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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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