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Being a part of the music community in Minnesota is a gift to every artist, listener and participant.  The stage of Vieux Carré is rich with history and whispers of musicians past. Today the tradition continues with a varied schedule highlighting local talents in many different genres with a focus on jazz, soul, blues, and the magic of each.  Patrons and artists share the room to commune in the celebration of life and each other.

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May 2019

Scott Graves

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

Growing up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota, Scott first learned to pick Hank Williams songs on an old flat-top guitar his parents got him for his 10th birthday. Reading the credits and liner notes to all the Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and other British invasion bands of the day led him to the old blues masters. Johnny Winter was another important early influence and link to other bluesmen.

Scott continues to listen to a lot of the late great blues players–Albert Collins, Albert King, Freddie King–along with some more recent favorites like Snooks Eaglin, John Mooney and Chris Cain.

Scott played with a number of bands around the Twin Cities and Rochester area in the 1970s and 80s. He had a gig playing keyboards with Alexander O’Neal and played with Percy Strothers before being recruited by Big Walter Smith  for his Groove Merchants band in 1991. Scott was Walter’s lead guitarist and Musical Director until Smith’s death in 2012.

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Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

May 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Since 2009, The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has stretched their own musical limits with album after album of intensely energetic ART-ROCK. Definition of ART-ROCK: A type of rock music, often with poetic lyrics, characterized by sophisticated harmonic, dynamic and technical complexity based on forms derived from classical (and jazz) music and requiring performers of considerable training and skill. It sounds so serious, but when you combine that type of music with four fun-loving musicians who don’t take themselves too seriously and who have a love of so much music beyond art-rock (which is why the band covers songs from Otis Rush’s All Your Love to Whipping Post to When the Levee Breaks to YYZ), you get a bit of magic in live music form. The band writes and performs music that excites them and has a blast doing it! The GCO appreciates and aspires to superior musicianship while combining their love of a good riff, hummable melody and groovy jam… over a jazz/jazz-rock musical bedrock. It all culminates in an intensely energetic live performance because “we freakin’ love what we do and love that the fans dig it too!! “

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Two x Deux w/Molly Maher: James Tyler O’Neill & Lara Bolton, Lady XOK & Xiram

May 21 @ 7:00 pm

A new weekly series of duets, hosted by Molly Maher

 

Molly Maher is the sort of musician you see once and never forget. An incomparable singer and songwriter with compelling depth and soul and cutting lyrics draws from the deep roots of Americana music. She writes songs that ring true. Her singing is a fine balance of deep and soulful, somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt. Twangy and lament-filled spirit, guitar driven country-folk-jam with a blues swagger.

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Fellow Pynins w/Ben Noble

May 22 @ 8:00 pm

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Fellow Pynins (pronounced PIE-nins) is a contemporary folk duo that has been dwelling deep in the mountains of Southern Oregon USA. The duo—now based in Minneapolis— comprised of Dani Aubert and Ian Van Ornum, performed in their former years as a 7-piece folk orchestra called Patchy Sanders, which took them far and wide through the journey of songwriting and touring.

After the folding of Patchy Sanders, the duo decided to take their love of songwriting and performing down to the bones, and used their acoustic instruments and voices to write the material for their first album, “Hunter & the Hunted.” They quickly received accolades for this 2016 release from the likes of BBC, fRoots Magazine, and Country Music People. Lisa Dunn of BBC exclaimed, “Fellow Pynins will transport you into their haunting and beguiling world of love tales and spine-tingling harmonies…They will have you traveling far and wide to hear them again.”

Their first tour through Europe in 2016 brought them from Spain to Ireland— hitting small towns, far-reaching islands, and the greater metropolitan areas. This trip was a reconnaissance for the duo as they discovered their family history in Ireland and Scotland and began to collect the traditional songs of the people. This spark of song collecting re-inspired their love of storytelling and performing intimate, acoustic concerts and infiltrated their repertoire of original songs with a smattering of uniquely interpreted traditional songs.

Fellow Pynins’ “Spellbinding” (Country Music People) music employs the sounds of the mandolin, banjo, guitar, bouzouki and their voices in harmony to tell the stories of this human existence: the hardships of farming life to the eerie edges of dreams and the gallant joys of pleasantries and love. In the words of Frank Hennessy of BBC Wales: This is “Fascinating Stuff!”

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Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter. His music is heavily indebted to a vast span of artists including Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Radiohead, and Damien Rice. He has a number of projects in the works, of varying musical taste. Noble’s newest album, Whisky Priest, released in the Spring of 2017. The self-produced album is a mix of dreamy lyricism and thoughtful production and has been very well received upon its debut.

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$8

Hannah Von der Hoff, Rachelle Lanae Smith, Anna Stine

May 23 @ 8:00 pm

Bonnie Raitt meets Alabama Shakes. Original, visceral rock n roll pays respects to its blues, soul, jazz, Gospel and folk roots.

Minneapolis-Native Hannah von der Hoff is nearing completion of her debut full-length album under new moniker ‘Holy Hannah!’

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Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Hannah von der Hoff just may have stepped out of a classic Film Noir to haunt your dreams. With a dramatic stage presence, gritty, intoxicating guitar that drips with luscious chords, and sensual, visceral vocal delivery, she is a striking femme fatale whose music is every bit as dangerous as it is exciting. In addition to her stirring solo shows, Hannah has performed and toured as a backup singer with Caroline Smith, and led an electro-pop group SEXCAT.

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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 wild places and powerful female artists. 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 released October 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. The lilting melodies and forthright lyrics evolved after leaving her home in Ohio and beginning a new life in Minnesota, where many solo trips to the North Shore and bike rides around the companion like lakes breathed life into the compositions. The music and message that blossomed from the process is one of acknowledgement and acceptance. Produced by Robert Bell, Company of Now is a recognition of what we leave behind when we embark on a new journey, and a celebration of all that we gain while being present during the inevitable ache that accompanies growth.

Anna performs on The Current’s Radio Heartland show

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The Steepwater Band

May 24 @ 9:00 pm

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Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music.

The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 18 years, averaging about 140 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov’t Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In the following years, the band has returned to the United Kingdom and Europe for multiple club and festival tours, increasing their loyal overseas fan-base.

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$12

Pat Donohue & Friends

May 25 @ 8:00 pm

Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. A versatile guitarist’s guitarist, Pat enjoys entertaining fans with intricate fingerpicking, easy wit, and nimble interpretations of old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes.  A regular on NPR’s The Prairie Home Companion for many years, Pat Donohue has become a household name nationwide.

Besides his guitar chops, Donohue is also a talented songwriter whose original songs have been recorded by Chet Atkins, Kenny Rogers, and more.

Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too — recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, and others. Nobody’s Fault (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat’s 10 albums.

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Chris Bates Trio w/Joe Strachan, Miguel Hurtado

May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Chris Bates is a bassist of formidable talent. Having worked professionally for 25 years across all spectrums of the musical landscape he continues to be a driving force in the Minnesota music scene. Raised in a musical household Chris learned early on that variety and diversity were the key to being a working musician and he set his sights on the stars by the time he was a teenager. A very valuable sideman with dozens of groups, Chris has played a pivotal role in several groups, including the Motion Poets, Atlantis Quartet, his own Red 5 quintet and Good Vibes Trio, and several others.

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Maryann & the Money Makers

May 29 @ 8:00 pm

Maryann Sullivan’s passion for jazz began at an early age, when her father, a local trumpeter, played his jazz records in their home. She studied music in college, and played flute and saxophone in the Augsburg Jazz program under the direction of James “Doc” Carlson.

Sullivan has been an on-air radio personality in the Twin Cities since the 1980s. She has worked in a variety of radio formats and settings. Her jazz broadcasting career began when she worked at KTWN-108 in Anoka,  the first full time jazz radio station in the Twin Cities area. She went on to broadcast jazz at several stations, including KTCJ, KTWN’s “The Breeze” new-age jazz satellite radio network, and KTWN Video as a jazz video host.

Sullivan is also an established voice-over professional, and has worked since 1981 on thousands of voice over engagements, including industrial show narration, audio books, telephone systems, and advertisements. Her client list numbers in the hundreds.

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$12

Jack Brass Band

May 30 @ 8:00 pm

The Jack Brass Band was formed in 1999 in the Twin Cities.  Based on the traditions of New Orleans’ brass bands, they are the ambassadors to the Crescent City’s rich musical history. The band plays “Feel-Good Music” for audiences of any age, for any occasion.

The band has the ability and repertoire to play everything from old New Orleans jazz from Louis Armstrong’s era, to the modern street Mardi Gras anthems with the instrumentation, feel, and energy they have mastered through countless gigs, parades, festival appearances, and trips to New Orleans to listen, learn, and play alongside the masters.

“If you like your gumbo spicy and your music hot, check out the Jack Brass Band,” said Wynton Marsalis after hearing them.

Simply put, the Jack Brass Band brings the party to any event with a rich tradition and a groove that will make you want to get up and dance to the New Orleans sound.

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