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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.

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City On the Make

City On the Make

Mike Massey, vocals Peter Blumgren, guitar Stephen Rowe, bass Colin Stumbras, drums Mischa Kegan, guitar One of the most musically compelling local bands to emerge in recent years, City on the Make exists at a musical intersection of rock, hip-hop, funk, jazz, and blues, with enough spit and vinegar to go around. Andrea Swensson interviews the band for City Pages • Check out their hit single from 2008 at cityonthemake.net…

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CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

With a solo career dating back to 1987 and five previous albums under his belt, C.J. Chenier is widely and wildly regarded as one of the genre’s best singers, musicians and live performers. C.J.’s music has always embraced the traditions of his famous father, zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, but he continues to push the music to new levels. This is state-of-the-art zydeco from a masterful musician and performer. • CJ…

Claire Lynch Band

Claire Lynch Band

Over a 30-plus year career, Lynch has become one of the greatest vocalists in modern bluegrass, and one of the best songwriters as well. Her voice and songs can be found on records by Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, and many more. Her own projects have received numerous awards and Grammy nominations, and her live shows convey an energy few can match. Lynch was considered…

Claudia Acuna

Claudia Acuña

Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger CLAUDIA ACUÑA possesses one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music. While singing primarily in Spanish, her music crosses language barriers to communicate with power and deep feeling. A guitar was always around the house, as is the case in most South American homes, but her parents provided limited exposure to music and little encouragement when their daughter expressed an interest in the…

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Claudia Schmidt

Michigan native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground, beginning with a stirring rendition of “Tammy” at age 4 around a neighborhood bonfire. Then came years of choirs, a guitar, a dulcimer, and some theatre thrown into the pot. Nearly four decades as a touring professional have found her traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival…

Clayton Bros

Clayton Bros

Bassist John Clayton is often compared to Ray Brown in terms of sound, stage presence, and professionalism. Along with brother Jeff on alto and son Gerald on piano, with supporting members Terrell Stafford on trumpet and Obed Calvaire on drums, the Clayton Brothers are true patrons of the traditional swing jazz they grew up on. Their new project focuses on music by other musical brothers: Nat and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley,…

Coloring Time feat. No Bird Sing

Coloring Time feat. No Bird Sing

This bassless hip-hop trio packs a powerful punch. With a stripped-down sound and emotive, erudite lyrics, No Bird Sing was named one of the Best New Bands of 2009 by City Pages. Joe Orton, vocals Robert Mulrennan, guitar Graham O’Brien, drums • “Ars Poetica” from a recent show • “Land Mines” at The Current’s studios

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Commander Cody

Ever since his early days as front man for the Lost Planet Airmen, Commander Cody has been a truly unique and iconoclastic figure. His special blend of old-time rock ‘n’ roll, country, boogie-woogie, R&B and Western swing have virtually defined American roots music. The band’s straightforward energy was evident on their debut single, 1968′s “Hot Rod Lincoln,” and is still on display at their blistering live shows. After 23 years…

Communist Daughter

Communist Daughter

A few years ago John Solomon walked away from music. After a long struggle with addiction and a brief stint in jail he broke up his critically acclaimed band Friends Like These and moved to a small town in Wisconsin. And supposedly that was that. Even though Solomon left music, music never left him. After a long hiatus, he called some friends to come to Wisconsin and demo up a…

Como Ave. Jug Band

Como Ave. Jug Band

Most great bands are born out of a group of friends who, while hanging out, decide to make music together. This is certainly the case with the Como Ave Jug Band, except that this group is a lot bigger than most. Led by guitarist/vocalist Ken Tyborski, this ensemble is comprised of between six and 14 players, including a jug, spoons, and a tap dancer along with more “traditional” instruments. The…

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