Bryan Nichols & Brandon Wozniak

Bryan Nichols & Brandon Wozniak

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Bryan Nichols is a Minneapolis-based pianist and composer, working primarily in jazz and improvised music. 

Brandon Wozniak studied music at Indiana University with David Baker and privately with Tom Walsh. One of Minnesota’s most exciting saxophonists. He returned to the twin cities in 2006 after six years in New York City and a six month stint in Shanghai, China. 

'Verses' Curated by Javi Santiago and Proper-T featuring Mina Moore and Lady Midnight

'Verses' Curated by Javi Santiago and Proper-T featuring Mina Moore and Lady Midnight

$7 at the door

Taylor Johnson (Proper-T) is a Minneapolis born and bred musician, singer, and songwriter.  He is a member of groundbreaking collectives such as ZuluZuluu, 9th House, and Wild Seed. 

Javi Santiago is a powerful young artist with a strong vision. Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, he grew up surrounded by strong artistic support. He was given a strong musical background by his jazz musician parents, as well as stalwarts of the local jazz community. 

 

Tim Sparks

Tim Sparks

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An award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world.  Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it “rich and sensuous”. 

MICHAEL HAUSER

MICHAEL HAUSER

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Tonight’s Dinner Set features Solo Flamenco guitar from the leader and founder of A Touch of Spain.

Portage Album Release + Dustin Thomas

Portage Album Release + Dustin Thomas

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

From their very first show opening for Trampled by Turtles, Portage has been known for howling their intimate lyrics and presenting a unique blend of indie-rock, soul, and folk, drifting easily between rock stages and acoustic sing-a-longs on living room couches. Their new release, Creatures, will be available to buy at the show.

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love: International globe-trotter Dustin Thomas is making waves from Australia to Moscow with his infectious blend of beat-box/soul folk. Armed with a voice, a guitar and universal anthems of faith, love, and war; this young artist continues to inspire hearts around the world on his mission of music, joy, and peace.

ELIZABETH GHANDOUR & THE HEIGHBURNERS

ELIZABETH GHANDOUR & THE HEIGHBURNERS

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Comprised of Minneapolis singer/songwriter Elizabeth Ghandour, banjoist Johnny Kovarik, pedal steel guitarist Josh Braun and acoustic bassist Jimmy Osterholt.

MAKR presents: Rashad Becker & Eli Keszler duo + Ghost Ice + Suffer Room(Cole & MAKR) + JT Bates + DJ Sean Reed

MAKR presents: Rashad Becker & Eli Keszler duo + Ghost Ice + Suffer Room(Cole & MAKR) + JT Bates + DJ Sean Reed

$5 at the door

MAKR, McGee’s solo project, is designed to explore music though repetition, slowly unraveling itself into an epic story. – Jerome Foundation

Breakaway is a Darkwave/Witch House/Neofolk musician out of Minneapolis, MN. A solo project from Joe Kujawa (formerly Froseph).  #10 "Best New Musicians of Minnesota 2014 Picked to Click" poll by The CIty Pages Minneapolis.

JT Bates's first solo effort, Open Relationships, was recorded at April Base Studios in Wisconsin with acclaimed producer BJ Burton, is a largely solo effort written and performed by JT, with contributions from electronic/noise artist Mark McGee and guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker. 

Erik Koskinen

Erik Koskinen

$8 at the door


Erik Koskinen’s America Theatre is a translucent eulogy to the genuine. Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic

 Johnson Family Band + Black River Revue

Johnson Family Band + Black River Revue

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

A reunion show for Johnson Family Band!  

The Johnson Family Band is a collection of musicians who originate from the Fargo/Moorhead area that came together from a variety of musical backgrounds to celebrate a common love of folk music.  They now are individually spread across the country and get together on rare and special occasions. 

(Black River Review)We are a group of friends from Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota who share a love for all different genres of music. Using a bluegrass instrumentation we have crafted our own sound made up of mostly original music which can be heard on our debut album "Garbage Pickin" (released in April of 2013).

Javi Santiago + Ted Olsen

Javi Santiago + Ted Olsen

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Javi Santiago is a powerful young artist with a strong vision. Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, he grew up surrounded by strong artistic support. He was given a strong musical background by his jazz musician parents, as well as stalwarts of the local jazz community. 

Moodie Black + ECID

Moodie Black + ECID

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Moodie Black returns with the 3rd annual Six Dark Days tour.

In anticipation of the forthcoming album Lucas Acid and in support of their latest EP MB II Moodie Black has scheduled select dates to share the new live show. Moodie Black continues its contribution as the most ambiguous band of the small buzzing noise rap scene. 

Minneapolis rapper/producer Ecid has been operating on the fringes of rap music for close to a decade, with no co-sign, no angel investor, just an undeniable passion for contributing to the ever changing hip-hop landscape. 

Michael Hauser

Michael Hauser

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Solo Flamenco guitar.  Michael Hauser is sometimes referred to as “The Father of Flamenco in the Midwest”.

Gordi + Good Night Gold Dust

Gordi + Good Night Gold Dust

Presented by First Avenue

$10 in advance/$10 at the door

"Can We Work It Out" is the pulsating follow up to "Nothing's As It Seems" and "Taken Blame", the first 2 singles from Sydney-via- Canowindra artist Gordi. The 22 year-old indie folk artist evokes a kind of nostalgia that lingers long after her strumming stops. A diverse musical diet including classic folk icons like Carole King, Paul Kelly and Joni Mitchell and their modern counterparts in The Tallest Man on Earth, Asgeir Trausti and Laura Marling bring a welcome sense of familiarity to her songs. But the craft in her songwriting is found partly in the emotional spectrum that her tracks span – from wistful aching to spirited celebration, her lyrical journeys take us places in our memories and imaginations that belie her 22 years. 

 

Tim Sparks

Tim Sparks

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An award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world.  Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it “rich and sensuous”. 

Sister Tree

Sister Tree

$6 in advance/$8 at the door

SisterTree is a sumptuous Celtic / Americana folk duo, featuring the radiant, expansive harmonies of fiddler and vocalist Kerri Joy and guitar/mandolin/vocalist Dee Brust.

“Somewhere between the woad and the reels, I was dumbstruck by your collective good vibration. I think your sound is absolutely perfectly like the original folkies I used to hear when I was a pup!” -Martin Furey of The High Kings

Nightchain

Nightchain

10pm-11pm NO COVER

11pm-1:15am $5.00

1:15am-close NO COVER

WE ARE BACK IN THE HOOD! GET READY FOR THE BEST WEEKLY SHINDIG IN MPLS. ‪#‎NIGHTCHAIN‬

$2 OFF ALL TAPS, HOUSE WINES & RAIL DRINKS.
15% OFF FOR SERVICE INDUSTRY WITH PROOF

Coloring Time

Coloring Time

Icehouse MPLS (map)

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First Tuesdays Coloring Time! 

RACHEL KURTZ + Eustace the Dragon + Daniel Greco

RACHEL KURTZ + Eustace the Dragon + Daniel Greco

$5 at the door

Rachel Kurtz has found acclaim and a national audience of thousands due to her appearances at a series of community service events held in sports arenas across the country.

Wingman record release + Tungsten

Wingman record release + Tungsten

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Birthed out of the common love for music that comes naturally, members Con Davison and Dan Stewart met while playing as the rhythm section in another Minneapolis band, Ancient Mariner. Spanning a wide range of sound,  Their debut record is full of challenging ideas delivered by big guitars and infectious melody. 

Tungsten is a passion project between three seasoned Twin Cities musicians, Joe Clark, Jef Sundquist and Jeremy Hanson. Formed as a splinter project from Hildur Victoria in 2011, Clark and Hanson began performing improvised electronic sets under the name Tungsten. 

Bryan Nichols Duo

Bryan Nichols Duo

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Bryan Nichols is a Minneapolis-based pianist and composer, working primarily in jazz and improvised music.  Bryan was awarded a 2010-11 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, a prestigious and competitive award given to Minnesota musicians. He was also awarded a 2004 residency by Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center, given to outstanding, emerging jazz performer/composers. 

Kid Dakota + The Lower 48 Album Release

Kid Dakota + The Lower 48 Album Release

$8 in advance/$8 at the door

After years of doing God knows what, Darren Jackson (vocals, guitar) and Christopher McGuire (drum set) have reunited as Kid Dakota.  The duo released "So Pretty" (2002) and "The West is the Future" (2004) on LOW's label, Chairkickers.

“If the Beatles and Jack White gave birth to a musical baby, it would sound something like The Lower 48 – and yes, the band is just as ferocious as one would imagine. The trio’s multi-instrumental wall of sound is marvelous because the lead singer isn’t just a lead singer, the bassist doesn’t only play bass, and the drummer doesn’t only drum; they all carry the weight of at least two players effortlessly…”-BestNewBands.com

MICHAEL ROSSETTO & DAVID HUCKFELT

MICHAEL ROSSETTO & DAVID HUCKFELT

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Longtime friends, life long musicians in a rare duo setting, Michael Rossetto & David Huckfelt come together to play songs of the country, and songs of the folk.  Individually they have performed with a wide scope of artists – The Pines, Spaghetti Western String Co, Pieta Brown, Frankie Lee, and Erik Koskinen.

Bryan Nichols Duo

Bryan Nichols Duo

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Bryan Nichols is a Minneapolis-based pianist and composer, working primarily in jazz and improvised music. In May 2011 Bryan released his debut recording as a leader, Bright Places, containing nine original compositions for his quintet.

Gramma's Boyfriend + The Cult of Lip + Prism Breaker (feat. Lance Conrad and Serita Colette)

Gramma's Boyfriend + The Cult of Lip + Prism Breaker (feat. Lance Conrad and Serita Colette)

$10 in advance/$12 at the door

(Gramma's Boyfriend)The five members include front woman Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker (Cloak Ox, Andrew Bird), Mark Erickson (Cloak Ox), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), and Jacob Hanson (Actual Wolf, Haley Bonar, All Tomorrow’s Petty), who join forces to create the psychadelic dance punk that is guaranteed to make you move.

(The Cult of Lip)In a micro-scape of blinking lights, the psychedelic is always on the mind but so is the drag of it." - Kissin Alleys

DJ set by Prism Breaker (feat. Lance Conrad and Serita Colette).  Dance party to close out the night!

Pushing Chain

Pushing Chain

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The duo, which has been performing together in various manifestations since 1997, plays roots and Americana music featuring Boyd on guitar and vocals and Adam on the fiddle and vocals.

 

Charanga Tropical

Charanga Tropical

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First American Group EVER Invited To International Danzón Festival
In Havana, Cuba, is Minnesota-Based Band Charanga Tropical!

Nightchain

Nightchain

10pm-11pm NO COVER

11pm-1:15am $5.00

1:15am-close NO COVER

WE ARE BACK IN THE HOOD! GET READY FOR THE BEST WEEKLY SHINDIG IN MPLS. ‪#‎NIGHTCHAIN‬

$2 OFF ALL TAPS, HOUSE WINES & RAIL DRINKS.
15% OFF FOR SERVICE INDUSTRY WITH PROOF

IPR/Rhymesayers Presents: RhymeCity All-Stars

IPR/Rhymesayers Presents: RhymeCity All-Stars

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Featuring Musab (Rhymesayers), Adi, and Nick Vogue’d and Chilly Breeze of RhymeCity All-Stars + DJ Blaze One

YOU OUGHTA KNOW 90S NIGHT

YOU OUGHTA KNOW 90S NIGHT

$6 in advance/$8 at the door

A party so clandestine, it has its own X-File; so retro, only Clarissa could explain it; so rare, it’s a once in a so-called lifetime phenomenon:  YOU OUGHTA KNOW - The 90’s Throwback Party Experience.

DJ Keith Millions will keep up the jams between sets.

JAVI SANTIAGO & JAMES BUCKLEY

JAVI SANTIAGO & JAMES BUCKLEY

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“JAVI HAS A UNIQUE NATURAL APTITUDE FOR IMPROVISATION COUPLED WITH AN INSPIRING WORK ETHIC…”

The Thirsty River cd release + Tin Can Gin

The Thirsty River cd release + Tin Can Gin

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

With tonight's release of their first full length album in "Through this World of Woe", the Thirsty River shares an eclectic set of tunes tied together by their retrospective approach toward the interpretation of personal experiences, effectively documenting the group's journey through time. 

Tin Can Gin was born and brewed upon the shores of Lake Superior near Duluth,MN.  With backgrounds in folk, rock, classical, jazz and punk, the combination of music and vocal gymnastics creates an experience in sound that is sure to tickle your musical palate while you tap your toes in unbridled pleasure. 

Phil Heywood

Phil Heywood

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"Phil Heywood may be the Midwest's best-kept secret." — Gary Joyner, Acoustic Guitar

"... this Minnesota mainstay has long been applauded as standing out from the rest of the pack of pickers." — St. Paul Pioneer Press

Michael Hauser

Michael Hauser

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Solo Flamenco guitar.  Michael Hauser is sometimes referred to as “The Father of Flamenco in the Midwest”.

Michael Shynes + Chris Koza

Michael Shynes + Chris Koza

$10 in advance/$12 at the door

(Michael Shynes) "Musically, I'm in love. His accessible and passionate sound is one that had me hitting the repeat button on one song for almost an hour." -Rebecca Cicione A & R Columbia Records

Chris Koza writes lyrics and songs that drift in through the ears then circulates throughout the body like a melody bonded to oxygen. He has toured the country and shared the stage with many amazing and notable artists such as Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Tift Merritt, Field Report, and others. 

Poppa Bear Norton

Poppa Bear Norton

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Norton is a group led by veteran Singer Songwriter Zak Norton, along with Producer Dan Deurloo, and Guitar "Super Picker" Bronson Bergeson. Musicians with the common goal of raising the bar of Country Music by mixing Old and New School country sounds.

Woodblind album release + MR DR

Woodblind album release + MR DR

$6 in advance/$8 at the door

Woodblind releases their new album, Big Voice to Minneapolis audiences on June 19th. The infectious ska duo aims to please - in their own words: “We strive to master the style, but first we strive to have a good time.”

MR DR (Mister Doctor) is a country-rock duo from Minneapolis, MN featuring David Mehling (The Fontanelles, Portage) and Stacy K. Expect ragged harmonies, twangy guitars and bad jokes. 

Nightchain

Nightchain

10PM-11PM NO COVER

11PM-1:15AM $5.00

1:15AM-CLOSE NO COVER

WE ARE BACK IN THE HOOD! GET READY FOR THE BEST WEEKLY SHINDIG IN MPLS. ‪#‎NIGHTCHAIN‬

$2 OFF ALL TAPS, HOUSE WINES & RAIL DRINKS.
15% OFF FOR SERVICE INDUSTRY WITH PROOF

MAKR Presents

MAKR Presents

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MAKR, McGee’s solo project, is designed to explore music though repetition, slowly unraveling itself into an epic story. – Jerome Foundation

Katia Cardenas album release + JAZZONEANDO cd release

Katia Cardenas album release + JAZZONEANDO cd release

$10 in advance/$12 at the door

Katia Cardenas is a jazz and R&B vocalist in the Twin Cities, recognized for her radiant energy, impeccable range, and dynamic and powerful voice. Releasing her debut EP, "I'll Be Seeing You" in June 2016.

JAZZONEANDO is a Latin jazz trio presenting original contemporary arrangements of Cuban son, Brazilian bossa nova, and American jazz standards and swing music, plus original compositions from a mature Latin jazz point of view. 

Hookers $ Blow

Hookers $ Blow

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Music from a more permissive era.  

For over a decade Hookers $ Blow has delved deep into the Soul pantheon treating audiences to rocking dance grooves from 60s and 70s R & B. With a rotating cast, the band is literally a super group of Twin Cities musicians, featuring current and former members of The Honeydogs, Soul Asylum, The Bodeans, Brian Setzer Band, Prairie Home Companion Band, The Dollys and more.

Tim Sparks & James Buckley

Tim Sparks & James Buckley

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An award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world.  Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it “rich and sensuous”. 

SOUL FRIDAY PRIDE 2016!!

SOUL FRIDAY PRIDE 2016!!

$12 in advance/$15 at the door

The flyest night for Queer Women of Color and friends to celebrate Pride! Come out and getchyo dance on!

Featuring DJ Keezy, DJ Lady L, & DJ Sophia Eris (Grrrl Prty)

Special guest performers including: Alissa Paris, B Dot Croc, K.Raydio, And more…

Jaspar Lepak

Jaspar Lepak

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Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songwriter whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Sweeping across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.

Jacob Hanson & James Buckley

Jacob Hanson & James Buckley

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Tonight’s Dinner Set features guitarist Jake Hanson and upright bassist James Buckley.  Members of Haley Bonar, The Pines, and Halloween, Alaska.

The Counterfactuals album release + Joey Ryan & The Inks

The Counterfactuals album release + Joey Ryan & The Inks

$6 in advance/$8 at the door

“The ‘factuals are super strong songwriters, wielding astonishing melodies and surprising chord changes like a sharpened rapier. […] I cannot wait for their forthcoming 2nd album.” – Jon Hunt, L’Etoile Magazine

Top-five finalist for “Best New Band” in the 2014 City Pages Readers Poll

“Joey Ryan & the Inks are givers. The band’s lust for ’60s pop, abundance of melodies and penchant for hooks reward without asking for anything more than a pair of ears and a pulse”- Jay Boller

ELIZABETH GHANDOUR & THE HEIGHBURNERS

ELIZABETH GHANDOUR & THE HEIGHBURNERS

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Comprised of Minneapolis singer/songwriter Elizabeth Ghandour, banjoist Johnny Kovarik, pedal steel guitarist Josh Braun and acoustic bassist Matt Palin.

Vicky Emerson + Jake Armerding & Matt Patrick

Vicky Emerson + Jake Armerding & Matt Patrick

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Vicky Emerson's trademark blending of folk and blues has earned her
critical acclaim and her most recent release, Wake Me When the Wind Dies
Down, has risen to #58 on the Americana Music Association Radio Charts in
2016.   

"Vicky Emerson has a voice like a fallen angel that's as pretty as
it is strong, and now she backs it up with growing lyrical depth and
richly blue Americana arrangements on her third album. " -STAR TRIBUNE

"With Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down, Vicky Emerson takes her spot among
the best. She may not be as heralded as some of her compatriots, but there
is no doubt that she belongs." -SOUTHERN MN SCENE

Nightchain

Nightchain

10PM-11PM NO COVER

11PM-1:15AM $5.00

1:15AM-CLOSE NO COVER

WE ARE BACK IN THE HOOD! GET READY FOR THE BEST WEEKLY SHINDIG IN MPLS. ‪#‎NIGHTCHAIN‬

$2 OFF ALL TAPS, HOUSE WINES & RAIL DRINKS.
15% OFF FOR SERVICE INDUSTRY WITH PROOF

Ilika Ward & The Moonlight Riders album release +  Crankshaft + Mike Munson & Mikkel Beckmen

Ilika Ward & The Moonlight Riders album release + Crankshaft + Mike Munson & Mikkel Beckmen

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Jake Ilika and Joel Ward (ILIKA WARD) have been making music together for over 12 years, but only recently recorded their debut album "Many Faces".   They've been recording and performing with their backing string band The Moonlight Riders, a trio of top-notch Minneapolis musicians featuring Jillian Rae (violin, Corpse Reviver), Max Graham (mandolin, Kind Country), and Jeff Swanner (upright bass, The May North).  They add depth and weight to the songs and performances of Ilika Ward, polishing the duo's modern take on old-time folk and country sounds.  

 

Jillian Rae + Ben Lubeck

Jillian Rae + Ben Lubeck

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment.

Ben Lubeck is a songwriter based in Minneapolis. He is a founding member of Farewell Milwaukee and has released three records with the band. Rented Rooms is Ben's first solo effort.   

 PUSHING CHAIN

PUSHING CHAIN

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The duo, which has been performing together in various manifestations since 1997, plays roots and Americana music featuring Boyd on guitar and vocals and Adam on the fiddle and vocals.

Erik Koskinen

Erik Koskinen

$8 AT THE DOOR

"He has the ability to create a song, and a sound, that feels natural, intimate and exciting all at the same time, which is something only the truly great songwriters and musicians can claim."
 - Rich Larson

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

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Lakewood Cemetery is an indie folk duo comprised of Minneapolis locals Dan Krzykowski and Katrina Schleisman.  Their debut album was released in summer 2015, and they were recently chosen as semi-finalists for the Star Tribune's "Are You Local?" 2016 best new band contest.

The Meadows

The Meadows

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Pete Linman (North Equator Nine, Idedit, Rhea Valentine), Wendy Lewis (Rhea Valentine, Redstart, The Bad Plus) and Jeff Waryan (Figures, Spirit House Trio) have shared rock bands, stages and studio time.  
Some of you may know Wendy from her work on the 2009 Bad Plus album "For All I Care." 

Charanga Tropical

Charanga Tropical

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First American Group EVER Invited To International Danzón Festival In Havana, Cuba, is Minnesota-Based Band Charanga Tropical!

Andi & Alex + Chance Peña

Andi & Alex + Chance Peña

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Andi & Alex...2016 Top 5 Wisconsin Bands to Watch -Piet Levy (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) 
Andi & Alex...WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) "Best New Artist" 

Chance Peña is a Singer - Songwriter from Tyler, Texas. He performs many of his orginals and a few of his favorite covers. Chance was a Top 24 finalist on Season 9 of The Voice. He is currently working on his first EP, which will be released in the Summer of 2016.

Legacy of Love

Legacy of Love

$10 suggested donation

The Legacy of Love is a tribute show for the late Ryan Ogle.  The show is a fundraiser for the St. Paul Love Project, a non-profit organization that was founded by Ryan; which has since been taken over by those who support the dreams and have chosen to continue the legacy he left behind. The St. Paul Love Project’s mission is simple: get people involved in music and art who wouldn't necessarily be financially capable of doing so themselves. 

Jenn Bostic

Jenn Bostic

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Jenn Bostic is a Minnesota native, currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. Her emotive songwriting and powerful vocals have been touching hearts around the world.  In 2012, Bostic received 5 Independent Country Music Association Awards including "Best Female Artist," and "Best Songwriter.” 

Elizabeth Ghandour & The Heighburners

Elizabeth Ghandour & The Heighburners

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Comprised of Minneapolis singer/songwriter Elizabeth Ghandour, banjoist Johnny Kovarik, pedal steel guitarist Josh Braun and acoustic bassist Matt Palin.

The J.E. Sunde Group + The Soil & The Sun

The J.E. Sunde Group + The Soil & The Sun

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

J.E. Sunde is the solo project of Jonathan Sunde. Before striking out on his own, Jon spent years making beautifully unusual music with The Daredevil Christopher Wright. In July, 2014 he released his first solo album, Shapes That Kiss The Lips Of God, with Cartouche Records out of Davenport, IA. 

The Soil and the Sun are, of course, great partners in the mystery that is creating life, making things grow.  Out of Grand Rapids, MI, Alex, Ashley, Benjamin, and Kellen make music in the delicate balance between simplicity and complexity.  Through soaring vocal melodies, ethereal synth textures, driving guitars, and pulsing electro-organic rhythms, these four friends explore the human condition and reach for greater meaning. 

Aaron Kamm & the One Drops + Natty Nation + Trichrome

Aaron Kamm & the One Drops + Natty Nation + Trichrome

$10 in advance/$12 at the door

Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. 

Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub--this is the unique blend of music that is Madison, WI's Natty Nation. The independent all original touring & recording outfit is one of the original leading forces in USA based reggae.

 

PaviElle

PaviElle

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

PaviElle is an amazing powerhouse vocalist with an equally powerful 9 piece band, playing both originals and covers. Most recently, PaviElle was voted as Minneapolis City Pages "Best R&B Vocalist of 2015, her band was named one of First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2015 and, she has just been nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on TPT's "Lowertown Line".

 

batteryboy album release + The Ericksons

batteryboy album release + The Ericksons

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

"The sound is comfortably grounded by heart-over-head vocals graced in sweet harmonies anchored in pulsating percussion. Lofty and sincere lyrical lines slide over the sweetly sad string slips that will keep them in you inner ear for the next year and more." - Mid West Music Fest

The Ericksons are sisters Bethany Valentini and Jenny Kapernick, who grew up speaking each others’ thoughts, knowing each others’ hearts.  Valentini and Kapernick enlisted long time collaborator, Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Mould) to record Bring Me Home in the familiar Wisconsin woods of Justin Vernon’s studio, April Base. 

Bobby Long

Bobby Long

$10 in advance/$12 at the door

Though England is his place of birth, the songs found on Bobby Long’s forthcoming sophomore album, Wishbone, are redolent with pieces of Americana. They were composed in New York City, a place he feels more at home than he ever did while living in his native country, and the album itself was brought to life on the other coast, recorded with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Old Crow Medicine Show) in Los Angeles. “New York has shandy print on everything I do,” explains Long, “but there’s a Californian tint or energy on this album.”

An evening with The Claudettes

An evening with The Claudettes

$8 in advance/$10 at the door

Pianist Johnny Iguana formed the Claudettes, who feature Berit Ulseth on vocals, Zach Verdoorn on bass guitar and vocals and Matt Torre on drums. Johnny, who has toured internationally with his own cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is currently a member of two Grammy-nominated blues groups: Chicago Blues--A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. Johnny has toured or recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Carey Bell, Lil' Ed and more (including many years and albums with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god). 

Dan Israel

Dan Israel

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He won Song of the Year (for “Come to Me”) in the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards and Songwriter of the Year in the 2006 MMA's; he formed Dan Israel and The Cultivators in 1996 and has released 13 critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, 2015's "Dan." 

The Morton Sisters + Brian Bethke

The Morton Sisters + Brian Bethke

$7 in advance/$7 at the door

The Morton Sisters from Eau Claire, WI provide the perfect soundtrack for embracing the beauty in pain. Songwriting sisters Hannah, Becca and Mookie weave influences of Alternative,  Americana and Desert Rock with raw emotion in their songs.

Folk rock singer/songwriter, Brian Bethke brings a big sound with his lyrically strong and Americana fueled rock album, Ghost Songs. Brian has packed his latest album with the experience and stories of a songwriter who has toured the US, but has always found his way back to his home at the end of a rural Wisconsin road.

Luke Redfield + Stephen Simmons

Luke Redfield + Stephen Simmons

$6 in advance/$8 at the door

Redfield has appeared at festivals such as South By Southwest while playing some 500+ shows (mostly self-booked in true working-class fashion) over the past decade. Sharing the stage with Marissa Nadler, Gregory Alan Isakov, Cory Chisel, and many others, Redfield's live shows are always heartfelt. 

Simmons released his debut studio album, Last Call, in 2004. “Lay On The Tracks”, a standout track from Last Call, was a winner at the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Last Call was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, picked up and released by Rounder Europe Records; followed by three more Rounder Europe releases and extensive touring in Europe.