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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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Willie Walker & Paul Metsa

Paul Metsa is a 30 year veteran of the MN music scene. He has won 7 MN Music Awards, including 2005 Americana Artist of the year. He has performed over 5,000 professional gigs in the Twin Cities, and has released 11 original recording projects on his label MaximumFolk.com (formerly Raven Records.) One of the great soul and blues singers in the Twin Cities, Willie Walker has lent his sweet tenor…

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Willie Watson

In the exploding world of acoustic music, Willie Watson needs no introduction. During his decade plus tenure with Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie’s driving rhythm guitar, transcendent lead vocals and pure tenor were an essential part of the band’s success (over 600,000 records sold not to mention the platinum selling single “Wagon Wheel”), but nowhere in OCMS’s catalog does his instrumental artistry and vocal prowess shine as in this new…

Wolfhoppers

Wolfhoppers

Wolfhoppers are a new orchestral rock ensemble based in Minneapolis. Born out of the Second-Hand Opera Artist Collective, bandleader Dave Afdahl teams up with Tim Binger (cello, accordion), Joe Finstrom (electric and upright bass), Andy Myers (drums, percussion) and Pat Dougherty (guitar, banjo) to create sweeping, epic music that is touching and dramatic. Afdahl is inspired by a wide array of folk-images and stories, including his family farm in Norway.…

WolfLords

WolfLords

Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Aby Wolf has been creating thoroughly unique music for years, between backup singing gigs with Dessa, Brother Ali, and others. Her latest project is a duo with multi-instrumentalist and producer Grant Cutler (LookBook, Solid Gold, Zoo Animal, Jeremy Messersmith). This exciting new collaboration promises to straddle several genres, creating soundscapes that are at once lush and minimal, groove-oriented and sparse.

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World Party

Since they made international waves with their 1986 hit, “Ship of Fools,” World Party has earned critical acclaim and an admirable following at every turn. The band’s records have been few, but excellent, eliciting comparisons to other bands with few records but little filler on them, like the Velvet Underground and Nick Lowe. World Party frontman Karl Wallinger has a singular reputation for crafting pristine pop songs. Not only has…

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets

Over 30 years of performing and over 20 albums to their credit, Grammy Award winners the Yellowjackets have become one of the premiere instrumental jazz ensembles in modern music. With their latest release, Timeline, they are again transcending the “fusion” tag that they helped create. Originally formed by Robben Ford to back him up for his 1977 record, The Inside Story, the trio of keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip…

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Yolande Bruce

Vocalist Yolande Bruce is well known throughout the Twin Cities and beyond as a member of the award-winning ensemble Moore by Four. With MB4 she has performed nationally and internationally, opening for such legendary artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and BB King. A featured vocalist at many churches both locally and abroad, Yolande was a Minnesota Music Awards nominee for Best Female Jazz Artist in 1993. Active in local…

Zacc Harris Quartet

Zacc Harris Quartet

Zacc Harris, guitar Bryan Nichols, piano Adam Linz, bass Babatunde Lea, drums Guitarist Zacc Harris is gaining a reputation as one of the hardest working guitarists in town. He has been presenting his original music in a number of different ensembles, each one striking and unique: the multi-meter melodies of the Atlantis Quartet, bebop sounds or classic organ groove music with CounterClockWise or Vital Organ, a six-piece Thelonious Monk tribute…

Zachary Richard

Zachary Richard

Zachary Richard is one of the most versatile and talented singer/songwriters in the American musical lexicon. While he is widely credited with revitalizing Creole and Zydeco music, his songwriting is deep and varied, ranging through blues, rock, country, and other less defined sound-scapes. Zachary is the author of 3 books of poetry and a producer of documentary films. He is a man of deep conscience; an activist dedicated to the…

Zoo Animal

Zoo Animal

“Simply produced with nothing more than one guitar, bass and drums the record is a minimalistic masterpiece that brilliantly uses the space between the notes to create a charismatic groove. Zoo Animal strikes a balance between clever lyrics and catchy guitar riffs with ten intelligently crafted tunes that reside in your head long after the final track is done.” -Brandon Henry, Rift Magazine A paradox is not an impossibility. Zoo…

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