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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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August 2018

$10

Joyann Parker Band

August 25 @ 9:00 pm - August 26 @ 12:00 am

Joyann Parker has been a must-see addition to the Indie Blues music scene since 2013, and has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country. In 2015, Joyann and her band were the winner of the International Blues Challenge for the state of Minnesota. The album “On the Rocks” has been nominated for an Independent Blues Music Award for Best New Album and was also named  2016’s Best Self-Produced CD by the Minnesota Blues Society.

An accomplished singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter, Joyann is frequently associated with passion, power and soul. She sings from the gut with an authenticity seldom found in today’s vocalists. Her vocal prowess and control allow her to move freely from one genre to another, from Patsy Cline to Etta James and right over to Janis Joplin with the greatest of ease.

Joyann is an endorsed Heritage Guitars artist, and is currently performing and booking shows in the Midwest and planning a winter tour along with writing for the next album.

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$7

Shifting Paradigm Records Residency: Nichols / Bates / Bates

August 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bryan Nichols, piano
Chris Bates, bass
J.T. Bates, drums

Bryan Nichols is a Minneapolis-based pianist and composer, working primarily in jazz and improvised music. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2005 after four busy years in Chicago where he played with jazz heavyweights like Nicole Mitchell, Ernest Dawkins, Von Freeman and Hamid Drake. Since returning to Minneapolis, he leads and composes for his own trio, his quintet and his large group, We Are Many. He also plays regularly with Gang Font, Kelly Rossum Quartet, James Buckley Trio, and Zacc Harris Quartet, in addition to being an in-demand freelancer. He teaches jazz piano at MacPhail Center for Music and University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and he was also recently named artistic director of Jazz is NOW!, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit supporting regional music and composers.

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$6

Will Kjeer Trio

August 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

At 20 years-old and already an acclaimed performer on the Twin Cities jazz scene, pianist and composer Will Kjeer has not constrained his resume to his home state. He has performed as a bandleader and sideman around the U.S. and in Canada at venues in the Twin Cities (Artists Quarter, Vieux Carre’, Jazz Central, Studio Z, Black Dog, Icehouse), at the Twin Cities and Iowa City Jazz Festivals, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, the Lighthouse Cafe in Los Angeles, and the Upstairs Jazz Club in Montreal, Quebec.

Will attended high school at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, later completed a post-high school program at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan before beginning his performance degree at the California Institute of the Arts, and now continuing at McGill University. Before high school graduation, he played piano with the Dakota Combo for two years, spent a year with the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands, and was Youth Artist in Residence for the PipJazz Foundation. He’s also a three-year member of Steve Kenny’s Group 47 and founding member of Hoaxer. Will has been invited to participate in international and competitively-selected programs, including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in 2016 and the 2017 class of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead. He has been fortunate to learn from mentors such as Billy Childs, Jason Moran, Rufus Reid, Reuben Rogers, Xavier Davis, and Ralph Peterson.  He currently studies with acclaimed international pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. – Andrea Canter

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$7

Miss Myra & the Moonshiners

August 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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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$10

Best Friday Ever! w/Southside Aces

August 31 @ 9:00 pm - September 1 @ 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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September 2018

$35 table / $30 bar

Blues Beatles

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

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Blues Beatles started during the breaks of the rehearsals of Today – an original band that Marcos Viana, Flavio Naves, Bruno Falcão and Fred Barley started in 2012. Marcos, the singer, would invariably pick up his acoustic guitar and start playing Beatles songs. The other members of the band were amazed at how natural the songs sounded, as if he had written them himself. Being blues players the rest of the band started adding their blues twist to these “break songs”.

The first version of the Beatles songs that caught people’s attention was A Hard Days Night. The video has now more than two million views on Facebook. The band has worked and reworked many different songs since it was formed, but only the ones that sound natural to their ears stay in the repertoire. The arrangements combine blues and soul grooves that suit the vocals of the songs while adding a different feel to them. Instrumental solos and improvisation, typical elements of the blues, are an integral part of the Blues Beatles style. Their fiery live performances showcase their individual and collective skills as soloists.

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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 Orleands 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 Orleands 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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