Dessa (w/ Monakr)
February 26 | 9pm (kitchen opens at 5:30)
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Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a top-200 entry on the Billboard charts for her album Parts of Speech. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape; her track, “Congratulations,” notched over 5 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times Magazine, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, published two literary collections of her own, and is set to release her first hardcover collection with Dutton Books in the fall of 2018. She’s been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says Dessa “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by a ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. Dessa’s third full-length album Chime (Doomtree Records) was listed by NPR as one of 2018’s most anticipated albums. In March, she embarks on a world tour through the US, Europe, and Asia.


Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard: A Night of Gershwin
March 25 | 7pm
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Prudence Johnson’s long and happy career as a singer, writer, and teacher has landed her on the musical theatre stage, in two feature films (A River Runs Through It, A Prairie Home Companion), national radio (several long stints on A Prairie Home Companion), and on concert stages across North America and occasionally Europe. She has released more than a dozen recordings, including albums dedicated to the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Greg Brown, and a collection of international lullabies.

Pianist, accordionist and storyteller Dan Chouinard plays, tours and records with an ever-expanding roster of musicians and writers. He regularly creates special programs which blend storytelling, interview and music, many of these for Minnesota Public Radio and the MN Historical Society. Recent shows “Civil War Homecoming” (2015) “Cafe Europa” (2014, 2008, 2005) and “Mambo Italiano” (2006) have been aired on Twin Cities public televison, and broadcast statewide on MPR as have his frequent radio collaborations with Ann Reed, Peter Ostroushko and Patricia Hampl. He also works occasionally on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.


Har Mar Superstar sings Sam Cooke – Encore!
April 6 | 7pm
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Sean Tillmann (aka Har Mar Superstar) is an American songwriter & performer who makes R&B / Pop / Soul music. What started as a one-man show in 1999 has grown into a full-band revue. Often noted as a premier live act, Tillmann works the crowd and earns his keep with sweat equity. A grueling tour schedule has made this Minneapolis, MN outfit a show not to miss.


Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya in tribute to The Jazz Epistles
April 16 | 7pm & 9:30pm
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A performer, composer and outspoken chronicler of South Africa’s struggle with apartheid, Ibrahim became an international figure in jazz, whose music has always been a mixtures of influences from jazz and classical to gospel and traditional African music. For more than a quarter-century he has toured the world extensively, appearing at major concert halls, clubs and festivals, giving sell-out performances, as solo artist or with other renowned artists.


Corky Siegel & Howard Levy
May 2 | 7pm
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Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer / songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s national award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.  Along with the members of the ensemble and the illustrious guest collaborators Chamber Blues continues to break new ground in its 30th year of innovation.

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