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

12/28 – Nahko
12/30 – Lizz Winstead
01/15 – Joshua Davis
01/22 – We Banjo 3
01/27 – Ilusha
01/29 – Catie Curtis
01/31 – Dan Layus
02/02 – Phox
02/08 – White Lies
02/09 – Anda Union
02/11 – Keller Williams
02/22 – Valerie June
03/02 – Solas
03/05 – Dervish
03/08 – David Lindley
03/13 – Noam Pikelny
03/15 – Samite
03/16 – Boiled in Lead
03/18 – Why?
03/29 – Agnes Obel
03/30 – Andy Shauf
04/01 – Lucy Kaplansky
04/08 – Tift Merritt
05/04 – Paul Thorn
06/07 – Byrne and Kelly