Jillian Rae

Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment.

Like many of Minnesota's finest musicians, Jillian Rae grew up in the north, on the Iron Range - an environment as open to country, folk (and yes, polka) as it is to pop, rock and blues. Growing up in a music-loving household, Jillian was hooked early when she began taking violin lessons at age 7. From there, she began to sing, dance, perform, and has been working hard at perfecting her art ever since.

The ultimate reward for her years of musical passion and pursuit is the ability to give back. After years of study, performing and teaching, Jillian opened a music school, The Music Lab, in 2011 with her pal and fellow musician, Josie Just. Located in Minneapolis' Nokomis neighborhood, The Music Lab is Jillian's vehicle for passing on all she has learned - actively teaching voice, violin and viola to youth and adults, with (of course) an emphasis on performance.

Jillian has been a heavy hitter in the Minnesota music scene for years, playing with as many musicians as humanly possible - on stage, in the studio, or both. Currently, when she isn't performing with her own band, you can still catch her playing fiddle and singing with a number of bands around the Twin Cities: Corpse Reviver (Early American Folk, Bluegrass), Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings (Folk Revisionist), Ilika Ward & the Moonlight Riders (Acoustic Americana), The Fiddle Heirs (5 fiddles and a bass), and Adam Levy's (The Honeydogs) solo project.

In her spare time, Jillian occasionally tours with the Grammy Award winning Okee Dokee Brothers, lending her fiddle to their family-oriented folk/bluegrass performances.

Past Shows


Jan
14
th
2022
Turf Club
Jan
14
th
2022
Turf Club
Cancelled

A Tribute to
Dolly Parton

with CECELIA ERHOLTZ (of TABAH), DIANE, FAITH BOBLETT, JAEDYN JAMES, JILLIAN RAE, LESLIE VINCENT, LYDIA LIZA, MADISON HALLMAN, MOLLY BRANDT, SIRI UNDLIN (of HUMBIRD), and THEYSELF
Aug
27
th
2021
Turf Club
Aug
27
th
2021
Turf Club

A Tribute to
Shania Twain

Backed by the All Star A LITTLE TOO SHORT TO BE STORMTROOPERS band featuring members of GENERAL B AND THE WIZ, RUBEN, THE OK FACTOR, THEYSELF, SLEEP STUDY, and THE PLOTT HOUNDS
with Jillian Rae, Faith Boblett, Savannah Smith and more!
May
24
th
2021
First Avenue
May
24
th
2021
First Avenue

Bob Dylan 80th Birthday Bash Tribute

Live from First Avenue + Livestream

ft. TURN TURN TURN, TERRY WALSH (St. Dominic’s Trio), DEMITRI RALLIS & JOE DUNN (Frogleg), LYNVAL JACKSON (International Reggae All Stars), CURTISS A, ERIK KOSKINEN, DAN ISRAEL, COURTNEY YASMINEH, MARY BUE, GINI DODDS, BECKY KAPELL, JILLIAN RAE, JOSH GRAVELIN, PAUL BERGEN, and "ST. LOUIS PARK WRECKING CREW"
Apr
3
rd
2020
Turf Club
Apr
3
rd
2020
Turf Club
Cancelled

Bora York

Album Release Show
with Syvers and Jillian Rae
Mar
4
th
2020
7th St Entry
Mar
4
th
2020
7th St Entry

Maria and the Coins

with Jillian Rae and Emily Haavik
Nov
29
th
2019
Turf Club
Nov
29
th
2019
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with Annie and the Bang Bang, MAD RIPPLE HOOT FOR SLIM, Al Church and more!
Aug
29
th
2019
Turf Club
Aug
29
th
2019
Turf Club

A Tribute to
Shania Twain

Backed by members of GENERAL B AND THE WIZ, RUBEN, THE FEDERALES, TABAH, SLEEP STUDY, and THE PLOTT HOUNDS
with Jillian Rae, Lydia Liza, Savannah Smith and more!
Feb
1
st
2019
Turf Club
Jan
24
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
24
th
2019
Turf Club

Kari Arnett

with Ben Miller, Savannah Smith, The Home Fires and more!
May
2
nd
2018
Turf Club
Jul
19
th
2017
7th St Entry
Jul
19
th
2017
7th St Entry
May
18
th
2017
Turf Club
May
18
th
2017
Turf Club

The Suitcase Junket

with Del Barber and Jillian Rae
Jul
23
rd
2016
Surly Brewing Festival Field
Jul
23
rd
2016
Surly Brewing Festival Field

Dr. Dog

with Shakey Graves and Jillian Rae
May
10
th
2016
7th St Entry
Jan
25
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jan
25
th
2015
7th St Entry

Quinn Tsan

with Jillian Rae and SETH DAVIN
Dec
5
th
2014
7th St Entry
Dec
5
th
2014
7th St Entry

ICE

A SONGWRITER NIGHT
with Martin Devaney, Jillian Rae, TERRY WALSH and more!
Jul
29
th
2014
The Cedar Cultural Center
Jul
29
th
2014
The Cedar Cultural Center

The Secret Sisters

with Jillian Rae
Mar
6
th
2014
7th St Entry
Mar
6
th
2014
7th St Entry

ARE YOU LOCAL?

with Black Diet, Botzy, Jillian Rae and more!
Apr
20
th
2013
7th St Entry
Apr
20
th
2013
7th St Entry

More Shows

Mar
18
th
Turf Club

Sean McConnell

Feb
21
st
7th St Entry

Zombi

Aug
13
th
Surly Brewing Festival Field

Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine

Jun
3
rd
Palace Theatre

Primus

with Battles