The RueMates are Nikki Matteson, Rich Rue, Liz Draper, Jon Olson & Jimmy T. Nikki is the singer of the group & plays guitar. Rich provides backing vocals, and he plays slide and fingerstyle on many guitars, including a 1932 National Duolian resophonic. Liz and Jon round everything out playing upright bass, and Jimmy T. keeps a steady beat on the drums when The Ruemates play as a full band.Find out more »
Erica West is strong, confident, and sultry right out of the box. Her striking looks and mesmerizing vocals make an immediate impression on the senses. In a uniquely captivating way, Erica brings a beautiful fusion of soulful, R&B, pop, jazz and blues inspired melodies to the microphone. But do not let her silky vocals fool you. Erica’s vocal style is both powerful and sultry influenced by female vocalists such as Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Sade, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Anita Baker, Sarah McLachlan, Lizz Wright, Goapele and Jill Scott.
Erica loves the true art of musicianship, lyrical content, beautiful melodies and music that demonstrates true emotional expression. With hypnotic phrasing, subtle shading, and a powerful range, she offers that emotional experience, holding you spellbound from the first note to the last. There’s a passion that vibrates off of her and raptures her audience. That makes it easier than ever to separate her from the rest.Find out more »
“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 »
Larry McDonough, Vocals and Piano
Richard Terrill, Saxes and Poetry
Greg Stinson, Bass
Dean White, Drums
Larry McDonough has filled the Dakota with his shows of the music of Chet Baker and Miles Davis. Larry returns to Vieux Carré to celebrate the two recordings of legendary pianist and composer Bill Evans and vocalist Tony Bennett. Evans rarely performed with singers, so it was big news to some in the jazz community when Evans and Bennett recorded and released “The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album” in 1975. The album included pieces each had done separately, such as Waltz for Debby (Evans) and The Touch of Your Lips (Bennett). In 1976 they recorded “Together Again” for release in 1977.
Both albums showed Evans’ skill in accompanying a vocalist while adding the complexities that he displayed in his solo and ensemble performances, and exhibited Bennett’s expressive range from bold and commanding to soft and delicate. Unfortunately, the albums flew under the radar screen of the larger jazz scene with the popularity of the jazz fusion of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Miles Davis, and John McLaughlin.
This is not a traditional “tribute” show where musicians imitate great artists. No one sings like Bennett and no one plays like Evans. Each piece they recorded together will be presented with beginnings similar to the recorded versions, but where they go from there cannot be predicted.
Larry will take on the challenging roles of both Evans and Bennett to educate younger listeners about these great artists and to remind seasoned listeners of this pair who never recorded together again. Evans died in 1980. Tony Bennett is 90 years old, lives in New York City, and continues to perform.
Joining Larry will be sax player and award-winning poet Richard Terrill, bassist Greg Stinson and drummer Dean White. In the first set, the Larry McDonough Quartet will perform a sample of pieces from the two albums, each beginning with just voice and piano and other members of the ensemble joining through the piece. Selections will include The Touch of Your Lips, Some Other Time, My Foolish Heart, Waltz for Debby, Make Someone Happy, You Don’t Know What Love Is, You’re Nearer, and You Must Believe in Spring.
In the second set, they will add pieces that Evans and Bennett recorded separately but never together, including We Will Meet Again, Nature Boy, My Romance, How Insensitive, Night and Day, Detour Ahead, I’ll Be Seeing You, and I Will Say Goodbye. Perhaps Evans and Bennett would have recorded these songs together if Evans had lived longer.
Come see and hear what Evans and Bennett did and what might have been.
Here are a couple of great finds on YouTube about Bennett and Evans. Film composer Evan Evans, son of Bill Evans, posted a video of interviews with Bennett and others about the collaboration.
A rarely seen 1977 Canadian Broadcast Corporation Concert now is on YouTube.
Marc Myers of JazzWax tells the story behind the show. http://www.jazzwax.com/2016/02/video-evans-and-bennett.htmlFind out more »
Sarah Morris and the Sometimes Elves are taking a sleigh ride to Vieux Carré for a sparkling night of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes.
Sarah grew up in a house where Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, and Bing Crosby crooned through the family speakers all season long, and she brings that timeless sensibility to her holiday shows. With a voice both clear and lush, Sarah and her talented bandmates (Thomas Nordlund, Andrew Foreman, and Zach Schmidt), will be Jingle-Bell-ing their way through Christmas classics both old and new. The evening is sure to leave you filled with holiday cheer!
With her soothing, yet captivating voice, Sarah Morris has established herself as one of the best kept secret singer/songwriting talents in the Twin Cities. With the release of “Ain’t Nothing Wrong,” Morris doesn’t plan on being so secret any longer.
Morris’ love for music originated from her parents record collection, with David Bowie, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra songs helping to shape her musical DNA. After graduating High School, she began to lay the groundwork for her musical career at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, as well as a move thereafter to Nashville, TN. Her time in Nashville helped instill a traditional songwriting sensibility that shines through in her music. In recent years, Morris has settled into life as a wife and mother, both of which have given a unique voice to her craft.
After releasing two albums in 2011 alone (Grateful Moon, Lonely or Free), Morris has been building a solid reputation with her honest and authentic songwriting and powerful performances. As a result, she has become a regular performer at prestigious clubs such as The Dakota, Aster Café, and Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis.Find out more »
Jaedyn James & The Hunger is a 11 piece, raw funk, rock n roll, soul band who burst onto the Minneapolis music scene in the fall of 2014.
Consumed by her passion, Jaedyn James was determined to assemble a group of collaborative musicians who could cultivate music, acceptance, and empowerment. The Hunger is built on a foundation of friendship, honesty, and respect. Playing regularly around the Twin Cities for a year and a half, JJ&TH is no stranger to a variety of venues and audiences. This tantalizing group of weirdos has performed in warehouses, dive bars, and elite jazz clubs. No stage too small. No dance floor too sticky. The band loves to play.
The Hunger brings the heat; Jaedyn James, a fiery sparkplug- ignites her band and audiences. A natural to the stage JJ grew up in awe of artists such as James Brown, Etta James, Lucille Ball, Marina Abromovich, ee cummings, and Billie Holiday. Miss James exudes confidence drenched in goofball truthisms.
It’s obvious when seen live, JJ&TH takes their fun very seriously. In fact, you are expected to dance at a Hunger show. Self expression is encouraged, laughing is inevitable, standing still and staring at your phone is not option.
Seeing Jaedyn James & The Hunger is a MUST!
Jaedyn James- Lead
Jason Oliver Olson- Bass Guitar
Charlie Roeglin – Drums
Ben Roberts- Keys & Guitar
Jamie White- Trumpet, Cornet, Flugal
Zane Parker- Alto Saxophone
Ben Hintz- Tenor Saxophone
Kalen Rainbow- Baritone Saxophone
Ben Bussey- Trombone
Lily Campbell- Tambourine/Back Up Vocals
Savannah Bellow- Back Up VocalsFind out more »
Jon Pemberton is a Minneapolis/St. Paul based jazz musician, enjoying an active career as trumpeter, pianist, teacher and composer. Jon was born in the small town of Fergus Falls, Minnesota where his interest in music was evident at an early age.
Jon began a career in private teaching (brass and piano) which lasts to this day. He has taught thousands of students, many of whom perform in the area’s top youth orchestras, and some of whom have gone on to their own professional careers. Jon also began his performance career after graduating from college. In these years he focused on the trumpet, landing sideman gigs with many of the area’s top bands and musicians. In addition, Jon has formed his own jazz quintets, The PemberTones and Tribute to Lee Morgan.Find out more »
“Berets and Bongos” describes the Café Accordion experience. A loungy, eclectic mix, full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the Café Accordion repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. The group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show. They inject their music with good humor and expressive abandon. Their high level of musicianship and passion for performance makes them an entertaining concert act as well as a great dance band.
CAO is led by Dan Newton on accordion and vocals, with Eric Mohring on mandolin, violin and vocals, Erik Lillestol on bass and vocals, Robert Bell on guitar and vocals and Joe Steinger on percussion. CAO has been delighting audiences and dancers alike since 1995. They have appeared in New York at the Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series, the International Akkordeon Festival in Vienna, Austria, the Minnesota State Fair, as well as festivals, theaters and dance halls across the United States.Find out more »
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. She draws listeners close with her unassuming talent and absolute sincerity, whether playing solo, in an acoustic duo with John Wilber, or with her trio consisting of Ed Pesche on electric guitar and brother Bob Haus on the fretless bass.
Rena left a very successful musical career in Phoenix to help save her family’s 1881 homestead farm. Minnesota music lovers have benefited greatly, for in addition to performing in many venues around the state, she’s been heard on NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” and “Car Talk” (The Mechanic’s Tune) as well as radio stations KFAI, KUMD, and KVSC. She’s played with, or opened shows for, artists like Chico Chisum, Marc Cohn, Iris Dement, Alison Krauss, Spider John Koerner, Maria Muldaur, Loudon Wainright III, and at least a dozen other artists you’d recognize.
Like the late, great, Dave Ray said, “This chick can pick!”.Find out more »