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April 2020

Delphia Cello Quartet with Lux String Quartet (Modern Classical) $10

Sunday, April 26, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Delphia for their monthly residency at Aster Cafè.  With special guest Lux String Quartet!

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The Mammoths with special guest OJR (Rock n Roll) $8

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Beginning in Austin, TX, in the heart of their middle school days, David Kapsner (lead vocals/guitar/piano), Michael Jekot (lead guitar/vocals), and Tyler Rush (bass/vocals) came together to transcend the barrier of blues-rock into funky psych-soul through their various music ventures. Bringing the audacious and wonderfully talented Tim Durand (drums/vocals) into the picture has recently solidified the band with a roaring sound and strength to complement their vibe. Dedication to their music has evolved The Mammoths from garage rock to sophisticated blues-funk, and constant experimentation has allowed each member of the group to always stay true to their roots. Jekot, self-described as playing in the “grunge-endrix” style, notes that Kapsner’s soul-vocals, Durand’s pure metal, and Tyler’s deep, groovy funk stand out in the realm of rock, drawing influence from all over to create a sound that is entirely new, yet curiously familiar.

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May 2020

FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM: Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends “Down by the Old Main Street Stream!”

Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kraig Jarret Johnson will be streaming a live set from his Main Street studio this Saturday, May 9 at 7:30pm CT / 5:30pm PT on Aster Cafe Facebook. Join Kraig and some of his friends for a virtual good time, straight from the Quarantine Zone to your viewing screen of choice through the wonders of technology. Tune in, turn on, drop out.

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FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM: Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends “Down by the Old Main Street Stream!”

Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kraig Jarret Johnson of Golden Smog, Run Westy Run, and Kraig Jarret Johnson & The Program, for a special edition of Down by the Old Main Street Stream, this Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm CT / 5:30 pm PT on the Aster Cafe Facebook. Kraig and some of his friends have have special plans cooked up for this holiday weekend virtual concert. Tune in to catch all the fun, beamed straight from his Main Street studio to your viewing screen of choice through the wonders of streaming technology. Until live shows return, this is the next best thing to being at one.

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July 2021

Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

Friday, July 9 @ 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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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

Saturday, July 10 @ 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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The Dusts of Sun + Brother Timothy $15

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

The Dusts of Sun is music for fortune telling, occult rituals, seances and cooking, etc. - Original minor waltzes, musettes, tangos, and tone poems, written and recorded by Chris Lynch with John Munson, Phala Tracy, and Anna Lee Roberts.

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Billy Johnson & The Hillcats $10

Saturday, July 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Tina & Laura Schlieske $20

Sunday, July 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tina Schlieske, originally hails from Minneapolis, MN and is best known for fronting the band Tina and the B-Side Movement, now Tina and the B-Sides.

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Brooke Elizabeth + Jenna Graves $15

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

Brooke Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis, MN. Writing, recording, and performing her own music has led her to develop her sound, which she classifies as indie/pop. Over the years, she has had opportunities to open for Keri Noble and lovelytheband, and two of her singles You and Like I Do were played on Cities97’s local show. Several of her most recent singles have also been added to Topsify curated playlists on Spotify. Her music draws influences from artists like Lennon Stella, Ingrid Michaelson, and Billie Eilish. Brooke Elizabeth uses songwriting to tell her stories that are relatable, and her voice is engaging and unique.

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Aaron Seymour and Friends w/ Cindy Lawson $10

Saturday, July 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Singer/songwriter Aaron Seymour has been a part of Twin Cities music for a long time. He has released records and performed live shows in five different decades, beginning as a teenager the Widgets in the 1980s, the Delilahs in the 1990s, X Ray Hip in the 2000s, Petty Demons in the 2010s, and White Sweater and Bubbles in the 2010s and into the 2020s. His latest project is called Bleek & Grimm, with longtime pal and collaborator Craig Teiken. Their self-titled debut EP (with a lot of help from Rich Mattson) was released in May. The late-in-the-month on Saturdays residency for Aaron Seymour and Friends will feature Bleek & Grimm, along with musical sets, cameos, and other surprises from some of Seymour’s past and present bandmates, noteworthy friends and other collaborators.

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Rachael Kilgour + Matthew French $15

Friday, July 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesotan songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Ryan Traster + Hannah Von der Hoff AKA Holy Hannah! $10

Saturday, July 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The new album by Joshua Tree-based singer-songwriter Ryan Traster features that warm, worn-in vibe of an album that’s been in your cool parents record collection since you were a kid. Eventually, it gets passed down to you to take along into “the real world” and is there when you need to be reminded of being a kid again. It’s that gem of a find in a milk crate of vinyl at the local tag sale on a Sunday afternoon. The kind of album that becomes an all-time favorite, only discovered there by the person who knows what they’re looking for and has the time to dig for it.

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August 2021

The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds: FIRST OF 2021 $10

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

Featuring:

Laura Hugo
Francis Emil Johnson
Michael Gay
Andrea Leonard
Nate Hanson

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Aster Cafe & Waltzing on Waves presents an evening of World Cabaret; featuring Ritika & Shinjan (Folk Duo/Composers) Daniel Volovets (Classical Flamenco Guitarist/Composer, & Marti Moreno (Singer-Songwriter/Performing Artist) $15

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

Join us as local performing and recording artist, Waltzing on Waves hosts a sensual musical experience filled with genre-fluid, era-defying, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual, and Multi-disciplinary World Cabaret, curated for the musically curious.

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

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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

Saturday, August 7 @ 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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Bryan Miller + Chris Harrington $10

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

Hi, I am Bryan Scott Miller. I am a singer/songwriter who grew up in Plymouth, MN. I grew up listening to a wide variety of music from The Replacements, Beatles and Bob Dylan to Wilco, Nirvana and the The Ramones. I have been playing shows for many years. I enjoy playing solo acoustic shows and I also play in a full 3 piece band called Velahsa which is punk/alternative rock.

With special guest Chris Harrington

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Harbor and Home $10

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

Harbor & Home is an alternative rock band from minneapolis, mn. Their sound embodies modern roots americana with classic rock n’ roll. Following the release of their first album “dark days” in 2014, the band toured across the u.s. sharing the stage with such acts as Jeremy Messersmith, Eric Hutchinson, Mark Chesnutt, Flor, From Indian Lakes and Austin Plaine. They recently released their sophomore album “fighter” in may of 2017 after working with producer and engineer Christopher Furst at Studio 65 in Ham Lake, MN. Their latest single "You Want It Too" was released in January of 2018.

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Alex Rossi + John Swardson $10

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

Alex Rossi is known for his high-energy performance teasing the ears with a mash-up of blues and rock inspired guitar licks. He combines the soul of Motown, the lyrical play of Hip Hop, and the psychedelic rock of Jimi Hendrix, into an original sound that defies genres.

A true product of the Minneapolis Sound, Alex was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Although a nationally recognized songwriter, and accomplished guitar player, its his soulful vocals that people seem to identify with him the most. He is also an original cast member and co-creator of the Rhythmic Circus, an award-winning musical production with Broadway and international acclaim.

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The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

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

Featuring:

Luke LeBlanc
Vlad Messing
Rachel Bearinger
Kim Schneider

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Greta Ruth + Brandon Wozniak $10

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

Poem & tone. Guitar & voice. Language & harmony.
Song as a way to sit with, move through, and heal from experience.
Softness & dissonance. Reflection & dynamic stillness.
The tension of opposites & the alchemy of internal work.

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Cassandra Cole + Space Hug $10

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

Indie-pop songwriter Cassandra Cole, commands the stage. City Pages describes her sound as being borrowed “stylistically from singer-songwriters like Annie Lennox, Tori Amos, and even Janet Jackson.”-Erica Rivera. Forging her path as a songwriter since the age of six, she has evolved into an accomplished vocalist, songwriter and performer. Indenting our television screens and radio transmissions with appearances on Showtime at the Apollo, Minnisingers, and recognizable commercials; Cole is painting the airways with her prismatic flare. Growing up in California and moving from Massachusetts to the Twin Cities, her songwriting is an eclectic blend of raw energetic passion and modern edge.

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5cent Reality + The Dregs $7

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

What to say about 5cent Reality, well it's are 1st gig and the music is showing up from invisible realms ❤️

With special guests The Dregs!

The Dregs are a new rock band from Minneapolis, who with only two instruments, capture a raw and engaging sound that competes with orchestras. Eilif (vocals, guitar, and piano) and Otto (drums and vocals) Dregni are brothers that started playing music at early ages. They have both played in other bands and school groups before playing together as The Dregs.

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Airlands + Dave Mehling $8

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

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

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Aaron Seymour and Friends w/ Becky Kapell $10

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

Singer/songwriter Aaron Seymour has been a part of Twin Cities music for a long time. He has released records and performed live shows in five different decades, beginning as a teenager the Widgets in the 1980s, the Delilahs in the 1990s, X Ray Hip in the 2000s, Petty Demons in the 2010s, and White Sweater and Bubbles in the 2010s and into the 2020s. His latest project is called Bleek & Grimm, with longtime pal and collaborator Craig Teiken. Their self-titled debut EP (with a lot of help from Rich Mattson) was released in May. The late-in-the-month on Saturdays residency for Aaron Seymour and Friends will feature Bleek & Grimm, along with musical sets, cameos, and other surprises from some of Seymour’s past and present bandmates, noteworthy friends and other collaborators.

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September 2021

The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

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

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

Saturday, September 4 @ 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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The Americana Showcase featuring Chad Kostner + Adam Brandt $7

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

The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.

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Pearl Rays + Osay Muse $5

Thursday, September 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fusing the elements of rock, funk, soul, R&B, blues and jazz; bridled with an unwavering technical prowess, Pearl Rays takes each listener on a journey through themselves and elevates their experience. Though, let the music tell the story. Being inspired by their community, culture and sounds of their hometown of Minneapolis; Pearl Rays’ signature style makes their music instantly recognizable and unforgettable.

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Lowry Bridge with special guest Hank and the Skinny III $5

Friday, September 10 @ 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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Kid Dakota with special guest Silent Canary $10

Saturday, September 11 @ 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 (FREE)

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

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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The Americana Showcase featuring Maygen & The Birdwatcher + The Plott Hounds $7

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

The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, September 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

Thursday, September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring:
Mother Coyote
Sela Runn
Willow Waters
Craig Ball

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

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

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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The Americana Showcase featuring Luke Hendrickson + MoeDeLL $7

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

The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Emily Haavik with special guest Christopher David Hanson $10

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

Emily Haavik is a singer-songwriter from the shores of Lake Superior, now living in the big city of Minneapolis. She and her band play a blend of Americana that's good for the soul and some glam country that's good for the rest of you.

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Rio Nido $20

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

Rio Nido is a vocal jazz trio that explores and redefines the vocal jazz form with a distinctive blend of musicality, intellect & humor. The Minneapolis-based group’s debut LP, “I Like to Riff,” is considered by many to be a classic of the vocal jazz genre, featuring reinterpretations of the acrobatic vocal arrangements of such fabled musicians as The Boswell Sisters, The Cats and the Fiddle, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

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Aaron Seymour and Friends w/ Rich Mattson $10

Saturday, September 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Singer/songwriter Aaron Seymour has been a part of Twin Cities music for a long time. He has released records and performed live shows in five different decades, beginning as a teenager the Widgets in the 1980s, the Delilahs in the 1990s, X Ray Hip in the 2000s, Petty Demons in the 2010s, and White Sweater and Bubbles in the 2010s and into the 2020s. His latest project is called Bleek & Grimm, with longtime pal and collaborator Craig Teiken. Their self-titled debut EP (with a lot of help from Rich Mattson) was released in May. The late-in-the-month on Saturdays residency for Aaron Seymour and Friends will feature Bleek & Grimm, along with musical sets, cameos, and other surprises from some of Seymour’s past and present bandmates, noteworthy friends and other collaborators.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, September 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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The Americana Showcase featuring Roy Holdren + Russ Parrish $7

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

The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.The Midwest Country Music Organization presents the Americana side of Country. What better way to showcase our members, playing their original music and the occasional well-placed cover by Americana songwriters that came before them.

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, September 29 @ 8:00 pm - Wednesday, October 6 @ 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Christian Wheeler + Nina Luna $5

Thursday, September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Christian Wheeler is a little retro, a little pop, a little avant-garde, and refuses to stay in his lane. He is a producer, singer-songwriter, and studio musician from Minneapolis whose day job as a gun-for-hire guitar slinger feeds back into his original music in unexpected ways. With sparkling hooks, virtuosic guitar work, clever yet vulnerable lyrics, and plenty of ear candy, Wheeler's music is full of surprises while always feeling nostalgic and familiar.

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October 2021

Whale in the Thames + 5cent Reality $10

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

Whale in the Thames is a band built on Rock, Wood, Liquid and Love. Formed in October 2011 when best friends got together for a trip underground to the Basement of Basements to have a jam/reunion. These songs sung in French, English and Gibberish flowed from their Roots of Friendship, Respect and Reality. Join us exactly 10 years later for a one-night-only performance with our friends (and yours) 5cent Reality for a night of music and antics.

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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

Saturday, October 2 @ 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 (FREE)

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

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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David Harland $7

Sunday, October 3 @ 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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An Evening with Liam Gerard $8

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

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

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, October 6 @ 8:00 pm - Wednesday, October 13 @ 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

Find out more »

The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

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

Featuring:
Adam Zahller
Theo Langason
Carlisle Evans Peck
Garret Nasset

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Billy Johnson with special guest Ali Gray $10

Friday, October 8 @ 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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Kid Dakota with special guest Dylan Hicks $10

Saturday, October 9 @ 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 (FREE)

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

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

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Larry McDonough Quartet $10

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

“Kind of Bill - The Musical Life of Bill Evans” Comes to the Aster

Performance of “Kind of Bill - The Musical Life of Bill Evans” and his associations with Tony Bennett, Scott LaFaro, Paul Motian, Miles Davis, Jim Hall, Eddie Gómez, Eliot Zigmund, Marc Johnson, and Joe LaBarbera.

Larry McDonough Quartet:
Larry McDonough, piano and voice
Richard Terrill, saxes and poetry
Greg Stinson, bass,
Dean White, drums

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An Evening with John Swardson and Bad Blood $10

Thursday, October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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.
A true product of the Minneapolis Sound, Alex was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Although a nationally recognized songwriter, and accomplished guitar player, its his soulful vocals that people seem to identify with him the most. He is also an original cast member and co-creator of the Rhythmic Circus, an award-winning musical production with Broadway and international acclaim.

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An evening with Wilkinson James $8

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

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

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An evening with Rich Mattson and the Northstars $10

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

Rich Mattson and the Northstars started in 2014 as a cosmic folk group. Rich Mattson and his partner Germaine Gemberling have been writing songs, recording, and performing together since 2010. Each album seems to get them closer to the source of rock and roll. Their latest, “Totem,” (their 4th as Rich Mattson and the Northstars) featuring the rhythm section of drummer (and longtime Mattson bandmate) Keely Lane and bassist Kyle Westrick, is loaded with jangle, harmony, and melodic energy. The group performs all around Minnesota and beyond and has been invited to share the stage with such notable acts as the Minus 5, the Jayhawks, and Trampled By Turtles. Somewhat of a Minnesota music staple, Mattson is well known for his songwriting and outstanding showmanship as well as his work with literally thousands of artists at his Sparta Sound recording studio.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

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

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

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Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche **Moved to The Parkway Theater** $30

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

This event has been moved to The Parkway Theater. Click link for more details

Suzzy and Lucy released their new recording I Can Still Hear You in the fall of 2020. The album was largely recorded in the darkest hours of the Covid shutdown in the spring of 2020 in NYC. After starting the recording in Nashville, with producer Jordan Hamlin, the mother/daughter team went back to New York City just as the city closed up. They set up studios in their bedrooms: Lucy in Brooklyn, Suzzy in Manhattan, and finished the record. Hailed as “one of the year’s best” by Americana Highways, the new album has been met with high praise. (see attached sheet). Suzzy and Lucy have recorded two albums previously, Fairytale & Myth (Independent Music Award winner) and Mud & Apples (also nominated for IMA).

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The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

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

Featuring:
Maya Elena
Roz Marie (Paper Doll)
Faith Boblett
Ellen Stanley

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Matthew French + Laura Hugo $10

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

Singer-songwriter Matthew French has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French's melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French's debut full length album, Sweet Love, releases in the Fall of 2018. Sweet Love offers 10 original songs exploring the Americana landscape. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), and recorded during the long Minnesota winter of 2018, the tracks provide a sonic foundation built upon catchy guitar hooks, and the blending of pedal steel and synth lines. French unpacks universal themes of love, kindness and community with a conversational lyricism that invites the listener to find themselves in his stories. Matthew French's audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends.

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Folios with special guest Bev $15

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

Folios is a new music project from veteran St. Paul songwriter Martin Devaney, inspired by a wide library and a love of lo-fi rock ‘n’ roll.

Known as the “Unofficial Mayor of St. Paul,” Devaney comes by that title honestly. Born, raised, and based in St. Paul, he grew up on baseball fields and in bands of the capital city. Whether booking shows at the city's clubs or standing behind the counter at a record store, Devaney has always been dialed into the St. Paul scene.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

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

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

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, October 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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An Evening with John Swardson and Bad Blood $10

Thursday, October 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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.
A true product of the Minneapolis Sound, Alex was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Although a nationally recognized songwriter, and accomplished guitar player, its his soulful vocals that people seem to identify with him the most. He is also an original cast member and co-creator of the Rhythmic Circus, an award-winning musical production with Broadway and international acclaim.

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An evening with The April Fools $12

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

The April Fools began as a studio project for singer/songwriter Brian Drake, who intended to record a batch of his songs with help from a wide network of players to flesh out the tunes. Guitar, bass, and drums would be augmented by horn players, strings, woodwinds, keyboards, vocalists, and more depending on the specific song. The songs themselves spanned a broad spectrum—rock to straight-up country to alt-country/Americana to blue-eyed soul to Brit-pop to folk to 70’s AM radio and more.
The four original members got together for their first jam on September 15, 2013. Easily finding a cohesive thread with which to bring together those diverse genres, they quickly began recording sessions for what would become their debut album. Released in April 2015, the self-titled The April Fools quickly garnered airplay on more than 100 radio stations across the U.S.

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An evening with Tina Schlieske $25

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

*** For the 10/30 & 10/31 Tina Schlieske shows, we will be enforcing a vaccination policy. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination. ***

Tina Schlieske, originally hails from Minneapolis, MN and is best known for fronting the band Tina and the B-Side Movement, now Tina and the B-Sides.

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, October 31 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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An evening with Tina Schlieske $25

Sunday, October 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

*** For the 10/30 & 10/31 Tina Schlieske shows, we will be enforcing a vaccination policy. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination. ***

Tina Schlieske, originally hails from Minneapolis, MN and is best known for fronting the band Tina and the B-Side Movement, now Tina and the B-Sides.

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November 2021

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, November 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

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

Featuring:
Scott Woodridge
Kristen Mastantuono
Liam Moore

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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The Midnight Choir Social Club $10

Friday, November 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Kraig Jarret Johnson and Friends $20

Saturday, November 6 @ 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 (FREE)

Sunday, November 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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Lily Rabuse + Jason Roberts $8

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

Lily Rabuse is a young, emerging singer/songwriter from Minneapolis with a raresound. She released her first CD, a 5-song EP, in 2019 and is working on completing her first full album. Influenced by jazz melodies and music from idols like Nick Drake, Amy Winehouse and Joni Mitchell, she currently juggles song writing and performing with earning an undergraduate degree.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Lightnin’ Joe Peterson $10

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

Lightnin' Joe Peterson is a singer/songwriter strongly rooted in the tradition of James Taylor, Randy Newman, and Joni Mitchell. He has made his living as an internationally touring multi-instrumentalist for over 15 years, and is currently based in Minneapolis, MN. He will be playing new original music and will be joined by Julia Floberg (cello) and Andrew Wozniak (guitar).

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Liam Gerard with special guest Estefanía & co $10

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

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

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Kid Dakota with special guests Martin Dosh, Dan Murphy, & Kraig Johnson $10

Saturday, November 13 @ 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 (FREE)

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

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

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An Evening with John Swardson $10

Sunday, November 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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.
A true product of the Minneapolis Sound, Alex was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Although a nationally recognized songwriter, and accomplished guitar player, its his soulful vocals that people seem to identify with him the most. He is also an original cast member and co-creator of the Rhythmic Circus, an award-winning musical production with Broadway and international acclaim.

Find out more »

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, November 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

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

Featuring:
Sarah Morris
Eli Gardiner
Leslie Vincent
Jaia Wilbour

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Hardy Gal Night featuring The Changeups and Sister Siren $8

Friday, November 19 @ 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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Al Church + Alex Schaaf $10

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

Al Church’s new album “Night Games” out now!

"It sounds like it came crashing in from 1978 with one of those absolutely insistent sax lines and a bassline that you’ll wanna write home about, plus a gorgeous chorus that’ll linger in your brain all day long...You And I,” the obvious single that’s got one of those magnificent Hooks From God that stumble across your path every once in a while..."- Letoile Magazine

"Just as powerful as Fitz & the Tantrums vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick, Church's treated falsetto is always in control... On the piano-laced title track, he sounds more like Queen's Freddie Mercury."-City Pages' Erik Thompson

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, November 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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Jason Chaffee An Ambient Electronic Debut $7

Sunday, November 21 @ 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 ambience, emotion, and melody into a song that captures your ear on the first listen. Taking the from the musical roots of Peter Gabriel and Colin Hay combined with the ambient musical landscape in the likes of Olafur Arnalds(IS) and Nils Frahm(Germany) he draws on the energy of the notes between the notes, casting a silence that allows a break to capture our collective breath and move into the next universe provided tones.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, November 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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Tim Mahoney $15

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

A career as a working musician and songwriter is one of those gigs that people look at and think, “How awesome would that be?” Well, Minneapolis based Tim Mahoney has been doing it his way for over fifteen years now.

What began as a side career with huge aspirations while Mahoney was waiting tables has now blossomed into a full-fledged career. And make no mistake, the way that Mahoney hustles, it IS a job, but one he is very happy to have. To date, he’s sold over 100,000 units of his various releases between a solo career and his part as a member of The Blue Meenies. And he also has the raw talent to win multiple awards year after year. In fact, Mahoney was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2007 for their 40th anniversary issue when he won a Ray-Ban promotion.

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Mother Banjo, Ben Cook-Feltz & Anthony Ihrig $12

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

Get out of the house, and enjoy a special Songsgiving show as Minneapolis songwriting pals Mother Banjo, Ben Cook-Feltz and Anthony Ihrig (The High 48s) team up for a fun evening of songs, stories and fun musical collaborations. Playing banjo, keyboards, guitar and percussion, they come from a variety of musical backgrounds (folk, pop, rock, bluegrass), while sharing a love of great songwriting and storytelling. Join these Aster favorites as they play a special show together, swapping songs and performing with each other at one of their favorite listening rooms!

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

Sunday, November 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States

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

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Craig T. Olson with guests $10

Sunday, November 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Craig T. will be doing a wide variety of music this Sunday night.
He’s crafted all these years of folk, pop, country, and gospel into an easy jazz vibe.

Across America, from clubs in North Alaska to 4star hotels in Europe to the Grand Hyatt in Jakarta and beyond, he has given people amazing evenings of music.
Stories can abound, He can pull out tunes from different shows if he gets the bug.
Living in Nashville in the ’80s and 90’s he became friends with many
Of Nashville's finest. His one-man show “CTO” was one of the first fully sequenced and produced shows in the country back then.
Back in the ’80s and you may have heard him on the Nashville Network or evening playing 6 years at the Metrodome HiltonAnchorage Restaurant in the Twin Cities as the house entertainer where many a superstar stayed and listened and sat in and became friends.

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December 2021

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase

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The Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds $10

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

Featuring:
Ted Hajnasiewicz
Maura Dunst
Emily Haavik
Lauren Anderson (Idle Empress)

Hosted by: T.J.D.

Music 8-10 pm

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Larry McDonough Performs Intermodulating Undercurrents: The Music of Bill Evans and Jim Hall, $10

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

Larry McDonough saw Evans perform in the 1970s, and Joel Shapira met Hall when he lived in New York City. Larry and Joel will perform pieces from the classic Evans and Hall recordings “Undercurrent” and “Intermodulation” along with pieces that Evans and Hall performed separately that they might have included in another recording had Bill Evans lived longer. Intermodulating Undercurrents filled Black Dog in Saint Paul. Find out why.

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20th Annual Jeff Arundel Holiday Show! $10

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

Hear Ye!

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons (FREE)

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

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

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Michael Ray Pfeifer $8

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

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

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