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

Where

Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Av. S.Minneapolis, MN

When

Date: Ended 05/25/14

Upcoming events

01/24 – Rory Scovel
01/25 – The Wailers
02/05 – Kimbra
02/08 – Poppy
02/11 – Sonny Landreth
02/14 – Jorma Kaukonen
02/20 – Roja y Negro
03/04 – Vasen
03/05 – Good Lovelies
03/06 – Kyle Kinane
03/10 – Andrea Gibson
03/11 – Lunasa
03/15 – We Banjo 3
03/17 – Boiled in Lead
03/20 – Claire Lynch
03/22 – Eden
03/25 – Altan
03/27 – Nils Frahm
04/03 – Of Montreal
04/10 – Martin Carthy
04/16 – The Residents
04/17 – Alash
04/20 – Robbie Fulks
04/22 – Mountain Heart
04/23 – Frigg
04/30 – Kid Koala
05/03 – Dayme Arocena
05/11 – Chris Smither
05/18 – Greg Brown
09/28 – David Wilcox