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September 2019

Fringe Pipes | Admiral Fox (Indie Rock) $5

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

Fringe Pipes is a band of drifters and ghosts from the other side of the fence. Their flavor of Americana combines frontman Colin Loynachan’s earnest songwriting with stunning three part harmony and a freight train of a band.

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Josh Halverson with special guest Kate Schell (Singer Songwriter) $7

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

When singing, the human voice carries much more than just the words it speaks. It carries the land it grew up on, the people it grew up with, and the accent it was born into. A voice can speak to the sound of the land. On his new Americana album, One Shot, Texas songwriter Josh Halverson beautifully channels the wide-open vistas of his home roots in the Texas panhandle. His luminous voice rings clear over these audio landscapes, resonating with unusual clarity and honesty. It’s a voice you’ll remember, from a young songwriter poised to move into the national spotlight. “Just gimme one shot/to show you who I am” he sings on the title track, and after listening to Josh Halverson’s new album, you will feel like you know him.

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Live in the RIVER ROOM: St. Paul and the Mpls Funk All Stars $20 Adv/$20 Cash Door

Thursday, September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20

Join us for an intimate night with St. Paul and the Mpls Funk All Stars.

St. Paul Peterson, a teenage wunderkind who performed keys with The Time in Purple Rain before signing to Prince’s Paisley Park label as lead singer of The Family (‘Nothing Compares 2 U’), is acknowledged as one of the best musicians to emerge from the Twin Cities.

As the leader of fDeluxe (formerly The Family) St. Paul has been the driving force behind the 2 critically acclaimed comeback albums that have seen the group perform sold out shows in England, France, Holland, Belgium, Australia and Japan, as well as their native USA. Their performance at Carnegie Hall alongside D’Angelo, Chris Rock, Elvis Costello and others received rave reviews from the press, including The Village Voice who exclaimed “...a dominant appearance by fDeluxe, the Prince-curated band which rst saw the light of day as The Family in the mid-80s before being resurrected by frontman Paul Peterson (who goes by the moniker St. Paul) in 2009, whose high- energy funk set -- comprised of Family song “High Fashion” into Prince live favorite “Mutiny” -- was otherwise a master class in bass-driven grooves.”

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Will Payne Harrison with special guests Steam Machine (Blues/Bluegrass) $10

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

Everyone knows that Louisiana is a great melting pot of music, food and Southern culture. Will Payne Harrison simmered in that pot for most of his life, soaking in influences of Traditional Cajun, Louisiana Blues, Swamp Pop, New Orleans Brass Bands and Zydeco. Even after departing Louisiana for Nashville to start his own solo career, he has kept in touch with his Louisiana Roots making his own unique blend of Americana and Roots music. On East Nashville Blues, Will Payne Harrison dove deeper into Bluegrass, Country and Singer-Songwriter genres, using a cast of top-notch Nashville musicians. With his newest album, Living With Ghosts, Harrison went back to his roots, bringing in the Crème de la crème of Louisiana musicians featuring The Rayo Brothers members (Jesse Reaux, Lance Kelehan and Jordan Ardoin) along with lead guitarist Jim McGee. Fats Kaplin (John Prine) even joined in on pedal steel and fiddle. Slated to be out in late Summer/early Fall, Living With Ghosts will encompass the perfect blend of Will Payne Harrison’s Louisiana/Nashville sound.

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The Midnight Choir Social Club with special guest gospel great Robert Robinson (GOSPEL BLUES/ROCK AND SOUL) $10

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

Where the Stardust meets the soil.

The Midnight Choir Social Clubs sound was born in the gospel tents of the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the protester filled streets of Selma and the soul driven back porch whiskey Blues.
The drums and bass provide the funky solid rhythm and beat which forms the bedrock of the band. The guitar and saxophone carry the energy to a fever pitch. The vocals, led by David Ballman and assisted by the Resistor Sisters, ride the wave over the edge drenching everybody in sight. Creating a wall of sound that makes both the angels and the demons dance for joy. Special guest gospel great Robert Robinson will join the band for a number of songs throughout the evening.

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Charlie Van Stee | Val Son (Singer Songwriter/Psych-Folk) $8

Saturday, September 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Charlie Van Stee is the singer and songwriter from Minneapolis based band VAN STEE. Having released their sophomore album “Heartbreaker Nervewrecker Meansucker” in 2018, Charlie turned to playing new original solo material as well as reimagined songs from the VAN STEE catalog in a more stripped down setting interspersed with songs that helped shape him as a songwriter. Charlie released his new solo single “Try to Forget it” on August 25

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

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

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

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

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

Radio Five Watt presents an in-the-round style songwriter showcase featuring some of the Twin Cities most beloved local performers. Featuring Lacey Guck, Doug Collins, & Tony Ortiz!!

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The Arcanes (Rock/Funk) $7

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

Some weird & funky dudes.·Social skills? Nah. Sense of style? Absent.
Rock? On. Hell? Yes.

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Northern Darling with special guest Tin Ear 3tet (Indie Folk) $8

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

Northern Darling is a Minneapolis-based indie-pop band with a unique musical sound that combines sultry vocal and guitar work complemented by an amplified bassoon, upright bass, and drums. The band brings a rich set of creative and musical talents to both its original songs and its interpretations of standards. Song forms, rhythms and harmonies are infused with rock, blues, jazz, latin and even a bit of Americana. Northern Darling Official Website Tin Ear 3tet takes a love of vintage swing…

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PONCÉ with special guest Preston Gunderson (Rock) $10

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

PONCÉ is a dynamic, Nashville rock duo consisting of twin brothers Carson and Michael Poncé. The twins efficiently cross genres; from classic, harmony-driven melodies reminiscent of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers to modern, synth-infused pop productions with melodic guitar leads evocative of The Killers and The Cure.

“PONCÉ has zeroed in on what makes a good marriage of earnest pop and glossy rock, and they’ve channeled it into a batch of eight danceable, hook-laden songs.” - NASHVILLE SCENE

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Alina Maira | Syvers (Indie Folk) $8

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

Alina Maira is a singer/songwriter from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, recently planting herself in Minneapolis. Her songs are meant to provoke human connection through the avenue of shared experiences; reminding every listener that they are never alone in what they feel. Music has helped her in a myriad of ways since early childhood, and it remains one of the most core parts of her. She is currently recording an EP that is expected to release by the end of Fall 2019; meanwhile two of her singles are already available on all media platforms.

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8 Ball Aitken with special guest Jim Stapley (Rock N Roll) $10

Tuesday, September 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

8 Ball Aitken’s funky, foot stomping energy and infectious blend of swampy-blues, has brought the party vibe to festivals in more than a dozen countries worldwide for a decade.

8 Ball Aitken, is back with a new album Swamp Blues. The album debuted #2 in the Australian Blues Music Charts and single ‘High Water’ went to #1 on the AMRAP AIRIT Radio charts.

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Andy Cook and Friends: with special guests Kansas Plates (Indie Rock) $8

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

Every 3rd Wednesday!

Wednesday September 18th: with special guests Kansas Plates
Wednesday October 16th: with special guests Jeremy Ylvisaker & LOTT

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

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CMA, ACM & Grammy Award-Winning Bryan White (Country) $25

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

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

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

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

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

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

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Jack Pfeffer | Call Puerto Rico (Indie Rock) $10

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

Join us for an evening of music featuring the best from Minneapolis' next generation of great musicians: Jack Pfeffer & Call Puerto Rico!

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Lucy Wainwright Roche with special guest Mother Banjo (Singer Songwriter) $25

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

Those familiar with Lucy Wainwright Roche are aware of her bell tone voice, her unshakable melodies, and her knack for wise, wry lyrics that clench the heart.  It’s no surprise that Wainwright Roche is the daughter of Suzzy Roche (The Roches) and Loudon Wainwright III, half sibling to Rufus and Martha Wainwright. She grew up steeped in music. 

But Lucy has carved out her own career as a touring singer/songwriter and recording artist, having sold over 50 thousand copies of her four critically acclaimed solo recordings released on her own label: Eight Songs, Eight More, Lucy, and There’s a Last Time for Everything.  Other recordings include a collaboration with her sister Martha Wainwright on Songs In the Dark, a collection of lullabies, and two duet recordings with her mother Suzzy Roche: Fairytale and Myth (winner of Vox Pop Independent Music Awards) and most recently Mud and Apples. 

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TABAH Just The Duo Us Series (Genre Fluid) $7

Monday, September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring special guests!

Monday, September 23rd Nick Costa & AP Simpson
Friday, October 25th LASKA & The Nunnery

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

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Joe Robinson with special guest Chase Ingraham (Acoustic Guitar/ Singer Songwriter) $20

Tuesday, September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Twenty-six-year-old Australian Joe Robinson is a world-class virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter with a unique musical sensibility, injecting a unique fusion of rock, blues, R&B and jazz into a fresh sound that is entirely his own. Displaying his virtuosity on electric as well as acoustic guitar, Robinson was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll and landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Best Guitarists!

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Mariah Mercedes and Friends: with Nyasia (R&B/Hip-Hop) $5

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

Every Fourth Wednesday!

Wednesday September 25th: Nyasia
Wednesday October 23rd: Ellis Cleve

Mariah Mercedes is a pop/R&B artist from the Twin Cities delivering smooth grooves with a perpetual smirk.

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John Munson Presents: The Fragrants (Funk/Dance) $10

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

The Fragrants

Join John Munson, Jacques Wait, Max Ray, Sasha Burk and Richard Medek as they explore funky, fragrant jams by such artists as The Meters, Booker T, Grant Green and Reuben Wilson. If you’re bold we will move the tables and you can get your sweat on.

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The Home Fires | Anna Stine (Americana/Indie Folk) $10

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

The Home Fires is an Americana duo based in Minneapolis comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah's clear, melodic voice and Vicky's warm, weathered harmony. In 2018, they were nominated for Americana Artist of the Year by the Midwest Country Music Association and opened for Emmylou Harris at the Ordway.

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Jim Gruidl’s Buddy System | America’s Roast Beef (Indie Rock) $10

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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An Evening with Robert Wilkinson (Rock n Roll) $10

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

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

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

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October 2019

Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

Tuesday, October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Featuring Rachelle LaNae,
Alex Maryol,
& Mary Cutrufello!!

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Savannah Smith and Friends: Featuring Faith Boblett (Indie Folk) $8

Wednesday, October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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Tim Houlihan and Spencer & Lisa (Folk/Blues) $5

Thursday, October 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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An Evening with Michael Shynes (Singer Songwriter) $20

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

The fact that Michael Shynes /a> is a Midwest born singer songwriter with a Platinum Record in Poland, in many ways, sums up the unlikelihood of his career perfectly. Being a self taught musician from a small town, he seemed to build a career out of nothing more than pure hustle and soulful songwriting. And he was also a son who had lost his father, quit his day job, and chased an unlikely dream. And even though the music itself may be difficult to define (often oscillating from Folk to Pop to R&B to Country and then back again), the intent behind it is the unifying ingredient. The unmistakeable truth that it never strives to be anything less than genuine and authentic.

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An evening with John Swardson (Americana) $10

Saturday, October 5 @ 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 & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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An evening with Jason Chaffee (Singer Songwriter) $5

Sunday, October 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Life makes your head spin.To capture serenity… Chicago born, Wisconsin raised award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Chaffee draws from his own personal story to arrange a tapestry of rock, ambience, emotion, and melody into a song that captures your ear on the first listen. Being influenced by folk rockers like Richard Thompson and Colin Hay to the ethereal vocal tones of David Gilmour and Peter Gabriel he draws on the energy of the notes between the notes. Silence that allows a break to capture our collective breath and move into the next universe provided tones.

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Keith Secola with special guests (Singer Songwriter) $8

Tuesday, October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grassroots of North America, he is a songwriter of the people. Critics have dubbed him as the Native versions of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. NDN Kars (Indian cars), his most popular song is considered the contemporary Native American anthem, achieving legendary status and earning him a well deserved cult following. It has been the number one requested song on tribal radio since the 1992. In 2011, he joined the ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, and Richie Valens, and was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame.

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An evening with GB Leighton (Singer Songwriter) $15

Wednesday, October 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

More than 200 shows a year. Jubilant fans who follow him from Minnesota to Mexico. More than 70,000 albums sold. A crushing live-performance DVD. And now even a state-of-the-art nightclub named after one of his songs -- all without the support of a major record label…

Meet GB Leighton, a band named after one of the region’s most incendiary live performers and consistently solid songwriters, Brian Leighton. Through more than a decade and nine studio albums, Leighton and his six-piece band have been tearing up rock clubs, church fundraisers and even a few fan’s living rooms with a slew of songs that connect with the heart and couples singing along out on the dance floor. “A man of the people” is a phrase usually reserved for statesmen and politicians, but for Leighton, whose politics are more conservative and libertarian, it’s a fitting description when you see him in action working a joint, or on his 2006 DVD, Live at the Minnesota Music Café.

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Ye Ye Pow with special guest James Loney (Pop Rock) $7

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

Ye Ye Pow is a tribute to the super-fantastic pop music of 1960s France. While the Beatles conquered the world, a pantheon of French pop stars like Francoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc and Serge Gainsbourg reigned in France. It was called "Ye-Ye" music, as in Yeah Yeah! Stephanie Winter (Mere Kats, The Autumn Leaves) leads talented band mates, Terry Isaacsen (Flamin Ohs, Curtis A), Paul McFarland (Run Westy Run, Lolos Ghost), Steve Kent (Kinda Kinky, Conquerers) and Pete Christensen (Lolos Ghost) on a sizzling tour de pop and rock like no other. Ye Ye? Oui!

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Billy Johnson with special guest Zach Spirov (Pop Folk) $10

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

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

With special guest Zach Spirov!!

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Sawyer’s Dream with special guest Cassandra Cole (Pop/Rock) $7

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

Sawyer’s Dream is one of Minneapolis’ hottest new bands! Remarkable female vocals and harmonies soar over tight rhythms and creative guitar offerings. All original songs with an air of familiarity. Don’t miss this modern take on classic pop/rock!

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 13 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, October 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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Andy Cook and Friends: with special guests Jeremy Ylvisaker & LOTT (Indie Rock) $8

Wednesday, October 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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The Federales | Reverend Hylton (Southern Rock) $10

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

The Federales: Classic country for the modern world.
We're not from the Black Hills, the Texas Panhandle, or Appalachia. We're from the Twin Cities. Damn proud of it, too, but we play country music, because it's one of America's native languages. We use it to tell our stories of love, good times, Grain Belt, and friends. Some are fact. Some are fiction with the truth hiding in there somewhere. All of them are heartfelt. We're pickers, fiddlers, groovers, and harmonizers. We're ready to make you sing along, get up and dance, or just sit and tap your toes. We're The Federales.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

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

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

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Ana Storm with special guest Neymeyer & Co. (Pop/Rock) $5

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

Ana Storm grew up between the raging mountains and roaring ocean shores of Norway. With inspiration from Jon Foreman to Beck, as well as from her homeland, she has created her own musical world, best described as Melodic Melancholy Pop.

Hailing from southern Minnesota, Neymeyer & Co. is a singer/songwriter project, created by Jason Neymeyer, that turns stories into songs. Utilizing alternative, emo, and pop-punk sensibilities with passionate instrumental arrangements, Neymeyer's intimate storytelling evokes an invisible desire for exploration, and contemplation.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Uskudar Eclectic (Bulkan Turkish Folk) $8

Sunday, October 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Uskudar Eclectic features Yigitcan Eryaman (Vocals, Guitar), Greg Herriges (Bouzouki,keyboards) and Stephen Spaise (percussions). The band plays Turkish & Balkan folk and popular tunes, progressive rock influenced originals, Indian subcontinental flavors

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Mariah Mercedes and Friends: with Ellis Cleve (R&B/Hip-Hop) $5

Wednesday, October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mariah Mercedes is a pop/R&B artist from the Twin Cities delivering smooth grooves with a perpetual smirk.

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John Munson Presents: The Fragrants (Funk/Dance) $10

Thursday, October 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Fragrants

Join John Munson, Jacques Wait, Max Ray, Sasha Burk and Richard Medek as they explore funky, fragrant jams by such artists as The Meters, Booker T, Grant Green and Reuben Wilson. If you’re bold we will move the tables and you can get your sweat on.

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TABAH Just The Duo Us Series (Genre Fluid) $7

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

Featuring special guests LASKA & The Nunnery!

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

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The Maeflies (Folk Rock) $10

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Delphia Cello Quartet with Jarrelle Barton (Modern Classical) $10

Sunday, October 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join the Delphia Cello Quartet for their first monthly residency of the season. Jarrelle Barton will open on the guzheng, an ancient Chinese zither. The Delphia Cello Quartet, an all-female group, will play original arrangements of popular and classical songs. Cellists Elena Denny, Nora Doyle, Arianna Wegley, and Julia Floberg.

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Daniel Champagne with special guest MO of RADDA RADDA (Singer Songwriter) $10

Tuesday, October 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

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Sapphire | Lydia Wisti of The Argument (Indie Rock) $7

Wednesday, October 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sapphire is a femme pop punk band from the twin cities who love to play music and engage with folks. We aim to create an inclusive environment in the Minneapolis/St. Paul teen punk scene since representation can be somewhat limited.

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November 2019

David Huss Album Release Show with special guests The Be Stills (Folk Rock) $7

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

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

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

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An evening with The April Fools (Americana) $9

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

2019 has been a stellar year for The April Fools, beginning with the April 1 release of their latest CD "Third" -- engineered and produced by Mike Owens at Blackberry Way Studios, and mastered by Andy Walters at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.

Featuring a mix of originals and covers, "Third" finds the band dialing in a more straight up rock-oriented sound, while maintaining the focus on vocal harmony and classic songwriting that made their first two releases so unique.

"Third" has received radio airplay on more than 200 radio stations in the U.S. and beyond, including features on Tom Lambert's internationally syndicated "The Independent Music Show," "The Razor and Die Show" on WLUW in Chicago, and KFAI, 89.3 The Current, and WEQY locally in the Twin Cities.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Larry McDonough Quartet Present: Kind of Bill – Celebrating Bill Evans’ 90th Birthday (Jazz) $10

Sunday, November 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bill Evans was born William John Evans in 1929 and was one of the most influential jazz pianists in history. His use of impressionist harmony, block chords, complex rhythms, and simultaneous improvisation of group members redefined groups, composition, and jazz pianists.

The Larry McDonough Quartet (LMQ) will feature the musical life of Bill Evans from beginning to end.

Jazz curator Steve Kenny called Larry the Bill Evans scholar of Minnesota. Larry grew up listening and transcribing Evans’ music, having seen his live performances in the 1970s. His shows and recordings feature the music of Evans. Larry has become friends with Evans’ widow Nenette, who supports Larry’s projects and provides him with some of Bill Evans’ manuscripts. Larry is the only Minnesotan invited to study the Bill Evans Archive at the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies of Southeastern Louisiana University. Movie director Bruce Spiegel chose Larry to host Minnesota showings of his documentary film “Bill Evans Time Remembered.”

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

Tuesday, November 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Featuring Max Krauth, Waltzing on Waves, & Cassondra Lea!!

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

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

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

11/6: Al Church
11/13: Mayda
11/20: Luke Zimmerman

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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American Pleasure Dome | Ian George +the Well (Indie Rock) $10

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

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

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

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Ashley Groves | Mariah Mercedes (Indie Soul) $10

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

Mixing genres like Jazz, R&B, and Neo-Soul, Ashley Groves’ music both brings a bang and begs you to lean in. Writing since her early teens, her music range from the sassy and self-confidant, to the vulnerable and yearning. After the band’s debut album, Bad Idea, in 2018, they were featured in The Journal: “Bad Idea” is a big and bold debut that shows off Groves’ emotive voice amid a backdrop of jazzy and soulful arrangements.” Backed by amazing musicians and being compared to Nae Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote in style, and Adele in power, Ashley Groves is not a show you want to miss.

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Vicky Emerson | Annie Fitzgerald (Singer Songwriter) $10

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

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

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

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

11/13: Mayda
11/20: Luke Zimmerman

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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The Neighborhood Trio (Groovy Jazz) $7

Thursday, November 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

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

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

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Lowry Bridge with special guests The Icies (Rock & Roll) $6

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 17 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Liam Gerard with special guests Simple Machines (Blues/Rock) $5

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

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

Liam Gerard is currently in the works for his follow up to, Belle and Music. Be on the look out for new material in Late Spring, or follow on all Social Media to keep up to date and to learn about shows in the Minneapolis area and beyond.

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CMA, ACM & Grammy Award-Winning Bryan White (Country) $25

Tuesday, November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

11/20: Luke Zimmerman

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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The Jorgensens (Rock/Blues) $10

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

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

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

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

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Scott Laurent (Americana) $12

Friday, November 22 @ 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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Cory Branan with special guest Trapper Schoepp (Singer Songwriter) $15

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

ADIOS is Cory Branan’s death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan’s mercurial work, it’s probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed “loser’s survival kit” doesn’t spare its subjects or the listener.

Not even Branan’s deceased father is let off the hook. In the tender homage “The Vow” he drolly cites his father’s favorite banality “that’s what you get for thinking” as “probably not the best lesson for kids.” For most songwriters that would be the punchline but Branan pushes through words and, in his father’s actions, finds a kind of “genius in the effortless way he just ‘did’.”

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Delphia Cello Quartet with Hannah Flowers (Modern Classical) $10

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

Join Delphia for their second residency of the season at Aster Cafe. Hannah Flowers will open with the soaring sounds of solo harp. Delphia will follow with cellists Rosa Thompson-Vieira, Katherine Canon, Julia Stewart, and Julia Floberg.

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Thanksgiving Eve with The Fragrants & Turn! Turn! Turn! (Jazz/Folk) $15

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

Join us for a very special evening of musical programing! Live in The River Room The Fragrants & Turn! Turn! Turn!

John Munson, Jacques Wait, Max Ray, Sasha Burk and Richard Medek explore funky, fragrant jams by such artists as The Meters, Booker T, Grant Green and Reuben Wilson. If you’re bold we will move the tables and you can get your sweat on.

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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Live in The River Room: Patty and the Buttons with special guests Mississippi Hot Club (Swing/ Gypsy Jazz) $15

Friday, November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$15

Join us in the the historic River Room for a very special post Thanksgiving Day performance by Patty and The Buttons with very special guests Mississippi Hot Club!!

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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White Sweater with special guests Eller Lynch (Rock n Roll) $10

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

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

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CANCELLED The Hive Live at Aster Cafe: A Femme Collaborative $10

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

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

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December 2019

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Fathom Lane $10 Adv/$15 Cash doors

Sunday, December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10

Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017's 'Asilomar', 2013's 'Fathom Lane' and 2012's 'Down By Half') and several subsequent singles Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier's songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson's "Cosmic American Music", and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier's steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still's more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.

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The Fourth Wall (Jazz Quartet) $5

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

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

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

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

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

Featuring Nick Hensley, Sasha Mercedes (of Hot Pink Hangover), & Ken Valdez

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

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

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

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

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

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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Jeff Arundel 20th Annual Holiday Variety Show $10 ADV/$10 Cash doors

Friday, December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10

20th Annual Jeff Arundel Holiday Variety Show

A once a year ensemble of seasonal mystery, sure to inflame the olde holiday passions that lay a-flickering in your loins. every performance delivered as though it may the last. Remarkably, it has continued its way into "cult status", and is recommended by everyone but the critics. Huzzah!

With special guests Xavier Matos, Steele Arundel, Molly Maher, John & Paul, The Hammesmen, and The Artful Dodger

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Sarah Morris & The Sometimes Elves BIG Holiday Show! (Americana/Pop) $10

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

Sarah Morris and the Sometimes Elves come to the Aster for a sparkling night of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. Growing up in a house where Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, and Bing Crosby crooned through the family speakers all season long, Sarah brings that timeless sensibility to her Christmas classics old and new. Bring your own jingle bells!

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Dreamboat with special guests Old Desert Road (Indie Folk) $6

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

Dreamboat is a Minneapolis based band formed in May of 2017 comprised of four members bringing their eclectic background to solidify their sound. With influences ranging from rock, pop, alternative, country folk and R&B.

Dreamboat focuses on an easy listening,mellow vibe with a majority of original cuts sprinkled with some classic revamps sure to please your ear. Guitar, violin, banjo, bass, drums and vocal harmonies fill the seas....so sails Dreamboat.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Nate Hance Trio feat. Kijana (Jazz/R&B) $10

Sunday, December 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ special guests (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the semi-acoustic trio Savannah Smith (guitar, vocals), Adam Levy (guitar, vocals) and Barb Brynstad (bass, vocals) playing their favorite close harmony 60's and 70's country, folk and pop covers along with a handful of cosmic indie/folk/Americana originals.

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“Have you no Shane?” MNAKED Minnesota music showcase In the round (Singer Songwriter) $7

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

MNAKED Minnesota music showcase
In the round w/
Scottie Devlin, Joe Carey and Nick Hensley
Featuring Shane Akers on the Dobro

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An evening with Becky Schlegel and The High 48s (Bluegrass) $15

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

In 2020, the High 48s will be teaming up with Becky Schlegel, combining their high-energy modern bluegrass sound with Schlegel’s soulful singing and her sophisticated take on three-chords-and-the-truth country songwriting. Although this will be the first time they’ve performed together as a band, they’ve been collaborating for years. “We were Becky fans long before we started the band, but it took us a few years to work up the courage to ask if she had any songs for us,” said…

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

Saturday, December 14 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring very special guests Iceblink, Jt Bates, & Mike Lewis!

Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer who has worked with John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Bird, Sandra Bernhard, Damo Suzuki (Can), members of Prince’s New Power Generation, Mouse on Mars, Swamp Dogg, The Suburbs, film maker Chuck Statler ("The Truth About Devolution"), Merce Cunningham dance company, and many others playing on five continents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Ed Sullivan Theater (The Late Show with David Letterman), and other television programs including Austin City Limits and the Colbert Report. He composes and improvises a variety of instrumental music, some of which to accompany dance performances such as "Stripe Tease", some of which for use in films such as "Pitchfork Unsung: Dan Corrigan", "Rhythmic" (feat. Andrew Bird), and "Trophy Husband." Some just for listening while you do your thing. And a lot of rock n roll.

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