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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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nightingales

Nightinghales

This Britpop influenced indie band features Yardbirds inspired guitars, vintage piano and organ, and a punchy, melodic sound all their own. Original rock songs in a contemporary, fashionable package, from nervous and quirky to solemn and poppy, with a nod to the sounds of 60’s and 70’s NYC. Formed in Minneapolis in late 2004, the band Nightinghales (sic) is an indie pop/rock band that plays inspired original music. The band…

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Nikki Hill

Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her. Hill and her band (who Nikki deems ‘The Pirate Crew) are climbing to…

Niles Dakota

Niles

Niles is a renaissance man within the world of the arts. This will be his headlining performance as a hip-hop artist since I moved to the Twin Cities from NYC 5 years ago. He was heavy on the music scene as a hip-hop artist in NYC from being on Koch Records (Major Label) from winning the 2007 HOT97 “Who’s Next” talent search, to performing at HOT97 Summer Jam in 07′…

No Bird Sing

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

NoamandStuart

Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan

NOAM PIKELNY has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and The New Yorker describes as “wide- ranging and restlessly imaginative.” In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for…

Oleta Adams

Oleta Adams

Since the runaway success of her platinum-selling 1990 debut album Circle of One, and the impassioned hit single “Get Here,” Oleta Adams has inspired millions of people with journeys of the heart. Her songs draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther…

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Oliver Mtukudzi

Zimbabwe’s legendary guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi (affectionately called “Tuku” by his fans) is one of the most powerful creative forces to emerge in the Afro-pop scene in the last three decades. His music mixes hypnotic guitar loops, percussive beats, and the African thumb piano with his soulful voice and vocal harmonies to superb effect. Tall, slim and handsome, with a big stage presence, an easy manner, and a slick line in…

Ollabelle

Ollabelle

With two feet planted firmly in the past but constantly looking forward, Ollabelle is making some of the most compelling music in the “traditional” genre. A truly democratic collective, this quintet creates fresh adaptations of gospel, bluegrass, and other old-time traditional songs while also establishing their voice with originals. Because all five members share vocal and songwriting duties, Ollabelle gains strength from its members’ shared sense of mission, as well…

Omaha Diner

Omaha Diner

featuring Charlie Hunter, Steven Bernstein, Bobby Previte & Skerik Omaha Diner is many things: the world’s definitive virtuoso of the seven-string guitar, the pioneer of saxophonics, a recipient of the 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for composition, and a Grammy nominee. Omaha Diner is at home in all situations in and beyond the world of music – not only scoring one of the films of legendary director Robert Altman, but performing in…

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