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21+ SHOW

The Heavy Sixers ∕ The Customers ∕ Doug Collins and the Receptionists

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

7:00 pm

$5.00 ADVANCE | $7.00 DOOR


Note: $7.00 is the day of show price.


In 2016, Steve Dupuis (guitar in The Rakes, The Blue Mollies, Trompe Le Monde, etc…) found himself writing a bunch of songs inspired in equal parts by the insane political environment, personal stories and just plain rock & roll, Steve was left with a whole lotta demos and in need of a band.

Steve approached Mark Devaraj (High On Stress, The Red Flags, WRRC Mpls, etc…) to play drums, Emily Dupuis (The Blue Mollies, The Bottlehouse) to play keys and sing back up, Jon Sawyer (The Rakes, Rob Stealcheat, etc…) for bass and Grant Eull (Detroit, Manplanet, Frizzle Fry, etc…) to round up the lineup on guitar.

After finding nobody who would be willing to sing, Dupuis decided reluctantly to just do it himself. Now, with a few months of practice and some songs recorded as a band, The Heavy Sixers are ready to bring these songs to the people. Influences can be heard in varying degrees from some classic rock & roll sounds of the ’60s and ’70s to the college rock of the ’80s and ’90s.


The Customers are an alternative rock and roll band formed in the late ‘90s. Soon after playing shows in and around Los Angeles, one of their basement recordings caught the attention of A&R people at Neil Young’s Vapor Records; they were signed to the label and recorded the power pop album Green Bottle Thursday.

In support of the record they played the festival circuit in Europe, sharing the stage with such bands as Foo Fighters and Soundgarden. They then embarked on a several-month U.S. tour, opening for Ben Folds Five, The Meices, and Iggy Pop. They also appeared on The Conan O’Brien Show. In 2000, singer/songwriter Ryan Sexton and guitarist Sloke re-located to Minneapolis (where Sexton grew up) and recorded the college-friendly EP Severbuddyappy.

The two eventually agreed to put the band on hold while pursuing other interests, reforming years later with the addition of second guitarist Dan Parsons, and a rhythm section of Minneapolis bassist Kent Peterson and Michigan transplant, drummer Jay DeHut. “I’m very happy to be back,” said Sexton of the new lineup and upcoming shows. “It’s been awhile.”


Doug Collins – vocals, guitar
Kevin Kluever – guitar
Chuck Varley – bass, vocals
Bill Dankert – drums, vocals