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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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October 2018

$40 table / $30 bar

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, they play music that’s honest to the bone! – Allen Toussaint

THE BEST CAJUN BAND IN THE WORLD – Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion

For the past 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

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$35 table / $25 bar

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

October 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, they play music that’s honest to the bone! – Allen Toussaint

THE BEST CAJUN BAND IN THE WORLD – Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion

For the past 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

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$30 table / $25 bar

Polyrhythmics

October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Calling to mind at times everything from Antibalas and the Dap-Kings to The Meters and Fela Kuti, The Polyrhythmics brim over with excitement and inventiveness. This is music you feel not just in your heart, but in every fiber of every muscle. It’s music you move to, music you lose yourself in.

Written in rural Oregon in the shadow of Mt. Hood (itself an active volcano), their latest record Caldera is a blistering declaration from a band that’s progressed beyond the sum of its influences to come fully into its own. Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, the album showcases the instrumental eight-piece’s impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. It’s without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.

The Stranger has dubbed Polyrhythmics a group to watch, hailing their “sophisticated slinkiness and expressive brassiness,” while WNCW praises their “modern afro-psycho-beat blend,” and the Seattle Times dubs them “funk maestros.” The band has been invited to perform live on influential Seattle NPR station KEXP, has shared bills with everyone from Snarky Puppy to Booker T, and has played massive festival stages including Bumbershoot, High Sierra, and Vancouver International Jazz Fest.

In the end, that’s what Polyrhythmics are all about: transporting you, body and soul, into the brilliant and vivid sonic landscapes they’ve crafted. With Caldera, they’ve launched a whole new era of the band, opening up an endless stream of collaborative possibilities. The smoke has cleared, and Polyrhythmics are just getting started.

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$25 table /$20 bar

Ben Allison & Think Free

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Ben Allison, bass
Shane Endsley, trumpet
Rudy Royston, drums
Steve Cardenas, guitar

In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.

With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Think Free, The Easy Way Trio, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured extensively throughout the world, winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

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$20 table / $15 bar

Ben Allison & Think Free

October 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Ben Allison, bass
Shane Endsley, trumpet
Rudy Royston, drums
Steve Cardenas, guitar

In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.

With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Think Free, The Easy Way Trio, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured extensively throughout the world, winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

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$7

Lila Ammons Jazz Group

October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

There have been many musical influences in my life, from family members to professional musicians, and I’ve inherited a wonderful legacy through the gifts of my grandfather and uncle: Albert Ammons (piano) and Gene Ammons (tenor sax).  Although I learned of this history some decades ago, I didn’t publicize the fact until I had begun to find my way. I would love to contribute a fraction of what they left with us.

As a child, I wanted to become a cultural ambassador. Fortunately, my singing has taken me to many places where I’ve been able to share my interest and joy in music. I was formerly based in New York City, where I trained and began performing opera, oratorio and recitals. That was 33 years ago and it was the beginning of my international foray into the performing arts. I’m currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I’ve cultivated a career in jazz and blues music. I’ve performed in international jazz and blues festivals in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Belgium, England, Ireland, Spain, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City, Cincinnati, Ohio, Michigan and Texas. Through my travels I’ve had the pleasure of working with many wonderful musicians, such as Axel Zwingenberger, Charlie Watts, Ben Waters, Jools Holland, Bruce Barth, Chris Jagger, Judy Carmichael, Sonny Leyland, and Tony Sola to name a few. In Minneapolis, I’ve performed with many of the area’s finest musician.

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Scott Mateo Davies

October 26 @ 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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$10

Best Friday Ever! w/Southside Aces

October 26 @ 9:00 pm - October 27 @ 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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Steve Kimmel

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A veteran of the Twin Cities music scene, multi-instrumentalist Steve Kimmel is considered a legend of the West Bank. Steve ran the old Rainbow Gallery Jazz Club and handled bookings for the Loring Bar. His long and colorful career includes stints in acclaimed jazz project Natural Life, as well as blues favorites the Lamont Cranston Band.

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$20 table / $15 bar-standing

Mama Digdown’s Brass Band – 25th Anniversary

October 27 @ 9:00 pm - October 28 @ 12:00 am

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For two decades, Mama Digdown’s has traveled the world spreading the gospel of New Orleans brass band music. While Mama Digdown’s nods respectively to the tradition of New Orleans jazz, the street beat they play has earned them the reputation as one of the hottest and hardest hitting brass bands. Mama Digdown’s has played hundreds of shows in their time together and is equally at home in concert halls, festivals, clubs and parades.

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