Butch Thompson

Jazz and ragtime piano great Butch Thompson has put together an enticing special program this week, a salute to the Hall Brothers Jazz Band and their long, fruitful run at the old Emporium of Jazz in Mendota. They were the house group from 1966 to 1991! Butch played his other instrument, clarinet, in that fabled band. Now he's gathered together band alumni including: Russ Hall (trombone); fine pianist, Mike Polad (who used to be known for his saxophone work); cutup Charlie DeVore (cornet); and Bill Evans (bass). Along with "Prairie Home Companion" regular, Peter Johnson, gamely taking the place of a couple of the Twin Cities' most colorful drummers of days gone by, "Doggie" Berg and Red Maddock. Representing the younger generation is impressive blues singer, Hilary Thavis, another PHC/Garrison Keillor favorite. Thavis grew up in Rome, in the shadows of the Vatican, a child of Minnesota parents. Her timely song, "Facebook Blues," is a funny gem. Tom Surowicz

Price: $10 - $15


Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Av. S.Minneapolis, MN


Date: Ended 05/25/14

Upcoming events

05/30 – The Last Revel
06/10 – Kyle Dunnigan
06/15 – Brian Blade
06/21 – Novalima
06/23 – Active Child
07/06 – Ben Lee
07/08 – Jen Kirkman
07/09 – Lenka
07/13 – King Sunny Ade
07/16 – Colin Stetson
07/18 – Larry & Teresa
07/23 – Veruca Salt
08/04 – Bombino
08/07 – Sean Hayes
08/25 – Tinariwen
09/17 – Sarah Morris
09/29 – Kardemimmit
10/17 – Luna
10/23 – Farah Siraj
11/12 – David Bromberg
11/18 – Baladino
11/21 – John Gorka