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September 2022

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, September 18, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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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Kid Dakota with special guests Fathom Lane $12

Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ 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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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, September 25, 2022 @ 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, September 28, 2022 @ 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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Katy Vernon and Paul Odegaard $15

Friday, September 30, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Paul Odegaard and Katy Vernon have been collaborating for more than ten years on three records, and are continuing to experiment and grow their creative partnership.

Katy was born and raised in London, UK but in the past dozen or so years has established herself as one of the busiest musicians in Minnesota. Combining melodic pop/folk songwriting with her twangy Americana band. She has won the Eric Stokes songwriting award and was also a finalist in the New song contest at Kerrville Folk Festival.She has appeared at Festivals in the Midwest and UK, such as the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Taste Of Minnesota, Stars of the North, Big Turn Fest, and Hazelfest. Her newest record ‘Suit Of hearts’ was named a top ten record of the year by the Star Tribune, as well as City Pages, and Melodic Playlist Twin Cities. Uke Magazine together with Uke Planet website call ‘Suit Of hearts’ The best ukulele album of the year. Most recently Katy was named the best Acoustic performer of 2020 by City Pages.

Paul is an in-demand studio musician and frequent collaborator with some of your favorite songwriters (Kevin Odegard, John Swardson, Dan Israel, etc.), as well as big bands, and other experiments and improvisations.

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October 2022

Ben Cook-Feltz + j. bell & the Lazy Susan Band $10

Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz is a singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist. Combining observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the 60′s and 70′s, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent. His most recent single, "Free Jazz Refugees," was released in April 2022.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, October 2, 2022 @ 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, October 5, 2022 @ 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

Find out more »

Brooke Elizabeth & Friends October Residency $10

Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

With special guest Colin Bracewell!

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Chris Mason EP release w/ Caleb Dee $10

Friday, October 7, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Chris Mason is a singer, songwriter and storyteller from Minneapolis. Through the writing of melodic folk pop songs, he tells stories of love, heartbreak and everything in between. You will find Chris performing around the twin cities, solo acoustic or with a group of friends. All with the hope of sharing songs that others can find their story in.

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Billy Johnson’s Black Dog High $12

Saturday, October 8, 2022 @ 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. Black Dog High features George McKelvey, Mark Mraz, and Scott Best. Billy 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, October 9, 2022 @ 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, October 12, 2022 @ 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

Find out more »

Brooke Elizabeth & Friends October Residency $10

Thursday, October 13, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

With special guest Tommy Barbarella!

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Danger Pins + Lisa Michelle Anderson $15

Friday, October 14, 2022 @ 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 Lisa Michelle Anderson!

Lisa Michelle Anderson (aka Lisa Wooster) returns to the Twin Cities for a solo performance at the Aster Cafe. Lisa was a well known performer on the Minneapolis music scene of the 90’s. She is currently touring in support of her newly released album Waters of Blue.

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Courtney Yasmineh and her Americana Cowboy Band $15

Saturday, October 15, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Music video premiere party and concert for her brand new song "Horse That Jumps A Fence" from the album "Red Roses And Cowgirl Dreams" nominated for a Midwest Country Music Org. award for best Americana album of 2022

Courtney Yasmineh Official Website

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, October 16, 2022 @ 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, October 19, 2022 @ 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

Find out more »

Brooke Elizabeth & Friends October Residency $10

Thursday, October 20, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

With special guest Sam Ketcham!

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John Magnuson Trio with special guest Gini Dodds and Terry Isachsen $10

Friday, October 21, 2022 @ 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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Chandler + Muja Messiah $10

Saturday, October 22, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Chandler 9pm
Muja Messiah 10pm

Chandler Campbell's sound is a tapestry of Western swing, hum rock n roll, and lost shipwrecks. Spending his early career in Austin, Texas living and working alongside legendary Texas song writer Joe Ely, Chandler began to see his window into how he could add to the American Songbook. Gaining the bruises and knowledge of life on the road, he has once again journeyed back to his home on the water to hone his true voice.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, October 23, 2022 @ 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, October 26, 2022 @ 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

Find out more »

Brooke Elizabeth & Friends October Residency $10

Thursday, October 27, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

With special guests Daphne Jane & Tommy Barbarella!

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Wilkinson James + Erik Brandt & the Urban Hillbilly Quartet $10

Friday, October 28, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

It started back in 2008, when Liz Wilkinson moved to Minneapolis from North Carolina and met up with local singer-songwriter AJ Scheiber. They found out quickly that their voices and musical interests blended and began performing together as Wilkinson James. An early fan described their music as "the bastard offspring of Townes Van Zandt and June Carter Cash."

In 2014 Wilkinson James released a well-received eponymous first record, backed by the cream of the Twin Cities' session players. In the process of promoting the album, the duo evolved into a not-so-little band that included saxophone, fiddle, and pedal steel in addition to Liz and AJ's ever-present harmony singing and lead trade-offs. A second record, Abandon (2016) featured core members of the regular performing band, and extended their repertoire of original tunes into moody jazz, swing, and American Songbook styles.

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The Maeflies $10

Saturday, October 29, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Maeflies return to The Aster for their special Fall show. The Maeflies will bring their best original and cover songs with a full fleet of stringed instruments and rich harmonies.

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.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, October 30, 2022 @ 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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David Harland + Anne Deming $10

Sunday, October 30, 2022 @ 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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November 2022

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 @ 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

Find out more »

Kid Dakota November Residency w/ Dosh $12

Thursday, November 3, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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.

With special guest Dosh

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The Neighborhood Quartet $15

Friday, November 4, 2022 @ 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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Zach Pietrini Band + Michael Gay $12

Saturday, November 5, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Zach Pietrini’s Midwestern, indie americana songwriting aesthetic is the sonic embodiment of a well-worn denim jacket. At the forefront of the Americana resurgence, Pietrini—lead vocalist and guitarist for his namesake band—takes an everyman’s approach to the genre with a knack for honest storytelling and a wistfulness that comes across in both the music and lyrics. The band takes its cues from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and David Ramirez, reinterpreting and rejuvenating American roots styles through a contemporary lens. Pietrini’s songs “situate him at the confluence of all that an urban Millennial audience finds relatable” (Milwaukee Magazine), performing old-soul themes of ennui, regret, disappointment, and nostalgia with a modern twist.

Pietrini came up on the Chicago music scene before moving to Milwaukee, where he honed his signature “foot-tapping and pensive steel-guitar-driven” style (Milwaukee Magazine), making regular appearances at Summerfest, Mile of Music, Bastille Days, and other festivals. The band has also toured prolifically throughout the United States, including opening for Huey Lewis and the News (5,000 in attendance) and playing SXSW, returning home often to play at local venues like Anodyne and Colectivo Backroom as well as house shows in living rooms around Milwaukee.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, November 6, 2022 @ 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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Nina Luna + Laura Hugo $8

Sunday, November 6, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nina Luna is, simply put, a force of nature. Born into the mystery of the hills of New England, raised on the spirit and the myths of the North Country in Minneapolis, she cut her teeth on legends of artists come before and forged her own path through the bright lights and dive bars of New York and Los Angeles. The unique influence of her bond with these places comes through in Luna’s music - a natural mysticism and sacred sensuality combine with a lust for life and a fiery edge into a shape-shifting alt-pop sound. Her lyrics are honest and vulnerable while her production is often cinematic and otherworldly, her voice at once ethereal and powerful. Like the elements, Nina Luna is hard to pin down and not so easy to define yet that captivating allusiveness is exactly what keeps the listener coming back for more.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 @ 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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Kid Dakota November Residency w/ Gabriel Douglas $12

Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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.

With special guest Gabriel Douglas

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Mother Banjo + Jaspar Lepak $12

Friday, November 11, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Folk-charting songwriter Jaspar Lepak joins Mother Banjo and her award-winning band for a special show of soulful songwriting, timely feminist anthems and lots of fun collaborations between these long-time friends.

Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com. Her new album Eyes on the Sky artfully mixes her signature blend of folk, bluegrass and soulful Americana that has become a hallmark of her live shows. Performing with her award-winning band, she brings a playful energy to the stage even when singing the saddest of songs.

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Space Hug + Jeff Ray $10

Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 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

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, November 13, 2022 @ 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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Jason Roberts + Haley E Rydell $10

Sunday, November 13, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jason Roberts is an East Coast bred deep-voiced songsmith and multi-instrumentalist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jason's catchy songwriting and innovative finger-style guitar have led to five albums, with his latest "Fire Escapes" released in 2020.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 @ 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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Kid Dakota November Residency w/ Chris Holm $12

Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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.

With special guest Chris Holm

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HebbaJebba + Matthew French $15

Friday, November 18, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

HebbaJebba was born out of Minneapolis singer-songwriter Ted Hajnasiewicz's desire to put his songs into more of a rock and roll band format. Rounded out with dear old friends and local rock veterans Paul Gordhamer (drums), Mark Ganje (guitars) and Tom Carlon (bass), HebbaJebba is - well, slightly easier to pronounce than "Hajnasiewicz", no? Come celebrate the 1 year anniversary of their debut album.

HebbaJebba Official Website

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An Evening With Ryan Montbleau $25

Saturday, November 19, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

For as long as he can remember, Ryan Montbleau’s been a seeker. From the jungles of Peru to the volcanoes of Hawaii, from the beaches of Costa Rica to the streets of Brooklyn, from the backseat of a 16-passenger van to backstage at Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed singer/songwriter has spent much of his life crisscrossing the globe on a perpetual search for meaning, purpose, and understanding. It’s a quest that’s guided him both personally and professionally over the years, one that’s come to define not only his music, but his very sense of self. And yet, listening to Montbleau’s ambitious new multi-part album, Wood, Fire, Water, and Air, there is a profound sense of satisfaction in sitting still, a recognition that perhaps all those spiritual treasures he’s been chasing for so long were closer than he thought.

“My whole adult life has been this journey of trying to figure out where home is,” Montbleau reflects. “I think I’ve finally found it.”

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, November 20, 2022 @ 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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Castle Theater Album Release with special guests Nicole Wilder and Brian Just $5

Sunday, November 20, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Castle Theater Album Release with special guests Nicole Wilder and Brian Just

Castle Theater is the music of songwriter and home recordist Tyler Tholl. Previously, Tholl played in the horn-heavy synth-pop group Maple & Beech, made experimental music out of nature sounds, and produced records for friends’ bands. His new album as Castle Theater, Ostrich, is a collection of subdued, tuneful, mid-fi folk and pop. Tholl will celebrate its release at the Aster Cafe with special guests Nicole Wilder and Brian Just.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 @ 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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Taylor James Donskey Single Release Show with Apocalypse Girlfriend (FKA Anima) $10

Friday, November 25, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Taylor James Donskey plays alternative country, sharing everyday tales from everyday people. Uncluttered melodies over a lived in sound support the stories, the hopes and the relationships these people have with one another. These songs are the lasting impressions left by simple, impactful living. Warm and natural, Taylor builds on the solid foundation that was given new life by Gillian Welch; perpetuated by Jeff Tweedy and set on its head by Blake Mills.

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An evening with The April Fools $15

Saturday, November 26, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

"Killer Minnesota quintet, The April Fools, dive deep into the musical rabbit hole on their fourth album, Wonderland. Combining 90’s indie Rock, 60’s psychedelic rock, outlaw country and a sprinkling of jazz, The April Fools create a mind-bending soundscape that defies easy classification. You need to hear this release today."

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, November 27, 2022 @ 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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David Harland w/ Julia Floberg and Nikki Lemire $10

Sunday, November 27, 2022 @ 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.

With Julia Floberg and Nikki Lemire

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 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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December 2022

20th Annual Jeff Arundel Holiday Show! $10

Friday, December 2, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Yes folks, it's true—once again, the Holiday Troupe that has inspired so many to either forget or embrace their Holiday woes is returning to the intimate confines of Main Street. This year's edition is superbly dynamic, and is sure to invite the various ghosts of Christmases Past to formulate in the friendly ether of the finest listening venue in North America, the Aster Cafe. Costumes encouraged, melancholia unavoidable, high hopes for the future possible, and above all, the ticket price is affordable. So, let's gather and get the Season started!

Featuring: The Hammsmen, Jomber and Pony, Steele Arundel, Molly Maher, Steven C, and the See Change Treble Choir

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Billy Johnson & The Hillcats $12

Saturday, December 3, 2022 @ 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, December 4, 2022 @ 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 Way Back Yard Boys $5

Sunday, December 4, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Way Back Yard Boys - "Americana fiddle originals and some folky Christmas standards with three part harmony"

The Way Back Yard Boys Official Facebook Page

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 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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Skarlett Woods w/ Grant Dawson $10

Thursday, December 8, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Often known for her way of entwining mesmerizing vocal passages with a guitar groove far advanced beyond your average singer/songwriter, Skarlett Woods brings folk and West Coast Jazz to the same dinner table.

Entwining Swing and Jazz into folk-themed stories of love, she has a stage presence that demands the attention of a room. Taking her listeners on up-beat rhythmic rides over heart- swelling arrangements of originals and covers, Skarlett has simply become more comfortable showing herself in the lights. She took a spot light in the 2022 Dylan Fest Songwriters Contest as one of the winning songs that evening. She is currently in the studio with Producer Kevin Bowe, who has worked with- Jonny Lang, Etta James and Joe Cocker, to release a single from that winning song, “Close To You” before the year is out. And gearing up for a Sophomore album release in the Spring of 2023.

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Sarah Morris | The Holiday Show | ‘merry, little, light’ ep release $15

Friday, December 9, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Once a year, Sarah Morris gets out her silver bells, the tinsel, the holly, and the jolly; inviting her friends to gather for a sparkling night of holiday music. Growing up in a house where Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, and Bing Crosby crooned through the family speakers all season long, Sarah comes by her deep love for Christmas songs honestly. With her 16th annual Holiday Show, Sarah and her band, ‘The Sometimes Elves’, are also celebrating putting that love for holiday music into a new little album. ‘merry little, light’ is a cozy, intimate recording of 4 classics and one original tune, meant to encourage cuddling under blankets, or contemplation underneath the glittering winter stars. Join Sarah & the Sometimes Elves in the warm glow of Aster Café for a joyful evening filled with festive favorites, love, laughter, and light.

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Flamin’ Oh’s $23

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

In 1977, the band Flamingo was formed by Robert Wilkinson (guitars, vocals), Johnny Rey (guitars), Jody Ray (bass guitar), Bob Meide (percussion) and Joseph Behrend (keyboards and vocals). The release of “Flamingo” in 1978, recorded at Tracks on Fifth, included the songs “Smart Girl,” “We Do What We Like,” “One More Night” and one of the band’s most popular and enduring songs, “I Remember Romance.” Critics took note of Flamingo and the EP with descriptive praise: “Hard edged Stones-like rock’n’roll. East Coast street anthems coupled with Midwestern optimism and enthusiasm.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

Over the next 40 years, Flamin' Oh's (as they were renamed soon after their first release) would continue to evolve, perform, and record – with Wilkinson as the enduring frontman. They were a pioneer in the early 1980s’ developing music video industry and toured nationally and internationally throughout the 1980s.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, December 11, 2022 @ 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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Kelley Smith Album Release Show w/ My Grandma’s Cardigan $15

Sunday, December 11, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Northern MN-based folk artist Kelley Smith is new to the scene, and is releasing her first album - Moon Child - on November 11, '22. Raised in the woods by musicians, Smith had always been inclined towards music. However, as a mom of four, the years rolled by wherein all her creative energies “…went into puppet shows, being a kitchen witch, and whatnot.” The ups and downs of love, parenting, mental health, and a global pandemic were catalysts that eventually led her back to music. Smith was in her mid 30's when she began teaching herself guitar late at night. Later, pandemic lockdowns provided her with extra time and space to write her first songs.

Smith draws from a wide array of influences, but especially old-timey roots musicians like Doc Watson, Iris Dement, The Carter Family, and Gillian Welch. An emotive performer, she provides “a safe space for folks to feel their feelings.”

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 @ 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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Sophie Javna + Steven Hobert $10

Thursday, December 15, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This is Sophie and Steven'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 interpretation of a wide range of standards, blues, and R&B.

Steven Hobert is a pianist, composer, and explorer. His transportive sound spans a surprising breadth of texture and emotion incorporating musical vocabulary and spirit from America, West Africa, and the Flamenco tradition. Steven's projects include Oudyano with renowned Syrian oud player Issam Rafea, the world beat-driven ensemble FireFlyForest, and the contemporary jazz group Wall Smashers.

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The High 48’s Residency Kickoff Show! $15

Friday, December 16, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Since forming in northeast Minneapolis in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude.

They’re a band with one foot in tradition and the other in the world of music today, and one of the very few who can find an overlooked bluegrass classic in a song by M. Ward or the Clash then throw down hard on a standard by Bill Monroe.

The High 48s are also a band of songwriters. Here, too, they take a modern approach, heeding the well-worn advice to writers: write what you know. Their songs ring true to their lives as northern city-folk rather than an imagined “sweet, sunny south” of coal mines and dark hollers.

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The Changeups + Rena $10

Saturday, December 17, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Alternative Americana rock band, The Changeups, are based in Minneapolis fronted by vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Kay. The lineup consists of co-founder and guitarist/songwriter Jimmy Baker (Crazed Individuals, Eddie Mac), as well as drummer Aaron Rosener (Matt Jennings, Unclick), and bassist Jeff Ellington (The Fake McCoys, The Roosevelts). Their various backgrounds as rock, country, R&B, folk and punk musicians make for a distinct sound changing the song style throughout a performance. Alicia’s emotional lyrics and twangy heartfelt singing trickled in with Jimmy’s fun pop songs charm any audience and is loved by fans of Neko Case, Lucinda Williams and Lydia Loveless.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, December 18, 2022 @ 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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Paperbacks + The Gated Community $10

Sunday, December 18, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Paperbacks is an indie pop band based in southern Minnesota, helmed by Minneapolis tunesmith Sven-Erik Olsen (vocals & guitar), whose tuneful, dreamy Beatlesque pop gems are brought to life by keyboardist Julie Sweet, bassist Michael Brewer Carina, and drummer Dan Greenwood. They are currently touring the midwestern United States and will release their debut album in 2023.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 @ 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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**Rescheduled to 1/15/23** Danger Pins + Dust of Suns Featuring: Chris Lynch and Martha Mulcahy $15

Thursday, December 22, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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 Dust of Suns!

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Larry McDonough Quartet Present: Festivus and Other Twisted Holidays $10

Friday, December 23, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Larry McDonough Quartet and Festivus and Other Twisted Holidays Comes to the Aster Café

Do you need a break from the pandemic, politics, Zoom meetings, and maybe some family members? Are you tired of the same old holiday music?

Come to the Annual Performance of Festivus and Other Twisted Holidays!

Larry McDonough, piano and vocals
Richard Terrill, saxes and poetry
Greg Stinson, bass
Dean White, drums
Guest: Carol Bergquist, flute and accordion

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 28, 2022 @ 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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St. Anthony Mann + Michael McKinnon $12

Thursday, December 29, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Playing experimental indie folk enlivened by obscure arrangements and poetic lyrics, St. Anthony Mann is the stage name of Adam Bjoraker. What felt much like a personal debut after self-producing an EP and an LP, LISSI came forth like a marvelous wound amidst the early pandemic. JT Bates (Big Red Machine, Taylor Swift) co-produced the record and features, as does Michael Lewis (Bon Iver), Pieta Brown, as well as bandmates Ben McKeown (drums), Matt Tessier (bass), DJ LaFonstee (guitar), all influencing and helping to give the band a signature sound.

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Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents w/ The Eclectics $10

Friday, December 30, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Aaron Tinjum is a Minnesota-based songwriter.

He formed his folk rock project, Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents, while playing the many coffeehouses, dive bars, used clothing stores and furniture shops of the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas. In 2012, they released their debut Mirrors in the Dark and were honored by the Austin Mayor and City Council with their own official band holiday.

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January 2023

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, January 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.

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Becky Kapell and the Fat 6 $10

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

Original classic country/americana music featuring heartbreaking vocals and ass-kicking guitar.

Becky Kapell Official Website

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 4 @ 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, January 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Steve Katz and his ghastly mutineers offer up a seditious mix of music on January 6th .

Steve Katz- Bass, vocals, composition
Chris Cunningham- Guitars, voice
Ken Goldman-Percussion, temperance
Peter Vircks- Saxophonz
Ted Greenbaum- Keys, voice

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch $5

Saturday, January 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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

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The Jorgensens $15

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

Connections between partners, whether they be spiritual, romantic or creative can be the origin of true magic. The journey of Brianna and Kurt, and evolution of their creative collaboration, has yielded music that defines both of them through the vehicle of The Jorgensens. There is an honest authenticity of the repertoire they’ve created which is both timeless and classic. Their performances are genuine, soulful and relatable for many who will hear these songs. This kismet did not emerge overnight, but is the product of years of being in one another’s creative lives, collaboration, friendship, and inevitably falling in love.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

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

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

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Larry McDonough Premiers the Aster Sunday Jazz Series with “Chet – The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker” $10

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

Larry McDonough begins the monthly Aster Jazz Series on January 8 with Chet - The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker.” Starting in February, the series moves to the first Sunday of each month, featuring the music of a different classic jazz artist each month.

Singer and trumpeter Cher Baker died in 1988 at age 58. In 2015, “Chet - The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker” played at the Dakota and Jazz Central to full houses. Come to the Aster for the return of “Chet” and see and hear why.

Pianist, singer, and composer Larry McDonough’s trademarks are unique harmonies and rhythms in both arrangements and compositions, often in the uncommon meters of 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. He usually features the other musicians, with only a handful of vocals in his recordings and performances. For years, his quiet singing style has been compared to legendary singer and trumpeter Chet Baker.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 11 @ 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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John Cushing + Lily Talmers $12

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

John Cushing is a Brooklyn based Songwriter who, if not arranging music for a 19-piece Big Band, is still bearing minimal and matter of fact lyrics and grooves but in other smaller forms. You will feel something! It’s a blend of indie and world folk music styles like Jazz and Samba. It is kinda sad, yet very hopeful. In a live setting you will witness music that can make you feel witnessed. In recordings you will find seeds of smiles.

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Cassandra Cole + Samantha Grimes $12

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

Californian turned Minnesotan, Cassandra Cole's body of work dips a brush into the pigments of her deepest inner life and brushes out to make arresting portraits of the human experience.

Juxtaposed with her radiant vocals, Cole’s latest album, Steps, dives into some heavy subjects in her life - including years of depression, anxiety, heartache, and how she’s found her own way through it. “A pearl from another time interpreted with finesse and determination.” -Rolling Stone France

Fans of modern-era vanguards like Sharon Van Etten, Lissie, Soccer Mommy, or Lucy Dacus will be ever captivated by Cassandra’s effervescent pop-punk edge.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch $5

Saturday, January 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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

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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $15

Saturday, January 14 @ 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, January 15 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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Danger Pins + Dust of Suns Featuring: Chris Lynch and Martha Mulcahy $15

Sunday, January 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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 Dust of Suns!

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 18 @ 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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Chris Holm + Lonesome Dan Kase $10

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

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

Despite his Northern Minnesota roots, Chris’ has formed in intimate connection with the music of the American South. Born and raised in the small community of Clearbrook, population 580, near the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, the river’s musical heritage has made a strong impression on Chris throughout his life. Raised on the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, The Beatles, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, he eventually dug into the heroes of his own heroes and discovered a deep appreciation for country blues and hillbilly country music.

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Admiral Fox + Laura Hugo $10

Friday, January 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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 48’s Bluegrass Brunch $5

Saturday, January 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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

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Scott Zosel Duo w/ Amy Finch $10

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

Scott Zosel is a genre-bending singer songwriter from Minneapolis, MN who weaves rock, pop, country and Americana styles into a suitcase of original songs, bringing these styles together into the mainstream with a modern poetic flair.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons $5

Sunday, January 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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Kid Dakota $10

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

Darren Jackson (Kid Dakota, Olympic Hopefuls) plays an entire set of outlaw country from the number one outlaw himself, Merle Haggard. Step back in time to a Bakersfield honkey-tonk with music from the golden years of country music.

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.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 25 @ 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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MNAKED RETURNS! Curated by Nick Hensley of Love Songs for Angry Men & The MN Songwriter Showcase $7

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

MNAKED RETURNS!
(A storyteller night of sorts… chopping it down to just the bare essentials featuring great local Minnesota Music and reimagined covers) EST 2005

Curated by Nick Hensley of Love Songs for Angry Men & The MN Songwriter Showcase

Fourth Thursday of every month at the Aster Cafe January through April

Act One: Laura Perkins & Annie Jackson
Act Two: Maybe, Nebraska a.k.a. Kelley Larson and Mikaela Jensen

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