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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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December 2018

$10

Hoaxer

December 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hoaxer is an exciting new band featuring some of the area’s brightest young talents. Hoaxer focuses on a cohesive group concept, and plays original music from all four members.

Bassist Charlie Lincoln is currently attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. A South High alum, Charlie was already a busy gigging musician before graduation, playing with the Dakota Combo, Central Standard Time, the Charles Lincoln Group, and subbing with Eric Gravatt’s Source Code. In his senior year, Charlie was selected as one of two winning youth songwriters in the Eric Stokes Songwriting Contest and was on stage for the Young Performers Showcase for the Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret. He performed with the Dave Brattain Trio as well as with Hoaxer during the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Saxophonist Peter Goggin graduated from Mounds View High School and is studying saxophone at the University of Michigan. In addition to Hoaxer, he has performed in other ensembles at Jazz Central and during the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Peter was a three-year member of the Dakota Combo.

Pianist Will Kjeer performed for two years with the Dakota Combo, attended the post-high school program at Interlochen Arts Academy, and spent a year studying jazz piano at Cal Arts. He is now heading to the jazz program at McGill University in Montreal. Will has led bands around town since his mid-teens and is an original member of Steve Kenny’s Group 47.

A graduate of St Paul Central High School, drummer Edmund Catlin attends McGill University in Montreal. During his summer break, he is curating a biweekly Friday night series at Jazz Central performing entire albums by Thelonious Monk. He’s also been an active member of the PipJazz Youth program.

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$75 table seating / $70 bar seating

New Year’s Eve Dinner Show w/Southside Aces

December 31 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Includes 3 courses, music, tax and gratuity

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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$40

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

December 31, 2018 @ 10:30 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am

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includes music and glass of bubbly at midnight

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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February 2019

$20 table seats / $15 bar seats

John Raymond’s Real Feels Trio

February 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

“Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time…with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction.” – Downbeat

“This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind.” – Something Else

Recently voted as a Rising Star Trumpeter in the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, trumpeter John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Originally from the Twin Cities, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Linda Oh among others. Since 2012 he has released five albums to widespread acclaim from the New York Times, Stereogum, JazzTimes, Downbeat and more.

Raymond’s trio Real Feels is a unique band that includes rising stars Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Colin Stranahan (drums). With a unique flugelhorn/guitar/drums instrumentation, the group combines indie-rock and folk-influenced original music with fresh takes on familiar songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, Lennon/McCartney and more. The music undoubtedly evokes a nostalgia for the past, however “Real Feels” is far from being antiquated. The band’s improvisational, free-wheeling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of approach to the music makes the songs feel entirely relevant and has made them one of the hottest new groups in jazz music today.

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March 2019

$25

John Németh

March 23, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

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Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, FEELIN’ FREAKY. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar – so they could hone the groove and finish building the album as a group. Under the simpatico guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), FEELIN’ FREAKY emerges as a modern personal masterpiece.

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