Gypsy Mania Hot Club
Jun
21
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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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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Mill City Hot Club
Jun
28
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
Jun
29
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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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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Sarah Morris
Jun
15
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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Joel Shapira
Jun
14
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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Bernie King and The Guilty Pleasures
Jun
9
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
Jun
8
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
Jun
8
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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Jeff Ray & The Stakes
Jun
7
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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Rena Haus Trio
Jun
2
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
Jun
1
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
Jun
1
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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The Dang Ol' Tri'ole
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

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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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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Debbie Duncan
May
24
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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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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Ben Cook-Feltz
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Ben Cook-Feltz

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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Gypsy Mania Hot Club
May
17
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.

View Event →
Bernie King and The Guilty Pleasures
May
12
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.

View Event →
Cornbread Harris
May
11
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.

View Event →
Nikki & The RueMates
May
11
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
May
10
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
May
5
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!”

View Event →
Arne Fogel
May
4
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
May
4
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
May
3
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
Apr
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).

View Event →