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May 2015
$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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$5

Undlin & Wolfe + Hemma

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

Undlin & Wolfe Bio Undlin & Wolfe is a folk duo from Minneapolis, MN – following the whims and embracing the mystery one song at a time. The two met while studying music at Perpich Center for the Arts in 2008. They performed together off and on while pursuing projects in other genres and time zones, until recently. Both relocated to the Twin Cities to record their first EP, Silver Lines, which was released in December of 2014. They are…

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$7

Family Three

May 29 @ 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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$10

Tom Lieberman

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

Those of you with good memories may recall Tom Lieberman as the tallest member of the seminal jazz trio Rio Nido. Those of you who are fans of A Prairie Home Companion may remember him as the voice of El Muchacho Allegre (Happy Boy) Ajua-brand Hot Sauce… Those of you who have (or are) children, may have heard his songs being sung by Sesame Streets Elmo… And, those of you who watch movies may have heard him performing his own…

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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,…

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$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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June 2015
$5

Murzik residency w/ Gated Community – Wednesdays in June

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

Murzik invites you to their upcoming four show series at the Aster Cafe. Join them every Wednesday in​ ​June in the Historical St. Anthony Main location which transports you to a bygone era of cobblestone streets​ ​and cafe culture on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. 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. Show up at 9:00 pm to get warmed up…

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$8

Bill Giese

June 4 @ 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, American…

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$7

Coax from Chuckanaut + Good Diction + Peter Michael Miller

June 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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$7

Jason Roberts $7 CD release + Federales

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

Jason Roberts is a modern folk artist who moved from the East Coast to Minneapolis in 2010 to find a musical community and hone his skills as a songwriter and guitarist. In 2011, Jason released his debut album, “Swing So Cool, Sway So Gentle,” and since his CD release at the acclaimed 7th Street Entry, Jason has been filling up local venues with his catchy songwriting and innovative fingerstyle guitar and banjo. Music from Jason’s first album was aired on…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

June 7 @ 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

Stacy K

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

Stacy K’s debut full length album ‘Swarming with Frenzy, Swirling with Delight’ is experimental in sound; intertwining acoustic instruments and electronic elements. REVIEWS: 89.3 The Current Blog’s brand new acts to keep an eye on- “Breathy, gauzy, moody pop”. Vita.MN Are You Local 2013: Best Tracks- “Down tempo trip-hop in the vein of Morcheeba, Portishead, but duskier.”

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$5

Murzik residency w/ Shen Teh (LaCrosse WI) – Wednesdays in June

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

Murzik invites you to their upcoming four show series at the Aster Cafe. Join them every Wednesday in​ ​June in the Historical St. Anthony Main location which transports you to a bygone era of cobblestone streets​ ​and cafe culture on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. 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. Show up at 9:00 pm to get warmed up…

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$7

Jimmy Peterson

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

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

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$7

The Working Stiffs

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

Steve Clarke and the Working Stiffs play a clever blend of dance music from the 30’s to the 50’s. Led by Mr. Clarke’s soaring saxophone, The Working Stiffs have become a hit with the dance crowd of the Twin Cities, thanks to their smart song selection, and contagious musical enthusiasm. Each player in this top-notch ensemble was handpicked by Mr. Clarke to create a combo with explosive playing power.

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$10

Natalie Lovejoy

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

Singer/songwriter Natalie Lovejoy weaves her way through quietly intense, piano driven melodies, rich vocal stylings and intimate, unveiled lyrics. Lovejoy creates an introspective yet playful view into her spirit and soul, and takes everyone else in the room along for the ride.

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

June 14 @ 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

Lena Bredeson + Avalon Moon

June 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Lena is a singer songwriter born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With her versatile blend of Pop, Soul, Blues, and Folk influences, her sound has something for everyone.

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$5

Murzik residency w/ Bryan Wheat – Wednesdays in June

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

Murzik invites you to their upcoming four show series at the Aster Cafe. Join them every Wednesday in​ ​June in the Historical St. Anthony Main location which transports you to a bygone era of cobblestone streets​ ​and cafe culture on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. 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. Show up at 9:00 pm to get warmed up…

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$10

Tim Houlihan

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

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

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$10

Vicky Emerson + Matt Patrick

June 19 @ 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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$12

Walter Salas-Humara (of the Silos) + Jonathan Rundman

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

Walter Sales-Humara was conceived in Havana, born in New York City and raised in Southern Florida. His rock band, The Silos, was voted Best New Americana Band in the Rolling Stone Critic’s Poll of 1987 and over the years have recorded 12 albums, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and put in thousands of day on the road. Salas-Humara has also recorded 2 solo albums and is currently working on a third entitled “Curve and Shake”. According to the…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

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

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

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15/$18

Peter Bradley Adams – Aster River Room

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster River Room,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414

Advance tickets available by clicking this link. “Adams is fast developing as a songwriter who both inspires and questions” – Nic Harcourt / Los Angeles Times Magazine – Jan 2010 “…one of the 21st-century writers whose songs are worth exploring.” – Wall Street Journal – 2009 “…one of the most consistently eloquent and pleasing singer / songwriters on the scene. Indeed, his brand of musical melancholy is so specific and evocative that, sometimes, listening through his catalog is the only…

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$5

Murzik residency w/ Lev and Olga Frayman – Wednesdays in June

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

Murzik invites you to their upcoming four show series at the Aster Cafe. Join them every Wednesday in​ ​June in the Historical St. Anthony Main location which transports you to a bygone era of cobblestone streets​ ​and cafe culture on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. 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. Show up at 9:00 pm to get warmed up…

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$5

Wilkinson James

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

Wilkinson James is singer-songwriter duo Liz Wilkinson and AJ Scheiber, who have been performing their distinctive blend of blues, folk, and honky-tonk in and around the Twin Cities area since they first met up in 2008. A fan once described their original songs as “the bastard offspring of Townes Van Zandt and June Carter Cash.” For their debut performance at The Aster they’ll be spotlighting tunes from their recently released CD (produced by Ben Kyle of Romantica) with accompaniment from…

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$8

Joshua Cleveland

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

Josh Cleveland has a soft soulful sound that will reach up into your heart and coax out a tear, a laugh, and a sense of something so familiar you would think you help create it. Whether Josh is playing with a band or solo you will be in for a treat of a smooth voice and lyrics and melodies you will be humming for days.

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$7

American Pleasure Dome

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

“American Pleasure Dome” a rock band from Minneapolis MN, featuring Hans Schumacher, Park Evans, Brenda Shepherd (formerly of Rebel Queens) and Chadley Koppenhaver. Our unique brand of alternative/indie rock was forged in the deep snows of Midwestern winters.

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

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

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

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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

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

Off the Cuff is a monthly event held at the Aster Cafe, seeking to explore collaboration between Twin Cities musicians and artists in an improvisational setting. Each night 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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July 2015
$5

The Meadows

July 1 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

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

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

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$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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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,…

Find out more »
$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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$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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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,…

Find out more »
$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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$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,…

Find out more »
$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.

Find out more »
$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.

Find out more »
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