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21+ SHOW

Jackson and the Roosters ∕ Eleganza! ∕ Sam Cassidy ∕ Al Church

with Dave and Ryan from Soul Asylum in the Clown Lounge

Friday, February 2, 2018

7:00 pm

$10.00 ADVANCE


Please note: special guests Dave and Ryan from Soul Asylum are playing in the Clown Lounge and space is limited downstairs and subject to capacity, so arrive early.


The music of Jackson and the Roosters can be described in one word; infectious. The high-energy Americana group has been playing based out of Minneapolis for two years and is set to release their second album later this summer. Music from Jackson and The Rooster’s debut album has been featured on national radio stations in both Minneapolis, MN and Denver, CO. Great songwriting provides the backbone of what makes the highly-talented group so intriguing, but the groups high-energy performances are what make each live show an unforgettable experience.


Brian Vanderwerf, guitarist/vocalist for the Estrus Records band, The Midnight Evils and the celebrated Chooglin’ (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records), now fronts Eleganza! A 3-guitar Rock and Roll attack featuring Vanderwerf and Chooglin’ bandmate Jeff Johnson. Also on board is Greg McAloon (Glenrustles, Ol’ Yeller), Tim Baumgart (Kruddler, Big Ditch Road) and Tony Zaccardi (Romantica, Kruddler). Eleganza! has opened for The Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Bob Log III, The Supersuckers, James Leg, Left Lane Cruiser, Meat Puppets, and a whole lot more.


Sometimes it just takes a while for things to come into focus. Debts is the first collection of songs from Minneapolis’ Sam Cassidy. Written over the last few years, Cassidy draws on the life of ordinary people as well as his own experiences to paint vivid pictures of struggle and joy, hard work and taking it easy, longing and satisfaction.


Summer’s coming early this year if Al Church has his way. His 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 Chronic and 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.

IN THE CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club Basement)


“A friend asked me what kind of records I want to make, and my answer was that I always want to make a record that I want to hear that’s not already in my record collection,” says Dave Pirner. “I think we got that on this one.” Pirner is referring to Change of FortuneSoul Asylum‘s eleventh studio album, and its first for Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The dozen-song set embodies the band’s trademark balance of rocking abandon, infectious melodic craft and raw-nerved emotional depth, boasting a compelling set of new Pirner compositions while showcasing the strength and versatility of Soul Asylum’s current lineup, which teams founding singer/guitarist Pirner with guitarist Ryan Smith, bassist Winston Roye and drummer Michael Bland.