Friday, November 30, 2012

Patty and The Buttons debut album "Once Over Lightly" is now available online!

For those of you who have been asking, Patty and The Buttons debut disc "Once Over Lightly" is now available online.  It will soon be in all the major outlets, but if you want it right away, please visit us on Bandcamp for both digital and physical copies.  As always, you can get yourself one at any of our live shows with the added bonus of real live music! Thanks for your continued support of Patty and The Buttons.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

December Residencies at Cafe Maude and Icehouse

I'm excited to be home for the holidays, digging in at a few of my favorite live music and food destinations!  To celebrate the season, I'll be playing (mostly) duo with a diverse range of the Midwest's finest musicians. Please join me at Cafe Maude or Icehouse for some of these great listening opportunities. Reservations are strongly encouraged for any of these shows.

2528 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 276-6523

Friday and Saturday, December 7th & 8th
Duo with Tim O'Keefe
I'm really excited to be playing duets with ethnic percussion guru Tim O'Keefe. This is our DEBUT show and we will be dipping heavily into my Brazilian and Balkan repertoires as well as other musical surprises.

Saturday, December 15th
Duo with Josh Granowski
Other the past months, Bassist Josh Granowski and I have been playing interpetations of our favorite films scores.  Film works from Taxi Diver, Fargo, Triplet of Belleville and others. Sufficed it say, nothing but hits!

Cafe Maude (Two Locations)
5411 Penn Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 822-5411
1612 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 767-9080

Tuesday, December 11th (SOUTH LOCATION)
Duo with Kip Jones
My good friend and violinist Kip Jones is back from his travels around the world with the Ethel Quartet.  Kip and I play folk music from countries that exist and some that don't.  It will be a pleasure to work with Kip again, he is truly a world class one of a kind musician!

Wednesday, December 12th (SOUTH LOCATION)
Patty and The Buttons
If you have yet to check out The Buttons Traditional Jazz stylings, now is your chance.  We play in a hybrid style incorporating influences from New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing and anything else you could hear on a bandstand between 1920-1940.

Friday, December 14th (LORING LOCATION)
Duo with Kip Jones
(See Above)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

U.S. Premiere of Walter Buczynski's Accordion Concerto "Fantasy on Themes of the Past" at Ted Mann Concert Hall October 18th

I've been practicing hard for this concert with the University of Minnesota'a University Band.  My friend Brian Messier will be conducting the ensemble and has bravely programmed an accordion concerto originally written by Walter Buczynski for Canadian classical accordionist Joseph Macerollo.  The first movements of the work are abstractions of folk themes while the final movement is a rhythmic exploration of extended technique.  I will also be joining the ensemble for several other pieces on this program!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012
7:30 PM
Minneapolis, MN

The official press release reads:

"Featuring Minnesota composers Daniel Kallman and Stephen Paulus.
Symphonic Band conducted by Jerry Luckhardt; University Band conducted by Brian Messier
Program to include works by Jess Langston Turner, Walter Buczynski, Carl Holmquist, Stephen Paulus, Philip Sparke, Howard Hanson, Frank Ticheli, and Daniel Kallman. The program will also feature two American premieres - Jess Turner's Ford's Machine and Walter Buczynski's accordion concerto Fantasy on Themes of the Past (Patrick Harison, accordion soloist). "

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Panorama Jazz Band In Concert At East Carolina University October 24th

I'm really excited to be joining my old friends from New Orleans the Panorama Jazz Band.  We'll be playing the concert series at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  I played with Panorama in New Orleans for a couple of years and I'm always happy when I get to join the group on the road! Panorama is a wildly eclectic thinking person's party band with repertoire that includes Traditional Jazz, Klezmer, Balkan and Creole influences.  Full details on the concert and tickets can be found here.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Wright Auditorium
Greenville, NC

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Patty and The Buttons Live Show on KFAI August 22nd

Patty and The Buttons were recently recorded live at the Red Stag Supperclub for KFAI Radio's Minneculture Program.  It will be rebroadcast on KFAI radio Wednesday August 22nd, from 7:30-8:00.  Tune in at 90.3 (Minneapolis) or 106.7 (Saint Paul)  if you're located around the Twin Cities area.  You can also listen online at or review the show in the archives up to two weeks after the broadcast date.  

Monday, August 6, 2012

Soloist with Fort Worth Symphony March 22-24, 2013

I'm thrilled to be working with the Fort Worth symphony under the baton of conductor Sarah Hicks.  We will be presenting the Paris pops show with soloists Robert Bell (Guitar), Rob Askloff (Vocals), Kersten Rodau Dentler (Vocals) and Myself.  My part of the program includes several musettes by the French Musette master Tony Murena and the famous tango penned by Jacob Gade "Jealousy".  For more information and tickets, visit the Fort Worth Symphony's website.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Patty and The Buttons Residency Continues Indefinitely at The Aster Cafe!

If you have not been to the Sunday Brunch Residency at The Aster Cafe, you're in luck.  The gig featuring Patty and The Buttons is going strong as ever, EVERY sunday 11am-2pm. Even if I'm on the road, Tony Balluff (clarinet), Mark Kreitzer (guitar) or another button will lead the band on with special guest artists.  I'm very proud of the joyful and relaxed attitude that has flourished at the shows.  We have audience members of all ages and desires; dancers, listeners, drinkers, babies, hipsters, geeks and everyone in between. Not only that, we have a diverse roster of players whom sit in with us on a regular basis. The video below features one of the Buttons musical mentors, Dr. Henry Blackburn (soprano sax) as well as some of our favorite guest buttons, Mr. Dean Harrington (guitar) and Andrew Gillespie (drums)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Aster Cafe Courtyard Residency Begins May 25th

Friends, I'm excited to say that I will be resuming my solo courtyard residency at The Aster Cafe this Friday, May 25th!  The schedule is expanded this year as I will be there on TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY nights from 6-9pm.  Most importantly, the courtyard shows are WEATHER PERMITTING.  I also may not be able to be there due to my travel schedule.  In such an event, you will be able to hear other great acoustic solo performers like Dan Turpenning, Denny Malmberg, Karen Townsend, Jack Klatt and many others!! I will do my best to keep this all up to date via this blog and twitter.  Make sure to make it down to the patio when you can, the ambiance, food and MUSIC can't be beat!

The Aster Cafe
125 Main St SE  Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138

Jack Klatt and The Cat Swingers piece in Citypages

Our good buddy Dave Hoenack (Owner of Hymie's Vintage Vinyl and CityPages Contributor) wrote a nice little piece about the forthcoming Jack Klatt disc "Mississippi Roll" ... You can check out the full article in print (this week) or online at this link:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Soloist with the Florida Symphony May 18, 19 & 20

I'm absolutely thrilled to be a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra Pops "Springtime in Paris Show" this spring.  We will be working with the Florida Orchestra under the baton of MN Orchestra conductor  Sarah Hicks.  Guitarist Gil Guitierez (San Miguel del Allende, Mexico) will be on the program as well as vocalists Kersten Rodau and Rob Askoff.

Friday, May 18, 2012       Tampa
Saturday, May 19, 2012   St. Petersburg
Sunday, May 20, 2012     Clearwater

Monday, March 5, 2012

Patty and The Buttons at The Minnesota State Fair August 25th and 26th

Patty and The Buttons are looking forward to playing the Minnesota State Fair this year! We'll be doing 3 sets each day, so you should get your fill! We can't wait to see you all at the great Minnesota get together!

Venue: Ramberg Center (Best bathrooms at the Fair!)
Saturday, August 25th, 2012  Sets at  3:15pm, 4:30pm and 5:45pm
Sunday, August 26th, 2012  Sets at 10:30am, 11:45am and 1pm