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December 2021

20th Annual Jeff Arundel Holiday Show! $10

Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hear Ye!

The pandemic may have put a damper on a variety of things, but it didn’t leave you in the lurch when it comes to the JA Holiday Show! Back and better than ever, this year’s edition features the usual combination of melancholy and mayhem, certain to leave you in a state of mild euphoria followed by a serotonin shortage. The utmost in professionalism is promised, and at ten bucks, there’s not much to lose. Many folks think this show could be $10.75! Get it while it’s hot folks. One night only, costumes encouraged, decorum expected. Now We Go!

Featuring: Jeff Arundel and The Hammsmen, Steele Arundel, Molly Maher, The Artful Dodger, Paul and John, The Sirens, and Scrooge himself!

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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Michael Ray Pfeifer $8

Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Michael Ray Pfeifer is a singer/songwriter who combines a free-wheeling brand of Americana and roots-rock. Michael is joined by saxophonist Dan Andreasen.
Pfeifer has released 4 albums (Juggernaut, Blind Faith, The Higher You Climb, and Fire On The Radio), as well as his latest single 'Queen of Sunshine.'

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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John Magnuson Trio with special guest Becky Kapell $10

Thursday, December 9, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Years ago, John Magnuson was in a Minneapolis band called the Carpetbaggers. John played rhythm guitar and wrote/sang many of the band's songs. The Carpetbaggers enjoyed some notoriety in the mid-to-late 90s when the band did three tours with Son Volt and shared the stage with such notables as Los Lobos, Alison Krauss, the Jayhawks, and Paul Westerberg. In November of 2020, John released a record called Barely Noticeable. Half of the album is Indie/Folk-Rock-ish, and the other half is pretty much the same, except with a little more twang. When performing, John primarily plays his original material, with a few covers mixed in for good measure.

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The Maeflies $10

Friday, December 10, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

After 2 years, The Maeflies are thrilled to return to The Aster to perform a big list of songs, with their richest harmonies and full fleet of instruments to entertain you. Don't miss this unique show as the five Maeflies fill the intimate stage at The Aster.…. and their last show of the year!

The Maeflies, Minnesota's Americana-Country-Rock Ensemble, have been playing their trademark sound for over 17 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.

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Billy Johnson’s Black Dog High $10

Saturday, December 11, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Due to unforseen circumstances, Billy will not be performing 12/11. However the Black Dog High guys will still be out in full force, come join us for an intimate performance by 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, December 12, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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Tim Houlihan, Paul Madsen, & JJ Benson $10

Sunday, December 12, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Singer-songwriters who lived in Laurel Canyon in the late 1960’s created musical crossovers in folk-and-country-rock that lionized the troubadour as the iconic figurehead of the music scene for a decade. Stephen Stills, Roger McGuinn, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and poured the foundations for what we hail as Americana today. With his good friends Paul Madsen on bass, and JJ Benson on lead guitar, Tim Houlihan will share songs and stories from an era that was the catalyst and inspiration for generations of musicians to come.

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*CANCELLED* MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring:
Austin James
Katrina Schleisman
Doug Collins
Kashimana

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Nate Hance Trio feat. Kijana $10

Friday, December 17, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of the music you love from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with the Nate Hance Trio, featuring the smooth vocal stylings of Kijana. You'll hear all those classic tunes, as well as new and exciting arrangements of our favorite holiday tunes. Enjoy a bit of nostalgia mixed with a bit of funk, as well as Nate's impressive trick of playing piano upside down and backwards!

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An Evening with Laura Hugo $10

Saturday, December 18, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, December 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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An evening with Chris Koza $20

Sunday, December 19, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Composer / Performer Chris Koza is an internationally-recognized Americana artist and has spent the last fifteen years writing and performing amidst the lakes of Minnesota. Both solo and with his band Rogue Valley, Chris has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird, The Jayhawks, Stephen Kellogg, and Tift Merritt, among others. His music has been featured on television for ABC, MTV, and CBS as well as numerous regional and national campaigns. Winnebago recently commissioned Chris to record a version of Willie Nelson’s classic On The Road Again in a partnership with the National Parks Foundation. The highlight of the past several years was when Ben Stiller selected the Rogue Valley song, The Wolves and the Ravens, for his 20th Century Fox feature film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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January 2022

Becky Schlegel and The High 48s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, January 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Brian Charles Tischleder and Friends Album Release Party $5

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

Brian Charles Tischleder's music is Americana folk rock’n roll in the tradition Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen. He has been writing, performing and recording his original songs for all of his adult life. In the last twenty five years, he has toured extensively in the Midwestern United States while developing a large international fan base. He has played to sold-out crowds at Minneapolis/ St. Paul venues such as First Avenue, Fine Line Music Cafe and O'Garas.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 8 @ 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 Taylor James Donskey & Friends $10

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

Taylor James Donskey is an alternative folk songwriter. Session player and side-man for most of his career, he's added soloist and show host to his long list of musical wares. He's stolen many musical ideas from names such as Randy Newman, John Hartford and Jeff Tweedy, but hides it all under a warm blanket of honest soul-bearing truth. He'll share his original songs and a few choice classics, with many a reminder of who he is and what he does. When not taking the stage for himself, you can catch him hosting the Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds!

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, January 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

Find out more »

The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 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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John Swardson $15

Saturday, January 15 @ 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.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, January 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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NICK HENSLEY & The Love Songs For Angry Men + Carriage House $7

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

Nick Hensley
& The Love Songs For Angry Men,
The Acoustic Solo, Duo, Trio & occasional
Full Band (with the terrible name)
From Saint Paul, Minnesota
(The Best City in the Twin Cities!)

Nick Hensley is the former lead singer and co creator of The District, a regional soul & rock act from the upper Midwest, co based out of St. Paul, MN and Chicago, IL.
Hensley created Love Songs For Angry Men shortly after The District called it quits in 2002.
Hensley’s alias, stage name and alter ego,
Love Songs For Angry Men, originated as a bad joke… similar to other shorter lived band names like Amish Puppy Mill and Billy’s Little Secret. Unfortunately, for Nick and his band members, now papproaching 20 years later...
THE NAME JUST WON’T GO AWAY!

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 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.”

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Dan Israel with Chickaboom and Troglodyte $8

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

Dan Israel is a longtime fixture on the Minneapolis music scene. He was the first guest on 89.3 The Current’s “Local Show” and has been called “the hardest working singer-songwriter in Minnesota.” He won Song of the Year (for “Come to Me”) in the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards and Songwriter of the Year in the 2006 MMA’s. He received a 4-star review from the UK’s “Uncut” magazine for his 2007 album “Turning.” He has released 16 critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, 2020’s “Social Distance Anxiety Disorder," which many critics and fans have praised as his finest record yet.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 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.”

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, January 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

February 2022

Billy Johnson & The Hillcats $10

Friday, February 4 @ 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.

Find out more »

The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, February 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

Find out more »

An Evening with Liam Gerard $8

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

Liam Gerard is a Minneapolis based singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist. The music is best described as pulsing and melodic, with an attention to reflective/ poetic lyrics based upon experiences. Tastes of alternative, blues, folk, and americana give the music an eclectic feel as it spans multiple genres with a goal of being anything but stale and redundant.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

Find out more »

Thunderheads $10

Friday, February 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Thunderheads are rich and tasty blend of Rock, Americana and Blues influenced songs about life, love and living in an age when time flies by at hyper-speed. Inspired by some of the great album rock from the 70’s to the 2000’s, some say we sound like The Allman Brothers, Neil Young, The Band and Little Feat or The Eagles, Grateful Dead, Mark Knopfler and Son Volt. Listen to our music and decide for yourself.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 19 @ 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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Brooke Elizabeth + Colin Bracewell $10

Saturday, February 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Brooke Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter from a small town in Wisconsin making her way in the Minnesota music scene. Starting out in the folk/americana world, Brooke started writing and performing at a young age. She now has established her own unique sound drawing influence from artists like Lennon Stella, Norah Jones, and Billie Eilish. Her recent work with established producer, Tommy Barbarella, has reflected a combination of her impactful lyrics and his expertise in piano and production. This summer, she had the opportunity to open for well-known bands like Yam Haus and American Authors. Two of her singles You and Like I Do were also played on Cities97’s local show. Brooke Elizabeth uses her music to share her stories and experiences that are captivating and relatable to listeners.and Like I Do were also played on Cities97’s local show. Brooke Elizabeth uses her music to share her stories and experiences that are captivating and relatable to listeners.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, February 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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AirLands $12

Friday, February 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 26 @ 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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Mary Bue with batteryboy $15

Saturday, February 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mary Bue is a songwriter, Nada yogi, traveler, runner, vegan, retreat guide, and teacher based out of Minneapolis, often roaming this beautiful world. Named “Best Songwriter” of 2020 by City Pages, her newest album The World is Your Lover - produced by the Suburbs’ Steve Price - is a synthesis of her seven-plus releases, merging pianos and guitars, spiritual longing, and realworld sorrow. Her previous albums achingly express life in melancholy piano-poems, yet in 2015 Mary risked a genre switch to aggressive electric guitars, concise lyricism, and a nod to 90’s grunge.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, February 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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March 2022

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Cassandra Cole + Rabeca $10

Friday, March 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Californian turned Minnesotan, Cassandra Cole is a songwriter, visual artist, actor, athlete, and mother. Cole specializes in songwriting that showcases life’s rich tapestry - and refines each thread, creating a canvas that gives us a look into her soul. In her latest release, Steps, she writes about the human experience.

Steps dives into some heavy subjects in Cole’s life - including years of depression, anxiety, and heartache. Inspired by her favorite songwriters, such as Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, and Ella Fitzgerald, she uses her songwriting to tell stories. The album ebbs and flows - the last track, “Mornings High”, is about taking emotional, mental, and physical steps out of the darkness.

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Songwriter Courtney Yasmineh and her Americana Cowboy Band $12

Saturday, March 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Songwriter Courtney Yasmineh continues her "close to home early 2022 mini tour" with a stop at the charming Aster Cafe listening room on St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis. Courtney will be playing with her longtime touring bandmates (acclaimed music producer, multi instrumentalist, and engineer) Rob Genadek, (songwriter and guitarist) Jon James, and (songwriter and bass player) Chad Mittag. Her brand new fourteen track Country Western inspired album "Red Roses And Cowgirl Dreams" is getting rave reviews and the live band sounds fantastic with four part harmonies and classic cowboy guitars.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, March 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Matt Hannah House of Illusion Release Show with Jon Rodine $8

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

The release show for House of Illusion will feature a full band including JT Bates, Erik Koskinen, Matt Patrick, and Aaron Fabbrini.

Matt Hannah is a Michigan-native and Minneapolis-based folk Americana singer-songwriter. His sophomore album, Dreamland, was chosen as a best of 2017 album by Reviler as well as KVSC, and was described as “not only original…but inspired” by Babysue and as an “Americana fantasy” by City Pages. Hannah faithfully blends his love of Americana songwriters with a passion for the riff-based intensity of 90s rock.

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World Cabaret featuring Waltzing on Waves, Ritika Ganguly, & Marti Moreno $15

Saturday, March 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Waltzing on Waves is the solo act of Twin Cities-based Performing/Recording Artist & Neurodiversity/Mental Health Advocate, Jen Bluhm. Jen carries a special appreciation for the bittersweet places, the preciously awkward paces, and the esoteric spaces that music can identify & elevate in the hearts & minds of humans. Generous, authentic, funny, sultry, & poignant, WoW cuts straight to the heart & dances you through heights & depths with her genre-bending musical stylings, effortless & iridescent vocals, her sincere & intelligent lyrics, & her rich, enchanting melodies.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, March 13 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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The Scarlet Goodbye March Residency $6.99

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

The most unusual new band in the Twin Cities is The Scarlet Goodbye, fronted by Soul Asylum co-founder Dan Murphy and Yacht-rocker Jeff Arundel. It has been called "the most unlikely mash up in Minnesota music history", as these two industry vets from different ends of the rock landscape have created a collection of songs that are hailed as "part Rolling Stones, part Townes Van Zandt". TSG will be playing a March residency in the cozy confines of the Aster as they prepare for the national release of their first single, "Rosary", on InGrooves/Universal. Space is limited, vibe is ample.

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Arts Fishing Club + Virginia Man $15

Friday, March 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Arts Fishing Club makes their musical berth in Nashville, TN and travels primarily throughout the midwest and east coast. Their sound blends modern indie-folk (Gregory Alan Isakov, The Head and the Heart, and Jose Gonzales) with classic 90s jam bands (Dave Matthews Band, Phish, OAR) to create a unique take on acoustic rock that will make you dance one moment and search your soul the next. In addition to the above influences, AFC is often compared to Edward Sharpe and Ben Harper.

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John Swardson $15

Saturday, March 19 @ 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.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, March 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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5cent Reality $15

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

We are 5cent Reality.

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Good Diction + The Foxgloves $12

Saturday, March 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Good Diction is a NE Minneapolis-based rhythm-and-blues-grass group led by singer/songwriter Peter B. Good Diction has been releasing music since it's 2012 debut "The Queen's English", including "Victory" in 2016, "Benediction" in 2017 and singles "New Creation" and "Rise Again!" in 2021. Inspired by art rock, folk traditions and church music, the band has a big, diverse sound - no two songs are alike. Good Diction is supported by a fantastic group of musicians, including violin, keys, bass, guitar, drums and multiple vocalists.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, March 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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The Scarlet Goodbye March Residency $6.99

Thursday, March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The most unusual new band in the Twin Cities is The Scarlet Goodbye, fronted by Soul Asylum co-founder Dan Murphy and Yacht-rocker Jeff Arundel. It has been called "the most unlikely mash up in Minnesota music history", as these two industry vets from different ends of the rock landscape have created a collection of songs that are hailed as "part Rolling Stones, part Townes Van Zandt". TSG will be playing a March residency in the cozy confines of the Aster as they prepare for the national release of their first single, "Rosary", on InGrooves/Universal. Space is limited, vibe is ample.

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April 2022

Danger Pins + Hans Schumacher $10

Friday, April 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Danger Pins are Shannon Pettini (vocals and guitar) and Joseph Pettini (percussion and vocals). Original electric Americana and select reimagined covers.

With special guest Hans Schumacher!

Hans Schumacher is a Minneapolis based singer/songwriter, and founder of the band American Pleasure Dome.

Music 9-11pm

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$10 cover charge will be added to your tab.

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Billy Johnson $10

Saturday, April 2 @ 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 and the Buttons $5

Sunday, April 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

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

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Art Vandalay with j. bell & the Lazy Susan Band $15

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

Twin Cities-based Americana band, Art Vandalay returns to the Aster to celebrate their new album Champagne & Chandeliers!

Blending the classic roots sounds of The Band and the modern indie sounds of Chuck Prophet and The Black Keys, Art Vandalay creates raw Americana rock with songs that are “impossibly catchy” (Duluth News Tribune).

A garage band at heart, Art Vandalay recorded their earlier albums (Dancin’ with Your Demons and Heaven’s Operahouse) themselves in Twin Cities’ basements and apartments, recorded and mixed by band leader Brandon Henry. Wanting to have the physical and creative space to experiment and rock out a bit more, they recorded at Future Condo Studios in Minneapolis with producer and engineer John Miller. Long-time band members Ben Cook-Feltz (keyboards, vocals), Drew Stevenson (bass), and Calvin Keasling (drums) joined Henry (vocals, guitar) along with special guests Rich Rue (slide guitar) and Colin Monette (guitar).

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, April 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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Chris Koza with Jillian Rae and JOUR $20

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

Joining Chris at the Aster are two accomplished artists who have long made a reputation for themselves in the Twin Cities and beyond: multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Jillian Rae, and synth-pop-artist Jøur. The three will share songs in an in-the-round style, and also team up for a couple together as well. Chris will preview a few new songs written during these early months of 2022 as well as some long-gestating tunes from the forthcoming new Rogue Valley album.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

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

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Kid Dakota with special guest Sam DuBois $10

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

Formed in 1999, Kid Dakota released two albums on LOW's Chairkicker's Union - “So Pretty” (2002), and “The West is the Future” (2004) - and four albums on Graveface Records - “A Winner's Shadow” (2008), “Listen to the Crows As They Take Flight” (2011), “Denervation” (2018), and “Age of Roaches.” His new double album, “MICD” will be released in 2022.

Darren is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, engineer, teacher, and producer. Although he grew up in a small town in Western South Dakota, Darren cut his musical teeth in Minneapolis. A fixture on the scene there for two decades, Darren founded two critically-acclaimed bands (Kid Dakota and the Olympic Hopefuls), released nine albums, and won three Minnesota Music Awards including “Artist of the Year.” He toured extensively in the United States and Europe, sharing stages with rock and roll icons such as Soul Asylum and the Violent Femmes as well as indie rock stalwarts like LOW and Black Moth Super Rainbow. He owns a recording studio in NE Minneapolis - Homesteader Studio - and has two Bedlington Terriers - Dante and Diva.

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Sarah Morris + Jason Roberts $12

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

As songwriter, lover, mother, and witness, acclaimed Minneapolis Americana artist Sarah Morris invites us to join her in missing the forest for the trees, with songs that count and celebrate the glorious details of our messy, magical, everyday lives.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, April 17 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

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

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Steve Katz and the Hungry Ghosts $13

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

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

Steve Katz- Bass, vocals, composition
Chris Cunningham- Guitar, Irish guilt
Ken Goldman-Percussion
Peter Vircks- Saxophone
Matt Darling- Trombone and unwanted affection

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The Midnight Choir Social Club $10

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

With a sound born in New Orleans' gospel tents and on muddy water's front porch, the The Midnight Choir Social Club's deep pocket drums and bass, melodic guitar and heartfelt vocals deliver gospel inspired music that makes the angels in the demons dance for joy.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, April 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

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

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Space Hug with Oake & Paine $10

Friday, April 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Their sound is a sonic blend of driving guitar riffs, sensual vocals and innovative keyboard countermelodies. Born in the COVID era - where people must hug at a distance - Space Hug has begun their journey to bring beauty and meaning to the strange times we live in.

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The Supper Club Collective Release Party with Chris Holm, Ted Hajnasiewicz, Ryan Rud & more $15

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

Join songwriters Chris Holm, Ted Hajnasiewicz and Ryan Rud and their Supper Club Collective to celebrate the release of I Got You Covered, Vol. 1 -- an album featuring Minnesota artists covering each other's songs. Including performances by Sarah Morris, Brianna Lane, Ben Cook-Feltz, Amanda Standalone and more, the album ranges from acoustic folk and blues to gritty rock and ambient pop. Stop by to dine and enjoy a tasty meal of Minnesota tunes performed by some of your favorite songwriters. Supper coats not required but strongly encouraged!

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May 2022

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

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

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Tim Houlihan, Paul Madsen, & JJ Benson $10

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

The troubadours of the 1970’s set the bar for great songwriting with thoughtful lyrics and hooky melodies. Tim Houlihan, Paul Madsen, and JJ Benson will be sharing the best of the singer songwriters including The Byrds, Carol King, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul Simon, as well as Jimmy Webb, James Taylor, and John Prine. Join us for great harmonies and great songs.

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Scott Laurent $12

Saturday, May 7 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 8 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

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

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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The Rough & Tumble + Taylor James Donskey $10

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

The Rough & Tumble are as easy to detect as a stray dog on your doorstep-- and as difficult to send home. The dumpster-folk, thriftstore-Americana duo, consisting of Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler and their menagerie of classic folk and homemade instruments, have been hobbling around the country in their 16ft camper with their two dogs since 2015, taking their songs to the far corners of the US and to the weird little towns they pass along the way. Love Is Gross...but it looks good on you, the newest collection of songs by The Rough & Tumble is a "fun project of kinda, sorta love songs" released February 11th, just in time for Valentine's Day. This comes on the heels of We're Only Family If You Say So, the 2021 album about what it means to be family, and what it means to lose it. With singles debuting on American Songwriter, The Bluegrass Situation and Grateful Web referring to the album as "a must listen," it has been embraced by fans for its stark honesty, unique storytelling and well-crafted melodies, especially at a time when families are deeply divided. With any luck, The Rough & Tumble will be traveling to a city near you in 2022.

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An Evening with Liam Gerard $10

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

Liam Gerard is a Minneapolis based singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist. The music is best described as pulsing and melodic, with an attention to reflective/ poetic lyrics based upon experiences. Tastes of alternative, blues, folk, and americana give the music an eclectic feel as it spans multiple genres with a goal of being anything but stale and redundant.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 15 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

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

The Minnesota songwriter showcase
Twin Cities tradition since 2005
Curated by Nick Hensley of Love songs for angry men
Features 12 up-and-coming and veteran songwriters every Wednesday from 8 PM to 10 PM Sept-May
-FREE SHOW
-for more information message us at:

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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John Swardson + Joe George $15

Friday, May 20 @ 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.

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Coolidge Reunion Show $8

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

After a little more than a decade-long break from playing, Coolidge announces their triumphant return to thecstsge and reintroduces their original brand of alt-country and Americana rock to the Twin Cities. Coolidge is Matty O’Reilly (lead vocals, guitar), Brock Guettler (bass, vocals), Steve Proper (lead guitar, vocals) and Cliff Ovadia (drums). This outfit has released two full length albums (Was it My Drinkin’ in 1998 and Me and the Bottle in 2004, both found frequently in used CD stores everywhere). The band currently holds the record for Most Bottles of Beers Consumed during a two hour live performance (84), a record that should have never been allowed in the first place nor legally safe to be surpassed or broken.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 22 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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