Events

Feb
21
Wed
Courtney Yasmineh
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Country Music Showcase w/Bill Travers and Laura Moe – Suggested Cover $5
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Bill Travers and Laura Moe know what real Country Music is. They’re joined by guests who do too. So come on down and get ready for some stories of real life, told honestly, and maybe with a pedal steel guitar.

Feb
22
Thu
Mary Ray Elias
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Mary Elias returns to the UMC, this time with her friend Ken Schaffer.  Mary and Ken have been performing together recently at the Minnesota Music Café and Riverview Café, and are pleased to have a chance to sing for your happy hour or dinner hour at the UMC.
Ken has deep roots in the Twin Cities, as he managed the Extempore Coffeehouse in the West Bank during it’s heyday, spent over 30 years in with the band Turtle Creek based in Texas, and has performed with numerous other musical configurations since.  His original songs are well crafted musically and lyrically and his gifted guitar playing provides lovely and lush accompaniment.
Mary has toured the country from Portland to San Francisco to Key West, gathering up intense experiences to turn into original songs.  Her seasoned voice and guitar style provide a poignant performance that springs from the depths of her soul.
Ken and Mary compliment each other, each trading leads on covers or originals, or playing supportive guitar.  Mary also takes up her flute or sax on occasion.  Together, they provide a delightful concert of folk/blues/jazz influenced songs.
Cadenza All Stars
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Cadenza All Stars mix of jazz, reggae, and pop warm up a winter evening. Eugene Monnig—owner of St Paul’s Cadenza Music—anchors an ensemble that features Dan Larson on sax, Dave Boyce on bass, Kurt Koefod on percussion, and Monnig on guitar.

Feb
23
Fri
Bill Mann
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bill Mann is a thoughtful and compassionate writer, whose heartfelt songs will lift your spirits and reawaken the joy in your life.  
 
Though comfortable on several instruments (mandolin, bass, slide), Bill is primarily a guitar player – a finger picker and a strummer – with a powerfully soothing voice. 
 
His songs, as rich with inspiration as they are lighthearted and joyful, are a skillfully-crafted blend of personal experience and spirituality that touches more deeply than expected. He sings for those who want to laugh and those who need to cry; for the ones trying to remember and the ones praying to forget.
 
He writes in many styles – Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Swing, Pop, Folk, Blues, Reggae, R&B, and more. He has performed his original songs for audiences in Europe, Africa, and Australia, and all over North America. He’s opened for John Sebastian, Nick Lowe, Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton and Gatemouth Brown, among others. He’s played for dancers and listeners as young as 1 and as old as 101, in folk clubs, restaurants, cafes, colleges, coffeehouses, churches, bars, taverns, house concerts, business conventions, senior care facilities, spiritual seminars, and more. 
 
His musical teeth were cut in the 60s and 70s on the Beatles, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and a whole host of others. Those influences can be heard on his CD, ‘YOUR HEART KNOWS,’ and in every performance he gives.
Becky King
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Becky sings the Jazz Standards providing a soothing atmosphere with her clear melodic voice.She is accompanied by Joel Sundseth on piano.

Feb
24
Sat
French Canadian Jam
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

French-Canadian Jam

For several years a group of people who love the vigorous traditional music of French-Canada, particularly Québec, have gathered for mutual learning and jamming at the Blackbird Music Store in Minneapolis.  The jam is led by well-known fiddler Linda Breitag, who spent years studying and performing Québecois music and culture, and has been generously sharing her knowledge and inspiration with local musicians. The group includes musicians who play fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar, mandolin and foot tapping.  We welcome musicians of all levels of experience who wish to participate in the magic of Québecois music.

Let me know if you need anything else.

John Magnuson and Friends
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

In the 90’s (and also in the aughts, kinda), John was in a now-defunct Minneapolis honky-tonk band called the Carpetbaggers. If you ever saw them play, he was the one in the middle, between the two bespectacled beanpoles. These days, John still sings and plays that tonkabilly music, backed by guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo – the usual suspects. Joining John at the Underground will be Mike Crabtree (one of the aforementioned bespectacled beanpoles), Alyssa Whiting, and John Wenstrom.

Timbre Junction
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A tight yet classic sound mixing old school country and bluegrass into a web of feel good sounds. Instrumentation is flawless with vocals that take you back to the golden age of Nashville. Sweet harmonies and even a yodel or two are sure to put a smile across your evening.

Official Site

Feb
25
Sun
The She Shells
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The She Shells

A cooperative project by Thea Ennen and Lisa Kane