Music From the Porch

Music From the Porch (formerly Music in the Café) hosts musicians on  Landmark Center’s Market Street entry “porch” for four Wednesday lunch hour performances. The concerts are a great opportunity to hear talented local musicians.  They are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunch, along with a lawn chair, and masks & social distancing are encouraged. A limited number of chairs will be provided.

All concerts are 12-1 pm.

2021 Line up:

July 14: Lena Elizabeth

Due to forecasted rain, this concert will be inside Landmark Center.

Lena Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis, writing songs influenced by folk storytelling with a power-house voice, rooted in the blues. From clever and upbeat to soulful and heart wrenching, Lena Elizabeth loves to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster and break expectations.

Watch the Facebook Live video.

July 21: Michael Monroe

“MN Acoustic Music Master” (Star Tribune), Michael Monroe’s unique creation of music leaves his audiences mesmerized as he blends his rich vocals, guitar, bamboo and glass flutes, combining musical styles of acoustic folk and jazzy reggae.  Monroe’s original music and compelling energy bring a powerful style that is as much fun as it is innovative…music and technology working together powered by creativity… and he recycles his music LIVE on stage as master LIVE Looper since 1990. His soulful performance delights and inspires. (Photo by Jim Brandenburg.)

July 28: The Red Hot Django Peppers

The Red Hot Django Peppers is a band that formed from the love of the music of Django Reinhardt. The troupe consists of local guitarists Ryan Picone and Jose Betanzos, violinist Danny Lentz, and bassist Sean Rodrick. The Red Hot Django Peppers had their premiere performance in early 2019 at Moto-I and were then asked to play at the Artists’ Showcase in May 2019. The ensemble is steadily being recognized as one of the up-and-coming Gypsy Jazz groups in the Twin Cities.

August 4: Lee Engele

Vocalist Lee Engele fronts local big bands, and her active solo career has put her in the company of both local and national artists. She has a number of self-produced CDs to her credit, and has also been featured internationally on a number of jazz and pop compilation CDs. Engele has also appeared at numerous festivals including the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and concerts have included shows at Bloomington and Hopkins Centers for the Arts, Old Log Theater, and the Landmark Center.