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March 2014
$8

Gary Rue

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

A performer and composer, Gary has been playing music for audiences throughout the western hemisphere since the mid-sixties, beginning with various town halls in the upper Midwest and graduating to East Coast ‘tent’ tours that included the Big Apple (Carnegie Hall as music director and duet partner for Gene Pitney) and on to far flung points in Canada and the Caribbean. Early along the way, Mr. Rue began writing music of his own, and was rewarded with his some of his songs being recorded by…

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April 2014
$4

Liam Gerard + Hannah Connolly

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

Liam Gerard is a singer songwriter based out of Minneapolis MN. Currently the music takes on many forms ranging from solo acoustic to a full 5 piece band. Inspirations of jazz, blues, rock, alternative, and folk compile the unique sound and prolific delivery of melody. Currently working in studio to create his first release which is a planned EP for April of 2014. In his songs clear influence of David Gray, Pete Yorn, Radiohead, and even Ray Charles ring through.…

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$6

The Winchester and Weaver Family Band

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

The Winchester and Weaver Family Band was founded by Paul Winchester and Colin Weaver in Minneapolis, MN. Their catalog draws on old-time country numbers from the 20’s and 30’s, pop songs from the 50’s and 60’s, and a handful of more recent and recognizable tunes. The Family Band’s performance gives a contemporary nod to the rich history of American folk music with nostalgic electric guitar and tenor banjo accompanying mournful vocal harmony. The duo released their first album in 2014 entitled Real Nice, Just Fine…

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$8

Dizzy Hat

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

Like a pick-up basketball game,  Dizzy Hat came together spontaneously just over a year ago when bassist and fledgling singer-songwriter Steve Katz was looking for a way to channel his musical demons. Steve had played with Peter Vircks (sax) and Rick Nair (percussion) on jazz dates and Lindsay Paine (guitar) and Rick  in blues/ funk ensembles over the years, but they never played together as a unit. The idea of a dark, nicotine-stained B-side cover band with originals slowly filling…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with Chris Silver

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Chris Silver plays roots music, but it doesn’t stop there. Chris’ music is transcendent and his originals travel a huge landscape of experience and place. He has created a new sound with traditional roots music at the core. As a musical risk taker, his focus has been on his original sound, adding layers not usually found in traditional music providing a rich texture to his music including slide guitar and intricate global rhythms. Chris is as comfortable with his Vintage Martin…

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$8

Dana Thompson & the North Coast

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

Dana Thompson has recorded and toured internationally in support of her critically praised album Ox. She has also been featured on many compilations and has been a guest vocalist on too many releases to name. In addition, she was voted best female vocalist by the City Pages. “Like [Iris]  DeMent, Thompson has a voice that is at once heartbreakingly fragile and startlingly robust. Every note she sings is somehow imbued with a sense that this whole damn world could collapse at any moment.”…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Jazz music by Patty and the Buttons complete with swing dancing.  Reservations highly recommended.  Walk-ins welcome.

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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

April 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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$8

Mary Scholz

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

Mary Scholz - In February 2014, Scholz will release her first full length album, “The Girl You Thought You Knew,” a follow up to her three independently released EPs, which she has spent years traveling around the country with, connecting with audiences from Boston to Orlando, as well as through the midwest and west coast.   What interests people and draws them to Mary is the clear, warm, lyrical style of her voice. Self-accompanied on guitar and piano, her voice is what she…

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$5

Adrianna Lehr + Seth Davin

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

Saint Paul based singer/songwriter Andriana Lehr has been playing locally, albeit sparingly for the last 8 years. Lehr relocated to the Twin Cities from South Dakota in 2004 to study voice at the University of Minnesota School of Music. A self-proclaimed “opera school drop-out,” she has spent subsequent years working, learning, and soul-searching only to come back around to pursuing music as a primary vocation. After spending much of 2013 focusing solely on music, Lehr’s musicianship and vocal prowess have…

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May 2014
$5

Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures + The Moss Piglets

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

Bernie King & The Guilty Pleasures is a four-piece acoustic group with an original sound that draws from folk, country, bluegrass, and rock & roll. Bernie’s songs follow the stories of unique characters. In the tradition of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash, King mixes catchy music with dark themes writing tunes that range from a toe-tapping blues shuffle to a sad and sweet acoustic ballad. ___________ The Moss Piglets have a unique high energy modern take on oldtime/bluegrass…

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$12

Ray Bonneville

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

Red House Records artist Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling. Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with Adam Granger

May 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Adam Granger has played the guitar since 1959, having taught himself in his native Oklahoma.  He started teaching and performing professionally in 1962.  After playing in the obligatory folk and rock and roll groups around the state of Oklahoma, he took up 5-string banjo, which he learned from world-class banjoist Alan Munde in 1967.  He played banjo and electric lead guitar in Arkansas, Oklahoma and on the road out of Nashville through 1972.  Adam then moved back to Oklahoma, where…

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$10

Jeff Arundel + Billy MacLaughlin

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

jeff 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

May 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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$5

Mercy Seat Presents: TBA

May 4 @ 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

HCMC: The New Prescriptions

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

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

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$7

Brianna Lane + V & the Dirty Pretty + Alex Aaron

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

Brianna Lane is a gifted singer/songwriter in true Americana form. She writes and performs on an acoustic guitar as well as a banjo, crafting songs that are clear-eyed and pure—with an integrity derived from her gritty, unflinching emotional honesty. Long time music-writer/author/rock-journalist Jim Walsh recently wrote that Brianna Lane is “…a star in the making. She’s poised, ambitious, a great writer, a soul singer of the first order, and an accomplished guitarist.” (Star Tribune) Lane grew up in Minnesota and still…

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$10

Tim Houlihan

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 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

Nolan John

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

Through ambient guitars and soaring falsetto, Minneapolis singer-songwriter Nolan John tells the stories of youth, love and summertime. Think Nick Drake meets early Coldplay. Fresh from releasing his debut EP, City Lights, he returns to Aster Café with his band for a spring evening of music.

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$8

Matt Moberg

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

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

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 11 @ 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

King James Version + Faith Boblett

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

The King James version is a collaboration between singer/songwriter Jim Gruidl and bassist Paul Boblett. Coming from a parallel musical trajectory starting with the Bloods for Gruidl and Vic Panic for Boblett, the two finally meet while backing up Matt Wilson. They went on to form the Boca Ratons, a hard rocking quartet with Dana Nelson and Andy Deckard. Now ten years later these two have joined forces again to form the King James Version, this time working with drummer Mark O’Day. The trio…

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$10

Chad Elliott

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

“In the wide scope of Americana music live stories timeless as the land. With dynamic swells amid driven and transient melodies, Chad Elliott tells them one song at a time.” ~Sam Burrish, Sioux City Journal   Chad Elliott bought his first guitar at an Omaha pawn shop, a dreadnought next to the used guns and knives. He took it home, slowly taught himself to fingerpick and began transposing his poetry writing into original songs.   Elliott always believed he’d be…

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$10

Dick Kimmel and Company

May 16 @ 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 phenom son, Ian Kimmel, playing…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with The High 48s

May 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a…

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$7

Laura Nicholson + Ben Thiry + Nolan John

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

From the time she was a tot listening to her favorite singers on the radio, Laura Nicholson dreamed of writing and singing her own music and hearing it over the airwaves one day. Growing up in a musical family where simple “Happy Birthday” songs turned into six-part harmonies, Laura cites early musical influences ranging from Doris Day, Etta James and Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow and The Dixie Chicks, to name a few. Some of her current…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 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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$8

Rachael Sage + Taylor Gavin

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

A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals. and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Colin Hay, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, The Animals and Ani DiFranco.…

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$5

Simon Balto + Ian Vaver

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

Simon Balto is a singer of alt-folk and alt-country songs based out of Madison, WI. Coming on the heels of an EP of field recordings that was released in 2012, Balto’s first full-length album, The Roads that Make Men Weary, is a ten-song collection that roots itself solidly in the storytelling tradition. It draws its style from a range of influences, both musical and not. More than anything, the style and storytelling are especially informed by the hills of western Wisconsin that were his…

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$5

The Long Shots

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

In October of 2012, four talented teenagers with a passion for bluegrass music came together to form the award-winning group, “The Long Shots.” Their repertoire ranges from originals and traditional bluegrass to alternative newgrass, which reflects their childhoods steeped in bluegrass music. Most recently, The Long Shots spent the summer of 2013 barnstorming venues across Minnesota and Wisconsin, including being selected by management of Grammy-winning band The Steep Canyon Rangers as an opening act, all while infecting their audiences with…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 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

May 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 is curated by local bassist Andrew Foreman.

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$6

Stacy Lee

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

Stacy Lee is a local singer/songwriter hailing from the southern suburbs of the Twin cities.  Her writing and artistry brings out a different touch of style with each new song. There is a rawness to her lyrics and a truthfulness to her melodies that leave you wanting more. Maintaining an original “voice” in both writing and vocals her songs are compelling and have soul.  Mesmerizing and introspective, Stacy’s music has a familiarity that even though you’re hearing it for the…

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$5

Ben Bigelow

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

Ben Bigelow’s music emanates from the soul of a world traveler and seeker of truth.  The southeast Minnesota native has written well over 500 songs creating a rich repertoire that is diverse yet colored boldly in his own unique sound. Ben, along with his harmonica and guitar, commands the attention of his listeners with his sincerity and sweetness— while his tune is raw and delicately heartfelt. Those who enjoy artists such as Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, or James Taylor may…

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$7

Falderals CD Release

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

St. Paul based The Falderals are excited to celebrate a CD release and tour kickoff in support of their new album, Witness, at The Aster. An alt-folk group, sprinkled with blues and bluegrass, their songs will pull at your heart strings and demand that you stomp your feet. With buttered harmonies, soulful energy and well-crafted songwriting The Falderals create a timeless sound that resonates with all ages and walks of life, drawing comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, The Cowboy Junkies and The Civil…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with Chris Silver

May 31 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Chris Silver plays roots music, but it doesn’t stop there. Chris’ music is transcendent and his originals travel  a huge landscape of experience and place. He has created a new sound with traditional roots music at the core.  As a musical risk taker, his focus has been on his original sound, adding layers not usually found in traditional music providing a rich texture to his music including slide guitar and intricate global rhythms. Chris is as comfortable with his Vintage…

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$12

Alison Scott

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

Alison Scott is the strongest voice to come out of Minneapolis in many years and her soulful, organic sound has quietly built a very large and loyal following. 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…

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June 2014
10/$12

Walter Salas-Humara (of the Silos) + Martin Devaney

June 3 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 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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$10

Wild Ponies

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

Written during a busy year on the road, Things That Used To Shine is an album about leaving somethings behind…and meeting others head-on. It’s also the studio debut of Wild Ponies, a Nashville-based outfit fronted by Virginia natives Doug and Telisha Williams, who have previously toured and recorded as acoustic folk duo Doug & Telisha. Released by the band’s newly formed independent label, DitchDog Records, Things That Used To Shine finds Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years.…

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$8

Michelle Lewis

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

Michelle Lewis, one of America’s up-and-coming female folk artists, brings her delicately beautiful music to Minneapolis on her highly-anticipated CD Release Tour this Spring. “[We] can’t recall the last time we encountered anything as fresh as Michelle Lewis” says Jim Fischer of The Beat. “With a smile that could melt you like butter in the microwave, Lewis is a no-frills singer-songwriter, delivering literate love songs with her airy, gentle soprano and surprising exuberance.” Too refined to call folk and too…

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$5

Osiella + Josh Stallings

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

It seems to be fate that Cynthia Murray and Theophilus Akai would cross paths. Cynthia has been singing and performing for the majority of her life. Those who hear her voice would never imagine that she’s cut from the small town wood. Theophilus hails from Ghana, West Africa and has lived in multiple states in the U.S. His exposure to a variety of cultures has helped him hone his skills as a unique guitar player. Cynthia and Theophilus, along with…

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$5

Fox & Coyote

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

Ryan Evans (guitar, vocals), Jonathan Harms (banjo, vocals), Amy Chatelaine (cello, vocals), and Alex van Rysselberghe (drums, vocals) make up the indie folk quartet Fox & Coyote. They have a special blend of folk, indie, and alternative all to themselves, focused on tight vocal harmonies and striking chord progressions. Click here to listen. Fox & Coyote’s debut album, ‘If We Stay,’ is an intimate musing on romance and long distances, and showcases finely crafted folk style story-telling, enthralling vocal harmonies, and…

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$15

Alan Munde Trio

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

Alan Munde  Trio - June 12  @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Alan Munde is long regarded as one of the world’s foremost 5-string banjo players.  His early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard’s Almanac and his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys set the stage for his long and productive career in bluegrass music.  He anchored the landmark band, Country Gazette, for more than 20 years and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including…

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$5

Oh, Jeremiah + Matthew Griswold + Austin Plaine

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

Oh, Jeremiah is the musings and ramblings of singer/songwriter Jeremiah Stricklin.  Known for his orchestral inspired arrangements and narrative lyrics, Oh, Jeremiah is finding his own voice amongst the plethora of songwriters in today’s music.  His new EP, Our Very Own Kingdom, was inspired by monsters, wild animals, and his own coming of age.  Oh, Jeremiah is embarking on a whole new adventure. Minnesota native and singer-songwriter Matthew Griswold is currently  playing over 200 shows a year, and be they solo or accompanied,…

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$8

Mark Allan Jensen + Suzen Juel

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

Mark Allan Jensen’s music will touch your heart and your soul. His amazing songs reach out and pull you into a place that is painted by his lyrics and compositions, in a way no other artist can match. He is a true, genuine talent~ ~ Darcey Jeavons;  Huntington Beach California.  Suzen Juel – Poetic Acoustic singer/songwriter. Gritty, ‘stick in your head’ lyrics delivered with a raw bluesy side of twisted.

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$6

Jake Armerding + Ben Rosenbush

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

The Boston Globe calls Jake Armerding “the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years.” Armerding grew up playing classical violin and listening to 80′s pop radio. Over the course of 2000 performances, he has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox and Toad the Wet Sprocket. “Ben Rosenbush proves he’s anything but run-of-the-mill on his second album, A Wild Hunger. The Duluth-bred part-time cellist boasts a nearly operatic voice that brings to mind Andrew…

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$5

The Meadows

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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$8

Phil Solem

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

Phil Solem is one half of The Rembrandts, the duo best known for the hit songs, “Just The Way It Is, Baby” and “I’ll Be There For You”. Phil also has a rock trio called THRUSH with bassist John Fields and drummer Michael Bland. Currently operating out of Minneapolis, Phil writes and records solo material and music with THRUSH, in addition to writing, recording, and producing other bands. Phil also continues to perform and record with longtime friend Danny Wilde…

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July 2014
$6

Cary Morin

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

Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other, from the rocking, electrified world groove band The Atoll, to the solo acoustic blues of his 2013 release, Streamline, which showcases Morin’s deft fingerstyle guitar. The organic recording style of Streamline features original songs that reference his Native American heritage and life experiences as well as new takes on uncommon covers. Morin’s 2011 release Sing It Louder revisits Morin’s musical origins in Great Falls, Montana,…

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