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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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September 2018

$7

Louis Armstrong Night! w/Southside Aces

September 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

Miss Myra & the Moonshiners

September 6 @ 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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Scott Mateo Davies

September 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Scott Mateo Davies began studying guitar at age nine. Upon completing high school, he traveled extensively for four years, performing as a folk singer in diverse venues in London, Casablanca, Stockholm, and New Delhi.

 

After returning to Minneapolis, Davies founded the pop group “The Rogues,” touring the Midwest for the next eleven years. While on the road, he began playing classical guitar.

Davies is committed to promoting issues related to education and child welfare. He is a father of three and a participating sponsor with Children International for fifteen years. Davies also performs regularly at school assemblies, workshops, and residencies.

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$10

Ross William Perry

September 7 @ 9:00 pm - September 8 @ 12:00 am

Ross William Perry, a gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist, has been doing his homework since the tender age of four and it shows. Focused on a lifetime of playing his music, Ross has been a rising star on the Midwest blues scene since graduating high school in ’98.  Blending his blues, rock and jazz influences, Ross has created a sound that is distinctively his own and never fails to impress.

“I’ve played with most of the young, up coming guitarists, but Ross just might be one of the best ever.”
– Debbie Davies, blues singer/guitarist

“Ross William Perry lit up and literally burned down the main stage. With his powerful, passionate guitar work and steadily improving vocals, Ross had the crowd standing and cheering for more in the middle of his set.”
– Richard Benson, Twin Cities Blues News

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Lonesome Dan Kase

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As a teenager growing up in rural southern Michigan, Lonesome Dan Kase happened upon a radio show called the “Blues Cruise,” broadcast out of Ann Arbor. Although he had picked up the guitar a year or so before, when he began hearing artists like Reverend Gary Davis and Robert Johnson, he quickly became hooked on the country blues.

Lonesome Dan’s live performances showcase both his unique finger-picking style and dynamic vocals as well as his depth of knowledge of the history of the blues and related forms.. If you catch a live performance, you’re bound to walk away with some interesting tidbits about known artists like Blind Lemon Jefferson or more obscure performers like Funny Papa Smith. Lonesome Dan’s trusted companions are his hand built Kopp K-35 6-string and his 1935 National played bottleneck/slide style.

Lonesome Dan Kase continues to play his unique brand of blues in and around Minnesota. However, his desire to experience other parts of the country still takes him out on the road. Dan has put out 4 solo cds as well as 2 with Crush Collision Trio and one with 32-20 Jug Band. His most recent cd, “So Glad I’m Livin’,” was released in early 2009.

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$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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$7

J.T. Bates Trio

September 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JT Bates is steeped in the diverse and rich music scene in Minneapolis, MN. Growing up playing in his father’s big band alongside his two brothers was the spark that kept him hungry for more music. Along with being very active and sought after in Minneapolis, music has also taken him to many parts of the globe.  He has been seen with the following bands: Fat Kid Wednesdays, Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer, French cellist Didier Petit, The Pines, Face Candy (featuring Eyedea), Bryan Nichols Quintet, along with countless gigs in the Twin Cities and around the country.

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Louis Armstrong Night! w/Southside Aces

September 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The only place in town to find a whole night of the music of Louis Armstrong! The Southside Aces Big Five plays King Oliver Louis. They play Hot Fives Louis. They play big band Louis. They play All Star Louis. All for seven lousy bucks!

The Southside Aces Big Five is:
Dan Eikmeier-trumpet
Tony Balluff-clarinet
Rick Carlson-piano
Dave Michael-drums
Josh Granowski-string bass

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.

Find out more »
$7

Miss Myra & the Moonshiners

September 13 @ 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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Dan Newton

September 14 @ 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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