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April 2015
$7

A Piano In Every Home

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

Travis Erickson and Jake Pavek of A Piano In Every Home taught each other how to make music. Through their formative years, the duo wrote, recorded and traveled together. A common thread of musical training, messy affairs, and expeditions through the American West and Asia helped to fill a well of shared experience. Mark Kartarik and Jake Wallenius expanded the roster after the Meridian in late 2013. “Meridian is decisively straight-forward. Erickson’s well organized and often melancholic lyrics are biographical…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

April 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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$10

Naomi Marie + Luke Torg

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

Fueled by honest wonder and countless cups of coffee, singer/songwriter Naomi Marie writes of love, loss and life’s oscillating adventures. A self-taught guitar player and childhood piano student, Naomi began performing her original songs as an eager teenager in the lively twin cities music scene. Braving stages at fondly remembered venues such as the Quest Club Ascot Room and the Fireball Espresso Café, she was introduced to the power of authentic storytelling and art. Since then, she has journeyed from…

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$10

Amy Lavere & Will Sexton

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

Hailed by critics as “a uniquely Memphis blend of grit and delicacy” and “filled with just enough charm to melt the heart,” Amy LaVere is an American singer, songwriter, bass player, and storyteller. She has recorded four releases on the Archer Records label – This World Is Not My Home (2005), Anchors & Anvils (2007), an EP, Died of Love (2009), and Stranger Me (2011). The London Times says Amy “takes the audience into a world where R&B tunes, country…

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$5

Katy Vernon featuring opening set by Jourdan Myers

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

Katy Vernon is a Minneapolis / St. Paul based singer songwriter. She grew up in London, England and has been writing and singing as long as she can remember. it’s been the way she can get out some pretty serious personal notes about the loss of both her mother and father when she was a child. In 2010 Katy picked up a ukulele and this led to a whole new direction for her writing and performing. Katy’s heartfelt lyrics add…

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$6

Jon Rodine

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

Jon Rodine’s record “Last Star” is a song-driven collection of Americana, rooted in folk, r&b and country soul, and featuring an all-star cast of Midwestern musicians. “Rodine’s the star…a lazy soulful voice, and songs that tug hard on the heartstrings.”CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER- MPLS. STAR TRIBUNE – Acoustic Performer of the Year- CITY PAGES “Local Americana hero”- KFAI RADIO “Last Star is potent and deep…it amazes.” DAVID GREENBERGER,- DUPLEX PLANET

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$20

The Driftbenders

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

Joey Molland (Badfinger) & Phil Solem (The Rembrandts) are The Driftbenders, an Acoustic/Electric Power Duo. They’ll be doing stripped-down versions of their respective groups’ hits and selections of their individual solo music, with some classics by their influences thrown in for good measure.

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$7

Machinery Hill + The Sons

April 25 @ 8:30 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

April 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

April 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 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 is curated by local bassist Andrew Foreman.

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$5

Katy Vernon featuring opening set by Jourdan Myers

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Katy Vernon is a Minneapolis / St. Paul based singer songwriter. She grew up in London, England and has been writing and singing as long as she can remember. it’s been the way she can get out some pretty serious personal notes about the loss of both her mother and father when she was a child. In 2010 Katy picked up a ukulele and this led to a whole new direction for her writing and performing. Katy’s heartfelt lyrics add…

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$7

Korby Lenker

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

Finalist, Telluride Troubadour Competition 2013 Winner, Kerrville New Folk Contest 2012 Winner, International Songwriting Contest 2010 Winner, Merlefest Songwriting Competition 2006 Finalist Merlefest Songwriting Competition 2005 Winner, Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival 2004 Says tastemaker magazine No Depression, “One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn’t just play it, he becomes it — or maybe, it becomes a part of him.” Korby Lenker – firstborn son of a mortician and a…

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May 2015
$10

Vicky Emerson + Annie Fitzgerald

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

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

May 3 @ 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: TBA

May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Mercy Seat is a little church in NE MPLS that commissions original music from local musicians. They have received compositions from the likes of Chris Koza (Rogue Valley), Ben Kyle (Romantica), Holly Hanson (Zoo Animal), Linnea Mohn (Rogue Valley), John Hermanson (Story Hill), Grant Cutler, Scott Munson, Wes Burdine, and more. The first Sunday of every month, they bring some of their composers and their friends to the Aster for a rock show. Because rock shows are fun.

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$5

Wednesday Nights with Jim O’Neill & Friends

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

Twin Cities musician Jim O’Neill is presenting a Wednesday night series in May. Each week, he’ll be inviting friends to split the evening to present an eclectic mix of originals, covers, and improvisations. Jim’s core group will include drummer Peter Anderson (Ocean Blue, Honeydogs) & bassist Justin Hartke (Sleep Study, Emot). Over the years, Jim has plays keyboards with a slew of local singer-songwriters including Dan Israel, John Mark Nelson, Jillian Rae, Alison Scott, Brad Senne, and Emot. He also…

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$6

King Wilkie’s Dream

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

King Wilkie was Bill Monroe’s favorite horse and that horse had a dream. He dreamt of a band of string players who saluted bluegrass traditions as they rode into many musical pastures – keeping that hard-galloping bluegrass pulse and those “hillbilly jazz” licks all the while mixing in some roots, blues, country, Irish and soulful love songs. And now here we are – John Niemann, Robbi Podrug, Vaughn Asselstine and Shane Zack. Together we create a new sound and a…

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$7

The Melvilles

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

The Melvilles are a rare, serendipitous alignment of specks in a cluttered night sky. Six guys with mortgages, mouths to feed, orthopedic surgeons on speed-dial and six guys with a likeminded passion for making real music. The Melvilles make music with root and reason and reach. A band one decade in the making, listening to that disembodied voice shouting in our collective ear, “Get ye all to the basement and rehearse!”

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$15

Noah Hoehn

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

Noah Hoehn returns to the Aster Café to release his first solo album, NOAH. His journey began at the Aster with his Kickstarter campaign kickoff concert to fund the album. Now the Aster will play host to his first solo live-looping performance of the songs in the Twin Cities. Noah is a classically trained percussionist and an accomplished harmonica player as a three-time winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. His unique looping show has been featured on…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 10 @ 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

Paul Renz

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

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 additional quotes: “Guitarist…

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$5

Wednesday Nights with Jim O’Neill & Friends

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

Twin Cities musician Jim O’Neill is presenting a Wednesday night series in May. Each week, he’ll be inviting friends to split the evening to present an eclectic mix of originals, covers, and improvisations. Jim’s core group will include drummer Peter Anderson (Ocean Blue, Honeydogs) & bassist Justin Hartke (Sleep Study, Emot). Over the years, Jim has plays keyboards with a slew of local singer-songwriters including Dan Israel, John Mark Nelson, Jillian Rae, Alison Scott, Brad Senne, and Emot. He also…

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$6

Darryl Holter

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

L.A. based singer/songwriter Darrly Holter grew up in Minneapolis. His father, a self-taught guitarist and country-western music fan, bought a small guitar for Darryl when he was six. After learning a bunch of songs that he already knew from singing with his family, he began performing around Minnesota with a show sponsored by a charity organization. As a teenager, he became interested in the folk scene of the 1960s, often hitchhiking across the city to Dinkytown. Eventually he attended the…

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$7

The Billy Johnson Trio – with David J. Russ and Tom Peterson

May 15 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 17 @ 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

Wednesday Nights with Jim O’Neill & Friends

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

Twin Cities musician Jim O’Neill is presenting a Wednesday night series in May. Each week, he’ll be inviting friends to split the evening to present an eclectic mix of originals, covers, and improvisations. Jim’s core group will include drummer Peter Anderson (Ocean Blue, Honeydogs) & bassist Justin Hartke (Sleep Study, Emot). Over the years, Jim has plays keyboards with a slew of local singer-songwriters including Dan Israel, John Mark Nelson, Jillian Rae, Alison Scott, Brad Senne, and Emot. He also…

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$15

Jeffrey Foucault

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

“Jeffrey Foucault sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest.” – The New Yorker “There is an uncanny charm to this man that is as captivating as hearing Bruce Springsteen live… sounds of The Band and the night howls of Neil Young… but better than that is his fierce, undying and unwavering pull” – Huffington Post I take the small roads when I can. I hit the small rooms with a couple…

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$10

Jelloslave

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

Jelloslave, originally formed as a duo in 2003 by cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, became an established quartet with the addition of drummer Greg Schutte and Gary Waryan on tablas. Jelloslave is committed to creating original improvisational cello­driven music, as well as interpreting compositions of great songwriters and composers throughout history, from Bach to Led Zeppelin. Drawing from a highly trained classical foundation, and branching out to embrace extended techniques, outstanding grooves, unusual tone qualities, even squeaks and squawks,…

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$15

Patty and The Buttons featuring Connie Evingson

May 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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

May 24 @ 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

Ms. Betsy and Pauly D

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

Betsy Barta and Paul Dumas are a blues/jazz/folk duo from Minneapolis Minnesota, recently returned from the New Orleans music scene. A strong female vocalist paired with a gritty blues guitarist, their music is deeply planted in American roots. Their recent album “The Long Way Down” chronicles their experience hopping freight trains down south to follow their musical passion. The New Orleans street performing scene was a perfect fit for their music and now they are putting that unique energy on…

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$5

Wednesday Nights with Jim O’Neill & Friends

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

Twin Cities musician Jim O’Neill is presenting a Wednesday night series in May. Each week, he’ll be inviting friends to split the evening to present an eclectic mix of originals, covers, and improvisations. Jim’s core group will include drummer Peter Anderson (Ocean Blue, Honeydogs) & bassist Justin Hartke (Sleep Study, Emot). Over the years, Jim has plays keyboards with a slew of local singer-songwriters including Dan Israel, John Mark Nelson, Jillian Rae, Alison Scott, Brad Senne, and Emot. He also…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 31 @ 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

May 31 @ 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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