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July 2019

Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones | Ken Valdez (Rock ‘n’ Roll) $10

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

Fronted by 21 year old triple threat vocalist, songwriter and guitar player,Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones boasts a resume that can be hard to match for most multi-decade musicians. With over 2,500 shows under their belt, three completed albums and festival appearances at Peach Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and Kaaboo Del Mar, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are on their way to becoming Rock & Roll’s next marquee act.

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Billy Johnson with special guest George McKelvey (Pop Folk) $8

Friday, July 12 @ 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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Ian George + The Well with special guest Hemma (Indie Rock) $10

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

“Ian George is a fanciful folk troubadour with a rhythmic flow and spirited vision. He’s an American Matt Corby; a heartwarming blend of Iron & Wine’s folk and Vampire Weekend’s frisky energy. George’s music is the type to which one would ascribe words like frolic and wandering, but his songs are equally intimate and emotional... Worthy of everyone’s ears, songs we can teach our children, our parents, our grandparents, and ourselves.” ~Atwood Magazine

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, July 14 @ 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, July 14 @ 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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Live in the RIVER ROOM: Tyler Hilton (Singer Songwriter) $17 Adv/$20 Cash Door/$50 VIP

Tuesday, July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$17 – $50

Join us for an intimate night with Tyler Hilton.

A musician and actor, Tyler Hilton has accomplished a lot in his career so far. As a teenager, he released two Top 40 singles. He starred alongside Taylor Swift in her video for "Teardrops on my Guitar." He played the role of one of his musical idols, Elvis Presley, in the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic 'Walk the Line,' and co-starred with Robert Downey Jr. in the acclaimed indie film 'Charlie Bartlett.' He may be most known for his musical role on the show 'One Tree Hill,' which earned him a devoted fan base around the world.

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3rd Wednesdays with Tortuga! with special guest Planet Plookey (Jazz/Experimental) $5

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

Per Wikipedia, jazz rock fusion is defined as a “musical genre that developed in the late 1960s from a mixture of elements of jazz such as its focus on improvisation with the rhythms and grooves of funk and R&B and the beats and heavily amplified electric instruments and electronic effects of rock”. One highlight of last weeks Art A Whirl was a performance at FOCI Glass by the band Tortuga!. Tortuga! has a singular and inspiring take on the Jazz Rock genre.

Aaron Biggar’s drumming provides foundation and color. His rhythms can be both surprisingly powerful and subtle. With Shawn Maroney on Bass, these two complete an exceptional rhythm section. Maroney contributes to the ground on which this group builds their musical structures, while adding flourish and interest throughout the set. Cory Jesok, on guitar, provides texture, rhythm, and blazing solo work, creating space or density just when it is required. P.J. Tracy, on piano, asserts melodies, harmonic support and furious solos of his own, traveling through multiple styles within the same tune.

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Fragile Canyons with special guest Meg Kirsch (Indie Rock) $5

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

Fragile Canyons is a four-piece indie rock band from the Twin Cities inspired by The Jayhawks, Jim O'Rourke, and Joni Mitchell. Their new album Slow Dancing Beyond Silverdome was released in December 2018 and has been featured on The Current and City Pages. All of their album sales and merchandise go to charitable causes.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, July 19 @ 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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An evening with Tina Schlieske (Singer Songwriter) $20

Saturday, July 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, July 21 @ 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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Minnesota Acoustic Guitar Showcase – featuring Dan Schwartz, Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckenridge (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $5

Sunday, July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Minnesota Acoustic Guitar Showcase is a musical collective of 10 Twin Cities based guitarists - they cover a diverse range of styles in their solo sets and collaborations of rotating players. Tonight’s show features Dan Schwartz, Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckenridge.

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Courtney Yasmineh Trio | Lost In The Sun (Indie Rock) $8

Monday, July 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This summer Courtney Yasmineh is on a journey, rediscovering her roots in Minnesota where she fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and began her early songwriting career as a young girl in the North Woods. She’s releasing her ninth album in September, an album of songs written by her songwriting heroes. These recordings have brought her performances close to her rustic sensibilities, her summers on Lake Vermilion, her winter on the frozen lake, alone at seventeen. The trio is Rob Genadek, studio guru, amazing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who has been her collaborator now for fifteen years. Jon James, on bass or lead guitar and harmonies, who has also worked with Courtney through several albums. The trio heads to Europe with the new album in late September.

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TABAH Just The Duo Us Series: Part 1 of 4 (Genre Fluid) $7

Tuesday, July 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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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Adam Levy’s TURN! TURN! TURN! (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Folk) $10

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

Acoustic cosmic folk, originals, rock & country covers and sweet harmonies from the 1960's & 1970's featuring Adam Levy, Savannah Smith, & Barb Brynstad

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, July 25 @ 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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Ben David with special guest David Huss (Indie Folk) $7

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

Ben David is one of the most important new songwriters emerging from one of the most vibrant music scenes in America-Minneapolis. Minnesota has been the home to many of the last century's greatest, like Westerberg, Dylan, Prince, and now, in a new century, add a new name, Ben David.

Ben hails from the prairie lands of southwestern Minnesota and at first his songs have the same unassuming quality of those long horizons, but slowly details emerge and coalesce into the sounds of longing, becoming, young love, heart break and surprisingly deep ten cent philosophizing.

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Andrea von Kampen with special guest Lena Elizabeth (Singer Songwriter) $10

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

Andrea von Kampen is an independent folk singer-songwriter based in Lincoln, Nebraska, whose effortless vocal delivery has been praised by Hear Nebraska as “soulful and worn-in.” With the successful release of two EP’s, Another Day (2015) and Desdemona (2016), a Christmas EP (2016), an Audiotree Live album (2017), and her debut full-length album Old Country (2019), Andrea has quickly established herself in the recording studio and on the road. She has shared the stage with artists such as Tall Heights, Ira Wolf, Dead Man Winter, The Brother Brothers, Dead Horses, Darling West and many more.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, July 28 @ 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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Elliot Blaufuss with special guest Gabe Burdulis (Singer songwriter) $10

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

Elliot Blaufuss commands the stage with passionate soul and unharnessed energy to capture the hearts of audiences everywhere. With a performance history to lust over, Blaufuss has played some of the dirtiest clubs, ritziest hotels, tiniest cafes and most legendary venues in the world as Musical Director and multi-instrumental band member for platinum artists like Phillip Phillips and Eric Hutchinson. Elliott worked with platinum producer John Fields (Demi Levato and The Jonas Brothers) to complete and release his second solo record “Red” last summer. Blaufuss currently lives in Nashville, but is sure to infuse his native Minnesota funk roots into the music he writes.

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Still Unstill | The Nunnery $8

Tuesday, July 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Still Unstill makes art of the in-between spaces: in-between structure and disorder, in-between nature and civilization, in-between density and levity. Centered around Peter Breen’s songwriting and keyboard playing, the full group adds brings together textures of experimental rock, improvisations from modern jazz, and vocal harmonies from traditional American folk music. Still Unstill consists of Willow Waters on electric guitar and Ryan Hays on electric bass alongside Andrew Sletten on drumset and Molly Sowash on vocals.

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An Evening with Kraig Jarret Johnson (Indie Rock) $15

Wednesday, July 31 @ 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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August 2019

Lazer Lloyd (Roots Rock) $15

Thursday, August 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lazer Lloyd is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and an international recording artist influenced by Americana, rock, blues, gospel, folk, country, southern rock, and the great guitar traditions of power and groove from Hendrix to Wes Montgomery. Lazer's music is a unique combination of roots rock, folk, country and blues. His songs deal with the issues of today as well as the common human struggle to find love and meaning. Lloyd's warm connection with each audience makes every show a new journey from acoustic heart to electric fire.

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Shawn Stelton with special guest Jim Walsh (Indie Rock) $5

Friday, August 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Shawn Stelton is a singer/songwriter based out of Minneapolis. His first release, Wallflower’s Lament (2016), has a pleasant combination of catchy melodies, engaging arrangements, and lyrics that tell stories. The songs were written over a 14 month span and were spurred on by Shawn’s participation in the Jeremy Messersmith Songwriting Sessions. An EP, From the Vault, and second full length album, All is Quiet, continued building on these themes and styles. A third full length album is in the works for 2020.

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An Evening with M French (Singer Songwriter) $5

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

Singer-songwriter M 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. M French's audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 4 @ 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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Fourplex (Jazz Quartet) $5

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

Fourplex is a new jazz quartet comprised of Brad Holden on alto saxophone, Joel Shapira on guitar, George Marich on drum set, and Kameron Markworth on double bass; all veterans of the Twin Cities music scene and beyond. Along with originals, Fourplex puts their own stamp on standards written by the revered masters including Monk, Ellington, Tristano, and others. Music 8-10pm Make a reservation at AsterCafe.com to reserve your seat for the show. $5 cover charge will be added to…

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Adrian+Meredith | Mother Banjo (Rock n Roll/Folk) $5

Tuesday, August 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In a city filled with country cowboys and sit-on-a-stool songwriters, Adrian + Meredith make a different sort of roots racket. More Than A Little, the pair’s debut, finds the East Nashville-based duo putting its own spin on Americana music, roughing up the genre’s edges with the rule-breaking spirit of punk, the vintage twang of old-timey folk, the sneer of rock & roll, and even the frenetic bounce of early Swing and jazz manouche.

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Savannah Smith and Friends (Indie Folk) $8

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

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

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Introducing the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers Band with special guest David Huss (Hillbilly Country) $10

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

Introducing the Sapsuckers Band featuring Chris Hepola (drums) and Eric Struve (bass), along with brand-new original country/Americana music from Nikki Groissman and Joe Hart.

THE YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS' original songs are a refreshing brand-new take on old-time country. Their music recalls classic hillbilly music, while bringing a distinctly modern and lively touch to the Americana genre.

Based in Soldiers Grove, WI, the duo (Nikki Grossman, guitar, fiddle, and vocals; Joe Hart, guitar, mandolin, and vocals) have built a growing audience throughout the Midwest of fans who appreciate their lighthearted performances.

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American Pleasure Dome with special guests Leslie Rich and the Rocket Soul Choir (Indie Rock) $10

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

American Pleasure Dome is an all original Indie Rock band from Minneapolis MN. Their introspective sound draws on bands they love like the Pixies, Guided By Voices, and The Cars. There is plenty of intrigue and storytelling sprinkled throughout the songs, which are all written by lead singer/guitarist Hans Schumacher. Other band members include: Brenda Shepherd-Bass/Vocals, Park Evans-Guitar, Lindsay Paine-Guitar, and Joel Arpin-Drums. APD's first full length album will be coming out in the next few months, followed by a CD release party sometime in the spring.

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Ben Noble, Con Davison, & Alina Maira (Singer Songwriter) $8

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

Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter who released his album Whisky Priest in the Spring of 2017. Fully self-produced and recorded in a cabin, Whisky Priest is a journey of exacting introspection. Noble loves the contrast of serene, innocent melodies with a haunting chorus of falsetto voices. Live, he blends delicate melodies with electronic elements for a truly unique sonic experience.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 11 @ 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, August 11 @ 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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DRINKING BIRD with special guest John Cushing (Indie Jazz) $8

Tuesday, August 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Combining intimate jazz improvisation with cinematic melodies and rock-and-roll verve, DRINKING BIRD is a new trio that draws from a liberally defined American Songbook to build a sound of its own. Comprising New Yorker Eladio Rojas on the drums, Norway-bred guitarist Jacob Matheus, and Pacific Northwest native Tree Palmedo on trumpet, the members of Drinking Bird have also performed with folk singers, rock bands, and a host of jazz greats. While they had played together several times over the years in both Boston and New York, the three officially formed Drinking Bird in 2017 after a series of informal improvisational get-togethers on New York's Upper West Side.

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round Featuring Molly Maher, Todd Clouser, & Lydia Liza $5

Wednesday, August 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Radio Five Watt presents an in-the-round style performance showcasing some of the Twin Cities most beloved artists. Featuring Molly Maher, Todd Clouser, & Lydia Liza!

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.

Learn more and download the app at www.radiofivewatt.org

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Annie Fitzgerald with special guest Leslie Rich (Singer Songwriter) $10

Thursday, August 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Annie Fitzgerald’s music has been described as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit” (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun on June 1st, 2018. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. Since her first release In Good Time, Fitzgerald spent time a part of the NYC Indie scene, started a family, and welcomed a move back to her home state of MN and a newfound sense of space to create. You & Me & the Sun explores connection, vulnerability, love, and sparks in the span of time navigating the balance between motherhood & her life as a songwriter.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, August 16 @ 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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An Evening with Tom Lieberman (Originals, Chestnuts & Roots) $10

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

Tom Lieberman is perhaps best known for his association with public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, where he worked variously on the performance, creative and production staff from 1976-86.  His work on APHC started Tom on a career path as an award-winning writer, composer and producer for radio, television, stage and screen.  Tom is, with Tim Sparks and Prudence Johnson, a founding member of the seminal vocal jazz trio Rio Nido, an association that continues today. His original songs have been heard from Sesame Street to Sweet Land, and his 2013 recording of original songs, “Common Denominator” was received enthusiastically by listeners, press & broadcasters worldwide, with Minneapolis StarTribune reviewers placing it on their annual “Top Ten Albums” list, describing it as, “bluesy, simmering, profoundly philosophical,” “gentle, playful, romantic and infectious,” and “a charming, eclectic album of original songs.”

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 18 @ 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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The Fourth Wall (Jazz Quartet) $5

Sunday, August 18 @ 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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Andy Cook and Friends: with special guest Actual Wolf (Indie Rock) $8

Wednesday, August 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every 3rd Wednesday!

Wednesday August 21st: with special guest Actual Wolf
Wednesday September 18th: with special guests Kansas Plates
Wednesday October 16th: with special guests Jeremy Ylvisaker & LOTT

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

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, August 22 @ 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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Wilkinson James | Erik Brandt & the Urban Hillbilly Quartet (Folk/Country Blues) $10

Friday, August 23 @ 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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Taylor James Donskey Single Release Show with special guest Rachel Bearinger (Alt Country/Folk) $10

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

Taylor James Donskey
follows in the alternative country tradition to share some everyday stories from everyday people. Simple melodies over a lived in sounds invite you to hear about these people, their relationships and how they thrive in times like these. These songs are the lasting impressions that those individuals have left by living a simple but impactful life. Never a polished feel, but always just right, Taylor builds on the solid foundations that were given new life by Gillian Welch; perpetuated by Jeff Tweedy and set on its head by Blake Mills. The self titled EP is due out fall of 2019.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 25 @ 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, August 25 @ 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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TABAH Just The Duo Us Series (Genre Fluid) $7

Tuesday, August 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring special guests!

Tuesday, August 27th
Monday, September 23rd
Friday, October 25th

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

Wednesday, August 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every Fourth Wednesday!

Wednesday August 28th: Ozzy the Painter
Wednesday September 25th: Nyasia
Wednesday October 23rd: Ellis Cleve

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

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JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Thursday, August 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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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Harbor and Home (Alt Roots Rock) $10

Friday, August 30 @ 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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An Evening with Charlie Mars (Singer Songwriter) $25

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

Mississippi-born singer/songwriter Charlie Mars
is a country- and folk-inflected pop artist blessed with a warm vocal croon and a knack for crafting poignant, earthy songs. Born in 1974 in Laurel, Mississippi, Mars grew up listening to various styles of pop/rock, from Michael Jackson to the Violent Femmes. Just prior to his senior year of high school, Mars moved with his family to Jackson, Mississippi, where he attended Jackson Preparatory School and played in the band Adley Madidafus. After graduating high school in 1992, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. During this time, he began seriously pursuing a music career, often playing with fellow SMU student, singer/songwriter Jack Ingram. It was also while at SMU that Mars formed the Charlie Mars Band and released several albums, including 1995’s Broken Arrow, 1997’s Born & Razed, and 1999’s End of Romance.

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September 2019

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Fringe Pipes | Admiral Fox (Indie Rock) $5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where the Stardust meets the soil.

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

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

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

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Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

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

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

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The Arcanes (Rock/Funk) $7

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

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

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

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

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

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PONCÉ with special guest Preston Gunderson (Rock) $10

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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Alina Maira | Syvers (Indie Folk) $8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every 3rd Wednesday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

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

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featuring special guests!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Fourth Wednesday!

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

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

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

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

The Fragrants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 2019

Radio Five Watt Presents: Writers in the Round $5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Evening with Michael Shynes (Singer Songwriter) $20

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

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

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An evening with John Swardson (Americana) $10

Saturday, October 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Based in Minneapolis, John Swardson writes songs that bleed through the holes in the soles of his boots. "A songwriter of uncommon emotional detail, depth, and empathy."

His catalog includes three records of originals, another soon to be released and a wide variety of covers that dart through his own music like Starlings at dusk.

John has opened for many influences over the last handful of years including:
Sturgill Simpson, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Semisonic, Gene Ween, Tommy Stinson, and Echo and The Bunnymen.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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An evening with Jason Chaffee (Singer Songwriter) $5

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

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

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Keith Secola with special guests (Singer Songwriter) $8

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

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

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An evening with GB Leighton (Singer Songwriter) $15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With special guest Zach Spirov!!

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

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

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

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

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

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

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LAURA HUGO and Friends (INDIE FOLK) $5

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

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

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

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

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

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The Federales | Reverend Hylton (Southern Rock) $10

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

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

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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