The Emporium of Jazz, Mendota, Minnesota



JANUARY 5 - Tuesday - Minneapolis
Crooners Lounge, 7-10 p.m., Butch will play on the new Bosendorfer piano in the brand new Dunsmore Room! "The Dunsmore Room is your premier listening venue for top notch music in the Midwest and beyond." Read more here.

JANUARY 27 - Wednesday - St. Paul
8:00 p.m. An evening with Butch and Dean Magraw, on piano and guitar, at Vieux Carré in St. Paul (formerly the Artists Quarter). Located in the lower level of the historic Hamm Building, Vieux Carré offers a cozy atmosphere where you can relax with a drink and some creole inspired food. $5 cover.

FEBRUARY 5 - Friday - Mahtomedi, MN
7:30 p.m. Butch is a special guest with his ace fingerstyle guitarist pal Pat Donohue and the Prairie All Stars, part of the Wildwood Artist Series. Details and tickets here:

FEBRUARY 13 - Saturday - MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis
2:00 p.m. Butch Thompson jazz piano performance and master class
MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall
$5 General Admission, free to MacPhail students at the door.
MacPhail event webpage

MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403

FEBRUARY 29 - Monday - Minneapolis, MN
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hell's Kitchen, 80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis. Butch is on a roster of musicians playing to benefit food shelf. Details:

WHAT: A fundraiser for Horizons Unlimited, the Division of Indian Work food shelf
Hosted by Stacey Thunder, producer, television host, actress, and attorney
WHEN: Leap Year Day, Monday, February 29, 2016
TIME: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hell's Kitchen, 80 South Ninth Street, Minneapolis

Butch Thompson
SOPRANORAMA! Featuring Maria Jette, Molly Sue McDonald, Janis Hardy and Dan Chouinard
Ojibwe rapper Tall Paul
Connie Evingson
Dennis Spears
Minnesota Wild gift pack
Signed copies of "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse" by Louise Erdrich
A Prairie Home Companion gift pack
Reproduction of "Picture Rock at Crooked Lake" oil painting by Frances Lee Jacques
Use of vacation homes in Taos, Belize and Mexico
Personalized poem for any occasion written by Kim Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate
Dinner with author William Kent Krueger
Original framed artwork by Peggy Thompson
More to be announced
Parking Information
Parking available in the Metro ramp on 9th Street
Take the elevator in the Metro ramp down to Hell's Kitchen

More detail . . .

MARCH 1 - TUESDAY - Saint Paul, MN 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
The Selim Center for Learning in Later Life, University of Saint Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Butch plays and discusses early jazz piano styles with Joan Griffith, who will also join him on guitar for a few numbers. This event is part of a course at the Center, but is also open to the general public for a fee of $15 at the door, cash or check only.

MARCH 8, TUESDAY 7 - 10 p.m.
Crooners Lounge and Supper Club
The Dunsmore Room - Jazz Tuesday
Butch and brilliant fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue play an evening of duos and solos, mostly blues, in the beautiful Dunsmore Room at Crooners on Moore Lake in Minneapolis. Event page. More about an evening in the Dunsmore Room. 6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake, Minneapolis, (763) 571-9020

MARCH 10, THURSDAY - 7:00 p.m.
Dakota Jazz Club, Nicollet Mall, downtown Minneapolis
Butch Thompson on piano, Steve Pikal on bass, with special guest young blues singer Hilary Thavis. Watch this video of Butch & Hilary in a recent concert.

APRIL 21- Thursday - New Orleans, Louisiana
8:00 - 11:00 p.m., Palm Court Jazz Cafe, 1204 Decatur Street, New Orleans. With Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders.

APRIL 22- Friday - New Orleans, Louisiana
1:45 - 2:40 p.m., New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders in the Economy Hall tent, at the Fairgrounds, 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans

APRIL 23- Saturday - New Orleans, Louisiana
4:10 - 5:20 p.m. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band, featuring the music of Jelly Roll Morton, at the Fairgrounds, 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans.

MAY 3, TUESDAY 7 - 9 p.m.
Crooners Lounge and Supper Club
I'll be on the fabulous Bosendorfer piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooner's Lounge and Supper Club next Tuesday, May 3rd from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Come for dinner (or not) in the cozy Dunsmore room while I enjoy playing for you on the mighty Bosendorfer with the two extra bass keys. Crooner's event page. 6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake, Minneapolis, (763) 571-9020. MAP

SEPTEMBER 16, Friday, 7:00 p.m. “Red House Live from Landmark Center” Butch joins Prudence Johnson and Dean Magraw at the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium in St. Paul's historic Landmark Center.
Event page

OCTOBER 8, Saturday evening. Saint Joan of Arc Cabaret fundraiser. 4537 3rd Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN
Event page

OCTOBER 12, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.
Saint Paul, Minnesota Vieux Carré with brilliant guitarist Dean Magraw. See the Vieux Carré web page for more.

OCTOBER 15, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. “Once Upon a River”
VILLAGE HALL, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota.
Come to Marine for a festive celebration of the St Croix River and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Dan Chouinard’s “Once Upon a River” features Butch Thompson, the River City Quartet, and the 30-voice Festival Chorus directed by Marty Harding. Tickets go on sale September 15th at For more information, go to StCroix360 or call 651-433-5569. Doors open 6:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 29, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Plymouth, Minnesota

“Jazz at St. Barney's,” St. Barnabas Lutheran Church Center for the Arts, 15600 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth, MN. With Tony Balluff (clarinet) and Steve Pikal (bass). More info from Jeff Whittmill at 763-438-4847 or Jazz@StBarney'sPoster

NOVEMBER 16, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.
Saint Paul, Minnesota Vieux Carré with incredibly inventive guitarist Dean Magraw. See the Vieux Carré web page for more.


DECEMBER 1, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
History Theatre, St. Paul, MN
Special Holiday Concert Pat Donohue & the Prairie All-Stars with special guest Butch Thompson.
30 East 10th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

DECEMBER 10, Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Butch brings his Home for Christmas concert to the Twin Cities!
Butch plays his own arrangements of holiday music, and hosts a visit from Santa Claus who will tell a couple of stories, play his horn and lead a singalong at the end of the concert.
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN
Info & tickets


More dates will be posted as they are confirmed.


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