Music in the Cafe

Wednesdays | June - July | 12 pm | Free


Landmark Center welcomes back the ever popular music series, Music in the Café, for the seventh year. Performances are every Wednesday, June 5 through July 31 (with the exception of July 3rd) 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.

June 5 - Sister Swing - “Sister Swing” consists of Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie on vocals and a wonderful core group of some of the best jazz musicians of the genre making a fun, swinging, vibrant take on tunes from the 20’s to the 50’s.  From vintage style swinging standards to early dance rock, this group appeals to a wide age range of both dancers and listeners. Maryann and Rhonda met on the local jazz circuit.  With a mutual admiration, and a similar musical esthetic, they decided to join forces to create a fun, creative group as a vehicle for delving into uplifting, repertoire with a “point of view” for audiences of both dancers and listeners. 

June 12 - Chants & Seas – Born on a busy Dinkytown street corner in late 2011, Minneapolis-based Chants & Seas (Cecelia Erholtz and Channing Alto) have steadily been building their local prowess and strengthening their musical chops for the entire year they have known each other. Playing and writing original music that spans a number of genres (folk, soul, Americana, blues, bluegrass), the one commonality in all of Chants & Seas’ music is its ability to be played outside, around a campfire. This is a characteristic the band prides itself on, for it is where most of the music they play was inspired or written -- underneath the Minnesota night sky. 

June 19 - Maurice Jacox - Multiple award winning singing legend, Maurice Jacox, has been on the Twin City music scene for over 45 years.  From Willie and the Bees to The Butane Soul Review to Soul Tight Committee to the Straighten Up and Fly Right tribute to Nat King Cole as well as the Secret Stash Soul Revue, Maurice has a broad range of musical experience that illuminates and infiltrates each song he sings.  With a mix of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Gospel you are in for some truly great music. Accompanying him will be Thomas West working his keyboard magic.

June 26 - Alex & Adrian – Alex Kosak & Adrian Larkin have been active members of the Minnesota music scene for several years. Both musicians are McNally Smith College of Music graduates. Their training and jazz influence is evident in their world class guitar & saxophone performances. The duo is no strangers to performing at Landmark Center having performed at two of the Cocktails with Culture events in 2012 & 2013.

July 10 - Lynn O’Brien –Lynn O'Brien is a self-taught singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist (voice, piano, guitar, baritone & tenor ukulele, flute, loop pedal) and board-certified Music Therapist in a hospital.  Her powerful, pure voice and thoughtfully composed songs on a variety of acoustic instruments illustrate joy, sorrow, playfulness, and presence.  Lynn's music seems to transform each audience into a peaceful family, and each stage into an intimate livingroom. 

July 17 - The Cactus Blossoms - the Stanley Brothers, the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys, the Maddox Brothers & Rose. Country music has a long-held appreciation for sibling bands, and it seems there's no sweeter sound than two brothers harmonizing over a sad country tune. Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey have capitalized on this tried-and-true formula with their band The Cactus Blossoms.

July 24 - Nathan Eliot - Nathan Eliot's music asks questions about the small and unique place in the universe that humans occupy. His clear tenor voice rings true over each instrument he plucks or strums: warm, acoustic tones; chunky, electric wails; or bright, urgent mandola notes. What seem to be pleasant, intuitive songs prove upon repeat listening to be emotionally rich and intricately arranged journeys.

July 31 - Café Accordion - “Berets and Bongos” describes the Café Accordion experience. 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. Their high level of musicianship and passion for performance makes them an entertaining concert act as well as a great dance band.

*There will not be a concert on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 due to the holiday.

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If you would like more information on the series, please contact Jen at or 651-292-3276.