A Tribute To The Replacements
featuring The Melismatics performing For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 with special guests
plus special guest vocalists Al Church, Curtiss A, J.E. Sunde, Leah Ottman, Lydia Liza, Martin Devaney, Mark Mallman, Nato Coles, Niki Becker, Nick Leet, Reed Wilkerson, and more
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.
Early Eyes became a band on October 3, 2016, as a temporary pop-up ensemble, garnering a sizable local following almost instantly. Drawing from all sorts of musical backgrounds, their songwriting abilities were worthy of winning The National Endowment of The Arts Songwriting Challenge. Their debut EP Minutes was released in March of 2017. Following that, Early Eyes played a sold out show at First Avenue 7th St Entry for their Minutes Release Show.
Early Eyes focus on community building, socially aware event organization and are gaining a lot of traction in The Midwest. In a recent interview with 89.3 The Current, Early Eyes said that they wanted their music to sound “Honest” and that is exactly how it sounds.
THE BAD MAN
Unprepared, loud, and rowdy, The Bad Man came together in 2016 to dust off the Minneapolis sound. Written in three months, their debut album Aint Clean pays homage to the classic punk songbook while laying a foundation for the back-alley bounce the band is becoming known for. The Bad Man is currently working on its sophomore release. In the meantime: bum a ride, see ’em live, they’re worth the cover charge.
“Beneath a bunker, ahem recorded their debut EP Just Wanna Be and as you’ll hear on the album’s first single, “Bottle Rocket,” it’s as if the band is trying to break down every wall that surrounds them. It’s a track of thundering empowerment, as the hazy dreams of everything the band wants to be are bolstered by electric percussion and guitar. Whether imaging a tree of their own to climb or envisioning explorations that take them out of the doldrums of adulthood, “Bottle Rocket,” is about blasting off and finding whatever you dream of.
26 BATS! is composed of the members of music collective, Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance. With their multi-genre influences including hip-hop, jazz, soul, and alternative rock, 26 BATS! creates music with no intention of boundaries of a genre. These jazz and blues trained musicians challenge their sound with their desire for sonic exploration. By using themes of self-realization and overcoming hate, this twin cities based band has full intentions of empowering and healing through the creation of music.
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.
SPECIAL GUEST VOCALISTS:
Summer’s coming early this year if Al Church has his way. His new solo LP, Next Summer, is a suite of pop confections conjuring up carefree days of his youth. His summers were filled with driving around with the windows rolled down bumping Dr. Dre’s The Chronicand R.E.M.’s Monster. “My album is like [Monster], but with saxophone and keyboards instead of Peter Buck’s guitar tremolo,” the Duluth-raised multi-instrumentalist exclaims when the Athens alt-rock legends’ “Strange Currencies” hits the speakers. He’s with City Pages at Mackenzie Pub on a frigid night in downtown Minneapolis.
Born at the exact moment the age of Aquarius dawned, the enigma known as Curtiss A began his not-yet ended trip to nowhere. Named after a 20th century Minneapolis downtown landmark , the Curtis Hotel, Curt’s just glad his Dad wasn’t facing south or he’d be Lemington A. His Mama was a Lewis so he always felt an affinity to “Uncle” Jerry. Curt hints at the possible assignation with Carl Perkins when she waitressed at the Flame. He’s also fond of that old chestnut about Dave Dudley drying out in the basement in the Moorhead before he could tour behind “Six Days”.
Songwriter/composer J.E. Sunde writes beautifully unusual music. Classically trained in voice and with a love of songwriters and performers like Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, and Paul Simon, Jon writes densely poetic songs with a bent toward the philosophical. Also, his voice sounds like some sort of weird angel.
LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician, Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows). Classical Experimental Violin. The core inspiration for LOTT’s compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi, and Owen Pallet.
Lydia Liza got her start in the group Bomba de Luz, composed of five young Twin Cities musicians. The group started taking shape when lead singer Lydia Liza began teaching herself the guitar at age 14. After composing a handful of original songs, Liza enlisted the help of fellow high school sophomores Evan Slack (electric guitar), Gavin Taylor (bass), John Blanda (keys), and Jonas Taghavi/Judah McCoy (drums), and the band was born.
Martin Devaney has always embraced his local identity, literally dubbed the Mayor of St. Paul by friends and compatriots in the music scene. A classically trained musician with a jazz sax background, the accomplished singer-songwriter got his start playing with revered hip-hop ensemble Heiruspecs before embarking on a solo career. After self-releasing an EP in 2001, Martin followed with four full-length albums, each garnering more praise and attention from press and fans.
Minneapolis rock legend, Mark Mallman has created a masterwork that turns the classic concept album on its head. The End Is Not The End was released March 25, 2016 on Polkadot Mayhem. In this age of cynicism, with too many people believing rock is dead, comes a sincere telling of an emotional trial we all must face at some point. Mark Mallman has created a 21st century Scary Monsters, except this time, the good guy wins.
Solo act from Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band
Niki Becker is a garage pop folk-like singer/songwriter. Becker and her band fill her songs with intricate harmonies, textured guitars and powerful drums that color her playful, yet honest lyrics and haunting vocals. Born and raised in rural Minnesota and inspired by the country music of her childhood and the rock music of her teen years, she took these influences to heart when she began writing her own songs. Taking the stage for the first time in 2010, she quickly began booking her own shows and recording her debut album Good, released in October 2010.
Pasadena ’68, former singer/songwriter of High on Stress
My name is Reed Wilkerson, I play rock n roll.
Wowsville, Teenage Strangler, Grant Hart and the Glandolinian Army Band, Prissy Clerks