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If I remember correctly, we closed out 2009 at The Entry with Sam Roberts Band. Our last show of 2010 will, again, be at The Entry with our friends The Goondas and Kicks & Spurs: December 16th

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Then, on December 17th, I (Ryan) will join The Honeydogs at The Dakota. Adam has asked me to join them on one of theirs and… one of my own! Other musicians include: Janey Winterbauer, Martin Devaney, Savannah Smith.

Reserve tickets and a table now at www.dakotacooks.com or call 612-332-5299.

Friday, December 17, 2010
7:00pm
$15

Honeydogs with Ryan Paul Plewacki

Have a safe and meaningful holiday season! We will see you again in January at the Aster Cafe with Grant Cutler… WOOT!
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In honor of Veteran’s Day, Invisible Button Entertainment partners with the Salvation Army to present a special charity music event at the Aster Cafe featuring acclaimed local indie artists Ryan Paul & The Ardent, Minor Kingdom and Jeremy Ylvisaker.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the VET Housing Program which provides vital housing and social services to homeless veterans transitioning into self-sufficiency.

In addition, Invisible Button Entertainment will match all ticket sale donations. Space is limited so please make reservations at the Aster Cafe. This event is brought to you by Invisible Button Entertainment, Ryan Paul & The Ardent, The Salvation Army and the Aster Cafe.

November 11, 2010
9:00 pm
Aster Cafe
125 SE Main Street

Tickets:
$7 / $5 with donation of bathroom or
kitchen utensils
Reserve a seat at:
Aster Cafe | 612.379.3138

So there are the official details on the event we have coming up on November 11th. What you don’t know is that Lily Troia of Invisible Button Entertainment asked me what I wanted to do for my (ahem) 3oth birthday. I told her that I wanted to do some kind of show and that I wanted to do something decent for my community.

Lily took both of those requests and paired them with a benefit show for a VET house in Minneapolis that gives aid to homeless veterans. Many of these veterans suffer from addiction issues, which is something that is very near and dear to my heart. I was absolutely thrilled to hear about this AND that Invisible Button will be matching the money raised at the event!

Then the billing finalized with RPTA playing with Minor Kingdom (a band I have enjoyed playing with over the last few months) and one of my oldest friends (and musical hero #2 – after Morrissey) Jeremy Ylvisaker.

Top it off with us playing at The Aster Cafe, which is owned and run (from top to bottom) by many of my closest pals.

I urge you to get your reservations and come out for this incredible evening of music (and we’ll raise a few bucks for a good cause!).

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Early Show on Saturday and it’s FREE!!

At Hell’s Kitchen

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We have two really fun gigs coming up this week. The first is Thursday, October 7th at the Kitty Cat Klub with our new friends In The Cinema and Telepathos.

The second is Friday, October 8th at The 331 Club with a fellow Invisible Button band, Liminal Phase. This group is an absolute trip. I saw them a few months ago and sat in the front row of the theater with my jaw in my lap. We’re talking wild instrumentals, thick arrangements, and tasteful melodies. Also on the bill is Jeremy Ylvisaker. Jeremy is a dear friend who really showed me the ropes in the Minneapolis music scene over 10 years ago.

Rumor has it that Jeremy will be toting some form of a new project called Guitar Party. This band features members of Halloween Alaska, Andrew Bird, Why?, Dosh, Alpha Consumer, Fog, Heatdeath, Mpls. Dub Ensemble, Eyedea and Abilities, etc.. their singer is a first grader at Hale Elementary. Again, I am not certain which formation will be at the 331, but I was promised a “quadruple guitar attack”.

Both of these shows are FREE! Be at one or both of them.

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On September 9th, we’ll join our good friends Luke Redfield and Bethany Larson at our favorite little venue in Minneapolis. This is an exciting gig as it feels like ages since we have crammed on stage at the 331 Club.

Luke Redfield is a musician who I have been honored to play with for nearly 2 years now. His songs are catchy and his lyrics are thought provoking. He is also one of my dearest pals and I never grow tired of gigging with him. Luke is a bit nomadic and we don’t get him year-round and, last I heard, he is planning to head back to Austin, TX soon. You might want to catch him while you can. This means, on this particular night, I’ll be pulling a double!

Bethany Larson has shared a bill with us once before and the 5 of us were quite impressed. She has an incredible voice and a real gift for weaving a melody. In the very least, I’m looking forward to this as an excuse to hear her again!

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August is here and I have some exciting news to share about a show we have coming up in the middle of the month. We will be supporting Ryan Traster at his EP Release show on August 13.

A little over two years ago, we played a show at a venue (which will remain nameless) in Minneapolis that we considered to be the worst gig we have played. So much so that when we stumble on tough gigs, we say “At least it’s better than…”.
*I want to clarify that the venue itself was not at fault and the bands that joined us were lovely. It was simply an off night.

One of the groups performing that evening were called To Reinvent. Cool name, right? A few years had passed and I heard nothing of the band again (noting that I am not always in the loop on these things). In June of this year, I received an email from Ryan Traster, a member of To Reinvent, asking if I was still in New York. The reason being was that he is now living/performing there and wanted to double bill some shows.

After a short exchange, we decided on a date, not in New York, but at home in Minneapolis. I agreed to the date without having heard the EP that the evening was celebrating. However, I have since given it a listen and am blown away by the talent and maturity of the young songwriter.

So please check out his tunes here: http://ryantrastermusic.com/

And join us at Sauce on August 13 as we celebrate the release of his new EP.

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Two weeks prior to the Cute Souvenirs release show, I did an interview with Rob Van Alstyne from City Pages. The discussion was brief, but I was astonished by the questions he was asking. It’s always interesting when you are asked about things you actually want to talk about.

At any rate, the article is one of my faves that has ever been written about us, so I thought I’d share…

A Troubadour’s Redemption
By Rob van Alstyne Wednesday, Jun 30 2010

“Meet Me Where I Am,” the first song on Ryan Paul Plewacki’s debut album, paints a harrowing portrait of a young man in trouble: alone on the streets, meandering in a county library, too tired to move, and struggling with addiction. The details make the song ring true for a simple reason—Plewacki lived the song before he wrote it.

Most of the songs on my first record were composed as I was going through the early stages of recovery,” explains Plewacki of the tunes that make up 2009’s La Vita Nuova, released with his backing band under the name Ryan Paul & the Ardent. “It’s inevitable when you’re in that position to take stock of everything, think about all the bridges you burned. I found myself at the end of treatment [for alcohol and drug addiction] just standing over a crumbling mess and wondering what to do next. Those feelings all made their way into the first record. I’m three years removed from that now but it’s still obviously a huge part of my life.”

With a reedy conversational singing voice that recalls Television’s Tom Verlaine, a degree in working-man’s rock riffs from the Drive By Truckers school, and hard-won wisdom to spare, Plewacki and his band are rapidly rising on the local roots-rock scene. The ascent should only hasten with this week’s release of a new rough-and-tumble digital EP, the Cute Souvenir Sessions. While its predecessor was painstakingly assembled over an eight-month period, Cute Souvenir‘s four tracks came together fast and furious by necessity.

“The bottom line was I only had $500 at the time to record something and really wanted a document of the band that felt truer than La Vita Nuova,” explains Plewacki. “Eventually we linked up with Matt Patrick of Greycoats, who runs the Library recording studio, and he was excited about working with us but also said he would hold us firm to the $500 limit, which was important. We ended up tracking and mixing the entire thing in one 10-hour day.”

While it’s a dubious critical endeavor to make too much of a hastily assembled mini-album that clocks in at under 20 minutes, Cute Souvenirs nonetheless shows Ryan Paul & the Ardent as a band rapidly outgrowing the alt-country label slapped on their debut. While they’ve clearly still got loping balladry on lockdown, as evidenced by EP opener “All Along,” they also make compelling stabs at Summerteeth-ish pop (the synthesizer-buoyed “Chelsea”) and group-harmony-heavy campfire sing-alongs (closing track “Another Time”). Not bad for a day’s work. The glue holding it all together is Plewacki’s voice, perhaps an acquired taste, but one that ultimately helps to make his music stand out in a field of often indistinguishable twang affectations.

“I always wonder how many people on the planet told Tom Waits not to sing when he was starting out,” jokes Plewacki. “Back in my college days I was always the one who got to do the covers that lent themselves to bad vocals. I sang ‘Up on Cripple Creek‘ a lot. Being a singer was never anything I envisioned for myself back when I was playing guitar in other bands. Once these songs came out of me, though, I knew I would have to be the one to sing them. The songs are flawed, the stories are flawed, and only my flawed voice really makes sense singing them.”

With work already underway on a sophomore full-length that looks to split the difference between his highly refined debut and minimalist warts-and-all EP (“I’d like a little more than 10 hours this time,” he says), Plewacki is clearly energized by what lies ahead and is at peace with his turbulent past.

“For me, by the time I hit my early twenties all I really cared about was the drugs and booze and craziness in hotel rooms that came with playing music,” recalls Plewacki, now 29, reflecting on the time he spent in the early 2000s playing guitar with jam bands like Big Wu offshoot God Johnson. “I had no passion for the music itself. When I was in early recovery I thought I was completely done with making music. Gradually, I ended up falling back in love with it. Now I feel like I have the same passion for music in my heart that I had as a teenager. I’m back to going to as many shows as possible, running up to the stage to check out people’s pedals with my mouth agape—just generally acting like a giddy school girl whenever I’m around music. I feel like that same teenager all over again—admittedly with a little less hair on my head—and it feels great.” Full Article

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