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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Rob Rule to Leave Turf - Mammy Nuns final SPMC performance tonight

Below is a copy of the press release Rob Rule released today regarding his decision to take the SPMC (St. Paul Music Club) elsewhere effective April 4th.

*Notice to Music Fans.*

As of April 4, 2005 the St. Paul Music Club will officially end its residency at St. Paul's Turf Club, due to the sale of said business and property.

Nearly 10 years ago the SPMC approached Turf owner Mark Johnson about the possibility of booking a rock show at the then predominately country bar. Not only did the weekly SPMC Tuesdays begin, but a long and mutually benefiting relationship was established, leading to the current state of the Turf.

This said, the SPMC would like to publicly thank Mark Johnson and the current/past Turf Club staff. It has been an honor and a privilege to work and play with you. Together we have made a wonderful-musical impact on the lives of many in what we consider the BEST LOCAL music scene in the country.

Lastly, it is with regret that we announce the cancellation of this year's GRAND YOUNG DAY ..9. This celebration will return. Date and location yet to be determined. Until then SPMC will return to it's traveling state and put on occasional shows around town. LIVE MUSIC IS BETTER, bumper stickers have been issued. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely, Robert L Rule President-St. Paul Music Club

On a final note, we would like to thank Raleigh for her Texas Taco Tuesdays, which will soon be relocating to the 331 Club: Northeast Mpls. on Tuesday Nights.

In an earlier email, Chuck Macomber (of the Rusty String Quartet) encouraged everyone to make it down to the Turf tonight for the final Mammy Nuns showat the Turf Club, and the final 'Taco Tuesday' night for Raleigh. He also noted that Dave Weigart, the Clown Lounge manager and bartender, also has plans to leave and that "the Clown Lounge is being dismantled."

Macomber stressed that people should come to the Turf tonight not to mourn the loss of Tuesday night SPMC but to celebrate, saying:

"The Turf Club and SPMC put music and people first, and business and profit second. And while we all would like to think that this is the way it should be in the music business, i think we're all grown-up enough to know that business doesn't work this way. But sometimes, for just a brief moment in our lives, the world alters itself in a most peculiar and beautiful way. Such was the Tuesday night SPMC experience."