Whiskey junction was promoted by Noah Itman, CEO and founder of the new website Itmusic.us The two bands on the bill were Aitas and Space Monster. Itmusic was planning to film the bands on stage. Obviously, since the power was out, that was impossible. Never the less, it was entertaining in the dark and cooling building as the bands gathered their drums on stage and jammed out. The haunting rhythmic palpitations surged through the dark, elevating the spirits of the dedicated people who traveled through wretchedly slushy and slippery weather to support their friends. Through conversation in the veil of darkness, I learned the origin of the problem facing the area; apparently, while out having a ciggarette half an hour earlier, a few people heard an explosion and saw a ball of blue flames erupt into the air a block east of the Whiskey Junction. With that, it became clear the night was likely to end early. After jamming in the dark for about an hour, the bands finally packed up their gear and prepared to leave, surrendering to the inevitable steady decline of patrons as the air in the bar slowly chilled those brave souls who dared to remain. Finally, we decided to call it a night. Then, literally right as I walked into the entry way and opened the door to leave, the power came on. The few remaining musicians and I grabbed one final drink before heading off to brave the the treacherous roads on our way home.
Hymie's Vintage Records store on Lake Street and 39th Ave in Minneapolis, MN. Along with discounted records, a live spray-painting artist called Rouge Citizen, a beer garden, and several booths of crafts and artwork, there were a number of bands performing inside the store and on a stage erected outside in the street. I didn't stay for all the bands, but it was a fun atmosphere and a lively crowd of people ranging from art bloggers, musicians, and hipsters, to suburban families with wide-eyed dancing children. Everyone enjoyed the block party's festive spectacle.
After dancing hard to their rocking groves I made my way back across the street to catch The High Crimes who are one of my favorite local bands and a great group of people.
Black Market Brass perform across the street back at the Nomad World Pub at the same time as The High Crimes. I had met the core percussion player for Black Market Brass at a few shows in the past and I really wanted to see what they had to offer. I was very pleased when I arrived, because in stark contrast to the cramped and crowded atmosphere of Palmer's, the crowd at the Nomad was thin. Normally this would be a bad thing for the band. However, as I have mentioned before, I absolutely love to dance and in situations like this it is ironically the best case scenario for me despite a lack of drink revenue for the bar and band, because I get so much room to dance around. Their music was wonderfully danceable and flowed from Latin rhythms to reggae infused ska and around to smooth rock. It's fun to see a full band determined to include a diversity of musical instruments to fill out the sound in different ways, even though the space was rather tight with all of them on stage at once. That proved their talent as their cramped quarters on stage didn't hinder their ability to keep the patrons dancing, grooving, and moving to their songs.
There is one last event I have to include from this last week in the snowy spring music season. On Monday night April 22, 2013, after a weekend of wonderful musical entertainment, I biked and bussed through yet another snowstorm to Honey in northeast Minneapolis. The opening act for the night was a wonderfully mellow and melancholy acoustic singer song writer Joshua Kloyda. That was followed by another great performance from The Jelly Project. Then the night was finished off by the birthday boy getting on stage with his band The Lone Crows. The show was a birthday celebration for Tim Barbeau the lead singer and guitar player for The Lone Crows, a band I have written about before and who keep delivering awesome blues rock to the Minneapolis Music scene. This is a young band of dedicated musicians bound for big things. Tim just turned 21 and all his bandmates are similarly youthful.
I am so happy that he will finally be able to attend all of the other local Minneapolis bands' shows he previously wouldn't be able to attend unless he was performing. I feel that is one of the great constraints on live local music's accessibility; people under age are excluded from attending most local music shows simply because most of the establishments where musicians can get booked are 21 plus. Although some people, like myself, are constantly seeking out new experiences and exploring where the world will take them by seeking out new music, I know that once people turn 21 many of them have already gotten into their life groove. Thus, unless people have friends in bands, most people ignore the burgeoning music scene because by the time they turn 21 they have already found what they value for entertainment in their life, whether it be going to movies, watching TV, playing video games, going to quite dinners, or anything else in the world. I think it would be good to include more youth in the local music scene in some way to integrate all the local music that goes under appreciated by the millions of people who live here. On that, I must wrap this up and get prepared to head off to a show tonight at the Driftwood Char Bar for a fun free night of music by Peregrine Perspective and Mississippi Rising (One of the Bands I saw last Sunday night)
|Happy Birthday Tim|