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September 2014
$15

Alison Scott

September 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

While staying indier than indie and completely ignoring the hipster rulebook, through word of mouth with very little radio or media hype, Alison is making the kind of soul music that music fans love. True music lovers have always responded to an amazing voice singing great songs, and they always will- from Aretha to Adele, this is timeless music that transcends style and fashion, something for the silent majority of listeners who aren’t interested in fluffy pop OR the trendy…

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$8

Dizzy Hat

September 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Dizzy Hat is stirring it up again at the Aster. This time the jive-talking, original  ensemble is celebrating the  release of its first recording:  Dizzy Hat: The Early Years, a  7- song EP that will intrigue and provoke at least a few of its listeners.   Steve Katz (bass and vocals), Peter Vircks (sax), Lindsay Paine (guitar), Rick Nair (drums) and a special guest or two.  Voutoreenee!

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

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

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

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$15

Erin McKeown

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Erin McKeown is an internationally known musician, writer, and producer. With 9  full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she has spent the last 15 years crafting a reputation as an original musical voice and compelling live performer. An active voice on social justice issues and culture, Erin was a 2011-12 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Recently, she’s also added radio to her resume- blogging and hosting for WNYC New York Public Radio.…

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$8

Alex Masters + Laura Nicholson

September 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Alex Masters is a Nashville country-pop singer-songwriter.  She’s been featured on the cover of Twin Cities’ “Her Life” magazine, has spent the past two years writing with some of Nashville’s top songwriters, and has recently found success with numerous artists recording songs she’s written. Alex is in preparation for the release of her 3rd album, and she’s debuting it at Aster Café in Minneapolis, MN! The lucky pre-release listeners of this new project say it is by far her best yet.…

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$5

Tim Houlihan

September 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Tim Houlihan and his band of tasty players serve audiences a generous portion of original material descended from the likes of Stephen Stills, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin, and Joni Mitchell. After recently releasing a new record, completing a tour of the East Coast, and a visit to SXSW, the band features Tony Sigfrinius, Paul Madsen, Todd Lester, Johnny Hagen, and Jaymi Holt. Come and enjoy clever lyrics, bouncy melodies, and fresh takes on familiar covers.

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$10

Courtney Yasmineh

September 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The swashbuckling Courtney Yasmineh Band has been recording this summer in NYC at No Shame Labs in SoHo and at their new secret hideout, The Brewhut, in NE Minneapolis. This will be their only Minneapolis show before they head out for Courtney’s eighth small club tour in Europe and the UK. The band will be playing highlights from her back catalog and premiering material from the soon to be released fifth album.

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$10

Scottie Miller Band

September 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Blues-Jazz-Americana pianist and singer-songwriter Scottie Miller brings his all-star band to The Aster Cafe.   MN Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and touring keyboardist for two-time Grammy nominated singer Ruthie Foster. “Sounds like Dr. John meets The Band at Bruce Springsteen’s house”. Blues Revue Magazine  

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$10

Sweethearts of the Rodeo – hosted by Frankie Lee

September 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Frankie Lee hosts a night celebrating the feminine swagger that can ascends from the ashes of heartbreak and love. Three ladies will perform their  songs with Frankie Lee playing and moderating. Featuring: Molly Maher Lydia Liza Lael Neale Every good songwriter must be honest with themselves — or be a master of complete self-deception. Whether Frankie Lee writes his world-weary alt-country songs because he knows how to sing ‘em, or the other way around, he’s found a calling. OnMiddle West,…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

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

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

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$20

An Evening with Slaid Cleaves – Aster River Room

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster River Room,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”…

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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Off the Cuff is a monthly event held at the Aster Cafe, seeking to explore collaboration between Twin Cities musicians and artists in an improvisational setting. Each night will feature two new and unique sets of local indie musicians from different backgrounds collaborating on the spot. The artist lineup will be fluid and varied, drawing from indie circuits such as pop, rock, electronic, hip hop, r&b and jazz. The series will be curated by local bassist Andrew Foreman.

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October 2014
$5

Dedric Clark and the Social Animals

October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Like a mixed drink on a summer night, Dedric Clark and the Social Animals’ (formerly Diet Folk) music is a blend of intoxicating smooth comfort. This Duluth, Minnesota based group of soulful folk musicians epitomize the spirit of blending the old with the new; reaching for new territory while keeping their roots firmly planted. Established in 2010, they have brought their inimitably unique style of Americana from the Northland of Minnesota to countless stages and garnered fans across the globe.

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15/$18

Michael McDermott + Antje Duvekot

October 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Michael McDermott’s brand of rock n’ roll brims with the kind of well-honed style and wisdom that can only come from a career on the road and a pedigree in the studio. Effortlessly blending natural folk sensibility, pop hooks, and honest rock, McDermott’s music is as much for the outcast as the congregation. It’s an exploration of the dark corners of life’s journey and it resonates middle class truths through the passionate filter of a kid that grew up on…

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$10

Shiny Lights + Lucy Michelle solo

October 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Shiny Lights illuminate the Minneapolis music scene If experience was gold, The Shiny Lights would be rich. One of the more promising new bands to pop out of the always crowded music scene in Minnesota – aka The Land of 10000 bands – in 2010, The Shiny Lights have about a century’s worth of collective experience behind them, something that is immediately evident when you hear the inspired pop/rock on their self-titled debut EP. Equally adept at up-tempo rockers and delicate…

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$10

Uke Fest

October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

This show is a fundraiser for Arc GTC (An organization that assists disabled people and families) and features a varied lineup of Twin Citiesuke players. Including Savannah Smith, i like you, Keldon Ancheleta, Katy Vernon, and many many more. It’s such a fun and truly unique show!! “I have sung and written songs for years but it wasn’t until I took up the uke that I found the confidence to go solo and make an album. It changed my life!! One of the…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

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

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

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$5

Mercy Seat Presents: Linnea Mohn & J.E. Sunde

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Oct 5 we’re back at the Aster with one of our coolest composer/collaborator pals, Linnea Mohn, and one of our favorite art-rockers-about-town, Mr. J.E. Sunde. Linnea has spent most the last few years making great records and touring extensively with Rogue Valley (featuring another Mercy Seat composer,Chris Koza). Before that she made a name for herself in Coach Said Not To and many other Twin Cities projects. Jon (J.E.) recently released his (gorgeous) debut solo record, Shapes that Kiss the Lips of God. Before striking out…

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$6

John Statz

October 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

John Statz is a world-traveling songwriter, playing shows and writing and recording in places like Budapest, Slovenia, Quebec, and Anchorage. For his new album, Old Fashioned, he is bringing it back home. Whereas the previous album (Ghost Towns) was filled with worldly influences and subject matter, Old Fashioned brings us back to the heartland: Midwestern America. Recorded in Iowa City with revered producer Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown, Pieta Brown) this album is all about deep love, hard-working Midwestern…

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$5

Jimmy Peterson + Walker Fields, Jr.

October 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Jimmy Peterson is a Minneapolis based singer-songwriter. Over the past twenty years, he has played in a variety of twin cities bands, of which the alt-country group bellwether was most notable. Peterson’s songs tend to draw from an eclectic mix of  influences from indie folk to rock &roll, with more than a few nods to artists such as Steve Earl and Richard Buckner. The songs generally convey a kind of straight ahead midwestern attitude, with an eye for the traditional,…

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$8

Dana Thompson & the North Coast

October 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Twin Cities singer/songwriter Dana Thompson has recorded and toured internationally in support of her critically praised album Ox. She has been featured on many compilations and has been a guest vocalist on many releases. In addition, she was voted best female vocalist by the City Pages. As co-writer with the band The Minor Planets, Dana has been featured on MPRs Radio Heartland as a contributor to the Americana/Country genre that has been called Cosmic American Music.  “Like [Iris]  DeMent, Thompson…

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$10

The Maeflies + Static Jones

October 11 @ 8:45 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Maeflies and Static Jones will play a double show at the Aster on Saturday October 11. The Maeflies - 8:30-9:45pm TheMaeflies, Minnesotas alt-country-rock ensemble of 5, have been playing their trademark sound for 9 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.Maefronts the band; and you will discover…

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Free

Patty and the Buttons – Swing Brunch

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

Most entertaining swing brunch in the mid-west. Always free.

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$7

Mary Bue + Hanna Cesario

October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Mary Bue:  There is a curious power in the ability to view one’s life with an unjaundiced eye. It’s not about being fearless, although that doesn’t hurt, it’s about the ferocity of spirit required to accept the world as it is and move forward from there. Singer/songwriter Mary Bue’s songs crackle with this power, mixing piano and guitar, folk and pop, and redolent with private tragedy and shared elation. Her voice, described as “marvelously sultry and cool,” lends her vivid,…

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$6

Dan Tedesco

October 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Dan Tedesco is the quintessential modern-day troubadour, narrating the American experience in song honestly and intimately, and with a big sound to boot. A solo artist, Tedesco’s stage show is framed by a minimalist production that finds him belting out folk-spiced rockers from behind both acoustic and electric guitars while foot-stomping percussion rounds out many of the arrangements—this is one solo artist who won’t seem out of place on a bill with rock bands. Interludes at the piano lighten the mood…

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$5

Paul Seeba

October 15 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Paul Seeba’s debut album, “Mitchell Yards,” by was recorded in seven sessions at Sparta Sound in Eveleth, MN and mastered by John Golden (Chris Isaak, John Hiatt).  Regional Emmy winner, Rod Tahija, provides his stellar fretwork and strong tenor to complete the space. “This a record full of that space, steeped in the beauty of North American music, true Americana, blues, and that white catholic work ethic.  Its veins are full of Neil Young, Chuck Berry walking hand and hand…

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$8

Laura Lou EP release

October 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Ukulele songstress Laura Lou catapults into the Minneapolis scene with her solo EP “Seduction Lullaby” at the Aster Cafe with the very talented musicians known as The Loungeabouts. Laura Lou’s strong vocals and songwriting, supported by stand up bass, guitar, mandolin and ever-sweet harmonica, bring you in to her playful folk world. Come celebrate with Laura Lou as she shares the beloved and intimate collection of songs that make up Seduction Lullaby.

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$10

John Craigie + Scott Nelson

October 21 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, taking his unique musical style across the United States and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. His themes range from social commentary to…

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$9

Derek Fawcett + Hope Country

October 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Chicago, IL — When Derek Fawcett’s band (Chicago’s Down The Line) started out without a drummer, he taught himself to play the djembe (hand drum) he bought in Africa, and it became a staple of the band’s signature sound.  When the group needed help booking gigs, he took the reins, ultimately landing performances with Ben Folds, Peter Frampton, Lifehouse, America, Pat Benatar, Colin Hay, Gin Blossoms, and many more over their hundreds-of-thrilling-shows, 11-year, 5-album tenure.  Time and again, Fawcett went to extraordinary lengths…

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10/$15 includes CD

Laura MacKenzie CD Launch

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Aster River Room,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414

October 26 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30) $10/$15 includes CD CD LAUNCH Scots Gaelic Music and Song Multi-instrumentalist/singer Laura MacKenzie will perform a selection of Scots Gaelic music and song, accompanied by Dáithí Sproule (guitar and vocals) and Andrea Stern (harp), with Laura herself adding wooden flutes, whistles, concertina and Scottish smallpipes to the arrangements. These songs and melodies were sourced primarily from field recordings made in Duluth in 1937 of Gaelic singer John Matheson, who immigrated to Duluth from…

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$15

Lucie Thorne + Rossetto, Huckfelt, Lewis & Bates

October 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Lauded for her unique voice, poetic lyricism, and tender-to-gutsy electric guitar playing, Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of Australia’s most distinctive contemporary songwriters. Described as “Australia’s PJ Harvey… possessing the punch of Cat Power and the wise words of Joni Mitchell” (Courier Mail) Thorne combines spacious, gritty rock n roll and startlingly original dark-folk, with that signature warmth and intimacy for which her live shows have become so renowned. With 7 full length albums and 3 EP’s…

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$7

Nick Leet

October 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Nick Leet was a founding member and chief songwriter of High on Stress. Leet’s “heart on his sleeve” approach to songwriting has been praised by local and international music scribes as well as numerous Minneapolis rock n’ roll luminaries. His solo shows are often filled with biting humor and songs that are honest, refreshing and can pack a punch.

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$8

Machinery Hill – Halloween

October 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Spend Halloween with Machinery Hill. Minnesota’s scariest band. This Minneapolis-based band takes their name from the Minnesota State Fair’s large display of farm equipment. Their original style blends American folk with unexpected touches of ska, klezmer, celtic and a bit of rock & roll. If you look up “diverse” in the dictionary, it says “see Machinery Hill.” Catchy original songs with well-crafted lyrics are showcased along with striking interpretations of traditional tunes. They have performed along with such diverse acts…

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November 2014
$7

Hannah von der Hoff + Sc Mira

November 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Hannah von der Hoff Soulful vocals that incite and excite. Visceral jazz and blues choices on a semi-hollowbody. Stories journaled and juiced, backboned by dynamic drummer, Carlos Monserrate.   Sc Mira’s musical tapestry is a seamless weaving of folk, alt-country, rock, and indie pop. Their upcoming debut EP, Waiting Room Baby, showcases simple but savory folk-inspired instrumentation framing and keeping focus on Sc’s voice and poetry. The overall product on record is sweet but haunting, bold but brittle. Live, though, those same songs…

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12/$15

Peter Bradley Adams + Callaghan

November 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Peter Bradley Adams 9PM $12 advance tickets/$15 at the door You can purchase an advance ticket by clicking this link. “…one of the most consistently eloquent and pleasing singer / songwriters on the scene. Indeed, his brand of musical melancholy is so specific and evocative that, sometimes, listening through his catalog is the only way to survive a moment or a day.” – No Depression “…Adams fuses intimate, emotionally powerful lyrics with graceful, low-key roots-based indie folk on his fifth…

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$10

Tim Sparks + Phil Heywood

November 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Tim Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music “Fresh, exotic, and totally cool.”, Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it “rich and sensuous”, and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says “He’s really one of the best musicians I know.” From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical…

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$10

Matthew Mayfield + Garrison Star

November 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Birmingham native, Matthew Mayfield, started his musical journey in 1992 when he fell in love with Guns N’ Roses. It was at 9 years old that he decided that he was going to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Matthew Mayfield has a series of critically acclaimed releases to his credit, including his latest, Irons In The Fire (2013). Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, The Weeks), it was hailed by AbsolutePunk.net as “a fantastic showcase of Mayfield’s talents and a great step forward.”…

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$6

American Pleasure Dome + Rearranging the Furniture

November 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

American Pleasure Dome is an Indie Rock band from Minneapolis Mn. The band has an edgy rock vibe; you can hear musical influences from bands such as The Cars, Guided by Voices, and the Pixies. They play a unique blend of music including all original songs crafted by songwriter Hans Schumacher, along with a few well-chosen cover tunes. The band features Hans Schumacher (Acoustic Roots/T-Wold and the New Old)-Guitar/Lead vocals, Park Evans (These Modern Socks, New Primitives, Firebell)-Lead Guitar, Brenda Shepherd…

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