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December 2014
$5

Simon Balto

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

Simon Balto is an alt-folk songwriter from Madison, Wisconsin. His writing has draw comparisons to people from John Prine and Bob Dylan to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. Touring in support of his first full-length album, The Roads That Make Men Weary, he has shared bills with artists ranging from Jason Isbell and Field Report to Peter Mulvey and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. The Chicago-based curator Music Means Family wrote that “there is a deeply satisfying component to each of…

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$8

Winterset

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

Winterset is a Minneapolis-based group of the Americana/rock influence. Members include Steven LaFollette (vocals/songwriting/acoustic guitar), Dan Stewart (bass/vocals), Aaron Speer (drums), Cassie LaFollette (mandolin/keys/vocals), and Andrew Carey (electric guitar). Formed in 2008, frontman Steven LaFollette began playing shows in Saint Paul, Minnesota with various characters. “Over time, the members of the band have changed, but each individual has provided a unique perspective and creative aspect to the music that makes it in a way nostalgic to me.” – Steven Winterset…

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$6

Shiny Lights + Somewhat Fierce

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

Minneapolis band The Shiny Lights infuse modern pop with retro rock.

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

December 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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$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

December 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 is curated by local bassist Andrew Foreman.

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20/65/85

The Aster Cafe New Year’s Eve Party with Trailer Trash

December 31, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - January 1, 2015 @ 1:00 am
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

THE ASTER CAFÉ NEW YEAR’S EVE BONFIRE PARTY WITH TRAILER TRASH Includes complimentary champagne toast at midnight. This ticket is good SOLELY for admission to the River Room after 9PM on New Years Eve 2013. Tickets are limited. If you would like to partake in the prix fixe menu that INCLUDES admission to this event, please call the Aster at 612.379.3138 for a reservation. There are prix fixe seatings at 5:30 and 8PM. ONLY the 8PM seating includes admission to the River Room for Trailer Trash. $65 for…

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January 2015
$10

Tim Houlihan

January 2, 2015 @ 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 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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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

January 3, 2015 @ 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

Machinery Hill + The Sons

January 3, 2015 @ 8:00 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

January 4, 2015 @ 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

January 4, 2015 @ 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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$8

Max Dvorak + Preston Gunderson

January 6, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

  Max Dvorak is a singer/songwriter currently based out of Boston, MA. Originally from Wisconsin, Max tours heavily in the Midwest. With music similar to the likes of Tom Petty, Stephen Kellogg, & Tyler Hilton; Max combines pop-acoustic rhythms, insightful lyrics, & hook filled melodies into a singer/songwriter repertoire unique to his name. Coming out in January 2015 is Max’s sophomore full-length release called “Little Things”, featuring his songs Honey and Northwoods, which have become fan favorites, with the crowd…

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$10

Gary Rue & The Pittfield Four

January 7, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Pittfield Four IS: Gary Rue Dave Singley Gary Raynor Peter Johnson Blurb: “Practitioners of the time-honored craft of great songwriting, influenced by nearly everything musical, but most often by The British Invasion, R&B, the Poets of Tin Pan Alley and their Brill Building offspring.”

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$6

The Changeups

January 8, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Changeups are an Americana band who play country and rock but also dabble in indie, pop, blues, folk and bluegrass.  Alicia Kay wrote her first song and joined her first band over 10 years ago.  After two band experiences, Amethyst Blyss with her sister, Gigie Blu, and the next short-lived project Lily Black, she started The Changeups in mid-2009 based on her songs.  Lead guitarist, Jimmy Baker, is the other member of the original lineup who has an extensive…

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$7

Family Three

January 9, 2015 @ 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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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

January 10, 2015 @ 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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$10

Vicky Emerson + Michael Ferrier from Fathom Lane

January 10, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Americana singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, and her band will be at the Aster. Emerson has recently relocated to Minneapolis after living in NYC and San Francisco. The evening will be filled with her honeysuckle voice and trademark blending of folk and blues. “Her songs thoughtfully reflect on love and loss… with graceful turns of phrase and affecting, country-tinged melodies that her lovely, hushed voice brushes with emotion.” -CityPages “…smoothly executed Americana-folk music with inspirational musical arrangements and thought-provoking lyricism.” -Maverick Magazine   Michael Ferrier is the…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

January 11, 2015 @ 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

Bob Crash + The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League

January 11, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Bob Crash – Three guys from the Twin Cities writing music reminiscent of mice finding cheese in a maze. The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League – A string quartet playing swing and gypsy jazz influenced pop songs.

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$10

Gary Rue & the Pittfield Four

January 14, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Pittfield Four IS: Gary Rue Dave Singley Gary Raynor Peter Johnson Blurb: “Practitioners of the time-honored craft of great songwriting, influenced by nearly everything musical, but most often by The British Invasion, R&B, the Poets of Tin Pan Alley and their Brill Building offspring.”

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$8

Bill Giese

January 15, 2015 @ 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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$10

Benny K + Mary Bue

January 16, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

        Benny K returns to Minneapolis, after spending the past year building his touring chops, from Ann Arbor to Des Moines. The Aster Release Show will showcase his top shelf audience connection, improvised story-telling, and unveil brand songs. His live performances often feature guest performers, sometimes on the spot. At one gig a cello player appeared with his instrument and joined Benny on stage moments later. Mr. K’s unique performance style has gained him regional acclaim. “A…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

January 17, 2015 @ 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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$12

Dan Rodriguez

January 17, 2015 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Dan Rodriguez, an artist based out of Minneapolis, MN, is creating quite a buzz in the Midwest. The groove-based, bluesy over-toned sound of his music, mixed with his powerful, yet seductive voice creates an atmosphere different from other music. It’s refreshing, tantalizing, and just plain good! Originally from Detroit, MI, Dan moved to Minneapolis in 2004 to pursue music. He started a band with his brother, Andre Rodriguez, and called it The Auburns. They played locally for a couple of…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

January 18, 2015 @ 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

January 18, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

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 and PRQ is all over it, blending bebop, funk, Latin, straight ahead swing, and plenty of blues. “Renz’s compositions and fretwork alike exult in unveiling intriguing melodic and rhythmic angles with insouciant charm, knocking out listeners with subtle firepower hidden in a splendid vocabulary of feints and finesse.” -Rick Mason, City Pages additional quotes: “Guitarist Paul Renz…

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$10

Gary Rue & the Pittfield Four

January 21, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Pittfield Four IS: Gary Rue Dave Singley Gary Raynor Peter Johnson Blurb: “Practitioners of the time-honored craft of great songwriting, influenced by nearly everything musical, but most often by The British Invasion, R&B, the Poets of Tin Pan Alley and their Brill Building offspring.”

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$8

The Skally Line

January 22, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Skally Line duet plays hot oldtime country, fiddle tunes, blues, and ballads.  Along with a raucous collection of standards and a bunch of rare old cuts rarely heard live, The Skally Line specializes in creating a Minnesota old time tradition that never quite developed on its own.  Tom Cornish and Fred Keller–both long time vets of Minnesota’s roots community–both write songs celebrating the stories of Minnesota old and new.  Fred plays mandolins, Tom guitar and fiddle.  Together they work…

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$10

Michael McDermott’s new band “the Westies”

January 23, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

About The Westies He looked at her at the end of the bar and said, ” I don’t know whether to kill you or marry you” And so the shot was fired across the bow and with it… The Westies were born. The meeting on that fateful night between Michael McDermott and Heather Horton set in motion a chain of events that would lead to what would later be known as the album West Side Stories. After just avoiding a…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

January 24, 2015 @ 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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$10

Verskotzi + Jourdan Myers Tour Kickoff

January 24, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Joey Verskotzi (who performs as Verskotzi) is an old-school singer-songwriter, that beautifully dying breed of chrysalis that used to dominate the rock universe.. his debut record Lemon Heart is a magnificent example of the form.. power-pop.. chamber-pop, perfect melodies & terrific singing all the way through,”- l’etoile Magazine.. There’s one word to sum up our feelings about Verskotzi’s live show and that word is…WOW. We were initially wondering how the band could pull off the ultra polished sound of their album…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

January 25, 2015 @ 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

January 25, 2015 @ 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

Gary Rue & the Pittfield Four

January 28, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

The Pittfield Four IS: Gary Rue Dave Singley Gary Raynor Peter Johnson Blurb: “Practitioners of the time-honored craft of great songwriting, influenced by nearly everything musical, but most often by The British Invasion, R&B, the Poets of Tin Pan Alley and their Brill Building offspring.”

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$6

King Wilkie’s Dream

January 29, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 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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12/$15

Callaghan

January 30, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Advance tickets available by clicking this link. Advance $12/Day of show $15 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…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

January 31, 2015 @ 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

Basement Apartment + Jaime Ness

January 31, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Basement Apartment Record Label: Mpls Ltd Members: Vince Caro – lead vocals & guitar Kristina Caro – vocals, guitar Steve Finch – guitar Tim Ritter – bass Eric Furlong – guitar and keys Andy Iwanin – drums & vocals Janey Winterbauer – vocals Bio: Basement Apartment originally started out in 2001 conceived by Vince and Kristina Caro (ex-Pilot Light, Pine Marten Group). They successfully released “Interstellar EP” in 2002 on local indie label Susstones to warm reviews. Subsequent to its…

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February 2015
Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

February 1, 2015 @ 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

February 1, 2015 @ 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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$6

John Elliott & Brianna Lane

February 4, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

John Elliott John’s music is as indelible as it is indefinable. Asked for influences, he creates a guest list to one amazing dinner party: Bruce Springsteen, Guns ‘N Roses, Michael Jackson, Wilco, Radiohead, and fellow Minnesota native, Bob Dylan all passing the hot dish. His songs have been prominently heard on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill,” and “Californication” (a co-write with Gregory Alan Isakov and J Wagner). He has been featured in PASTE Magazine, on NPR and on Neil Young’s…

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$6

Sarah Morris + Thomas Nordlund

February 5, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Thomas Nordlund Thomas Nordlund is a guitarist and composer based in Minneapolis, MN. He holds a B.A. in Guitar Performance from the University of Minnesota-Morris and studied with Roger Brotherhood, Jaime Guiscafre, and Tim Sparks. In addition to performing as a solo artist, he is an active sideman with Sarah Morris, the Jana Nyberg Group, Moon and Pollution, Gesualdo, Andrew Foreman, and the Byron Johnson-Blanchard Quartet, and has performed at venues throughout the Midwest including the Dakota, Artist’s Quarter, Aster…

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$8

Ben Glaros + Ashleigh Still

February 6, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Ben Glaros and Ashleigh Still have recently received heaps of critical acclaim for their supporting roles in experimental folk pop group Fathom Lane , but folks that follow Twin Cities music know that they are also both extremely talented singers and songwriters in their own right. This evening fans can enjoy solo sets by each of them, with high likelihood that they will join each other onstage for some fun collaboration too!

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

February 7, 2015 @ 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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$20

Davina & The Vagabonds

February 7, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Advanced Tickets available at this link . 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. About…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

February 8, 2015 @ 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

Danny O’ Brien + Nate Gruber + Almighty American

February 12, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Danny O’Brien Known to most as the long time frontman of local indie-rock band The Farewell Circuit, Danny O’Brien sings about life in a way that will make you re-think yours. The songs are also pretty dang catchy. Nate Gruber Nate Gruber writes songs about love, life, and a whole lot of animals. Historically known to his fan base by his stage name, hitide.lotide, this Milwaukee ex-pat’s songs just might make you cry because of how good they are. You’ve…

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$7

Billy Johnson

February 13, 2015 @ 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

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

February 14, 2015 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

February 15, 2015 @ 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

Katy Vernon + Brian Just

February 20, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Katy grew up in London, England. She has been writing and singing as long as she can remember. This past year she released her debut solo CD Before I Forget. Songs of love, loss and happiness. Before I Forget is Vernon’s first solo album, her compositions are fairly sparse, leaving plenty of room for her songbird-like voice and her ever-present ukulele. “There is a beauty and hope in Vernon’s voice that ultimately makes the songs feel uplifting.” – Andrea Swensson,…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

February 21, 2015 @ 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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$10

Tommy & the Liebermen

February 21, 2015 @ 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 composition, Eskimo Kisses; on the soundtrack…

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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

February 22, 2015 @ 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

February 22, 2015 @ 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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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

February 28, 2015 @ 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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March 2015
Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 1, 2015 @ 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

March 1, 2015 @ 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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$10

Kiernan McMullan + Michael Shynes

March 4, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Writing songs to several people in particular and many in general, acoustic-soul songwriter Kiernan McMullan places importance on both honesty and melody as the foundation for his career. Ten years of extensive travel, performing, and crafting songs will have guided him through five music releases by the time 2013 comes to a close. Not really being from anywhere, the Irish-Australian brings an outsider’s perspective to his international fan base by writing songs about atypical subjects – covering life on the…

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$10

Vicky Emerson

March 6, 2015 @ 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 lovely, hushed voice brushes with emotion.” -CityPages…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

March 7, 2015 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 8, 2015 @ 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

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

March 14, 2015 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 15, 2015 @ 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

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

March 21, 2015 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 22, 2015 @ 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

Heather Maloney

March 26, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, 55414 United States

Heather Maloney is an American singer-songwriter who has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. Critics are quickly discovering Maloney’s talent with No Depression raving “Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought- provoking…” while Blurt Magazine wrote “Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I’ve heard in some time…the writing is stunning.” If there’s a typical path to becoming a songwriter, Maloney didn’t follow it. Although she went to…

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Free

Bluegrass Brunch with the High 48s

March 28, 2015 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

March 29, 2015 @ 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

March 29, 2015 @ 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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April 2015
Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

April 5, 2015 @ 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 »
$5

Mercy Seat Presents: TBA

April 5, 2015 @ 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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Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

April 12, 2015 @ 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

April 19, 2015 @ 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

April 26, 2015 @ 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 »
$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

April 26, 2015 @ 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 is curated by local bassist Andrew Foreman.

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May 2015
Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 3, 2015 @ 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 »
$5

Mercy Seat Presents: TBA

May 3, 2015 @ 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.

Find out more »
Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 10, 2015 @ 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

May 17, 2015 @ 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

May 24, 2015 @ 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 »
Free

Swing Brunch with Patty and the Buttons

May 31, 2015 @ 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 »
$5

Off the Cuff: Improvisational Jazz

May 31, 2015 @ 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.

Find out more »
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