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October 2019

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, October 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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The Federales | Reverend Hylton (Southern Rock) $10

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Uskudar Eclectic (Bulkan Turkish Folk) $8

Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Fragrants

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

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

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Featuring special guests LASKA & The Nunnery!

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

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The Maeflies (Folk Rock) $10

Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, October 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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November 2019

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

Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

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An evening with The April Fools (Americana) $9

Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, November 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

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

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

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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Ashley Groves | Mariah Mercedes (Indie Soul) $10

Friday, November 8, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Vicky Emerson | Annie Fitzgerald (Singer Songwriter) $10

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

11/13: Mayda
11/20: Luke Zimmerman

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

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The Neighborhood Trio (Groovy Jazz) $7

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

11/20: Luke Zimmerman

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

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The Jorgensens (Rock/Blues) $10

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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Scott Laurent (Americana) $12

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Laurent started playing clubs in Minneapolis while still in high school, signing his first record deal when he was twenty-two. His fifth album "Love Don't Let Me Down" was produced in Nashville, where Laurent is a full time songwriter.

"Nashville has been great. I've been able to work with songwriters who's names I used to read in the liner notes of my favorite records, grammy winners, and major label recording artists."

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Cory Branan with special guest Trapper Schoepp (Singer Songwriter) $15

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$15

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

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

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

Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

Saturday, November 30, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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December 2019

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10

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

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The Fourth Wall (Jazz Quartet) $5

Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

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

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10

20th Annual Jeff Arundel Holiday Variety Show

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

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

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

Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

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

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

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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

Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

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

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Luke Callen, Superior Siren (solo), & Joe Kopel (Singer Songwriter) $7

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A teller of tall tales and a singer of short tunes - Luke - more comfortable at a campfire than a cattle ranch - attempts to shed a simple shining light on the stories of the disastrous day and melancholy mind. This will be a rare performance as Luke will be joined by Elliot Heinz on drums - Lauren Anderson on Bass Guitar - and other special guests.

Deep, dark sea folk. Superior Siren released the debut, full-length, self-titled album on January 12th, 2018. The collection of songs, written by Laura Sellner, portrays the waves of raw emotion and alluring intensity that lives within the music. The album features four songs previously released on the solo Superior Siren EP ‘Lotus in the Muck.’ Those tracks have since grown in captivation with the addition of cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner. The remaining six songs of new material complete the album with swells of enchanting melodies and moods of ominous storms. The album will intrigue listeners with dream-like serenades and eerie echoes of doom.

Joe Kopel is a Minneapolis based songwriter with a unique sense of time, space, and style.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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A Michael Shynes Christmas Time (Singer Songwriter) $25

Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Michael Shynes brings a Holiday Show in an intimate format to the Aster. This show will feature the comedy of the hilarious Jason Schommer (who regularly tours and opens for world renowned comic Louie Anderson). The performance and looping of violin virtuoso David Gerald Sutton, complete with his arrangements of Christmas Classics. And will mark the first ever Holiday Album Release by songwriter Michael Shynes.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Zaq Baker | David Yellen of Fur Coats and Bar Fights (Piano Pop/Indie Rock) $5

Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Vacillating between laugh-out-loud imagery and painstaking sincerity, Zaq Baker's songs dwell on night-owl heartbreak and on growing up. His lyrics and arrangements reconcile fiercely original rock piano architecture; the adolescent spirit and catchy-or-die attitude of pop-punk; and a healthy amount of musical theatre. This night at the Aster marks a very special solo performance to feature a fair amount of new material.

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Kraig Jarret Johnson & Friends (Indie Rock) $10

Thursday, December 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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Good Morning Bedlam with special guests Feed The Dog (Bluegrass/Indie Folk) $12

Friday, December 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the midwest folk scene. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness. With tight soaring three part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night with no intention of slowing down. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music. “We want to surprise our audience from song to song.…

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Flamin’ Oh’s (Rock n Roll) $15

Saturday, December 28, 2019 @ 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 & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, December 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, December 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring very special guests Aida Shahghasemi, Jacqueline Ultan, & Golden Balls!

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

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SOLD OUT: Sunshine Committee (Formerly H&B) NYE Minneapolis Dance Party (60’s & 70’s R&B) $30

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
$30

Ring in the New Year with 60's and 70's R&B tribute supergroup Sunshine Committee in our Historic River Room!

Doors - 8:30pm
Showtime - 9:30pm
Complimentary champagne toast at Midnight!

Sunshine Committee Official Website

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January 2020

Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ Molly Maher (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

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

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Minneapolis Songwriter Rounds: The FIRST of 2020 (Singer Songwriter) $8

Thursday, January 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Minneapolis Songwriters in the round, Featuring...Taylor James Donskey, Luke Callen, Rachel Bearinger, Laura Sellner, Jared Zachary, Lydia Liza, & Jillian Rae!

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Steve Katz and the Hungry Ghosts (Beatnik Gutter Jazz) $8

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

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

Steve Katz- upright bass, vocals, composition
Chris Cunningham- guitar, silky hair
Ken Goldman- drums and moral barometer

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 4 @ 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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5 Guys with Guitars (Singer Songwriter) $10

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

Scotty Devlin Joel Schaan, Billy Johnson, Ron Tracy, Matt Muller. 4th Annual 5 Guys With Guitars show. Rounds style, no set list, no plan. But somehow it always works! LOL!

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Joe Hysell & Dan Neale “Songs to Be Sung from the Porch” EP Release Show w/ Miss Myra Duo (Finger Style Guitar) $8

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

Dan Neale is a guitarist who moves easily from blues and country to pop, jazz, and rock. Fingerpicking, flatpicking -- he's got it covered. Back when he was a high school kid in Chattanooga, he began to think about a career in music. He played in the school band and in a group formed by his brother. That led to work with a slew of bar bands and a full-time stint in country rock group called Rawhide. In 1986, he left Tennessee for Minnesota ("I married a woman who hates hot weather," he says). As a studio player and sideman, he has worked with Martin Zellar, Bobby Vee, and a host of others. Recently, he teamed up with singer/songwriter Rex Haberman to do a CD aptly called Neale & Haberman (Reissner Records). A solo album in the works, due for release in December.

Joe Hysell is a songwriter who has built a catalogue of songs with a strong foundation in what might be called “country” music but is influenced by folk, rock n roll and even gospel music. Joe has roots in the soil of America and a wayfaring spirit recognizable in his musical pilgrimages – from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Los Angeles to roads unnamed and unknown. Based in Minneapolis, Hysell's newest release “Songs to Be Sung from the Porch” is a collaboration with his long-time pal and playing partner Dan Neale. Recorded in one sitting in the summer of 2019, the duo locked into a groove that unleashed the subtle nuances of a few of Joe’s more delicate songs. Since 2011 he has released two full length albums and 2 5-song EPs to positive reception in the Twin Cities music community. Michael Madden of CityPages called his 2017 “Workin’ Too Hard” release “an efficient, consistent, and unpretentious five-song collection that leans outlaw country, with the deep-voiced Hysell proving himself to be a captivating singer and storyteller.”

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

Tuesday, January 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Featuring Dahlia Jones, Preston Gunderson, & Joel Kachel

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

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

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ Diane Miller (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

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

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Tim Houlihan and Paul Madsen: Echo from the Canyon (Folk/Blues) $5

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

Tim Houlihan (guitars & vocals) and Paul Madsen (bass & vocals) have been playing Americana originals and covers together for 6 years. Inspired by the movie “Echo from the Canyon,” they’ve created two sets of tunes from the Laurel Canyon scene including Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, Jackson Browne and Carole King.

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An evening with Rich Mattson and the Northstars (Folk Rock) $10

Friday, January 10 @ 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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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

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

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

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

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An evening with Katy Vernon (Singer Songwriter) $10

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

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 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 just named as a top ten record of the year by the Star Tribune. She has just returned from her third UK tour.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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An evening with Fellow Pynins (Contemporary Folk) $10

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

Fellow Pynins is an award winning contemporary folk duo with a keen and bucolic sense of vocal harmony and song craft. The live performance is a whimsically emotional escapade through the chasms of our, yes, feelings.. Dashed with spontaneous and clever banter, mirth and woe, you will probably cry and quite possibly laugh, a lot. Wielding claw-hammer banjo, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, and acoustic guitar the duo sings predominantly original music as well as reworked traditional ballads gathered from their travels.

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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ Dan Israel (Acoustic Folk) $10

Wednesday, January 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring weekly special guests!

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

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AirLands with special guests The Fourth Wall (Indie Rock/Jazz Quartet) $8

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

AirLands is intimate- and then sometimes reaches for the burning sun.
There are drums, vocals, a cello, guitars, bass, and a french horn when it’s snowing.
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 synths 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 about both what a person knows and what a person doesn’t know and I’m sometimes trying to help but mainly just observing.

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Family Three with special guests All the Islands (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, January 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 18 @ 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 Melvilles (Folk Rock) $8

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

David moved across the alley from Karl. Steve bumped into David at a bar. David took a job at Dan M’s company (former Mel). Dan M. had a cousin Brian (former Mel). Brian had been in another band with Jeff. Jeff played on and off with current Dan A. And simple as that… The Melvilles. We all write and arrange songs together. The result is a friendly mongrel with a twangy, funky, folkish, bluesy, jangly, rock & roll bark.

THE MELVILLES ARE:

Brian Amelang: Keyboards, melodica, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, vocals
Dan Andreasen: Saxophone
Dan Mackaman: Guitar
Steve Michels-Boyce: Bass, vocals
Jeff Mueller: Drums, percussion
Karl Schweikart: Guitar, vocals
David Whitman: Guitar, vocals

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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An evening with Tina Schlieske (Singer Songwriter) $20

Sunday, January 19 @ 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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Turn! Turn! Turn! Every Wednesday at Aster w/ Actual Wolf (Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Featuring weekly special guests!

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

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Art Vandalay | Jon Rodine (Folk/Americana) $10

Thursday, January 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Art Vandalay is a Twin Cities band that plays a unique brand of laid-back folk/Americana with a vibe that is “impossibly catchy” (Duluth News-Tribune). Drawing on influences like Tom Petty, Wilco, John Prine and Neil Young, Art Vandalay's original repertoire varies from swooning heart-breakers to breezy Bossa Nova and gritty Americana songs that are “pure mellow magic” (Twin Cities Daily Planet).

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Billy Johnson’s Black Dog High (Pop Folk) $10

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

Billy Johnson’s Black Dog High featuring George McKelvey, Mark Mraz, and Scott Best.

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

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 25 @ 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 Midnight Choir Social Club (GOSPEL BLUES) $10

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

The Midnight Choir Social Club's sound was born under the Gospel Tent of the New Orleans Jazz Festival, in the protester-filled streets of Selma, and on Muddy Waters' front porch in the Mississippi Delta. The drums (Jess Pierce) and bass (Barb Brynstad) form the bedrock of this band, creating soulful grooves and a solid pocket. Funky, melodic guitar (Tim Frantzich) and saxophone flourishes (Dave Marden) accentuate the steady rhythm. The heartfelt and deep pathos of the vocalists, led by David Ballman with help from the Resistor Sisters (Lucinda Plaisance, Shelly Siegel), deliver gospel-inspired originals and inventive covers (Staple Singers, Tennessee Ernie Ford) that make the angels and the demons dance for joy.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, January 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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