Minnesota Barking Ducks
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Minnesota Barking Ducks

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For over 30 years the Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks have brought a driving, diverse, blues-based music to the Twin Cities and all points in between.  Mic McCormick has been with the band since its inception and has forever silenced crowds with his phenomenal, oh-so-tasty guitar.  The "new" members have been Ducks for a little less than a decade. Ed Dunn plays bass and sings. Ed is intense, and plays deep in the pocket, Kit Kildahl sings and plays guitar and occasional harp. Kit has known Mic since '75, when he was playing with the Dust Bowl Blues Band and Ace in the Whole.

These guys have a lot of music to draw on, so the result is a wide-ranging songlist--blues of course; but also rock, R & B, and jazz standards like "Fly Me to the Moon".

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Hootenanny Annies
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Hootenanny Annies

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Hailing from the Mankato & New Ulm region, The Hootenanny Annies have been performing music together for 17 years. The duo is carried by their vocal harmonies, playing a wide variety of country, rock, bluegrass and folk music. Pam plays the Cajone and mandolin while Crista plays guitar and fiddle.

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Ken & Ken
Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

Ken & Ken

The Ken & Ken Show features the singing and comedy of some of your favorite classics including: Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Neil Diamond, The Hollies, Smothers Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson.

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Bockfest Boys
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Bockfest Boys

The Bockfest Boys perform a raucous show of upper mid-west style music which includes a number of original compositions as well as popular music from the past 50 years and beyond.  Arrangements include overtones of country, rock and roll, ethnic polka, folk, blues and bluegrass all combined into a Minnesota hotdish that is piping hot out of the oven.  Their unique style and contagious audience engagement makes for one truly fun filled experience every single time they perform. Vocals, Trombone, Trumpets, Baritone, Lead, Rhythm, and Bass Guitars, Concertinas, Button Accordion, Keyboards and Percussion are their tools of the trade.  Band members include Anton “Tony” Berg, Scott Sparlin, Randy Domeier, Allan “Smiley” Wiltscheck, Bob Beusmann, Jeff Braegelmann and Steve Moran. Expect anything.

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The Frye
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

The Frye

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The Frye is Joe Tougas and Ann Fee, two Chicago-born songwriters and performers influenced by 1970s era WLS playlists and portable Panasonic cassette players.

They are in their twelfth year as a traveling  acoustic duo. The Frye performs regularly at bars, music festivals, vintage clothing stores and private events that range from weddings to wild game feeds.

The two also wrote and performed the the stage musical, "The Best of Hank and Rita: A Barroom Operetta."

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Anna Stine & Robert Bell
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

Anna Stine & Robert Bell

Anna Stine is an indie folk artist creating music that ponders the trials and triumphs that make us most human. Her lyrics and melodies are driven by a soulful authenticity that invites audiences to connect to their own stories. Anna harmoniously blends together her love of honest folk songs and haunting jazz melodies, while drawing upon the influence of powerful female artists such as Billie Holiday, Angel Olsen, Norah Jones and Laura Marling. Anna's experiences as a music therapist have given her a unique understanding of the ways that music can enrapture and transform us, and she seeks to manifest this through her intentional presence and performance. In her debut album "Company of Now", set to be released summer 2018, Anna delves into the delicate dance of being present in the midst of growth and discomfort. Through songs that speak to both suffering and self-acceptance, she encourages listeners to stand tall, breathe easy, and step from the ground they're standing on.

Anna will be joined by guitarist Robert Bell. Robert Bell is one of the most in-demand jazz guitarists in the area. His passion for music is evident in his playing, and he is well versed in several styles.Anna and Robert began working together in early 2018 on her upcoming debut recording.

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Doug Collins
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

Doug Collins

Called "one of the most brilliant songwriters to emerge from the Twin Cities in nearly two decades" by southernminn.com, Doug Collins's hooky mix of Beatle-esque pop and classic country are highlighted in his energetic shows (both solo and with his crack band, the Receptionists), soulful singing, and honest, emotional songs. His last two CD's were voted "Best of the Year" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and his most recent, Good Sad News, was was voted #3 best American release in Spain by Ruta66 Magazine.

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Dennis Curley
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

Dennis Curley

Dennis grew up in Syracuse, New York, and received his B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  He moved to the Twin Cities in 1992.

From 1992 until 1994, Dennis was employed at Hey City Stage, performing in the musical Forever Plaid.  Beginning in 1993, he became a full-time singer with the cover band Pizazz, a band he performed with until 2012. 

His compositions include Love After HoursVampires! Horror!U Betcha: The Making of a Minnesota Boy BandRoute 66: Cruisin' the American DreamWhistling Past the GraveyardPride and Plot of PointlessnessChurch Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping, and Church Basement Ladies 6: Rise Up, O Men

Dennis has served as Musical Director for local and national productions of The Marvelous WonderettesSchoolhouse Rock Live!RentThe FantasticksPump Boys and DinettesHere's LovePower BalladzU Betcha and Church Basement Ladies 2, among others.  He co-produced Pride and Plot of Pointlessness in 2006 and 2008, and Whistling Past the Graveyard in 2007 (for which he also served as stage director).

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Minnesota Barking Ducks
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

Minnesota Barking Ducks

For over 30 years the Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks have brought a driving, diverse, blues-based music to the Twin Cities and all points in between.  Mic McCormick has been with the band since its inception and has forever silenced crowds with his phenomenal, oh-so-tasty guitar.  The "new" members have been Ducks for a little less than a decade. Ed Dunn plays bass and sings. Ed is intense, and plays deep in the pocket, Kit Kildahl sings and plays guitar and occasional harp. Kit has known Mic since '75, when he was playing with the Dust Bowl Blues Band and Ace in the Whole.

These guys have a lot of music to draw on, so the result is a wide-ranging songlist--blues of course; but also rock, R & B, and jazz standards like "Fly Me to the Moon".

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Dick Kimmel & Kelly Coyle
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Dick Kimmel & Kelly Coyle

The music of Dick Kimmel is firmly rooted within traditional bluegrass, old-time stringband, and folk music; genres where he excels as a performer as well as an historian, mentor, and teacher.  Dick regularly carries his music throughout North America and Europe as a solo performer and with various music collaborations including his band Dick Kimmel & Co, The Alan Munde Trio and duos with folks like Pamela Longtine, Ian Kimmel, Adam Granger, Graham Sones, and Lori Jean. 

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Pushing Chain - $5 Tickets
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Pushing Chain - $5 Tickets

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Pushing Chain, a folky-tonk duo from Minnesota’s north shore, will be coming to The Grand Kabaret as part of a midwest tour. Pushing Chain features Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on the fiddle and vocals. They play original songs, covers of classic artists like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Nina Simone, and some fresh new takes on old folk songs. The duo features tight harmonies and a gonzo approach that keep their performances fresh and exciting.

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Charlie Roth
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Charlie Roth

Americana, Folk, Blues, Country, Celtic, Charlie Roth is a unique blend of all these genres. What Charlie is best at is telling a story with his rich baritone vocal, acoustic guitar, rack harmonica, and foot percussion. His fifth album ‘Broken Ground’ reached up to #6 on the Euro Americana charts and continues to get air play all over the world. He has recorded with the likes of Sam Bush, Michael Bland and other American legends. A consummate showman, an entertainer with countless gigs under his belt, Charlie has mastered the art of playing and singing from his heart, exuding the sheer joy of making great music which can be felt by everyone who is connected to that magical and medicinal spiritual grace.

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Masa Ishikawa Jazz Trio
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Masa Ishikawa Jazz Trio

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Masa will be joined by Rick Orpen and Robert Shoemaker for this show.

Masa Ishikawa’s music has been performed in multiple countries including China, Japan and Italy. As a composer, his work includes both jazz instrumental/vocal compositions, ranging from chamber (3 to 7-piece jazz combo) to large ensembles (17-piece jazz orchestra/studio jazz orchestra) His composition, Hotaru (firefly), was selected as the winner of 2014 Downbeat Student Music Awards in Graduate Original Composition for Small Ensemble.

As a native of Fukushima (Japan), Ishikawa premiered a multi-movement jazz big band work titled Suite for the Forgotten in 2015. The suite is dedicated to people who are currently living in Fukushima under the risk of exposure to radiation. Several of his compositions have been published from UNC Jazz Press.

 As an active pianist, Ishikawa and his groups have performed at various jazz festivals/concerts in the United States. He was selected as one of the five finalists to compete for the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition.

Ishikawa received Mid-Career Artist Grant from Prairie Lake Regional Arts Council in 2018. With the support of this grant, Ishikawa is expected to release his first instrumental jazz album, titled Dialogue (both digitally and physically) in June 2019.)

Ishikawa currently serves as a Visiting part-time Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota where he teaches Music Theory, Applied Jazz Piano as well as directing The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble and The Gustavus Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

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Steven Klassen & Jackie Jurgens
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

Steven Klassen & Jackie Jurgens

Steven Klassen spent his early years living with his grandparents and playing spoons along with Grandpa Nick on an old Gibson acoustic. Grandma Alvina played harmonica and frequent visitors stopped by in the evenings to add their instruments or voices to the evenings entertainment. Upon His return from the VIetnam War, in 1968, Steven moved in with a good friend John Goossen who was the bass player for the Epicurian's Band..i.e. Murphy Brothers Band.  Steven Iearned his first guitar chords during this time and a love for the spirit of 60's rock and roll. Steven plays a 001 Martin Parlor Acoustic guitar accompanied by harmonica. Several years ago Steven published a CD of original songs. Steven writes songs about his grand children, love songs, folk songs, anti-war songs and mystical meditation folk songs. Steven has played gigs in Arizona, San Diego, Switzerland, France, Brooklyn, Wine Cafe in Mankato, Okoboji, Iowa and places forgotten. A memorable gig was played at the Back Fence Bar on Bleeker Street in Greenwhich Village, a frequent haunt of Bob Dylan. Love of music remains the motivation for Steven's ongoing playing of live gigs.

Steven will be joined by Jackie Jurgens on drums.

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Mark Braun & Kaleb Braun Schultz
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Braun & Kaleb Braun Schultz

Mark Braun and grandson, Kaleb Braun Schulz (aka. . .Old Guy and the Kid) have been regularly performing as this unique duo for the past 3 years.  Their acoustic covers of everything from Dylan to Van Morrison, The Beatles to the Avett Brothers has been enjoyed by music connoisseurs of all ages.  Braun's history includes performing as a lead vocalist in various bands over the past 40 years. In addition to working with grandson Kaleb as "the Old Guy" in the duo, he does varieties of solo performances for special occasions.  In addition to being "the Kid" and adding his talents to the duo, Schulz is carrying the family musical tradition to the next level recording and performing as a solo artist throughout Minnesota.  Together they present an enjoyable evening filled with acoustical covers of memorable hits that touch a nostalgic nerve in all of us.

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MR DR and Stacy K & Andrea Lyn Duo
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

MR DR and Stacy K & Andrea Lyn Duo

Stacy K has been playing music her entire life, although it was not always her intention as a career. Originally from Sleepy Eye, MN she got her start performing with the popular Midwest band The Johnny Holm Band. After that she spent time in Minneapolis going to school for vocal performance and songwriting. While in the cities Stacy K began to create and perform her own music. One of her most recognized previous projects is "Hotel Colfax", earning her the recognition of "Best New Act To Keep An Eye On" by The Current. In her latest project, Stacy K breaks from her previous style of folk and reinvents her sound to become more “art-pop-rock” experimenting with computer, drum machines, and synths. The new album is deeply personal and speaks to the long road to sobriety and the joy of becoming a new mother. Stacy is now deeply involved in the Mankato music scene playing with her band, working as a music educator, and spinning vinyl records at the Hub.

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Mad About Broadway
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Mad About Broadway

Mad About Broadway is a celebration of musical theater songs from the classics by Gershwin, Kurt Weill, and Cole Porter to newer shows like Waitress, Wicked, and Ordinary Days. You'll also be delighted by selections from composers Kooman & Dimond, Jeff Blumenkrantz, and Goldrich & Heisler. The show will be a mixture of love ballads, tales of heartache and pain, and hilarious comedy sung by Kathy Wurster and Jenny Haugen and accompanied by Ryan Henning and Laura Stelljes. Come on out for a night that'll leave you laughing, smiling, shedding a tear or two, and whistling a happy tune on your way home!

 Kathy Wurster has loved the stage for as long as she can remember.  She has enjoyed playing roles in Carousel, Turn of the Screw, Music Man, Camelot, Pirates of Penzance, Gondoliers and Into the Woods. Off stage, Kathy performs as a soloist with MLC choirs, in the Summit Avenue Music Series and as a recitalist.  She holds an M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Kathy works at Martin Luther College where she teaches voice lessons, vocal pedagogy and is the Music Director for their fall musical. She has been the Vocal Director for State Street Theater summer musicals Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof and South Pacific. She is a wife to Miles and a mom to two beautiful girls, Ella and Izzy.

 Jenny Haugen is a singer of many genres -- opera, classical, jazz, and musical theater, and has sung solos with the Minnesota Valley Chorale, as a recitalist, in the Summit Avenue Music Series, and is the lead vocal in the Blue River Combo. After earning her B.A. in Music at Bethany Lutheran College and M.M. in Vocal Performance at The Boston Conservatory, Haugen began teaching voice at Martin Luther College, Bethany Lutheran College, and privately. 

TICKETS: $5 students/$8 members/$12 non members
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Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra

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Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra is a Minnesota-based band. The group plays original, roots-based, alternative music that includes elements of jazz, folk, rock, tango and funk. Led by banjoist Eli Hoehn, the group performs mostly in Minnesota. The band includes bassist, Kelly Coyle, drummer, Damen Price, trombonist, Nate Beran, and keyboardist, Peter Jacobs. The group formed as a 3-piece in 2012 with founding members, Hoehn, Wayne Schmidt and Jason Helder. The group has released three CD projects including, “What’s the Matter with Captain Gravitone?” (2012), “A Real Fine Day (when the circus comes to town)” (2015), and their latest release, “A Universe Parallel to Our Own” (2018). Much of Gravitone’s music revolves around the fictional super-hero, Captain Gravitone.

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Gary Rue & Randy Sabien - TICKETED EVENT
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Gary Rue & Randy Sabien - TICKETED EVENT

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Fourth grader Randy Sabien dreamed of playing rock and roll drums in a group like the Beatles. He ended up playing the violin instead. Fourth grader Gary Rue dreamed of playing rock and roll guitar in a group like the Beatles. He did! Randy and Gary bring decades of stage experience to The Grand for a rare appearance combining jazz violin, original songs, Americana roots, and British Mersey Beat stylings. They might even play a Beatles tune. Or two.

Gary Rue is well known to regional audiences for his work with Wire, Thumbs Up , Nip and Tuck, and Curtis A,  but he has also enjoyed a 50 year career as a songwriter for national and international artists. Other artists include Robert Robinson, Prudence Johnson, Butch Thompson, Pat Donohue, Debbie Duncan, Rio Nido, Mary Jane Alm, The Rose Ensemble, The Mavericks, Honeydogs, Willie Murphy, Leslie Ball, Dan Chouinard, Maria Jette and of course, Randy Sabien.

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Randy Sabien describes his sound as “Bob Wills meets Art Blakey (be-bop) meets the Allman Brothers (blues rock).”  You can expect to hear classic Western swing tunes such as “Maiden’s Prayer,” an instrumental version of a Grateful Dead song, “Stella Blue,” or a swinging Duke Ellington tune, “Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool.” Just as Will’s Texas Playboys. Sabien has toured the world playing in different styles and with many greats of the music world.

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Machinery Hill - $5 TICKETS
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Machinery Hill - $5 TICKETS

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, Brave Combo, Eugene Chadbourne, Jimmy Carl Black and Queen Ida; and have headlined at The Great River Folk Festival, among others. Machinery Hill is the 1996 winner of the Minnesota Music award for best world beat CD, the 1999 MMA winner for specialist recording and has been included in TPT’s series MN. Original (episode #226).

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Nikki & The RueMates Duo
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Nikki & The RueMates Duo

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Nikki Roux and Rich Rue are the core members of the ongoing group, Nikki & The RueMates. Together, they express some of America’s great musical past through voice, guitar, and songwriting with their interpretation of classic female blues tunes, their 60’s-like electric guitar sounds, and lyrics that are ‘thoughtful, dreamy, sultry and unguarded.’ Rich’s blistering slide guitar solos and Nikki’s melodious singing create an intimate, joyful and refreshing musical experience.

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Roe Family Singers
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Roe Family Singers

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For 15 years Kim & Quillan Roe have made music together, starting at a tribute to the then-recently-deceased Johnny & June Carter Cash. Since then, they’ve grown into a 4-5 person band and have maintained a weekly residency at the 331 Club in Minneapolis.

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The Tony Rook Band
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Tony Rook Band

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Born and raised in North Carolina, Tony Rook is no bluegrass novice. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 12, rocking out in the local music scene before returning to his bluegrass roots. Tony, now a multi-instrumentalist, describes his music as “incredibly personal.” His songs convey real-life experiences and hardships through soulful lyrical arrangements and intricate guitar riffs.

In their debut project “Reflections,” released in October 2018, Tony Rook Band showcases nine original tracks of contemporary bluegrass out of the eleven tracks.

Tony Rook Band members are Brent Fuqua on mandolin and vocals, Terry Johnson on bass and vocals, and Graham Sones on banjo and vocals. Brent is a strong instrumentalist whose creativity, enthusiasm and energy helps drive TRB. As its bassist, Terry is TRB’s backbone and brings those high tenor vocals to the mix. Graham brings a driving banjo and the baritone vocals to the quartet. He’s an extremely versatile banjo player and can easily shift from melodic fiddle tunes to a straight-ahead Scruggs style.

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Cottonwood Special
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Cottonwood Special

Cottonwood Special is a trio of musicians from southern Minnesota. Pete Matejcek plays acoustic guitar and sings, Ryan Smith is on drums (primarily brushes), and Dave Begalka plays dobro, lap steel, guitar, and sings as well. They cover a variety of mostly Americana ranging from old to new. There's Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Hayes Carll, Jason Isbell, Avett Brothers, Tom Waits and all sorts of things between, including a handful of original songs thrown in as well.

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Mother Banjo
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Mother Banjo

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Mother Banjo celebrates the release of her new album with a special show at The Grand! Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com. She has showcased at South By Southwest (SXSW) and the Folk Alliance International Conference and is touring behind her new album Eyes on the Sky with her award-winning Americana band. More info at www.motherbanjo.com.

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The Watermelon Slush
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Watermelon Slush

Down-home country music born right in the heart of rural Minnesota.  Pete Klug and Ben Scruggs grew up across the field from each other, strummin' geetars and walkin' gravel roads.  Austin, MN native Jason Felten joins the ruckus on stand up bass.  Come expecting hot guitar pickin', big bass grooves and all original songs that get your feet movin' and your gut bustin'.  Come get SLUSHY with us!

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Joyann Parker Blues Trio
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Joyann Parker Blues Trio

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Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter.  She has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country, frequently sells out the most prestigious clubs in the Twin Cities and garnered national and international attention for her newest record, "Hard To Love." Joyann is a 2018 Blues Blast Magazine Music Award nominee and Heritage guitars artist. She has opened for Grammy winner Robert Cray, taken the stage for Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop in a pinch, represented Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN and won the award for 2016's Best Self-Produced CD from the Minnesota Blues Society.

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Tristan Blue
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Tristan Blue

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Combining contemporary covers and originals with traditional Irish folk, Tristan Blue's whiskey soaked lyrics cut to the heart and tell the tale of a young man making his way through the world.

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Minnesota Barking Ducks
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Minnesota Barking Ducks

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For over 30 years the Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks have brought a driving, diverse, blues-based music to the Twin Cities and all points in between.  Mic McCormick has been with the band since its inception and has forever silenced crowds with his phenomenal, oh-so-tasty guitar.  The "new" members have been Ducks for a little less than a decade. Ed Dunn plays bass and sings. Ed is intense, and plays deep in the pocket, Kit Kildahl sings and plays guitar and occasional harp. Kit has known Mic since '75, when he was playing with the Dust Bowl Blues Band and Ace in the Whole.

These guys have a lot of music to draw on, so the result is a wide-ranging songlist--blues of course; but also rock, R & B, and jazz standards like "Fly Me to the Moon".

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Everett Smithson Band - $5 TICKETS
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Everett Smithson Band - $5 TICKETS

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The Everett Smithson Band has a sound you might hear in the French Quarter of New Orleans. A mix of zydeco, blues, tex mex, rockabilly and funky roots music. Every show has an upbeat party atmosphere with powerful grooves and funky back beats.

This band is made of players that have toured the world with big names like Kim Wilson, Bo Diddley, Big George Jackson, Bryan Lee, Gary Primich, Johnny Adams and more. The Everett Smithson Band has release five albums on Simmontree Records. Lots of original songs about life in the real world.

Everett Smtihson- Vocals, harmonicas, rubboard

Kathleen Smithson- Vocals, accordians, 12 string guitar, mandolin, rubboard

Jeremy Johnson- Guitar

Bill Black- Bass guitar

Victor Span- Drums/precussion 

www.everettsmithson.com

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