Patty and The Buttons Present: Fingerstyle Master Richard Smith from Nashville, TN. Tuesday August 5th at The Dakota Jazz Club

We are very excited to be welcoming Richard Smith to Minneapolis on August 5th!  Richard is a world class fingerstyle guitarist whom performed and studied with the late Chet Atkins.  He will play a solo set and then join Patty and The Buttons for a set of hot jazz.  Mr. Smith is one of the finest musicians in the world today. You really won’t want to miss it!  

“The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.” – Chet Atkins, CGP (music legend)

Tuesday August 5th, 2014
7-10pm / ALL AGES / $8

The Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
55403

(612) 332-1010

About Richard Smith (http://www.richardsmithmusic.com/)

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From Bach to Beatles and barn-burners to ballads

Audiences delight, when world-renowned fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith cuts loose

Having witnessed one of his live performances, fellow musicians and music lovers alike sing hymns of praise about world-renowned fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith. With fretboard fireworks and lyrical endeavours he will melt your heart­strings, make your toes tapping and your jaws hanging open. Richard’s ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop. It includes Scott Joplin Rags just like Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and to Django Rein­hardt gypsy swing, not to mention his intriguing originals. He delivers both, light­ning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with vocals.

His incredible stylistic wealth is founded in a lifelong love for music. Born in Be­ckenham, Kent, England in 1971, Richard started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Concentrating initially on the country picking of Chet At­kins and Merle Travis, young Richard digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounding everyone with his dexterity. It seemed that not only did he possess amazing physical skill, but a photographic musical memory as well. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers, using all ten to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneous­ly and creating a universe of sounds, while easily switching between thumbpicking and flatpicking like hardly anybody else.

Richard first met his hero, the “Godfather” of fingerstyle guitar, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven. Richard was invited by Chet to share the stage with him at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. At first, the master ac­companied him, but later on he just listened in stunned silence while the child  played Chet’s own arrangements – perfectly. By the time Richard reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to him as their “Hero”.

It’s no surprise, that the hymns of praise subsequently never faded. Now residing in Nashville, Richard has toured the world as a solo artist, teaming up with his wife Julie Adams for a unique guitar and cello duo, performing with his brothers Rob and Sam as the Richard Smith Guitar Trio and with his swing band, The Hot Club of Nashville, featuring Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Pat Bergeson on guitar and Charlie Chadwick on bass. Fellow guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel prefers Richard Smith as one of his favourite duet partners. In 2001, Richard became the National Finger­style Guitar Champion in Winfield, Kansas. He was elected Thumbpicker of the Year in 2008 and inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in Kentucky in 2009. He is also a recipient of the Golden Thumbpick Award by the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists in California.

Richard has been a mainstay at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville since 1991, where he has played with many world renowned artists inclu­ding Nato Lima of Los Indios Tabajaras, sax legend Boots Randolph and John Jor­genson of Desert Rose Band and Elton John Band fame. He has also performed with other great musicians such as Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Thom Bresh, Joe Pass, Biréli Lagrène, Bryan Sutton, Les Paul, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Suzy Bogguss, Muriel Anderson, Guy Van Duser, Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tony McManus and Buster B. Jones and shared the bill with a host of others, most notably Steve Morse, Albert Lee, Paco Peña, Barney Kessel, Da­vid Russell and Johnny Hiland.

 

Upcoming Guest Artists at Aster Cafe Residency

Most of you are well acquainted with our Aster Cafe residency (almost) every Sunday.  We have a few special guests from out of town whom will be making whirlwind appearances with us on their way to and from points around the nation.  Please consider joining us to catch some truly amazing players in an intimate setting.  Call us crazy, but the shows will still be FREE.

JULY 27th: Sam Miltich (Guitar) Grand Rapids, MN
(http://www.sammiltich.com/)

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AUGUST 10th: Tom McDermott (Piano) New Orleans, LA
(http://mcdermottmusic.com/)

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Patty and The Buttons Present: Jack Klatt at The Dakota Thursday April 3rd

Guitarist/Singer Jack Klatt is a vital member of the Minneapolis roots and traditional music scene.  Patty (of The Buttons) also shares instrumental abilities with him regularly as a sideman on washboard and accordion.  Both will come together to present an exciting evening of music at the Dakota on April 3rd, 2014. Many of Jack’s original songs draw from the same pool of pre-war influences that Patty and The Buttons do.  Klatt will perform solo as well as with the able Buttons backing him for a first time collaboration.

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More about Jack Klatt:

Jack Klatt, native of Minnesota’s Mississippi river banks, has traveled far and wide through the highways and bi-ways of America, Europe and Canada with his guitar always near by. A self-taught musician and lyricist with eyes and ears wide open, always eager to soak up songs and stories. Klatt has sang in countless barrooms, cafes, living rooms, theaters and street corners all over the world, entertaining folks with his boisterous finger-picking style and whiskey worn voice, continuing the troubador tradition of folks like Utah Phillips, Blind Willie MacTell and Towns Van Zandt.

Thursday April 3rd, 2014
7-10pm / ALL AGES / $6

The Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
55403

(612) 332-1010

 

Tom McDermott and Kevin Clark from New Orleans, LA join Patty and The Buttons at The Dakota Jazz Club January 28th

Virtuoso Pianist Tom McDermott from New Orleans, LA is returning to the Dakota Jazz Club Tuesday, January 28th.  He will also be bringing trumpet player Kevin Clark from the famed Dukes of Dixieland!  Tom and Kevin will be doing some playing as a duo as well as lending their talents to The Buttons for some heavy hitting traditional New Orleans selections.   Please come and support two world class musicians from the birthplace of jazz. 

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Tom McDermott

“Mr. McDermott is not simply a follower of tradition or a repository of old tunes. He composes within his wide-ranging idiom with a knowledgeable feeling for his sources and a sense of humor.” -New York Times

Tuesday January 28th, 2013
7-10pm / ALL AGES / $7

The Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
55403

(612) 332-1010

More About Tom McDermott:

Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans’ premiere piano players and composers. He grew up in St. Louis, where he earned a Masters’ Degree in Music, wrote music journalism for the morning paper, and soaked up the sounds of ragtime and traditional jazz that flourished in the 1960s and 70s. In 1984, spurred by his love of James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, he moved to New Orleans, a trip enabled by a gig at the World’s Fair.

Tom has been quite busy the last 25 years. For much of the 1990s he was a Duke of Dixieland, which took him to Europe, Asia, South America and all over the States (including Carnegie Hall); he recorded several albums with the Dukes, including a tribute to Jelly Roll Morton with the great Danny Barker.

In 1995, after arranging a tune for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band album “Jelly,” he co-founded the modern brass band the New Orleans Nightcrawlers. Tom has written for the theater (the Obie-award-winning off-Broadway show, “Nita and Zita”), appeared in bit roles in the movies and TV (“He Said She Said” and the HBO series “Treme,” and had his music used frequently on NPR. A group he co-led with clarinetist Evan Christopher, the Danza Quartet, appeared on NPR’s New Year’s Eve show, “Toast of the Nation,” on 2008-2009. He has recorded 10 albums, and 75 original tunes as a bandleader.

 

Patty and The Buttons Present: An Evening Of Gypsy Jazz with Sam Miltich and Dean Harrington Sunday December 8th

Sam Miltich and Dean Harrington are two world class Gypsy Jazz guitar players from the state of Minnesota.  Patty and The Buttons will be hosting a night of Gypsy Jazz at the Dakota Jazz Club on December 8th as part of their “Patty and The Buttons” presents series.  Guitarists Miltich and Harrington have never appeared together in public before, expect many nods to Django Rheinhardt as well as plenty of virtuosic guitar licks!

Sunday December 8th, 2013

7-10pm / ALL AGES / FREE

The Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
55403

(612) 332-1010

 SammiltichSam Miltich

Sam Miltich is a jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. He is a musician by profession and plays regularly in the Upper Midwest as a soloist and with his bands the Sam Miltich Trio and The Clearwater Hot Club.  At a screening of Woody Allen’s movie “Sweet and Lowdown,” Sam heard the music of the late gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt for the first time. The combination of acoustic instruments, driving rhythm, and the swing feel sounded like a melding of his favorite genres of music into one. Sam decided to dedicate himself to the study of gypsy jazz. By the time he was eighteen he was touring with the Robin Nolan Trio in the U.S. and Europe. He would later join the Hot Club of San Francisco for two years before starting his own band, the Clearwater Hot Club. In addition to promoting his bands, Sam is always seeking out new musical connections. His recent musical collaborators have included mandolin virtuoso Peter Ostroushko, legendary Twin Cities saxophonist Dave Karr, jazz and classical guitarist Joan Griffith, and Dutch jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis.

 DeanHarringtonDean Harrington

 Dean Harrington has been a performing musician and guitar teacher in the Twin Cities area for the last twenty years. He started as a classical musician, completing a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Minnesota, studying with classical guitarist and composer Jeffrey Van. He performs regularly in the Twin Cities area with his bands Mill City Hot Club and Dean Harrington Trio. Dean has performed locally with several other bands including: Twin Cities Hot Club, Patty and the Buttons, Gypsy Mania, Café Accordion Orchestra, The Southside Aces, Connie Evingson, Rhonda Laurie, Tony Sandler, Sidewalk Cafe, Nikki and the Ruemates, Papa John and the Hot Club of East Lake Street, Men with Hollowbodies, and more.

 

Patty and The Buttons Present: Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson at The Dakota November 10th

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On Sunday, November 10th we will be featuring our good friends Maud Hixson (voice) and Rick Carlson (piano) as part of our “Patty and The Buttons Present” series at the Dakota Jazz Club.  The two will play a set of their intimate duet material, as well as some wildly eclectic collaborations with Patty and The Buttons. You may have seen Rick playing piano with us as of late drawing inspiration from greats like Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Count Basie.  Maud is a masterful interpreter of the American songbook.  Her 2013 release, “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away” was the first album devoted to the music of Broadway composer Michael Leonard. Recorded in New York City, it features arrangements by pianist Tex Arnold as well as bassist Steve LaSpina, cornetist Warren Vaché, and guitarist Gene Bertoncini.  Please come join us for a unique evening of music, you’ll want to be there!

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10th, 2013

7-10pm / ALL AGES / FREE

The Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
55403

(612) 332-1010

Republic Seven Corners Roots Music Series

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Folks, be sure to mark your calendars for THURSDAY nights down at Republic Seven Corners.  We’ll be playing there once a month in a rotation that includes many other awesome twin cities traditional music acts like The Cactus Blossoms, Corpse Reviver, Jack Klatt, Dreamland Faces as well as special presentations by Hymie’s Vintage Records!  We will be there the following THURSDAYS starting at 9pm:

10/24

11/28

12/26

NO COVER/ALL AGES

Republic Seven Corners
221 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN
55454
(612) 338-6146

Patty and The Buttons, The Cactus Blossoms to combine powers and become “THE CACTUS BUTTONS” ONE NIGHT ONLY at The Dakota Jazz Club, September 15

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We’re very excited to be presenting a show at the Dakota with our buddies The Cactus Blossoms! Both bands will do some playing on their own, then come together at the end of the night for a set as “THE CACTUS BUTTONS”. We can’t in good conscience guarantee that this will happen again, so if you want to see it, y’all better come… For those buttons fans who aren’t acquainted, The Cactus Blossoms are an outfit lead by brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey. Known for their tight vocal harmonies, they perform original and traditional material in the style of early Country and Western Swing. Many Western Swing band leaders used to have clarinets and accordions in their bands alongside fiddles and steel guitars. There is also quite an established tradition of New Orleans musicians adding their musicianship and repertoire to what folks like Bob Wills and Milton Brown were doing back in the 1930’s. It seems like a natural to have Patty and The Buttons and The Cactus Blossoms form a hillbilly orchestra the likes of which the upper midwest hasn’t seen for many years!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15th, 2013
7-10pm / ALL AGES / FREE

The Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
55403
(612) 332-1010

Patty and The Buttons at The Minnesota State Fair August 30-31 2013

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We’re thrilled to be returning to the Minnesota State Fair for two days of down home fun!  We’ll race you to the pronto pup stand on set break… Last year, we even had 42 trombones sit in with us for a tune!  We hope you’ll makes us a part of your day at the great Minnesota get-together!

Ramberg Center
(R29 on the State Fair map)

Fri., Aug. 30
3:15, 4:30, 5:45 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 31
10:30, 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

Special performance at The Dakota Jazz Club featuring New Orleans piano master Tom McDermott Thursday, August 22nd

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Pianist Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a good friend of ours from my time living and playing in New Orleans.  He is a virtuoso jazz pianist versed in the styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, James P. Johnson and many others.  In addition, he is a talented composer in a wide variety of Idioms. Tom is also a regular guest on HBO’s series “Treme”  We are THRILLED to be presenting a show at the Dakota with him on Thursday, August 22nd.  Tom will be doing some solo playing as well as joining the band for a set of Traditional Jazz.  Showtime is 7pm, You DON’T want to miss it!

Here are some nice things noted publications have had to say about him:

“Mr. McDermott is not simply a follower of tradition or a repository of old tunes. He composes within his wide-ranging idiom with a knowledgeable feeling for his sources and a sense of humor.” -John S. Wilson, New York Times

“To single out one New Orleans jazz musician for being talented and likeable is absurd. But, not long after moving here, Margaret and I were at a night club with friends when Tom McDermott, a thin, sandy-haired man, shuffled up to our table…A few minutes later, McDermott took the stage, sat down at the piano, and set it on fire. He can do anything. We’ve heard him play ragtime, ‘trad jazz,’ swing, choros from Brazil, musettes from France, and any number of other genres. He doesn’t just play tunes, either. He writes his own. How many other American musicians are writing musettes, for heaven’s sake?…We have all of Tom’s CDs, so when we’re shuffling our iPod through our stereo, it seems that every third song is being played by Tom McDermott. That’s fine with us.” -Dan Baum, New Yorker.com, May 23

Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall  Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-1010

http://dakotacooks.com

Goorin Brothers Hats Great Gatsby Social Affair May 31st

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Here at Patty and The Buttons, we love our old timey hats and are always happy to work with our good friends at  Goorin Brothers hats.  On Friday May 31st we’ll be providing some music for a roaring 20’s event inspired by the book (and now movie) The Great Gatsby.  Come in your best period garb and drink some free champagne, and just possibly, get a hat.  We’ll be there imbiding and playing music from 6-9pm!

Tapping of Bell’s “Jazz Beers” at Republic Seven Corners on Monday, May 13th

 

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Republic Seven Corners, Bell’s Beer and Patty and The Buttons are pleased to bring you an exciting night of Beer, Jazz and Dancing! In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Bell’s will be releasing three varieties of their acclaimed Jazz Beer: Le Contrebassiste, Le Batteur & Le Pianiste. Patty and The Buttons will be providing hot jazz sounds to accompany the fine brews. Dancers; we’ll be holding this event in the backroom so there will be plenty of room for you to swing out like you do! Best of all, this event is FREE FREE FREE!

Republic Seven Corners
Monday 5/13/13
7-10pm

221 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN
55454

MORE INFO:
http://www.republicmn.com/
http://bellsbeer.com/
http://pattyandthebuttons.com/