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October 2014
$5

Mississippi Hot Club

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

The Mississippi Hot Club are bringing their gypsy swing and bluegrass back to the Aster Café on Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 9pm.  The Hot Club’s sound combines elements of swing dance, boot stomping’ bluegrass, bossa novas, ballads, and traditional gypsy music into a basket of musical jambalaya.   The last time the group preformed at the Aster Café was before the flood that overtook the business last year.   If you haven’t seen the Hot Club perform yet, this show…

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$10

Spottiswoode

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

Dubbed a “genius” and a “downtown ringleader” by the New Yorker, the British born Spottiswoode and his band of merry Enemies have drawn comparisons from Nick Cave and The National to Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Waits. On English Dream, Spottiswoode highlights a mellower, pastoral side of the band that gives nod to 60′s and 70′s Brit Pop, Folk and the woozier side of Psychedelia in a style he calls, “Anglicana.”

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$9

Derek Fawcett + Hope Country

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

Chicago, IL — When Derek Fawcett’s band (Chicago’s Down The Line) started out without a drummer, he taught himself to play the djembe (hand drum) he bought in Africa, and it became a staple of the band’s signature sound.  When the group needed help booking gigs, he took the reins, ultimately landing performances with Ben Folds, Peter Frampton, Lifehouse, America, Pat Benatar, Colin Hay, Gin Blossoms, and many more over their hundreds-of-thrilling-shows, 11-year, 5-album tenure.  Time and again, Fawcett went to extraordinary lengths…

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$15

Ellis

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

There’s just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts.”If ever there was a feel-good folk musician, this is the woman – somebody who really does send you…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 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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10/$15 includes CD

Laura MacKenzie CD Launch

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Aster River Room,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414

October 26 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30) $10/$15 includes CD CD LAUNCH Scots Gaelic Music and Song Multi-instrumentalist/singer Laura MacKenzie will perform a selection of Scots Gaelic music and song, accompanied by Dáithí Sproule (guitar and vocals) and Andrea Stern (harp), with Laura herself adding wooden flutes, whistles, concertina and Scottish smallpipes to the arrangements. These songs and melodies were sourced primarily from field recordings made in Duluth in 1937 of Gaelic singer John Matheson, who immigrated to Duluth from…

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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

October 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 will be curated by local bassist Andrew Foreman.

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$12

Lucie Thorne + Rossetto, Huckfelt, Lewis & Bates

October 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Lauded for her unique voice, poetic lyricism, and tender-to-gutsy electric guitar playing, Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of Australia’s most distinctive contemporary songwriters. Described as “Australia’s PJ Harvey… possessing the punch of Cat Power and the wise words of Joni Mitchell” (Courier Mail) Thorne combines spacious, gritty rock n roll and startlingly original dark-folk, with that signature warmth and intimacy for which her live shows have become so renowned. With 7 full length albums and 3 EP’s…

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$8

Ka-Chi

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

Singer songwriter Ka-Chi started his musical career in the Baltimore/Washington DC area in 2004 and went on to establish his signature “Soul Liberty” music. He weaves insightful lyrics over groovy acoustic guitar rhythms that link his West African roots to contemporary Western styles. The resulting sound is delicious concoction of folk-pop spiced with world/reggae vibrations. Lyrical dexterity is his underlying strength, and the infectious rhythms keep your feet moving. Ka-Chi’s music has taken him through tours of the mid atlantic,…

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$7

Nick Leet

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

Nick Leet was a founding member and chief songwriter of High on Stress. Leet’s “heart on his sleeve” approach to songwriting has been praised by local and international music scribes as well as numerous Minneapolis rock n’ roll luminaries. His solo shows are often filled with biting humor and songs that are honest, refreshing and can pack a punch.

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$8

Machinery Hill – Halloween

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

Spend Halloween with Machinery Hill. Minnesota’s scariest band. 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…

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November 2014
$7

Hannah von der Hoff + Sc Mira

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

Hannah von der Hoff Soulful vocals that incite and excite. Visceral jazz and blues choices on a semi-hollowbody. Stories journaled and juiced, backboned by dynamic drummer, Carlos Monserrate.   Sc Mira’s musical tapestry is a seamless weaving of folk, alt-country, rock, and indie pop. Their upcoming debut EP, Waiting Room Baby, showcases simple but savory folk-inspired instrumentation framing and keeping focus on Sc’s voice and poetry. The overall product on record is sweet but haunting, bold but brittle. Live, though, those same songs…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

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

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

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$5

Mercy Seat Presents: Elizabeth Ghandour + Eustace the Dragon

November 2 @ 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

Okemah Prophets

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

Kevin Bowe is a Minneapolis based writer/producer/guitarist, he has earned 3 platinums and songs on 2 Grammy winning albums working with Etta James, Paul Westerberg, Jonny Lang and others. His band, The Okemah Prophets is coming off a SXSW and east coast tour where they did their own shows as well as backing up Freedy Johnston and Gary Louris (Jayhawks).  Kevin and drummer Peter Anderson just played on the new Replacements EP for Slim Dunlap while bassist Steve Price plays with the Suburbs. The Prophets new…

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12/$15

Peter Bradley Adams + Callaghan

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

Peter Bradley Adams 9PM $12 advance tickets/$15 at the door You can purchase an advance ticket by clicking this link. “…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 way to survive a moment or a day.” – No Depression “…Adams fuses intimate, emotionally powerful lyrics with graceful, low-key roots-based indie folk on his fifth…

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$10

Jess Klein + Jessie Torissi

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

Jess Klein: Jess Klein’s wiry mezzo-soprano is the voice of unblinking tenacity on “Learning Faith” (Jess Klein/Motherlode). She’s a songwriter based in Austin who finds parables in the everyday and also finds humanity behind the archetypal. -NY Times Jessie Torissi: About Austin based singer, songwriter Jessie Torissi, The Village Voice says, “Ryan Adams, you married the wrong girl!” And Metro Spirit exclaims, “A voice that matches Emmylou for sly, lust-tinged smokiness & rivals Neko in the gorgeous-as-hell-&-can-chop-firewood-all-day department.”

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$8

Ryan Traster + Ben Burwell of Taj Raj

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

Ryan Traster is a Minneapolis-bred singer/songwriter currently residing in Portland, but the restless troubadour has spent the better part of the decade traveling the world making music on stages and in studios. He has had the privilege of recording or performing with members of The Jayhawks, Golden Smog, Jonathan Wilson Band, Ozma, The Elected, Old 97′s and Chris Pureka. He was also a key member of Small Towns Burn A Little Slower, a Minneapolis buzzband that made a mark on…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

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

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

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$6

Maxwell Hughes

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

Maxwell Hughes is a highly accomplished songwriter and musician whose talent and charisma has captured audiences with his unique sound, irresistible beats, and entertaining presentation. Passionate and energetic, Maxwell’s personality comes across in every song he plays, which is part of the reason he has a growing legion of fans. Some of Maxwell’s most notable accomplishments include being a former member of The Lumineers and a Grammy Nominated Songwriter for his contribution on their chart-topping album. He’s also been a…

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$5

Okemah Prophets

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

Kevin Bowe is a Minneapolis based writer/producer/guitarist, he has earned 3 platinums and songs on 2 Grammy winning albums working with Etta James, Paul Westerberg, Jonny Lang and others. His band, The Okemah Prophets is coming off a SXSW and east coast tour where they did their own shows as well as backing up Freedy Johnston and Gary Louris (Jayhawks).  Kevin and drummer Peter Anderson just played on the new Replacements EP for Slim Dunlap while bassist Steve Price plays with the Suburbs. The Prophets new…

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$10

Tim Sparks + Phil Heywood

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

Tim Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music “Fresh, exotic, and totally cool.”, Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it “rich and sensuous”, and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says “He’s really one of the best musicians I know.” From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical…

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$10

David Berkeley + Adam Svec

November 14 @ 8:45 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

“Berkeley sings in a lustrous, melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. As his melodies ascend to become benedictions and consolations, the music shimmers and peals.” - Jon Pareles, The New York Times David Berkeley is an evocative singer-songwriter with a soulful, velvet, tone-bending voice coupled with an endearing stage presence.    His literate, romantic songs are enhanced by his finger picking guitar style. Dubbed, “A musical poet” by the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, David was named one of WXPN’s “Artists to Watch.” He…

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$10

Matthew Mayfield + Garrison Star

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

Birmingham native, Matthew Mayfield, started his musical journey in 1992 when he fell in love with Guns N’ Roses. It was at 9 years old that he decided that he was going to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Matthew Mayfield has a series of critically acclaimed releases to his credit, including his latest, Irons In The Fire (2013). Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, The Weeks), it was hailed by AbsolutePunk.net as “a fantastic showcase of Mayfield’s talents and a great step forward.”…

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$8

Jaspar Lepak + Art Vandalay

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

Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songstress whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Best known for her bell-like voice and introspective storytelling, she sings with “the kind of Americana, lullaby ghost of a voice that listeners search for in roots music” (Twin Cities A.V. Club). A child of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Lepak began writing songs in 2002 while living in Minneapolis. Between 2004 and 2008, she recorded five CDs, and in 2009 she left Minneapolis for…

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$5

Okemah Prophets

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

Kevin Bowe is a Minneapolis based writer/producer/guitarist, he has earned 3 platinums and songs on 2 Grammy winning albums working with Etta James, Paul Westerberg, Jonny Lang and others. His band, The Okemah Prophets is coming off a SXSW and east coast tour where they did their own shows as well as backing up Freedy Johnston and Gary Louris (Jayhawks).  Kevin and drummer Peter Anderson just played on the new Replacements EP for Slim Dunlap while bassist Steve Price plays with the Suburbs. The Prophets new…

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$6

American Pleasure Dome + Rearranging the Furniture

November 20 @ 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 Shepherd…

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$15

Tim Mahoney

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

9PM showtime As always, please call the Aster to make a table reservation for seating. 612.379.3138 Bar seats and standing room available once reservations are full. Tim Mahoney A career as a working musician and is one of those gigs that people look at and think, “How awesome would that be?” Well, Minneapolis based Tim Mahoney has been doing it his way for fifteen years now. What began as a side career with huge aspirations while Mahoney was waiting tables; has now blossomed…

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$20

Sam Llanas

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

Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) is an iconic American singer, acoustic guitarist, and songwriter. Best known for his unique and distinctively soulful voice, It was Llanas’ voice that supplied the trademark vocal on Robbie Robertson’s “Somewhere Down the Crazy River.” 9PM showtime 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…

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$20

Sam Llanas – River Room early show

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster River Room,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414

Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) is an iconic American singer, acoustic guitarist, and songwriter. Best known for his unique and distinctively soulful voice, It was Llanas’ voice that supplied the trademark vocal on Robbie Robertson’s “Somewhere Down the Crazy River.” 6PM doors 7PM showtime Full bar in River Room, menu limited to flatbreads. This will be a theater style seating, first come first serve. If you would like a full meal, please make a reservation for the main room at the…

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