Thursday, June 27, 2013

Aster Cafe Courtyard Residency

Accordion Fans!  You can find me and accordion at the Aster Cafe courtyard most TUESDAY and THURSDAY nights from 5-8pm.  If I'm not there, another acoustic musician will be there providing some sweet ambience for you.  You should also note that this gig is WEATHER PERMITTING, as it turns out, rain isn't too great for accordions or audience members.  For all the latest updates on weather and guest artists, please follow me on twitter @patrickharison.

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

Cactus Blosoms LIVE album recording show at The Turf Club, July 5, 2013

I've really enjoyed playing with my buddies The Cactus Blossoms.  I'm very excited to be recording with them on July 5th at The Turf Club.  Music fans won't want to miss this show, I know it will be a good one.  The official press release is below:

For over a year and a half The Cactus Blossoms have called the Turf Club’s well-worn stage home for their weekly Monday residency. To commemorate the end of their warm stay they are inviting everyone to join them for a very special LIVE RECORDING SHOW on Friday, July 5th.

Brothers Jack Torrey (vocals/guitar) and Page Burkum (vocals/guitar) will be backed by some of Minneapolis’ finest with Randy Broughten (steel guitar), Josh Granowski (bass), Jed Germond (fiddle), and Patrick Harison (accordion) on the live album to be released on CD and vinyl later this summer. 

The Cactus Blossoms’ harmonies will still be heard floating down University Ave every Monday from 8-11pm through July 22nd when the residency will officially end, and the band takes to the road with their distinctive sound hitting festivals on the west coast and down south. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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

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

Pianist Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott is a good friend of mine 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, May 23

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