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September 2014
Free

Closed at 4PM

September 1 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Please excuse us for early closure on Monday, September 1st (Labor Day). We are treating our employees to a party for being so awesome and surviving summer 2014!

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$5

Tim Houlihan

September 3 @ 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

Americana Showcase

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

Americana Showcase –  Featuring Grammy Award winner Don Henry, Grammy Nominee Sally Barris, and 1994 Lyle High School Talent Show Runner Up, Brandon Sampson

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$10

Flamin’ Ohs – Kinda Unplugged

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

Kinda Unplugged Flamin Ohs released two albums on the Fat City Records label. The self-titled debut LP (1980),Flamin Ohs, became known as the green album and included one of the bands most popular and enduring songs, I Remember Romance. The second LP (1981), entitled,Oh!,most notably included the bands hit Stop. In 1997, after more than a decades absence from the Twin Cities music scene, theFlamin Ohs reunited for a live performance at the Mill City Festival in downtown Minneapolis. That…

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$10

Vicky Emerson + Katy Vernon

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

Americana songstress, Vicky Emerson, returns to the Aster Cafe with her band and special guest, Katy Vernon. Emerson’s band includes Steve Goold (Sara Bareilles/Owl City), Steve Bosmans (Charn)and Aaron Fabbrini (Ben Rosenbush & The Brighton.) Emerson has gained a well-earned reputation as a strong Americana artist whose trademark blending of folk and blues have earned her comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin. Emerson’s most recent release, Dust & Echoes, received local praise from City Pages saying, “Her songs thoughtfully reflect on love and loss…with graceful…

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$5

Mercy Seat Presents: Alison Rae + Forest Lewis

September 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Mercy Seat’s every-first-Sunday residency at the Aster Cafe reboots in September! Alison Rae and Forest Lewis get the season started on Sept 7. Alison Rae is a veteran Twin Cities songwriter. Following her 2013 release, “I Wrote You a Letter,” southernminn.com called Alison’s music “both honest and ambiguous. She’ll sculpt a song to create a specific mood, but leave you wondering how and why you got there. Before you know it you’ve submerged yourself in her light and airy voice that…

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$8

Jourdan Myers – CD Release Show + Ben Rosenbush & The Brighton

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

Local singer/songwriter Jourdan Myers will release her sophomore album, Ruin Me With Love, tonight at the Aster Cafe. Ruin Me With Love is a complex work that showcases Myers’ signature sound, drifting from alternative to avant-garde with her lilting voice, layered lyrics, and haunting melodies. Produced by Matt Patrick (Greycoats, John Mark Nelson) at The Library Recording Studio, Ruin Me With Love is the collaboration of exquisite talent between Patrick, Myers, and her gifted musicians. Her band is known for…

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$5

Tim Houlihan

September 10 @ 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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$8

Zachary Lucky and Brian Wheat

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

Minneapolis, by way of Buffalo, NY, songwriter Brian Wheat has a simple name. He doesn’t need a totem animal or a band of brothers to appeal. And, like his name, his music is direct and requires little accessory. Somehow he provides originality that we are secretly hungry for in these times of resurrections and resuscitations. Roots, Canadiana, classic rock, jazz rhythms, and film score balladry are melted together to rock you gently with what has been coined “porch swing rock”.…

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$8

Nolan John + Laura Nicholson

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

Raised in a northern small town and now living in Minneapolis, songwriter Nolan John takes inspiration from many places. Which is probably why his songs can’t be pinned down to one sound, but rather a combination of folk, pop, country, and alternative influences. Through a mix of ambient melodies, he recently released his debut EP, City Lights. Backed by the best musicians in town, he returns to the Aster for another evening of songs. Minneapolis singer songwriter, Laura Nicholson brings…

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$10

Daisy Dillman Band

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

Feagan, Patrick & Stymie. Vocalists and founding members of Minnesota’s own “Daisy Dillman Band,” bring pure, joyful 3-part harmony in an unplugged and intimate setting. Performing music and stories from their national releases, the Eagles, Poco, CSNY and today’s best songwriters. The 3 Dillmans are recording artists for RCA, MCA and Untied Artist Records, Minnesota Music Award winners for Best Vocal Group, Best Violinist and Best Band. They are in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, with a Life Time Achievement Award.

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 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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$10

Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood

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

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

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$5

Tim Houlihan

September 17 @ 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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$5

BuckRodney

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

BUCKRODNEY is an alt-country/Americana band featuring pedal steel, upright and electric bass, driving vocal harmonies, guitar and drums. They are a new project in the twin cities, comprised of musicians who have been around awhile playing everything from jazz and rock to bluegrass. BUCKRODNEY’s music is built around the evocative songwriting of Brooks Geenen and Dan Christensen, however you can expect to enjoy exciting solos from pedal steel player and electric guitarist Josh Braun, and local jazz drummer Jeremy Hauer.

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$15

Alison Scott

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

While staying indier than indie and completely ignoring the hipster rulebook, through word of mouth with very little radio or media hype, Alison is making the kind of soul music that music fans love. True music lovers have always responded to an amazing voice singing great songs, and they always will- from Aretha to Adele, this is timeless music that transcends style and fashion, something for the silent majority of listeners who aren’t interested in fluffy pop OR the trendy…

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$8

Dizzy Hat

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

Dizzy Hat is stirring it up again at the Aster. This time the jive-talking, original  ensemble is celebrating the  release of its first recording:  Dizzy Hat: The Early Years, a  7- song EP that will intrigue and provoke at least a few of its listeners.   Steve Katz (bass and vocals), Peter Vircks (sax), Lindsay Paine (guitar), Rick Nair (drums) and a special guest or two.  Voutoreenee!

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 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

Erin McKeown

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Erin McKeown is an internationally known musician, writer, and producer. With 9  full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she has spent the last 15 years crafting a reputation as an original musical voice and compelling live performer. An active voice on social justice issues and culture, Erin was a 2011-12 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Recently, she’s also added radio to her resume- blogging and hosting for WNYC New York Public Radio.…

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$5

Tim Houlihan

September 24 @ 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

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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$10

Scottie Miller Band

September 26 @ 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  

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$10

Sweethearts of the Rodeo – hosted by Frankie Lee

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

Frankie Lee hosts a night celebrating the feminine swagger that can ascends from the ashes of heartbreak and love. Three ladies will perform their  songs with Frankie Lee playing and moderating. Featuring: Molly Maher Lydia Liza Lael Neale Every good songwriter must be honest with themselves — or be a master of complete self-deception. Whether Frankie Lee writes his world-weary alt-country songs because he knows how to sing ‘em, or the other way around, he’s found a calling. OnMiddle West,…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 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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$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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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

September 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 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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October 2014
$5

Dedric Clark and the Social Animals

October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Like a mixed drink on a summer night, Dedric Clark and the Social Animals’ (formerly Diet Folk) music is a blend of intoxicating smooth comfort. This Duluth, Minnesota based group of soulful folk musicians epitomize the spirit of blending the old with the new; reaching for new territory while keeping their roots firmly planted. Established in 2010, they have brought their inimitably unique style of Americana from the Northland of Minnesota to countless stages and garnered fans across the globe.

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15/$18

Michael McDermott + Antje Duvekot

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

Michael McDermott’s brand of rock n’ roll brims with the kind of well-honed style and wisdom that can only come from a career on the road and a pedigree in the studio. Effortlessly blending natural folk sensibility, pop hooks, and honest rock, McDermott’s music is as much for the outcast as the congregation. It’s an exploration of the dark corners of life’s journey and it resonates middle class truths through the passionate filter of a kid that grew up on…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 4 @ 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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$7

Mary Bue + Hanna Cesario

October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Mary Bue:  There is a curious power in the ability to view one’s life with an unjaundiced eye. It’s not about being fearless, although that doesn’t hurt, it’s about the ferocity of spirit required to accept the world as it is and move forward from there. Singer/songwriter Mary Bue’s songs crackle with this power, mixing piano and guitar, folk and pop, and redolent with private tragedy and shared elation. Her voice, described as “marvelously sultry and cool,” lends her vivid,…

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November 2014
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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