Music in the Café


Music in the Café returns to Landmark Center for a ninth season of lunchtime performances. Performances are every Wednesday, July 8 - 29, 2015 at 12 pm in the beautiful atrium space of Landmark Center.  Past Music in the Café musicians have gone on to be featured at the Dakota Jazz Club and on NBC’s The Voice! The concerts are a great opportunity to hear talented local musicians not to mention they are free and open to the public.  Guests are invited to bring their lunch or purchase one from Anita’s Café. Music in the Café is sponsored in part by KFAI radio. Larry Englund, from KFAI's Rhythm and Grooves show will be on hand to host each concert.

July 8 - Mother Banjo Band - Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and Her latest album The Devil Hasn’t Won is an Americana gospel collection recorded with her all-star 5-piece band and produced by Steve Kaul (The Brass Kings). Hailed for its "finely wrought, earthy arrangements" (City Pages), it was released with a sold-out show at the Dakota Jazz Club.


July 15 - Paul Seeba - Singer/songwriter Paul Seeba’s debut album, “Mitchell Yards,” was recorded at Sparta Sound in Eveleth, MN and mastered by John Golden (Chris Isaak, John Hiatt). The  title track was recently the featured soundtrack on a PBS North Documentary about historical preservation on The Iron Range. The album has received solid international reviews as well as radio play in Europe. Seeba's album, "Mitchell Yards," offers heartfelt lyrics, catchy melodies and the interplay of acoustic/electric guitars layered inside a roots rock genre.  His lyrics are impressionistic often weaving together a narrative involving northern heritage and he takes the forgotten and salvages it, recycling the forlorn into something new and intriguing.

Paul Seeba

July 22 - Lynn O'Brien and Steven Hobert - ​Steven and Lynn pour imagination, laughter and mastery into music that leaps from spontaneous, playful arrangements from the American songbook to funk, folk, motown and heartfelt originals.  “Full of play, big-heartedness, and inventiveness,” they are constantly reinventing themselves in every moment.  Just as listeners find themselves leaning in, wide-eyed to hear the most subtle - nuanced blending of voices and keys, out pops woops, hollers, swaying and even singing from the crowd!


July 29 - Café Accordion - “Berets and Bongos” describes the Café Accordion experience as a loungy, eclectic mix, full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the Café Accordion repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. The group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show. They inject their music with good humor and expressive abandon and their high level of musicianship and passion for performance makes them an entertaining concert act as well as a great dance band.

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If you would like more information on the series, please contact Alicia at or 651.292.3063.