Gypsy Mania Hot Club
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Gypsy Mania Hot Club

A spontaneous, vivid performance by some of Minnesota’s most stellar gypsy-jazz artists played in the Django Reinhardt French swing tradition of the 1930’s. Gypsy Mania features an exceptional stylistic dimension with prodigious improvisation – a group not to be missed.

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Mill City Hot Club
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Mill City Hot Club

The Mill City Hot Club was started by founding club member and guitarist Dean Harrington. The music is based on the tradition of gypsy jazz, pioneered in the 1920s by the Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt and French violinist Stephan Grappelli of the famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

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The Dang Ol' Tri'ole
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Dang Ol' Tri'ole

The Dang Ol' Tri'ole is a 6-person bohemian folk group from the Twin Cities. Having played together 6 years, members have honed their skills to demonstrate fluency at their respective instruments through complex melodies, dense compositions, improvisational soloing and dynamic presentation. Whether presenting their more complicated pieces or playing easy-going tunes, The Dang Ol' Tri'ole exhibits a highly entertaining stage presence, mixing musicianship with humor.

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Ben Cook-Feltz & Friends
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Ben Cook-Feltz & Friends

Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz is a singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist.  Combining observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the 60′s and 70′s, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent.  His most recent record, BCF, was released in September 2018.

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Siama Matuzungidi
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Siama Matuzungidi

Back in Africa, Siama Matuzungidi (see-AHH-maw) became a soukous legend, recording his intricate guitar on hundreds or songs and touring the world with popular artists. Now in Minneapolis, his catchy, upbeat songs and musicianship have earned him a McKnight Fellowship and numerous grants and a Parents' Choice Parent Approved award. He loves performing special concerts and events and sharing his happy music with kids and their families. In addition to singing and guitar, Siama plays traditional African instruments like mbira (thumb piano) and balafon (marimba).

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Jon Rodine
Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

Jon Rodine

Jon Rodine is a singer and songwriter, based in Minnesota. Drawing on sources like Dan Penn, Doug Sahm, Bob Dylan and beyond, his music is song-driven, a blend of Americana, groove-oriented rock’n’roll, and country soul.

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Jeff Ray & The Stakes
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Jeff Ray & The Stakes

FREE

Musicians from the Midwest have a knack for reinventing tradition. Jeff Ray is no exception. Go to any one of his performances and you’ll hear his fans say the same thing, “his music sounds old and new at the same time”.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Ray left home at the age of 17 to cut his teeth in Memphis. It was through those travels that he developed his unmistakable “East-meets-West” Bluesy Americana sound.

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Matthew Griswold
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Matthew Griswold

His youth belies the experience that infuses his songwriting and performance. Minnesota native and Alternative Folk singer, songwriter and practicing musicologist, Matthew Griswold is currently playing over 200 of his “Modern Day Minstrel Shows” each year. Though a “solo” performer in trade title, he carries the sound of two dueling guitars and an array of dynamic vocal personalities to include a mastery in the art of whistling, which are all then supported by one boot strapped foot, stomping on a wooden cigar box, and keeping a “chain gang” like cadence through it all.

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Arne Fogel
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

Arne Fogel

“Arne is arguably the best male vocalist in the region and most certainly is one of the best-informed jazz vocalists in the nation…..Over several decades, Arne has earned his place as a professional singer, a sensitive mentor and a respected historian…..”
– Robert H. Behrens, JazzMN, Inc. Board of Directors, in JazzMN Concert Series program

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Rena Haus Trio
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Rena Haus Trio

Singer/songwriter Rena Haus rolls folk music, blues, and jazz into unforgettable performances that are somehow always intimate no matter the venue. Her music is like the sound track of our common human experience, creating a personal connection with her audience. Like the late, great, Dave Ray said, “This chick can pick!”

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Joel Shapira
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Joel Shapira

Joel Shapira is a top performing classical and jazz guitarist based in the Twin Cities. His educational background includes studies with some of the world's greatest players and teachers including jazz legends Joe Pass, Tal Farlow and Gene Bertoncini, as well as master classical instructor Alan Johnston. A native of St. Paul, Joel attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and The Mannes School of Music in New York City where he lived, performed and taught for eight years.

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Nikki & The RueMates
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Nikki & The RueMates

Through the eyes of the RueMates everyone lives together and shares one galactic room under a sun in an extensive universe, and the RueMates would like to extend their musical room to those who enjoy a certain kind of time-travel. Their music, with blistering slide solos on resophonic and electric guitars along with the soul of Nikki’s melodious singing, weaves in and out of different musical eras.

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Cornbread Harris
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Cornbread Harris

James Samuel “Cornbread” Harris Sr. is a Twin Cities legend. His earliest influences were in country music, citing Hank Williams Sr. and Gene Autry among his favorites. Cornbread began learning piano at the age of 13, but he quickly grew tired of having his hands slapped with rulers by "the nuns" and he quit. He hit the piano once again in his early twenties, but this time around it was all about the Blues and he just kept on playing.

Now in his eighties, Cornbread is more active than ever in the local music scene. Don’t let his age fool you, Cornbread is full of life and is always hopeful about the future.

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Bernie King and The Guilty Pleasures
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Bernie King and The Guilty Pleasures

Bernie Gibbs King was born in Roswell, New Mexico on Halloween, he’s spent his time mining the lessons of great performers and producing songs that are buffed to a fine sparkle and shine. 

Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures came into being in early 2010 when they put together a group for a local jug band contest. The synergy between members was so natural and right that they decided to keep on making great music as a band. And that's exactly what they did as witnessed by the release of two great albums, 2012’s Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures and 2014’s Pretty Little Gal.

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Gypsy Mania Hot Club
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Gypsy Mania Hot Club

A spontaneous, vivid performance by some of Minnesota’s most stellar gypsy-jazz artists played in the Django Reinhardt French swing tradition of the 1930’s. Gypsy Mania features an exceptional stylistic dimension with prodigious improvisation – a group not to be missed.

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Sarah Morris
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Sarah Morris

Singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has a way with songs about the highs, and lows of love. With a voice both cozy and surprising; demure and daring, Sarah performs a range of songs from classic country to jazz standards, sprinkled with her own take on pop.

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Mary Cutrufello Trio
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Mary Cutrufello Trio

St. Paul roots-rock singer-songwriter Mary Cutrufello has been a mainstay in the Americana scene here and in Texas for a quarter of a century. She's performed on The Tonight Show and Austin City Limits, and toured in all 50 states and several European countries. Hailed by USA Today as "a fierce guitarist with with a blistered-throat voice," Cutrufello mixes original songs and classics of American music (think Willie Nelson and Steve Earle) into a captivating, heartland-proud musical stew at once timeless and immediate.

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Mill City Hot Club
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Mill City Hot Club

The Mill City Hot Club was started by founding club member and guitarist Dean Harrington. The music is based on the tradition of gypsy jazz, pioneered in the 1920s by the Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt and French violinist Stephan Grappelli of the famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

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Ben Cook-Feltz & Friends
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Ben Cook-Feltz & Friends

Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz is a singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist.  Combining observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the 60′s and 70′s, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent.  His most recent record, BCF, was released in September 2018.

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Jon Rodine
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Jon Rodine

Jon Rodine is a singer and songwriter, based in Minnesota. Drawing on sources like Dan Penn, Doug Sahm, Bob Dylan and beyond, his music is song-driven, a blend of Americana, groove-oriented rock’n’roll, and country soul.

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The Dang Ol' Tri'ole
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

The Dang Ol' Tri'ole

The Dang Ol' Tri'ole is a 5 person bohemian folk group from the Twin Cities. After 9 years of playing together, they have honed their skills to demonstrate their fluency at their respective instruments through tight vocal harmonies, complex melodies, dense compositions, improvisational soloing and dynamically cohesive presentation. Whether playing their more complicated pieces or presenting their easy going tunes, The Dang Ol' Tri'ole exhibits a multi genre, highly entertaining stage presence, mixing musicianship with humor.

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Debbie Duncan
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Debbie Duncan

Debbie was raised in Detroit by parents steeped in jazz, and was surrounded by the vibrant sound of Motown that was sweeping the country. She also has a strong love of folk, classical, and gospel music. The combination of these influences has given her the ability to blur the lines between jazz and popular music, and to sing with a rare level of emotional conviction that draws the audience into the heart of a song.

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Rena Haus Trio
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Rena Haus Trio

Singer/songwriter Rena Haus rolls folk music, blues, and jazz into unforgettable performances that are somehow always intimate no matter the venue. Her music is like the sound track of our common human experience, creating a personal connection with her audience. Like the late, great, Dave Ray said, “This chick can pick!”

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Bernie King and The Guilty Pleasures
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Bernie King and The Guilty Pleasures

Bernie Gibbs King was born in Roswell, New Mexico on Halloween, he’s spent his time mining the lessons of great performers and producing songs that are buffed to a fine sparkle and shine. 

Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures came into being in early 2010 when they put together a group for a local jug band contest. The synergy between members was so natural and right that they decided to keep on making great music as a band. And that's exactly what they did as witnessed by the release of two great albums, 2012’s Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures and 2014’s Pretty Little Gal.

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Cornbread Harris
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Cornbread Harris

James Samuel “Cornbread” Harris Sr. is a Twin Cities legend. His earliest influences were in country music, citing Hank Williams Sr. and Gene Autry among his favorites. Cornbread began learning piano at the age of 13, but he quickly grew tired of having his hands slapped with rulers by "the nuns" and he quit. He hit the piano once again in his early twenties, but this time around it was all about the Blues and he just kept on playing.

Now in his eighties, Cornbread is more active than ever in the local music scene. Don’t let his age fool you, Cornbread is full of life and is always hopeful about the future.

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Nikki & The RueMates
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Nikki & The RueMates

Through the eyes of the RueMates everyone lives together and shares one galactic room under a sun in an extensive universe, and the RueMates would like to extend their musical room to those who enjoy a certain kind of time-travel. Their music, with blistering slide solos on resophonic and electric guitars along with the soul of Nikki’s melodious singing, weaves in and out of different musical eras.

View Event →
Joel Shapira
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

Joel Shapira

Joel Shapira is a top performing classical and jazz guitarist based in the Twin Cities. His educational background includes studies with some of the world's greatest players and teachers including jazz legends Joe Pass, Tal Farlow and Gene Bertoncini, as well as master classical instructor Alan Johnston. A native of St. Paul, Joel attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and The Mannes School of Music in New York City where he lived, performed and taught for eight years.

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Rena Haus Trio
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Rena Haus Trio

Singer/songwriter Rena Haus rolls folk music, blues, and jazz into unforgettable performances that are somehow always intimate no matter the venue. Her music is like the sound track of our common human experience, creating a personal connection with her audience. Like the late, great, Dave Ray said, “This chick can pick!”

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Arne Fogel
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Arne Fogel

“Arne is arguably the best male vocalist in the region and most certainly is one of the best-informed jazz vocalists in the nation…..Over several decades, Arne has earned his place as a professional singer, a sensitive mentor and a respected historian…..”
– Robert H. Behrens, JazzMN, Inc. Board of Directors, in JazzMN Concert Series program

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Matthew Griswold
Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

Matthew Griswold

His youth belies the experience that infuses his songwriting and performance. Minnesota native and Alternative Folk singer, songwriter and practicing musicologist, Matthew Griswold is currently playing over 200 of his “Modern Day Minstrel Shows” each year. Though a “solo” performer in trade title, he carries the sound of two dueling guitars and an array of dynamic vocal personalities to include a mastery in the art of whistling, which are all then supported by one boot strapped foot, stomping on a wooden cigar box, and keeping a “chain gang” like cadence through it all.

View Event →
Jeff Ray & The Stakes
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Jeff Ray & The Stakes

FREE

Musicians from the Midwest have a knack for reinventing tradition. Jeff Ray is no exception. Go to any one of his performances and you’ll hear his fans say the same thing, “his music sounds old and new at the same time”.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Ray left home at the age of 17 to cut his teeth in Memphis. It was through those travels that he developed his unmistakable “East-meets-West” Bluesy Americana sound.

View Event →
Siama Matuzungidi
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Siama Matuzungidi

Back in Africa, Siama Matuzungidi (see-AHH-maw) became a soukous legend, recording his intricate guitar on hundreds or songs and touring the world with popular artists. Now in Minneapolis, his catchy, upbeat songs and musicianship have earned him a McKnight Fellowship and numerous grants and a Parents' Choice Parent Approved award. He loves performing special concerts and events and sharing his happy music with kids and their families. In addition to singing and guitar, Siama plays traditional African instruments like mbira (thumb piano) and balafon (marimba).

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Roe Family Singers
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Roe Family Singers

The Roe Family Singers are a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the Mississippi-headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife & husband Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll urgency and influence.

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Siama Matuzungidi
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Siama Matuzungidi

Back in Africa, Siama Matuzungidi (see-AHH-maw) became a soukous legend, recording his intricate guitar on hundreds or songs and touring the world with popular artists. Now in Minneapolis, his catchy, upbeat songs and musicianship have earned him a McKnight Fellowship and numerous grants and a Parents' Choice Parent Approved award. He loves performing special concerts and events and sharing his happy music with kids and their families. In addition to singing and guitar, Siama plays traditional African instruments like mbira (thumb piano) and balafon (marimba).

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Roe Family Singers
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Roe Family Singers

The Roe Family Singers are a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the Mississippi-headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife & husband Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll urgency and influence.

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Becky Kapel
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Becky Kapel

“This late-bloomer Minneapolis country crooner fell in with esteemed local twang vets Paul Bergen and Erik Koskinen to craft her album, That Certain Ache. Her smoky but tender voice recalls Jeannie C. Riley while her songwriting has a Lucinda Williams-like balance of down-and-out grit and hopeful beauty, with standout cuts including the bittersweet, slow-waltzing title track and the cool-rambling Capable Man.” -Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Sophia Shorai
Mar
30
6:00 PM18:00

Sophia Shorai

A singer with equal parts heart, charm and individuality, Shorai has been a mainstay on the minneapolis jazz scene for the past 10+ years.  With five self-released albums under her belt, she mixes old classics, modern revivals and her own pop gems with ease and soul.  Shorai has collaborated with many of the midwest’s finest and most celebrated musicians and has garnered international vocal recognition through commercials, television shows and films.

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Vic Volare
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Vic Volare

Vic Volare is the Twin Cities legendary crooner. His rat pack stylings have been thrilling crowds since 1996. With his band of merry men known as the Volare Lounge Orchestra, Vic has blazed a horn screamin high kickin trail of swing music and classic standards that keeps em dancing all night long.

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Sarah Morris
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sarah Morris

Singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has a way with songs about the highs, and lows of love. With a voice both cozy and surprising; demure and daring, Sarah performs a range of songs from classic country to jazz standards, sprinkled with her own take on pop.

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Vic Volare
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Vic Volare

Vic Volare is the Twin Cities legendary crooner. His rat pack stylings have been thrilling crowds since 1996. With his band of merry men known as the Volare Lounge Orchestra, Vic has blazed a horn screamin high kickin trail of swing music and classic standards that keeps em dancing all night long.

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Mike Munson & Friends
Dec
29
10:00 AM10:00

Mike Munson & Friends

Mike Munson makes his home in Winona, Minnesota, a town sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the bluffs, with train tracks cutting through its middle. Well known for playing outstanding slide guitar blues, the driving rhythms in his songs are reminiscent of the trains that barrel through his neighborhood. He’s a humble fellow who loves making food and playing guitar and singing.

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Javier Matos
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Javier Matos

"Every so often a guitar player comes out of nowhere to knock you off your feet...Javier Matos is such a player. He can play bottleneck slide blues like he was born with a National guitar in his hands. He has a confident solid vocal talent to boot, packing a solid punch behind his fierce guitar attack." Tim Sheridan ~All Music Guide

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