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November 25, 2018

In Thanks for You, A Holiday Sale!

Thank you for making my 2018 so special. At the end of last year, you voted all 4 of my nominated songs into The Current's Top 89 Local Songs for 2017. That was a great way to head into the new year.

In May, you funded a pretty ambitious Kickstarter campaign for my new CD, that not only reached its goal, but also its stretch goals, and tears of joy were shed. You also supported the release of the first single from the CD, by downloading Medication.

Since then you've waited patiently as music business obstacles have delayed the release of the CD until next Spring, and in the meantime you voted for me to open for the Steve friggin' Miller Band and India Arie at the Armory!

Your kindness and support have turned what could have been a pretty downbeat year into a banner one. There are no words, there just aren't, but it seems like the least I can do is to put all of my merch on sale for the holiday season. Everything except downloads is 20% off on my merch page. Thank you for making my 2018 wonderful, and have a joyous holiday season, my lovelies!

xo Jillian

November 6, 2018

Updated Gig Schedule for the End of 2018

Through the end of the year, these are gigs scheduled with my own band, Corpse Reviver, and The Okee Dokee Brothers. PLUS, there's even a gig with Two Many Banjos, my first-ever band from back in my Duluth days!

Gig schedule

xo Jillian

October 27, 2018

Post Thanksgiving Bash

I'm planning to stuff myself silly on Thanksgiving, and then work it off rockin' out with my pals Doug Collins and the Receptionists and Janelle Faiman at the Parkway Theater. This will be a full band show, plus the recently upgraded Parkway is a beautiful venue and a great place to hear music. Mark your calendars and get your tickets!

Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave So, Minneapolis
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Doors: 7:00 PM, Music 8:00 PM
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
All Ages

xo Jillian

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October 27, 2018

Hey Excelsior!

I'm playing the 318 Cafe on Friday, November 9 with Jason Roberts. Great ambience, great food, and Jason and I will see to it there's great music. Come out and kick your weekend off on a good vibe!

318 Cafe
318 Water St, Excelsor, MN
Friday, November 9, 2018
Music 8:00 pm
All Ages

xo Jillian

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September 26, 2018

Was This Already Almost A Week Ago?

Playing a large venue like The Amory and opening for India.Arie and The Steve Miller Band still seems like a dream. A dream that came true because of YOU! There's no way to thank you all for this gift, but, but... *sniffle* ... THANK YOU! It's a night and a gift I'll never forget.

Opening for India.Arie and The Steve Miller Band at The Armory.

xo Jillian

September 19, 2018

Gig Schedule for the Last Quarter of 2018

Through the end of the year, these are gigs scheduled with my own band, Corpse Reviver, and The Okee Dokee Brothers.

Gig schedule

xo Jillian

September 16, 2018

Ladies Night at The Cedar, 10/3/2018

I've been fortunate lately to play some great gigs with the likes of Steve Miller, India.Arie, and Mark Mallman.  My good fortune continues with Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) and Pill at one of my top favorite venues, The Cedar Cultural Center. All three bands are female fronted and create musical magic, so come on out!

The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave. So., Minneapolis
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Doors: 7:00 PM, Music 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Ages: 21+
This is a standing show.

xo Jillian

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September 4, 2018

Thrilled Beyond Belief!

Thanks to YOUR VOTES, my band has WON the #AARPROCKS contest - WUT?!?! This means I get to open for the Steve Miller Band and India.Arie at the Armory in Minneapolis on 9/21. Tears of joy have been shed! I don't even know how begin to thank all y'all for your votes. This was not something I could do alone, it's something we had to do together and so this win, I genuinely feel, is our win, yours and mine. HOLLA - I luv y'all! I just want you all to know I'm thrilled to the bone that you've given me this opportunity, and to know that I and my band will do our very best to make you proud to have us representing Minnesota music at this concert. If you'd like to share in the moment, I believe there are still some tickets available!

Minneapolis Armory
500 So. 6th St., Minneapolis
Friday, September 21, 2018
Doors: 5:30 PM, Music 7:00 PM
Tickets: $30
All Ages

xo Jillian

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September 3, 2018

Next Show: 9/14 Uptown VFW with Mark Mallman and TABAH

The last weekend of summer kicks off Friday, September 14th with a show at the James Ballantine Uptown VFW Post 246, featuring the one and only master showman Mark Mallman, my band, and captivating Indie rockers TABAH

I am STOKED to be on the bill with such outstanding bands. Come join us, it's going to be a smokin' hot end of summer show!

James Ballantine Uptown VFW Post 246
2916 Lyndale Ave. So., Minneapolis
Friday, September 14, 2018
Doors: 9:00 PM, Music 9:30 PM
Tickets: $8 - $10
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

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August 16, 2018

VOTE For Me At The State Fair! #AARPROCKS

Holy carapskies, I could open for the Steve Miller Band! BUT I NEED YOUR HELP. I need your VOTE!

Here's the deal. On September 1st I'm playing a 2:30 PM set at the Dan Patch Stage at the Minnesota State Fair for a contest where the winner opens for Steve Miller and India.Arie at The Armory on September 21st. Friends, this would be the biggest show of my LIFE.

WHOA! That's a pile of details. But this is the important part: No matter what day you go to the Fair, please, I'm beggin' ya, stop by the AARP booth and vote for my band to be the opening act.  The AARP booth is by the Space Tower, and it's a pretty cool booth.

map of AARP booth location

Now, if you do happen to be going to the Fair on September 1st, which is a Saturday so maybe you are, it'd be such Great Minnesota Get Together Fun to see you and play for you at the Dan Patch Stage at 2:30.

Map of Dan Patch Stage location

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. That's me, thanking you in advance! You've all been doing a LOT for me in the past year, by voting for FOUR of my songs in 89.3 The Current's Top 89 Local Songs of 2017, by buying and listening to my new single, Medication, by supporting my Kickstarter Campaign, and waiting patiently for my new album to come out. PLEASE KNOW how much I appreciate your support and how much I love you for it. You are amazing beyond words!

Excited, excited, excited, excited. That's me, excited!

xo Jillian

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Dan Patch Stage

AARP Booth


August 5, 2018

North and South: Bemidji and Rochester Shows!

Me and my merry band of gentlemen are going to be traveling north and south on a mission to play music to all of Minnesota.

Bemidji: Save yourself a seat at the waterfront, where I'll be playing from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 15th, for the Mississippi Music series. This show is free and family friendly, so bring the kids. I'm always happy to have a great "excuse" to head back up north to see friends and make music!

Lake Bemidji Waterfront
Rain Location: Brigid's Pub
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Music: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Free show, all ages, family friendly

Rochester: Get yourselves over to the beautiful Peace Plaza, where you can hear Amanda Grace at 5:00 pm, followed by me at 7:00 pm, for the Thursdays on 1st & 3rd series. This is also a free, family friendly event, and I surely hope to see you and yours there.

Peace Plaza
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Music: Amanda Grace 5:00 pm, Jillian Rae 7:00 pm
Free show, all ages, family friendly

xo Jillian

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Music in Mears


Mears Park audience

July 16, 2018

Music in Mears, Thursday, August 2nd

Once upon a time I used to fiddle a little in the Brian Just Band, and it was good! Coming up on August 2nd, I'm super excited to return to Music in Mears for its FIFTEENTH season, where my band is paired with Brian's band, and nothing but fun and great music can be expected. And it will be good!

Where: Mears Park, Lowertown St. Paul
Thursday, August 2
Brian Just: 6:00 PM
Jillian Rae: 7:30 PM
All ages, family-friendly. Bring the kids!

xo Jillian

Jillian playing Mears Park in 2015

June 30, 2018

Icehouse, Friday, July 13th, 10:30 PM
Jeff Krause EP Release

My pal Jeff Krause is releasing his first EP and performing a farewell concert before moving to New Orleans. Let's bring in his new music with some fanfare, and send him off to his new home with some fanfare too!

In addition to Jeff and myself, we'll have Kansas City's Jessica Paige playing her own blend of folk, pop, and blues for you. Between the Twin Cities, Kansas City, and New Orleans, we've got a night that's a nice slice of middle American music for y'all!

2528 Nicollet Ave. So., Minneapolis
Friday, July 13, 2018
Doors: 10:30 PM, Music 11:00 PM
Tickets: $8 Advance, $10 Door
Ages: 21+

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xo Jillian

June 10, 2018

Lake Harriet Bandshell, Friday, June 29th

TUNE INTO MY FACEBOOK FAN PAGE (https://www.facebook.com/jillian.rae.violin) TONIGHT AT 7:30 FOR A LITTLE TREAT INSTEAD!

It's that time of year again, the time I get super excited to play one of my favorite shows of the year - at the Lake Harriet Bandshell! This year with all the convenience of a Friday night, and with Wonder Woman showing afterwards, I'm counting this as my favorite Friday of the summer.

It's all part of the Music and Movies in the Parks series, brought to you by Minneapolis Parks & Rec. I would so love to see you there, because I promise you, we'll be rockin' it hard for all y'all! After all, we've gotta be at our best when Wonder Woman is up next, am I right?

Music: 7:30 PM
FREE and all ages - bring the whole family!

xo Jillian

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"Don't Want You Back", Lake Harriet Bandshell, 2015

May 25, 2018

Radda Radda CD Release Party, Friday, June 8

My lovely band and I will be returning to the Hook and Ladder on Friday night, June 8th, for Radda Radda's release of their new album, "life again." My beautiful and talented friend Savannah Smith is playing as well, and between the three of us, we think we've got something for all y'all!

3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
Friday, June 8, 2018
Doors: 8:00 PM
Music: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $9 in advance, $12 at the door.
​Special Offer: CD + Ticket Bundle, only $16
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

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May 12, 2018

Art-A-Whirl! Saturday, May 19

Come to see me play a full band show outside Anchor Fish and Chips at 5:00 PM, and stay to enjoy all the amazing music, arts, and crafts at the many galleries and venues that will be open to the public for this signature Minneapolis event.

Art-a-Whirl is a 3-day event! It starts Friday night and goes through Sunday. To help you plan your weekend, check here for the music schedule, and check out the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Map and the Greater Northeast Minneapolis Map to find out where the art is. There's even an app for iPhone and Android to help you plan your art tour!

xo Jillian

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May 4, 2018

Kickstart My New Album
Pre-Order "I Can't Be The One You Want Me To Be"

UPDATE: My Kickstarter is FULLY FUNDED!! Thank you with all my heart to everyone who has backed this "Kick-party."

I’ve written a whole full-length-album’s worth of new songs & sounds, and need your help in getting them pushed out into the universe. Love the new single & wanna hear more? Wanna pre-order the new record? Well, you can do that & more through this Kickstarter shindig!

It would mean THE WORLD to me if you would swing by, have a look at my page, & give me a KICK toward the goal! If you are feeling extra helpful, you can also share it with your friends & help spread the word.

Your love, friendship, & amazing support over the years means everything to me. BIG THANKS for every time you've come to a show, clapped at the end of a song, shared a post, bought merch, high five’d, requested my songs on the radio, or just brightened my day with your smile. I CANNOT WAIT for you to hear this new album! PLEASE JOIN THE PARTY & HELP ME DO DIS! <3

xo Jillian

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May 4, 2018

"Medication" Single Available Now

My new single "Medication" is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Deezer, Spotify, you get the idea… Go where you go for music and have a listen. I CANNOT WAIT for you to hear this song! It’s a whole new sonic direction for me.

xo Jillian

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April 6, 2018

"Medication" Single Release, Turf Club, May 2

New stuff! I'm excited for you to hear a glimpse of what my new record has in store. Get an early sneak when I release the first single, "Medication," on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Turf Club. To help me usher in my latest, I've got Foxfeather and The Heavy Set joining me to celebrate a Wednesday like it's a Friday with all ya'll.

1601 University Ave., St. Paul
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Doors: 7:00 PM
Music: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $8
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

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March 11, 2018

Red Gorilla Music Festival, Austin TX

I'm goin' to Texas, y'all!  You can find me at San Jac Saloon in Austin on the main floor at 7:00 PM Monday, March 12th, and then again upstairs on Jack's stage at 11:00 PM, March 13th. These shows are a part of the Red Gorilla Music Festival. It's an honor to be invited to this festival, and a great opportunity to connect with other artists and music professionals.

San Jac Saloon
300 E. 6th St, Austin, TX
Monday, March 12, 7:00 PM, Main Floor
Tuesday, March 13, 11:00 PM, upstairs Jack's stage

xo Jillian

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March 1, 2018

With Sarah Morris at The Hook, Saturday, March 31

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone more fun or more talented than Sarah Morris. That's why I always love it when I have the chance to play a show with her. We'll be at the Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge on Saturday, 3/31, 9 PM (music starts at 9:30). But wait, there's more! Do ya think yer gonna love the svelte sounds of Laura Hugo? You bet you will!

3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Doors: 9:00 PM
Music: 9:30 PM
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. There is a limited quantity of Reserved Seats available for $15.
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

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January 28, 2018

Hot Date "Spaces" EP Release

In the midst of making my own new CD, it's a pleasure to support friends who are releasing their own music. Please join me at the Kitty Cat Klub on Saturday, 2/24, 9 PM as Hot Date celebrates their new EP, "Spaces." To sweeten the pot, the ever-popular rockers TABAH will also be on hand to play for you. All for only $5!

315 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 PM
Cover: $5.00
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

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January 12, 2018

I think we're just gonna stick with the one note...

I'm BAAAAAACK! In the studio, that is. Where I LOVE to be! I'm just getting started with my new full-length CD, coming out later this year, and already it's been loads of fun! In this video I'm experimenting with a new (for me) kind of fiddle, called a wheel fiddle, but better known as a hurdy-gurdy. It's got a totally unique sound that might just work in one of the songs.

I am so happy to be starting out the new year making new music for all y'all!

xo Jillian

December 29, 2017

You Made Me So Happy I Cried!

Holy crapskis! I’m friggen speechless...

I was completely honored to be included on the ballot for The Current’s Top 89 Local Songs of 2017 list. Friday night, I had just found out that my pals Fathom Lane got voted #1 so I excitedly pulled up the list to check it out (congrats lady & gents!).

Scrolling down this list, feeling so happy & proud of all of my pals / musicians that I admire who I'm seeing on this list, I came across my own song Free at #33. (!!!) After giving myself a minute to freak out & do a happy dance, I continue scrolling / long distant high-five-ing my fellow music community dwellers. (Seriously, there are so many amazing artists in this town. I'm in a constant state of feeling jazzed & impressed.)

15 minutes later I've made it through the entire list & I'm almost done crying...

YOU GUYyezZAA!! I can’t believe y’all voted for all four of my nominated tunes as some of your favorite songs to come out of our MN music scene this last year! WHAT!?! I am freakin' blown away. THANK YOU for supporting, and voting, and spreading the love, and most importantly for listening. I really love y'all lots & lots. I promise to make you more music, real soon.

xo Jillian

89.3 The Current Top 89 Local Songs of 2017

December 22, 2017

Aster River Room with Fathom Lane

Whew! After resting up a bit from the holidays, here's a show to launch your 2018. I'm very pleased to be joining my friends from the enigmatic and engaging Fathom Lane at the Aster Cafe River Room. This is a wonderful listening venue right next door to the Cafe, with a cash bar, and of course, the ever gorgeous view of the river and Minneapolis skyline.

Aster Cafe River Room
125 Main St. SE, Minneapolis
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM Doors, 8:00 PM Music
Tickets: $10 Advance (plus $1.40 tax), $15 CASH at the Door

xo Jillian

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December 12, 2017

Vote For My Songs!

Didja know I've got FOUR songs nominated for 89.3 The Current's Top 89 of 2017: Local Songs?  Until today, neither did I!! But there they are, When Dove's Cry (my Prince cover), FreeNebraska, and Wanderlust. Wanna do me a favor and go vote for one or more of my songs?  Thank you kind sirs. Thank you mesdames.

Voting ends Sunday, December 17 at 11:59 PM.


xo Jillian

December 12, 2017

The Changeups CD Release and Landmark Live Holiday Show

I'm putting the final touches on 2017 by pitching in at some friends' gigs before the end of the year.

First, I'll be guesting on a few songs with my good friends The Changeups for their Unhinge the Moon CD Release party at Bunkers on Thursday, December 14th. What's also special for me about this show is the CD was engineered by my husband and bandmate, Eric Martin.

Bunker's Music Bar & Grill
761 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time:  7:30 PM Doors, 8:00 PM Music
$8 Cover, Ages 21+

The very next night I'll join an ensemble cast at the Landmark Center's F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium. This Holiday Show is headlined by Mother Banjo and Ben Cook-Feltz, and features music from their 2016 EP, "Christmas Came Early" as well as all your holiday favorites. They'll joined by lots of friends besides moi, and it promises to be a joyous holiday romp!

Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul
Friday, December 15, 2017
Doors: 7:00 PM
Music 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

xo Jillian

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