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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December 2017

Dan Newton

December 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“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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Southside Aces

December 29, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 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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Joey Flip & Desiree

December 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Whether he is performing at popular venues in Minneapolis, around the mid-west or heading up programs teaching  students about music, Joe Filipovich’s dedication to music is without question. When performing, Joe knows a vast variety of music and enjoys taking requests from the crowd to get the most crowd participation and interaction. He plays everything from classic rock, blues, southern rock, old country, and some pop acoustic songs. Joe released his debut album, “Release,” in early 2015. Since then, the Minnesota-based artist has enjoyed radio play in the United States and throughout Europe.

Not only content with performing, Joe also serves as a music teacher and promoter of Blues for Kids, a music education program he created at the non-profit organization, “Discover Music.”  The program is known for organizing workshops at schools and festivals with the mission of teaching children of all ages about the Blues music genre with harmonica and guitar.

Joey will be bringing 17-year old Desiree to the stage, playing everything from classic rock, R&B, blues, soul, pop, and more!

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Erica West Band

December 30, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

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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$70 bar seats/$75 table seats (incl. dinner, music, tax, gratuity)

New Year’s Eve Dinner Show w/Southside Aces

December 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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New Year’s Eve 2017 Menu

Roasted Vegetable Salad
arugula – peanut – goat cheese – tarragon

Seafood Ristotto*
crispy mushroom – leek – parsley

Lemon Posset
caramelia croquants – cream

*Mushroom Risotto for Vegetarian option


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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$30 (includes music, midnight bubbly)

New Year’s Eve Cocktail Show w/Joyann Parker Band

December 31, 2017 @ 10:30 pm - 11:55 pm


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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January 2018

Mike Cramer & Josh Granowski

January 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Mike Cramer is a stylistically versatile multi-instrumentalist, an award-winning performer, and educator.  He began playing guitar at the age of 7 and performing publicly at 10.  His first musical love was acoustic blues and the Quad Cities, near his hometown of LeClaire, Iowa, provided the opportunity for him to learn from local blues players—as well as the many national blues artists as they came through town.  By the time he was in high school his musical interests expanded to include jazz and by his senior year he was gigging two nights a week playing jazz.

Cramer studied music at the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a BA in Music with a minor in jazz studies in 2000.  After moving to the Twin Cities in 2003 he began seriously digging into flatpicking guitar.  In 2012 Mike won the Minnesota State Flatpicking Championship after several years placing in the top five.

An active performer, Mike is an in-demand guitarist and mandolin player in the Twin Cities.  He has shared the stage with or opened for John Hartford, Steve Kaufman, B.B. King, Tommy Castro, Chris Duarte, Gordon Goodwin, and Terell Stafford.

“An Illinois native who grew up in northern Minnesota, Josh Granowski began playing the contrabass at age 11, soon followed by bass guitar. As a teen he studied with a classical cellist and played punk/thrash/rock music as well as jazz. Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2004, Josh has played festivals and local gigs, and has been very active in the local improvisation and experimental music community. He performs with Large Marge, Bookhouse Trio, Baby Demons Trio, Painted Saints, Aby Wolf, Amethyst Three, Merciless Ghost, and others.” – Andrea Canter

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Sophia Shorai Trio

January 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A singer with equal parts heart, charm and individuality, Shorai has been a mainstay on the Minneapolis jazz scene for the past 10+ years. With five self-released albums under her belt, she mixes old classics, modern revivals and her own pop gems with ease and soul. Shorai has collaborated with many of the Midwest’s finest and most celebrated musicians and has garnered international vocal recognition through commercials, television shows and films.

“Sophia has everything a singer could want: soul, versatility and comfort in a number of musical settings and styles, a marvelous set of ears, unique style, and a visceral love of music and performance. Whether she’s belting or crooning, she breaks hearts.” Adam Levy, guitarist, singer/songwriter for The Honeydogs

“There’s a charming girlish innocence and coquettish soulfulness to this young singer’s rendering of jazz standards.” Jon Bream, Star Tribune

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Kevin Gastonguay

January 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Kevin Gastonguay has a B.A. in music performance from McNally Smith College of Music.  For the past 8 years he has been very active in the Minneapolis music scene, performing nonstop with his own original groups and as a sideman for many of the top musicians in town. With a hunger to understand harmony and improvisation and a determination to master rhythm and feel, Kevin has become one of the most versatile and busiest keyboardists in the Twin Cities.

Kevin teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, Modern Day Music, and Minnesota Valley Conservatory of Music.

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Katia Cardenas

January 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Katia Cardenas is a jazz and R&B vocalist in the Twin Cities, recognized for her radiant energy, impeccable range, and dynamic and powerful voice. Releasing her debut EP in Spring 2016, she has been performing locally since 2014 at many local respected venues, including Crooners Lounge, Jazz Central Studios, Vieux Carré and Dakota Jazz Club. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest in a musical family, and was raised on jazz, funk, and R&B. She moved to Sacramento, California in 2000, where she received a Waldorf education, which instilled in her a deep appreciation and passion for music. Katia came to the Twin Cities in 2006 to attend Macalester College, where she performed regularly in a cappella groups and other bands. After graduating, music was just a side note for a few years as she pursued a career in acting and theater education. But in 2013, she realized the significant lack of music in her life, and needed to make a change.

Making music in the Twin Cities has been a family tradition ever since her father, Mark Cardenas, joined The Time in 1983, appearing in Prince’s iconic film “Purple Rain,” and later playing in Jessie Johnson’s Revue. Her mother, singer-songwriter Janis Kelly, also began her music career here at that time. While the family left MN before she was born, Katia’s emergence on the local music scene in 2014 has not gone unnoticed. Deemed “one of the fastest rising stars on the Twin Cities jazz scene,” Jazz Police also called her “a young but veteran vocalist who can cover Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, yet is equally adept at modern folk/pop/blues,” while Rhythm & Grooves (KFAI 90.6) says, “Katia Cardenas has the pipes to get over an R&B tune, but also has the instincts and subtlety to handle jazz standards.”

Since her debut Twin Cities performance in February 2014, she has collaborated with numerous local musicians, exploring different musical styles, including jazz, latin, R&B, and pop. She has also joined Casablanca Orchestra (CBO), the Midwest’s premiere show band. Katia is passionate about creating community around the arts and has engaged with numerous local artist networks including Jazz Central Studios, Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network (TCCAN), Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, and Minnesota Music Coalition. As an actor and administrator, she also works with local theater companies Teatro Del Pueblo, Pangea World Theater and TigerLion Arts. The people she’s met through the Twin Cities arts and music community are a huge part of where she is today; they are a constant inspiration, and reminder to pursue her dreams.

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