“Daddy Squeeze” has been playing offbeat accordion music since 1987, when he won the Nebraska State Accordion Contest at the Czech Festival in Wilber, Nebraska. He has used the squeeze box for playing all kinds of music not normally associated with free-reed instruments, as well as standard accordion material.
Daddy Squeeze also enjoys mixing up styles and genres that don’t generally seem compatible. “Music out of context”, or “Ethno-clectic Bop” is the result of his gender-bending experiments with Celtic, Tex-Mex, Creole, Blues, Jazz, Scandinavian, Polka and pop music.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Nikki Roux & Rich Rue are the core members of the ongoing musical group, Nikki & The RueMates. Together, they express some of America’s great musical past through voice, guitar and songwriting in their interpretation of classic female blues tunes (by artists such as Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie), 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.Find out more »
Dee Miller is a longtime Minnesota musician who has shared the stage with Koko Taylor, Janiva Magness, Bobby Messano as well as local favorites Lamont Cranston, Annie Mack, Renee Austin, Mick Sterling, and so many more incredible musicians. Guitarist Jimi “Primetime” Smith has been an integral part of the Dee Miller Band for the last three years- years that Dee counts as her best.
From her early days as a child listening to her mother singing the blues around the house in Maplewood, MN, Dee has been a singer. She first started singing along with Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin recordings as she crafted her skills. The sounds of Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, and Mahalia Jackson were part of a life spent singing as she walked down the railroad tracks that were right next door to her house. During these times, Dee realized the power of music and what a refuge it is for her.
Dee’s first professional gig was with the blues band “Minnesota Barking Ducks.” She also sang with bands such as “Liberty Street,” “Bottom Line,” “Night Train” with her dear friend Liz Cummings, and several others before she started the Dee Miller Band in 2004. Dee is also currently singing with “Who Nu.”
Dee has performed in many local music establishments. On a national level, Dee has performed in Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends, and in Washington D.C. at Madam’s Organ. Dee has also performed on stages in Memphis, San Francisco, Greenwich Village, Key Largo and Florence, Italy.
The Dee Miller Band is a two time winner of the Battle of the Blues Bands in Minneapolis. As the winner in 2015, the Dee Miller Band performed at the Lowertown Blues Festival as an opening act for Elvin Bishop and Walter Trout. The Dee Miller Band has performed at many other regional festivals.Find out more »
Ted Godbout is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in Music-Piano Performance from St. John’s University and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. A versatile and active musician, Ted performs frequently as a jazz pianist and classical accompanist, as well in funk, R&B, and rock bands. He has performed with such notable artists and groups as Ron Miles, Mark Colby, and the Harry James Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist in the Music Northwest Chamber Music Series in Seattle, WA and the St. Cloud Symphony Honors Concert in St. Cloud, MN.Find out more »
Dean Magraw, guitar · Chris Bates, bass · Jay Epstein, drums
Bill Carrothers, piano
Red Planet is a trio featuring guitarist Dean Magraw, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Jay Epstein that formed in the late 2000s. The group’s debut release, Space Dust, came out in 2009 to critical acclaim. The band has continued to perform since, with countless club dates and a main stage performance at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival.
In October of 2015, Red Planet collaborated with internationally renowned pianist Bill Carrothers at the legendary Creation Audio in Minneapolis, MN for a four day excursion in creating a new album – Red Planet w/ Bill Carrothers. Released on Shifting Paradigm Records in April of 2017, Red Planet w/ Bill Carrothers showcases the musical interplay and collaborative power of four masterful improvisors.
“Carrothers’ feathery textures go nicely with the wave of effects Dean Magraw wrings from his guitar…bassist Chris Bates and drummer Jay Epstein spin the eruptions with aplomb.” – Star TribuneFind out more »
Rick Carlson taught himself to play the piano by studying the vast works of Count Basie and Duke Ellington and capitalizing on a long string of happy accidents. He has also perfected the art of “circular drinking”, whereby he can sip martinis uninterrupted while still playing a cohesive piano solo.
He has been the pianist for the Wolverines Big Band since 1980. He is a sought-after accompanist by singers and has served as pianist and musical director for various local concert series, including those for the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s “J To Z” series, the Capri Theater’s “Legends” series, and for special presentations at the Heights Theatre and performing arts centers across the United States. He has performed on concert stages in London and New York City, and has appeared with Count Basie drummer Butch Miles, trumpeter Warren Vaché, New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher, and served as musical director, arranger and pianist in the Guthrie Theater’s presentation of “Coward’s Women”. He has opened for Rosemary Clooney, accompanied Kathryn Crosby in various cabaret shows, and counts Madeleine Peyroux among his many unwitting fans.
The Selby Avenue Brass Band is a relatively new voice in the Minneapolis / St. Paul music scene. The group is led by Tom Wells, tubist, arranger & composer and music educator in the Twin Cities area. Tom’s compositions and arrangement fuel a band comprised of enthusiastic and experienced musicians (including a couple of Grammy winners). While our musical roots come from the streets of New Orleans we expand from that genre into many others.Find out more »
Guitarist Zacc Harris is gaining a reputation as one of the hardest working guitarists in town. He has been presenting his original music in a number of different ensembles, each one striking and unique: the multi-meter melodies of the Atlantis Quartet, bebop sounds or classic organ groove music with CounterClockWise or Vital Organ, a six-piece Thelonious Monk tribute a la Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band Monk in Motian, and more.
Jazz Improv magazine says, “Harris delivers a sound that is lucid, clear… providing righ-sounding accompaniment, and well-crafted solos” while Cadence magazine calls some of Harris’ work on Atlantis Quartet’s most recent album “worthy of John McLaughlin.” MPR News states, “Harris makes his own mark on standards with enough new hooks to keep jazz alive.”Find out more »
The Dollys features three of Minneapolis’ most sought after female vocalists: Joanna Jahn, Kari Shaw-Akers and Megan Shaw. Harmonizing to the music of The Trio: EmmyLou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Rondstadt and many other female country artists of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The Dollys also perfom folk and americana hits of the past, which they love to put their own spin on. Together these ladies bring their collective talents to the stage and the results are harmonies so tight you’ll swear you’re live at the Grand ‘Ol Opry!
All three ladies are constantly working on their crafts through side projects, solo projects and collaborations. While The Dollys take their music seriously, their shows are celebrations. Their unique, heart-stopping sound is both familiar and eye opening, thrilling audiences and media alike. Sure, Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and other matriarch’s of America’s music wrote the songs, but The Dollys rebuild these masterpieces with a loving hand and a respectful eye towards tradition and joy.
The Dollys consider themselves lucky ladies to have such talented and experienced musicians backing them up. A “who’s-who” of Twin Cities musicians complete The Dollys: Nick Salisbury on bass (Ryan Bingham, Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Love Songs for Angry Men and Shalo Lee). Blair Krivanek on Lead Guitar (Sonny Knight And The Lakers, Sarah Streitz and Percy Strother), Shane Akers on Dobro and Lap Steel (Reina Del Cid, Sarah Morris, Doug Otto & The Getaways and Chuck Suchy), Richard Medek on Drums/Percussion (Erik Koskinen, Twilight Hours, Wits and Alternate Routes.) and Peter J. Sands on piano and accordion (Honeydogs, Hookers $ Blow),Find out more »