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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 / $35 bar

Maria Muldaur

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

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Maria and The Last Music Company are pleased to announce the release of “DON’T YOU FEEL MY LEG ~ The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker” on September 28th!

This will mark Maria’s 41st album in a distinguished career that has established her as a preeminent and revered interpreter of American roots music, and it is her first studio album in six years.

For this stunning set, Maria pays tribute to the wonderful Blue Lu Barker, the popular vocalist and songwriter of the late 30s and early 40s whom Billie Holiday once cited as her biggest influence.

Barker’s “Don’t You Feel My Leg” that made it onto Maria’s 1973 self-titled solo debut album at the suggestion of Dr. John. The album went on to spawn a million-seller hit with “Midnight at The Oasis,” & yet to this day, “Leg” remains her most requested song.

Maria Muldaur spices her music with passion and a voice that’s scintillating, brazen, and lightly burnished. Whether dipping into the songbook of Peggy Lee or wading into the Louisiana bayou, she completely envelops herself in her chosen style. For over 40 years as a performer, she’s literally lived the life of someone steeped in the American roots music songbook, whether it’s blues, jazz, gospel, folk, country or rhythm & blues. She’s the real deal, a true natural resource without any artificial affectations or jive.

Born and raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Muldaur grew up in a very fertile musical climate. While still in her teens, Maria joined John Sebastian and David Grisman to form the Even Dozen Jug Band, and soon moved to Boston to join the influential Jim Kweskin Jug Band. This group attracted national attention and a recording contract, and when they disbanded in 1968, Maria had her pick of musical directions to take. After making a couple of blues records with husband Geoff Muldaur, she was asked to record a pop song called “Midnight at the Oasis.” It was her first solo recording, and it went platinum.

Since the early 1970s Maria has been involved in a dizzying number of projects: jazz, gospel, swing tunes, roots music, New Orleans anthems, protest songs, and more.

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Halloween Swing! w/Miss Myra & the Moonshiners

October 31 @ 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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November 2018

$30 table / $25 bar

Victory Boyd

November 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Victory’s music is a fusion between soul music and folk music. Whether Victory is performing classics or original compositions, she has a way of tailoring each song with her voice and guitar to fit her unique style. Some people say that Victory is in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. But beyond those three, Victory brings an entirely new youthful element to the music world, an indescribable spiritual depth mixed with her youthful interpretation of sound influencing her artistic expressions. Moreover, Victory colors a lot of her musical arrangements with rich jazz chords, as she is rooted and grounded in jazz tradition.

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Scott Graves

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

Growing up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota, Scott first learned to pick Hank Williams songs on an old flat-top guitar his parents got him for his 10th birthday. Reading the credits and liner notes to all the Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and other British invasion bands of the day led him to the old blues masters. Johnny Winter was another important early influence and link to other bluesmen.

Scott continues to listen to a lot of the late great blues players–Albert Collins, Albert King, Freddie King–along with some more recent favorites like Snooks Eaglin, John Mooney and Chris Cain.

Scott played with a number of bands around the Twin Cities and Rochester area in the 1970s and 80s. He had a gig playing keyboards with Alexander O’Neal and played with Percy Strothers before being recruited by Big Walter Smith  for his Groove Merchants band in 1991. Scott was Walter’s lead guitarist and Musical Director until Smith’s death in 2012.

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Joyann Parker Band

November 2 @ 9:00 pm - November 3 @ 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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Hurricane Harold

November 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Harmonica whiz Harold Tremblay started playing harmonica in high school. Upon moving to Minnesota, he hooked up with the great Twin Cities blues player Curtis Blake (Sonny Rodgers Harp player on his Handy Award winning “Big Leg Woman”) to hone his harp chops.

Harold founded Cool Disposition with players who have backed up the best- Mojo Buford, Baby Doo Caston, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Rodgers and many of the touring greats. Cool Disposition competed at the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Harold returned to the IBC in 2011 in the Solo Duo category with Jeff Ray.

Tremblay always has several projects going on. This All-Star revue will feature some of the best blues players in the Twin Cities.

Harold hosts a blues/roots radio show at KFAI Radio. “Harold’s House Party” airs Wednesdays from 4-6pm.

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Erica West Band

November 3 @ 9:00 pm - November 4 @ 12:00 am

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.

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$20 table / $15 bar

The Claudettes

November 8 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey.

Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also a member of the Grammy-nominated groups Chicago Blues–A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured/recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more.

The Claudettes recorded their new album with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, Paladins, Old 97’s, J.D. McPherson). It was released March 23, 2018 on Yellow Dog Records (Memphis, TN) and on April 13 in Europe/UK on Continental Records Services.

GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE   A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott’s cartoon music…How do they do it?
DOWNBEAT   Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE   A skewed cabaret band of blues, jazz and rockabilly…a sensibility that feels equal parts James Dean and David Lynch.
BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE   Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that’ll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.

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Reneé Austin

November 9 @ 9:00 pm - November 10 @ 12:00 am

Six-time Minnesota Music Award winner and WC Handy nominee Reneé Austin calls her mix of R&B and classic soul with gospel influences “roadhouse soul,” and it’s an apt description of the energy and passion she brings to the stage.

Raised in Kingsland, Texas, this multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter has opened for or shared the stage with such artists as Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Keb’ Mo and Robert Cray.

Singer-songwriter Reneé Austin turned quite a few heads with her 2003 national debut, Sweet Talk. Critics marveled at her nearly five-octave range, her stunning vocal dynamism, her poignant and insightful songwriting, and her remarkable versatility, comparing her to Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. Calling the CD “an impressive grab bag of original roots music,” Blues Revue said, “Her stunning vocal range grabs the listener from first song to last…The auspicious Sweet Talk is a harbinger of great things to come for this talented and soulful vocalist.”

Sadly, as Austin’s star was rising, tragedy struck when a routine medical procedure robbed Austin of her voice. After 9 long years of struggle, there is an amazing happy ending to this story; Austin’s voice has miraculously returned! Says the artist, “I never thought I would sing again. I had no hope. I had resigned myself to the fact that it was over. But now I have a chance to do the thing I love to do the most – write and perform my music.”

Austin offers razor-sharp reinterpretations of American roots music styles and brings them to life with an arsenal of vocal twists – husky and swaggering, breathy and vulnerable, angelic and clear-as-a-bell. A multi-instrumentalist and prolific songwriter, she’s been honing her craft since early childhood, and has nurtured her singing voice to astounding, operatic heights.

Reneé’s sound has been molded by an expanse of influences, and she credits that to her early environment. Born in San Diego, California, Reneé relocated to Texas by the time she was three. Growing up in the small town of Kingsland, Reneé immersed herself in Texas’ spirited musical melting pot – one that has helped shape dozens of other seminal artists from the American Southwest.

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Annie Mack Band

November 10 @ 9:00 pm - November 11 @ 12:00 am

“Annie Mack is a real find. Her songs are testimony to the power of music and how it can change lives.”
-Colorado Blues Society

“In a blues world overrun with bad-mama posturing on one hand and hoochie-mama silliness on the other, it’s refreshing to hear a lyricist with deeper ideas on her mind.”
– David Whiteis/ Living Blues Magazine

“I am a student of my environment,” Annie Mack’s reply to the question of songwriting inspiration is blunt and honest, exactly like the woman herself. “I am a student of my immediate surroundings, my work surroundings, my Church surroundings. When I write a song, I ask myself, ‘Do I feel something? Is my idea powerful enough for me to cry or laugh, or force me to think?’”

Annie is branded as a blues singer, but she is so far out of the realm of standard blues that she not only defies the category but has created a whole, new identity for herself and her music. Her first record, Baptized in the Blues, rings with roots tinged gospel tunes and retro Motown soul, then shuffles easily to a classic country beat complete with the lonesome drone of a pedal steel. Annie’s voice is unique, bold and charismatic; never sharp or shrill. She is a natural born singer, true to her own style and dedicated to the ideals that music is a prime communicator and healer.

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