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