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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 2017

Chris Lomheim

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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As a bandleader, composer, and sideman, Chris Lomheim is an integral part of the vibrant Twin Cities jazz scene.

“…unquestionably one of the finest piano trio recordings on the jazz landscape today.” – All About Jazz review of Chris’s latest recording, Timeline

As leader of the Chris Lomheim Trio he has produced 3 CD’s: And You’ve Been Waiting? (1994) featuring all original compositions,  The Bridge (2002) featuring a mix of originals and a handful of standards, and Timeline (2014) featuring all originals. Chris was nominated best pianist in the 1997 Minnesota Music Awards, and was awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board “Artist Initiative” Grant for 2014.

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John Elliott & Megan Keely

August 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota, John Elliott is a writer, performer, singer, player, jammer, producer, recorder, historian, camper, traveler, pilot, and cyclist. He travels the world performing original songs and makes his home in California.

John Elliott writes gripping stream-of-consciousness songs that often take unexpected turns en route to delivering a powerful message. Chuck Schiele of The San Diego Troubadour wrote about Elliott’s lyrics: “They get in, make their statement, kick you in the teeth, and get out before they start talking too much… And this lends to the urge of rolling any track to its beginning for another spin.”

Elliott began playing at various Hollywood venues in 2001, had expanded throughout southern California by 2003, and later became a nationally touring artist. He has performed in several countries and every state except Hawaii. His music has been featured on hit TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Californication, as well as in PASTE Magazine, on NPR and Neil Young’s “Living With War” website. Also various other places in reality and on the internet, including iTunes, campfires, cars, and vasectomy surgeon offices during operations.

Megan Keely grew up in the SF Bay Area and discovered her voice while studying in upstate New York, Pirenopolis Brazil, and Tamil Nadu India. Upon returning home she wrote the songs for her love-torn debut album Acorn Collection, and caught the attention of producer T Bone Burnett, who selected Megan’s song ‘Rules’ (co-written with her brother Brandon) for inclusion on The Hunger Games Soundtrack Companion Album. For “The Dream Is Now”, a documentary & campaign for immigration reform, Megan co-wrote ‘Dream it Now’ with Kai Welch, and worked with Davis Guggenheim to create the music video. These songs are featured on her cinematic second album Deciduous, recorded in Nashville TN.

Megan’s third album, Ready or Not, celebrates life and strength with a growing musical family that still features Brandon, Kai, and her father Bert, but also benefits from the banjo genius of Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers), the electric guitar of bluesman Steve Wyreman (Lauryn Hill, John Legend), and the percussion magic of Jay Bellerose.

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Dan Newton

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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“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.

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Rhonda Laurie

August 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Rhonda Laurie hails from New York City, where she grew up in a family of professional singers and performers. Rhonda began her career as a cabaret singer in Manhattan nightclubs. She has studied vocal jazz with Janet Lawson, Judy Niemack, Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton.

Rhonda is regularly praised for her smooth vocals and savvy interpretations of jazz classics and less familiar repertoire. In 2007, Rhonda was featured in the Twin Cities Jazz Society Jazz from J to Z concert, “I Get a Kick Out of Cole.” From 2007-2008 she enjoyed a weekly run at Cavé Vin in Minneapolis. Laurie has performed at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival 6 times, and she is a fellow of the prestigious Cabaret Conference at Yale. From 2004-2008, she was founding President of the MN Chapter of the Jazz Vocal Coalition.

Whether swinging a la gypsy, straight-ahead jazz, or cabaret, her approach is modern and fresh, obscuring musical boundaries. In 2010 Rhonda released her first CD, “Rhonda Laurie & Sidewalk Café,” and is getting excellent reviews and radio play.

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McNasty Brass Band

August 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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McNasty Brass Band is a collection of Minneapolis/Saint Paul based horn players and percussionists that fuse the Minneapolis sound with the spirit of New Orleans. The outcome of this fusion is hard-hitting dance music and high-energy live shows.

Each player works tirelessly outside McNasty Brass Band as a side-man, some with national and international touring acts. That’s what makes McNasty special– these youthful but experienced side-men come together and showcase their compositions, solos, group vocals, and stage presence as front-men. “McNasty Brass Band is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t make fun of the kid who is super into trumpet in 5th grade” (twincitiesmedia.net). “King Size Life,” their first studio album (available January 27, 2017), encapsulates their live energy with exciting compositions, rowdy gang vocals, and rip-roaring solos. The only thing missing is their dance moves! “King Size Life” will be released along with a series of four music videos.

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September 2017
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Jana Nyberg 5

September 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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Since moving back home to the Twin Cities in 2008, Jana has become a force in the jazz scene. With an appearance on season 10 of American Idol, and the release of several full-length albums, Jana is moving forward full steam. Known for her unique blend of jazz and pop music, she is a sought after performer and recording artist. On stage, she brings a vibrancy and passion that is infectious and ignites her audiences. With three records to date and a new one in progress, she shows no signs of slowing down.

Winter Song, the band’s third full length album, is done in true JNG style. A mix of poppy, fun, original music and jazz classics is something we’ve come to expect from the band. Despite what the title might suggest, this 13-track album features a slew of original music enjoyable any time of the year. There are also those winter favorites that you’ve come to expect when a band does an album for the season. Jana’s husband, trumpeter Adam Meckler, is featured singing along with Jana on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, “Águas de Março”, and the title track (an original tune with a rock flavor). The JNG breathes new life into standard winter fare with their renditions of “Santa Baby”, “Let it Snow,” and other traditional tunes.

Whenever the Jana Nyberg Group takes the stage the audience is all smiles. Nyberg’s sparkling personality and warm, smokey vocals are the perfect winter elixir.

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Scott Graves

September 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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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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Hurricane Harold’s All-Star Revue

September 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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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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Joel Shapira

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Joel Shapira is a top performing classical and jazz guitarist based in the Twin Cities. His educational background includes studies with some of the world’s greatest players and teachers including jazz legends Joe Pass, Tal Farlow and Gene Bertoncini, as well as master classical instructor Alan Johnston. A native of St. Paul, Joel attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and The Mannes School of Music in New York City where he lived, performed and taught for eight years.

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Twin Cities Hot Club w/Naomi Uyama

September 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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The Twin Cities Hot Club (TCHC) represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of gypsy jazz originally popularized by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. They recreate not only the famous la pompe that distinguishes this romantic brand of acoustic jazz but also gypsy bossa nova, musette, bolero, and swing. TCHC perform this timeless deep-rooted music that is physical, alive and speaks directly to the heart.

TCHC formed in September of 2004 and have been sharing their expressive, “hot” style with audiences ever since. The group has been featured on KBEM Jazz 88.5fm, Minnesota Public Radio, and has received rave reviews in Vintage Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, the Twin Cities Jazz Society Newsletter and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Notable performances include: author Michael Dregni’s book release Django: the Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindyfest, Minnesota Sur Seine with Dorado Schmitt, Minnesota State Fair and the Uptown Row Django Jazz Festival, to name a few.

“These guys swing hard at all times while never masking the emotional nuances and melodic tone. And it’s a treat to sit back and listen to, and watch, acoustic strings.” -Jazz Police

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Naomi Uyama has been steeped in classic jazz from the swing era since beginning her lindy hop career at 16 years old. After going crazy for swing dancing, winning international awards, and teaching around the world she began to focus more on the music. She started singing and studying, moving to New York City for more access to the growing traditional jazz scene there. Naomi has played some of the biggest and best lindy hop events around the world.

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