I hate to get into a whole membership has its privileges thing… But I got a text message the other day reminding me I had been invited to atten the final rehearsal of a flute duet. It was the _Duets on American Motifs_ by Franz Doppler performed by Julie Majkowski and Tim Anderson, accompanied by Judy Brist on piano. The music was sweet and recognizable and I thought very well performed. It made a great break for a Saturday afternoon.
On June 4th the beautiful Northrup auditorium played host to rock violinist and independent artist Lindsey Stirling. I confess, other than her cover of the Imagine Dragon’s song, _Radioactive_, the one she did with Pentatonix, I hadn’t heard that much. So the music was a bit of a surprise. A happy one. I loved it. All of it. Lindsey also knows and understands what makes up entertainment. All making for an excellent concert and a great date night for The Wife and I.
It's tough to review a band like this. Where so much depends on the vocals and yet the vocals may vary. I think though it is such a cool concept. I have been to karaoke shows before mostly as the guest of people who think they can sing. Reading a teleprompter to canned music. I mostly found those situations annoying but this was really different. Instead, of a backing track, Jenny & the Jets is live band karaoke. Instead of being on stage solo, when you have the mic in your hand, you have the whole band behind you. Very cool concept, very cool indeed.
So The Wife was in St. Paul on a Friday night. She was there to pick me up and bring me back home. Home to a place where I get to live out fully half of my life, all in the confines of two days. But somewhere, in between those two lives, we managed to wedge in just a small slice of our own this night. And what we did with that time …Well, after dinner at Gandhi Mahal (outstanding!) near Lake St. and 27th Ave. And a sunset with friends on their new deck… It was Shaw's Bar in Nordeast Minneapolis for Blues.
I haven't really gotten out much in my past weeks of work as I live out this weird half life in St. Paul. Usually there are some kind of errands to be done. Possibly contrived missions, sent from home with the intent of keeping me out of the bars. Anyway, schemed or not, I had been keeping fairly busy every evening. Then suddenly in this past couple of weeks I have gotten out to see several shows.
A long time area favorite band has undergone a change. Volume One winner for the past seven years of the people's choice, _Best Blues Band of the Chippewa Valley_, Mojo Lemon has had a major personnel change. Recreating themselves and rebranding the band name to "Mojo" they are developing a new sound. I can't give them an unequivocal thumbs up. But, I was happy with what I got.
A few weeks ago I was seeing some blues in Nordeast Minneapolis on a rare Friday night in the city. That night it was Howard Luedke playing at Shaws Bar and of course it was a great show. But that night I was also talking to people. Telling them that I was usually in the city on Tuesday nights. I was complaining to them that there was no live music to see. One woman, corrected though. Telling me there was great music every Tuesday night, I just wasn't looking in the right spot. I tell you what, it didn't take me much to rise to that challenge.