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July 2014
$5

Jana Anderson

July 17 @ 9:00 pm - August 7 @ 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Jana is making her own mark as an ‘original country/rock artist’, having headlined with her new CD, “Never Say Never” playing 4 shows in two days for several thousand people at the Minnesota State Fair at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell Labor Day weekend 2011.  This band has also played many concert festival stages, continues to do so, and has become a national act with her country music. As of October 2013, Jana’s modern country CD is being played on the…

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$6

Sarah Morris + Rachel Roberts

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

Sarah Morris captivates audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. Her lyrics have the unflinching honesty and poetic tenderness suggestive of Patty Griffin, sung with a strength and softness reminiscent of Norah Jones. Having spent several years honing her skills in Nashville, Sarah is now a regular in the Twin Cities music scene. Her country sensibility is enriched with her classical music roots producing a unique sound that, as she calls it, is “a little twang and a lot of heart.”  …

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$5

The Afterwhile

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

Expressive and Emotional. The Afterwhile is the harmonic result of family performing together. Captivating melodies intertwined with heartfelt story telling. The Afterwhile never leave their listeners disappointed, whether they’re in a small cafe, or in front of a big crowd. A unique blend of folk, funk, and blues, truly one of a kind!

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$10

Scottie Miller Band

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

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

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$15

Caitlyn Smith + Elizabeth Hunnicut

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

Caitlyn Smith is a country music artist/songwriter from Minnesota. Her songs have been recorded by a number of country musics biggest stars such as: Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Lady Antebellum. Smith also penned Cassadee Pope’s first hit single, “Wasting All These tears” and “Heart of Dixie” for Danielle Bradbery. She’s toured the country with American icon Willie Nelson, and will be spending the summer touring the US and opening for Sheryl Crow. Her undeniable ability…

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10/$12

Chris Koza + Will Hutchinson

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster River Room,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414

Chris Koza is a singer-songwriter-composer living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Critics have taken note ranging from local press: “The man’s got ‘pop’ down!” (Minnesota Monthly) to national attention: Paste Magazine calls Koza’s band Rogue Valley “one Minnesota’s best bands.” Koza performs nationally, supporting artists such as Brandi Carlile, The Jayhawks, Blitzen Trapper, Dan Wilson, Stephen Kellogg, and Tift Merritt.   Chris has recently completed work on a new solo album. The fresh 12-song set has yet to be officially titled or…

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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

July 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 will feature two new and unique sets of local indie musicians from different backgrounds collaborating on the spot. The artist lineup will be fluid and varied, drawing from indie circuits such as pop, rock, electronic, hip hop, r&b and jazz. The series will be curated by local bassist Andrew Foreman.

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$6

Dan Tedesco + Breathing Colors

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

Dan Tedesco is new beer served in old bottles. He’s old school with a young mind. He’s the cracks in the wood. He spends time on both sides of the coin. He’s the outlier in the room. He’s the voice from the dark edges of the dance floor. He’s the struggle. He’s the pursuit of the dream. He doesn’t chase material possessions. He doesn’t care about how much money he makes. He doesn’t care about traditional success. He ares about…

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$5

Xerxes Palomino + Parachute Empire

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

The band Xerxes Palomino started off much like the famed horse they were named after. Initially weak and misguided, the Palominos used the spirit of rock’n’roll and a passion for swimming to build themselves into a melody making machine. Though constantly driven forward by Heat’s drumming, the Palominos still pull off the gas and float some country inspired harmonies that even the finest birds of Lake Harriet can appreciate. These are songs your uncle will dance to and your grandma can sing in the shower. Always authentic,…

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August 2014
$7

Winterset

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

Minneapolis dream pop band Bora York released their debut album Dreaming Free through their singer Chris Bartels’ own record label Anthem Falls Music in late March 2013. The album is made up of large synth and electric guitar-driven orchestration, deep ambient textures, and immediately catchy melodies. Prior to and since the release, the album has garnered favorable attention from numerous radio stations, blogs, and publications, locally and around the world. Made up of Chris, his wife Rebekah, and good friends…

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$7

Dana Thompson & the North Coast

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

Dana Thompson recorded and toured internationally in support of her critically praised album Ox. She has also been featured on many compilations and has been a guest vocalist on many releases. In addition, she was voted best female vocalist by the City Pages. From jingles, to voice over to private parties and outdoor concerts, Dana’s Americana feel works magic on listeners. “Like [Iris]  DeMent, Thompson has a voice that is at once heartbreakingly fragile and startlingly robust. Every note she sings is somehow imbued with…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 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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$8

Gary Rue

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

A Gary Rue Performance is an ad lib, rapid-fire affair, riddled with a melodic cascade of personal favorites from his theatrical scores and pop triumphs, peppered with musical ideas (occasionally interrupted by an errant thought: he sometimes feels the need to explain the process), monologues on inspiration (and what does not inspire), oblique social commentary, and comic highs and lows (when good things happen to bad people), all thoroughly plumbed from the musical depths of guitar and a voice that soars, growl and bubbles within a…

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$5

HCMC: The New Prescriptions

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Music with a Mission! The first Mondays of the month are HCMC nights at the Aster!  Come celebrate our city’s public hospital with The New Prescriptions: doctors, nurses and other HCMC enthusiasts who have played coffee houses in the Cities for a number of years, and have played music nationally and internationally for many more. Come raise some money for HCMC programs for vulnerable patients while enjoying the sweet sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, original tunes, and songs by…

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$5

The Meadows

August 6 @ 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

Jeff Arundel + Ann Klein

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

Mr. Arundel returns to the Aster Cafe with his band of pseudo-rebels “the bahama boys”, in search of the early autumn winds that signal the start of the Melancholy Season. This youngster’s set will include many of his hits and near hits, and hits that were just in the wrong decade or they would have been hits, and some covers. The Boston Globe has called J.A. “an uncanny combination of James Taylor and Townes Van Zandt”, while Mr. Arundel himself…

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$8

BRIAN JUST BAND + JIM O’NEILL

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

Brian Just Band After releasing two contemplative folk EPs as a solo artist, Brian Just knew he needed to put together an eclectic band to reproduce the sounds for the new music he was hearing in his head. Enlisting some of the finest folk and jazz influenced talents in the Minneapolis music scene (including members of the Como Avenue Jug Band, The Brass Kings, Dan Israel and Corpse Reviver) the seven-piece Brian Just Band spent two years writing and recording…

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$5

Jackson Atkins

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

Jackson plays folk and blues music.  He has also been in several bands, but is probably best known as the guitarist and songwriter of The Goondas.

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$5

The Meadows

August 13 @ 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

American Pleasuredome + Faith Boblett

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

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

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$8

Sudden Lovelys

August 15 @ 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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$8

Matt Moberg

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

Raised in the air of Minnesota, the stories in the songs of artist Matt Moberg bring you to a better place. Influenced by the shadows of giants like Bob Dylan and David Wilcox, Moberg seeks to share stories in his music with a hope that authenticity is contagious and will spread. The sounds are soft yet strong, catchy yet substantial. The music of Matt Moberg is an adventure we all should chase.

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 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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$10

Pushing Chain

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

Pushing Chain was formed in 2012 by Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe. The duo, which has been performing together in various manifestations since 1997, plays roots and Americana music featuring Boyd on guitar and vocals and Adam on the fiddle and vocals. Pushing Chain plays original songs, covers of classic artists like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Nina Simone, and some fresh new takes on old folk songs. The duo also features tight harmonies and a gonzo approach which keeps…

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$5

The Meadows

August 20 @ 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

The Paper Days + Running Riot

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

The Paper Days combine folk instrumentation and storytelling with catchy pop melodies. Their signature four-part harmonies are the centerpiece of their performance. Lead singer Madeline Ramirez takes her audiences along with her as she tells stories through song. The Paper Days have recently made appearances at The Amsterdam, The Driftwood Char Bar and Cause. Cello, keyboard, ukulele, and a whackadoo! The Running Riot’s unique instrumentation, detailed songwriting and beautiful harmonies make for an evening to remember. Bouncing from folk to…

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$8

The Original Abdomen

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

THE ORIGINAL ABDOMEN is the 1960’s-styled garage rock trio of Jake Abdo, Matt Abdo and Ken Abdo.  With dad on drums and sons on guitar and keys, the band formed in the late-90’s with the front men as young teens.  The band was known in the local scene as it released 3 CDs and performed regularly.  In 2008, the band morphed into the sister-fronted sibling group, was re-named LYNHURST, moved to L.A. and toured the country for 3 years.  Upon…

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$7

Billy Johnson

August 23 @ 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

August 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

Coax From Chuckanut + Good Diction

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

Coax From Chuckanut is a two-piece, husband&wife, folk-pop musical duo (Ryan and Libby Sutherland) who are based in Northeast Minneapolis. Their sound has been described as “a more cartoonish Mates of State with a bit of Danielson Famile thrown in there.” “We write songs about marriage, Macaulay Culkin, and community.” They recently recorded an EP at the Sound Gallery studio in Minneapolis with engineer Jacob Mullis from Fort Wilson Riot. This will be their EP release show. This quirky, fun…

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$5

The Meadows

August 27 @ 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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$6

John Statz + Brianna Lane

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

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

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$7

Laura Nicholson

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

Minneapolis singer songwriter, Laura Nicholson brings her positive, adventurous approach to life into her music. “I love connecting to people through my music,” Nicholson says. “I write love songs, songs about the good times and the bad times. My ultimate goal is to make my audience feel that they are not alone. We are all in this together, so let’s jam out in song!” Nicholson has her first album in the works and travels back and forth to Nashville to…

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$7

Machinery Hill

August 30 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 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,…

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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

August 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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September 2014
$5

HCMC: The New Prescriptions

September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Music with a Mission! Come celebrate our city’s public hospital with The New Prescriptions: doctors, nurses and other HCMC enthusiasts who have played coffee houses in the Cities for a number of years, and have played music nationally and internationally for many more. Come raise some money for HCMC programs for vulnerable patients while enjoying the sweet sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, original tunes, and songs by contemporary artists from U2 to Green Day. Mark Linzer works in General…

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$10

Courtney Yasmineh

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

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

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$20

An Evening with Slaid Cleaves – Aster River Room

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

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

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