Art Vandalay is a Twin Cities-based band (and sometimes solo moniker of songwriter and founding member Brandon Henry) known for its serious songwriting and playful live energy. Proudly taking on the mantle as “the poor-man’s version of The Band” (Duluth News Tribune), the roots/rockers have made a name for themselves playing Twin Cities dive bars, small-town breweries, coffee shops, and soybean festivals up-and-down the I-35 corridor, garnering ardent fans along the way.
Blending the classic roots sounds of The Band and the modern indie sounds of Chuck Prophet and The Black Keys, Art Vandalay creates raw Americana rock with songs that are “impossibly catchy” (Duluth News Tribune).
With their 4th album and 1st live record, One Night at the Aster, the album captures the spirited live energy that has made the band a fixture of the Twin Cities’ Americana scene.
Covering the full spectrum of their repertoire, One Night at the Aster captures the magic the band can conjure from the stage. From classics like “Fool’s Gold” and “Way It Goes,” to newer favorites “Architects” and “Never See You Again,” there’s a loose energy and infectious groove that never drags, taking the audience on a white-knuckled drive through 11 tracks of heartbreak, loss, and love. The album reaches its pinnacle with a scorching, never-before recorded take on JJ Cale’s“I’ll Make Love to You Anytime” as well as a rare version of their fan-favorite, “If You Love Me” with a lively trombone solo.
Since 2007, Art Vandalay has carved their place in the Twin Cities’ Americana scene, blending the vintage sounds of The Band with a modern vibe of The Black Keys. One Night at the Aster is a testament to Art Vandalay’s timeless songwriting and relentless performing for more than a decade.