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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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March 2019

$15

Two x Deux w/Molly Maher: Lucia Sarmiento/Chris Olson, Liz Draper/Charlie Parr

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Liz Draper and Charlie Parr will be performing musical soundscapes, textures and drones influenced by the sound of the Mississippi slowly freezing and shifting in sub zero temperatures. They just might throw in some country blues song-based improvisations as well. Portal to thaw. https://www.charlieparr.com/press.html

Chris & Lu Duo: The Chris & Lu Duo exists when it is conjured, let it take you elsewhere on a sonic trip.

Lucia Sarmiento Bio: A young Peruvian Saxophonist breaking through the Minneapolis music scene with a huge sound and effervescent personality. From a young age, Lucia has been influenced by the classic jazz cats like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, as well as the gritty more modern Chris Potter and Michael Brecker.

Chris Olson has been active on the Twin Cities music scene for over 20 years. Since graduating from the University of North Texas, Chris has played in groups of all sizes and styles throughout the Midwest, and has taught at multiple locations, including the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin. He is currently a faculty member at St. Thomas University in Saint Paul and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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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Liz Draper and Charlie Parr will be performing musical soundscapes, textures and drones influenced by the sound of the Mississippi slowly freezing and shifting in sub zero temperatures. They just might throw in some country blues song-based improvisations as well. Portal to thaw. https://www.charlieparr.com/press.html

Chris & Lu Duo: The Chris & Lu Duo exists when it is conjured, let it take you elsewhere on a sonic trip.

Lucia Sarmiento Bio: A young Peruvian Saxophonist breaking through the Minneapolis music scene with a huge sound and effervescent personality. From a young age, Lucia has been influenced by the classic jazz cats like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, as well as the gritty more modern Chris Potter and Michael Brecker.

Chris Olson has been active on the Twin Cities music scene for over 20 years. Since graduating from the University of North Texas, Chris has played in groups of all sizes and styles throughout the Midwest, and has taught at multiple locations, including the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin. He is currently a faculty member at St. Thomas University in Saint Paul and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.

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Liz Draper and Charlie Parr will be performing musical soundscapes, textures and drones influenced by the sound of the Mississippi slowly freezing and shifting in sub zero temperatures. They just might throw in some country blues song-based improvisations as well. Portal to thaw. https://www.charlieparr.com/press.html

Chris & Lu Duo: The Chris & Lu Duo exists when it is conjured, let it take you elsewhere on a sonic trip.

Lucia Sarmiento Bio: A young Peruvian Saxophonist breaking through the Minneapolis music scene with a huge sound and effervescent personality. From a young age, Lucia has been influenced by the classic jazz cats like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, as well as the gritty more modern Chris Potter and Michael Brecker.

Chris Olson has been active on the Twin Cities music scene for over 20 years. Since graduating from the University of North Texas, Chris has played in groups of all sizes and styles throughout the Midwest, and has taught at multiple locations, including the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin. He is currently a faculty member at St. Thomas University in Saint Paul and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

If it’s possible for a band to own a town, then Molly Maher and her band of Disbelievers are as close as it gets to holding the keys. Molly is considered by some the reigning queen of the Twin Cities scene — she’s an incomparable singer and songwriter with compelling depth and soul, and has shared the stage with some of the best acts in the country, among them Los Lobos and John Hiatt.

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$7

Twin Cities Hot Club

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Twin Cities Hot Club (TCHC) represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of gypsy jazz originally popularized by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. They recreate not only the famous la pompe that distinguishes this romantic brand of acoustic jazz but also gypsy bossa nova, musette, bolero, and swing. TCHC perform this timeless deep-rooted music that is physical, alive and speaks directly to the heart.

TCHC formed in September of 2004 and have been sharing their expressive, “hot” style with audiences ever since. The group has been featured on KBEM Jazz 88.5fm, Minnesota Public Radio, and has received rave reviews in Vintage Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, the Twin Cities Jazz Society Newsletter and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Notable performances include: author Michael Dregni’s book release Django: the Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindyfest, Minnesota Sur Seine with Dorado Schmitt, Minnesota State Fair and the Uptown Row Django Jazz Festival, to name a few.

“These guys swing hard at all times while never masking the emotional nuances and melodic tone. And it’s a treat to sit back and listen to, and watch, acoustic strings.” -Jazz Police

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$15 table / $12 bar

Mary Louise Knutson Quintet feat. Michael B. Nelson, Pete Whitman 

March 28 @ 8:00 pm

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Minneapolis-based jazz pianist and composer Mary Louise Knutson has been called “one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time.” Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene.

Knutson tours regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his big band (featuring Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts), has toured the U.S. with her own trio, and Italy with vocalist Debbie Duncan.

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Joel Shapira

March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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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$10

Best Friday Ever! w/Southside Aces

March 29 @ 9:00 pm - March 30 @ 12:00 am

At Vieux Carré, every last Friday of the month is the Best Friday Ever! The Southside Aces sextet plays a century’s worth of New Orleans jazz. They travel from Louis Armstrong to Jelly Roll Morton to Preservation Hall, with stops along the way at Duke Ellington and Bix Beiderbecke. From Buddy Bolden to Lady Gaga! What?! You heard right. That’s why this is the Best Friday Ever.

Southside Aces perform traditional New Orleans jazz. The band first began as the brainchild of Clarinetist Tony Balluff and Sousaphone player Erik Jacobson. Their whispers and rumors materialized in Tony’s foyer near Pillsbury and 27th in South Minneapolis, late August 2003. Since their first gig on a flatbed truck in Apple Valley, they’ve played weddings, festivals, clubs— “music furnished for all occasions.”

The Aces have self-produced and released five CDs: All Aboard!!, Bucktown Bounce, A Big Fine Thing, their Christmas album, Santaphone, and their latest, Second Thursday.

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Mumblin’ Drew

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mumblin’ Drew grabs you by the ear and pulls you down a rabbit hole of traditional American music. He treks across the landscape from country-blues guitar and harmonica-driven old-time, to an eerie banjo number or a tin pan alley oddity. Countless hours of playing on street corners around the country has instilled a genuine approach into his performance. But no matter where he takes you, you won’t be guided astray.

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$20 table / $15 bar

Kara Grainger

March 30 @ 9:00 pm

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Kara Grainger’s music career began in a small suburban town of Sydney Australia and since then has taken her on an incredible journey throughout the globe. Combining tasteful blues and slide guitar, soulful vocals and a heartfelt approach to songwriting, Kara’s truly unique sound will leave you uplifted, inspired and always wanting more.

At the age of 16 Kara joined with her brother Mitch Grainger to form the band “Papa Lips”. The band toured consistently throughout Australia and produced two studio albums that received national air play. The band was heavily influenced by the sounds of Stax recording in Memphis, and by the funky style of blues and soul that derived from New Orleans.

Recently Kara was invited to play in Northeast India by the Himalayan Blues Foundation. Her performance at the “18 degrees cultural Festival” introduced the local community in Shillong to roots and blues music for the very first time.

She has traveled to Indonesia several times to perform at the the Jakarta International Blues Festival, performing together with her US band and also as a special guest with “The Jakarta all Women Blues Review”.

In 2011 she toured Japan with “The Swampers and Donnie Fritts”, the infamous house Rhythm section for “Fame Recordings” in Muscle Shoals…She has taken her band to Switzerland where she performed at the “Sierre Blues Festival” as well as “Lucerne”. The band has also toured in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Spain.

In the US Kara has performed at several Festivals such as ‘The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival’, ‘Blues from the Top’ in Colorado and “Austin City Limits”. She has also opened the show for many extraordinary acts such as Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Jonny Lang, to name a few.

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April 2019

$8

Mississippi Hot Club

April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mississippi Hot Club is inspiring a new generation of young swingers in Minnesota. With reverence and chops, Mississippi Hot Club’s new album, Swing Cities, shines light on the bold music of Django Reinhardt from a fresh pop-oriented perspective.

Recorded at Wild Sound Recording Studio in Minneapolis, Swing Cities masterfully captures MHC’s spunky performances, featuring an upbeat approach to jazz manouche, hot club jazz, and gypsy jazz. Swing Cities captivates with its high caliber swing and rhythms that run from cool to fiery.

Joshua Parlanti’s engaging improvisation on lead guitar is complimented by the fierce solos of violinist Alissa Jacobsen. This fearless duo is supported by la pompe rhythm guitarists Ian Stenlund and Luke Zupan, along with airtight upright bassist Joseph Downing.

Spanning several eras of Django’s repertoire, Parlanti conveys his melodies on acoustic and electric guitar, playing with a recognizable “Gypsy” flair. His approach is soulful and refreshing, hitting on the more frisky verve that people in the 1930s heard in Django’s playing. On intimate ballads that round out the album’s spectrum of moods, Parlanti skillfully debuts dreamy Steinway piano performances.

In a still growing jazz tradition now elevated in the Twin Cities, Swing Cities charmingly combines a vintage feel with modern artistry.

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Scott Mateo Davies

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Scott Mateo Davies began studying guitar at age nine. Upon completing high school, he traveled extensively for four years, performing as a folk singer in diverse venues in London, Casablanca, Stockholm, and New Delhi.

 

After returning to Minneapolis, Davies founded the pop group “The Rogues,” touring the Midwest for the next eleven years. While on the road, he began playing classical guitar.

Davies is committed to promoting issues related to education and child welfare. He is a father of three and a participating sponsor with Children International for fifteen years. Davies also performs regularly at school assemblies, workshops, and residencies.

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$12

Scottie Miller Band

April 5 @ 9:00 pm - April 6 @ 12:00 am

Pianist, Singer/Songwriter Scottie Miller has been inducted into The MN Blues Hall of Fame, (for contributions to blues music and heritage with his instructional book/CD “Rock Keyboards” published by The Hal Leonard Corporation.) He was recently a semi-finalist in The International Songwriting Competition (Americana genre). He has won the award for “Best Self-Produced CD” (MN Blues Society/International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN.)

He is also the touring keyboardist for three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster, and appears on her Blues Music Award winning DVD/CD “Live At Antone’s”.

Scottie performed at Vieux Carré a few times when we first opened, and we’re excited to bring him back. Scottie will be here with his full band which features Mark O’Day on drums, Dik Shopteau (Tex Pistols) bass guitar and Patrick Allen on guitar. They are currently promoting their ninth independent CD release “Reciprocation.”

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