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February 2016
$5

Steele Arundel Monday Night Residency

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

Steele Arundel is a romantic singer-songwriter, ambling in the footsteps of Josh Rouse, Harry Nilsson, and Paul McCartney. Shades of folk, pop, and soul drift though the L.A. canyons of the ’70’s in Steele’s debut release “Cloudhouse”–mystical dreamscapes, floating harmonies, and sweet melodies lay relaxing in the sunshine. The venue assumes no responsibility for those of you who fall in love during the show, or re-fall in love, or find yourselves falling in love with Steele’s backing band, the notorious…

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Free

Minnesota Songwriter Showcase

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

The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is excited to announce our newest venue, the renowned Aster Café in Minneapolis! The Showcase will take place here every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Established in 2004, the MSS is the longest running showcase of its kind in the Midwest and features many of the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming and veteran songwriters. “The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s open mic nights, as hosted by songwriter/musician/tech Nick…

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$15

Dan Navarro

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

Dan started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more… In the 1990s, he recorded and toured with Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned smoothly into a growing…

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$7

Billy Johnson

February 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
BillyJohnsonCD Release

Billy Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis. Billywas 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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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with The High 48s

February 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
High48sDecember15

As traditional bluegrass bands go, The High 48s are about as non-traditional as they come. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. In a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the festival favorites.

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$10

dVRG REDEFINED + Chastity Brown & Crescent Moon (Kill the Vultures)

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

Special Valentine’s Day edition of REDEFINED. What’s special, mostly the day. And you, you’re a special one. deVon R. Gray may be the world’s last cultural enigma. The multi-instrumentalist, classically trained composer is as comfortable writing orchestral and operatic works as he is churning out jazz riffs and hip-hop bravado. And he does it all so effortlessly even he is unaware that he’s working. While many creators spend hours perfecting their craft & skills, dVRG, as he is known, envisions…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

February 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
PattyAndTheButtonsNewLogo2015

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

Valentine’s Day with Romantica

February 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster River Room,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414
ROMANTICA

Join us as beloved local alt-country band (and aptly named) Romantica helps us celebrate Valentine’s Day in the River Room. Not only will they provide us with the perfect soundtrack for wooing lovers new and old, we will also have the privilege of commemorating their newly-released album. This event is sure to sell out. TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING THIS LINK Doors at 8, show begins at 9. Please note that there will not be food service in the River Room…

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$5

Steele Arundel Monday Night Residency

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
steele

Steele Arundel is a romantic singer-songwriter, ambling in the footsteps of Josh Rouse, Harry Nilsson, and Paul McCartney. Shades of folk, pop, and soul drift though the L.A. canyons of the ’70’s in Steele’s debut release “Cloudhouse”–mystical dreamscapes, floating harmonies, and sweet melodies lay relaxing in the sunshine. The venue assumes no responsibility for those of you who fall in love during the show, or re-fall in love, or find yourselves falling in love with Steele’s backing band, the notorious…

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Free

Minnesota Songwriter Showcase

February 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
MN_Songwriter_Showcase

The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is excited to announce our newest venue, the renowned Aster Café in Minneapolis! The Showcase will take place here every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Established in 2004, the MSS is the longest running showcase of its kind in the Midwest and features many of the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming and veteran songwriters. “The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s open mic nights, as hosted by songwriter/musician/tech Nick…

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$7

Andriana Lehr + Sarah Morris

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

Saint Paul based singer/songwriter Andriana Lehr has been playing locally, albeit sparingly for the last 8 years. Lehr relocated to the Twin Cities from South Dakota in 2004 to study voice at the University of Minnesota School of Music. A self-proclaimed “opera school drop-out,” she has spent subsequent years working, learning, and soul-searching only to come back around to pursuing music as a primary vocation. After spending much of 2013 focusing solely on music, Lehr’s musicianship and vocal prowess have…

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$7

Family Three

February 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
FamilyThree2015

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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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with The High 48s

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
High48sDecember15

As traditional bluegrass bands go, The High 48s are about as non-traditional as they come. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. In a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the festival favorites.

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$8

Ben Glaros & the Infinite Electric + Chris Perricelli (Little Man)

February 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, NOVEMBER 23: Fathom Lane perform at their Vinyl release show at Icehouse on November 23, 2013 in Minneapolis. (C) Tony Nelson

Ben Glaros and the Infinite Electric with very special guest Chris Perricelli (Little Man) Master guitarist and singer/songwriter Ben Glaros returns to the Aster, this time to crank up with his new trio the Infinite Electric.  Featuring Paul Boblett (Fathom Lane, King James Version) on bass and Billy Thommes (Johnny Lang, Galactic Cowboy Orchestra) on drums, the Infinite Electric bring colorful new dimensions to Ben’s songs, and their instrumental explorations can go virtually anywhere from grungy country blues to power pop/punk…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
PattyAndTheButtonsNewLogo2015

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

Kelly Blau

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
Kelly Blau

Kelly Blau is an up and coming jazz guitarist from the Twin Cities. Influenced by jazz guitar greats John Scofield and Julian Lage. Blau began playing blues and jazz at a very young age, performing in college jazz ensembles and Indie bands in southern Minnesota for the past five years. His style blends elements of jazz, blues and bluegrass. He got his start with the Americana group Jaybone Bell and Restless Light and is now adding his unique style to…

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$5

Steele Arundel Monday Night Residency

February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
steele

Steele Arundel is a romantic singer-songwriter, ambling in the footsteps of Josh Rouse, Harry Nilsson, and Paul McCartney. Shades of folk, pop, and soul drift though the L.A. canyons of the ’70’s in Steele’s debut release “Cloudhouse”–mystical dreamscapes, floating harmonies, and sweet melodies lay relaxing in the sunshine. The venue assumes no responsibility for those of you who fall in love during the show, or re-fall in love, or find yourselves falling in love with Steele’s backing band, the notorious…

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Free

Minnesota Songwriter Showcase

February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
MN_Songwriter_Showcase

The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is excited to announce our newest venue, the renowned Aster Café in Minneapolis! The Showcase will take place here every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Established in 2004, the MSS is the longest running showcase of its kind in the Midwest and features many of the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming and veteran songwriters. “The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s open mic nights, as hosted by songwriter/musician/tech Nick…

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$7

Casey Dubie + MISCH

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

Casey Dubie is a folk/pop artist from Vermont. She has released two EP’s and recently finished her third, which was produced in Nashville, set to release mid November 2015. Her sound has evolved from folky singer/songwriter to moody and percussive with some electronic elements. She is known for her rich use of analogies, using imagery to invite the audience to process and name experiences.

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$22

Charlie Mars

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

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. Tickets are available by clicking this link Charlie Mars has…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with The High 48s

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
High48sDecember15

As traditional bluegrass bands go, The High 48s are about as non-traditional as they come. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. In a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the festival favorites.

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$22

Charlie Mars

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

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. Tickets are available by clicking this link Charlie Mars has…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
PattyAndTheButtonsNewLogo2015

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

Paul Renz

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

Paul Renz music keeps surprising, with stylistically diverse, finely honed tunes, sometimes taut and tuneful, and sometimes open-ended and unpredictable. You name the jazz genre and PRQ is all over it, blending bebop, funk, Latin, straight ahead swing, and plenty of blues. “Renz’s compositions and fretwork alike exult in unveiling intriguing melodic and rhythmic angles with insouciant charm, knocking out listeners with subtle firepower hidden in a splendid vocabulary of feints and finesse.” -Rick Mason, City Pages  “Guitarist Paul Renz…

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March 2016
Free

Minnesota Songwriter Showcase

March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
MN_Songwriter_Showcase

The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is excited to announce our newest venue, the renowned Aster Café in Minneapolis! The Showcase will take place here every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Established in 2004, the MSS is the longest running showcase of its kind in the Midwest and features many of the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming and veteran songwriters. “The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s open mic nights, as hosted by songwriter/musician/tech Nick…

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$5

Maybe Nebraska + Kerns and Shelly

March 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
Kerns And Shelly

Kerns & Shelly focus their songwriting as a spicy mélange of rock, pop, colorful chord progressions, and high-energy harmonies to push the boundaries of modern pop and rock. Their 10+ year career together has honed their vocal blending and stage presence. Crafted songs and tight harmonies melded with off-beat subject matter such as baptism, small towns of celebrities, facebook posts, and bad movies starring Andie McDowell and Hugh Grant make them a unique listening experience. Maybe Nebraska is a duo,…

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$7

Machinery Hill

March 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
MachineryHill

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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$7

Andy Cook Album Release Show

March 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
Andy Cook Jan16

Andy Cook’s self-titled, debut EP presents simple styling and honest songwriting, brought to life with rawness and grit. Andy’s first dream was to be a hockey goaltender, one that lasted through college and displayed the hidden drive and passion now showcased in his music. Having not played the guitar just four years ago, Andy’s quiet demeanor is belied by his fast-strumming, energy-filled playing. Andy’s lyrics open the door to a determined optimism always trying to break free of doubt, disappointment…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
PattyAndTheButtonsNewLogo2015

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

Kari Arnett + Ben Miller

March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
Kari Arnett Jan16

http://www.kariarnett.com Kari Arnett is an Americana artist based in the Twin Cities. Her country tinged music will showcase her affinity for lonesome melodies, passionate vocals, and honest, narrative songwriting. Arnett’s songs tend to draw from influences such as Emmylou Harris and Brandi Carlile. Fans who have fallen head over heels for her material can expect that signature Alt-Country, Roots sound to deliver and grow. Ben Miller sings honky tonk numbers and sad songs in Minneapolis country rock band The Federales.…

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$5

Michael Howard + Nici Pepper

March 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
Michael Howard Jan16

Michael Howard is a songwriter born and raised in the wilds of Alaska. Spinning “stand-out folk songs” Michael brings energy, passion, and a “fierceness in his music” to each of his performances (Anchorage PRESS). He is currently touring in support of his second-full length album “The Martyr and the Magician”. Michael was recently selected as a finalist in the NPR Mountain Stage Radio Show NewSong competition (2014). In his short career he has shared the stage with talented songwriters including…

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Free

Minnesota Songwriter Showcase

March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
MN_Songwriter_Showcase

The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is excited to announce our newest venue, the renowned Aster Café in Minneapolis! The Showcase will take place here every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Established in 2004, the MSS is the longest running showcase of its kind in the Midwest and features many of the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming and veteran songwriters. “The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s open mic nights, as hosted by songwriter/musician/tech Nick…

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$8

Josh Harty CD Release Show + Brianna Lane

March 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
Josh Harty Jan16

Josh Harty’s unique blend of American music has become a must see for those who keep the tradition of country, blues and folk close to their hearts. Born and raised on the plains of North Dakota, Josh has continued the old family occupation of playing guitar, developed in the church halls and smoky rooms of the great midwest. In the past decade Josh has put out three critically acclaimed solo albums and two duo albums (“12 August” with John Statz…

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$15

The Ericksons + Dusty Heart

March 11 @ 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
Ericksons Jan16

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. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK Lush harmonies and lyrical poetry…

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$15

Ericksons + Dusty Heart

March 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
Ericksons Jan16

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. TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING THIS LINK Lush harmonies and lyrical…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 13 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
PattyAndTheButtonsNewLogo2015

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

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

Phil Heywood plays fingerstyle guitar with a bluesy swing and a bucketful of whatever it takes to turn an instrumental piece into an arresting lyrical narrative. His lucid playing encompasses the down-home rhythmic groove of a Mississippi John Hurt or Leadbelly, and the sheer fluidity and melodic flair of such contemporaries as Leo Kottke. The internationally renowned Kottke, in fact, once handpicked Heywood to tour and perform duets with him. A soul-satisfying instrumentalist, Phil draws listeners in with his voice…

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Free

Minnesota Songwriter Showcase

March 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
MN_Songwriter_Showcase

The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is excited to announce our newest venue, the renowned Aster Café in Minneapolis! The Showcase will take place here every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Established in 2004, the MSS is the longest running showcase of its kind in the Midwest and features many of the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming and veteran songwriters. “The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s open mic nights, as hosted by songwriter/musician/tech Nick…

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$5

Tom Hipps

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

No one ever said “Don‘t quit your day job!” to Tom Hipps…so he went ahead and did just that. After a 20-year career detour into the property management field, Tom has now come back full-time to his heart‘s desire, his gift, his passion: writing catchy yet meaningful folk/pop songs, making records, and entertaining audiences. With four albums and several singles to his credit, radio airplay on dozens of stations, and more live performances under his belt than he can remember…

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$7

Family Three

March 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
FamilyThree2015

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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$10

Vicky Emerson + Ryan Lee

March 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
VickyEmerson2014

Americana singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, recently 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 that her…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
PattyAndTheButtonsNewLogo2015

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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$7

Hunter Fraser

March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
HunterFraserDec15

Hunter Fraser is a singer/songwriter from the Midwest writing and performing songs of his stories and heart. With pop, folk and rock influences, his songs take on an intimate, rhythmic feel with varied instrumentations based on the venue and performance. Fraser brings thought, and story to each song with mind-catching lyrics while drawing from familiar musical influences such as Mat Kearny, Jon Foreman, Ben Rector and Ed Sheeran.

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Free

Minnesota Songwriter Showcase

March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
MN_Songwriter_Showcase

The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is excited to announce our newest venue, the renowned Aster Café in Minneapolis! The Showcase will take place here every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Established in 2004, the MSS is the longest running showcase of its kind in the Midwest and features many of the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming and veteran songwriters. “The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s open mic nights, as hosted by songwriter/musician/tech Nick…

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$8

Art Vandalay + Mother Banjo

March 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
ArtVandalay2014

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. www.artvandalaytunes.wordpress.com Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a songwriter originally from New England. Called “an outstanding…

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$5

The Fairfields + Shawn Stelton

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

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 the…

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$7

Paper Days

March 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
PaperDays2015

The Paper Days are a five-piece folk rock band based out of Minneapolis. The band has developed their sound through collaborative songwriting and found their musical niche in the twin cities folk community. Playing regularly around town, the bandhas earned a reputation for their signature four-part harmonies and high-energy performances. The band’s first EP, “Northern Sky” was released independently in 2014 and is available for download at http://thepaperdays.bandcamp.com/album/northern-sky. On April 3rd the band will be taking the stage at the…

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Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
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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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Minnesota Songwriter Showcase

March 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
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The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is excited to announce our newest venue, the renowned Aster Café in Minneapolis! The Showcase will take place here every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Established in 2004, the MSS is the longest running showcase of its kind in the Midwest and features many of the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming and veteran songwriters. “The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s open mic nights, as hosted by songwriter/musician/tech Nick…

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