See you in the Fall!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

KFAI Roots Saturday is off for the summer. Look for us at an all new location this fall! Future booking inquiries can be directed to


Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Sans Souci Quartet

members of Loudray, Sneaky Pete Bauer, and Roberts on banjo

Daytime folks

Sneaky Pete Bauer

that guy is pretty unsure on if he's digging the music. I think he is.

the wildly fantastic night in the box

night in the box

west bankers

too bright for the west bankers

johnson family band

the roe family singers

ian alexy

end of the night whew

3/14 - Sawtooth Bluegrass Band, Rod Bellville, Darkwood Flower, the Dharma Bums

Monday, March 23, 2009

We had SO MUCH FUN this weekend at the acadia cafe. old and new friends came out and we even got in a bit of a family jam from katey bellville and her dad, rod bellville, who also performed. in fact, we had so much fun the show was transferred to a big ole house and lasted until the wee hours...thanks so much to all who came out and played.

Acadia Cafe and KFAI mention in strib

Monday, March 16, 2009

Nice article about the Acadia and KFAI Roots Saturday in last Thursdays Star Tribune! Link to the full article here


329 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. 612-874-8702.

The room: Housed in the former Riverside Cafe location, catty corner from the 400 Bar, the Acadia's big windows open up on the whirring crossroads of Cedar and Riverside Avenues. Inside: yet more red paint, with a mix of booths and tables wrapped around a long bar under a decor that's part Greenwich Village bohemia, part beer pub.

The music: Essentially anything -- except cover songs (that's actually a house policy). This month's calendar includes the KFAI's Roots Saturday gig with Sawtooth Bluegrass Band (this Saturday), Americana tunesmith Erik Brandt (March 20), the DEMO emerging-songwriter series (every other Thursday) and, for the first anniversary bash, one of several Acadia employees' groups: gospel-ized rock act A Night in the Box (March 28). 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 9 p.m. weekends. Never a cover except for the $5 DEMO shows.

The menu: Sandwiches galore, from a variety of burgers to several vegetarian options, plus breakfast all day and five different salads. Happy-hour prices on the 27 tap beers and wine after 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday.

KFAI Roots Saturday on Twin Cities Scene!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A wonderful article by Twin Cities Scene Writer Ian Indo covered KFAI Roots Saturday!

The article can be found here

Or, here is a copy paste of the section about us!

Saturday I ventured over the 10th/19th Avenue bridge (which has a great view of the blue lit underbelly of the new 35W bridge) to Acadia Cafe. Acadia caters (great pub food) to the frugal with no cover charge for the bands that play Wednesday through Sunday. And you won't have to worry about hearing any cover songs while you are there because they only allow originals. Believe me, they enforce it. I listened to Six String Addiction innocently do a sound check to "No Woman, No Cry" and get reprimanded.

Here Nathan Miller and his band, minus their drummer Andy Mark, were found swooning the audience with his roots music charm. Nathan Miller sings with voice full of soul and lyrics that breathe gospel passion worthy of a big tent revival. "Music is my religion, proof that there is a god," Nathan yells from the stage, his pulpit, as he electrifies listeners with his slide guitar. Miles Hanson adds a tribal dimension to Nathan's work using a djembe and polyrhythmic percussion. Dan Ristrom steps in with vocal accompaniment and bass lines, bedewing the world around him. Together this trio created a sound that is hard to find around Minneapolis; one would expect to find this band closer to the equator in the hot southern sun.

Last Known Whereabouts paid us a visit from Northfield, Minnesota, which is a town that I love because the Malt O Meal factory makes the entire area smell like the breakfast cereal Sugar Smacks (called SMAK in Mexico because it is as addicting as Heroin due to a sugar content above 50% of its weight). Last Known Whereabouts played songs that warmed the heart, bluegrass songs like one about falling in love with a minor's daughter "with gold flecks in her hair". Their music full of strings (mandolin, stand up bass, guitar and fiddle) was as comforting as a home cooked meal. Though their music wasn't too uptempo till the end of their set, people started to dance.

At Acadia you never know who will stop by. During Last Known Whereabouts' set, Ant from Atmosphere came in for a drink and to chat up some of the local musicians. Further proof that the music scene is tight here in the Twin Cities.

Doug Otto and the Getaways (who I always want to call "Dong" Otto due to a misspelling on the 10KLF lineup last year) capped off the night with a folk rock, country set. Doug Otto seems to be having a great time every time I see him play. The band uses three types of guitar (lap steel, electric and acoustic) that interweave around each other so well that sometimes makes it hard to tell who is hitting certain notes. One member who stands out among the rest is the electric guitar player, Albert Perez, taking the spotlight during his guitar solos. The band did end the night with some slower numbers that made me want to grab a cup of coffee before I left, but all around it was a very pleasant set.

The whole night was hosted by the lovely Sarah Lageson whose passion for bluegrass and roots music has led her to book the bands and MC every other KFAI's Roots Saturday at Acadia Cafe. Sarah's laid back charm and delightful dedication to the music makes this inexpensive weekend hangout a joy to visit.

That was my weekend folks and fellow music lovers. I should note there is at least one other Minneapolis hangout that offers free music throughout the week, The Times Bar & Cafe and Jitters. I am sure there are more. If you know of any, leave their names in a comment below. Have a great week!

2/28 Nathan Miller Band, the Last Known Whereabouts, Doug Otto & the Getaways

Sunday, March 1, 2009

another beautiful night at the acadia as we celebrated the last day of february. check out the photos!

late winter/spring schedule!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hello friends! Please join us for these upcoming shows!

hi all! please join us for these upcoming Roots Saturdays!

January 24 - Como Avenue Jug Band, Jake Manders, Eric Sommer

Monday, February 2, 2009

January 10 - Minnesota Bluegrass Band & Nathan Rose

Dec 27 - Charlie Parr, Dave Babb & Steve Kaul

Sunday, December 28, 2008

KFAI's Roots Saturdays Music Series was proud to present an intimate showcase featuring Charlie Parr, Dave Babb of the Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs, and Steve Kaul of the Brass Kings, on Saturday, December 27th. Jackson Buck of KFAI’s Freewheelin’ presented this special performance by this trio of highly-acclaimed roots musicians.
Charlie Parr
Dave Babb
Steve Kaul
Freewheelin' with Jackson Buck

Dec 13 - Eddy Burke, the Sans Souci Quartet, & Javier Trejo

Saturday, December 13, 2008

the sans souci quartet

javier trejo

LinkAnother successful, wintery night at the acadia cafe! the night opened with the mesmerizing sounds of Eddy Burke, "a folk musician with a wit that could cut precious stones and fingers that could lacerate his own strings. " Eddy warmed us up with some intimate quiet songs, then got hollerin at the end, right in time for the second set of the sans souci quartet, where tables got pushed to the side to make room for some riverside ave passer-bys who came into stomp and dance. the night was closed by an impressive, rich vocal solo set by multi-talented local man javier trejo.

Nov 22 - DeepSoul Deities, the Boys n the Barrels, the Dharma Bums

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Boys N' The Barrels, The Dharma Bums (formerly the North Country Bandits), and Deep Soul Deities, Saturday, November 22nd.

This was a great night! We packed the Acadia, supported local music and community radio, and made new friends! It was cold outside, but warm inside the coziness of the Acadia! The DeepSoul Deities got people dancing with an impressive instrumental opening set. The Boys and the Barrels got people stompin and hollerin with a well balanced set of progressive and traditional, all original bluegrass songs. The Dharma Bums closed down the night into the wee hours of Sunday morning, keeping everyone goin with a beautiful blend of vocals by Doug Otto, Nick Mrozinski, and Drew Druckrey, Rich Casey on bass, and Chris Gray on drums. The night was hosted by KFAI's Sarah Lageson.

DeepSoul Deities:

The Dharma Bums:
the boys n the barrels
boys n the barrels
the acadia filled to the brim

photos courtesy of Jodi Struck

Nov 8 - The Get-Rites CD Release

Saturday, November 8, 2008

CD Release Party for The Get-Rites Saturday, November 8th

The Get-Rites honored us with the pleasure of hosting their CD release this week! Their new CD “Tin Roof Sky” has been called "….a fantastic roots/country-rock album with the influences of spiritual music and a touch of the great names such as The Byrds, Poco and even Pearl Jam" (Sjaak Sekeris, A shake of Music, The Netherlands). They played two great sets, giving us at the Acadia a peek into their new CD. Opening the night was a stripped-down version of Six Mile Grove, featuring Brandon Sampson and Barry Nelson. Closing the evening was the Mark Thomas Stockert Band. It was a big day for KFAI - the 30th Anniversary party!, so this final ambient set was perfect. The evening was hosted by KFAI's Jackson Buck.

Oct 25 - Doug Otto & the Getaways, RogueRogueMeal, Six String Addiction

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Doug Otto & The Getaways, RogueRogueMeal, Six String Addiction

Doug Otto & the Getaways are a local group performing original music in old American music styles, featuring Doug Otto, Chris Gray, and Albert Perez. Sophie Perez, played the second set accompanied by Joe Haessly, and Paul Perez (they dubbed themselves RogueRogueMeal for the night) - a lot of new songs saw their debut in the comfort of the Acadia, friends, family, and new faces! Six String Addiction opened the evening, which was hosted by Sarah Lageson.


Doug Otto @ the Getaways

Six String Addiction

Sarah hosting and getting pledges!
Photos by Jodi Struck.

Sept 13 - Mother Banjo, Dan Gaarder, Jeremy Greenhouse

Saturday, September 13, 2008

September 13 - Mother Banjo, Dan Gaarder, Jeremy Greenhouse, Barb Ryman

Womenfolk DJ Ellen Stanley hosted this edition of KFAI Roots Night on Saturday, September 13th at the Acadia Cafe. In addition to playing MC, Ellen will picked up her banjo and shared some of her own Mother Banjo originals. The night also featured special solo performances by Dan Gaarder (Trailer Trash, The Roe Family Singers), Jeremy Greenhouse (Sweet Colleens) and local songwriter Barb Ryman. Hosted by KFAI's Ellen Stanley

Aug 9 - Molly Venter, Bianna Lane, Ben Glaros

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Aug 9 - Molly Venter, Bianna Lane, Ben Glaros

This edition oof KFAI
Roots Night at the Acadia Cafe was hosted by Pam Hill and featured Molly Venter, Bianna Lane, and Ben Glaros. Molly Venter is a folk, folk soul, and acoustic performer from Austin, Texas. Brianna Lane is a folk rock, acoustic, and folk performer from Minneapolis. Ben Glaros is an acoustic, rock and indie performer from the Twin Cities. Pam Hill is the DJ for Pam Without Boundaries on KFAI, Tuesdays 6AM until 9AM.

July 12 - Sneaky Pete Bauer and John Stowell

Saturday, July 12, 2008

July 12 - Sneaky Pete Bauer and John Stowell

This evening featured "Sneaky" Pete Bauer and John Stowell of Loudray. Hailing from a strong blues, roots and americana musical background, Sneaky Pete Bauer strives to connect the songs and styles that not too many people know about anymore. His shows are a combination of stripped-down instrumentation, field holler energy, and dry humor.

Jon Stowell sings the songs he's written, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Sometimes he does this with his band LOUDRAY, or in his other band Vinyl Wine. This time around he'll be going solo, playing songs that often deal with those two most mysterious and gripping topics in life: Whiskey & Women. This evening was hosted by KFAI's Jackson Buck.

June 28 - Bill Geezy CD Release, Dean Harrington Trio

Saturday, June 28, 2008

June 28 - Bill Geezy CD Release, Dean Harrington Trio

Bill Geezy was back with a new CD and *KFAI's Roots Music Saturday" celebrated with a CD Release Party at the Acadia Cafe on Saturday, June 28! From his days performing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion as a member of Stoney Lonesome Bluegrass Band to the present, Bill has been compiling a large catalogue of his handcrafted, American, countrified, folk-rock songs. On the Hoffman guitar that his mother bought him for a high school graduation present Bill has penned songs that have become the stuff that dreams are made of.

Bill's songs have been:

  • Performed on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
  • Been included on an album of children's songs, which also featured Suzzy Roche of the incomparable Roches.
  • Recorded by Kate MacKenzie and EmmyLou Harris
  • Nominated for a Grammy
  • Published in internationally acclaimed folk magazine SING OUT!

Bills songs tap into a well of emotions that range from seriously sentimental to whimsically sarcastic.
Appealing to a wide range of audiences, whether you're seven or seventy Bill's songs feel comfortable the first time you hear them and grow on you more and more with each time you listen.
And there's no doubt about it these songs will stand the test of time!

Also appearing: The Dean Harrington Trio