Wednesday, February 5 @ 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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Holm, Awend, & Larson with Elour (Country Blues) $5

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

Chris Holm is a country blues musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fingerstyle guitar picker and harmonica player, Chris channels the high-spirited liveliness of Charley Patton, attacking his guitar strings with abandon, and shouting along in a gravelly howl, later to channel Blind Willie Johnson on the lonesome sounds of a weeping slide guitar and Jimmie Rodgers on a blue yodel.  

Chris is joined by longtime friends and collaborators Berek Awend on keys and Mark Larson on drums to form a potent electric country blues trio.

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American Pleasure Dome with special guests TABAH (Indie Rock) $10

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

American Pleasure Dome is a four piece rock and roll band from Minneapolis, Mn.

Band leader and songwriter Hans Schumacher writes songs drawing from a musical palette that includes rock, alt country, and folk. As an artist, Hans tries to connect with listeners by creating enticing sonic landscapes. His songs share a playful perspective on the complex issues of modern life. As a band, American Pleasure Dome is musically explorative, and brings a wide range of influences to their sound.

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

Saturday, February 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Featuring very special guests Julian Manzara, Diane Miller, and LOTT!

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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 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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The Skally Line (Bluegrass) $7

Sunday, February 9 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Live in The River Room: Valentine’s Day w/ Billy McLaughlin, Jeff Arundel & The Infamous 70’s Dance Party $20 Advance/$20 Cash Door

Friday, February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$20

The romance of Valentines Day at the Aster has reached a fever pitch now that the Twin Towers Of Tangletown, Jeff Arundel and Billy McLaughlin, will again be taking the stage in the River Room for two sets of sweet love music, followed the legendary and epic "70's Dance Party"! First, the fingerstyle mastery of Billy Mac, which has led to snuggling and whispers for 35 years--and then the soft throbbing of JA and the notorious Hammsmen, which has led to the trickling tear of wistful loves lost--and finally, with both of these lads as DJ's, the 45 minute set of 70's dance hits, guaranteed to make even the most married people in the room feel single again. Special guest appearance by Steele Arundel (no relation). Costumes welcome. Candlelight a certainty. Now We Go!

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 15 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Greta Ruth, St. Anthony Mann, & Emma Ruddock (Singer Songwriter) $7

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

Greta Ruth is an experimental folk singer/songwriter from Minneapolis. With finger-style acoustic guitar and poem-like vocals, her music is a meeting point of softness and dissonance, reflection and dynamic stillness.

St. Anthony Mann is the sonic venture of Minnesota natives Adam Bjoraker (vocals, guitar), Matthew Tessier (bass), DJ LaFontsee (guitar, vocals), Doug Justice (guitar, vocals), and Ben McKeown (drums). After returning from his time spent in Milwaukee, singer/songwriter Adam Bjoraker connected with old friends and collaborators to bring to the twin cities a new collection of songs that attempt to dream both within and without themselves. Adam released his debut album, Sun Idle Ways, on January 7th, 2020. 

Equal parts intimate and expansive, Emma Ruddock's songs render a vulnerable inner dialogue of love, longing and fleeting moments of human connection. Her serene voice floats over revolving layers of acoustic guitar, accompanied by a stream of memories and searing observations that leave you feeling both exposed and enamored by the complexities of being human.  A native of New Hampshire, she currently resides in Minneapolis MN and is recording her debut record.

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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Ryan Montbleau $20 Adv/$20 Cash doors

Wednesday, February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20

In 2005, Ryan Montbleau and his band headed into Applehead Recording in Saugerties, New York, to cut their debut album. With nothing more than ambition and a relentless work ethic to their names, they bootstrapped the whole thing, maxing out credit cards to fund it themselves and launch their careers from the ground up. Twelve years, eleven records, thousands of shows, and 60 million Spotify streams later, Montbleau returned to the studio for a special one-night-only concert that would become the latest entry in his venerable catalog: ‘Woodstock Sessions.’

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

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

Folk Origins & Western Swing
With Maygen & The Birdwatchers with Rusty Starr & The Western Spurs
Featuring Charlie Roth & Mark Bronstad

Relive the history of country music in person. Hosted by 2019 Midwest CMA Americana Artist of the Year nominee Maygen Lacey, What Even is "Country Music" is a limited music series inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary series Country Music.

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Admiral Fox with special guest Mitchell Harmon (Indie Rock) $5

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

Admiral Fox is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard dabbler based in Minneapolis, MN. His real name is Dan DeMarco. He used to make music under that name, and some other names too, but not anymore. His homemade style of recording and beatmaking recalls Neutral Milk Hotel, Fleet Foxes, and a lo-fi Radiohead.

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Family Three with special guests Russ Parrish (Gospel Folk) $10

Friday, February 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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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 22 @ 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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Vicky Emerson | Haley Rydell (Indie Folk) $10

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

Singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, has been heralded by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for her gorgeous, dusky voice and songwriting chops on previous releases but her new album, Steady Heart, which she self-produced, firmly established her as an essential, strong female voice in Americana music. Steady Heart, has received critical acclaim, helping her to rise to #4 on the European Americana Charts, #52 on the US Americana Album Chart and #34 on the Americana Singles Chart with her hit, "The Reckoning." No Depression raved that she is "...one of the pre-eminent independent singer/songwriters working in Americana. Her lyrical acumen is readily apparent for any listener, those unfamiliar with her work and longtime fans alike, but the lean economy of her poetic musings separates her work from performers who might otherwise overdo their desired effect on the audience." 

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 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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Delphia Cello Quartet with David Gerald Sutton (Modern Classical) $10

Sunday, February 23 @ 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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4th Wednesdays with Call Puerto Rico and friends (Indie Rock) $8

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

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

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The Changeups | Jillian Rae (Alternative Music) $10

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

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

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batteryboy with Nick Costa (Indie Rock) $10

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

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

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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Lowry Bridge with special guest Rich Serafin (Rock & Roll) $6

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

Lowry Bridge consists of Phil Daniel song writer, guitar & vocals, Daniel Rachelbacher bass guitar & Kevin Sheehy drums. Formed in early 2018.

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March 2020

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Julian Manzara Duo with special guests Lila Ammons Quartet (Jazz) $7

Sunday, March 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Julian Manzara is a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. His quartet shows span fast tempos and dramatic ballads, balancing originals with standards, and funky backbeats with swing. He has been featured twice in the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and twice in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

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

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

Featuring Kurt Jorgensen, Nici Peper, & Matthew Griswold

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

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

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Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends (Indie Rock) $15

Wednesday, March 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kraig Jarret Johnson is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist and recording artist from Minneapolis who has performed and recorded with Run Westy Run, The Jayhawks, Golden Smog, Iffy, Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts, members of R.E.M., Ray Davies of The Kinks and his own band, Kraig Jarret Johnson & The Program.

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

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

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

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An evening with Tina Schlieske (Singer Songwriter) $20

Friday, March 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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The Jorgensens (Rock/Blues) $10

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 8 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Erin Livingston, Larry McDonough, & Tom Lewis (Jazz) $10

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Love Songs For Angry Men ...
Return to the Aster Cafe
For a Rare Full Band Performance

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**CANCELLED** David Huss and the Headwaters | The Be Stills (Folk Rock) $10

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

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

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

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Johannes and The Secret Life **SHOW POSTPONED- RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 13TH** $7

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 15 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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**CANCELLED** Liam Gerard with special guest Julie Eddy (Blues/Rock) $7

Sunday, March 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Liam Gerard is a Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter, recording artist and performer. With roots in pop music of the 90’s to his adult addiction with Motown and the blues of Ray Charles. The music has been described as pulsing and melodic, with an attention to reflective lyrics based on experience. Tastes of alternative, blues, folk and pop give the music an eclectic feel as it spans multiple genres. Liam Gerard wrote all 11 tracks on his debut album “Belle and Music” and funded the entire project without a record contract  over the course of 25 months of work recording it. Each song represents a moment/ event in time captured in the mind of a man utterly impassioned by his muse; a woman he refers to as, Belle.

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

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

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

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Elour | Battlerat (Singer Songwriter/Rock) $6

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

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

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**CANCELLED** Family Three with special guests (Gospel Folk) $10

Friday, March 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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**CANCELLED** Timbre Ghost | Savannah Smith (Indie Folk) $10

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 22 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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**Rescheduled for May 17th** Delphia Cello Quartet with The OK Factor (Modern Classical) $10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harbor and Home (Alt Roots Rock) $10

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

Harbor & Home is an alternative rock band from minneapolis, mn. Their sound embodies modern roots americana with classic rock n’ roll. Following the release of their first album “dark days” in 2014, the band toured across the u.s. sharing the stage with such acts as Jeremy Messersmith, Eric Hutchinson, Mark Chesnutt, Flor, From Indian Lakes and Austin Plaine. They recently released their sophomore album “fighter” in may of 2017 after working with producer and engineer Christopher Furst at Studio 65 in Ham Lake, MN. Their latest single "You Want It Too" was released in January of 2018.

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Casey Virock (of Porcupine) And Chris Perricelli (of Little Man ) Acoustic Rock n Roll $10

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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April 2020

Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends (Indie Rock) $15

Wednesday, April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kraig Jarret Johnson is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist and recording artist from Minneapolis who has performed and recorded with Run Westy Run, The Jayhawks, Golden Smog, Iffy, Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts, members of R.E.M., Ray Davies of The Kinks and his own band, Kraig Jarret Johnson & The Program.

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Dex Wolfe, Greta Ruth, & Adelyn Rose (Singer Songwriter) $8

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

Dex Wolfe is a non-sequitur, sad folk boy, riff-rocking, avant-inclined, ear-mess, who can't settle on his own biography. He's performed with and/or recorded artists such as Rivers, Undlin & Wolfe, Humbird, Sister Species, Hemma, Pat Keen, Eliza Edens, Brent Penny, Emma Ruddock, and others. For the past several years he's mostly been holed up in his studio in Seward cutting his teeth as a freelance recording engineer & producer, quietly emerging for brief periods to tour and perform as a multi-instrumentalist in varying capacities. His debut solo record will someday emerge. In the meantime, you'll have to hear him live to discover what any of this may or may not mean.

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

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

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

Featuring Kurt Jorgensen, Nici Peper, & Matthew Griswold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love Songs For Angry Men ...
Return to the Aster Cafe
For a Rare Full Band Performance

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Billy Johnson & The Hillcats (Pop Folk) $10

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

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

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

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

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

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

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Family Three with special guests (Gospel Folk) $10

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

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

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The Maeflies (Folk Rock) $10

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Honky-Tonk Jump (Country) $10

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

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

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

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

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

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Doug Otto and the Getaways with special guest Becky Kapell (Country/Blues) $5

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

The well oiled machine that is Doug Otto and the Getaways have been likened to the timeless sounds of Robert Johnson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. The band has been featured on regional radio shows, most recently, KFAI public radio in Minneapolis.  They have played for audiences throughout the Midwest, including 10K Lakes Festival, The Cabooze and The Dakota Jazz Club.  Several hometown Minneapolis venues have welcomed The Getaways to please patrons with weekly residencies including,…

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Delphia Cello Quartet with Lux String Quartet (Modern Classical) $10

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

Join Delphia for their monthly residency at Aster Cafè.  With special guest Lux String Quartet!

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The Mammoths with special guest OJR (Rock n Roll) $8

Tuesday, April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Beginning in Austin, TX, in the heart of their middle school days, David Kapsner (lead vocals/guitar/piano), Michael Jekot (lead guitar/vocals), and Tyler Rush (bass/vocals) came together to transcend the barrier of blues-rock into funky psych-soul through their various music ventures. Bringing the audacious and wonderfully talented Tim Durand (drums/vocals) into the picture has recently solidified the band with a roaring sound and strength to complement their vibe. Dedication to their music has evolved The Mammoths from garage rock to sophisticated blues-funk, and constant experimentation has allowed each member of the group to always stay true to their roots. Jekot, self-described as playing in the “grunge-endrix” style, notes that Kapsner’s soul-vocals, Durand’s pure metal, and Tyler’s deep, groovy funk stand out in the realm of rock, drawing influence from all over to create a sound that is entirely new, yet curiously familiar.

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May 2020

FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM: Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends “Down by the Old Main Street Stream!”

Saturday, May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kraig Jarret Johnson will be streaming a live set from his Main Street studio this Saturday, May 9 at 7:30pm CT / 5:30pm PT on Aster Cafe Facebook. Join Kraig and some of his friends for a virtual good time, straight from the Quarantine Zone to your viewing screen of choice through the wonders of technology. Tune in, turn on, drop out.

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FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM: Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends “Down by the Old Main Street Stream!”

Saturday, May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kraig Jarret Johnson of Golden Smog, Run Westy Run, and Kraig Jarret Johnson & The Program, for a special edition of Down by the Old Main Street Stream, this Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm CT / 5:30 pm PT on the Aster Cafe Facebook. Kraig and some of his friends have have special plans cooked up for this holiday weekend virtual concert. Tune in to catch all the fun, beamed straight from his Main Street studio to your viewing screen of choice through the wonders of streaming technology. Until live shows return, this is the next best thing to being at one.

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