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Having originated as a jazz club, we consider it a badge of honor to host a variety of genres, from classic jazz, to hip hop/funk and acoustic African ensembles. We don’t plan on stopping, see for yourself in our Artists Archive; a running call list of those who have graced our stage.



Brian McKnight

Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight is one of the most lauded entertainers in contemporary music. Along with a record 16 Grammy nominations, he has sold over 20 million albums, and has received American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. He has worked in just about every medium – be it music, film, television or theater. “I’ve never been able to…

Brianna Lane

Brianna Lane

Brianna Lane is a gifted singer/songwriter in true Americana form. She writes and performs on an acoustic guitar as well as a banjo, crafting songs that are clear-eyed and pure—with an integrity derived from her gritty, unflinching emotional honesty. Lane grew up in Minnesota and still calls Minneapolis home. In her eight years of touring Lane has shared the stage with Billy Bragg, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Colin Hay, Dar…


Bruce Henry

Influenced by Nina Simone, Al Jarreau and John Coltrane, to name a few, Bruce’s journey has resulted in an eclectic style of world influenced jazz vocals and composition. Bruce possesses a three and one-half octave range, a pure voice with versatility and depth that few can match. His passion for an ever-expanding vision, both musically and personally, is the heart of his 2004 release Connections. Bruce’s music has taken him…


Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

When is the sum of the parts of a musical quantity far greater than the whole? When Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison unite as an ongoing musical act. After all, their own individual artistic achievements already sum up to impressive totals. Willis has reigned as a critically acclaimed roots music singer since her recorded debut some two decades ago, and is recognized as a new country and Americana pioneer. Her…

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Bryan Sutton

Bryan Sutton is one of the most sought after acoustic guitarists on the planet. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Bryan grew up in a musical family and was immersed in the rich heritage of western North Carolina music. Sutton entered the bluegrass world in 1995 as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder band, playing on two Grammy award winning records. After his tenure with Skaggs, Bryan went on to…

Buckwheat Zydeco

Buckwheat Zydeco

If you’ve seen a Buckwheat show, you know what to expect: rocking, stomping, good time Creole party music. If you haven’t seen Buckwheat Zydeco live, you’re missing one of the music world’s most exciting and fun performers. Don’t just take our word for it, read what dozens of critics have said. This road warrior is constantly touring all over the country and the world. Chances are very good that we’ll…

Butch Thompson

Butch Thompson

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, including his well-known Butch Thompson Trio, his eight-piece Jazz Originals band, the Butch Thompson Big Three, or his unique blues duo with fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue. In 1974, he joined…

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Pat Donohue & Butch Thompson

Staples of the twin Cities jazz, blues and folk scenes, world renowned pianist/clarinetist Butch Thompson and Grammy winning singer/guitarist Pat Donohue have collaborated for the last several decades, performing regularly on the national radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Their long-awaited first duo recording, Vicksburg Blues is highly evocative of the early jazz piano and acoustic guitar recordings of Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell, and features 14 classic tracks by greats like Carr, Little Brother Montgomery,…

Cactus Blossoms duo

Cactus Blossoms

City Pages 2012 Best Country Band! Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum write songs like Hank Williams, weave sweet harmonies like the Everly Brothers, and their earnest performances revive the sound of country and western’s early days. In the summer of 2010 Jack and Page won first place in a duet contest at the MN State Fair, which led to a guest performance on A Prairie Home Companion. In the…

Caitlin Canty guitar

Caitlin Canty

Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a 1930’s Recording King guitar and a dusky alto, painting the line between joy and pathos with uncanny precision and power. Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, she spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of the Artists…

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