A Tribute To The Replacements
featuring The Melismatics performing For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 with special guests
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, before exploding on the internet and 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. They are currently in the process of recording their official debut EP, Minutes, splitting time between The Institute of Production and Recording in downtown Minneapolis and their dorm rooms in Middlebrook Hall.
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.