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July 2015
$10

Laney Jones and the Spirits

July 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

“this is beautiful … She’s on to something original, that as an artist she’s on to something new… You got it going on and I can’t wait to see what you’re gonna do next!” – Alison Krauss, speaking about Laney on PBS’s Great Performances “… a thing that brims with as much sweet innocence as it does rich craft.” -Orlando Weekly Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, FL, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure…

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$5

The Meadows

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

Wendy Lewis (Rhea Valentine, Redstart, The Bad Plus), Pete Linman (North Equator Nine, Idedit, Rhea Valentine), and Jeff Waryan (Figures, Spirit House Trio) have shared rock bands, stages and studios. They found each other again in The Meadows.

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$5

Zach Schmidt and friends

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

Drummer Zach Schmidt began percussion studies at age four, and attended the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, where he performed with guest artists Greg Bissonette, Rueben Alvarez, and Frank Mantooth. In the Twin Cities, Zach attended McNally Smith, studying with Dave Schmalenberger, Michael Pilhofer, Dave Stanoch, Marv Dahlgren, Bobby Stanton and Gordy Knutson. Equally adept on both drums and keyboards, Zach keeps busy with the Cory Wong Quartet and performances with Billy Franze, Zack Lozier, “Downtown” Bill Brown, Chris…

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$7

Billy Johnson

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

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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$15

Doug MacLeod + Jeff Arundel

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

Doug MacLeod, winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Acoustic Album Of The Year (There’s A Time), the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year, and perennial Blues Music Award nominee, is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist born in the blues and rooted in the American tradition. Jeff Arundel opens the night

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

July 12 @ 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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$8

Sawtooth Brothers

July 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Dazzling audiences with precision picking and sharp harmonies developed over 8 years of playing, performing, and growing up together as the Sawtooth Bluegrass Band, Clint, Ethan, Jesse, and Luke have created a strong musical rapport with one another, which is now channeled through their infectious original material under a new name, the Sawtooth Brothers. The sound of the Sawtooth Brothers is rooted in traditional bluegrass instrumental and harmony work and is influenced by the modern acoustic sounds of Nickel Creek,…

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$5

The Meadows

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

Wendy Lewis (Rhea Valentine, Redstart, The Bad Plus), Pete Linman (North Equator Nine, Idedit, Rhea Valentine), and Jeff Waryan (Figures, Spirit House Trio) have shared rock bands, stages and studios. They found each other again in The Meadows.

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$10

Ian Kimmel and The Heard

July 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

In the music world where, across genres, “many are called but few are chosen’” it’s far from a stretch to opine “beware; there’s little room at the top.” Now, enter young Ian Kimmel who (I’ll put it all on the line, now) is gifted with the all the tools it’s going to take to earn his place rightfully among the chosen few in the small room. Considering that music a language, Ian grew up in a home truly bi­lingual. Granted,…

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$7

Family Three

July 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

So… Family Three. Who are we? Well, we are a blindie-soulk band. Yes, that’s a new genre. It’s a hybrid of blues-indie-soul-folk. That’s the best we could come up with. We are made up of three friends: Tony Lehr, Taylor Bongard, and Tawny Steinmeyer. We are very acoustic and like to keep it raw and honest. Our nights of music typically include a mix of covers, originals, and plenty of time for stories and conversation with the crowd, or as…

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$12

Faun Fables

July 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

And after a long season of being home and keeping all matters close to the hearth & groaning board, we fauns are beginning to prepare for the warm traveling season ahead, looking up at the horizon: singing, sewing, cleaning, packing, hitting shiny things.. and making sure our engines are all properly fired. I’m taking a two-fold path this time; touring with Faun Fables for our love of the road, and touring with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy for our record ‘What the…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

July 19 @ 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

Dan Navarro

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

Advance tickets available by clicking this link. Seating is limited in the Aster Cafe. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, please make a reservation by calling this number: 612.379.3138 If you do not have a table reservation, you may sit at the bar, or there will be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Dan…

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$5

The Meadows

July 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Wendy Lewis (Rhea Valentine, Redstart, The Bad Plus), Pete Linman (North Equator Nine, Idedit, Rhea Valentine), and Jeff Waryan (Figures, Spirit House Trio) have shared rock bands, stages and studios. They found each other again in The Meadows.

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$8

Vicky Emerson + Ellen Stanley (Mother Banjo) + Katy Vernon + Sarah Morris

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

Vicky Emerson: Americana singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, relocated to Minneapolis after living in New York City and San Francisco. The evening will be filled with her honeysuckle voice and trademark blending of folk and blues. She will be joined on stage by her talented band including Matt Patrick (Greycoats, John Mark Nelson), Aaron Fabbrini (Sarah Groves) and Steve Goold (Sara Bareilles, Owl City.) “Her songs thoughtfully reflect on love and loss… with graceful turns of phrase and affecting, country tinged melodies…

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$7

The Fairfields + Shawn Stelton

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

Often dubbed a “psychedelic pop band,” The Fairfields have been playing throughout the Twin Cities area since their formation in 2010. With a music style and dream-pop lyrics comparable to The Byrds, The Church, Rubber Soul era Beatles,, surf-rock, this band is gaining public attention for their distinct sound. Shawn Stelton is a local Twin Cities singer/songwriting. Being musically busy is important to Shawn and he has performed in various bands and solo projects. Recently, Shawn has taken part in…

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$7

Brad Senne + Molly Dean

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

Channeling the spirit of the Midwest plains on which he was raised, Brad Senne plays a mellow brand of acoustic Americana music in the vein of Iron & Wine and Bob Dylan. ‘..writing for both guitar and piano,the primacy of her sultry vocals continues to drive her songs with sincerity and delicate passion. Her music has been described as a “deceptively simple” and her presence “enrapturing”- a songstress that eschews archetypal female folkisms with sexy, subtle rebellion…’

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

July 26 @ 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

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

July 26 @ 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 features 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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$5

The Meadows

July 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Wendy Lewis (Rhea Valentine, Redstart, The Bad Plus), Pete Linman (North Equator Nine, Idedit, Rhea Valentine), and Jeff Waryan (Figures, Spirit House Trio) have shared rock bands, stages and studios. They found each other again in The Meadows.

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$7

Brianna Lane + J.W. Schuller

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

Brianna Lane is a gifted singer/songwriter in true Americana form. She writes and performs on acoustic guitar, banjo and ukelele, crafting songs that are clear-eyed and pure – with an integrity derived from her gritty, unflinching emotional honesty. J.W. Schuller is a singer, guitar slinger and purveyor of quirky indie folk pop. Riftmagazine.com called his solo debut “an original from beginning to end that occupies a space within your playlist that didn’t exist before.

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$8

Sudden Lovelys

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

The Sudden Lovelys describe their unique and earnest sound as Aggressive Folk. Daniel writes, plays guitar, ferociously sings, and kicks a vintage red suitcase. Paige also sings, slaps a cymbal with a tambourine, and plays a slew of funky hand percussion. While performing, their biggest joy is the connection shared with a responsive audience. There is a humble passion and honesty in their live show that can not be denied.

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August 2015
$10

Mike Mangione & The Union

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

Mike Mangione & The Union is an orchestral folk band led by songwriter Mike Mangione and his brother and lead guitarist Thomas. The Mangione brothers grew up playing together in Chicago. With roots in folk and blues, the Mangione brothers began writing and touring their music in 2004. Over the years, they began adding musicians including violin, cello, upright bass and drums, eventually developing the orchestral folk sound they are known for. The brothers first record, “There and Back” was…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 2 @ 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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$10

Tim Sparks + Phil Heywood

August 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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$7

Anna Marie Mitchell + Jim Walsh + Andre Rodriguez | songwriter circle

August 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States
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$10

Tex Pistols

August 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Tex Pistols Band couldn’t be much further from Texas, and nobody in the band is from Texas, but that doesn’t stop these five Minneapolis vets of stage and studio from producing and performing some seriously kick butt music.  The sound is classic yet new all at once.  Shades of Neil Young and John Hiatt,Bonnie Raitt and The Mavericks, throw in some Joss Stone, Beatles and Little Feat and you get “The Tex Pistols Band”.

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 9 @ 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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$10

Sarah Donner

August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

“Artistically eccentric, powerful, real and entertaining. She is an infectious artist that knows how to sing you a song, and occupy a special place in your heart with her amazing and vivid artistry. ” – Indie Music Digest “Donner breaks that mold by being herself. Donner has the courage to write and sing about songs she believes in – and lets the chips fall where they may. No smoke and mirrors, just music straight from a voice a guitar and…

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$8

Art Vandalay + Stacy Lee

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

Art Vandalay: Art Vandalay plays a healthy mix of Neil Young inspired roots rock, laid-back country folk and well-crafted lyrics that make their shows some of the most entertaining in town. Their songs hit on everything from hitchhiking brides to pearl snap shirts, swaying between easy bossa nova grooves, indie-rock drive and gritty folk-rock to create a unique sound all their own. Stacy Lee: Mesmerizing and introspective, Stacy’s music has a familiarity that even though you’re hearing it for the…

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$8

Laura Nicholson

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

Singer-songwriter, Laura Nicholson is proud to announce that her first album was released this past June on iTunes. Over the past two years, the songstress traveled back and fourth to Nashville, TN to write and record her debut album. Nicholson teamed up with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters including songwriter/producer Rollie Gaalswyk (Cassedee Pope “Wasting All These Tears”) and songwriter Caitlyn Smith (Meghan Trainor, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts). Nicholson graduated from college this year and plans to explore…

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10/$12

Callaghan

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

Seating is limited in the Aster Cafe. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, please make a reservation by calling this number: 612.379.3138 If you do not have a table reservation, you may sit at the bar, or there will be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Advance tickets available at this link. Originally from…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 16 @ 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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$8

Bill and Kate Isles

August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound…

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$12

Kami Lyle

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

“Marilyn meets Miles”… Cape Cod Times “Pure cool.”… USA Today Alternative pop with a splash of jazz. Written and performed by Berklee grad Kami Lyle (singer/songwriter/trumpeter/pianist). A product of Minneapolis, Kami now enjoys living and writing on Cape Cod. In addition to her solo albums, Kami plays trumpet and sings on many recordings, including cd’s of Patty Griffin, Julie Miller, NRBQ, and most recently, “Mewgenics” a video game about cats. A winner of several songwriting awards, her voice and songs…

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$10

Dick Kimmel & Co.

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

Veteran performer and triple hall-of-famer, Dick Kimmel, takes center stage with this 5-piece bluegrass ensemble. Dick Kimmel, “The Ambassador of Bluegrass,” has played, recorded, and promoted bluegrass internationally for more than 50 years with such artists as Del McCoury, Hazel Dickens, and his ‘& Co’ band configurations. He was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The band features singer/songwriter/guitarist – Tony Rook, ace banjo man – Graham Sones, upright bassist – Terry Johnson, and Dick’s 17-year-old…

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$7

Machinery Hill + The Sons

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

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 as Beausoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco, Frente, Phish, Black 47,…

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20/$25

Charlie Mars Aster Residency

August 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Seating is limited in the Aster Cafe. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, please make a reservation by calling this number: 612.379.3138 If you do not have a table reservation, you may sit at the bar, or there will be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Advance tickets available by clicking this link. Charlie…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 23 @ 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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$8

The Prams CD release + Hi-Fi Cali

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

Minneapolis based “vibey-folk” duo, The Prams, will release their debut self-titled album on August 27th. The Prams, comprised of the young married duo Jesse and Alta Keller, have gracefully merged folk roots with electronic overtones to create a unique sound layered with perfectly tailored harmonies. The Prams have been writing and recording together since 2011, including a Christmas EP, an original song for a documentary shown in theaters across the nation (Travis: A Soldiers Story), a 2-song EP “Monsters &…

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$7

Family Three

August 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

So… Family Three. Who are we? Well, we are a blindie-soulk band. Yes, that’s a new genre. It’s a hybrid of blues-indie-soul-folk. That’s the best we could come up with. We are made up of three friends: Tony Lehr, Taylor Bongard, and Tawny Steinmeyer. We are very acoustic and like to keep it raw and honest. Our nights of music typically include a mix of covers, originals, and plenty of time for stories and conversation with the crowd, or as…

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20/$25

Charlie Mars Aster Residency

August 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Seating is limited in the Aster Cafe. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, please make a reservation by calling this number: 612.379.3138 If you do not have a table reservation, you may sit at the bar, or there will be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Advance tickets available by clicking this link. Charlie…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 30 @ 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,…

Find out more »
$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

August 30 @ 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 features 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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September 2015
$5

Murzik

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

Murzik’s style of Dark Folk combines​ ​accordion, violin, acoustic guitar and baritone singing to create romantic waltzes, chamber pop and Eastern​ ​European influenced songs. Murzik is based in Minneapolis. They have performed from LA to NYC, have been featured on MPR’s All​ ​Things Considered, and have graced stages ranging from First Ave’s Main Room to fan’s living rooms. They​ ​are currently working on their fifth studio album due out in 2015.

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20/$25

Charlie Mars Aster Residency

September 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Seating is limited in the Aster Cafe. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, please make a reservation by calling this number: 612.379.3138 If you do not have a table reservation, you may sit at the bar, or there will be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Advance tickets available by clicking this link. Charlie…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 6 @ 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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$10

Luke Redfield + Mary Bue

September 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

LUKE REDFIELD “A modern twist on the troubadour traditions of Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Luke Redfield has been crisscrossing the U.S. for nearly a decade, taking up home in Texas, Colorado, Alaska, and as an intrepid drifter on the Pacific Coast, where he washed dishes and sang for his supper. Redfield’s life on the road has led to a unique brand of “Ragged-but-right” (A.V. Club) “Soulful folk” (Paste Magazine), with songwriting steeped in transcendental reverie on…

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$5

Dedric Clark and the Social Animals – CD release

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

Like a kitten clawing at your door as twilight approaches, Dedric Clark and the Social Animals are just begging for you to pick them up, listen to them purr, and post pictures of them on the Internet. Their unique blend of rock, Americana, classic pop, and alt-country leaves room for any palette to be delightfully pleased. Unless you’re a bad person, then yes, you will like it. Dedric Clark and the Social Animal’s are touring behind a brand new album…

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$5

Murzik

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

Murzik’s style of Dark Folk combines​ ​accordion, violin, acoustic guitar and baritone singing to create romantic waltzes, chamber pop and Eastern​ ​European influenced songs. Murzik is based in Minneapolis. They have performed from LA to NYC, have been featured on MPR’s All​ ​Things Considered, and have graced stages ranging from First Ave’s Main Room to fan’s living rooms. They​ ​are currently working on their fifth studio album due out in 2015.

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$6

Chris Silver & the Good Intentions Bluegrass Band

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

Led by Chris Silver, The Good Intentions are inspired by the sounds of Hot Rize,Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Tony Rice, and JD. Crowe. The Good Intentions deliver traditional bluegrass with polish and drive. The band plays songs from the bluegrass masters as well as material penned by Silver. Soulful original arrangements of their songs have already established the band in the hearts of the Midwest bluegrass community. Their success is based on the complimentary picking and singing skills of some…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 13 @ 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

Murzik

September 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Murzik’s style of Dark Folk combines​ ​accordion, violin, acoustic guitar and baritone singing to create romantic waltzes, chamber pop and Eastern​ ​European influenced songs. Murzik is based in Minneapolis. They have performed from LA to NYC, have been featured on MPR’s All​ ​Things Considered, and have graced stages ranging from First Ave’s Main Room to fan’s living rooms. They​ ​are currently working on their fifth studio album due out in 2015.

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 20 @ 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

Murzik

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

Murzik’s style of Dark Folk combines​ ​accordion, violin, acoustic guitar and baritone singing to create romantic waltzes, chamber pop and Eastern​ ​European influenced songs. Murzik is based in Minneapolis. They have performed from LA to NYC, have been featured on MPR’s All​ ​Things Considered, and have graced stages ranging from First Ave’s Main Room to fan’s living rooms. They​ ​are currently working on their fifth studio album due out in 2015.

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$12

Becky Schlegel

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

Becky Schlegel has a gift for taking life’s experiences and transforming them into songs that are passionate and unique. Her music is a fusion of folk, bluegrass and country that is mesmerizing. Schlegel sings with an effortless, angelic and wistful soprano that has been described as “Clear and expressive. [Her] voice can go gritty at times or break appropriately or soar to ethereal heights or drift off in a whisper.” – Bluegrass Unlimited

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 27 @ 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

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

September 27 @ 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 features 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 2015
$8

Bill Giese

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

The imagery, tones, and cadences in Grammy nominated Bill Giese’s music stand in sharp contrast to what one might expect from a current Twin Cities based singer/songwriter. The raspy drawl of his voice and rhythmic processional folk/country instrumentation sound reminiscent of some rugged Texas troubadours of decades past. From his days performing on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion as a member of Stoney Lonesome Bluegrass Band to the present, Bill has been compiling a large catalogue of handcrafted, Americana,…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 4 @ 10:00 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 11 @ 10:00 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 18 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 25 @ 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,…

Find out more »
$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

October 25 @ 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 features 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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