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

05/31 – Siama
06/02 – Kris Allen
06/03 – The Staves
06/05 – Miner
06/15 – Paul Fonfara
06/24 – Paul De Jong
07/06 – Xixa
07/08 – Debo Band
07/12 – Oh Pep!
07/18 – Pape Diouf
07/20 – King Sunny Ade
07/24 – Krar Collective
08/04 – Sean Hayes
08/06 – Hackensaw Boys
08/08 – The Kominas
08/14 – Hot Tuna
08/21 – Andy McKee
09/12 – Sondorgo
09/14 – Jon McLaughlin
09/17 – Shawn Mullins
09/24 – Cheryl Wheeler
10/02 – John McCutcheon
10/26 – Tommy Fleming
10/30 – Foy Vance
11/04 – Mary Fahl
11/16 – Dar Williams