Jim Walsh’s Mad Ripple Hootenanny celebrated its 10 year anniversary at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on November 10th, 2016. The host of the Hoot–Jim Walsh, was there to facilitate the post-election feelings and frustrations that the players carried burdensome in their hearts. In fact, many of the people inside of the Cedar had walked along with anti-Trump protestors–Gary Louris of the Jayhawks amongst them–as they journeyed to the show. Continue reading →
In an era where more music venues are lost each year than we can hope to gain (dozens in Manhattan and London alone), there is good news to share. South Minneapolis will gain a new venue this May. The Warming House will not replace the venerated Nye’s Polonaise Room or Patrick’s Cabaret (which will close May 31st-a new space is pending), but it will provide a unique listening room style venue for the Twin Cities. Continue reading →
Join singer-songwriter John Louis as he debuts “Drift.” John will be backed by his full band including Mike “Razz” Russell (fiddle, mandolin, gypsy guitar); Jimmy Johnson (pedal steel); Brianna Lane (banjo, vocals); Dan Gaarder (bass); and Kris Schaefer (drums). Brianna Lane will open. Aster Café. Saturday, September 26. 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. $12.
John Louis is releasing his CD Drift at the Aster Cafe on 9/26, and I was privileged to possess an advanced copy to dig into. The CD’s title is well chosen, the work is elegantly paced, slow music if you will, and the piece as a whole is beautifully written. After several listens, I found myself struck by its direct lyrics, and especially obsessed by the track: “So Sorry”. I come by my adoration of music in relation to the lyrics first, a lifelong fan of poetry and prose. Continue reading →