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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

$30 table / $25 bar

Davina and The Vagabonds

March 2 @ 9:00 pm

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Since exploding onto the scene in 2005, Davina and the Vagabonds have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. This high-energy quintet has established itself with a stellar live show, a professional look, and good old-fashioned hard work. They used to average over 300 shows a year in the Mpls/St. Paul area, and now have an ambitious full-time U.S. and international schedule. In recent years they have performed in 41 states, 2 Canadian provinces and 10 European countries.

With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time. So much more than just a blues act, DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice. Sowers is a true original.

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$55 table / $50 bar

Mardi Gras! w/Southside Aces

March 5 @ 6:30 pm

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Ticket includes 3-course dinner, music, tax, gratuity

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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$20

Mardi Gras! W/Southside Aces

March 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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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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$7

Erin Livingston

March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Erin Livingston is a versatile jazz, r&b and blues singer and is the Artist in Resident at the premiere St. Paul Hotel every Saturday night, 7p-11p where she shares her songbook with some of the Twin Cites top jazz pianists. With her full band, Erin can be found performing in venues all over town. She is also a teacher and clinician of voice and classical flute. Her powerful voice has been described as smokey, sultry and honey with a dash of pepper.

Erin’s true passion is cabaret. Her shows entertain with stories and songs that speak to everyone and every experience. She coined the term “Social Justice Cabaret” which speaks to current social issues and recently performed her one-woman cabaret show addressing homelessness at Patrick’s Cabaret in South Minneapolis.

Erin is also a classically trained flutist and was pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Classical flute Performance at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music while still in high school. She currently teaches flute and provides vocal coaching from her home studio.

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$8

Hilary Thavis

March 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Born in Italy to parents from Minnesota, Hilary Thavis grew up loving music — especially folk music — from Woody Guthrie to Italian folk singers like Fabrizio De André. But it was the blues that ultimately captured her attention. In past years she toured extensively with the band Gaia Groove, performing in the United States as well as Europe and fine-tuning a repertoire of original and cover songs in both English and Italian. Her album, Trouble & Truth, is inspired by various musical currents, including blues, folk and jazz. It was released in 2011. A second album is currently in the works.

Hilary, who first appeared on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion in 2010 at the Tanglewood Music Festival in MA, was a guest performer on their 2013 summer cruise from Barcelona to Venice, their 2015 spring cruise in the Eastern Caribbean, and their 2016 summer Alaskan cruise, as well as a number of shows in between (in Saint Paul, New Orleans, Memphis, Minneapolis, LA, Chicago). Hilary currently lives in St Paul, where she writes and records music, keeps close to the Mississippi and braves the cold winters.

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$10

Miss Myra & the Moonshiners

March 8 @ 9:00 pm - March 9 @ 12:00 am

Listening to Miss Myra and The Moonshiners is like taking a swig of Tennessee’s finest moonshine; it’s smooth, with a kick. The Moonshiners deliver the sultriest mix of vintage jazz and barrelhouse blues and nothing but the highest proof tunes can satisfy Miss Myra’s soul.  She belts melodies hearkening back to the roots of America’s original art form, invoking the powerful vocals of Bessie Smith with the silkiness of Lil Green, while the talented instrumentalists in her band shine through with the perfect accompaniment.

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$45 table / $40 bar

Habib Koité & Bassekou Kouyaté

March 9 @ 8:00 pm

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The two greatest figures in Malian string music come together for this collaboration.

ABOUT HABIB KOITÉ
“The biggest pop star of the West African nation of Mali” (Rolling Stone), guitarist and singer Koité has headlined festivals around the world with his infectious blend of rock-influenced Afropop, releasing eight chart-topping albums and working with artists ranging from African vocal superstar Oumou Sangaré to Eric Bibb, Bonnie Raitt, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. A pioneering instrumentalist, Koité has adapted the tuning and playing style of the Malian lute to the Western acoustic guitar, expanding its possibilities.

ABOUT BASSEKOU KOUYATÉ
Virtuoso of the Malian ngoni, Kouyate has created a hybrid approach to the marriage of traditional music and pop sounds, “ancient and utterly contemporary… like some African answer to Hendrix” (The Guardian). He leads the ever-evolving Malian string band Ngoni Ba and has collaborated with artists across the musical spectrum including Youssou N’Dour, Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré, Carlos Santana and U2. Kouate’s newest album Ba Power is his most audacious, with a guest appearance by trumpeter Jon Hassell. Together, Koité and Kouyate take the mix of ancient and modern to a new plateau.

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$35 table / $30 bar

Habib Koité & Bassekou Kouyaté

March 9 @ 10:00 pm

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The two greatest figures in Malian string music come together for this collaboration.

ABOUT HABIB KOITÉ
“The biggest pop star of the West African nation of Mali” (Rolling Stone), guitarist and singer Koité has headlined festivals around the world with his infectious blend of rock-influenced Afropop, releasing eight chart-topping albums and working with artists ranging from African vocal superstar Oumou Sangaré to Eric Bibb, Bonnie Raitt, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. A pioneering instrumentalist, Koité has adapted the tuning and playing style of the Malian lute to the Western acoustic guitar, expanding its possibilities.

ABOUT BASSEKOU KOUYATÉ
Virtuoso of the Malian ngoni, Kouyate has created a hybrid approach to the marriage of traditional music and pop sounds, “ancient and utterly contemporary… like some African answer to Hendrix” (The Guardian). He leads the ever-evolving Malian string band Ngoni Ba and has collaborated with artists across the musical spectrum including Youssou N’Dour, Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré, Carlos Santana and U2. Kouate’s newest album Ba Power is his most audacious, with a guest appearance by trumpeter Jon Hassell. Together, Koité and Kouyate take the mix of ancient and modern to a new plateau.

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$8

Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League

March 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sounds and influences from almost a century of American music. The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League combines elegant composition, raucous enthusiasm, and virtuosic playing to provide the perfect ambiance. They are a great fit for any social event, from comfortable dive bars to chic weddings.

The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League is a swing quintet from Minneapolis,
Minnesota. The Gents came together in the winter of 2014 to breathe new life into old
music: navigating common ground between gypsy jazz, bluegrass, classical, metal, and
folk styles. They debuted their first EP in 2014, and their debut album was delivered a
year later, in November 2015. After winning the 2016 RF Roots and Bluegrass Festival,
they’re hard at work on their second album.

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$12

Ginger Commodore

March 15 @ 9:00 pm - March 16 @ 12:00 am

A member of the Midwest music scene for many years, Ginger is a regular visitor to the region’s finest stages. Classically trained, gospel influenced, and jazz inspired, Ginger’s musical foundation is a true amalgam of musical styles presented with her own unique delivery. A former member of Sounds of Blackness, Ginger has also been very active in the local theater scene.

Ginger’s early background was gospel, and she honed her skills in church and in the Grammy Award winning group the Sounds of Blackness. Then came Moore by Four, and years of singing the jazzy gospel infused vocal arrangements that gave the group an international audience. And now, all that talent and experience is brought into her own group, GCQ.

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