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August 2014
$7

Billy Johnson

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

Billy Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis. Billy was the lead singer of The Hillcats, and is the lead singer of Billy Johnson’s Roadshow. He also has an acoustic duo called B-TEAM with George McKelvey.  Billy has recorded 10 CDs. He strums a Gibson guitar with soul, and has a great vocal range

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 24 @ 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

Coax From Chuckanut + Good Diction

August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Coax From Chuckanut is a two-piece, husband&wife, folk-pop musical duo (Ryan and Libby Sutherland) who are based in Northeast Minneapolis. Their sound has been described as “a more cartoonish Mates of State with a bit of Danielson Famile thrown in there.” “We write songs about marriage, Macaulay Culkin, and community.” They recently recorded an EP at the Sound Gallery studio in Minneapolis with engineer Jacob Mullis from Fort Wilson Riot. This will be their EP release show. This quirky, fun…

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$5

The Meadows

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

Wendy Lewis (Rhea Valentine, Redstart, The Bad Plus), Pete Linman (North Equator Nine, Idedit, Rhea Valentine), and Jeff Waryan (Figures, Spirit House Trio) have shared rock bands, stages and studios. They found each other again in The Meadows.

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$5

’53 Swingbillies

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

The ’53 Swingbillies honor several traditions, including Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Swing, as the name suggests. 1953 being the year that both Django Rheinhardt and Hank Williams died, as well as the year that guitarist/singer/songwriter Mark Kreitzer and fiddler Tom Schaefer were born, there may well be a cosmic connection beyond a love of the music! The band is rounded out with bassist Matt Senjum and guitarist Dean Harrington. An infinitely danceable band, we offer a sophisticated, fresh…

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$7

Laura Nicholson hosting songwriters in the round

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

Laura Nicholson hosting songwriters in the round with Sarah Morris, Ben Thiry, Nolan John and Anna Marie Mitchell ____________ Minneapolis singer songwriter, Laura Nicholson brings her positive, adventurous approach to life into her music. “I love connecting to people through my music,” Nicholson says. “I write love songs, songs about the good times and the bad times. My ultimate goal is to make my audience feel that they are not alone. We are all in this together, so let’s jam…

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$7

Machinery Hill

August 30 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

August 31 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

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

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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

August 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Off the Cuff is a monthly event held at the Aster Cafe, seeking to explore collaboration between Twin Cities musicians and artists in an improvisational setting. Each night features two new and unique sets of local indie musicians from different backgrounds collaborating on the spot. The artist lineup will be fluid and varied, drawing from indie circuits such as pop, rock, electronic, hip hop, r&b and jazz. The series will be curated by local bassist Andrew Foreman.

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September 2014
$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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October 2014
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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