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21+ SHOW | in the Clown Lounge (Turf Club Basement)

Frankie Lee & Friends

with Dave Simonett and Ben Weaver

Monday, June 19, 2017

7:00 pm

$12.00 ADVANCE | $15.00 DOOR



A Midwesterner by birth, singer-songwriter Frankie Lee is a traveller by nature. His father was in the horse business, and the family moved around a lot — Michigan, Texas, Minnesota, Tennessee, among other places — which accounts for his sometimes vague answers to questions of where he “comes from.” Lee spent a couple years in college before dropping out to become a folksinger. (Lee often returned to Minnesota in subsequent years, spending entire summers, he said, working alone on a farm.)

He moved to Austin, TX, and got his first paying gigs on the folk/country scene. He played clubs like the Scoot Inn and the Longbranch where he met JT Van Zandt (who he later worked for) who introduced him around the up and coming East Austin scene. After almost seven years in Austin, it was off to Los Angeles. The first show he played in LA was with an up and coming band named Dawes. As time went by, it was obvious Lee didn’t belong in LA, but he stayed a few more years chasing the music and the women only to find he couldn’t keep up with either.

After 10 years away, he returned home with a bag of new songs and recorded them right away. Minneapolis was the right fit for the sound he had in his head at the time. A band was assembled through drummer JT Bates that included Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird) and Mike Lewis (Bon Iver) amongst others. Most of the songs were cut live the first night and appeared as they were on Lee’s locally released EP Middle West.

It was Middle West that connected him to a wider world and American Dreamer that brought him there. American Dreamer was recorded over a period of time he spent working on a pig farm and living in St. Paul, the songs were written in the early morning commutes from city to country. That’s where these songs sit best, opening up as you get further away: a vision from a man alone in time, capturing the sound where dreams and reality meet. The album was released in England in 2015 by London label Loose, who were the first label to sign the likes of Sturgill Simpson, The Felice Brothers, Hurray For The Riff Raff. Loose released the album in America alongside Thirty Tigers on July 8, 2016.

American Dreamer is “Nostalgia for the Future.”


Trampled By Turtles’ lead vocalist and songwriter Dave Simonett began 2014 with an announcement that Gndwire Records, his-self-started, Minneapolis-based record label released his first solo EP, Razor Pony, on January 28, 2014.

This 6 song EP features a new take on TBT’s “Midnight on the Interstate” from the band’s 2012 acclaimed release, Stars and Satellites, along with five newly released tracks. Razor Pony is available on 180-gram vinyl with an included MP3 download card at select indie retailers (you can find a list of those retailers here) the TBT online store and digitally at iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.


A writer of great nuance and simplicity and simple wonder, Ben suffuses his songs with a sense of place and detail. Natural, everyday wonders are his inspiration (and shouldn’t they be for everyone, really?) Born in Eugene, OR, Ben calls the upper reaches of Minnesota his home now, and it shows.

He’s been compared to such songwriting and performance luminaries as Greg Brown, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Richard Buckner, and while he can channel their raspy growls and mystical sense, Ben remains his own artist. Stridently independent and unbending in his quests, Ben might not be everyone’s cup of herbal tea, but if he were, he’d be boring. I Would Rather Be A Buffalo is Ben Weaver’s 8th musical release. The album was recorded over the course of two days at Four Sisters Farm, near Rochester, MN. Engineered by Tom Herbers, and features Mike Lewis on upright bass and tenor.