– Amazing Shows Coming in march –

Celebrate America's incredible musical legacy across the decades

MICK STERLING & THE MONKEES; CONNIE EVINGSON & PEGGY LEE; CATE FIERRO & AMY WINEHOUSE; JOYANN PARKER & PATSY CLINE; KATHLEEN JOHNSON & ETTA JAMES; AIMEE LEE & THE CARPENTERS TRIBUTE SHOWS GALORE

A bonanza of tribute shows make March most tuneful as the lakeside supper club Crooners welcomes nationally and locally celebrated singers and entertainers through its doors. Producer-singer Mick Sterling salutes The Monkees and the Bee Gees; Connie Evingson conjures Peggy Lee; Cate Fierro fires up Amy Winehouse; Joyann Parker is crazy about Patsy Cline; Kathleen Johnson captures Etta James, and Aimee Lee builds a show around The Carpenters.

ALSO IN MARCH -- Mardi Gras is celebrated in down-home bayou style with Davina & The Vagabonds; Ann Reed releases a new CD, and in notable Crooners’ debuts, local alt-rock legend Martin Zellar keeps it acoustic, while the legendary Marilyn Maye helps us celebrate Nat King Cole.

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greats gone 2 soon - Etta James Experience

A sibling team effort produced by Paisley Park recording artist and resident consultant Kirk “KAJ” Johnson, and starring the high-octane vocalist Kathleen Johnson (of The Rage fame), “The Etta James Experience” is a high-energy tribute to the R&B goddess that is sure to raise the roof.

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Mick Sterling - The Music of The Monkees

Prolific showman Mick Sterling leads his powerhouse band in a night full of pleasant surprises as one of the major pop-culture phenomena of the ‘60s and early ‘70s comes in for a fresh assessment.

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Mardi Gras with Davina & The Vagabonds

With a voice that “is a complex, expressive, flexible instrument made of sugar and grit,” (Pamela Espeland of MinnPost), Davina and her saintly Vagabonds come marchin’ in for a Mardi Gras musical feast like no other. Led by bandleader Davina Lozier, Davina & The Vagabonds is one of this town’s favorite and most exciting acoustic ensembles!

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an acoustic evening with Martin Zellar

Martin Zellar makes his Crooners debut in an all-acoustic evening showcasing the Austin Minnesota-born singer-songwriter’s unmistakable alt-country crooning style made famous with Americana-rock trendsetters the Gear Daddies. Zellar’s “I Wanna Drive the Zamboni” is probably their best-known song, but the band, which disbanded officially in 1992, continues to keep their insatiable fans in gear by reuniting several times of year.


The Marvelous

Marilyn Maye

The legendary Marilyn Maye, a practitioner without peer of a classic American nightclub style that Crooners audiences are embracing, plays back-to-back early and late shows (5:30pm and 8pm), on two nights in her Crooners debut and her first Twin Cities date in 9 years. Joining her for this four-show weekend stand will be her New York music director Tedd Firth on piano, leading a trio including Maye veteran Gary Raynor on bass & David Schmalenberger on drums.


Bobby Lyle

– 75th birthday weekend –
Minneapolis native keyboard master

Songwriter, band leader, music director, producer, and platinum-selling solo artist, Bobby Lyle has recorded and toured with such greats as Al Jarreau, George Benson, Anita Baker, Ronnie Laws, the Jazz Crusaders, the Yellowjackets, Young-Holt Unlimited, and Bette Midler, to name a few. 

He also toured with Sly and The Family Stone and was putting together a jazz-rock band (with fellow Minnesotans Willie Weeks and Bill Lordan) with the legendary Jimi Hendrix, the year he passed away. Lyle has recorded an extensive discography as leader with the two greatest labels of all time -- Capital Records and Atlantic Records. He has an Emmy nomination for his music direction of Bette Midler’s HBO special “Diva Las Vegas” in 1997.


– SO MUCH GOING ON IN MARCH! –

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AMY - A Heartfelt tribute to Amy Winehouse

Sultry R&B singer Cate Fierro lion-tames an 11-piece band in this smoldering tribute to Amy Winehouse, which is back by popular demand after igniting the club in January.

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Soul women - the music of Eva Cassidy, rickie lee jones & Laura Nyro

Cate Fierro follows this up with two of her frequent collaborators -- the vocalists Katie Gearty, and Leslie Ball – to bring us “Soul Women,” celebrating Eva Cassidy, Laura Nyro and Rickie Lee Jones on Friday, Mar 8

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Lush Country

Classic Country Hits From The Hi-Fi Era

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Bruce Barth Trio

New York City Jazz Staple

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Tanner Taylor Trio plays Oscar Peterson

Twin Cities Virtuosic Piano Master

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rainy days & Mondays

Aimée Lee and The Superstars moves in to the music of The Carpenters, one of the biggest selling pop groups of all time. The sibling duo of Karen and Richard were known for their soft-rock, deeply melodic songs, recorded on ten albums over 14 years, becoming both an antidote to and an emblem of the turbulent ‘70s. In the hands of Lee and The Superstars, who number 13, they are certainly prime for a revisit.

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Ann Reed & Joan Griffith CD release

The singer and 12-string guitarist Ann Reed, and the bassist and mandolinist Joan Griffith have a new CD called “Other People’s Songs,” filled with great songs which the two make their own with abundant musical intelligence. Collaborators on Reed’s acclaimed “Heroes” and Dorothy Fields shows, they are joined on these two nights by Mary Louise Knutson on piano.

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Fever - the Peggy Lee songbook

Local jazz favorite Connie Evingson will get our temperatures to rise as she returns to one of her favorite subjects, the singer and songwriter Peggy Lee. “Fever – The Peggy Lee Songbook” not only covers Lee’s expansive discography, bridging the swing era and the ‘60s, but it delves into the icon’s remarkable journey from the North Dakota prairie to international stardom.

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Debbie Duncan

Twin Cities Favorite Divas

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Butch Thompson & the southside aces

Authentic New Orleans Jazz Shimmies & Sashays into Crooners

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Joyann Parker Band - The Music of patsy Cline

Back by very popular demand it’s the acclaimed Twin Cities blues singer Joyann Parker in what Jon Bream of the StarTribune has deemed “a must-see tribute to Patsy Cline with a stellar band!” This mix of stagecraft, music and storytelling is deeply evocative of the hardscrabble girl from Virginia who managed to weave her country sound into pop music gold before being cut down tragically in her prime at age 30.

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Folk Legends - Michael Monroe

Minnesota’s Acoustic Music Treasure

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Songs from the girl singers

Colleen Raye, Debbie O'Keefe and Katie Gearty perform music from several of Colleen Raye's shows as well as songs from their own personal favorite female vocalists. Accompanied by Music Director Norton Lawellin, you'll hear a wide range of music including hits from Rosemary Clooney, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Eva Cassidy, Linda Ronstadt, Patti Page, Doris Day, Dionne Warwick,Dusty Springfield, Jo Stafford, Barbra Streisand and more.