2017 Caravan Du Nord in Grand Marais, MN

The Minnesota Music Coalition has been doing great things for musicians in the metro and beyond.  Their Caravan Du Nord series brings metro music acts to the greater state of Minnesota.  We will be joining our good friends from Minneapolis Trailer Trash as well as the North Shore Natives Lake Effect in Grand Marais, MN!

Trailer Trash

Saturday, October 14th 2017
Arrowhead Center for the Arts – 51 W. 5th Street
7 pm – Concert w/Trailer Trash, Patty & The Buttons, Lake Effect
($18 / $8 students)

Additional Information: https://www.mnmusiccoalition.org/event/caravan-du-nord-trailer-trash-patty-buttons-lake-effect/


KBEM Jazz 88.5 Interview

Phil Nusbaum at Jazz 88 in Minneapolis interviewed us about our ongoing engagement at the Aster.  We assume that most of you folks know about it, but it never hurts to spead the word!  You will be able to hear the 5 minute segment throughout the day during the month of July.  You can listen to the segment at the public radio exchange here:  https://beta.prx.org/stories/183023

2nd Annual Vaudeville Show, November 28th, 2015!

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Folks, we could not be more excited to announce our SECOND ANNUAL Vaudeville Show at Heights Theater on Saturday, November 28th!  Tickets are on sale now for this very special matinee:



Harvey Gustafson (Master of the MIGHTY Wurlitzer Organ)
Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (Country music duo)
Christina Baldwin (Music of vaudeville starlets)
Miss Molly (Tap dancing)
Pop Wagner (Cowboy arts)
Adam Kiesling (American folk music)
Liz Shacterle (Puppetry)
and silent film shorts with LIVE organ accompaniment!




Minneapolis based jazz band Patty and The Buttons are pleased to announce the return of their annual Vaudeville show. In the spirit of vaudeville performances from the first half of the 20th century, the show brings together the region’s most talented performers in many different disciplines. Patty and The Buttons will serve as both the hot jazz house band and masters of ceremonies for the afternoon. Presented at the immaculately restored Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, audiences are transported back to the days when the theater was built in 1926. The vaudeville show also features house organist Harvey Gustafson and the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Gustafson will play before the show and also accompany both musical artists and silent film shorts. As part of Patty and The Buttons continuing commitment to the youth of America, all audience members under the age of 18 years are welcome to attend free of charge!

Saturday, November 28th, 2015
1pm Matinee (Family Friendly)

The Historic Heights Theater
3951 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN

$15 advance, $20 door

Tickets: http://pattyandthebuttonsvaudeville.brownpapertickets.com

New Years Eve Ball at The Eagles Club with The Southside Aces and Patty and The Buttons


We are pleased to be joining our good friends the Southside Aces for a 2015 New Year’s Eve Ball!  TWO hot jazz bands, a wide open dancefloor, drinks and dinner… Who could ask for any better way to ring in the New Year?

Thursday, December 31st 2015

Doors 6:30pm
Dinner 7pm
Music 8pm-12:30am

Eagles Club #34
2507 East 25th Street
Minneapolis, MN

$22 for the dance
$36 for dinner and dance

Advance tickets available IN PERSON ONLY at the Eagles Club or AT THE DOOR.




Concert with Dakota Dave Hull and special guest Butch Thompson

We could not be more pleased to be presenting two American music legends at the Jackson Street Roundhouse on Friday, October 2nd.  Arrive early and check out the house collection of historic train cars, engines and memorabilia in the 100 year old venue, still functioning as a roundhouse today.  The night will open with a solo set of ragtime guitar from Dakota Dave Hull.  Then, we’ll be playing a program of mostly traditional jazz along side Butch Thompson on clarinet.  Don’t worry, Dakota Dave will be joining the band too! This will be a seated concert event, although if your feet start moving, we won’t stop them!  Here is the poster and the press release:


Patty and The Buttons
Dakota Dave Hull
with special guest Butch Thompson

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Jackson Street Roundhouse
193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN

$15 at the door, includes museum admission


Hot jazz purveyors Patty and The Buttons will be partnering with acoustic guitar legend Dakota Dave Hull to present an evening of early american music at the Jackson Street Roundhouse. Also joining the Buttons on clarinet is Prairie Home Companion alumnus and traditional jazz great Butch Thompson. Arrive early to the event to take in the house collection at the Minnesota Transportation museum. This is a seated concert event.

About Dakota Dave Hull: 

Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to Downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull’s guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America’s music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic.

A gifted composer as well as a strikingly original interpreter of older tunes, Dave calls what he does “classic American guitar.” Folk legend Van Ronk called Dave “one of the best guitarists in the world.”

Most of all, Dakota Dave’s music is great fun. As Douglas Green (Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky) puts it, “There is an imp within Dave Hull that always expresses itself on the fretboard; a witty, intelligent yet respectful imp who frolics in his music, an imp Dakota Dave neither fights nor lets take control, but simply absorbs into the heart of his style.”

More information at: http://dakotadavehull.com

About Butch Thompson:

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, including his well-known Butch Thompson Trio, his eight-piece Jazz Originals band, the Butch Thompson Big Three, or his unique blues duo with fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue.

He has performed with many symphony orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Cairo (Egypt) Symphony.

Widely known for his 12-year stint as house pianist on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, where the Butch Thompson Trio was the house band, he continues on the show as a frequent guest.

More information at: http://www.butchthompson.com

Appearance at Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest


We are very pleased to announce that we will be a part of  The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest this year!  Catch us in the Target Atrium Saturday, July 11th from 5-6:45pm.  After our performance, you can catch the orchestra playing some Rachmaninoff in the concert hall as part of the “Inside The Classics” series.  Please join us and take part in the great Minnesota institution that is Sommerfest!


Best of 2014 In The Media

Well, we’re not ones to boast, but we’re very fortunate to have been included in some of the finest “Best Of” columns to wrap up 2014!

BeBopified – Pamela Espeland (http://www.bebopified.com/2014/12/our-two-cents-in-2014-twin-cities-music.html)
“Because button accordionist Patrick Harison (Patty) is always worth watching. His music is both old-timey and fresh, and this album of all original songs made me laugh out loud and want to dance. The band: Harison on accordion, vocals, steel guitar, washboard and uke; Keith Boyles on bass; Tony Bailuff on clarinet; Mark Kreitzer on guitar.”

Hymie’s Vintage Records – Dave Hoenack (http://hymiesrecords.com/hymies-favorite-local-albums-of-2014/)

“Fifteen years ago, when PBS aired Ken Burn’s nine-part documentary, Jazz, we were appalled by its rigid, neo-classicist attitude. Eight episodes were devoted to the history of America’s greatest art form up until 1960, and only one to the extraordinary works written and recorded since. Watching Wynton Marsalis and Gary Giddins describe something so vibrant and inspiring as though it were a lost relic turned us off to traditionalism for years — It took local musicians like Patrick Harison, who we recently described as a muppet (here), to remind us that traditional music is not a museum piece but an ongoing communication between the past and the present. Patty and the Buttons‘ second full-length disc, The Mercury Blues,  adds to the conversation by introducing several new numbers which fit beautifully with songs nearly a century old. The album also introduces Patty’s pedal steel work and the band’s interest in the role of Hawaiian music in the first half of the last century.”

Minnesota Public Radio Morning Show


MPR’s Cathy Wurzer made some time on Morning Edition to talk about our new release “The Mercury Blues” as well as our Vaudeville Spectacular.  We remind her of “Boardwalk Empire” and we’re fine with that being that one of our great heroes Vince Giordano is responsible for the majority of the music on that program.  You can listen to the whole segment here:  http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/music

Patty and The Buttons KFAI (90.3 FM) Takeover!



We are very luck to have one of the finest community radio stations in the nation here in our hometown of Minneapolis! KFAI is a tremendous boon to our music scene here in the midwest.  We will be participating in the following progams thanks to the invitation of their respective intrepid hosts:

Thursday, November 20th, 10 am-Noon
The Dakota Dave Hull Show – Hosted by Dakota Dave Hull
**Will also DJ’ing a few choice cuts from Patty’s personal collection throughout the show!!

Sunday, November 23rd, 9am – 1oam
Century Song – Hosted by Dan Rein

Wednesday, November 26th, 4pm – 4:30pm
Harold’s House Party – Hosted by Harold Tremblay

We’ve done our best to list exactly the times that we will be on air, but, you really ought to just leave your radio tuned to KFAI for the next week waiting patiently for us to come on air.
90.3 FM Minneapolis
106.7 FM St. Paul

Listen to the programs online (live or in the archives) at http://KFAI.ORG

Review of “Mercury Blues” courtesy of Hymie’s Vintage Records


We’re very proud to have one of nation’s finest purveyors of vintage vinyl here in our hometown of Minneapolis.  Hymie’s Vintage records is one of the most genuine music shopping experiences out there and they also happen to know a thing or two about good music.  Dave Hoenack, the proprietor, took some time out of his busy schedule to say a few things about our new release “The Mercury Blues”. Here’s, our personal highlight from this review: “So, to Muppet-ify Patty we’d describe him as divided somewhere between Gonzo the Great and Sam the Eagle.”  Be sure to stop in and check out the shop! In the meanwhile, you can read the whole review here: http://hymiesrecords.com/the-mercury-blues/

CD Release Spectacular! Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Patty and The Buttons are celebrating the release of their second album “The Mercury Blues” at the historic Heights Theater built in 1926.  The show will be an riotous vaudeville style presentation featuring Patty and The Buttons, a very special appearance by Davina (of The Vagabonds) with Zack Lozier, silent film shorts from “Musty Suffer”, the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ and more!  Guests are highly encouraged to attend in 1920’s period attire and to leave their phones at home.  ALL attendees will also receive a FREE copy of Patty and The Buttons new album “The Mercury Blues”

Saturday November 29th, 2014
12:30pm Doors

The Heights Theater
3951 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN

$20 General Admission
(Includes a complimentary physical copy of “The Mercury Blues”)
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW:  http://pattyandthebuttons.brownpapertickets.com/

Preview tracks from our new disc “The Mercury Blues” on SoundCloud:

Davina Sowers

Davina Sowers hit the Midwest scene in February 2005 and she hasn’t looked back since. It didn’t take her long after moving to Minnesota from Key West, FL to start making a name for herself. With great vocals and piano, she commands attention on stage and leaves everyone smiling. Davina has been performing since the age of 5, with the support of an extremely musical family. Sowers, a classically-trained pianist, has years of experience in piano performance. She and her band made a big splash at Duluth’s Bayfront Blues Festival in 2006 to2008, having the highest sales in CDs all three years. She has been called the “hardestworking blues woman in frigid Minnesota.” “Two things remain consistent in all her shows: her throaty, but cushiony voice, which has a sort of hardmattress comfort to it that’s part Bonnie Raitt, part Etta James and a little Amy Winehouse; and her band’s rollicking New Orleans flavor, driven home by dueling horn players and a bayouthick standup bass.” (CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER, Star Tribune) Davina has already shared the stage with Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, The Lamont Cranston Band, The Blues Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Irma Thomas and James Hunter, among others, at venues such as House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ and the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, MN.

Musty Suffer (Silent Film Shorts)

Originally released in 1916, these silent film shorts feature the mishaps and misfortunes of tittle character “Musty Suffer”.  Played by Vaudeville star Harry Watson Jr., these pictures are some of the earliest examples of comedic film.  “Musty” finds himself in a number of bizarre, uncomfortable and downright surreal situations.  These films have been almost entirely forgotten in the archives of the library of congress, until now! They will be ably accompanied at the Heights by the Mighty WCCO Wurlitzer, played by Mr. Harvey Gustafson.

The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

The current organ began its life in 1929 as the WCCO studio organ, back in the days when WCCO had studios located in the old Nicollet hotel at Washington and Hennepin Ave in downtown Minneapolis. It was then a 3 manual instrument with 12 ranks of pipes. Then in the 1960’s it was sold to a private collector and eventually purchased by the Land O Lakes Theatre Organ Society in 1998. Soon after, a deal was struck with the management of the Heights Theater to install the organ, thus making the Heights the first movie theater to have a functioning pipe organ since the Downtown Minneapolis Radio City Theater closed its doors in 1958. The organ currently has 16 sets of pipes (known as ranks) and also boasts a glockspiel, xylophone, chimes, piano, and marimba, as well as an assortment of rhythm percussions and original theater pipe organ sound effects such as train whistle, bell, birds, and so forth. The section which currently plays is housed in the former dressing room on the right side of the auditorium. The organ’s voices include Tuba, Trumpet, Post horn (the loudest stop) strings clarinet, and a variety of other organ voices to fill out the ensemble.


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The Heights Theater

The Heights Theatre is located in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, a Northeast Minneapolis suburb. The theatre was originally constructed in 1926 by Gluek Brewery heir Arthur Gluek as a prohibition real estate venture. Built in the Beaux Arts style of the last century, the Heights Theatre building was a simple neighborhood movie house showcasing local talent in stage plays and “High Class Amateur Vaudeville Acts.” The Heights has survived at least three fires, one bombing and “The Big Blow of 1949” when a Fridley tornado twisted the tower sign. Today the theater has been restored to its original glory. A scarlet motorized Grande drape covers the proscenium stage and gilded grills conceal the organ’s pipework. Antique chandeliers are suspended from the ceiling restored with 2600 Egyptian lead crystals. Hand-painted reproduction Edison Mazda bulbs in four colors on separate circuits allow a multitude of effects from 152 lights above four hundred seats. An orchestra pit was discovered under the floor where the mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ now rises for Friday and Saturday night concerts.

Historic smut disc featured on Hey Mister Jesse Podcast

We’re very happy to have made a return appearance on the San Francisco based Traditional Jazz and Blues Podcast “Hey Mister Jesse”.  You can listen to episode #106 here: http://www.yehoodi.com/show/heymisterjesse  … There is discussion of the XXX Historic Smut disc as well as crowd funding in general.  Jesse does a great job, check it out!

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