Jillian Rae

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

The Changeups promo poster
Holiday show promo photo‚Äč

November 28, 2017

Guess Who's Back at Icehouse This Weekend?

If you missed my Wanderlust release show last month, don’t fret! We can recreate a mini / earlier-in-the-evening version this Sunday AND celebrate the release of Good Diction’s latest album.

2528 Nicollet Ave. So., Minneapolis
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time:  5:30 PM Doors, 6:00 PM Music
Tickets: $8 Advance, $10 Door
All Ages

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xo Jillian

Good Diction

December 7, 2017

Midwest Music Store's Signature Series, Thursday, December 7

I always look forward to my trips down to lovely Winona. This time around you can catch me with guitarist Eric Martin at the Midwest Music Store, performing duo arrangements of my work. This show will wrap up the Signature Series for 2017, so please do come on out for the finale and some holiday cheer!

Midwest Music Store
168 E 3rd St
Winona, MN 55987
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Music: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10.00

xo Jillian

Jillian Rae promo photo

November 5, 2017

Friendsgiving at the Aster w/ Jillian Rae and Andy Cook, Monday, 11/20/2017

In the midst of driving yourself crazy w/ Thanksgiving food & family planning, give yourself a little treat & swing by the Aster Cafe on Monday 11/20. My pal Andy Cook & myself are putting together a Friendsgiving gathering & it’s gonna be a jolly ole time!

Aster Cafe
125 SE Main St.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Music: 8:00 PM
Cover: $6.00
All ages

xo Jillian

Show poster

November 5, 2017

Landmark Live, Opening for The High 48's, Friday, November 17

It's a week before Thanksgiving and you're wondering how to spend your last Friday night before the holiday season kicks into high gear. What do you do? I've got just the answer! Come see me play at the Landmark Center at 8:00 pm. I'm opening for the outstanding High 48's as part of the Landmark Live series. The show is preceded by a cocktail hour at 7:00 pm, with complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. This will be a terrific night of music, and a nice little pre-holidays treat for yourself!

75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul
Friday, November 17, 2017
Doors: 7:00 PM
Music 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

xo Jillian

Radio Heartland Interview photo

October 23, 2017

Wanderlust Live Performance on Pony Rug

Maybe you missed my Wanderlust EP release show on Saturday. Maybe you just really enjoy the tune & want to hear it more. Maybe you just really enjoy my new/old Kool-Aid tee. Whatever it is you’re after, find it in this awesome little live recording the fellas and I did over at Sovereignty Recording for the Pony Rug series.

xo Jillian

October 23, 2017

In-Studio Performance and Interview

Hey, thanks to 89.3 the Current and the fine folks at Radio Heartland for some air time! Have a listen to hear three songs from Wanderlust performed live in studio, and get a little of the back story behind the EP.

xo Jillian

Radio Heartland Interview photo

October 23, 2017

Watch My "Back to the Cities" Interview Series

Simon Calder and I go in depth about Wanderlust, Heartbeat, and all things Jillian Rae.  Thanks, Simon!

xo Jillian

August 25, 2017

Wanderlust Release Party, Saturday, October 21

Icehouse - Wanderlust EP Release Poster

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I am RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED to tell you that I've just released a new EP!

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
Now Available on iTunes
Now Available on Amazon
Now Available on Bandcamp

Digitally released Friday 8/25.

Official Release:

  • Saturday, October 21st, at Icehouse in Minneapolis.
  • Tickets: $10 in advance (recommended), $14 at the door (ya takes yer chances!)
  • Doors 10:00 PM, Music 10:30 PM
  • Special Guests: LASKA
  • CD and Vinyl (pressed as a 45) available for the first time.
  • 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 TwinCities.com. Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment.

Como Park, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
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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