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March 2019

Ryan and Pony | LOKI’S FOLLY (Indie Rock) $8

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

Ryan and Pony is a brand-new project, although these two indie-rockers have been kickin’ around the Minneapolis music scene for years. Whether it be fronting The Melismatics or playing with the likes of Soul Asylum, Mark Mallman, Phil Solem, The Rembrandts, Grant Hart, or Benjamin Cartel they have always brought an energy and passion to the stage and studio that is infectious.

Now they bring their influences of post-punk, power pop, EDM, and good old-fashioned rock and roll together along with guest performances from friends they’ve made over the years. A new full-length album is in the works for release on Pravda Records and their debut single “Low” was recently released.

Irony. Weirdness. Melody. These things are at the heart of the duo rounded out by drummer Peter Anderson (Run Westy Run, The Ocean Blue, The Honeydogs).

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 3 @ 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 (Western Swing) $8

Sunday, March 3 @ 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. This five-piece band rustles up a rhythm roundup with Dan Newton on accordion/vocals, Tom Schaefer on fiddle, Dan Lowinger on guitar, Vaughn Asselstine on bass and Dehl Gallagher on drums. Their music features signature twin and triple leads on accordion, fiddle 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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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Dan Navarro (Folk Songwriter) $18 Adv / $20 Cash Door

Wednesday, March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18

For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career...

It was as a songwriter that Dan Navarro started his career, mostly in collaboration with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...

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A Piano In Every Home with special guests (Indie Pop Folk) $7

Wednesday, March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It’s not so much a sound as it is an essence; there is no need to be able to distinguish it before you can trust it. A Piano in Every Home’s second album North American Review is a collection that captures a poignant picture of the beauty and pain that comes with growing up. Written in the space and time reserved for examination, these eight tracks were coaxed from their bated origins with a delicate confidence and trial and error.

What started out as a duo of Travis Erickson on guitar and vocals, and Jacob Pavek on piano, the two childhood friends incorporated the doctrine of their live show into North American Review, which includes Jake Wallenius on drums and Mark Newcome Kartarik on bass. The quartet transformed the wide-eyed tunes into a full-grown collation.

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Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents with special guests David Booth (Indie Folk) $5

Thursday, March 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Aaron Tinjum is a St. Paul, Minnesota-based songwriter.

He formed his folk rock project, Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents, while living in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas. In 2012, they released their debut Mirrors in the Dark and were honored by the Mayor and City Council with an official band holiday.

In 2013, the group relocated to Washington, D.C., a move which Hometown Sounds described as "swimming against the tide of those talented musicians who make their mark on D.C. and move away." The group's follow-up, Foreign & Domestic, debuted in 2016.

They have opened for the likes of Sam Amidon, James McCartney, Reeve Carney and Kawehi.

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The Home Fires with special guest Dayna Koehn (Americana/Folk) $10

Friday, March 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Home Fires is an Americana duo based in Minneapolis comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah's clear, melodic voice and Vicky's warm, weathered harmony.

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The Red Kicks single release show with The Original Mark Edwards and First Dates (Indie Rock) $6

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

The Red Kicks are pleased to announce the release of their third single Levelheaded Dreamers in March of 2019. The Red Kicks worked with sound designer Randon Nelson of Tangerine Recordings in St. Paul, MN to create music that blends indie electronic rock with experimental pop.

After years of collaboration on other projects, The Red Kicks formed in 2016 to bring something fresh to the midwest music scene. The Red Kicks is a band in their infancy, but the contributing members are veterans to the national and international music scene.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 10 @ 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, March 10 @ 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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Tim Houlihan Neil Young Tribute Show with special guests Gather In the Rambler (Folk Rock) $5

Thursday, March 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tim Houlihan will be presenting a Neil Young Tribute set with bassist and singer, Paul Madsen. Come check it out!

Tim Houlihan is an Americana singer-songwriter and covers troubadours of the early 1970’s. His style is influenced by folk, rock, blues and country (traditional country, that is). His onstage presence is upbeat and his performances take listeners on an emotional journey that leaves them wanting more.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, March 15 @ 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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Adam Levy | Molly Maher (Singer Songwriter) $10

Saturday, March 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 17 @ 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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Karen Choi | Vicky Emerson (Folk/Americana) $10

Sunday, March 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Karen Choi is a singer/songwriter living in the American midwest. Karen’s sophomore album “Through Our Veins” is rooted in the Americana tradition and shaped by the places and people she has met along the way. This new collection of songs explores common human experience from a rich lyrical perspective and with soulful vocal clarity. Karen was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She first picked up her dad’s old Martin guitar when she was 13. Since then, songwriting became a means of storytelling for Karen and an artistic channel for expressing the realities of every day life. Karen resides in St Louis, Missouri and is set to release her third studio project in 2019.

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Third Wednesdays with The Immaculate Beings featuring special guest Covalent Blonde (Indie Pop) $10

Wednesday, March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring special guests....

Wednesday March 20th Covalent Blonde

Wednesday April 17th 26 Bats!

Twin Cities based The Immaculate Beings came together from across the midwest to form a family full of music,
love, adventure, and collaboration. With musical upbringings from all ends of the music spectrum, Trevor, Griffin, Staurie, Joe, Mitch, Casey, and Michael focus on creating a sound that heals and inspires the world to be Immaculate. Inspired by psychedelic
rock, jazz, indie pop, and soul, The Immaculate Beings strive to create a safe and open space for all humans with every live performance.

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An evening with Eric Gordon (Singer Songwriter) $10

Thursday, March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Eric Gordon is a singer-songwriter based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although he is no foreigner to the Minnesota music scene, Eric gained recognition as a contestant on the FOX television show, American Idol (season 13). Eric released his debut pop/R&B album, Nobody Said That It Was Easy, in spring of 2017. The first single (also the title track), premiered via live performance on the NBC-affiliate, KARE-TV channel in Minneapolis and immediately gained radio airplay on iHeartMedia stations, including Minneapolis/Saint Paul stations, Cities 97.1 and KDWB 101.3. Organically achieving over half a million streams across all platforms, the success of the single (and album) paved the way for Eric to open for such bands as Echosmith, Ocean Park Standoff, and The Revivalists. In summer of 2018, Eric released a brand new follow-up single, "What r u doing?,” debuting the song during a concert for Cities 97.1 Live at the Lake. Eric also released a holiday single, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” in 2018.

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Cassandra Cole with special guest Joel Robertson (Singer Songwriter) $10

Friday, March 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Minneapolis based singer/songwriter Cassandra Cole , doesn’t ask for your attention she demands it. Cole’s music traces the temperature of her own physical journey. From sun-drenched Californian plains to blizzard-misty Minnesotan highways. Being a mother of two sets of twins it can be easy to lose oneself and lose focus, but not for Cole. Instead, she uses her gritty, grounded and often complex life as a way of gripping the audience from first bar to second encore. Cole has written songs since the age of six and sold out the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis for her release party on February 17, 2018. Recently, she released her second single, “Caught Up” after winning a contest to work with Matty Amendola at 825 Records studio in Brooklyn, NY. She performed at the Pourhouse located in downtown Minneapolis participating in RAW’s showcase for emerging local artists. Cole filmed “Minnisingers” which will air spring 2019 highlighting local singer-songwriters. Cole’s diverse tonal palette and unique background provide the scaffolding for her own musical development. As a result, her songwriting is an eclectic blend of melodic soulfulness and modern edge.

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Big Lake | Matty O’Reilly (Indie Rock/Singer-Songwriter) $7

Saturday, March 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Minneapolis band Big Lake debuted in 2014 with a self titled LP full of songs that were as ear-wormy as they were well-crafted. Their songwriting mixed with deftly layered guitar work and lush vocal harmonies helped them arrive at a unique blend of indie folk rock and alt-country. The release drew support from City Pages and saw regular airplay from St.Paul/Minneapolis MPR station 89.3 The Current.

The forthcoming Big Lake record dives further into their country roots. Their evolution from synths and driving bass lines to a pedal steel and country shuffles lends a more natural setting for Mazurek's voice and songs. Their new record is full of two-part harmony and carefully crafted songs, and is instantly reminiscent of Minnesota mainstays the Jayhawks. Their new sound does a great job channeling country classics like Sweethearts of the Rodeo era-Byrds and early career Merle Haggard. Their follow up is set for release fall of 2019.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 24 @ 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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Kyle Turner with special guests Call Puerto Rico (Indie Rock) $7

Sunday, March 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kyle Turner of The Loud Life is a Minneapolis based pop/rock artists.

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John Swardson LIVE in the cafe every fourth Wednesday (Americana) $10

Wednesday, March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tonight is the second of 3 shows over successive months that feature one of the Twin Cities most established songwriters.

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.

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, March 28 @ 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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Billy Johnson with special guest Sweet Teddy Rustad (Pop Folk) $8

Friday, March 29 @ 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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JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Saturday, March 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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, March 31 @ 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, March 31 @ 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. Starting at the very beginning, his dad’s interest in The Grand Ole Opry and his mom’s fondness for American Bandstand immersed Dan Schwartz in a wide variety of great music. This influence resonates in the range of music he…

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April 2019

A Piano In Every Home with special guests (Indie Pop Folk) $7

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

It’s not so much a sound as it is an essence; there is no need to be able to distinguish it before you can trust it. A Piano in Every Home’s second album North American Review is a collection that captures a poignant picture of the beauty and pain that comes with growing up. Written in the space and time reserved for examination, these eight tracks were coaxed from their bated origins with a delicate confidence and trial and error.

What started out as a duo of Travis Erickson on guitar and vocals, and Jacob Pavek on piano, the two childhood friends incorporated the doctrine of their live show into North American Review, which includes Jake Wallenius on drums and Mark Newcome Kartarik on bass. The quartet transformed the wide-eyed tunes into a full-grown collation.

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Actual Wolf with Andy Cook (Indie Rock) $8

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

The Legend of the Actual Wolf

There are outlaws, and there are outlaws. Some practice the pose and cultivate the image, though seldom dirty their soft, bourgeois hands with anything actually outside the law. When they do, it is often despicable, irresponsible or just plain mundane. The Actual Wolf, however, is a real outlaw and has pled guilty to it. Between the bust and before the trial AW recorded a pair of EPs, each showing ‘another side of the Wolf’. The first is USA, an everyman’s acoustic album that channels both Woody and Zimmerman on a smuggler’s road trip on the cop-laden corridor of the I-80. The second—Lightning & the Wolf— conjures a 30-something’s symphony to Gawd, a rock EP at times so ethereal that it floats like smoke up into the aether, at others so earthy & grounded you can almost feel the parole. This is not music that pleads for forgiveness—the man has given his freedom as a sacrament at the altar of his beliefs. Rather, these are songs of redemption. Actual Wolf has paid a price, but like many deals with devils, seems to have come out the greater for it.

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

Friday, April 5 @ 9:00 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 Who is this guy?: A frisky and…

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Lunch Duchess, Scrunchies, Sass, & E.T. (Indie Rock) $8

Saturday, April 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Launched in 2016 with the EP, “My Mom Says I Have A Rich Inner Life,” Minneapolis grunge-pop band Lunch Duchess has continued to make cathartic jams for the sardonic and the heartbroken. Front person/drummer Katharine Seggerman tends to write songs as a therapeutic exercise: sitting with difficult situations until the truth materializes in a melody, and then protecting that truth with the help of a loud rock band. She is joined by Sam Frederick on guitar, Nicky Steves on synthesizers, and Matthew Sandstedt on bass, and together...they are Lunch Duchess.

The band is currently recording their debut full-length album, to be released this summer.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 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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Miles of Pianos: The Larry McDonough Quartet Plays the Music of Miles Davis’ Pianists Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea (Jazz) $10

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

The Larry McDonough Quartet will perform the music of Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea. They will begin the Bill Evans Trio in 1961 at the Village Vanguard, then with Herbie Hancock’s music throughout the 1960s, concluding with the jazz fusion of Chick Corea’s first Return to Forever group. Come see and hear what Miles started.

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The Brotherhood Project with special guest Bryan Miller (Songs & Stories) $5

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

The Brotherhood Project is a program of original songs and stories created by brothers and Twin Cities artists Ryan and Jamie Marshall. The project takes an intimate look at what it means to be a brother: providing a shoulder to lean on, reminiscing on childhood memories, dealing with loss in the family, and more.

Ryan Marshall is a Minneapolis singer-songwriter and a regular featured artist at the Riverview Cafe Songwriter Showcase and open mics around the Twin Cities. His younger brother, Jamie, received a degree in vocal music from St. Olaf College, and has since performed nationally and internationally with professional choirs from the Twin Cities. They are joined for the Brotherhood Project by Blake Weimerskirch on drum and vocals, and Sean Gilbertson with spoken word.

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Sam Cassidy with special guest Erik Appelwick (Folk/Americana) $10

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

Told from multiple character’s points of view, the songs on Running Blind focus both on one moment in time, and also take a wider lens to examine forces behind what makes a person come to such drastic actions, and how these decisions affect those around them – whether they realize it or not.

Each character delivers a new perspective of what drives them to make the choices that lead up to a dramatic conclusion. While the songs are fictional, Sam Cassidy can’t help but find pieces of himself in all the tracks. By taking himself out of the story, he unknowingly allowed himself to write about what he was previously hesitant to

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Lacey Guck “Over Again” Album Release show with special guest Maybe Nebraska (Indie Rock) $8

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

Lacey is a singer-songwriter based in the Twin Cities.

As a classically trained pianist and a homegrown church choir singer, Lacey used the skills she learned over the years to craft her own songs with driving melodies and a modern hint of soul. After playing in countless coffee shops, bars, restaurants, breweries, and sidewalks, Lacey independently released her solo live EP, "Will Play for Coffee" in April 2017. Eventually, she worked her way up to open for acts including Stephen Kellogg, Eric Hutchinson & the Believers, Rufus Wainwright, Mason Jennings, & Reina del Cid. As she built traction and a steady fanbase, Lacey received full Kickstarter support that allowed her to record her debut full-length album at Creation Audio in Minneapolis. Now, she is excited to release the LP, “Over Again,” with a full band to back her up! Fans of Lacey’s music also enjoy: Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles, Julien Baker, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, Phox, Lawrence

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 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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Shaun Munday | Alex Rossi (Soul/Funk) $7

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

Shaun Munday is a one-of-a kind talent. He blends soul-drenched vocals with show-stopping bass guitar technique. Shaun captures audiences with a full band sound and plays the bass better than most people play a guitar. He is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA where he studied and performed with some of the greatest artists and educators in the industry including John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Matthew Garrison (Herbie Hancock), Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny) and Jetro Da…

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Third Wednesdays with The Immaculate Beings featuring special guests 26 Bats! (Indie Pop) $10

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

Featuring special guests 26 Bats!

Twin Cities based The Immaculate Beings came together from across the midwest to form a family full of music,
love, adventure, and collaboration. With musical upbringings from all ends of the music spectrum, Trevor, Griffin, Staurie, Joe, Mitch, Casey, and Michael focus on creating a sound that heals and inspires the world to be Immaculate. Inspired by psychedelic
rock, jazz, indie pop, and soul, The Immaculate Beings strive to create a safe and open space for all humans with every live performance.

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An evening with Tina Schlieske (Singer Songwriter) $20

Thursday, April 18 @ 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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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, April 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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Mel and the Side Effects with special guest Matty O’Reilly (Indie Folk/Americana) $8

Saturday, April 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mel and the Side Effects. A Band with hints of Indie-Folk, Americana and groove. It is bar room harmonies, bursts of harmonica and complex tangles of acoustic bass and guitar. This trio is made up of three long time friends: Dan Scultz, Jeremy Plumb and Mike Haldorson. They have been playing in bands together for more than 15 years and that familiarity makes each show an improvisational unique experience. On the latest EP: The sophomore release from Mike Haldorson and bandmates, this time as Mel and the Side Effects, is a bluesy Americana ode to noticing and appreciating the little things that make life delightful.

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Zaq Baker Quartet with special guest Chase Ingraham (Piano Pop/Fingerstyle Guitar) $8

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

ZAQ BAKER leads a trio -- piano, bass and drums -- in order to bring you a big catalogue of songs about staying up late. Vacillating between laugh-out-loud imagery and painstaking sincerity, his songs dwell on night-owl heartbreak and on growing up. His lyrics and arrangements reconcile the adolescent spirit and catchy-or-die attitude of pop-punk; the influence of veteran American songwriters of all stripes; fiercely original rock piano architecture; and a healthy amount of musical theatre. His band features Sheldon…

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John Swardson LIVE in the cafe every fourth Wednesday (Americana) $10

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

Tonight is the final of 3 shows over successive months that feature one of the Twin Cities most established songwriters.

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.

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, April 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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Mother Banjo Baby Sendoff Party w/Vicky Emerson Band (Singer Songwriter) $10

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

Come celebrate with Mother Banjo as she prepares to take her maternity leave and become a real mama! Featuring the
full Mother Banjo Band and a special opening set by Vicky Emerson's band, this show will be a celebration of her new album and her special "new release" coming in May. This will be her final band show before her 3-month musical break so don't miss it!

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Annie Fitzgerald | Haley Rydell (Indie Folk) $10

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

Annie Fitzgerald has been described by Jamsphere as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit”. 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 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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Ice Palace with special guest Julia Douglass (Indie Rock) $7

Sunday, April 28 @ 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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Haunted Like Human with special guests Dreamboat(Indie Folk) $5

Monday, April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Haunted Like Human is bringing a new roots voice to Nashville: two parts folk, one part Americana, and a dash of indie vibes. Classically trained guitarist Cody Clark has played everything from post-hardcore to jazz. Vocalist Dale Chapman grew up writing prose and poetry, and she brings her strong imagery and storytelling into her music. A combination of Northwestern grit and Southern charm, the two strive to create a unique and intimate listening experience.

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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Lee DeWyze with special guest Elizabeth and The Catapult $20 Adv / $24 Cash Door / $70 VIP Lift Ticket

Tuesday, April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $70

Lee is a previous American Idol winner and grew his fan base from this, though has spent the last years really shedding the stigma of the show and becoming his own independent artist. Lee’s other break out moment came when The Walking Dead picked up his song The Blackbird Song which resulted in over 10 million Youtube views collectively and 5 million Spotify plays. His song “Don’t Be Afraid” has been used for 2 yrs for the Blue Cross Shield campaign song and NASCAR commercials picked up “The Ride” Lee has been touring and supporting, touring and headlining and making a solid press dent too.

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

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

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

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May 2019

First Wednesdays with Vicky Emerson Band featuring special guest Sarah Morris (Singer Songwriter) $8

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

5/1 with special guest Sarah Morris
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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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Dan Rodriguez & Jamie Kent $15 Adv / $20 Cash Door

Thursday, May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$15

Hi, I’m Dan. I’m a whiskey & beer drinking, fishing & hunting loving, motorcycle riding, quality food eating, hippie sympathizing, people loving, husband & father who lives in Minneapolis and shares a life with my amazing wife and adorable son. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI, and moved to Minneapolis when I was 18 to study music, and I stayed because I’m one of those crazy people that enjoys the snow and cold weather. Music is my trade & performing it for people is my passion. When I’m not in my studio writing songs and cutting records, or on the road playing shows, I’m usually tending to our backyard chickens, eating fresh veggies from my wife’s huge garden, or out doing one of my many outdoor hobbies.

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JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Thursday, May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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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An evening with Wilkinson James (Blues/Honky-Tonk) $8

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

Wilkinson James was born in 2008 when Liz Wilkinson and AJ Scheiber met up and merged their singing and songwriting into a musical partnership that one fan described as "the bastard offspring of June Carter Cash and Townes Van Zandt." Their first (self-titled) album, released in 2014, showed their love of folk, honky-tonk, and country blues; their 2016 follow-up, Abandon, added touches of jazz, torch, and swing to their folk / honky-tonk base, blending dobro, fiddle, and saxophone with Liz and AJ’s tightly knit harmonies and classic-yet-fresh original tunes. Their Aster performance will feature songs old and new in duo, trio, and full-band formats, making for a lively, varied, and joyful night of music.

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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.

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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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