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April 24, 2019

Watch My Tiny Desk Contest 2019 Video

Hot off the presses, and submitted just barely on time, here's a song from my upcoming album, recorded for the Tiny Desk Contest. "Inebriated" contains the lyric "I can't be the one you want me to be," which is the title of the new album. Don't forget the CD release is coming up on May 31st at The Cedar Cultural Center!

xo Jillian

February 22, 2019

I Can't Be The One You Want Me To Be
Album Release Show, Friday, May 31st

The release show is SET for my (long time in the works) new album “I can’t be the one you want me to be” at the Cedar Cultural Center, one of my favorite places to play anywhere, ever. EEEEEKS!  The show is listed as a standing show, but there will be limited seating as well.  Make your plans!  Get your tickets! It's been a long time comin', now it's time to celebrate! It's an all ages show, so you can even bring the kids. Or if you're a kid, it's an all ages show, so you can even bring the parents.
I'll be joined by badass opening guests HUMBIRD and GRAVEYARD CLUB.
photo + artwork: Michael Brewer Carina

Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave So, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, May 31st
Doors: 7:00 PM, Music 8:00 PM
Tickets: $14 Advance, $18 Day of show
All Ages

xo Jillian

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March 4, 2019

March Shows

The "Really Big Shoe" is my Album Release May 31st, but that's a long ways away.  In the meantime, check out these March gigs happening in your neighborhood!

xo Jillian

March 2019 Gigs 3/9 Duluth, 3/16 Minneapolis, 3/23 Rochester

January 2, 2019

In with The New!

I'll be starting a busy new year with... busy-ness! I have upcoming shows with my own band, Corpse Reviver, and The Okee Dokee Brothers. I hope to see you once or twice or thrice!

Gig schedule

xo Jillian

December 26, 2018

Hotel Minnesnowta 2019, Saturday, January 5th

Who says music festivals have to happen in the summer? Come to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth to see my band and a whole slew of other bands at "Hotel Minnesnowta," a 2-day, indoor winter music festival with 25+ bands, 3 stages, live painters, yoga, and more. You can also book a hotel room, which is especially nice if you're going for both days. I'll be playing on Saturday at 7 pm.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
3131 Campus Dr, Plymouth, MN
Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5, 2019
Doors: 3:00 PM Friday, 11:00 AM Saturday
Tickets: $70 - both days, $40 - one day
All Ages

xo Jillian

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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

Mississippi Music logo
Thursdays on First and Third logo


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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