August 17, 2017

Wanderlust EP Digitally Available August 25th

Wanderlust front cover

I am RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED to tell you that I'm releasing a new EP... like pronto!

I spent so many years gigging and hitting the road, it finally dawned on me, "Hey, when am I going to create some new, freakin, music?!" So, I took some of my favorite new tunes (all written while on the road), decided to spend a little more time at home, hit the studio with some music-folk that I really love & admire, and voila! This little nugget was born:

a 4-song ep

Coming to your ears anywhere music happens online on Friday 8/25.

More details on the official release show to come!

What I can tell you is:

  • The release show will be this fall, in Minneapolis.
  • It will be released on CD and Vinyl, pressed as a 45.
  • The artwork is incredible and you will probably want to put it up on your wall.
  • I CANNOT WAIT to share these songs with you.

xo Jillian

August 6, 2017

Hopkins Summerfest, Thursday, August 17th

Well my Lake Harriet Bandshell show didn't work out so great, did it?

But there's still another chance to see me at a free outdoor venue. Come to lovely downtown Hopkins on August 17th, where I'll be playing at Downtown Park for Hopkins Summerfest, sponsored by Girls on the Town. If the weather refuses to cooperate again, the show will move indoors to the Hopkins Activity Center - so we will, we WILL rock you, guaranteed!

Downtown Park
40 9th Ave S, Hopkins
Inclement Weather: Hopkins Activity Center, 33 14th Ave N, Hopkins
August 17, 2017
Music 7:00 PM
FREE and all ages - bring the whole family!

xo Jillian

summerfest logo

Girls on the Town logo

July 27, 2017

Soon, soon, soon!

Hey guess what? This beautiful piece of art is the cover of my new EP, Wanderlust!!! Heartfelt thanks to Mike Carina. Stay tuned for deets on when this baby will finally meet your ear drums... 

Wanderlust album cover

xo Jillian

July 26, 2017

Lake Harriet Bandshell, Saturday, August 5th

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! For the past two years, this show has been a major highlight of the year. This year it'll be easier than ever to join us, because it's on a Saturday night. I would so love to see you there, because I promise you, we'll be rockin' it hard for all y'all!


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

xo Jillian

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

Stage shot from 2015
Come join in the fun!

July 22, 2017

Como Park Groovin' In The Garden, Wednesday, July 26th

While you get your groove on with us, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack yer dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join me for this FREE outdoor concert in the Enchanted Garden.

This is a family-friendly event - bring the kids! Groovin' In The Garden is sponsored by KFAI RadioPioneer Press and Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment.

Como Park, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Download Map
July 26, 2017
Music 6:00 - 8:00 PM. All ages.

xo Jillian

Groovin in the Garden

July 3, 2017

Upcoming Performances in July


xo Jillian

June 12, 2017

7th St. Entry, July 19th

I'll be opening for Nashville acts Future Thieves and Guthrie Brown as they blow through town in July. Check out their musics, they are goooood! Then buy your ticket for only $10 and come on out. We'll have some fuuuunnnn! It's always a blast to play the Entry.

7th St Entry

7th St. Entry
701 1st Ave. No., Minneapolis
July 19, 2017
Doors 7:30 PM, Music 8:30 PM, 18+
Tickets: $10

xo Jillian


May 21, 2017

June Residency: Wednesdays at the Aster Cafe

Join me at the Aster Cafe on Wednesday evenings from 8:00-10:00 pm in the month of June for my first ever residency showcase!  $6, all ages welcome.

What are we gonna do?

  • We're going to celebrate "hump day," every week with music & good times - because we deserve it.
  • We're going to enjoy both old and NEW songs - performed for you, with love, by yours truly & my band of gentlemen.
  • We're going to be dazzled by the musical stylings of some of my favorite musicians in town. I will have a guest artist opening the show each week. So you should probably plan on coming every Wednesday. For realz, you reeeeeally won't want to miss any of these guest sets.
  • We're going to enjoy the chill & intimate vibes of the Aster Cafe, and their amazing foods & bevs, and each other's company.

...and we'll all live happily, ever, after.

Jillian Rae's June/Aster Residency schedule:

Aster Cafe
125 SE Main St.
Wednessdays in June, 8:00-10:00 PM
Cover: $6.00
All ages

xo Jillian

Promo Photo

Show photo

May 19, 2017

In a Whirl at Art-a-Whirl

Did you miss my show at the Turf Club on Thursday? I missed you too! But we'll have plenty of chances to connect at Art-a-Whirl. On Saturday at 2:00 PM you can catch me playing with Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings at Bunny's NE (34 13th Ave NE). Then at 6:45 PM you can catch me with my own band at one of the coolest new breweries in town, 56 Brewing (3055 Columbia Ave NE). If your Saturday card is too full, there's still one more chance on Sunday, when I'll be playing with The Fiddle Heirs at 2:00 PM at the 331 Club (331 13th Ave NE).

Come to see me play, and stay to enjoy all the amazing arts and crafts at the many galleries that will be open to the public for this signature Minneapolis event.

xo Jillian

Show Poster

May 3, 2017

Upcoming Show: Turf Club, May 18th

I'm excited to be in the company of The Suitcase Junket and Del Barber at the Turf Club on Thursday, May 18th for a night of musical delight. It'll be even more delightful if you're there to share it with me!

Turf Club
1601 University Avenue
Thursday, May 18
Doors: 7:30 PM
Music: 8:30 PM
Ages: 21+
Tickets: $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door

xo Jillian

Show Poster

April 17, 2017

When Doves Cry - A Tribute to Prince

Please enjoy my new single When Doves Cry, a take on my favorite Prince track. This cover tune is intended to pay tribute to The Man in Purple & celebrate his music, life, genius, & philanthropy.

This song is yours free of charge BUT if you would like to pay, proceeds from this download will be directed to Little Kids Rock, a music education charity that Prince himself donated to while he was still with us.

You can download this cover song, and donate to Little Kids Rock if you wish, at my Bandcamp page.

xo Jillian

April 2, 2017

Midwest Music Fest, Saturday April 29th

Midwest Music Fest 2017

It really feels like the beginning of warm weather, kicking off the music festival season with an appearance at the Midwest Music Fest in beautiful downtown Winona, MN. You can see dozens of bands over the two days of the festival, April 28th and 29th.  I'll be playing at Island City Brewing Saturday night.

Island City Brewing
65 E Front St, Winona, Minnesota
Saturday, April 29, 9:00 PM
Tickets: $45 for both days, or $25 for one day
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

March 1, 2017

DuLutsen North of North Music & Ski Festival, Saturday, March 18th

Event art

I'll be celebrating The North at Papa Charlie's in beautiful Lutsen with The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and Brothers Burn Mountain for this year's edition of the North of North Music & Ski Festival. You should be there with me!

Papa Charlie's
467 Ski Hill Rd, Lutsen, Minnesota
Saturday, March 18, 8:30 PM
Tickets: $9 in advance, $12 at the door, FREE 2-Day Pass with Ski & Stay Concert Packages
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

February 6, 2017

Loud at the Library Friday, February 24th, George Latimer Central Library

Event art

If you missed my show opening for Adam Levy, on February 4th, here's a second chance!  Adam will open with a solo set at St. Paul's George Latimer Central Library, on Friday, February 24th, and I'll follow up with a full band set.

This event is part of the 6th year of the Loud at the Library series, presented by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. It's a chance to experience the library in a whole new way.  You can even get a free beer by presenting your library card and 21+ ID, compliments of sponsor Summit Brewing.

George Latimer Central Library
90 W. 4th St., St. Paul
Friday, February 24
Doors: 7:00 PM
Adam Levy: 7:30 PM
Jillian Rae: 8:30 PM
Tickets: $10, or $5 for Friends of the St. Paul Public Library members. (Click the link, then scroll to the bottom of the page.)

xo Jillian

January 9, 2017

First Show of 2017! Saturday, February 4th, Aster River Room

My last show of 2016 was at the Aster Cafe, and my first show of 2017 will be right next door at the Aster River Room.

I'll be opening for Adam Levy, then playing in his band for a rare performance of his solo release, Naubinway. Honeydogs fans, this is a great chance to hear Adam's solo project.

This will be a very special show, marking the 5th anniversary of the suicide of Adam's son, Daniel. Naubinway addresses the pain of that event. The music is highly emotionally charged, and performances are rare, but these songs are also exceedingly beautiful. It's a privilege to play this music with Adam. I hope you'll come out to hear it!

Aster River Room
125 SE Main St.
Saturday, February 4
Doors: 6:00 PM
Music: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15.00 in advance, $18 cash at the door
Limited seating, most tickets are standing room only.

xo Jillian

Naubinway album cover

December 13, 2016

Last Show of the Year!

Let's get together one more time to sing a musical goodbye to 2016! I'll be opening for The Federales at the magical Aster Cafe on Thursday, December 22nd.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Aster? And the Aster's food? And the Aster's beautiful location? And the holidays? Yes, I think I have. Well, I still do, and I'll love it too, if you bring your holiday cheer out to see the show!

Aster Cafe
125 SE Main St.
Thursday, December 22, 9:00 PM
Cover: $5.00
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

Aster Cafe

November 20, 2016

Brianna Kočka's Birthday Show, Thursday, December 1

My good friend Brianna Kočka is celebrating her 30th birthday at the 331 Club, and has invited me and the band to join in the celebration. Well fer sher! Especially when you add Andy Cook to the mix! Come join the party on December 1, starting at 10 PM. This is a FREE show for 21+.

331 Club
331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis
Thursday, December 1, 10:00 PM
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

Show Poster

November 20, 2016

Jillian Rae Returns to Oak Center General Store for the Holiday Season, Saturday, 11/26/2016

Jillian Rae at Oak Center General Store For the past couple of years it's been my great pleasure to play a show around the holidays at the Oak Center General Store. If you've never been to this unique, wonderful venue, you owe it to yourself to experience its charm.  It's only 60-90 minutes outside the metro, but it's like a trip back in time to a 19th century general store, a homey, hospitable place with its music venue above a store stocked with organic foods and a multitude other interesting items. Tickets are $5-15 according to your ability to pay (on the honor system).  I love playing this place, and would love to see you there! It's the perfect place to put you in a good space for the holidays!

Please purchase tickets in advance, by mail or email, to ensure you don't drive all the way down to a full house!

Oak Center General Store
67011 U.S. 63, Lake City, MN 55041
November 26, 2016, 8:00 PM
$5 - $15 cover, according to your ability to pay
All ages

xo Jillian


September 23, 2016

Stomper's Retreat in Superior, Thursday, September 29

Stomper's Retreat is a 3 day musical gathering that's curated by The 4onthefloor, who know a little about having a good time. This year is the inaugural festival! It's taking place at Mont Du Lac resort in Superior, WI, from Thursday, September 29th through Saturday, October 1st.

The lineup for this event reads like a Who's Who of local and regional musicians. Sure, come to see me on Thursday, but stay for the weekend to catch some of the other 30+ acts.

Hey Minnies, it's just across the bridge – I'd love to see you there!

Mont Du Lac Resort
3125 Mont du Lac Drive, Superior, WI 54880
Thursday, September 29 thru Saturday, October 1
Tickets: $44.44 – $114.44, depending on the number of days you stay.
All Ages

xo Jillian

Festival Poster

September 17, 2016

Beaner's Central in Duluth, Friday, September 23

Beaner's 15th Annual "1 Week Live" concert series has it all: food, drink, and a great musical lineup. I'll be adding my bit to the festivities on Friday night. Come out and enjoy a fun Friday in Duluth with me and the band!

We'll be joined by amazing fellow fiddler Gaelynn Lea, winner of NPR's second annual Tiny Desk Contest. As if that's not enough, you'll also hear from the talented Pony and John Sonofmel, so don't forget to bring your ears, haha!

Hey Sconnies, it's just across the bridge – I'd love to see you there!

324 No.Central Ave., Duluth, MN
Friday, September 23, 2016
Music: 7:00 pm
Tickets: $6, or $20 for a week long pass good for 9/19 - 9/24.
All Ages

xo Jillian

Show Poster

September 13, 2016

Ziggy's in Downtown Stillwater! Friday, September 16.

Ziggy's is the cool new place to be, in the already cool downtown Stillwater. Let me be your excuse to get in a little antiquing and shopping in this wonderful town on the St. Croix, then drop in to Ziggy's to eat, drink, and be musical with me and the band.  Music starts at 9:30. This is a 21+ show.

Hey Sconnies, it's just across the bridge – I'd love to see you there!

132 Main St. So., Stillwater, MN
Friday, September 16, 2016
Music: 9:30 pm
Ages: 21+

xo Jillian

September 13, 2016

Jillian Rae Catches a Break at AMS!

This interview on American Musical Supply's "Catch a Break" series is exciting on multiple levels.

First, it's one of the more in-depth and personal interviews Eric and I have done, and additionally includes stuff music gearheads will like. So check it out if you've ever been jrae-curious!

Second, they call it the "Catch a Break" series for a reason. AMS is a major music equipment supplier, so it helps get my name out there. Thank you, AMS!

Banner image for interview

xo Jillian

August 28, 2016

Jillian Rae Plays Bryant Lake Bowl with Sarah Morris, Saturday, September 10

Craving an intimate night of music & storytelling with two of the Twin Cities' finest? Do you also happen to enjoy crafty drinks, delicious eats, and bowling? If you like all of those things, then this is just TOO perfect...

Join Jillian Rae & Sarah Morris at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater on Saturday, September 10th. They will play you their favorite songs, give you the down low on their own songs, and heck, you might even get a personal high five from them by the end of the night.

Sarah Morris is a singer, songwriter, and country phenom from Minnesota's metro area. She recently released a new album called, "Ordinary Things." It's lovely. Sarah is lovely. Be excited to see Sarah perform.

Jillian Rae is a singer, songwriter, and violin phenom from Minnesota's Iron Range. She trekked down to the Big City years ago to play music & is now happily considered a Minneapolis Transplant. Jillian has an album out called "Heartbeat" and a few singles. She also has a new EP on the way. Sources say it sounds amazing. Jillian is amazing. Be excited to see Jillian perform.

Be extra excited to see Jillian & Sarah perform if you normally can't get into music shows... because this show is all ages. Shazizzle!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Doors: 9:30 pm, Music: 10:00 pm
All ages
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door.

xo Jillian

Jillian and Sarah


August 1, 2016

A Weekend at the State Fair, August 27 & 28

Get together with me at The Great Minnesota Get Together! I'll be playing THREE shows on Saturday the 27th, and THREE MORE on Sunday the 28th, so you'll have all kinds of opportunities see a set or two, or six. These are FULL BAND shows and I would love to be a part of your State Fair experience this year.

After my shows, you might want to stick around for The Minnesota State Fiddle Contest. Get it? More fiddle? Those State Fair peeps - always thinking! You'll see some of Minnesota's best fiddlers, of all ages, competing for prizes and bragging rights.

Where: Schell's Stage at Schilling Amphitheater at the West End Market
When: Saturday 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.  Sunday 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
FREE with your Fair ticket, and it's all ages at the Fair of course.

xo Jillian

State Fair Graphic
Map to Schells Stage