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Patty and the Buttons bring jazz to Crosslake Outdoor Music Series

Web posted July 29, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

Minneapolis-based Patty and the Buttons is next to play the Crosslake Outdoor Music Series on Aug. 2 under the gazebo in Crosslake Town Square.

Patrick “Patty” Harison leads the traditional jazz band on accordion and vocals. The band also includes bass, clarinet and guitar.

On their website, the band describes themselves as similar to what you’d find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub between 1920 and 1940. The band plays their own music as well as takes on music of the era.

“Despite being rooted in tradition,” the website states, “the band presents their music without being shackled to history.”

The band’s influences include New Orleans traditional jazz, western swing, gypsy melodies, ragtime piano blues, jug music and popular 1930s songs.

Harison’s voice, the band’s website says, is inspired by old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording. The band’s sound is “light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be.”

Patty and the Buttons’ notable appearances include the Minnesota State Fair, Carleton College, the Hawkeye Swing Festival, Northeast Accordion Festival and Riversong Music Festival. The band likes to “preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet.”

The Crosslake Outdoor Music Series continues every Saturday through August. The lineup includes: Patty and the Buttons on Aug. 2, Boss Grant: Johnny Cash Revue on Aug. 9, Jacob Martin Band on Aug. 16, Daybreak on Aug. 23 and Decade 7 on Aug. 30. All shows begin at 7 p.m. at the gazebo in Town Square.

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