Music in the Café


Music in the Café had another great season. This past summer (2018) we hosted musicians on the following dates: June 27, July 11 and 25, and August 8.  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. ALL CONCERTS ARE FROM 12 - 1 PM.

June 27, 2018- Julyda

Music in the Cafe will open with Minneapolis-based pop-rock band featuring Julyda on voice and cello, and her husband, Sean Alter, on guitar, bass, and percussion. Julyda is a duo that performs their folk-rock music with layered guitar intertwined with lush, cello lines that support the intricate and honest vocals. For more information call 651-292-1239.


July 11, 2018- Lee Engele

Lee rose to prominence on the local jazz scene with her soulful voice. Her active solo career has put her in the company of both local and national artists, fronts local big bands, and her east coast shows include the Metropolitan Room in New York. She has a number of self-produced CDs to her credit, which have received delightful reviews by both local and national reviewers including LA Jazz Scene Magazine, and Twin Cities legend Leigh Kammen, former host of The Jazz Image™ on Minnesota Public Radio. She has also been featured on a number of jazz and rock compilation CDs. She has appeared at numerous jazz festivals including the Twin Cities Jazz Festival for the past 18 years, and concerts have included shows at Bloomington Center for the Arts, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the Old Log Theater. For more information call 651-292-1239.


Lee Engele

July 25, 2018- Kashimana

Kashimana is a singer-songwriter with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through her original pop acoustic compositions. Along with her distinctive voice, Kashimana’s stage presence pulls you in and leaves you in a warm and fuzzy thrall that’s hard to shake. Her songs are simple, catchy, and paint compelling stories of her experiences in Africa, Europe and America. Kashimana’s rich soulful voice is like the mellow voice of Sade mixed with the raw attitude of Tina Turner and her songs show you where her heart beats. For more information call 651-292-1239.


August 8, 2018- Ghost Wagon

This band offers a taste and variety of country, pop, folk, and rock music which has garnered the band a large, local following. Ghost Wagon is currently hard at work recording their next highly anticipated album at Pearl Studios in Minneapolis with Zach Hollander as head engineer. Look for this record fairly soon in 2018! Fro them it is about the music and sharing it with others. To that end, Ghost Wagon has been sharing the music locally while regularly performing at numerous venues. For more information call 651-292-1239.

Ghost Wagon



If you would like more information on the series, or wish to sponsor the 2019 season, please contact Judy at jbrooks[at] or 651.292.1239.