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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.



Nicole Henry

Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums. Adding to her vocal talents, Nicole’s beauty and on-stage rapport combines confidence, sincerity and a touch of sass, confirming her as an all-around beguiling performer to audiences in over 15 countries. Her 2004 debut CD release, The…



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 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′…

Nils Lofgren

Nils Lofgren

A frontman in his own right, Nils has been happy to play sideman — and secret weapon — for several rock ‘n roll greats. A native of Chicago, the guitarist Springsteen introduces onstage as “the great Nils Lofgren” actually grew up studying the not-entirely-rock-‘n-roll fields of accordion, classical and jazz music before finding himself drawn to rock ‘n roll at, satisfyingly enough, a Jimi Hendrix concert. Both a bandleader —…

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


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…


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…

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