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August 2015
Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 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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$10

Tim Sparks + Phil Heywood

August 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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

Renee Mooi with Todd Clouser

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Making her US debut, from Mexico City Renee Mooi with Todd Clouser When in her early 20’s Renee Mooi spent a number of years in Romania as a pop star. With the life of Romanian TV having proved ultimately unfulfilling, Renee decided to return to her hometown of Mexico City and making the music she loves. Since returning to Mexico, Renee has taken her project MOOI from emerging rock act to a full scaled acclaimed anthemic dark rock group in…

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$7

Anna Marie Mitchell + Jim Walsh + Andre Rodriguez | songwriter circle

August 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States
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$10

Jourdan Myers + Barbara Jean

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

Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music and sound, honing her early gift for the violin and a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, into a sharp eye for songwriting and a skilled hand as a multi-instrumentalist. Dubbed “Minnesota’s answer to Emmylou Harris” by longtime Star Tribune Music Critic Jon Bream, Barbara Jean brings a grace and comfort to the stage that is disarming and captivating. Calling the rugged grandeur of Lake Superior’s North…

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$10

Tex Pistols

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

The Tex Pistols Band couldn’t be much further from Texas, and nobody in the band is from Texas, but that doesn’t stop these five Minneapolis vets of stage and studio from producing and performing some seriously kick butt music.  The sound is classic yet new all at once.  Shades of Neil Young and John Hiatt,Bonnie Raitt and The Mavericks, throw in some Joss Stone, Beatles and Little Feat and you get “The Tex Pistols Band”.

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$10

Jeff Arundel

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

Mr. Arundel plays a peculiar combination of wistful melancholia and soul music, most often with his band the bahama boys, whose only bond is that none have actually been to the bahamas. Mr. Arundel has been the recipient of various accolades and awards, many of whom he prefers not to mention as they are somewhat in the past, and his live performance is typically a magic carpet ride of his own songs mixed in with nostalgic tunes that and and…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 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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$10

Sarah Donner

August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

“Artistically eccentric, powerful, real and entertaining. She is an infectious artist that knows how to sing you a song, and occupy a special place in your heart with her amazing and vivid artistry. ” – Indie Music Digest “Donner breaks that mold by being herself. Donner has the courage to write and sing about songs she believes in – and lets the chips fall where they may. No smoke and mirrors, just music straight from a voice a guitar and…

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$5

Lavender Daughter

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

Lavender Daughter is a four-piece that originated in Saint Paul in early 2013. The group delivers a sound that has been described as indie-surf-grunge with a folky twist. Catch them playing some new songs off of their upcoming LP at The Aster Cafe on August 12th.

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$8

Art Vandalay + Stacy Lee

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

Art Vandalay: Art Vandalay plays a healthy mix of Neil Young inspired roots rock, laid-back country folk and well-crafted lyrics that make their shows some of the most entertaining in town. Their songs hit on everything from hitchhiking brides to pearl snap shirts, swaying between easy bossa nova grooves, indie-rock drive and gritty folk-rock to create a unique sound all their own. Stacy Lee: Mesmerizing and introspective, Stacy’s music has a familiarity that even though you’re hearing it for the…

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$8

Laura Nicholson

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

Singer-songwriter, Laura Nicholson is proud to announce that her first album was released this past June on iTunes. Over the past two years, the songstress traveled back and fourth to Nashville, TN to write and record her debut album. Nicholson teamed up with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters including songwriter/producer Rollie Gaalswyk (Cassedee Pope “Wasting All These Tears”) and songwriter Caitlyn Smith (Meghan Trainor, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts). Nicholson graduated from college this year and plans to explore…

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10/$12

Callaghan

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

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 be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Advance tickets available at this link. Originally from…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 16 @ 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

Bill and Kate Isles

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

Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound…

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$12

Kami Lyle

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

“Marilyn meets Miles”… Cape Cod Times “Pure cool.”… USA Today Alternative pop with a splash of jazz. Written and performed by Berklee grad Kami Lyle (singer/songwriter/trumpeter/pianist). A product of Minneapolis, Kami now enjoys living and writing on Cape Cod. In addition to her solo albums, Kami plays trumpet and sings on many recordings, including cd’s of Patty Griffin, Julie Miller, NRBQ, and most recently, “Mewgenics” a video game about cats. A winner of several songwriting awards, her voice and songs…

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$10

Dick Kimmel & Co.

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

Veteran performer and triple hall-of-famer, Dick Kimmel, takes center stage with this 5-piece bluegrass ensemble. Dick Kimmel, “The Ambassador of Bluegrass,” has played, recorded, and promoted bluegrass internationally for more than 50 years with such artists as Del McCoury, Hazel Dickens, and his ‘& Co’ band configurations. He was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The band features singer/songwriter/guitarist – Tony Rook, ace banjo man – Graham Sones, upright bassist – Terry Johnson, and Dick’s 17-year-old…

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$7

Machinery Hill + The Sons

August 21 @ 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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20/$25

Charlie Mars Aster Residency

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

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 be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Advance tickets available by clicking this link. Charlie…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 23 @ 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

Louis and Clark

August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Louis & Clarke at the Aster! Longtime musical collaborators Louis Sinclair, Chapman Stick Recording Artist (aka: rundio), and Steve Clarke (eleven time Minnesota Music Award recipient), explore the possibilities of mixing a 19th century instrument (Soprano Saxophone) and a 20th century instrument (Chapman Stick) with 21st century looping and audio processing technology. Add Michael Bissonnette (drummer/percussionist extraordinaire) to provide groove navigation on drums and sundry percussion, and you have Louis & Clarke. Progressive, Ambient, Atmospheric, Rock – Jazz for the…

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$5

Gabby Z

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

Gabby Z is an up and coming singer/songwriter from the Twin Cities whose soulful voice has captivated audiences all over the country. Her songs come from the heart, and feature smart, catchy lyrics like the music of her influences: Sara Bareilles, Joss Stone, and Amos Lee. Although she is only 16 years old, Gabby has already recorded original music at successful studios in Tennessee and Minnesota. She was also recently featured as a contestant on American Idol Season 14, where…

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$8

The Prams CD release + Hi-Fi Cali

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

Minneapolis based “vibey-folk” duo, The Prams, will release their debut self-titled album on August 27th. The Prams, comprised of the young married duo Jesse and Alta Keller, have gracefully merged folk roots with electronic overtones to create a unique sound layered with perfectly tailored harmonies. The Prams have been writing and recording together since 2011, including a Christmas EP, an original song for a documentary shown in theaters across the nation (Travis: A Soldiers Story), a 2-song EP “Monsters &…

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$7

Family Three

August 28 @ 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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20/$25

Charlie Mars Aster Residency

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

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 be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Advance tickets available by clicking this link. Charlie…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 30 @ 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 30 @ 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 2015
$5

Murzik

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

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. Murzik is based in Minneapolis. They have performed from LA to NYC, have been featured on MPR’s All​ ​Things Considered, and have graced stages ranging from First Ave’s Main Room to fan’s living rooms. They​ ​are currently working on their fifth studio album due out in 2015.

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$10

Vicky Emerson

September 4 @ 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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20/$25

Charlie Mars Aster Residency

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

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 be standing room. All reservations for the show MUST be made by calling Aster Café directly at 612-379-3138, AND INCLUDE Brown Paper Ticket confirmation numbers for EACH member of the reservation. Advance tickets available by clicking this link. Charlie…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 6 @ 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

Luke Redfield + Mary Bue

September 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

LUKE REDFIELD “A modern twist on the troubadour traditions of Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Luke Redfield has been crisscrossing the U.S. for nearly a decade, taking up home in Texas, Colorado, Alaska, and as an intrepid drifter on the Pacific Coast, where he washed dishes and sang for his supper. Redfield’s life on the road has led to a unique brand of “Ragged-but-right” (A.V. Club) “Soulful folk” (Paste Magazine), with songwriting steeped in transcendental reverie on…

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$5

Dedric Clark and the Social Animals

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

Like a kitten clawing at your door as twilight approaches, Dedric Clark and the Social Animals are just begging for you to pick them up, listen to them purr, and post pictures of them on the Internet. Their unique blend of rock, Americana, classic pop, and alt-country leaves room for any palette to be delightfully pleased. Unless you’re a bad person, then yes, you will like it. Dedric Clark and the Social Animal’s are touring behind a brand new album…

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$5

Murzik

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

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. Murzik is based in Minneapolis. They have performed from LA to NYC, have been featured on MPR’s All​ ​Things Considered, and have graced stages ranging from First Ave’s Main Room to fan’s living rooms. They​ ​are currently working on their fifth studio album due out in 2015.

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$6

Chris Silver & the Good Intentions Bluegrass Band

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

Led by Chris Silver, The Good Intentions are inspired by the sounds of Hot Rize,Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Tony Rice, and JD. Crowe. The Good Intentions deliver traditional bluegrass with polish and drive. The band plays songs from the bluegrass masters as well as material penned by Silver. Soulful original arrangements of their songs have already established the band in the hearts of the Midwest bluegrass community. Their success is based on the complimentary picking and singing skills of some…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 13 @ 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

September 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Award winning jazz guitarist and composer Paul Renz performs with his Minneapolis-based quartet at Aster Cafe Sunday, September 13th. PRQ tours 8 cities in November and promises to serve up an intoxicating brew of original music, crossing all genres with musicality, craftsmanship, and virtuosity. “It’s a new quartet playing all original music crafted by Renz. 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…

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$5

Murzik

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

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. Murzik is based in Minneapolis. They have performed from LA to NYC, have been featured on MPR’s All​ ​Things Considered, and have graced stages ranging from First Ave’s Main Room to fan’s living rooms. They​ ​are currently working on their fifth studio album due out in 2015.

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$7

Family Three

September 18 @ 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

Tommy & The Liebermen

September 19 @ 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

September 20 @ 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 »
$10

Tim Sparks + Phil Heywood

September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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$5

Murzik

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

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. Murzik is based in Minneapolis. They have performed from LA to NYC, have been featured on MPR’s All​ ​Things Considered, and have graced stages ranging from First Ave’s Main Room to fan’s living rooms. They​ ​are currently working on their fifth studio album due out in 2015.

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$12

Becky Schlegel

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

Becky Schlegel has a gift for taking life’s experiences and transforming them into songs that are passionate and unique. Her music is a fusion of folk, bluegrass and country that is mesmerizing. Schlegel sings with an effortless, angelic and wistful soprano that has been described as “Clear and expressive. [Her] voice can go gritty at times or break appropriately or soar to ethereal heights or drift off in a whisper.” – Bluegrass Unlimited

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$12

John Louis CD Release + Brianna Lane

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

JOHN LOUIS CD RELEASE + BRIANNA LANE + SPECIAL GUESTS Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 9:00 p.m. The Aster 125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis For reservations call: 612.379.3138 $12 Join us at the Aster Café on Saturday September 26th for the release of “Drift,” the debut recording by singer-songwriter John Louis. John will be backed by his full band including Mike “Razz” Russell (fiddle, mandolin, gypsy guitar); Jimmy Johnson (pedal steel); Brianna Lane (banjo, vocals); Andy Carroll (bass); and Kris Schaefer…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

September 27 @ 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

September 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 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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October 2015
$8

Bill Giese

October 1 @ 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, Americana,…

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$7

Almighty American + Nolan John

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

Almighty American is the moniker for Minneapolis-based dreamer, Michael Gay. He plays and sings mellow songs that are pretty good for holding hands, usually inspired by holding hands. Other major influences include old books, cowboys, going fast and being free. 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,…

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$10

Ray Bonneville

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

Many of those familiar with Red House recording artist Ray Bonneville know that he is a hard driving, blues influenced, song and groove man who often writes about people who live on the fringe of society. Ray’s vibe is loose and soulful. With a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica phrasing, smoky vocal style and pulsing foot percussion he immediately rivets audiences. His solo performance fills a concert hall with all the sound layering and drama of a full band. The…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 4 @ 10:00 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

King Wilkies Dream

October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 11 @ 10:00 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

Wilkinson James

October 15 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 18 @ 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

The Melvilles

October 23 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

October 25 @ 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

October 25 @ 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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$10

Tall Heights

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

“Folk” has become a funny label for Tall Heights. It felt right when they went all-in on a career in music, street performing over 100 days in 6 months to fund their first recordings. It felt right when their plucky single, “To Be Young,” worked its way into the hearts of their hometown, Boston MA, and spread to the nation on Pandora and Spotify. It felt right when they played 300+ shows in ​20​13 and ​20​14 all across the United…

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November 2015
Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

November 1 @ 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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25/$30

Tyrone Wells (solo) with special guest Ernie Halter

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster River Room,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414

It’s always interesting to go back to where you came from. The nostalgia. The comforting familiarity. The way you know for certain that the floor will creak when you step in that one spot. This tour is going to be a bit like that for me. I’m doing a national solo tour, and I’m excited about it. Before touring the nation, I cut my teeth for years at a weekly residency in a little coffee shop in Southern California. Solo.…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

November 8 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

November 15 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

November 22 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

November 29 @ 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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