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Saturday, May 31, 2008's 6 Year Anniversary Party at The Turf Club


Minneapolis, MN – May 30th, 2008 -- announces their 6 year Anniversary Party at the Turf Club, Friday, June 6th, 2008

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Just as devil horns are forever linked with rock ‘n roll, it’s only natural that 6 Year Anniversary Party would somehow end up Friday, June 6th (6/6).

The HowWasTheShow staff picked some of their favorite bands playing Twin Cities stages this year, asked them to play our party, and ended up with a lineup that’s heavy on the rock, but since when was that ever a bad thing?

Come out to The Turf Club on Friday June 6th to see The Haves Have It, The 757s, The Evening Rig, Dallas Orbiter and The Wars of 1812. You will be rocked from start (Wars of 1812 play first so the hard working band can play a gig in Wisconsin early the following day) to finish (The Haves Have It will tear the stage up to end the night, if there’s anything left of by then.) It’s advised you hold onto your hat if you wear one.

If there weren’t enough 6’s for you already. It’s also 6 bucks at the door. (That’s $1.20 per band!)

The Turf Club is at 1601 University Avenue in St. Paul, 55104.
Phone: 651.647.0486

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The Haves Have It ---

The 757s ---

The Evening Rig ---

Dallas Orbiter ---

The Wars of 1812 ---


What has written about these bands in the past.

David de Young on the Haves Have It

The Haves Have It do indeed have it, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. . . known for tearing up the stage with their dynamic and engaging rock shows. [Portia] Richardson is bad ass in a similar way to Ouija Radio front woman Christy Hunt. Both women are blonde bombshells, and neither has any qualms about rocking hard and ripping it up on guitar. In Richardson’s case, raw power seeps from her pores without the slightest likelihood she’d ever be accused of acting like a Stooge. The tough rock front woman quality she possesses is something I’m still searching to find the words for. To call it post-feminist is a cop out. (Read full review.)

Pat O’Brien on The 757s

First things first: These guys are capital-L Loud. The music, which is a mix of The Replacements ragged thunder and The Who’s jetliner roar, ends up sticking in your grey matter almost immediately. It’s exceptionally catchy and it’s obvious these guys aren’t in it for the money anymore – there’s not even a whiff of last-gasp desperation – they’re doing this for the fun of playing loud, live music and everyone in the room is a benefactor. These guys are definitely a band to watch (and watch often) in 2008. (Read full review.)

Bob Longmore on The Evening Rig

[The Evening Rig] reveled in their songs. The last time I saw the band was their first show opening for Lucero. While the songs were always catchy and played with passion, the 18 months in-between have instilled brash confidence in the band. Although some of the countrified and delicate guitar interplay heard on the record is lost live, lead singer Jason Miller still has one of the best screams of any front man in town — a scratchy, from the bottom of the gut wail that can rise above any amount of guitar fuzz. (Read full review.)

Pat O’Brien on Dallas Orbiter

Dallas Orbiter are one of my favorite new bands of late. Their new album, Motorcycle Diagrams, will be in heavy rotation in my car’s CD player for quite some time—I can’t stop listening to it. I think part of the reason lies in the fact that they don’t stick hard and fast to any one genre. . . On this night, the band was space rock-ish, but pretty funky (and lead singer Mark Miller writes killer—and I mean killer—hooks). The songs were all at their core, pop songs, but they had been tweaked, prodded and had additions built onto them, giving each song its own rich texture and undeniable magnetism. (Read full review.)

Jon Behm on The Wars of 1812

Only about a half a year ago I caught the Wars of 1812’s debut Twin Cities’ performance. It was a modest event at the lovely 331 Club, a high quality, but unfortunately poorly attended show. Ever since that evening, the four young band members (and roommates) have been hard at work creating the buzz that is starting to make them a household name amongst local music lovers. While some of this newfound recognition can be attributed to press, word of mouth and even pure luck, none of these things would have mattered if the Wars weren’t dealt a pretty good hand of musical talent to begin with. (Read full review)

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Still seeking 24 Bar on Hennepin Memorabilia

I finally got a frame for this 14-year-old piece of history that had been rolled up for years in my basement. And this evening I took a stab at taking a photo of it that might help motivate people to dig up some of their own 24 Bar photos and memorabilia.

The poster you see on this page, if my memory serves me, was assembled by Kevin ____, lead singer of the Minneapolis band Pop Smear, who played on the bill the second to last day of the bar's operation, Saturday, February 26th, 1994.

The 24 Bar on Hennepin (along with the historic Berman Buckskin Building) was demolished shortly thereafter to make way for the US Bank building which now stands in its stead. Sadly, this was about 2-3 years before people began self-documenting the music scene on the internet so there are next to no photos on the interwebs (that I have been able to find anyway) of the venue itself or the bands that used to play there.

I and a few others have soldiered away the past couple years getting at least a few basic facts posted to the Minnewiki entry for the 24 Bar, and
if your band played there, I encourage you to also add its name to the list.

If you are aware of any webpages that have links to 24 Bar-related info, please leave in the comments. Or feel free to send info or anecdotes to me at david[at] and I'll make sure they are filed away safely so those fab kids from the future won't have to use their Way Back Machines just to get at them.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Live videos from The 757s recorded at the Fine Line

The 757s are one of several bands that will be featured at the HowWasTheShow 6 Year Anniversary party at the Turf Club on Friday, June 6th. HowWasTheShow has reviewed them here, here and here.

They've just released two live videos of their performance at the Fine Line on April 4th, 2008. Though the vocal mix is a little low in a mix off the soundboard, you can still get a sense of the energy these boys bring in a live show. Take a peak.

"Take The 5th"