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March 2022

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Find out more »

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

Find out more »

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.

Find out more »

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.

Find out more »

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

Find out more »

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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Sophie Javna + Ted Greenbaum $10

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

This is Sophie and Ted's musical debut together! Drawn to jazz at a young age, Sophie Javna has performed with bands throughout Oregon and Colorado. She offers an intimate and soulful musical experience through her interpretation of a wide range of standards, blues, and R&B.

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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

Saturday, May 28 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, May 29 @ 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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June 2022

Cassandra Cole + Chris Mason $10

Friday, June 3 @ 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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An evening with Tim Mahoney $20

Saturday, June 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tim Mahoney, who calls Minnesota’s Twin Cities home, found himself in creative territory vastly different from the love-and-breakup pop songs that have been his calling card for more than two decades. A former contestant on The Voice, Mahoney tapped into his socially conscious muse to write “We Should Be Shooting Stars,” an impassioned cry for peace and humanity in a world increasingly tolerant of gun-fueled bloodshed.

“This song is a first for me,” says Mahoney. “I believe in every word I’m saying. I’m really hoping it just helps unite and bring people together. This can sound cliché, but I think it really needs to start with one person – you and me with this song.”

The gripping, stripped-down mood of “We Should Be Shooting Stars” further punctuates its point – that we should be shooting for dreams, not shooting people, and that we need to rethink, rebuild, and reunite. Recorded in Mahoney’s home turf, “We Should Be Shooting Stars,” ready for digital release February 25, showcases the singer-songwriter’s emotive vocals and his solemn piano playing as well as strings and arrangements from Tommy Barbarella.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, June 5 @ 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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Space Ambulance + Rafta $8

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

Space Ambulance is the improvisational collaboration between guitarist Nick Baker (Maria & the Coins, Yarp, Fragile Canyons), drummer Ryan Barrett (Lazy Scorsese, Space Hug), and bassist Matt Beachey (Slow Clarity, Cassini, Oscar Tengo). The trio formed in the winter of 2019 with the goal of creating fluidly improvised music that draws from modal jazz and classic psychedelic rock. Space Ambulance performs without any preconceived ideas in order to fully access the present moment.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, June 12 @ 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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Billy Johnson & The Hillcats $10

Friday, June 17 @ 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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The Maeflies $12

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

The Maeflies return to The Aster for a hot summer show AND the release of their new single "HENRYVILLE". Get ready for a big list of songs, with their richest harmonies and full fleet of instruments to entertain you. Don't miss this personal performance on the intimate stage at The Aster.

The Maeflies, Minnesota's Americana-Country-Rock Ensemble, have been playing their trademark sound for over 18 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.
They have released 2 albums of original music: "Goodbye Sometimes" and "Dinkytewn Highway. Their music is available on all streaming music apps, including iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music and more. The new 2022 single "HENRYVILLE" is about the tragedies we bear in the face of our Nemesis, the Tornado. We dedicate this song to everyone everywhere who has suffered. It will be available for downloads on June 18, 2022.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, June 19 @ 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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The Scarlet Goodbye $10

Thursday, June 23 @ 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 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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Andy Ulseth Album Release Show with special guest Emily Haavik $15

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

Andy Ulseth is a craftsman songwriter from Minnesota. A state known for brutal winters, and liberal politics. His folk songs highlight the vivid and visceral minutiae of the modern world rather than focus on the past. What does it mean to be a millennial? Why does life happen all at once? How have we changed? Every melody is important, and words matter.

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David Harland $10

Saturday, June 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, June 26 @ 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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July 2022

Danger Pins + Joe Fahey $10

Friday, July 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 Joe Fahey!

Joe Fahey is a Twin-Cities singer-songwriter preparing to release his 5th solo album “Baker’s Cousin” in Fall of 2022. His most recent album “February On Ice” made rock critic Robert Christgau’s “Deans’ List” as one of the best albums of 2021. Of his 2016 album “Somnambulist Chaser”, Minneapolis Star Tribune music critic Chris Riemenschneider said “What a charmer this one is. Fahey sounds like a free-association songwriter version of Tom Petty over richly textured, Dylan-meets-Feelies Americana arrangements in such wry, wordy gems as “The Drunken Prisoner of Circumstance.”

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Aldrich + The Nunnery $10

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

Principally filled with longing and nostalgia, Caleb Anderson is a songwriter and producer based in Minneapolis, MN. Borrowing mojo from his small town upbringing, Anderson has developed a playfulness and wide-eyed disposition that characterizes his music as Aldrich.

Under A Softened Gleam is the studio debut for Aldrich. With a focus on Anderon's earnest vocal presence, gentle finger-style guitar playing, and dashes of levity, Under A Softened Gleam offers snapshots into the uncomfortable process of learning to speak from one’s own heart.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, July 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.

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Admiral Fox + Zaq Baker $7

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

<a href="http://Admiral Fox">Admiral Fox’s sounds range from introspective indie folk to synth-flavored garage rock. Following the release of their EP Nowhere is Safe this March, their music has been slanting away from the acoustic singer-songwriter crooners of their debut, and heading into louder, more electric, and more socially conscious territory. Though they’ll always find time for a sad-boy ballad or three.

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The High 48s + Caludo $20

Friday, July 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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Elliott Blaufuss + Johanna Mathews $15

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

Playing only four shows throughout 2020 was the least amount in a year's time since starting a band at the young age of ten. Elliott hit the road at 17 (wielding any of the 10 instruments he plays) and eventually became sideman and musical director for artists such as:
Gavin DeGraw, Phillip Phillips, and Eric Hutchinson.

While writing and performing his own material casually for years, he is finally putting his own vehicle into drive with the releases of the Funk/Soul EP "Red" in 2018, followed by the warm and emotive "Blue" in late 2019.

Glamour Magazine and Julia Michaels took notice in early '19, when Blaufuss covered the pop smash "Issues" on youtube.

When Covid hit Elliott started AIRWAVS, a long distance musical collaboration reaching over 33 artists across the country. It was released in May with the proceeds going to the artists involved.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, July 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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Hank & the Skinny 3 $13

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

Michael O’Neill captures the haunted countrified post-punk-pop soul sound like no other; his hypnotic circular chord progressions sprinkled with delicate thoughtful hooks lead you to a misconceived notion that this stuff is easy when it is anything but.

Michael is an artist with a deceptively simple grasp of art and its subtle intricacies. On the outside he is rough- and- ready shooting from the hip. But listen more closely and the true sophistication shyly emerges. Like the onstage Michael, there is a humble reticence lurking behind that colorful wall of hard-driving sound. A human story of heartache and loss as folksy as the Grand Old Opry, if it were located in lower Manhattan.

And no matter what twists and turns Michael’s music has taken in the decades since he began, there remains its defining characteristic: a side winding sound that evokes dust-blown, mythically sprawling open spaces and the restless roads that run through them.

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Waltzing on Waves + Maya Elena $15

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

Aster invites you to an evening with eclectic singer-songwriter, Waltzing on Waves. W.o.W. is Jen Bluhm, a performing and recording artist and multi-instrumentalist based in Minneapolis. Jazz Pop, Soul, & Cabaret.

Waltzing on Wavess is Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist, Jen Bluhm. Her music is a blend of Jazz, Soul, and Indie-Folk presented with a New York Cabaret vibe. Generous, bittersweet, sultry, funny, & poignant, Waltzing On Waves cuts straight to the heart & dances you through depths & heights with her dynamic genre-bending iridescent vocals, heartfelt intelligent lyrics, & rich haunting melodies.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, July 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.

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The Neighborhood Quartet $15

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

Remember sitting in your living room as kid? The shag carpet tickling the back of your legs. You were chewing on your Marathon bar and sipping from a can of Rondo Soda while watching your favorite TV show…was it CHiPs or S.W.A.T.?… Doesn’t matter they both were great and so was the music in them. The Neighborhood Trio might just take you back to those times with their groovy 70’s theme song inspired tunes, but sorry Rondo is long gone, but I’m sure you will find something from the bar to crush your thirst!

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, July 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.

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Ashleigh Still + Sophia Shorai $20

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

A singer/songwriter with equal parts heart, charm and individuality, Sophia Shorai has been a mainstay on the Mpls music scene for the past 10+ years. She was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Mpls, MN. A classically trained pianist, she began exploring jazz in her early teens, learning vocalese from her trumpet-playing father. With five self-released albums under her belt, she mixes old classics, modern revivals and her own pop gems with ease and soul. Shorai has collaborated with many of the Midwest’s finest and most celebrated musicians, has garnered international vocal recognition through television shows and films, and lends her voice to national and regional commercials.

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John Magnuson Trio with special guest Brian Just $10

Saturday, July 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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, Dick Dale, 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, July 31 @ 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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August 2022

Hannah von der Hoff & Friends August Residency w/Cassandra Cole $10

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

Hannah von der Hoff is ‘Holy Hannah!’ - soulful, real and raw like salt of the earth - a mixture of genres cross-pollinated into rock & roll with a heavy soul, jazz & roots hand. Minneapolis born singer-songwriter/guitarist makes her hometown return to showcase an intimate solo set of her original music and select tributes, featuring local songwriter guests!

Aug 3 - Cassandra Cole
Aug 10 - Laura Hugo
Aug 17 - Jillian Rae
Aug 24 - Maya Elena
Aug 31 - Theyself

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Sophie Javna + Ted Greenbaum $10

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

This is Sophie and Ted's musical debut together! Drawn to jazz at a young age, Sophie Javna has performed with bands throughout Oregon and Colorado. She offers an intimate and soulful musical experience through her interpretation of a wide range of standards, blues, and R&B.

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Billy Johnson + Angie Rae $10

Friday, August 5 @ 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. Billy has recorded 10 CDs. He strums a Gibson guitar with soul, and has a great vocal range.

With special guest Angie Rae!

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

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

Time Again - Brubeck and Desmond, Reimagined and Beyond, with Larry McDonough Quartet, A Concert and Recording Session, with Larry McDonough, piano, Richard Terrill, saxes and poetry, Greg Stinson, bass, and Dean White, drums.

LMQ will celebrate the 100th birthday of Dave Brubeck by performing timeless Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond pieces in different time signatures than those of Brubeck and Desmond, along with Larry McDonough odd-metered originals.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, August 7 @ 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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Hannah von der Hoff & Friends August Residency w/ Laura Hugo $10

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

Hannah von der Hoff is ‘Holy Hannah!’ - soulful, real and raw like salt of the earth - a mixture of genres cross-pollinated into rock & roll with a heavy soul, jazz & roots hand. Minneapolis born singer-songwriter/guitarist makes her hometown return to showcase an intimate solo set of her original music and select tributes, featuring local songwriter guests!

Aug 10 - Laura Hugo
Aug 17 - Jillian Rae
Aug 24 - Maya Elena
Aug 31 - Theyself

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Samuel J DuBois + Dylan Salfer $10

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

After releasing his self titled debut full length record in April 2020, Samuel J. DuBois stepped away from performing live to focus on his health and to reflect on things both personal and otherwise.

Having grown up in a small rural town, and being more introverted in nature, DuBois always turned to music and writing to make his voice or thoughts heard. Whether it was listening to music that he felt defined a mood or feeling, or playing music to anyone who would listen, DuBois made it a major part of his life, no matter who he disagreed with his passion for writing and performing and obsession for immersing himself in all things music.

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An evening with GUYTANO $10

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

Minnesota based Guytano is made up of brothers Grant and Eddie Hamilton along with Isaac Hesse and Colter Benoit. The band first met in 2010 while attending middle school in Sartell, Minnesota where they began covering punk rock songs eventually finding their own synth-based pop-rock sound behind the songs of the band's Grant Hamilton.

In 2016 Guytano released their self-produced debut album, ‘I Am Inside My Body’, which was recorded with Aaron Ankrum and mastered by Huntley Miller. The song “Fall Back In Your Arms” received an immediate response on digital streaming services, college and commercial radio, and became an instant fan favorite at their live shows. Music from their debut album also appeared on numerous television networks including NASCAR, Discovery, and MTV’s The Real World, and Teen Mom 2.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, August 14 @ 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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Hannah von der Hoff & Friends August Residency w/ guest Jillian Rae $10

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

Hannah von der Hoff is ‘Holy Hannah!’ - soulful, real and raw like salt of the earth - a mixture of genres cross-pollinated into rock & roll with a heavy soul, jazz & roots hand. Minneapolis born singer-songwriter/guitarist makes her hometown return to showcase an intimate solo set of her original music and select tributes, featuring local songwriter guests!

Aug 17 - Jillian Rae
Aug 24 - Maya Elena
Aug 31 - Theyself
Holy Hannah Official Facebook Page

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Francis Emil Johnson with special guest Ruth $10

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

FRANCIS EMIL JOHNSON is a Twin Cities songwriter whose original tunes borrow from country folk and Bossa Nova traditions. His latest release, "Dumb Punchlines" is an alternative folk/rock journey that attempts to find humor in heartbreak and depression.

Inspired by Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, João Gilberto, David Berman, Sondre Lerche and others, Johnson got his start in 2012 at the Grand Kabaret in his hometown, New Ulm, MN. He opened for Jeff Braegelmann, a local legend, and soon thereafter began writing and recording demos. In 2017, he released his debut EP "You're Still Gone," and began performing as a soloist in the Twin Cities.

Later he formed a band and started performing as a four-piece. They recorded D.P. in 2020. The album combines aspects of soft folk music with heavier alternative rock, and contemplates the human experience in the over-saturated digital age.

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AirLands + St. Anthony Mann $12

Friday, August 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Kevin Calaba, lead singer of Indie Collective AirLands, will downsize into a smaller cafe performance, breathing life into songs that were meant both for the weight of a mountain, and/or the bare bones of a cafe.

Opening the night is St. Anthony Mann. Playing experimental indie folk enlivened by obscure arrangements and poetic lyrics, St. Anthony Mann is the stage name of Adam Bjoraker and co.

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Space Hug + Dayna Koehn $10

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

Space Hug is a sonic blend of female vocals, jangly guitar, ethereal keys and driving rhythm. Their Indie Pop sound draws comparisons to Metric and No Doubt.

Space Hug Official Website

With special guest Dayna Koehn!

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, August 21 @ 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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Hannah von der Hoff & Friends August Residency w/Maya Elena $10

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

Hannah von der Hoff is ‘Holy Hannah!’ - soulful, real and raw like salt of the earth - a mixture of genres cross-pollinated into rock & roll with a heavy soul, jazz & roots hand. Minneapolis born singer-songwriter/guitarist makes her hometown return to showcase an intimate solo set of her original music and select tributes, featuring local songwriter guests!

Aug 24 - Maya Elena
Aug 31 - Theyself
Holy Hannah Official Facebook Page

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Hyooman + The KEY KIDS $10

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

Hyooman sprouted from the bedroom of songwriter Leng Moua, fueled by his desire to reconnect with his inner fan and love for music. Soon the band was formed, joined by Elise Bremer (keys and vocals), McCoy Seitz (drums and vocals), Dillon Marchus (bass), and Victor Pokorny (guitar and vocals). Hyooman traverses the terrain between the lo-fi bedroom pop of Alex G and the alternative bands of the 90s/early 2000s – while they lyrically explore the themes of introspection, social media, and existential dread. In May 2021 the band released their first single, “Half Brain,” and followed up with the release of their debut album Pilot in June 2022.

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Senor Blues + Jessica Skilar $7

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

Senor Blues is:
Michael Leville, drums
Tom Betting, guitar/vocals
Paul Chamberlain, guitar/vocals
Marshall Onsrud, bass/comedic banter
Lisa Tradewell, vocals
Sara Jeddeloh, violin

Americana roots-rock band with an emphasis on groove, guitar stylings and vocal harmonies.

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Mustang 87 $15

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

What do you get when you put two excitable teens in the basement together with a bunch of musical toys and Mountain Dew, send them off into the adult world to carve their own paths for a few decades then bring them back to the basement again as established pros (with new toys)?

You guessed it… Mustang 87

Steve Roehm and Ben Glaros dove into the world of music early on; jamming, learning and experimenting together at each other's houses and in the band room at Mounds View High School. They rocked many a school cafeteria, church basement and talent show before graduating to higher education and higher profile gigs. Nowadays you are likely to have seen Steve perform his magic on vibraphone with jazzy pop supergroup The New Standards, and Ben has emerged as an esteemed singer/songwriter and has contributed his formidable guitar skills to countless projects over the years.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, August 28 @ 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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Hannah von der Hoff & Friends August Residency w/ Theyself $10

Wednesday, August 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hannah von der Hoff is ‘Holy Hannah!’ - soulful, real and raw like salt of the earth - a mixture of genres cross-pollinated into rock & roll with a heavy soul, jazz & roots hand. Minneapolis born singer-songwriter/guitarist makes her hometown return to showcase an intimate solo set of her original music and select tributes, featuring local songwriter guests!

Aug 31 - Theyself

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September 2022

The Midnight Choir Social Club $10

Friday, September 2 @ 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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The Way Back Yard Boys + Freaque $5

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

The Way Back Yard Boys sing three part harmony fiddle music. Some folk, bluegrass, Americana standards and originals. We got our name from playing backyard shows, when those were the only shows you could play.

The Way Back Yard Boys Official Facebook Page

With special guest Gabe Roderick!

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, September 4 @ 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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Hannah von der Hoff $10

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

Hannah von der Hoff is ‘Holy Hannah!’ - soulful, real and raw like salt of the earth - a mixture of genres cross-pollinated into rock & roll with a heavy soul, jazz & roots hand. Minneapolis born singer-songwriter/guitarist makes her hometown return to showcase an intimate solo set of her original music and select tributes!

Holy Hannah Official Facebook Page

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An Evening with John Swardson and Bad Blood $15

Friday, September 9 @ 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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Scott Zosel Trio $10

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

Minneapolis DJ Ellen Stanley (KFAI) describes Scott Zosel’s music as first-rate songwriting evoking the sunny roots/rock sounds of The Jayhawks. It’s elements of folk-rock, some pop, with the fresh edge of country. A very articulate and mercurial sound that’s always engaging and fun for audiences of all ages. Quietly writing songs and making music in bands around the Twin Cities for many years now, Scott’s latest album, ‘Tiny Yellow Room’ proves why this late-blooming artist is poised to become the next big Americana talent to emerge from the vibrant music scene that has produced The Jayhawks, Mason Jennings and others.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, September 11 @ 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, September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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NICK HENSLEY & The Love Songs For Angry Men + Laura Perkins $8

Friday, September 16 @ 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!

Featuring special guest Laura Perkins

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Cassandra Cole + Colin Bracewell $10

Saturday, September 17 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, September 18 @ 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, September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Steve Katz and the Hungry Ghosts $13

Friday, September 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Steve Katz and his ghastly bandmates will offer a curious mix of offbeat originals and eclectic covers. This coming just a year or so after the barely acclaimed release of Redundancy and Desire.

Steve Katz- Bass, vocals, composition
Chris Cunningham- Guitar, Old Spice
Ken Goldman-Percussion
Peter Vircks- Saxophone
Matt Darling- Trombone and other disproportionate responses

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