$50.00 Reserved Table (includes 4 tickets)
A Tribute To The Replacements
Plus a special set of fan favorites with special guest vocalists:
Arzu, Ben Miller (The Federales), Brian Vanderwerf (Eleganza!), Christy Costello, Curtiss A, Dan Israel, Devon Gray, Katy Vernon, LOTT, Lydia Liza, Max Timander, Niki Becker, Reed Wilkerson, Sam Cassidy, and more
A Benefit for The Twin Cities Music Community Trust
Passion. Irony. Weirdness. Melody. These are some of the core elements of The Melismatics’ sound that has been developed over the past decade through intense recording, heavy touring, and an inhuman intake of caffeinated beverages. With six albums under their belt thus far, The Melismatics have been constantly evolving their own stylings of post-punk and indie-rock.
Eleganza!, formed by Brian Vanderwerf, guitarist/vocalist for the Estrus Records band, The Midnight Evils and the celebrated Chooglin’ (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records), is a 3-guitar ROCK AND ROLL attack featuring Vanderwerf and Chooglin’ bandmate, Jeff Johnson, and ex-Ol’ Yeller’s Greg McAloon. Also on board is the legendary Tony Zaccardi of Romantica & Kruddler on bass, and his longtime partner in crime Tim Baumgart (Wizards Are Real/Big Ditch Road/Kruddler) on drums and August Varvig on harmonica.
Tabah is a five piece electric ensemble from Minneapolis that began in 2013. Their current line-up has been playing since September of 2014. The music represents the unique, aggressive, and difficult experience of the band’s first years of development. The songs cross various styles and push to represent music organically and with honesty.
Private Interests have one of those rock band pedigrees that this whole infrastructure that we call the musical world relies upon. The quartet have a huge number of experiences and associated back-stories behind them; the rhythm section of Damien Tank and Trevor Engelbrektson alone have been playing together in various bands for eighteen years. Formed by Johnny Eggerman and Cam Soojian in the Spring of 2015, this latest exploit still manages to feel decidedly fresh-faced, the band ripping through the two-minutes of latest single “I Need You” with an impressive display of fervor.
COLIN CAMPBELL & THE SHACKLETONS
The Shackletons are a blues band consisting of 3 brothers from Stillwater, MN, based in the Twin Cities but playing wherever an opportunity presents itself. Raised on a steady diet of local rock and blues, the brothers grew up spending late nights at places like First Avenue dreaming of making music. In addition to 19 year old Colin who sings, writes and plays guitar the Shackletons include older brother Cameron on bass and 15 year old Evan who mans the drums and keyboards.
NATO COLES & SAM BEER
Every bar worth drinking at in these great United States has a character like Nato Coles. They know the jukebox so well that the reference catalog becomes meaningless. They’re on first-name-basis with all the bartenders, spout trivia like someone’s actually listening, and have a particular stool with their ass-print permanently worn in. But most importantly, they’re storytellers, historians of low-culture, grizzled raconteurs that can effortlessly shake-out a cocktail of true facts and utter bullshit until it becomes as intoxicating as their “usual.”
Heretofore more of a tender coffeehouse balladeer, the Duluth music scene mainstay [Mary Bue] plugged in and blew off a harbor’s worth of steam while recording her breakthrough collection at Sacred Heart Studio (which adds a “holy” spirit to many a record). Fans of ’90s alt-rock darlings like Belly and Jen Trynin will immediately take to the rocky hooks of songs like “Candy” and “Heart’s Desire.” Bue’s ghost-confronting, demons-wrestling lyrics seep in more slowly but prove similarly alluring. BEST LOCAL ALBUMS OF 2015 (SO FAR) [Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune]
Local Minneapolis darling, Monica LaPlante, plays a style of garage rock/garage pop loaded with class and charm. Her brutally honest lyrics prove that perfection lies in the art of simplicity. LaPlante’s forthcoming album,Noir, brings a much darker side to her repertoire, fueled by guitar-driven rockers and dark synthy ballads from the heart.
MAD RIPPLE HOOT FOR SLIM
The Mad Ripple Hootenanny is a round-robin style songwriter collective hosted by writer/journalist/columnist/songwriter Jim Walsh (Hoot host, singer, songwriter; columnist, Southwest Journal; journalist, MinnPost; and author) that celebrates 10 years of “songs, stories, shenanigans, spontaneity, and community” in November, 2016. While the single mainstay of the Hoot is Walsh, each night is unique as the songwriter line-ups change from week to week, creating a one-night-only chemistry set of conviviality – for both performers and audience.