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

04/29 – Timbre Timbre
05/04 – Paul Thorn
05/07 – The Music Tapes
05/09 – Frontier Ruckus
05/10 – Emel
05/12 – Greg Brown
05/14 – Russell Howard
05/19 – Pyrrha
05/21 – The Minimalists
05/24 – Perfume Genius
05/30 – Frazey Ford
06/07 – Byrne and Kelly
06/11 – Aavartan
06/17 – Charlie Mars
06/19 – Land of Talk
06/29 – The Tillers
07/12 – Marchfourth
07/27 – Amadou & Mariam
08/12 – Ron Funches
08/13 – Ssingssing
08/28 – Paa Kow
09/09 – Jaerv
09/16 – Erin Mckeown
09/17 – Bideew Bou Bess
09/29 – Kardemimmit
10/07 – Songhoy Blues
10/10 – Tash Sultana
10/14 – Cheryl Wheeler
11/22 – Bruce Cockburn