I AM MPLS in Mpls, First Avenue Mainroom 12/04/14

Greycoats at First Avenue

Becca Martin

Photo Credit Tony Nelson

I AM MPLS creator Sarah Edwards wears a lot of hats these days. The self described “Content Maker, Innovative Event Producer and Creative Strategist”has made it her mission to promote the creative arts community of the Twin Cities. The first of her three upcoming events-I AM MPLS was held December 4th in the mainroom of Minneapolis’s acclaimed First Avenue. The MC was 89.3 The Current’s Barb Abney who ironically proclaimed herself as the “least fashionable person ever” but as usual was full of charm as she introduced Greg Coleman and Jeff Pfoser, who performed entertaining back to back routines. Continue reading

Festival Palomino Thrives Through Thunderstorm

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Segarra

By Samuel Wigness

Seven bands carefully chosen by Minnesota’s own Trampled by Turtles outperformed the violent thunderstorm that threatened, but failed, to cancel Saturday’s Festival Palomino. Continue reading

Listen – Lizzo & Caroline Smith – Let ‘Em Say

Buy this track at – https://lizzoandcarolinesmith.bandcamp.com/track/let-em-say - proceeds to benefit the Women’s Foundation of MN.

They are playing a show at First Avenue together on September 27th, but that show according to the First Ave website is Sold Out.

Event Review of Sound Verite presents Zulu Zuluu and Shiro Dame 7/05/14.

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By: Becca Martin

“Choosing Sound”, is something that Jon Jon Scott of Sound Verite Records has a real talent for. Minneapolis can thank Sound Verite for uniting unique music and art in an approachable way. Soundverite1.blogspot.com won’t let you down if your music tastes lean toward a more world, hip hop, jazz, or experimental variation that can be a challenge to find on the dial. Continue reading

Lori Barbero Talks – Life, Music, and Legacy

Lori Barbero at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis

Photo courtesy Tony Nelson: www.tonynelsonphoto.com

Written by: Becca Martin

“Babes in Toyland get outta town, I’d rather listen to gerbils in a blender than Kat’s vocals from Hell!” How did the infamous tee shirt slogan come to be? It was from an anonymous City Pages reviewer. She went on to say how she loved it. “Oh my God! It was the best thing ever! Some people would go home and cry, and write an angry letter. I was like, this is the best fucking thing for promo! Didn’t affect me, any emotion is good, a lot of people don’t have emotions anymore, technology is killing the world.” She is concerned that as we progress technologically, we are losing the ability to really relate in a deep and real way. “People have to keep doing genuine, artistic acts, and not rely on technology, it will kill you. I am just not into it, communication is faster, but is it better? People have lost connections, looking at one another and talking.“ Continue reading

Secret Stash Record’s Will Gilbert Weighs In On Minneapolis Soul

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By: Becca Martin

Rift: Why is Minneapolis ripe for soul acts like Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Wanda Davis, Black Diet, and Southside Desire? Continue reading

Just another Saturday Night at First Avenue

Farewell Milwaukee at First Avenue

By Becca Martin
Photos By Tony Nelson

Just another Saturday night in the Mainroom of First Avenue, or was it? Continue reading

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