Music on the Cortile

Music on the Cortile (previously known as Music from the Porch and Music in the Café) presents live performances by musicians in the picturesque Musser Cortile at Landmark Center. Taking place over four Wednesday lunch hours, these concerts offer an opportunity to hear talented local musicians. Best of all, they’re free and open to everyone. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to enjoy during the concert.

All concerts are 12-1 pm.

2024 Line up

June 26: Nolen Sellwood

At just 18 years old, Nolen Sellwood, from Prior Lake, Minnesota, made a remarkable entrance into the music world. Meeting producer John Wright in 2021, Nolen arrived scruffy and guitar in hand, eager to share his vision for a short “indie” album. Playing his original tunes, Sellwood impressed Wright, who was amazed to learn that Nick Drake heavily influenced him. Now, Sellwood and his trio, featuring childhood friends Sam Hovda on Piano and Trumpet and Owen Reinert Nash on Percussion and Bass, offer a modern take on British Isles folk music. With Nolen leading the way, they captivate audiences with their somber yet acoustic sound. Check out Nolen’s Emerging Artist Series Duluth performance from January 2024.

July 10: Courtney Burton

Courtney Burton is a captivating jazz singer with a passion for the classics. With over 25 years of experience, she infuses soulful renditions of jazz standards with a contemporary twist and bluesy undertones. As the lead vocalist of the Beasley Big Band since 1996 and a member of the Minnesota Jazz Chamber Orchestra since 2019, Courtney’s talents shine on prestigious stages. She continues to charm audiences with her intimate trio performances, leading her jazz quintet Court’s In Session (founded in 2009), and showcasing her talent as a resident artist at Brianno’s Chart House in Lakeville, MN. Courtney Burton is a true champion of jazz, keeping its timeless spirit alive through her unforgettable voice and captivating performances. Check out Courtney’s vibrant performance of Summertime-Live at A440 Studios.

July 24: Clare Doyle

Clare Doyle emerged onto the Americana scene in 2023 with her debut singles, blending soulful country with rootsy rock and bold lyricism. Originally from Saint Paul, MN, she rediscovered her musical identity during the pandemic after returning home from New Orleans. Drawing on a decade of experiences, her songs range from clever to gritty, exploring themes of love, loss, and life’s messiness. Named one of First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2023 and Music in Minnesota’s Emerging Artists of 2024, Clare has supported acts like The Cactus Blossoms and Them Coulee Boys. She champions jazz, preserving its spirit through collaborations, direction, and her unforgettable voice. See Clare’s soulful performance of “Maybelline” – Live on Pony Rug.

August 7: Honeybutter

Honeybutter, hailing from Minneapolis, is a trio consisting of Zak Khan, Clara Wicklund, and Andreas Fenner. Their music blends warmth with an eerie edge, reminiscent of dreams woven on Minnesota’s coldest nights. Drawing from influences like Little Dragon and Ryuichi Sakamoto, they defy genre boundaries with a sound that’s both familiar and hauntingly strange. Having graced stages like the Dakota and First Avenue, they were named Best New Band by First Avenue in 2021. Honeybutter recently shared the spotlight with Rodrigo y Gabriela on their 2023 tour. Joined by drummer Richard Haneman and bassist Trevor Peterson for live performances, Honeybutter’s allure lies in their captivating sonic experimentation. Check out Honeybutter’s cozy performance of “Bite the Bit.”

Music on the Cortile is supported in part by KFAI: