batteryboy & Gabriel Douglas Present: The Southern Theatre Sessions

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By: Becca Martin

“I wanted to hear bands that I like in a great place, to showcase good people, that think like I do. Often when you are in a band the only music you see is the others on the same bill. I picked artists that I would like to see and play with.” That was the driving force behind the Southern Theatre’s three-day acoustic showcase that Cobey Rouse of the band batteryboy organized.  TWELVE BANDS OVER THREE NIGHTS.

I wanted to learn more about this ambitious project, and sat down with Cobey one late night to chat about it. There had to be a tremendous amount of effort to secure dates, a venue, the artists, and then promotion-ultimately hoping that there will be an audience. Rouse and his band batteryboy got the job done with the help of great people, particularly Gabe Douglas of the band The 4onthefloor.

As I delved deeper it was clear that batteryboy has a unique sound, one that has been profoundly influenced by the orchestral folk of Cloud Cult. Ten years ago Rouse had all but quit music. That all changed when he saw Cloud Cult and felt charged up to play music again. To this day he treasures the set list that he has from the first time Cloud Cult played “Energy”. Cloud Cult has set the bar high as very unique players in the music scene. They aren’t exactly radio easy but are much beloved by “outside of the box” radio stations and especially by their dedicated fans. Cloud Cult has succeeded in creating a home for their art, and Rouse clearly respects and has drawn inspiration from that. Batteryboy has evolved to a point where Rouse can write from melodies now to get the structure. “Listen and the lyrics come, and that is it.” The song “Minus One Together” is a beautiful example of this. The lyrics read like a poem. You can see the video and the lyrics here:

Clearly, batteryboy needed to find their place in the Minneapolis music scene. With their unique sound it can be difficult for the band to fill just any slot or play any random venue. Sometimes you find it; sometimes you have to create it.  Cobey and the band decided to take the leap and make a place for their sound. “(We) need to create, to play meaningful shows for other musicians. We deserve to share art and be able to appreciate it. To create events to spread that mentality, to not depend on venues but create the venues.”

This concept has been blossoming in the Twin Cities over the last few years with the likes of Live Letters, Torch, and Sweet 317 to name a few. Events created with the motivation to showcase artists in a spot where they can connect with a similarly intentioned audience. Where you don’t have to fight to be heard, no game on the TV’s, no pool table, no extreme chatter. Rouse, Douglas, and batteryboy have created a path to where they can find “a place to emote, as art, with music as the feature, not just background.” With the overall goal being: “concerts above context.”

The Southern Session’s line-up is like a who’s who of local Twin City’s elite: Taj Raj, Farewell Milwaukee, Gabriel Douglas (of 4OTF) & Lott all signed on for the first night. The Ericksons, batteryboy, The Farewell Circuit, Nick Costa (of The Persons & The People) fill out the bill for night two. The final night is not to be missed with the Katy Vernon Band, Carroll, The Melismatics, and Fairfax, AK.

Rouse doesn’t exactly know where the Southern Theatre’s Sessions will lead but the journey itself may turn out to be the teacher. This will be a very special series to experience as each night promises to showcase a different aspect of our amazing music scene. If you are like-minded and have the desire to connect in a meaningful way with music then I will see you at the Southern!

CC Club 80th Anniversary Bash Day One


By Becca Martin

There have been numerous & definitive articles chronicling the 80-year-old history of the CC Club.   So I don’t feel the need to rehash its pre-prohibition days up until its 1980’s height and the local greats that for all intents and purposes lived, loved & worked there. Continue reading



By Becca Martin

As I write this article the creative team of photographer Sara Montour and audio man Steve Korff, whom fondly refer to themselves as “hoarders of nostalgia” embark on the second year of their collaboration: Live Letters.  There have been some changes and I recently sat down with Sara to chat about it. Continue reading

Patrick’s Cabaret: Singer/Songwriter Series 9/8


Patrick’s Cabaret presents the Singer/Songwriter Series featuring a mix of talented, emerging, and established artists. The next Series, on Friday, September 13, features:

Robin Kyle (of BlackAudience/Valet)
Robin Kyle is a native of Belfast who moved stateside in 1994. Kyle played acoustic sets in local circles after moving from Ireland at the age of 17, but soon wanted to move his music in a different, more rocking direction.

Midwest Paul Cook (of Jack Klatt & CatSwingers)
Midwest Paul Cook was born and raised in rural southern Minnesota. Now based out of Northeast Minneapolis, he plays old time blues and ragtime inspired by the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Drew Peterson (of Dead Pigeons)
Drew Peterson’s music is like “coming home.” In a world where heartache bursts at the proverbial seams, Drew’s voice brings calm and peace. He lives in a small cabin in northern Minnesota writing and recording.

There will be one additional performer, to be announced.

Event Details: 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Doors at 7:30 PM, Music at 8:00 PM

$8 in advance from artists and $10 tickets at the door (cash or check only)

Patrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Avenue South 

(612) 724-6273

Patrick’s Cabaret supports artists in their growth and development by encouraging artists of all experience levels to try new things, take risks or present works in progress. We serve a diverse range of artists, from emerging to experienced, from teenagers to seniors. The Cabaret’s first commitment is to serve the needs of local performing artists, specifically reaching out to artists of color and GLBT/queer-identified artists and those with disabilities.

Event – Taylor Sound Open House

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Square Lake Film & Music Festival 8/10


Lots of great local music and film for this day long festival. Featuring Dark Dark Dark, Heavy Deeds, Greg Grease, Crimes, Moors & McCumber, Food Pyramid, Body Omara, Is/Is and dozens of locally produced animations/independent films.

Wiping Out Thousands 8/3 at Kitty Cat Klub


CD Release – The White Whales – 8/1 at The 7th St. Entry


Tandem Shop Records – 5 Year Anniversary – 8/3 at Light Grey Art Lab


Saturday August 3rd at 4pm.

Pre-Order – SIFU HOTMAN (Guante + Dem Atlas + Rube)


From The Press Release:

SIFU HOTMAN is a hip hop collaboration between MCs Guante & Dem Atlas and producer Rube. Featuring funky, up-tempo beats perfect for the b-boys and b-girls paired with razor-sharp lyrics from two of the most singular voices in Twin Cities hip hop, this three-song suite will be released on vinyl and digital download on August 13, 2013.


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